Family Pets and Camping Don't Mix

Many public campsites discourage you from bringing your pet or just plain won’t allow pets. Pets may become frightened and run away when they are in a new environment and not be able to find their way back. They may become a nuisance to others, or worse, become aggressive because they are nervous.

Left alone in camp, your pet may whine or bark continuously, disturbing other campers. On trails, they may chase wildlife or run through poison oak or ivy and cause outbreaks to anyone who touches them.

Leaving your pet in a kennel or with a neighbor may be a kinder solution for your pet and other campers.

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