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Near Newport Beach, California, there are a number of animal shelters that help care and find homes for homeless pets. Hundreds of pets are placed in permanent homes each year due to the work of these animal shelters and their staff members. As there are many towns in close proximity to Newport Beach, you can visit numerous animal shelters without much of a drive. Two of these nearby shelters are the Irvine Animal Care Center and the Laguna Beach Animal Shelter.

The Irvine Animal Care Center is part of the City of Irvine. The center cares for pets, helps them find new homes, and educates the community about responsible pet ownership. Irvine Animal Care Center even has the ability to deny requests from pet owners to euthanize healthy, treatable, or adoptable pets. Instead, the center will take animals in and work to find homes for them.

The Laguna Beach Animal Shelter is a short drive from Newport Beach, California. The Laguna Beach Animal Shelter was opened in 1975 by a group of volunteers called the Pet Responsibility Committee (now called PUP Laguna Beach). The shelter is now funded by the City of Laguna Beach and donations from the local community. Donations help pay for medical care, food, and other costs associated with running an animal shelter.

For those in the Newport Beach, California, area who are looking for a furry family member, visit one of these or another animal shelter in the area to help an animal find a new home today.

Upcoming Dog Friendly Events in Newport Beach

  • Admission FREE!
    Month December
    Duration 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

    #1 Yappy Howl-iday Celebration


    During December, bring your dog to the Yappy Howl-iday Celebration at the Ritz-Carlton from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on a specified date to celebrate the Christmas season.

    Dress your pup up in his best collar or outfit for photos with Santa Claus, and enjoy festive entertainment at the Yappy Howl-iday Celebration. Gear up for the most exciting Christmas-themed dog event in the Newport Beach area!

    While admission to the event is free, all guests are asked to bring unopened canned or dry dog food, treats, or toys as a donation to a local animal rescue organization.

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  • Admission FREE!
    Month September

    #2 Surf City Surf Dog Huntington Beach


    Take the short drive up to Huntington Beach with your family and your pup to attend Surf City Surf Dog at Huntington Beach. Watch dogs go surfing, and maybe even see if your dog wants to participate! This three-day event is the most fun you’ll have all summer. Held late every September, it is a full weekend of excitement for the whole family.

    The surFUR expo runs from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Friday. On Saturday, enjoy the NY Dog Film Festival, which is a double-feature with two 70-minute showings and a 20-minute intermission. The movies run from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. On Sunday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., join Pirate Coast Paddle Company for a relaxing day of paddle boarding with your dog.

    Admission is free all three days, but there will be donation and purchasing opportunities all three days.

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  • Admission $5.00
    Month September
    Duration 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

    #3 Laguna Pet Parade and Chili Cook-Off


    Every September, join the Laguna Beach Board of Realtors CAF for a day of fun. The group hosts a fun pet parade where dog owners can dress up their pups in funky outfits and walk down the street showing off their best costumes.

    Admission to the chili cook-off is $5 at the door for adults, and kids get in for free. Proceeds from the cook-off benefit Blue Bell Foundation, Laguna Beach Animal Shelter, Laguna Board or Realtors and Affiliate’s Charitable Assistance Fund, Pacific Marine Mammal Center, PUP Laguna Beach, and the Pet Rescue Center.

    The event runs from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

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  • Admission FREE!
    Month January
    Duration 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

    #4 The Dog Ranch’s Annual Snow Day


    Head over to The Dog Ranch in Laguna Beach each January for the Annual Snow Day! From 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The Dog Ranch will be transformed into a winter wonderland for the day, and there will be all kinds of winter-themed activities for you and your pup!

    Come enjoy some drinks and snacks for both you and Fido. You won’t want to miss out on the entertainment planned for the morning. Don’t forget to bring your camera to capture memories of the day!

    Dogs must be registered for the event as space is limited.

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  • Admission FREE!
    Month February
    Duration 10 a.m. to TBD

    #5 Kids Pet Parade


    Let your kids show off your pet during the San Juan Capistrano Kids Pet Parade. Each February, children between the ages of 5 and 12 can dress up their pets for the parade and enter a number of different costume contests including best team costume.

    All animals must be in a cage, leashed or haltered. All children must be accompanied by an adult.

    The parade begins at Los Rios Park at 12 p.m. Sign-ups begin at 10 a.m.

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