Dog-friendly Los Angeles County

Los Angeles County

For all its glitz and glamour, Los Angeles County is one of the most pet-centric places in California. West Hollywood devised a law stating that pets are to be called “companions” and their owners “guardians."
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A slew of hotels and restaurants will cater to your pooch after a long day frolicking on the beach, hiking in the hills or hobnobbing in one of the numerous dog parks scattered throughout the county.

Celebrities love dogs as much as the rest of us, so your Bella may even sniff out a famous Fido on your morning run in trendy Runyon Canyon. But even the stars can’t outshine the stunning natural beauty, stellar weather and welcoming atmosphere of LA County.
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Don’t pass on pasadena with your dog

Eaton Canyon Falls. Photo by LA County Parks.
Eaton Canyon Falls. Photo by LA County Parks.

If you can just get off of those L.A. freeways (and you can!) a great place to gulp some fresh air and take in some flowy eye candy is Eaton Canyon Falls just outside Pasadena, at the base of the San Gabriel Mountains. Don’t expect a ton of solitude; the 184-acre preserve is a very popular place, and for good reason. In summer, you can splash in a waist-deep pool at the base of the 40-foot, single-drop cascade. more »

Grand-Paws Senior Sanctuary

Photo: Rita Earl Photography
Photo: Rita Earl Photography

Grand-Paws mission is to rescue primarily large-breed, senior dogs who’ve been abandoned and let them live out their lives in the Acton sanctuary or in a permanent foster home. more »

Visit a Close-In, Dog-Friendly Campground

Samuel P Taylor State Park - Photo Credit: @cchellyyy
Samuel P Taylor State Park - Photo Credit: @cchellyyy

Let’s say you want to go camping but don’t have hours to spare driving to a remote place. Even if you’re an urban dweller, you don’t have to go far to snag a spot in the woods (although you might have trouble with reservations). Here are some of our favorite campgrounds close to urban centers. more »

Rosie’s Dog Beach

Photo Credit: @pongopig
Photo Credit: @pongopig

Rosie’s Dog Beach, Long Beach, Los Angeles County. It’s not fenced and not a dedicated “dog beach,” but this strand of sand in the “dog zone” along Ocean Boulevard is open to off-leash dog play from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. every day. Believe it or not, this is the only legally off-leash beach in the entire county! more »

Sniffing Out Dog-Friendly Trails in LA

Dog hiking in LA County
On top of the world. Photo Credit: Jaclyn Guardado
Los Angeles is lots more than jammed freeways, as anyone who’s taken time to explore its hilly terrain and beautiful beaches knows. Take in the vibrant urban scene on a paved trail one day, then head to the hills for a rural repast. The County of Los Angeles Department of Parks and Recreation maintains 177 parks, quite a few of which warmly welcome leashed canine visitors. And that’s not counting the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area or open space maintained under the stewardship of the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancymore »

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Dog Travel Events

Los Angeles

Vegan Playground LA Arts District
June 29, 2022 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
700 Jackson Street, Los Angeles, California 90012
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Long Beach

Thursday Night Market - Under the Stars
June 30, 2022 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
300 The Promenade North, Long Beach, California 90802
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North Hollywood

Vegan Valley Nights
July 1, 2022 5:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
5275 Craner Avenue, North Hollywood, California 91601
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Los Angeles

Vegan Playground LA West Adams
July 1, 2022 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
4203 West Jefferson Boulevard, Los Angeles, California 90016
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Emergency Services

Animal Specialty & Emergency Center
1535 South Sepulveda Blvd.
Los Angeles, California 90025
Phone: (310) 473-1561

Melrose-La Brea Animal Hospital
7116 Melrose Ave.
Los Angeles, California 90046
Phone: (323) 937-2334

Santa Monica Animal Control
1640 Ninth St.
Santa Monica, California 90404
Phone: (310) 458-8594


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