Dog-friendly San Francisco Bay Area

San Francisco Bay Area

The 9-county San Francisco Bay Area just may be the most dog-friendly region in the world. From the coastal counties of San Francisco, Marin, Sonoma and San Mateo where you'll find beautiful beaches to the hip, urban vibe with lots of canine-accommodating amenities in Oakland and the East Bay, this is the place!

The Bay Area is also your gateway to the beautiful wine country featuring Sonoma County, Napa Valley, the Livermore Valley and the Suisun Valley Wineries where everyone, two-legged and four, is welcome. Looking for a reasonably-priced place to stay while wine-tasting, check out Vacaville.

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Dog-Friendly Cottages and Tables With a View

Nick’s Cove, Cottages and Tables with a View
Nick’s Cove, Cottages and Tables with a View

Take a national seashore, cross it with some intriguing history, add luxury cottages, an oyster bar and restaurant. Give it a shake and what do you get? Nick’s Cove Restaurant, Oyster Bar & Cottages, a dog-friendly, boutique resort on Tomales Bay in Marin County, just outside Point Reyes National Seashore. Nick's Cove is one of the last remaining historic settlements catering to the early California tourist trade on the beautiful Tomales Bay coast land. Book direct and savemore »

Juneteenth FREE Park Day In East Bay Regional Parks

Courtesy of the East Bay Regional Park District
Courtesy of the East Bay Regional Park District

The very dog-friendly East Bay Regional Park District is partnering with Outdoor Afro to commemorate Juneteenth by waiving park entry fees on Saturday, June 19, 2021. Juneteenth is an annual recognition of the 250,000 enslaved Black Americans in Texas who were notified of their freedom on June 19, 1865, two and a half years after the Emancipation Proclamation went into effect.

“There is no better place than parks to reflect on Juneteenth, the end of slavery, and today’s ongoing social justice issues,” said Park District Board President Dee Rosario. “The District embraces diversity, inclusion and promotes equal access for all.” Learn more heremore »

Hitch a Ride With This Dog-Friendly River Outfitter

Russian River Adventures
Russian River Adventures

Nine miles. Four to six hours. Countless tail wags, big smiles. A float or paddle on a secluded section of the Russian River is a DogTrekker must-do for visitors to Sonoma County. With your water-crazy dog aboard in a custom-made SOAR, inflatable canoe from Russian River Adventures, you’ll explore a section of the river downstream from Healdsburg and linger at swimming holes and beaches along the way. Boats are limited this year, so book soon. more »

Outdoor Gilroy: More Than Just Garlic!

Outdoor Gilroy: More Than Just Garlic!

Gilroy, a small city near the coast in Santa Clara County, might be known as the garlic capital of the world, but it’s also filled with dog-friendly open spaces ideal for spring exploration. Mount Madonna County Park, encompassing 4,605 acres 10 miles west of Gilroy, rising to 1,900 feet in elevation and offering panoramic views of highly varied terrain. For a good workout, choose the Sprig Lake Trail, which has an elevation gain of 600 feet over 3 miles. more »

Concord: Hike, Drink, Dine & Unwind

Concord: Hike, Drink, Dine & Unwind

The Contra Costa County town of Concord calls itself a “Northern California Original,” and it’s easy to see why. With a booming craft brew scene, creative dining options and a thriving music scene (it’s the birthplace of jazz great Dave Brubeck and the Concord record label), quick access to thousands of acres of open space and massive Mount Diablo looming in its backyard, it’s an East Bay oasis for outdoorsy types. more »

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Palo Alto

Virtual: Palo Alto Humane Society Daisy's Day 2021
August 30, 2021 to December 31, 2021

Palo Alto, California 94306
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Pet Food Express Virtual Pet Fair
September 1, 2021 to September 30, 2021

Pleasanton, California
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Pets Lifeline Cocktails and Hors d'oeuvres at Lyon Ranch
September 24, 2021 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Sonoma, California
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Walnut Creek

Wine & Whiskers
September 25, 2021 5:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
2890 Mitchell Drive, Walnut Creek, California
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Emergency Services

Animal Internal Medicine & Specialty Services
1333 9th Ave
San Francisco, California 94122
Phone: (415) 566-0540

Amador Valley Veterinary Hospital
1809 Santa Rita Rd., Ste. M
Pleasanton, California 94566
Phone: (925) 462-3646

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Penngrove, California 94951
Phone: (707) 665-0332

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