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Dog-Friendly San Francisco California

Sunday, August 6th, 2017

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Baker Beach San Francisco

San Francisco has a population of 805,000 in only 47 square miles. This makes it the second most densely populated city in the U.S. after New York. This is good for people visiting with dogs as it makes the city very walkable. To walk from anywhere to anywhere else in San Francisco you would not have to walk more than 7 miles. Most of the visitor areas are within three miles of each other, however. San Francisco is very scenic and has many hills some of which are quite steep with sidewalks made as stairs. There is a lot to do for a visitor with a dog in the City by the Bay.

San Francisco is a city of neighborhoods where you can easily walk to where you want to go. To get around town between neighborhoods you can drive (although parking can be expensive), take the famous cable cars or the MUNI buses or subways. Dogs are allowed on all of these, although they may require that you muzzle your dog. You should have a muzzle with you when using the public transportation with a dog. BART, the larger subway trains that connect San Francisco with the airport, Oakland, Berkeley and the East Bay only allow dogs small enough to be carried. Since most tourists to San Francisco want a cable car ride, that is the choice we would take if one is available.

One neighborhood where tourists inevitably end up is the Fisherman’s Wharf area. There are little shops, patio dining and all kinds of tourist attractions here. Dogs will enjoy walking the area with you and can go in some shops and patio restaurants. Also nearby here is Ghirardelli Square, famous for chocolate and ice cream. The Ghirardelli Square Shopping Center also has a number of stores that welcome your dog and dogs are allowed in the common areas. Usually, there will be all kinds of street entertainment in this area as well as carriage rides. Next door is the Italian neighborhood with shops and restaurants.

You can visit San Francisco’s famous Chinatown with your dog although it is a somewhat crowded area to walk. Also, there are very limited options for outdoor dining so you may need to get food to go here. Other activities in San Francisco for you and your dog are to walk the most crooked street in the world on Lombard St, view the city from the hill at Coit Tower, walk the 3.5 mile Barbary Coast Trail or drive the 49 Mile Scenic Drive where you can follow the signs. The 49 Mile Drive will visit most of the major sights in the city. Once or twice each year you can take your dog to a San Francisco Giants baseball game at AT&T Park but during every game there is a viewing gate where you can catch a few plays. There is also usually an annual Bark and Wine Ball where people and dogs can party it up.

San Francisco has many dog-friendly restaurants. Rogue Ales Public House has a dog menu as well as food and drink for the people in your party. Cuisine choices at dog-friendly restaurants range from organic and natural foods to hamburgers, smoothies, fish and steak. One of our favorites is ice cream at Ghirardelli Square. For dog-friendly shopping there are many choices including the world famous Union Square district especially around Christmas, Westfield San Francisco Center and Ghirardelli Square.

San Francisco has more off-leash areas for dogs than almost any city in North America. New York and Calgary may have more, but there are a lot in San Francisco. There are over twenty off-leash dog parks in San Francisco. For a large city, there are a lot of dog-friendly beaches as well. Baker Beach in the shadow of the Golden Gate Bridge, Fort Funston and Burton Beach and Ocean Beach are all dog-friendly.

Pet-friendly hotels are mostly high-end, expensive hotels in San Francisco downtown and tourist areas. For a real bargain, you will have to stay in the suburbs. If you want especially dog-friendly accommodations try the Palomar, Argonaut , Serrano , Sir Francis Drake, Sheraton Fisherman’s Wharf or the Hilton San Francisco. If you have an RV, the only place near town is the Candlestick RV Park near the stadium.

There are many nearby places to go for dog-friendly road trips from San Francisco. Day trips can include Napa Valley, Marin and Sonoma Counties just north of the Golden Gate Bridge. There is also Oakland, San Jose & Silicon Valley and Berkeley. For overnight trips, three hours north is Mendocino and four hours east is Lake Tahoe. Three hours south are Monterey and Carmel and two hours south is Santa Cruz.

Pet Adoptathon Aims to Empty East Bay Animal Shelters

Thursday, May 12th, 2011

Last year, Maddie’s Fund® organized the largest collaboration of animal shelters in Alameda and Contra Costa Counties for a two-day record-breaking pet adoption event which saved the lives of nearly 2,000 dogs and cats. The second annual Maddie’s® Matchmaker Adoptathon is being held on June 4 and 5 to repeat last year’s goal of finding loving homes for every dog and cat in the counties’ shelters and rescue organizations.

Maddie’s Fund has set aside $2 million for this year’s Adoptathon – double the nearly $1 million spent last year – to cover this ambitious goal. Adoptions will again be free for qualified adopters. In return, Maddie’s Fund will pay each shelter or rescue group $500 for every dog/cat adopted.  However, to make sure no pet is left behind, $1000 will be given for every adoption of a senior or treatable pet and $1500 for every adoption of a senior pet with a medical condition*.

“The success of last year’s Adoptathon exceeded our wildest expectations,” said Dave Duffield, Maddie’s Fund founder. “We received reports that people were lined up down the street, and parking lots were full, as thousands of wonderful people came out to save the lives of shelter animals. We are forever indebted to the many Bay Area residents that came together for this common cause, and look forward to an even more successful event this year.”

Maddie’s Fund has partnered with more than 40 animal shelters and rescue organizations in Contra Costa and Alameda Counties for this year’s Adoptathon. Free adoption of dogs and cats will be offered at more than 70 locations**. This year, the Stoneridge Shopping Center in Pleasanton is working with Maddie’s Fund to host adoptions and to serve as command central for the Adoptathon. Other adoption locations include participating rescue organizations, PETCO, PetSmart and Pet Food Express.

“The dedication of the animal shelter and rescue organizations was incredible last year,” said Rich Avanzino, Maddie’s Fund president. “Without their support and hard work, the Adoptathon would have never happened. As a result, Maddie’s Fund is doubling its monetary contribution to help empty those same shelters again. Our big initiative this year is to expand our lifesaving to include more senior and treatable dogs and cats.”

Maddie’s® Matchmaker Adoptathon is being held to increase awareness of shelter animals and their need for loving homes and to shed light on the tireless efforts of the shelters and rescue organizations in Alameda and Contra Costa Counties that work so hard to save the lives of countless dogs and cats. In addition, the adoption event honors the memory of the Foundation’s namesake, a miniature schnauzer named Maddie.

“During last year’s event, we set a personal record for our rescue organization.  The number of cats we adopted during those two days was nearly double what we adopt in an entire month,” said Elaine Lyford-Nojima, Director, Maine Coon Adoptions cat rescue organization.  “We are thrilled to be a part of the Adoptathon again this year, and can’t wait to adopt more of our terrific animals to loving families.”

Maddie’s Fund will pay organizations $500 per regular adoption, $1,000 for each adoption involving a dog or cat who is 7 years of age or older or who is diagnosed with one or more treatable medical conditions and $1,500 for each adoption involving a dog or cat who is 7 year of age or older and who is diagnosed with one or more treatable medical conditions (list can be provided upon request). 

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