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If ever there was a city more aptly named than Oceanside, we haven't yet heard of it. This town, which juts up against the Pacific Ocean, is the typical, sunny, California image you'd conjure up in your head. But while you're picturing sandy beaches, and salty waves, make sure you leave room for a bunch of pups, because Oceanside is progressively becoming more and more dog-friendly. Though it's not in line with some of Cali's other big-name, pooch-tastic cities yet (we're looking at you, San Francisco), it's grown quite a bit in the past few years. Now, restaurants and bars are moving towards allowing doggos, and shelters in the area are hosting pup events that are fun for you and your pooch to attend!

One of the largest shelters serving Oceanside is the San Diego Humane Society. Located a few miles away, this shelter has been serving San Diego County since 1880, making it the oldest non-profit organization in the county! It has campuses in Escondido, Oceanside, and San Diego. The shelter offers hundreds of programs, takes in abandoned and homeless animals, provides foster programs, and aims to find forever homes for the pooches in its care. 

Another big organization in the Oceanside area is the Last Chance at Life Organization. This all-breed dog organization is focused on helping animals in San Diego County, with a majority of their pets being cared for in foster homes. However, pets that are awaiting medical recovery or have special needs are housed at a small shelter in Oceanside. All pets in the care of Last Chance at Life get the best medical care possible from the doctors at Mission Animal and Bird Hospital! 

Upcoming Dog Friendly Events in Oceanside

  • Admission FREE!
    Duration Dawn-Dusk

    #1 The Strand

    If you're in a city that's actually named Oceanside, chances are, you're going to want to hang out by the ocean. Knowing you, you won't want to do that without your pup, either. Luckily, there's a special spot for you and your pooch to enjoy the salty air and beach-side atmosphere. The Strand, as the locals call it, is a boardwalk path that runs a mile parallel to the ocean where you and your (leashed) pup can leisurely walk and bond. While there aren't any beaches directly in Oceanside that allow your pup to roam freely, you and your doggo can visit neighboring beaches like Ocean Beach, Cardiff State Beach, and Del Mar's Dog Beach if Fido needs to put his paws in the sand. 
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  • Admission FREE!
    Month December
    Duration 10:00 am - 2:30 pm

    #2 Pets on Parade

    The annual Pets on Parade event is back just in time to get your pup into the holiday spirit! As you and your pooch start to figure out your holiday traditions, don't forget to add the Pets on Parade Event to your list. You and your canine compadre can head down to the Carlsbad Village Christmas tree for the start of the event. Then, take a leisurely stroll around the village, munch on complimentary human cookies and of course, doggo treats, and even purchase a few tickets for prize drawings. You can enjoy live music, popcorn, and more treats - and best of all, special guests who arrive early will be given the chance to take pictures with Santa! 

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  • Admission FREE!
    Duration TBA

    #3 Fur Ball Gala

    Slap on your tuxes and clean off your snouts, it's the fanciest, furriest gala of the year! Join the San Diego Humane Society in their premiere event of the season, the annual Fur Ball Gala. You and your four-legged, fancy companion can join the best and brightest of the San Diego Humane Society (tails and all) at this annual event to raise funds for the shelter. Think delicious doggo treats, black tie atmosphere, and of course, plenty of pooches present. In 2016, the gala raised over $800,000 for the shelter! Don't miss out on this philanthropic pup party!
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  • Admission FREE!
    Month May
    Duration 7:00 am - 10:00 am

    #4 Walk for the Animals

    If you're into having fun while giving back, then you'll love the annual Walk for the Animals! Both you and your canine companion are invited to participate in this event. Just up the road from Oceanside, you can join the San Diego Humane Society for their annual Walk for the Animals. This 2-mile walk (with your pooch in tow, of course) will feature fundraising opportunities for the shelter, but also will include fun activities like a pancake breakfast (your dogs will thank you), doggie-specific events, a vendor village, and a meet-n-greet warm-up hour. Make sure you keep your pups leashed at all times, and get ready to enjoy a philanthropic-fun walk with your four-legged buddy.
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  • Admission FREE!
    Duration Dawn-Dusk

    #5 Oceanside Dog Park

    The Oceanside Dog Park is one of the hottest spots in town for pooches and their pawrents. With wrap-around fences and an off-leash policy, you and your pup can glide across the AstroTurf together and enjoy a mutual frolic. This park is maintained by the North County Humane Society, so they're sticklers about keeping it clean. Also, only pooches with vaccinations, who have been spayed or neutered, and are licescened are allowed to use this free park. With tons of space, plenty of goodnatured neighbors, shade, grass, and water, this park is the perfect place for you and your best friend to spend some time together.
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