San Francisco regularly features on lists of the most dog-friendly cities anywhere in the world, which means dog lovers in South San Francisco enjoy easy access to world-class attractions and experiences they can enjoy with their dogs. It also means there’s no shortage of excellent animal welfare groups operating in the local area, working to ensure that every dog gets the chance to find happiness.
Family Dog Rescue is one such group. Founded in 2010, Family Dog Rescue has rescued more than 3,000 pooches and matched them with loving forever homes with their ideal owners. Its work is based on the belief that Dog + Human = Family and that a dog makes a house a home, and the group is committed to providing the care and shelter homeless pets need.
However, Family Dog Rescue is 100% funded by donations. Its ability to continue saving the lives of pets in need depends on its generous adopters, donors, and volunteers, so lend a helping paw if you can.
Wonder Dog Rescue also maintains an unwavering commitment to the homeless dogs of San Francisco. This grrr-eat group specializes in rescuing small breeds of all ages, with those dogs then cared for in loving foster homes while they await adoption. This foster-based approach ensures that rescued pets receive the care and support they need to be able to seamlessly transition into their forever homes.
Just like Family Dog Rescue, Wonder Dog Rescue is always on the lookout for more donations and volunteers. If you’re keen to help dogs in need of a second chance, both these rescue groups are definitely worthy of your support.
If you’re looking to adopt a new pet, or if you’re just keen to spend a grrr-eat afternoon out with your dog, this is the event for you! Dog Day Afternoon, hosted by Pawtrero on Brannan Street, is the largest pet adoption street fair in San Francisco. The aim of the event is to raise money and awareness for a host of local pet rescue groups, with heaps of adorable adoptable animals on site to meet and greet. There’s plenty more to see and do throughout the day as well, including heaps of pet-related vendors, some free goodies, pet care information, pet photography, live music, and even a pet costume contest. Admission is free and dogs are welcome, with 100% of proceeds raised throughout the day benefiting the rescue groups in attendance!
Each August, the Nihonmachi Street Fair celebrates all the best things about the cultural melting pot that is San Francisco, combining performances, art, music, food, and community outreach into a whole weekend full of festival fun. For dog lovers, however, the best part of the event is Doggie World, a gathering place for four-legged guests that takes place on the Sunday of the festival. The biggest highlight is the Doggie World Parade and Pageant, which is always a sight to behold, while there are also plenty of vendors on site if you’re looking for a bargain. Adoptable animals, pet care advice, and DIY doggie crafts also feature, so why not check out the fun with your pet?
A paw-some family-friendly celebration of dogs and kids — that’s what you can expect at DogFest, an annual festival that benefits McKinley Elementary School! Held in the peaceful surrounds of Duboce Park, the event offers something for two- and four-legged guests of all ages to enjoy. You can enter your pooch in the Everyday Dog Show, which features categories such as Best Tail, Best Trick, Best Ears, and Most Openly Corrupt Best in Show. Other highlights include a huge inflatable obstacle course and carnival games for kids, delicious food, an auction, adoptable animals, and more. Best of all, admission is free!
San Francisco Animal Care & Control’s Pet Pride Day has been running for well over 20 years and is a highly-anticipated event for local dog lovers! Held on Rescue Row, the event features a free, fun-filled afternoon of pet adoptions, doggy games, and activities for the whole family. There are cute adoptable animals, heaps of pet-related vendors, food and drink, live entertainment, and pet competitions. There’s even the adorably entertaining pet costume contest, and the whole afternoon boasts a relaxed and carefree vibe the whole family will love. Admission is free, so there’s no excuse not to grab your pooch and join in the fun!
Looking for an event that allows you to quench your thirst and indulge your love for all things dog at the same time? Pints & Puppies could be the paw-fect solution! Held at The Yard at Mission Rock, this event promises a grrr-eat afternoon out for dog lovers who want to socialize with other dog lovers. With Fido by your side, you can enjoy delicious drink specials, get professional photos with your pet, and meet plenty of other dog owners and their furry friends! Tickets start from $20 and a portion of the proceeds go to support Family Dog Rescue, so grab your furry friend and get ready to drink one down with your hound.