A Pet Lover’s Guide to Hayes Valley

Spend a day strolling through Hayes Valley, and you won’t be surprised to learn that the oft-repeated line that dogs outnumber children in San Francisco is actually true. With its pet-friendly laws, ample off-leash parks, and dedicated pet resorts and hotels, the City by the Bay is a mecca for canines, cats, and their human companions (not to mention the city’s fish, birds, reptiles, and small mammals). Residents of the Fulton 555 condos in San Francisco have a private dog park in the building, and they also have easy access to some of Hayes Valley’s best animal care resources so that they can go about the day-to-day business of proud pet-parenthood.

Patricia’s Green | Octavia Boulevard and Fell Street

Letting the dog out is easy with the on-site dog run at the Fulton 555 condos, but just steps away, you’ll find Patricia’s Green, a park with an enclosed dog area with grassy pastures and ample opportunities for meet and greets with other neighborhood dogs. This tidy, little green space in the heart of Hayes Valley also hosts a rotating installation of public sculptures. Grab a Ritual coffee or ice cream from Smitten at the nearby Proxy—a pop-up bazaar of food, drink, and retail constructed out of repurposed shipping containers—and you and your pet can both appreciate the pleasure of taking a break.

Blue Cross Pet Hospital | 1386 Golden Gate Avenue

Near Fulton 555, this Alamo Square office offers full-service veterinary care for local animals, including regular exams, spaying/neutering, teeth cleaning, vaccinations, and surgeries. For cats and dogs requiring longer stays, Blue Cross also offers the option of overnight boarding. With photos of four-legged patients filling the waiting room, this practice, which has been operating continuously on the site since the 1920s, feels much more like a small-town veterinarian service. One of Blue Cross’s vets, San Francisco native Dr. Sherman Wong, has been at the practice since 1975 and often brings his pug Buddy to work.

Pet Food Express | 1975 Market Street

Not surprisingly, Pet Food Express does indeed sell victuals for all types of critters, but this Market Street store is also a convenient clearinghouse for every conceivable pet owner need—from the first step of adopting a pet onsite and purchasing food, toys, collars, and leashes, to taking advantage of the services from their pet washing stations and the VIP Wellness Center’s veterinary care, vaccinations, and eye, ear, and nail care. Picking up 50 pounds of gourmet cat food for your Maine Coon? There’s parking on-site, as well as same-day delivery if you’d prefer to leave the heavy lifting to someone else.

The Dog Barber | 1903 Market Street

Let Roberto Lopez, aka The Dog Barber, and his full-service salon give your pup the star treatment, including a full brushing of your pet’s coat, with a bath, blow dry, and nail trim. The full-service package includes ear cleaning and haircut. Committed to the welfare of all animals, owner Roberto has volunteered at the San Francisco SPCA as a walker and an animal attendant, in addition to honing his craft working with the city’s better dog-grooming shops and attending industry conferences and workshops.
Lastly, there’s no need for a doggy bag at these local pet-friendly establishments that allow well-behaved canine companions to join their owners for a meal or a drink. Check out Biergarten (424 Octavia Street), Absinthe (398 Hayes Street), Cafe La Vie (514 Octavia Street), and plenty more nearby.