History buffs are in for a real treat when they visit the Californian City of Woodland, home to the infamous agricultural museum showcasing antique tractors and trucks! There are plenty of fun things to do in this evolving city that values its residents and their pets - with the Yolo County Animal Services Shelter taking care of lost and abandoned dogs.
The good people who run the shelter know that dogs are family members, so they are motivated to connect a lost pet with their owners. If no one comes to claim them, every effort is made to find a new and loving home. They are partially funded by the Glide Foundation, a charitable trust established by a local farming couple as a legacy of animal love - to support shelters with their compassionate work.
Another heartwarming shelter rescuing dogs is the California Animal Shelter Friends, a group of like-minded souls who save dogs that need a lot more care than some shelters can provide. This non-profit league of veterinarians and animal trainers all volunteer their time to help neglected canine friends.
In a city blessed with animal advocates “Rotts of Friends Animal Rescue” run by Renee Lancaster provides a safe haven for bigger dog breeds abandoned by their owners. Motivated by her love for Rottweiler’s, this dynamic dog angel works with other agencies to give dogs with a bad-boy image a brand new start. Their mantra, “We are Not Disposable”, tells a story of commitment and care. Her latest venture is the Rotts of Friends Sanctuary and you can learn more about this on her informative website.
If you want to know where the locals take their dogs for fun times and exercise, check out the Woodland Dog Park situated at 2001 East Street. The spirit of a dog’s love shines brightly when they all get together at the park to socialize and let their fur babies catch up with their 4-legged friends. The park opened in 2008 and boasts two separate, fenced areas for both the small and larger dogs, so it’s safe to bring your little Pug or Dachshund. Tails will be wagging as they play ball or sniff out the newbie dog in their enclosure - plus there is a water fountain, doggie waste bags and benches for pet parents. Dog parks that have been allocated for howling good times are incredibly social and a great way to meet the locals!
Most dog charities have annual paw-some events to help raise funds and in June, the Annual “Mutts and Martinis” event will be held at the ROF Sanctuary in Woodland, CA. This nationwide to-do features a silent and live auction plus cocktails at 5.30 pm - followed by dinner at 7. There will also be a rescue parade highlighting all the magical mutts looking for homes. Anyone is welcome to come along and join in this great night of frivolity and doggy-fundraising fun, including the dogs. This is a super-motivated charity that walks the Fido walk when it comes to helping larger dogs get the best medical care and recover. If you wish to attend this classy, canine event, check out the “Rotts of Friends Animal Rescue” website to reserve your seat. If you are wondering what attire is appropriate - the word is “Surprise Us!”
Share a cone with your precious pooch at the coolest ice cream shop in Woodland, CA! You’ll be spoilt for choice at Baski-Robbins, a specialty sweet shop where melt-in-the-mouth flavors will fuse to your taste-buds. Try the baseball nut or jamaco almond fudge. If you’re hungry for something else, they also serve cakes and pies. There are sure to be paw-loving people close by, so it's a great opportunity to make friends if you’re new to town. Dogs love ice cream, and the occasional cone will not affect their healthy home diet. You will need to tie rover up before you go into order but he can soon join you at a table outside.
Get ready for a yappy-good time when the Two Rivers Agility Club hold their annual dog agility trials. This is a “dogs can do anything” event where canine stars leap over jumps, dive through hoops and crawl in tunnels, showing off their agility skills to a mesmerized a crowd. Dog trials are always a popular event and are a great way to see how clever well-trained mutts can be. If you wish to join the club and take part in these woofin’ fun events, you need to have volunteered at a TRACS event a couple of times or been to a meeting two or more times. It's well worth it to be part of this remarkable dog agility club.
Ten acres of blissful scenery makes Pioneer Park in Woodland California a great place to bring Rover for a doggone amazing time. You can have all-year family fun with covered barbeque areas and a stylish playground for the kids. Step onto a lovely grassy space with pretty trees for shade and stroll around while Fido sniffs the air for local doggie pals. Clean and well presented, dog owners are expected to pick up after their mutts, so a little etiquette is required to keep this park pristine. It’s located at 1925 Branigan Avenue, Woodland, CA. Park opening hours are 8 am – 8 pm.