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Palo Alto Animal Services (PAAS) takes in the area's homeless animals and provides them with shelter, care, and a new beginning. This city-run shelter focuses their efforts on finding animals loving, responsible homes and providing services to benefit the local community and their pets. In order to help reunite lost pets with their owners, the shelter operates a lost and found pet reporting program and holds animals for seven days before putting them up for adoption. 

All shelter animals are vaccinated and spayed/neutered before being rehomed. They are regularly walked, socialized, exercised, and even trained on basic commands! Community volunteers play a significant role in providing the shelter animals with care, companionship, exercise, and training. It is with the help of volunteers that PAAS is able to foster an environment that promotes calm, clean, well-socialized animals, greatly increasing their chances of finding forever homes! 

In addition to adoption, other services offered by PAAS include animal licensing, low-cost vaccination clinics, humane trap rental, euthanasia when necessary, and a low-cost spay/neuter clinic (when resources permit). PAAS is dedicated to decreasing the number of unwanted and homeless animals and advocates neutering (which, contrary to popular belief, is the name of both male and female dog de-sexing operations) as the most humane way to do so. The shelter also offers a plethora of resources to educate and advocate responsible pet ownership, the benefits of adoption, how to choose the right dog for you, dog training, and other pet health and safety information. 

Through the services they offer and the care they provide, the people of Palo Alto Animal Services enrich the lives of the area's animals and citizens, strengthening both the community and the animal-human bond.

Upcoming Dog Friendly Events in Palo Alto

  • Admission FREE!
    Duration 8a.m.- sunset

    #1 Pearson Arastradero Preserve

    Are you and your pup in search of some fresh air and an adventure at the same time? The Pearson Arastradero Preserve is a lovely nature area with more than 10 miles of trails to explore, making it a favorite of the area's canines. The trails are remarkably well-maintained and highlight a lake and beautiful vistas of the Bay area. Take your leashed pets around the stunning preservation area for a bit of exercise and a slice of adventure. The preserve offers bathrooms, water, and benches to accommodate your visit. Come soak in the beauty where broadleaf evergreen forest and rolling savanna grassland meet!
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  • Admission FREE!
    Duration 6:00 am.-8:00 pm

    #2 Hoover Park

    Hoover Park is a 4.2-acre neighborhood park that is the perfect place to bring your pooch! The park offers grassy, wide-open spaces, paths to meander, picnic areas, and a creek to explore with your four-legged friend. There is even a fenced off-leash area for dogs to play and stretch their legs. Perfect on a hot summer day, the dog park area is fully shaded. It is, however, entirely dirt, so your pup may be a little less clean upon exiting the dog park. Be sure to check out the dry watercourse along the south side of the park. It was drained as a result of the drought in 1976 and boulders of various sizes sit in the once flowing bed.
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  • Admission FREE!
    Duration 8:00 am-7:30 pm

    #3 Baylands Nature Preserve

    The 1,940-acre Palo Alto Baylands Nature Preserve is the largest tract of undisturbed marshland in the San Francisco Bay. This space offers 15-miles of trails through various freshwater and tidal habitats. Many know this preserve for some of the best bird watching on the west coast. It has a substantial resident bird population and is a major stopover for migratory shorebirds on the Pacific Flyway. Baylands Nature Preserve is also home to numerous species of plants and animals, including the salt marsh harvest mouse, grey fox, and the endangered Ridgway's Rail. Leashed dogs are welcome to explore the trails with you, but be sure to clean up after them!
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  • Admission FREE!
    Month September
    Duration 9:00 am - 6:00 pm

    #4 Poodle Day

    Show your curly-haired canine some love! All puddle dogs are invited to come celebrate their springy selves at Poodle Day each September in nearby Carmel. The event is packed full of pooch fun, with many activities scheduled, and an area designated to off-leash play on the beach! There is even a Poodle Parade, just to get totally carried away in all of the poodle love. The best part about the whole day is that proceeds go to benefit Poodles in need through Norcal Poodle Rescue!
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  • Admission FREE!
    Month August
    Duration 11:00 am - 3:00 pm

    #5 Dog Day of Summer


    Beat the hot, Cali heat with your pupper at the Dog Day of Summer open house of fun! Pooches and their people are invited to come enjoy heaps of summer fun hosted by the Oshman Family Jewish Community Center. There will be a doggy costume contest, lots of fitness activities and demonstrations, and a giant section of fun for any kiddos that come along! The event is free and features raffle giveaways for attendees. So have some fun with your mutt in tow this August!

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