Join Hornblower Cruises for the 9th Annual “Dog Day on the Bay,” Benefiting the San Francisco SPCA’s Puppy Dog Tales Reading Program

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Enjoy a champagne brunch on this dog-friendly cruise through San Francisco Bay.

Photo taken at the 8th annual Dog Day on the Bay. Photo by Kira Stackhouse.

Join Hornblower Cruises on Sunday, June 2, 2013 for Dog Day on the Bay, a champagne brunch cruise to benefit the San Francisco SPCA. The boat sets sail at 10 a.m. from Hornblower Landing (Pier 3 on San Francisco's Embarcadero), and everyone is encouraged to bring their well-behaved dogs.

During the two-hour cruise, guests enjoy a gourmet brunch buffet and free-flowing sparkling wine, live entertainment, scenic San Francisco Bay views, raffle prizes, and a souvenir boarding photo. Dogs are spoiled with treats at the bow-wow buffet, special canine water stations and a specially-constructed outdoor grass deck for doggie bathroom breaks. Well-behaved hounds of all sizes and breeds are welcome, and dogs must be kept on a leash throughout the cruise.

The event's beneficiary, the Puppy Dog Tales Reading Program (PDT), is part of the SF SPCA's Animal Assisted Therapy Department. The program aims to promote literacy in at-risk San Francisco children, whether English is their second language or they live with a learning disability, anxiety or shyness. PDT participants learn to love books by reading out loud to SF SPCA therapy dogs, which removes the pressure of classmates or adults, and work with supportive volunteers on vocabulary, grammar and other challenges.

Since it started as a pilot program at the San Francisco Public Library’s Chinatown branch in 2007, PDT has expanded to several sites throughout San Francisco including SF Unified schools and local Boys & Girls Clubs.

Canine guests enjoy complimentary entrance, while tickets are $125 for adults, $75 for children ages 4-12, and free for ages 3 and under.

To ensure pet safety, SF SPCA veterinarians and dog monitors will cruise with the group, and special netting on the ship’s rails protects pups big and small.

For information and reservations, visit or call 415-788-7020. To learn more about Hornblower’s dining, special event and private charter cruises, go to

For more on the SF SPCA, visit Special thanks to this year’s Dog Day on the Bay sponsor KSFO-AM.

Remember, a few simple rules will make 2013 Dog Day on the Bay fun for everyone:
1) One dog per adult is welcome. The event is not open to dogs under six months of age.
2) Waiver forms (provided upon ticket purchase) must be completed prior to boarding.
3) Dogs must wear current rabies vaccination and identification tags to board.
4) All dogs MUST be on a leash at all times.
5) Owners must clean up after their dogs.
6) No dogs in heat are allowed.
7) The cruise is not recommended for dogs that are sensitive to movement or prone to motion sickness.
8) This event is not appropriate for dogs that are unpredictable in crowds or dislike strangers or other dogs.
9) This event is for dogs and people only. Please do not bring other pets.

The San Francisco SPCA

The San Francisco SPCA is an independent, community-supported, non-profit animal welfare organization dedicated to saving, protecting and providing immediate care for cats and dogs who are homeless, ill or in need of an advocate. The SF SPCA also works long-term to educate the community, reduce the number of unwanted kittens and puppies through spaying and neutering, and improve the quality of life for animals and their human companions. The organization does not receive government funding and is not affiliated with any national organization.

Support the San Francisco SPCA by adopting, donating, volunteering and becoming a client of the state-of-the-art veterinary hospital. The SF SPCA has volunteer opportunities to care for shelter dogs and cats, conduct adoption counseling, assist clients and veterinary staff, provide foster care, help with the Community Cats Program, and enrich the lives of people in the community through animal-assisted therapy.

For more information about San Francisco pet adoption, call the San Francisco SPCA at (415) 522-3500 or visit

Hornblower Cruises & Events has been the leading charter yacht and public dining cruise company in California for over 30 years. The company operates 32 vessels, including the 3 largest dining yachts on the West Coast, in San Francisco, Berkeley, Sacramento, Long Beach, Newport Beach, Marina del Rey and San Diego. 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. For more information visit:

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