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Ah, Los Angeles, the city of angels - which, we're sure is an aptly appointed name because your pup lives there! L.A. is one of the hottest, dog-friendly cities in California right now! The number of dog-friendly restaurants, bars, and shopping centers is endless, and more doggo events take place in this hub-city than you'd ever imagine. From surfing pup events to dog-friendly hikes, L.A. is certainly not lacking when it comes to doggy-themed fun. 

The huge number of puppy shelters, humane societies, adoption foundations, and rescues don't hurt the pup-friendly vibes, either. L.A. is a huge city, and the number of shelters in the area reflects that. For example, L.A. doesn't just host one animal services shelter, instead, it has over five! 

Because of this, we'd love to shine the light on a few, lesser known shelters that are doing their darndest to rescue pups in the L.A. area! 

NKLA Pet Adoption Center in L.A. is the no-kill pet shelter in West L.A. It's home to hundreds of pups waiting for adoption (and even has a boutique in the shelter - how very West L.A.). They're also the group that was behind the No-Kill L.A. initiative and have spaying and neutering services available to animals in the area. 

One of the more luxe associations in L.A. is the Found Animals Adopt & Shop organization. This establishment rescues pups from local kill-shelters and even acts as a fancy pup boutique. 

The Downtown Dog Rescue is an organization that's pretty unique, too! Not only does it aim to rescue homeless pets, it works to help homeless people care for the pets they already have by keeping them spayed, neutered, up to date on shots, and in the best care possible. This organization even holds weekly meetups with a dog-training specialist to help these canines learn their rights from wrongs

Upcoming Dog Friendly Events in Los Angeles

  • Admission FREE!
    Month October
    Duration TBD

    #1 Paws on the Square

    This fall-tastic event is made for you and your pup! Bring your pooch out to Jack London's Square to enjoy all these fall puppy festivities! Want to get a doggie massage (yeah, it's a thing)? No problem. Want to play doggie musical chairs? Perfect. This event has that, too! How about a doggy-kayaking trip? You got it. 

    Tons of local vendors will be attending Paws on the Square offering plenty of puppy deals and lots of dog gear that will last you through the year. Don't fret, foodies, there will be plenty of food for you and your pooch as well. Don't miss out on the free caricature of your pooch, either! 

    Dog friendly event?
  • Admission FREE!
    Month October
    Duration TBD

    #2 Strut Your Mutt

    It's a walk in the park - literally! This dog event is a pup walk in the park that will save doggo lives in the area! You and your pooch can join with other pups and passionate paw-rents from all over the country to raise money for homeless pets in the area. This event takes place all over the United States, but the LA event has goals to raise over $700,000! You and your pooch can walk, run, trot, jog, or sniff your way through the park to help "save them all!" After the walk, stroll around with your pup to several of the vendors, food trucks, and organization displays that will be set up in the park! 
    This fundrasier stretches nationwide with pups and their people saving lives all across the country! Don't miss out on the LA event!
    Dog friendly event?
  • Admission FREE!
    Month October
    Duration 6pm-9pm

    #3 BarkLA Festival

    The Pet Collective brings you the biggest dog festival in the advertising industry, and they want you and your pup to join them this year! Unlike any other event you'll find in L.A., this festival is essentially doggy-networking. You and your pups get to mingle. You can munch on food, and you might even adopt a new pup while you're there! Snacks, drinks, photo booths, trick demonstrations and adoptable pups - all of this will be available to you and your pooch at the CTRL Collective. Don't miss out on this puppy networking event! 

    All proceeds from this event will go toward Designer Dogs, an all-mutt rescue. Some pups from this organization will even be at the event to meet your pooch! 

    Dog friendly event?
  • Admission FREE!
    Month May

    #4 Pawsapalooza

    West Hollywood, look out! This part of the city is going to the dogs for Pawsapalooza! This annual event is hosted by PAWS LA and is free of charge for all pups and paw-rents who want to join in on the tail-waggin' fun! 
    You and your pooch can see (or participate in) awesome costume contest with unique categories like Doggie Doppleganger, Superheros, and California Dreamin'. 
    This event is free, but will feature plenty of food trucks and people and pup vendor booths for your enjoyment! Don't miss out on this fun event for you and your pooch - it's a great chance for you to meet other L.A. canines, as well.

    All proceeds from this event will benefit PAWS LA. 

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  • Admission FREE!
    Duration Dawn-Dusk

    #5 Runyon Canyon Park

    If you and your pup are in the mood to do some high-end exploring, look no further than the famous Runyon Canyon Park. You know the one - it leads you and your pooch all the way up for prime views of the city and the Hollywood sign! You and your pooch can stroll through 90 of the 160 acres of Hollywood Hills off the leash! You can choose from an abundance of hiking trails, paths, and open areas for your canine to clown around on. While your pup doesn't need to be leashed, it is important you remember to clean up after him so others can enjoy the beautiful views without stepping in something squishy.
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