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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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 »

Catalina Adventure

Catalina Island Dog
Photo Credit: David Prasad (CC)
Catalina Island off the coast of Southern California is a favorite day-trip and weekend destination, and many travelers are surprised to discover that the Catalina Express, serving the island from Long Beach, Dana Point and San Pedro, does allow dogs. more »

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Dog Travel Events

Thousand Oaks

Pet Photos with Santa
November 29, 2021 to December 13, 2021
4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
350 West Hillcrest Drive, Thousand Oaks, California
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Santa Monica

Brunch With Santa Paws
December 4, 2021 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
1700 Ocean Avenue, Santa Monica, California 90401
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Holiday Pet Photos at Pasadena Humane
December 5, 2021 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
361 South Raymond Avenue, Pasadena, California 91105
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'Tis the Season for Pet Photos with Santa
December 5, 2021 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
3525 W Carson St., Torrance, California 90503
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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

Conejo Valley Veterinary Hospital
3580 Willow Ln.
Thousand Oaks, California 91361
Phone: (805) 495-4671

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