São Paulo is the largest city in Brazil. It is known for being diverse, innovative, gigantic and yet welcoming. It is also known for the endless attractions it offers and the excellence of its services. Leisure and fun for the whole family are guaranteed here, and of course, that includes pets.
The city has the largest pet population in Brazil. The number of dogs and cats in the city alone exceeds 2.6 million. The Brazilian pet market is the second largest in financial terms, accounting for 6.4% of the world market. With this market in mind, several establishments have begun to accept animals as members of the family, and provide them with special treatment.
If you want to travel with your pet, São Paulo is a great fit!
ParCães is a playground for your four-legged friend. The ParCães are located in different places in the city and are managed by the sub-prefectures. They are fenced places where your pet can safely run free in contact with the ground and are also equipped with drinking fountains and special toys.
Parque Ibirapuera (Ibirapuera Park)
Near gates 6 and 7, there is an entire area dedicated to dogs, where they can safely run free along with other dogs. Around the park there are two more squares where dogs can run free to have fun: Praça Cidade de Milão and Praça Ayrton Senna do Brasil.
Daily, from 5 a.m. to 11 p.m.
Avenida Pedro Álvares Cabral
Gate 6 – Avenida Quarto Centenário
Gate 7 – Avenida República do Líbano
Cidade de Milão Square – Corner of Avenida República do Líbano and Avenida Quarto Centenário
Praça Ayrton Senna do Brasil Square – Rua Curitiba, 290
CERET – Sport, recreation and education center for workers
The pet area is located at Gate 6 and is equipped with drinking fountains for dogs. The area is unpaved and when it rains it becomes a muddy mess, but for pets who do not mind getting dirty, it’s a real playground.
Daily, 6 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Pet Space: Rua Eleonora Cintra, Gate 6 – Jardim Anália Franco
Main entrance: Rua Canuto Abreu, s/n
Praça Roosevelt (Roosevelt Square)
The square, with contemporary architecture, was revitalized in 2012 and is equipped with a special lawn for dogs, where they can run freely and enjoy themselves safely.
Parque Villa-Lobos (Villa Lobos Park)
The area for dogs in the park is one of the best-equipped, with a large lawn, covered tables and toys for trained pets. All this with a lot of security, because the area is fenced.
Daily, from 5:30 a.m. to 7 p.m
Avenida Professor Fonseca Rodrigues, 2001 – Vila Hamburguesa
Parque Buenos Aires (Buenos Aires Park)
Next to the gate on Piauí Street, there is a special fenced area where pets can be safely released. The unpaved ground makes the experience even more pleasant for the animals and the many trees provide plenty of shade and special contact with nature.
Daily, from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m
Avenida Angélica, 1500 – Higienópolis
Parque da Juventude (Youth Park)
Located near the Carandiru metro station in the northern zone, the park features playgrounds, skate tracks, part of the Atlantic Forest and the ruins of the former Carandiru prison that stood on the site. There is also a reserved and fenced area where dogs can run and play freely, which is very busy, especially on weekends. There is also a green area next to the São Paulo Library.
Daily, from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Avenida Cruzeiro do Sul, 2630 – Carandiru
Parque da Independência (Independence Park)
Independence Park, with its 160 thousand square meters, is one of the most important parks in the city and was the birthplace of independent Brazil. It is the place where Brazil’s independence was declared on September 7, 1822. In the park, there are historical buildings such as the Paulista Museum, the Independence Monument and the Casa do Grito. Dogs are allowed to enter the park for free, as long as they are on a leash so they can stroll through the beautiful French-style gardens. If you do not want to keep him on a leash, you can let your dog run free on a large lawn in Monument Square (next to Rua dos Patriotas, which cuts through the park).
Business hours: Daily from 5:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Avenida Nazaré, s/n
Bosque do Brooklin (Brooklin Woods)
With an area of 7,600 square meters, Bosque do Brooklin is a recreational area in the south of the city for the whole family, including your dog. It is an area full of greenery, surrounded by the city, with a special area for your pet to be in contact with nature.
Business hours: Daily from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Avenida Padre Antônio José dos Santos, 77
Parque Aclimação (Aclimação Park )
Aclimação Park, with its incredible infrastructure, was conceived at the beginning of the XX century for cattle ranching and is now a vast recreational area of 112,200 m² with a lake, a playground, an acoustic shell and even playgrounds and the Raull Bopp Library. There is also a large dog track where dogs can run freely. Aclimação Park is a place and a haven in nature in the middle of downtown São Paulo, perfect for pets and their guardians.
Business hours: Daily from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Rua Muniz de Souza, 1119
Parque Alfredo Volpi (Alfredo Volpi Park)
Alfredo Volpi Park is located in the Morumbi district and includes 142,000 m² of green space, including walking trails, lakes with natural springs and one of the most biodiverse areas in the São Paulo metropolitan area. It has a beautiful landscape project and is named after one of the most famous Brazilian painters. The park also offers its visitors a playground and an outdoor gym. And the best part is that you can walk your pet in the middle of the Atlantic Forest!
Business hours: Daily from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Avenida Engenheiro Oscar Americano, 480
Avenida Paulista (Paulista Avenue)
On Sundays and holidays, it takes on a whole new character, because then it is closed to car traffic for most of the day and open for leisure.
