Sea Friendly Dogs

Hornblower’s popular, pup-friendly Pet Day on the Bay is gearing up to set sail. The dog-loving cruise is celebrating its 16th year of providing marine-lovers and canine-fanatics with tail-wagging adventures around the San Diego Bay.  The annual event will take to the seas Saturday, April 30, 2016 with three different departure times (9:30am, 11:15am, 1:00pm). A FREE canine ticket is included with the purchase of one adult ticket ($24). A portion of the proceeds supports the orphan pets at Helen Woodward Animal Center and a donation of a gently used blanket or towel is suggested.

The only event of its kind in southern California, Hornblower invites dogs to cruise for free with their owners. Helen Woodward Animal Center’s adorable adoptables will be portside to wave a paw to human and canine guests as they depart from the dock. Once on board, dogs and their owners will be treated to a one-hour tour around the beautiful bay with plenty of gorgeous video and photo opportunities. Each cruise departs from 1800 N. Harbor Drive, San Diego 92101.

“Hornblower Cruises is a great organization,” said Helen Woodward Animal Center Vice President of Development Renee Resko. “It’s wonderful to see dog-lovers enjoying the day with their furry family members and we’re incredibly grateful that the event provides for our orphan pets as well.”

Well-behaved dogs of all sizes and breeds are welcome for Hornblower’s Pet Day cruises. (Canines must be kept on a leash throughout the cruise.) Guests can board without dogs, as well, or simply stop by the ticket booth between 9:30am and 1:30pm to drop off blankets, towels or financial donations for Helen Woodward Animal Center.

Tickets are $24 for adults, $12 for children ages 4 to 12 and $22 for seniors and the military. Children three and under are free. To make reservations, visit  For more information on Helen Woodward Animal Center or to make a donation call 858-756-4117, visit or stop by at 6461 El Apajo Road in Rancho Santa Fe.


About Helen Woodward Animal Center
Helen Woodward Animal Center is a private, non-profit organization where “people help animals and animals help people.” Founded in 1972 in Rancho Santa Fe, Calif., the Center provides services for more than 57,000 people and thousands of animals annually through adoptions, educational and therapeutic programs both onsite and throughout the community. Helen Woodward Animal Center is also the creator of the International Home 4 the Holidays pet adoption drive, the International Remember Me Thursday® campaign and The Business of Saving Lives Workshops, teaching the business of saving lives to animal welfare leaders from around the world.  For more information, go to:

Hornblower Cruises & Events has been the leading charter yacht and public dining cruise company in California for over 33 years. The company operates 49 vessels, including the 3 largest dining yachts on the West Coast, in San Francisco, Berkeley, Sacramento, Long Beach, Newport Beach, Marina del Rey, San Diego, and New York City. Two Hornblower subsidiary businesses, Alcatraz Cruises and Statue Cruises, are National Park Service ferry concessioners to Alcatraz Island and the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island, respectively. This year, Hornblower began operating the third subsidiary, Hornblower Niagara Cruises, out of Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada. For more information visit: