Resources for
SF Residents

We get so much joy from sharing our lives with a dog. But it can also be challenging in a city like San Francisco. We’ve found some websites that can help make it easier or more fun to live in San Francisco with your dog.



If you’d like to include your dog when you go out to eat, check out this list of dog-friendly San Francisco restaurants. Courtesy of Bring Fido.


dog microchipping

Every dog in San Francisco must also have a rabies vaccination. Microchips can increase the chances that you are reunited with your pet if it becomes lost or separated from you. SF Animal Care and Control holds low-cost rabies and microchip clinics throughout the year


Vet resources for homeless folks

The Veterinary Street Outreach Services (Vet SOS) provides free veterinary care for the pets of homeless residents. Here is more information about the program, including a link to the schedule of Vet SOS clinics.

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Rental housing and dogs

It’s hard to find housing in San Francisco, and even harder if you have a pet. The San Francisco SPCA has some tips for tenants and landlords that can help you find a good place to live for you and your dog.


Service dog rules

San Francisco Animal Care and Control has basic information about service and support animals for people with disabilities on their website, including how to register a service animal and where you can bring a service animal.


Pets are wonderful Support

Pets Are Wonderful Support (PAWS/SHANTI) supports and nurtures the human-animal bond for the most vulnerable people in our community, including the sick and the elderly, by providing pet food, vet care, dog walking, transportation, grooming, education, and case management services.

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dog licensing

Every dog in San Francisco must be licensed. You can find all the information you need to get a license on SF Animal Care and Control’s website.


Can I afford a dog? Pet Calculator

If you’re considering getting a dog, this Pet Calculator (courtesy of My Pet Child) can help give you a sense of how much it can cost to have a dog, including recurring and one-time expenses.