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Santa Monica, California, is home to some great animal shelters that work hard to find homes for the stray pets in the area. Two of these dedicated shelters are L.A. Love and Leashes and Much Love Animal Rescue.

L.A. Love and Leashes is an animal shelter located inside Healthy Spot in Santa Monica, California. The facility takes in only animals from Los Angeles’ six city animal shelters to help them find new homes. With the large number of dogs and cats in L.A. city shelters, it can be hard for any of them to be seen by potential new owners, so L.A. Love and Leashes promotes them and tries to get more people to see them. Funded only by donations, L.A. Love and Leashes gives all adoption fees back to the city shelters. Adoption fees are the same as they are at the official shelters.

Much Love Animal Rescue is a non-profit rescue that rehomes abused, neglected, and homeless pets from the streets. Since opening in 1999, the shelter has found homes for more than 3,500 animals. These animals are given a second chance because of the rescue’s dedication to saving animals that are about to be euthanized at other animal shelters. The shelter takes in old and hard-to-adopt animals and works on rehabilitating and finding homes for animals of all ages and circumstances. The shelter also educates the public on responsible pet ownership and the importance of spaying and neutering pets.

If you are looking for a new pet, stop by one of these great shelters today!

Upcoming Dog Friendly Events in Santa Monica

  • Admission FREE!
    Month December
    Duration 12 p.m. to 6 p.m.

    #1 Hoppy Howlidays Holiday Party


    Yorkshire Square Brewery is ready for its Annual Hoppy Howlidays Holiday Party in December, from noon to 6 p.m.! This fundraiser benefits the Linda Blair WorldHeart Foundation, which educates the public about animal welfare, as well as misunderstood dog breeds. Linda Blair herself will be at the event to meet attendees and takes photos with guests!

    The brewery will hold a draw for great prizes and a Snuggle Drive to help the organization get the blankets, towels, and dog beds that it so badly needs for the dogs in its cares.

    Bring your own dog out to celebrate with games, drink specials, and food trucks, all for a great cause!

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  • Admission $20.00
    Month October
    Duration 2:30 PM to 3:30 PM

    #2 Haute Dogs Howl’oween Parade


    Join Haute Dogs for the Halloween event of the year each October at Haute Dogs Howl’oween Parade at Marina Vista Park. The parade starts at the corner of Colorado Street and Santiago Avenue. Join more than 500 other costumed dogs and their owners for the parade event of a lifetime.

    Bring your dog dressed in their best costume for the chance to win free dog food for a whole year! It is $20 to participate in the parade, but free to watch. All proceeds from the event are donated to spay/neuter programs, adoption and rescue groups, Operation Santa Paws, and other Long Beach service projects.

    The parade starts at 2:30 p.m. and is expected to last about 45 minutes.

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  • Admission FREE!
    Month October

    #3 Strutt Your Mutt


    Walk your dog to raise money for Best Friends or another great charity at Strutt Your Mutt L.A. Each year, Strutt Your Mutt comes back to L.A. to raise money for dozens of organizations with the help of many local partners including Hollywoof to the Rescue and Dogs of Service!

    Spend your day with your pooch eating great food from local food trucks, drinking beer, and shopping local pet vendors, all while in the company of hundreds of other dogs and dog owners. The event includes a dog walk-a-thon to collect money for the organization you are representing at the event.

    Each year, the event takes place in October. Registration is $15 for adults or $10 for kids.

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  • Admission FREE!
    Month May
    Duration 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

    #4 Pawsapalooza


    Pawsapalooza is a yearly event that takes place at West Hollywood Park in West Hollywood, California, which is only a short drive from Santa Monica. This festival is hosted by PAWS/LA. Browse through pet-related vendors, listen to live music, enjoy delicious food and drinks, and take part in a festive experience!

    Be sure to dress your dog up for a chance to win one of the categories of the costume contest. Enter into the raffle for a chance to win another great prize!

    This annual event is held every May on a Sunday from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is free.

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  • Admission FREE!
    Month September
    Duration 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

    #5 Surf Dog Huntington Beach


    Join Surf Dog at Hunting Beach for a day of dog surfing fun! This is a free event, but donations are encouraged to help out some of the paw-some Charity Paw-tners of the event. The surFur expo starts at 8 a.m. and ends at 2:30 p.m. on a designated day each September. Watch the dog surf competition to see some truly exciting talent on the water!

    The Surf Dog event is part of a whole weekend of doggone fun, starting with a Pooch Party on Friday and rounding out with Sup w/ Pup Meetup on Sunday. You won’t want to miss out on this three-day event that is dedicated to the dogs in your life!

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