(credit: Laurie Jo Miller Farr)

National Pet Month promotes the benefits of pet ownership for both pets and people, highlights adoption and raises awareness about service animals. The Bay Area pet has a rich pet scene, including groomers, vets, dog walkers, foster caregivers, humane shelters, service dog trainers, and the new State of California pet-friendly legislation allowing dogs to dine out with their owners as long as the dog is on a leash and not in food preparation areas.

Half Moon Bay Brewery Company
390 Capistrano Road
Half Moon Bay, CA 94019
(650) 728-2739

In its 15th year, the come-as-you-are hangout overlooking the ocean at Pillar Point Harbor in Half Moon Bay has a dog-friendly patio with fire pits to keep patrons and puppies warm during chilly nights. Enjoy fresh seafood, craft beers, live music and great views in this casual California surf shack with award-winning artisan ales pumped directly to the bar.

San Francisco SPCA
201 Alabama St.
San Francisco CA 94103
(415) 554.3000

Be a hero and adopt, don’t buy. The humane society says you’ve come to the right place if you’ve got a home and would love to share it with a canine or cat awaiting adoption at one of their two San Francisco locations. The animals are spayed-neutered, micro chipped and given age-appropriate vaccines. You can also help by providing foster care for underage or injured animals, joining 1,200 volunteers who brighten the lives of animals everyday. You can also help by volunteering for pet events all through the year.

(credit: Laurie Jo Miller Farr)

AT&T Park Dog Days Of Summer
24 Willie Mays Plaza
San Francisco, CA 94107

“Bring your best friend to the game,” suggests AT&T Park. Combine a love of the San Francisco Giants and the love for your dog to benefit the SFSPCA for the annual “Dog Days of Summer.” There is a canine costume parade during the pre-game festivities, giving owners the chance to show off their ingenuity. Expect more than Giants caps, T-shirts and tuxedos for this costume parade. Tickets are on sale now for the Giants vs. Cardinals on August 29, 2015, giving owners time to stitch up something clever. Photo opportunities with the players and a good time is guaranteed.

Treasure Island Flea
Avenue of the Palms
Treasure Island
San Francisco, CA
(415) 898-0245

Your $3 admission to Treasure Island Flea includes parking, entry for children age 12, and under and a welcome for your dog. From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the last full weekend of every month, there’s live music, an outdoor bar, food trucks, more than 100 local artists, indie and vintage vendors’ stalls, kid’s activities, and scavenger hunts for cash. The big grassy lawn in use from April through November is a dog-friendly space with some of the best San Francisco Bay skyline views.

Duboce Park Café
2 Sanchez St.
San Francisco, CA 94114
(415) 621-1108

Precita Park Café and Dolores Park Café are dog-friendly, community-focused eateries are the front porch for three popular parks. A neighborhood café is a home away from home, portable office, evening retreat, weekend must, and now a place for dog socializing throughout the day. Enjoy made-from-scratch breakfast, brunch, lunch and dinner while your pooch parks it on the patio. Get a warm welcome at comfy outside tables set up in the sunshine.

Laurie Jo Miller Farr loves walkable cities. A tourism industry professional and transplanted New Yorker by way of half-a-lifetime in London, she’s writing about the best of the bay and beyond for Yahoo, USA Today, eHow, and on Examiner.com.