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San Francisco doesn't mess around when it comes to pooches. Arguably the most dog-friendly city in the United States, pups truly are San Francisco's best friend. In fact, mutts even outnumber human children in this colorful city, which we're sure the pawrents of San Francisco make no bones about! 

Doting on dogs isn't ruff in this city, with hundreds of luxury dog hotels, rooftop dog cocktail parties, and specialty dog restaurants. San Francisco has truly gone to the dogs! Of course, a city with such robust puppy-loving has the dog organizations, shelters, non-profits, and pup associations to keep the city's prized jewels safe. 

Of them, Family Dog Rescue is one of the most popular. They rescue pups of all sizes, breeds, and personalities and then work hard to match them with the humans that fit them best. This organization is 100 percent donation based, but still managed to re-home over 800 dogs in 2017. They offer adoption services, shelter and fostering programs, and even dog-enrichment programs!

Enter the next well-known program, Wonder Dog Rescue. Beginning as a Boston Terrier rescue group, it's grown into a group that rescues all breeds! Though there's no physical shelter, the organization works hard to find foster homes for every pup in their care while they await adoption. They specialize in pups that are at risk due to medical issues and those beloved pups who need care and compassion near the end of their lives. 

Another organization, Rocket Dog Rescue, is a bay-area dog organization that's run only by volunteers. They specialize in saving pups from death at over-crowded shelters and finding them happy, fur-ever homes. Because of this, they've saved the lives of over 8,100 pups! 

Upcoming Dog Friendly Events in San Francisco

  • Admission FREE!

    #1 World's Ugliest Dog Contest

    Every year, the world gathers around (both on the internet and in San Francisco) to vote on the world's ugliest dogs - a badge these pups, and their owners, sport with pride! The contest, which is sponsored by VIP Petcare, encourages entries from homely hounds with faces only their pawrents could love. You and your pup can attend the annual contest that celebrates these pitiful puppers, watch them do a Faux Paw Fashion Show and a Red Carpet Walk. Maybe your pup can even enter the contest! Though the event sounds mean, it's really a celebration that all dogs are adoptable and adorable, despite any imperfection. Winners snag $1,500 and are flown to New York for media appearances! The event is hosted at the Sonoma-Marin Fairgrounds every year. Take your pup to the event and be ready to fall in love with some mismatched ears, crossed eyes, and patchy furred pups.
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  • Admission FREE!
    Duration 11:00am-4:00pm

    #2 DogFest

    Welcome to one of the biggest pet festivals in the United States! DogFest is the place to BE, with your pup by your side to enjoy a mutt-tastic, dog-themed, all-day carnival. One of the largest events in all of San Francisco, you and your pooch can enjoy a day jam-packed with pawesome activities like best Dog Show Categories ( best ears, anyone?), doggie trick performances, costumes, face painting, and a giant adoption fair! There are tons of prizes available for doggos in attendance, hundreds of canine vendors, and lots of silent auction pup treats you can win for your hound. Don't miss out on this free day full of fun bonding with your best four-legged friend!
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  • Admission FREE!
    Duration 10:30am Onward

    #3 SPCA Costume Contest

    It's pretty clear that San Francisco loves their pups, so of course that means they love dressing up their pups, too. So much so that they've created an entire day dedicated to costume-clad canines! Every year, the SF SPCA puts on a pup-tastic costume contest, offering you and your pooch the opportunity to strut down the runway. Considered more a fashion show for your doggo, you have the chance to win a ton of fabulous prizes. All proceeds from the benefit goes to the SF SPCA. Pull out those glue guns, give your pup a smooch and apologize in advance for the ridiculous costume you'll be throwing him into. You and your pup won't want to miss this epic contest!
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  • Admission $90.00
    Duration 1:05pm

    #4 Dog Days of Summer

    Take me out to the ballgame, take me out to the..dogs? We know the lyrics are something like that - but with the annual Dog Days of Summer event at AT&T Park, you really can bring your bow-wow to join you for a day of baseball fun! Not only can you and Fido feast on hotdogs while watching the game, you can also help him strut his mutt stuff in a pre-game parade and costume contest! For $90, you and your pooch can get a bleacher seat to share - but act fast, space is limited!
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  • Admission FREE!
    Duration 12:00pm-2:30pm

    #5 Pet Pride Day

    The Pet Pride Day in San Francisco is one of the biggest bow-wow events in the Bay! Put on by SFACC, this annual event is dedicated to pet adoptions, costume contests, K9 demonstrations, and more. You and your pooch can join the free event and hit up the photo booth, eat delicious snacks, shop around the hundreds of pet vendor stands, and even adopt new pups to love without adoption fees! All proceeds from the doggie day will benefit programs and materials that enrich the lives of the SFACC animals.
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