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A Better City for Pets

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Palm Springs is a Certified City in the Better Cities for Pets program. This program helps cities be pet-friendly so more people can enjoy the benefits of a life with pets.  We are committed to pets and pet owners and continuously adapt new ways to improve how they live, work, and play. With more progressive pet-friendly policies in place, we believe we are helping to change hearts and minds.

pug at pool

Palm Springs Animal Shelter

Partners across your city are working together to reduce pet homelessness and get more pets in loving homes.

The Palm Springs Animal Shelter plays a leading role in providing programs for animals, pets, and pet owners. Choosing to adopt an animal rather than buying from a breeder or pet shop is the easiest and best thing you can do to help reduce the number of unwanted pets.

They also offer a public vaccine and microchip clinic every Thursday from 9:30 am to 1:00 pm.

Their Pet Food Bank currently partners with Mizell Senior Center’s “Meals on Wheels” Program, AAP Food Samaritans, Well In The Desert, and Bloom In The Desert Ministries to provide needed food to pets.

palm springs animal shelter

Pet-Friendly Housing

Palm Springs doesn’t have breed bans or other significant restrictions for pets. This makes it a great place for pet owners to live and visitors to stay, as they will not have to worry about their pet being discriminated against or banned from certain areas.

Residents have pet-friendly housing options with minimal restrictions or unreasonable fees. Some of these housing options include apartments, townhomes, and condos. Additionally, there are many vacation rental homes and hotels that are pet-friendly.  

Arrive Palm Springs allows pets with no pet fee.

Dogs and other friends are encouraged for their guests at The Rowan and their employees offer treats plentiful. If they can fit in the elevator, they are always welcome and free.

dog friendly kimpton rowan

Pets are welcome at Margaritaville Resort, including cats and feathered friends for no fee. The resort provides designated pet relief areas with complementary disposal bags.

margaritaville dog

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Dog Parks

Palm Springs has pet-friendly green spaces for people and pets to get healthy exercise and connect with each other.

The Palm Springs Dog Park is located behind City Hall. The park consists of 1.6 acres of fenced-in rolling grass with fire hydrants, dual purpose canine/human drinking fountains, picnic tables and benches made from recycled materials, solar lighting and shade structures. Dogs run and play leash-free. There is a separate play area for small dogs.

palm springs dog park

Ruth Hardy Park is also pet-friendly. This open park is used for many different activities, including dog walking. The area is 22-acres in total, featuring tennis, basketball and sand volleyball courts, plus picnic tables and grills. Please ensure Fido is leashed at all times.

There are also common areas throughout Palm Springs where humans can hand out with their pets.

dogs at the corridor

Dog Friendly Dining

Palm Springs is fortunate to have sunshine almost every day. With that comes a lot of outdoor dining and patios that are dog friendly.

Boozehounds is the newest on the block and is where dogs bring their humans. It’s a contemporary, multifaceted space where people can socialize with their pups. Their 7,000 sq. ft. venue features a dog-friendly open-air atrium, along with a cabana bar and patio.

Group and dog in front of Boozehounds

Named after the owner’s dog, Spencer’s offers an upscale outdoor dining experience where you can sit under the fig trees at pet-friendly tables with Fido. Spencer’s serves breakfast, lunch, dinner, and Sunday brunch.

Another restaurant named after the original owner’s dog is Jake’s. Dogs are welcome at outdoor tables and will be given water bowls and dog biscuits.

spencer's patio

Cheeky’s is very popular and located in the Uptown Design District. They are known for their signature breakfast and brunch fare, along with plenty of dog-friendly seating.

Just down the road is Eight4Nine Restaurant & Lounge. Fido is welcome to join you at an outdoor table. Eclectic and tasteful, their outdoor patio not only offers beautiful views of the San Jacinto mountains, it’s also one of the largest outdoor patios in Palm Springs.

eight 4 nine

LuLu California Bistro is colorful and offers an expansive outdoor patio in the center of downtown. Their mister’s keep it cool for everyone even on those hot days.

Escena Lounge & Grill has spectacular views and an expansive outdoor patio with plenty of space.

Escena patio

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Things To Do

Leashed dogs are welcome to join you while you visit Moorten Botanical Garden. This dog-friendly, historic botanical garden opened in 1938 and features several rare cacti. Visitors can also view crystals, colorful rocks, ancient fossils, pioneer and gold mining relics, and cacti of varying sizes from miniature to giant!

Moortens Botanical Garden

The dog-friendly Palm Springs Air Museum is home to one of the world’s largest collections of flyable WWII aircraft and from Korea and Vietnam. All exhibits in the air-conditioned hangars are rope-free, allowing visitors to get an up close look at these historical marvels. In addition to the aircraft, exhibits and activities allow visitors of all ages to gain a fresh perspective of World War II. Friendly, leashed dogs are allowed to tour the attractions.

Credit: No Home Just Roam

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