On Paulista, you can take a long walk with your pet and visit two parks: the small and friendly Mário Covas and the historic Trianon Park. Also on Sundays, craft and antique markets are held in front of the Trianon and under the MASP’s immense free span. In the Paulista area, you will also find some pet-friendly shopping centers, such as Shopping Frei Caneca and Shopping Pátio Paulista.
Closed on Sundays, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Similar to Avenida Paulista, Elevado João Goulart, the well-known Minhocão, remains closed on Saturdays and Sundays. Next to Roosevelt Square, another leisure place for pets. The Elevado walkway offers one of the most interesting views of the city, and the guardian can walk with his pet.
Access: temporary stairs near the Amaral Gurgel Terminal and another near Marechal Deodoro Square.
Business hours: Saturday and Sunday from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.
One of the largest indoor dog parks in Latin America. It is equipped with a “parcão“, a pet-friendly feeding area, a room for your pet’s aesthetics, a swimming pool for dogs and a pet store. An ideal place for the socialization of dogs and their owners. You must present your pet’s vaccination card (V8, V10 and rabies are mandatory).
Rua Francisco Duarte, 33 – Vila Guilherme
+55 11 4673-3089
Padaria Pet (Pet Bakery)
In São Paulo, there are two pet bakeries with differentiated products exclusively for dogs and cats: on Oscar Freire Street and in Brooklin. The stores sell treats such as bread, cakes, panettone and even beer for pets, with recipes approved by veterinarians. They also offer a buffet and pet spa service.
Rua Oscar Freire, 502 – Jardim Paulista 2838-0888
Monday through Friday, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Rua Conceição de Monte Alegre, 698 – Cidade Monções 98252-0153
Tuesday through Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday, from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Are you hungry? Or do you want to go to a bar with friends and take your pet with you? Discover dozens of establishments where the presence of your pet is allowed, with hygiene and comfort.
A shopping spree in São Paulo can also be a great option for an outing with your pet, as most of the city’s malls are pet-friendly.
Many have areas specifically reserved for pets, offering services and amenities such as special carts, drinking fountains and even special areas where you can eat with your best friends by your side since pets are usually not allowed in food courts.
Contact the establishments to find out about their services, rules and restrictions.
There is a trend for large hotel chains to adopt pet-friendly policies, and many hotels in the area have already adapted their premises by investing in staff training and special facilities for animals. While some LODGING offer adapted and specially sanitized rooms, others welcome your four-legged friend with a bed, food pots, and hygienic mats.
Of course, not every place is suitable for your pet. If you need to go somewhere that does not allow pets, there are hotels in the city that are exclusively for dogs and cats.
If you prefer dedicated care or a private caregiver for the time you cannot be with your pet, there are platforms in São Paulo that offer boarding services in private homes, pet walking and pet care, known as pet sitting:
Dog Hero: platform with accommodation services, pet sitting, and pet daycare.
Pet Hub: offers direct contact with professionals for pet sitting, bathing, grooming and boarding.
Holidog: platform available in Brazil, with pet sitting service, and home visits to care for animals.
Airbnb: the well-known rental service has a category where you can find accommodations that accept pets and even offer them some benefits, such as special bedding and outdoor space.
Zoowish: a platform that brings together pet sitters and dog walkers in a single community.
Inside the city
How should your pet be transported? If you rent a car, your pet should always be transported in the back seat or trunk (assuming there is adequate ventilation). There are adapters for seat belts, but they can be uncomfortable, so using a kennel is still a good idea, aside from being well accepted in cabs and app transportation.
If you prefer public transportation, since 2015 it is allowed to transport pets in subways, CPTM and intercity busses, but some rules must be followed:
– The pet must not weigh more than 10 kg
– It must be transported in a suitable box
– Outside peak hours (from 4:40 am to 6 am; from 10 am to 4 pm and from 7 pm to midnight) and only in the case of a surgical procedure with proof signed by the veterinarian during peak hours.
– Always carry a current vaccination record.
– The pet must not interfere with the safety and comfort of other passengers.
Check with each airline for rules on transporting animals; regulations for in-cabin transport vary by airline. Generally, small animals (up to 5 kg) can be carried in the passenger cabin in a box suitable for transporting animals. The companies charge a certain fee, which must be reserved in advance. The kennel must comply with the dimensions specified by the airlines, be comfortable for the animal and provide enough space for it to move as little as possible, and it is recommended to line it with a hygienic mat. Remember to bring water and snacks. It is important to identify the pet and the carrier. To get your pet used to it, train it and use the “kennel” at home a few days before the trip. If the pet is transported in the cargo hold, it is advisable to leave an article of clothing with the “smell” of the caregiver in the “kennel”.
Before the trip, you should take the pet to the veterinarian. The pet’s vaccination record must be up to date (the last vaccination was more than 30 days ago) and the veterinarian must issue a certificate stating that the pet is fit to travel (no more than 10 days before the flight). For international flights, the International Animal Health Certificate (ICC) must be issued and for trips within Mercosur, the Passport for the Transit of Dogs and Cats (which requires electronic identification of the animal). For all pets other than dogs and cats, the issuance of the Animal Transit Guide is required.