My Five Favorite Pet-friendly Destinations in Los Angeles

by C.J. Arabia, full-time blogger and Animal Advocate

I’ve lived in Los Angeles for the past 20 years and have always had at least one dog. I also volunteer with Animal Advocates Alliance animal rescue and am always looking for pet-friendly places to take my posse of pooches in my town.

Pussy & Pooch
564 S. Main St., Los Angeles, CA 90013
(213) 438-0900

There are a lot of boutique pet stores in Los Angeles but the best is Pussy & Pooch in the downtown area. Pussy and Pooch is a pet store full of stuff you’d normally have to go online to find, but even better, they offer the Pawbar. Pawbar is basically a doggie diner with a daily selection of raw meat meals, simmered stews and meaty bones. Prices range from $3 for a quick snack to $7 for a full-size meal for a larger dog. You can’t go wrong.

Laurel Canyon Dog Park
8620 Mullholland Drive, Studio City, CA 
(818) 769-4415

If you’re in Los Angeles with your pooch you absolutely have to visit the Laurel Canyon Dog Park. Nestled in the hills above Hollywood, this 3-acre dog park is a doggie wonderland. One of the perks, other than this park being off-leash, is that this secluded location attracts lots of celebs. Depending on the day you might get to see a few famous people and their pooches.

D Pet Hotel
1041 N. Highland Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90038
(323) 464-PETS 

If you’re visiting Los Angeles and you are going to be out for the day and can’t take your pooch with you, may I suggest our finest doggie day care: D Pet Hotel. Your dog will get a human-sized and decorated bedroom and a wide screen television where the staff shows all sorts of animal movies for your pet to enjoy. If you have a few dogs, they can all stay in the room together. There are huge play rooms and depending on what your pooch likes he/she can get in a work out and make new friends. There are doggie treadmills, a 6k-square-foot indoor play area, and they offer a full array of doggie delights: body wraps, fur/hair coloring, teeth cleaning, massage, and pedicures. There’s also a vet on call 24/7.

Runyon Canyon Park & Hiking Trail
2001 N. Fuller Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90046

I’m not gonna lie, there are some steep hills involved here so bring sturdy shoes. The views from Runyon Canyon Park & Hiking Trail are amazing. You can see all the way out to the ocean and all of Los Angeles. Lots of people and lots of dogs. Though there are drinking fountains along this hike, bring plenty of water for you and your pet, especially in the summer months. This hike gets pretty intense but you’ll get some amazing photos and your dog will have a blast.

Birds Café-Bar 
5925 Franklin Ave., Hollywood, CA 90028
(323) 465-0175

After a long day of sightseeing, dog parks, and hiking it’s time to unwind with a cocktail, so head on over to Birds Café-Bar in Hollywood. There’s not a pet menu like some places, but they are super dog-friendly and will make anything on the menu for your dog, just ask. They’ll set you up with a cocktail, a water bowl for your pet, and a nice comfy place on the patio. Another great place to spy celebs, but then in Los Angeles, it’s hard to go somewhere and not run into a celeb of some sort.

C.J. Arabia is a full-time blogger and Animal Advocate who lives in Los Angeles. You can read her work here:


2 Responses to Pet-friendly Los Angeles

  1. Michael says:

    Our kitty visits Pussy and Pooch once in a while. She loves visiting and picking out the toys she likes. We love the products they sell. If you are in downtown LA looking for treats, toys, clothing, leashes, or food, this is the place to spoil your dog or cat.

  2. Michael says:

    In LA there are many boarding hotels. We used to bring our cat to The Cat Hotel in Burbank but they went out of business. We have been using another place called Heavenly Pet Resort. We like this place because they provide quiet and clean private rooms for shy kitties. Our kitty loves people but is not used to hanging out with other cats so the private rooms are ideal. She will be staying here again soon and we know she will be safe. The staff here are very caring and responsible. Check them out if you need a place for your doggie or kitty.

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