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Vista, California, is near to many large suburbs and cities in the state. This makes it especially prone to a large number of homeless animals. These animals need to be brought in from the streets and given shelter, food, and medical care. There are a few different animal shelters in the area that do just those things. A couple of these shelters are the Animal Rescue Resource Foundation and the San Diego Humane Society.

The Animal Rescue Resource Foundation (ARRF) is a non-profit organization dedicated to rescuing abused, homeless, and neglected animals and giving them a second chance at having a wonderful life. To help these animals, ARRF has a network of volunteer foster families that care for the animals until they can be placed in permanent homes with new families. In addition to rescuing animals, the organization also makes sure that all of the animals it brings in are spayed and neutered before they go to forever homes. Since the rescue doesn’t operate a shelter, if you are interested in any of the adoptable pets from ARRF, you should contact them and set up a time to meet the animal.

The San Diego Humane Society has served San Diego County since 1880. The organization operates facilities in San Diego, Escondido, and Oceanside, and collectively cares for hundreds of animals every year. These animals are given shelter, food, and medical care until they are found new homes. The San Diego Humane Society is the oldest non-profit organization of any kind in San Diego.

Upcoming Dog Friendly Events in Vista

  • Admission FREE!
    Month February
    Duration Two Day Event

    #1 San Diego Pet Con

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    Each year, Del Mar Fairgrounds is taken over by dogs in the month of February. Drop by for a free event dedicated to the pooch in your life! Bring your dog and let them socialize with all the other dogs in attendance. Browse through vendor booths, watch demonstrations, and learn about all things pets.

    There will prize giveaways for both humans and canines. Plus, get a free nail trim for your pooch, as well as discounted microchipping, vaccinations, and heartworm and flea preventatives!

    Admission to San Diego Pet Con is free. Open from 10 am to 5 pm on Saturday and 11 am to 4 pm on Sunday.

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  • Admission $32.00
    Month February
    Duration 9:00 am - 1:00 pm

    #2 5k Paw Walk in the Garden

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    The San Diego Botanic Garden hosts the 5k Paw Walk in the Garden each February to benefit the Rancho Coastal Humane Society. View beautiful plants from California, Australia, Hawaii, and more during the walk!

    Enjoy a nice, long stroll through the garden, treats for both pets and people, and all kinds of great pet products at the vendor booths!

    Each adult walker will cost $32 unless they are a member of the garden. Members participate for $21. Those under 18 will be charged $21 unless they are a member of the garden, which drops the ticket price to $14.

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  • Admission $40.00
    Month February
    Duration 7:00 am - 1:00 pm

    #3 Walk for Animals

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    Take a two-mile trek through Kit Carson Park in Escondido with your pooch to raise money for the San Diego Humane Society during February at the Walk for Animals event!

    Registration costs $40 per adult and $20 per children under the age of 18. If you want to raise money, but can’t attend the event, the fee is $10. All registered walkers will get a t-shirt. 

    On-site registration and the pancake breakfast begin at 7 am, and the walk is scheduled to start at 9. There will also be a Blessing of the Animals at 8:30 am.

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  • Admission FREE!
    Month November
    Duration 9:00 am - 3:00 pm

    #4 Doggie Street Festival

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    During the Doggie Street Festival, there will be live music, guest speakers, pet vendors, and an area for children that includes arts and crafts! Vendors will be selling all kinds of great pet products and services, and there will be food available. If you are looking to adopt a new pet, there will be a bunch of adoptable pets on-site!

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  • Admission FREE!
    Month October
    Duration 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm

    #5 Doggy Viking Games

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    Let your dog enjoy the life of a Viking during the annual Doggy Viking Games each October at Longship Brewery. During this exciting event, your dog can compete in the obstacle course challenge or show off a special trick in the trick contest! There will also be a Viking Scent Treasure Hunt, Ifling Fling Treat Toss, and more.

    Admission is free, but food and drinks will be available for purchase from Longship Brewery and Enchilla M’esta Catering, and a portion of the sales will go to the San Diego Humane Society to help staff care for animals in need.

    The event kicks off at noon and ends at 4 pm.

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