Placer County

Placer County

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Placer County mapStretching from the flat Sacramento Valley to the peaks of the High Sierra at Lake Tahoe, Placer County is nothing if not diverse. As you wind your way up Interstate 80, you'll pass through communities ranging from modern suburbs to farm towns to historic, Gold Rush-era settlements that look plucked from a Western movie set.

Hundreds of square miles of national forests and other public lands, including Auburn State Recreation Area, stretching 20 miles along two forks of the American River, beckon you and your four-legged friend. Towns large and small welcome DogTrekkers with pet-friendly lodging, restaurants, wineries and other attractions.
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Dog-friendly Wineries in Placer County

Lady standing in a wine vineyard
Pescadore Vineyard. (CC) Howard Koons
Here at, we’ve made dog-friendly wineries easier to find through a new, interactive map on our California Wine Country landing page. Clicking on the map of the county or region you’d like to visit will help you explore the wine regions throughout the state. Here are a few of our favorites in Placer Countymore »

Prospecting in Placer County

Placer Dogs
Placer Dogs - George Lamesom (CC)
The contemporary wine industry in Placer County, while young, is gaining steam and recognition, turning out wines that impressed the judges at the 2014 California State Fair and rolling out the welcome mat for visitors with two legs and four. Most of the 20 wineries and tasting rooms on the Placer County Wine Trail are situated north of Interstate 80 near Auburn and Loomis. Almost all welcome tail-waggers, so pick a region to explore and let serendipity be your guide.    more »

Park and Play

You want to spend as much time as possible playing in the mountains, so why waste your energy looking for a place to park?  Whether there’s snow up to your eyeballs or not a flake to be seen, you’ll enjoy easy access to prime snow-play areas and skiing/hiking trails with a Sno-Park permitmore »

Doggie Action Galore at SnowFest

Snowfest Dog
Snowfest dog. Photo: Lisa Sunde
Wondering when to plan a dog-friendly winter getaway to Tahoe? Mark your calendar for February 29-March 9, when North Lake Tahoe SnowFest is in process. This family-friendly series of events is a winter favorite for many locals and chock-full of activities ranging from tame (snow-queen pageant) to just plain wacky. (Human bowling, anyone?)    more »

When It Snows . . .

Tahoe Cross Country
Tahoe Cross Country - Photo: Phil King
Yes, it will snow again — and when it does, you and your best friend will find groomed cross-country trails as well as limitless tracts of public lands to glide on. Be sure to check with these centers regarding their status prior to heading out. more »

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Emergency Services

Animal Medical Center Redirected
1525 Grass Valley Highway
Auburn, California 95603
Phone: (530) 823-5166

VCA Loomis Basin Veterinary Clinic
3901 Sierra College Blvd.
Loomis, California 95650
Phone: (916) 652-5816

Animal Medical Center
1525 Grass Valley Highway
Auburn, California 95603
Phone: (530) 823-5166

Humane Societies/Shelters

Humane Society of the Sierra Foothills, Inc.
2945 Bell Road #175
Auburn, California
Phone: 530 823-6828

Placer SPCA Roseville
150 Corporation Yard Road
Roseville, California 95678

Placer SPCA Auburn Pet Adoption and Resource Center
1482 Grass Valley Highway
Auburn, California 95603
Phone: (530) 823-7722

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