Depending on who you ask, LA is one of the dog-friendliest cities in the country. (Don’t tell San Francisco.)
Why? We get nearly 300 days of sunshine a year, are replete with dog parks and hiking trails, and offer world-class medical care for pets. There’s truly never been a better time to own a pet in LA.
Moving to Los Angeles? Considering a move to another part of town? Our LA-based team has put together a list of the city’s pet friendliest neighborhoods for your consideration. Did yours make the list?
Silver Lake is Trendy with a capital “T,” and for good reason. It’s hip, well-located, and super pet friendly. Silver Lake Reservoir is a pet lover’s paradise with a loop for long walks and separate large/small dog (fenced) dog parks. You’ll also find a plethora of dog-friendly patio restaurants like acclaimed Home and Ivanhoe Restaurant and Bar.
Did you know that over 75% of the rental dwellings in DTLA allow pets? That’s super high for a major metropolitan area. Not only can renters live in downtown relatively easily with pets, they’ll also find hundreds of sidewalk water bowls, pet-friendly retail locations, and easy access by train to some of the best road trips in southern California.
No list of pet friendly cities – in the country, not just LA! – is complete without Santa Monica. It’s weird, it’s sunny, and it’s a pet lover’s haven. You’ll spot dozens on dogs on the boardwalk, can attend one of the neighborhood’s many pet-friendly festivals, and have great proximity to some of the best dog beaches in CA.
Hollywood loves its dogs (and cats!) The entire Hollywood/West Hollywood area is chock full of pet owners, many of whom love taking their pets out and about with them to the area’s coolest pro-pet restaurants like Grub and Jane Q. And of course, West Hollywood is where Vetted PetCare got our start…for good reason!
The entire Thousand Oaks corridor should really make this list, including Agoura Hills, Hidden Hills, and Calabasas. These are some of the priciest places to live in the city but if you can afford it, they also make fantastic home bases with a pet. Parks and open spaces abound and there’s less traffic to contend with, plus fewer multi-family housing units, meaning your pet is more likely to score a yard.
Fairfax is geographically located in the dead center of over a dozen amazing dog parks. Whether you want off-leash, big dog, or park-with-a-view, you can get there from Fairfax. Additionally, Fairfax is also home to nearly 20 pet-friendly eateries and a host of excellent groomers, specialists, and pet stores.
Studio City/Universal City
You’ll be shocked how pet friendly Studio City has become if you haven’t been there in a few years. Nearly every store owner puts out water for strolling pets there are tons of “Pets welcome!” establishments along Ventura Boulevard. Universal City is also the easiest jumping off point for Laurel Canyon Dog Park and Fryman Canyon, a terrific hiking spot with great views of the valley.