"Ruff" It With Rescue Dogs at These Airbnb Experiences

Posted by Billy Francis

We waited all year, and the Big Game has finally come and gone. We're referring, of course, to the Puppy Bowl. Animal Planet’s annual event advocates for canine adoption, bringing together pups from shelters across America to duke it out for the “Lombarky” trophy. If watching all the adorable mutts in need of a “furever” home leaves you feeling a bit deflated (right, Tom?), we’ve got the perfect post-game pick-me-up for you. Whether you’re introducing Fido to a litter of adoptable pups or hiking with rescues in Hollywood, sign up for an Airbnb Experience that gives back to our less fortunate furry friends.

1. Rescue Dog Walk By the Bay

San Diego, CA
BFFs - Barking Friends Forever. Photo by Airbnb

Join your host, Ryan, on Shelter Island to help neglected pooches learn how to trust people again. During this heartwarming pet-friendly experience, Fido can join the rest of the pack and walk the length of the island and back, enjoying Pacific Ocean views along the way. Rescue Dog Walk By the Bay is one of Airbnb’s social impact experiences, which means all of the proceeds go to Ryan’s non-profit animal welfare organization, Free Animal Doctor. Airbnb doesn't take its usual fee, and every penny you spend helps individuals and organizations raise money for animal care.

Rates start at $40 per person.

2. Walk Rescue Dogs on the National Mall

Washington, DC
“Cheese? Where’s the cheese?” Photo by Airbnb

Walk Rescue Dogs on the National Mall gives you and Fido the chance to see some of Washington, D.C.’s most iconic sights in the company of canines from Lucky Dog Animal Rescue. Hosted by a knowledgeable Washingtonian, this experience includes a two-hour walk around the U.S. capital, taking in iconic views of the White House from the South Lawn. You’ll also hit some lesser known spots like the entrance to Chinatown and the Navy Memorial. All the money raised from this experience goes to Lucky Dog Animal Rescue.

Rates start at $35 per person.

3. Hike Runyon Canyon With a Rescue Dog

Los Angeles, CA
“I swear I just saw Mark Wahlbark.” Photo by Airbnb

For pooches who haven’t found their forever homes yet, going on an adventure in the sun is a rare treat. Hike Runyon Canyon With a Rescue Dog combines stunning views of the Hollywood Sign with a memorable day out for a group of shelter dogs. Along the way, snap pics of your pup with the pack in Hollywood-centric locations to help bring in donations and generate adoption interest. All of the money raised for this social impact experience funds Free Animal Doctor.

Rates start at $38 per person.

4. Let’s Walk a Rescue Dog in Quito

Quito, EC
Meet the awesome pups of Quito! Photo by Airbnb

Experienced tour guide Alberto has spent years exploring South America with his cuddly travel buddy, Monsieur Champignon. Let’s Walk a Rescue Dog in Quito is Alberto’s way of providing a unique tourist experience while also helping local dogs in need. The tour will take you to a nearby rescue center, where you’ll pick up your canine companions and walk them to a park for some off-leash fun. Fido is welcome to meet and mingle with his new friends, but make sure he’s up to date on vaccinations for the area.

5. Venice Beach Walking Tour With Rescue Dogs

Venice, CA
“I thought there would be more canals here.” Photo by Airbnb

Fido, Venice Beach is calling. And it’s not just the sunny sights that make this pet-friendly experience worthwhile. Venice Beach Walking Tour With Rescue Dogs starts off with a leisurely canalside stroll with your new best friends, a pack of loveable rescues. Along the way, you’ll receive a history lesson about the area from your host, before heading to the famous Venice Beach sign and boardwalk for some photo opportunities and a walk past Venice Muscle Beach. Every penny you pay for this social impact experience goes to Free Animal Doctor.

Rates start at $35 per person.

6. Puppies Cuddling

Bali, ID
“This is my happy place.” Photo by Airbnb

Super host Bjoern has rescued more than 150 dogs since he started his non-profit, Bali Dog Association. Puppies Cuddling is a unique three-hour experience that gives you the chance to meet the members of his furry flock. Located at a beautiful hidden beach in Bali, this experience invites guests to relax in an enclosed area, play games with the litter and get them used to being around humans. The puppies get some much-needed love, and your worries will drift away on the Bali Sea. All proceeds go to the Bali Dog Association.

Rates start at $23 per person.

7. Farm Visit With Rescue Animals

Alicante, ES
“This is my best manatee impression.” Photo by Airbnb

The beautiful Spanish coastal city of Alicante is the setting for this Airbnb Experience. Meet your host, Leontin, for a very special Farm Visit With Rescue Animals. You’ll spend three hours with welcoming characters like Sam, the three-legged Shar Pei; an adorable drift of mini pigs; and ponies, donkeys and lots of other lovely creatures that have been rescued from traumatic situations. During the summer months, guests can even swim with dogs in the pool. Due to some of the puppies on the farm not being fully vaccinated, your pooch will have to sit this experience out.

Rates start at $29 per person.

8. Drink a Draft With a Rescue Dog

Kenmore, WA
Come for a beer, leave with a best friend. Photo by Airbnb

If you think bow-wows with a beer sounds like a match made in heaven, then this experience is for you. Drink a Draft With a Rescue Dog is hosted by Dog Gone Seattle. Held at one of their “Mutt Mixers” in a pet-friendly microbrewery, the experience welcomes you to indulge in delicious craft beers, pet and play with up to 10 canines, and grab some local eats from a visiting food truck. It was created to help socialize the dogs with people, not other animals. As such, you’ll have to leave Fido at home. He won’t mind sitting it out, though, especially as all proceeds go toward rescue efforts.

Rates start at $25 per person.


If you want to try something new with your pooch, check out these other awesome pet-friendly Airbnb Experiences around the world.

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