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Bend, OR is a mecca for dogs and those who love them, boasting a plethora of dog-friendly events and activities! In fact, Dog Fancy Magazine has named Bend the #1 Most Dog-Friendly City in the country! 

The city and surrounding area have one major rescue organization, the Humane Society of Central Oregon. This nonprofit strives to serve the companion animals and communities of Bend and strengthen the animal-human bond through their compassionate care and advocacy. In operation since 1961, the organization offers services including homeless animal care/shelter, a lost and found pet reporting system, animal rehoming, county dog licensing, humane animal treatment education, spay/neuter assistance, shelter presentations, a Pet Visiting Program, and owner-requested euthanasia. Whenever possible, animals in need are placed in foster homes until they are adopted to a responsible, loving family. 

Every year, the Humane Society of Central Oregon provides loving care to more than 4,000 abandoned, lost, abused, and neglected companion animals. The shelter has an extensive network of volunteers that help make their efforts possible through animal training, grooming, and enrichment as well as assistance with the veterinary clinic and shelter operations. They also offer youth and community outreach programs, educating Bend on animal welfare, pet care, overpopulation, bite prevention, animal careers, and choosing the right pet for you. Through their extensive efforts over more than 50 years, the Humane Society of Central Oregon has made the animals and communities of Bend, OR happier, safer, and healthier.

Upcoming Dog Friendly Events in Bend

  • Admission FREE!
    Month June
    Duration 9a.m.-3p.m.

    #1 Pet Pawlooza Festival

    This annual festival for pets and their people gathers at the beautiful Riverbend Park. Come on down for a fun day chock full of live music, food, adoptable animals, demonstrations, pet vendors and services, contests, prizes, and even a beer garden, all in support of Brightside Animal Center! The day of celebrating our beloved companions is kicked off with a dog-friendly 5K followed by a 1.3K Walk-a-thon. The 5K registration fee even includes a cool t-shirt for you and a bandana for your dog! Dogs must be leashed and have proof of rabies vaccination.
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  • Admission FREE!
    Duration 6 Hours

    #2 Metolius River Trail

    This scenic, dog-friendly trail is an easy 12-mile out-and-back hike within the Deschutes National Forest. You should set aside around six hours to complete this exciting outdoor excursion with your dog. The trail is fairly flat and follows the river along the base of Black Butte. The sudden springs and oasis-like riverbank will be such a treat for your dear doggo! As mountain bikes and horses are prohibited, rest assured this trail is both safe and relaxing. Take your best furry pal to this trail for some exercise and a refreshing dip!
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  • Admission FREE!
    Duration 5a.m.-10p.m.

    #3 Bog Wenger Memorial Off-Leash Area at Pine Nursery Park

    You and your pooch have got to check out this dog park, it's one of the best that Bend has to offer! Pine Nursery Park really has it all, including an 18.8-acre fenced off-leash area with various trails and paths, dog and people water fountains, free poop bags, large grassy fields, a seasonal doggie splash pad, and even a human bathroom! Outside of the designated off-leash areas, there are plenty of opportunities for walking your leashed pet on scenic paths and around the beautiful, manmade lake. Pine Nursery Park may even be one of the best doggie havens in the state of Oregon!
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  • Admission FREE!
    Duration 5a.m.-10p.m.

    #4 Riverbend Park

    Riverbend Park, also known as Dog Park Beach, is the perfect place to take your pal for a dip! The 1.1-acre fenced off-leash area includes access to the Deschutes River and a separate small-dog area. The space is fully fenced on both the dog park end and the river end with a path in between to provide dogs river access. Your pup can run and play with friends, swim in the river, run around some more to dry off, dip in the refreshing river once again, and repeat as many times as necessary until you have a very happy, tired doggo. There are even trails along the river and throughout the rest of Riverbend Park where you can take your leashed pets for a stroll!
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  • Admission FREE!
    Duration 4PM-9PM Daily

    #5 Crux Fermentation Project

    Located right smack in the middle of Bend, this brewery is the perfect place to relax with your canine companion after a long day of fun! They offer 20+ of their own craft beers brewed right on site! The dog-friendly brewery has a spacious outdoor dining area to accommodate your pal adjacent to a large field for frolicking. They even provide plenty of water dishes for your four-legged friend! Sip a brew on the patio in the evening and soak in the incredible panoramic view of the Cascade Mountains, providing one of the most amazing sunsets in Central Oregon.
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