Campus Dog Parks & Facilities
Our Novato Campus is not just for adoption and training.
The dog parks are currently OPEN during the public hours listed below.
The large dog park will be closed from Thursday, August 3 at 12 pm until Monday, August 7 at 12 pm.
Our campus is located on 6 1/2 acres in Marin County. The sprawling grounds have an established landscape with parks, walking spaces, fountains, and ample free parking. Our dog parks are available for public use during specified hours and a number of campus facilities – including our auditorium, classroom, conference room, pavilion and kitchen – are available for limited community use.
Marin Humane Dog Parks
We welcome you and your well-behaved canine companions to enjoy our large and small dog parks for free during specified public-use hours, subject to the Dog Park Rules.
Daily Public Use Hours
Sunrise to 8:30 am and 4 pm to sunset
Note: parks are closed Friday mornings for maintenance
Please respect these hours. During all other times, the parks are reserved for our shelter animals and private use.
If you enjoy using the dog parks and would like to make a donation, please click here – thank you!
*Please note that we’ll occasionally need to reserve the dog parks during public hours for special events or maintenance. To preserve the integrity of the turf, we may close the parks during inclement weather. Typically, we close the parks during and a few days following rain. Please check this page or call 415.506.6250 for up-to-date information regarding park closures.
Reserving the Dog Parks for Private Use
The dog parks are available for private use in 30 minute increments between the hours of 12 pm and 2 pm daily. Additional rental increments require Marin Humane approval. Use may be reserved up to two times each week and up to four months in advance.
Marin Humane Platinum Paw Donors may reserve the parks, with no dog limit, for their private use at no cost.
Fees per each 30 minutes
|MHS Platinum Paw Donors||Free|
|Regular fee (1-6 dogs)||$20|
|Regular fee (7+ dogs)||$40|
|MHS volunteers (1-6 dogs)||$10|
|MHS volunteers (7+ dogs)||$20|
|Seniors age 62 and older, and persons with disabilities (1-6 dogs)||$10|
|Seniors age 62 and older, and persons with disabilities (7+ dogs)||$20|
The dog parks are not available for commercial purposes or private training.
Marin Humane reserves the right to cancel and reschedule reservations to meet organizational needs.
For reservations, please call 415.506.6250, Monday through Friday, during normal business hours.
Click here for information about renting the agility area.
To reserve a gathering place, please complete the Facility Use Agreement or contact us at 415.506.6250 for more information.
Discounts are offered to Marin Humane Major Donors, nonprofit organizations, and for multiple locations.
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Auditorium (capacity 133)
Theater-style cushioned seating with fold-away writing platforms, raised stage, integrated sound system, overhead projector, wireless and direct internet, and lectern.
Education Room (capacity 60 w/o tables, 35 with tables)
Open classroom with large display monitor, wireless and direct internet, phone connection, dry-erase white board, small sink and counter, pass through to kitchen, small patio. Not available during Summer Camp, June through August.
Conference Room (capacity 25 — 14 at conference table with additional chairs around)
Conference table for 14, large display monitor, wireless and direct internet, phone connections, dry-erase white board, and buffet counter.
Pavilion (capacity 250)
100’ x 50’ open building with bleachers, cement floor, heating and giant circulation fans, and large garage style doors. Available only on holiday weekends.
Whittell Building Lobby (after 5:30 pm only)
25’ x 25’ open area adjacent to Auditorium, Education Room, and Kitchen, with buffet counter. Available only when renting other facilities on campus.
Whittell Building Kitchen
Residential style with stove, oven, microwave, counter space, two double sinks, and pass-through to Education Room. Available only when renting other facilities on campus.
Field Of Daisies (6,700 s/f) and Redwood Dog Park (4,100 s/f). Fenced grassy parks.
Available only when renting other facilities on campus.
Main Back Lawn
Unfenced 180’x 100’ grass lawn. Available only on holiday weekends and when renting other facilities on campus.
Tables, chairs, umbrellas, and limited kitchen and AV equipment are also available for rent.