Dog Events in San Rafael, CA


The Fido 500 Dog Race

Bring Fido to a Race Unlike Another! Design, decorate and decal your pup in their one-of-a-kind car, and rev those engines to support the pups at FAAS! Inspired by the Indy 500, get creative and decorate your pup in all things car. Show off your car costume, along with the Best Car Design competition. RSVP is required.

28th World's Ugliest Dog Contest

The old saying “Beauty is in the eye of the beholder” is exemplified at the World’s Ugliest Dog® Contest at the Sonoma-Marin Fair in Petaluma, CA. The internationally observed event celebrates homely hounds and the humans who love them. For 28 years, the Contest has been a testament that all dogs do not have to meet AKC pedigree standards to be man’s (or woman’s) best friend. The owners of all kinds of dogs are also all kinds of people, from youngsters to senior citizens, each proud of their pet despite missing fur, crossed eyes, duck waddles or mismatched ears. They proudly walk both pedigreed pooches and Heinz 57 mutts down the red carpet to the cheers and clapping of the crowd. Prior to arriving for the contest, all the dogs must provide a veterinarian’s paperwork asserting that they are healthy. The World’s Ugliest Dog® Contest follows up with a vet check on-site just prior to the contest. The Sonoma Humane Society is also on site with information showcasing adoptable pets. A good many of the contestant dogs have been rescued from shelters and puppy mills and the contest has done much to raise awareness for adoption of dogs, and that no matter their physical detractions, these animals are loving companions. And the dogs certainly seem to enjoy the adoration of the fans. The annual World’s Ugliest Dog® Contest is not about making fun of “ugly” dogs, but having fun with some wonderful characters and showing the world that these dogs are really beautiful! We are putting the finishing touches on the entry form and will get that to you ASAP along with more detailed information about this year’s contest.

NorCal Beaglefest

NorCal Beaglefest is a celebration of beagles! We meet every June at the Sausalito Dog Park for beagles to chase scents, meet friends and compete in friendly competitions: Doesn't Come When Called Best Arroooo Longest Ears Beagle and Parent Look-a-Like This year we ask that you donate at least a dollar per beagle to the awesome Sausalito Dog Park - you can also make donation here in advance: Beagle Rescue Organizations NorCal Beagle Rescue and Beagle Freedom Project will attend with info on helping Beagles in need and adoptable beagles! So that we can have this wonderful event for many years to come - we respectfully ask that you follow the rules of the park: No aggressive dogs. Any dogs – including unneutered dogs – that incite fighting must be removed. Female dogs in heat are not allowed. Children must be with an adult and are admitted at your own risk. No unattended dogs. They will be impounded. No unruly or aggressive dogs are allowed. Food is discouraged.