Sacramento is one of the best cities for dogs anywhere in America, with a list of dog-friendly attractions, restaurants, and experiences taller than a Great Dane! There’s also a thriving community of dog and animal lovers that call Sacramento home, which is why the Californian capital boasts some truly inspirational animal rescue groups.
When dogs in Sacramento fall on hard times, one of the first organizations who can help is the Sacramento SPCA. This open-admission animal shelter accepts dogs regardless of their age, breed, health, or behavior, and aims to help every adoptable dog find a safe and happy home. Its mission is to foster a loving and compassionate communities for animals, and Sacramento SPCA has been striving towards this goal since 1894.
Over on Folsom Boulevard, Happy Tails Pet Sanctuary is another Sacramento animal rescue group working to protect the city’s pets. Founded in 1993, this volunteer group runs a no-kill, cage-free pet sanctuary and rescues abandoned dogs, abused dogs, and those at risk of euthanasia. Its mission is to protect and improve the lives of Sacramento’s homeless and abused dogs.
Recycled Pets NorCal is also entirely run by volunteers, and is dedicated to saving homeless pets. It works with shelters and rescue groups throughout California to help dogs in need find loving owners. By recycling unwanted pets into forever homes, it gives some of the less fortunate members of Sacramento’s canine population a second chance.
Grab your dog, grab a leash, and grab your walking shoes for this fun and festive celebration of all things dog! Held in Southside Park, DogFest Walk ‘n Roll features a scenic one-mile stroll through the park for pets and their owners. At the end of the walk you and your pooch can get your snouts into all the frivolity of DogFest, with music, games, vendors, heartwarming doggy stories, and more. The event is run to benefit Canine Companions for Independence, a non-profit which trains assistance dogs for people with disabilities, so it’s all in aid of a very good cause.
Free family fun for pets and people of all ages — that’s exactly what you can expect at Pet-A-Palooza, one of Sacramento’s favorite annual dog events. Held at Rusch Park in Citrus Heights, this paw-some event is jam-packed full of pet-related activities, including a doggy obstacle course, police K9 demonstrations, food trucks, a kids’ area, live entertainment, and more than 100 vendors! If you love animals, you’ll have a ball at Pet-A-Palooza.
All the colorful fun of Mardi Gras comes to Old Sacramento in this delightful event with a furry twist. Held in March, Old Sacramento’s Mardi Paws festival is headlined by a Mardi Gras-themed parade with dogs in costumes, on floats, and boasting all kinds of weird and wonderful outfits. A New Orleans-style marching band leads the pack, and the parade is followed by a vendor fair, plenty of food and drink, and the chance to support the Front Street Animal Shelter. Put your paw-ty hat on and check it out!
Get into the festive spirit with this grrr-eat December pub crawl to support the Sacramento SPCA! Kicking off at Truitt Bark Park in Midtown, the Pup Crawl is a great opportunity for you to eat, drink, and be merry, and to do it all with your furry friend. Taking in some of Sacramento’s best breweries, this thirst-quenching pet-acular includes doggy Santa photos, drink discounts, and plenty of dog-friendly games throughout the afternoon. Beautiful brews, delightful dogs, and festive fun to benefit a good cause — howl-iday events don’t get any better than that.
Lace up and leash up for Sacramento’s largest 2K and 5K dog walk. Run to benefit the valuable work of the Sacramento SPCA, the annual Doggy Dash features a whole day full of dog-friendly fun. And there’s so much more than just the walk itself, with doggy demonstrations, food trucks, and plenty of entertainment to get you to sit, stay, and enjoy! There are even several canine competitions held throughout the day, with cool prizes awarded for everything from the best tricks to the most enthusiastic tail wag. Regardless of whether you love big dogs, small dogs, or anything in between, you and your four-legged friend will have a paw-some time at the Doggy Dash.