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Situated in the South Bay region of the San Diego metropolitan area, National City enjoys easy access to all the best dog-friendly experiences and events that San Diego has to offer. Pets in the region are also well catered for by a number of dedicated animal welfare and rescue groups, which are always willing to step in and help out when dogs fall on hard times!

The San Diego Humane Society is one of those groups. Founded in 1880, the society operates campuses in San Diego, Escondido, and Oceanside. It offers an extensive variety of programs and services designed to strengthen the human/animal bond, prevent cruelty, and educate the public about the humane treatment of animals.

The San Diego Humane Society is actually San Diego’s oldest non-profit organization, and it has a long-standing commitment to helping animals in need. It offers on-site and mobile adoptions, conducts animal cruelty and neglect investigations, spay and neuter services, vaccine clinics, and much more.

PAWS of Coronado is another non-profit animal welfare group committed to helping pets in need. Founded in 2003, PAWS is run by a team of passionate volunteers and provides adoption services to the animals in the Coronado Animal Care Facility. It gives these stray, abandoned, and surrendered animals the care and medical services they need, and then finds them loving homes in the local community.

PAWS is working towards a future where every lost, stray, and abandoned animal is able to find its forever home. To help make that dream a reality, it is always on the lookout for volunteers and financial support.

Upcoming Dog Friendly Events in National City

  • Admission $15.00
    Month December
    Duration 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm

    #1 Gaslamp Holiday Pet Parade


    Get into the holiday spirit at this highly anticipated annual community event! Held each December in San Diego’s Gaslamp Quarter, the Gaslamp Holiday Pet Parade gives pet owners the paw-fect opportunity to get their furry friend all dressed up and have a whole lot of fun. The parade not only features plenty of dogs but also a host of more exotic pets, and these critters can compete in nine fun costume contest categories to ensure that everyone has a holly-jolly good time. There’s even a family pet expo held around the parade, with live music, demonstrations, and plenty of doggy activities. It all takes place at MLK Promenade Park, so grab your pooch and join the festive fun!

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  • Admission FREE!
    Month October
    Duration 7:00 am - 12:00 pm

    #2 DogFest San Diego


    A relaxing dog walk followed by a family-friendly pet festival, and all of it to benefit a very good cause — that’s what you can expect at DogFest San Diego, a fundraiser that supports Canine Companions for Independence. Held in NTC Park at Liberty Station, DogFest San Diego features a scenic, 1.2-mile dog walk for animal lovers and their furry friends! It’s a social, fully accessible stroll, which is then followed by a dog- and family-friendly celebration. Highlights include live music, games, fantastic doggy demonstrations, presentations by assistance dog recipients, and so much more! You and your pooch can treat yourselves to a day full of tail-waggin’ fun, so register now for this free event.

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  • Admission $40.00
    Month May
    Duration From 7:00 am Onward

    #3 Walk for Animals


    Walk for Animals is San Diego’s largest dog walk and offers something for every dog lover to enjoy. Held at NTC Park at Liberty Station, the walk takes you, your canine companion, and heaps of other dog lovers and their furry friends along an easy two-mile course! It’s grrr-eat fun and a paw-some opportunity for your pooch to make new friends, but there’s also a much more important reason behind the event. The walk is held to promote the bond between humans and animals and to raise essential funds for the Humane Society of San Diego. The day also features a delicious pancake breakfast, doggy games and activities, pet product vendors, and a blessing of the animals. That’s why it’s a mutts-do for anyone who loves dogs!

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  • Admission FREE!
    Month October
    Duration 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm

    #4 Carnival 4 Canines


    Looking for an easy way to have some fun in the sun with your pet? The Carnival 4 Canines, held at Harry Griffen Park in La Mesa, could be just what you need! This pet-friendly celebration is run to benefit Jackie Blue's Rescue Angels and its mission to help abandoned, unwanted, and shelter animals find the loving homes they so richly deserve. It’s a noble and very serious goal, but this event is all about doggy fun. Highlights include a canine agility course, an adorable pet costume contest, kids’ games, heaps of delicious food, pet product vendors, and a whole lot more! Well-socialized dogs on a fixed leash are encouraged to attend, so why not join in the fun with your pet?

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  • Admission FREE!
    Month November
    Duration 9:00 am - 3:00 pm

    #5 Doggie Street Festival


    As Southern California’s largest pet adoption festival, the Doggie Street Festival is understandably an ideal event for anyone looking to adopt a new family member. However, even if you’re not looking to find a new furry friend from the tons of rescue groups in attendance, there’s still heaps for you and your pet to enjoy at this doggy day out. You can wag your tail to some live music, drool over some delicious food, pick up some handy tips from experienced veterinarians, and shop for a wide range of pet products and services. The event is held at NTC Park at Liberty Station and all friendly dogs are more than welcome!

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