Whether you love big dogs, small dogs, or dogs of all shapes and sizes, San Mateo is one part of America where you’re sure to feel right at home! Like so many other cities in the San Francisco Bay Area, San Mateo is known for its dog-friendly attractions and for the dedicated animal lovers that are always at the ready to help animals in need.
Peninsula Humane Society & SPCA is the perfect example of this. An independent, non-profit shelter, Peninsula Humane Society & SPCA accepts all animals regardless of their age, breed or size. Best of all, it has rehomed 100 percent of the healthy dogs and cats in its care since 2003!
This open-door shelter takes in sick, injured, abused, unwanted, stray, neglected, and older pets all year long. These animals receive the veterinary care and rehabilitation they need, with approximately 200 animals rehomed each and every month.
Family Dog Rescue also sinks its teeth into rescuing animals in the San Mateo area. Founded in 2010, this grassroots non-profit saves more than 800 dogs a year from certain euthanasia, helping them find permanent homes. Since 2010, the group has rescued more than 3,000 dogs and paired them with loving, responsible owners.
Family Dog Rescue operates on the belief that dog + human = family and that a dog truly makes a house a home. Its shelter is open seven days a week by appointment only, so get in touch if you’re looking to give a beautiful dog a second chance at life.
Dog Day Afternoon is the largest pet adoption street fair in the country! Hosted by Pawtrero, this free community celebration of all things canine features adoptable pets from more than 20 local rescue groups. It’s the paw-fect day out for anyone searching for a new furry friend, but there’s plenty more that you and your fur-kid can see and do. There are heaps of pet-related vendors on site so you can pick up a bargain or two (and maybe even some freebies), while there are also raffles, pet care information, and live music! There’s a bark-tastic pet costume contest full of cute canines, so make sure you and your pal are ready for a day full of fun.
Love pets? Want to raise some money to support worthwhile animal-related causes? Check out Pet Pride Day, which is hosted by San Francisco Animal Care & Control (SFACC) each October. SFACC offers free adoptions throughout the event, and the whole afternoon is jam-packed full of dog-friendly games and activities. You can enter your pet in a costume contest, watch him show off in the pet trick competition, take some happy snaps in the photo booth, and enter the Friends of SFACC raffle. There are stacks of pet-related vendors on site as well, and proceeds from the raffle and activity booths go to the Friends of SFACC non-profit organization.
Held at the Santa Clara County Fairgrounds in San Jose, the Bay Area Pet Con is a free weekend full of pet-friendly exhibitors, activities, and fun! Leashed, well-behaved dogs are more than welcome to accompany you as you browse pet products from tons of exhibitors, access discounted vaccinations and a range of other cheap pet care services, and take in all the action of some grrr-eat doggy sporting demonstrations. There’s also a mega-adoption event with loads of adoptable animals, plus heaps of paw-some giveaways for two-legged and four-legged guests. If you love your pet and want to give her the best possible care, the Bay Area Pet Con is the event for you!
Ever wanted to watch a hockey game with your best friend? Now you can, thanks to a paw-some initiative from the San Jose Barracuda. Pucks & Paws lets you take your furry friend along to watch the Barracuda battle it out on the ice, so you can enjoy all the thrills and action without having to leave your furry buddy at home! Leashed, vaccinated dogs that are six months or older are invited to attend, with canine tickets available from just $5. Dogs and their humans are seated in dog-friendly sections located within the Zamboni end of the arena, so you’ll be surrounded by plenty of other dog-loving hockey fans all night long!
Each August, the Nihonmachi Street Fair offers a broad range of cultural experiences that reflect and celebrate San Francisco’s multicultural diversity. In fact, the festival celebrates all the best things about San Francisco and, as the city is regularly listed as one of the country’s most pet-friendly locations, there’s also a Doggie World gathering to help the community’s four-legged family members join in on the fun! There are local pet experts and adoption agencies on-site offering advice and information, as well as a super-cute canine parade and pageant. Check it out with your pooch this August!