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Tenderloin Dog Show at Sunday Streets

  • SF Sunday Streets 501 Ellis Street San Francisco CA (map)

Fair doggies of the Tenderloin--who has the hautest paws on the pavement? Participate in the Tenderloin Dog Show at Sunday Streets on September 23rd to find out! We’ll be flaunting fur to highlight just how important companion animals are to many Tenderloin residents and to celebrate the unique and sweet relationships between them. Walk your pup in the Tenderloin Museum’s runway show to compete for such superlative titles as “best dressed,” “wildest hairdo,” “biggest bark,” and “kindest eyes.” Judges will have plenty of praise and tasty treats to share! 

In its heyday post 1906 earthquake, the Tenderloin’s finest dining establishments were called The Pup and The Poodle Dog, monikers that foreshadow the current popularity of pooches in the TL and the stylistically innovative cuts and coats we see on the street every day. That said, the Tenderloin Dog Show isn’t some pedigree’d Kennel Club affair; our pups will be unbenched and uninhibited, ready to strut their stuff and be their best selves!

In addition to spotlighting the most fabulous mutts on the block, this pet pageant is an opportunity to raise awareness for organizations serving the pet community such as SFSPCA, PAWS, and VET SOS. Come learn about resources and services available to you and your pet, or if you are able, sign up to contribute to or volunteer for these organizations that ensure those who have companion creatures can care for them!

Cute, charismatic dogs who are on leash, comfortable in crowds, and friendly to both other canines and humans are encouraged to sign up in advance via email (to or at the Tenderloin Museum’s table/pet-palace at Sunday Streets (Ellis St. between Hyde and Leavenworth). All dogs welcome regardless of address! Sunday Streets is from 11am to 4pm; the dog show kicks off at 2pm.