It was all Virtually Pets on Sunday, April 20, Long Beach was teeming with terriers and tabbies awaiting forever homes. Many thanks to the volunteers who contributed to both of these events and to the good people who took a new friend—or friends—to forever homes.

Gelson’s had their monthly adoption event…

Jeff and Bruno

Gelson’s Jeff Stein, the event’s organizer, with his assistant, Bruno.

Mr. Perrot lbsn

Long Beach Spay Neuter was there, with beautiful cats like Mr. Perrot here…


…and West Coast Animal Rescue, here with Animal Match Rescue Team volunteer Louise Montgomery, organization founder Sherri Stankewitz, and volunteer whose name I didn’t catch, managed to be in two places at once that day.

Good Neighbor Park hosted The Pet Post’s (that other one!) Second Chance Adoption Event. Participants included vendors, animal-welfare organizations, entertainers and, most importantly, many rescue and adoption organizations. Doug Erickson, founder of The Pet Post and organizer of the event, said that 18 pets–14 dogs and four cats–were adopted on that day, instead of the 15 he reported at the event’s end..

Erikson said that we could actually double the number of adopted pets from however many found a home. “We had 15 adoptions, which means that there’s one more space in each rescue for each pet adopted out. That means 30 lives saved!” Even better, we can now say 36.

Doug and PEt Post

Second Chance event organizer Doug Erickson (center) with entertainer Noel Hamilton and Kim Swartz, assistant to Super Smiley, guest doggie (below, with human companion actress Megan Blake).

Megan Fox

SuperSmiley Flash

Volunteers were led by Megan Blake and Super Smiley in the noon Flash Mob, punching the air and yelling “Adopt!”

Long Beach Animal Care Services (ACS) was there, providing microchips so that, as Roxy’s owner, Troy Chhorn, said, “she’d get back home in case she gets lost.”

ACS Maria and Chi

…and they also brought in some dogs to adopt! This is Minne, age 6, and Chica, age 3. Find them on our shelter page.


Dawn Weller, Friends of Long Beach Animals (FOLBA) board member, and Nona Daly, vice president. See Pet Projects for their next big event!

Pet Parade

The pet parade featured adoptable animals strutting their stuff . 

AMRT with Faye

Here’s Animal Match Rescue Team’s ubervolunteer Faye Costigane with Jessica, 2, and Roxanne, 4. AMRT meets at Petco on Second Street and PCH every Sunday from 11AM to around 1PM.

Adopt and Shop

Clarissa, age 1, was calm enough to participate in the parade. You can find her at Found Animals’ Adopt & Shop in Lakewood

REscue Me

Playful Woody, 3 1/2, is at Rescue Me PuPs


Diane of Golden Retriever Club of Greater Los Angeles stands for the camera with her own two pets (sorry, not available. Diane says that stray golden retrievers in Taiwan are as plentiful here as Chihuahuas and pit bulls. Her organization has developed Project Taiwan, which flies adoptable goldens here for rescue and rehoming.

Sparky and Gang

WeCARe, who showed up at both events, takes in a lot of animals who have suffered abuse and physical damage. This is TJ, who was found in a garbage can in Mexico. He had been attacked and shaken by a bigger dog and lost the use of his legs. TJ recently got his own wheels and is, surprisingly and happily, playful and social with both people and other dogs. 

Shepherd REscue

Bruno, 3, from the German Shepherd Rescue of Orange County.


Parker, an adult male beagle mix from spcaLA

This may seem like an oxymoron, but 6-year-old Shorty is a dwarf St. Bernard. There are bigger ones! See them all at Sunny Saints

KItty Catchers

Whole lotta lovin’. Jack, available at Kitty Catchers.

Makin Biscuits

And Callum is described on Kristie Brewer’s Making Biscuits as an “extra-large adult.” Yes. As sweet as he is big.

“We had 15 adoptions, which means that there’s one more space in each rescue for each pet adopted out. That means 30 lives saved.”
~ Doug Erickson

Coyote Alert

Coyote ACS

On March 26, a Belmont Heights resident left a post titled “Wily Coyote in Our Neighborhood” on the Next Door Belmont Shore community page. Linda Pemberton wrote the following: “At 10 am this morning a healthy well-fed looking coyote ran down the middle of Vista and turned north on Roycroft and ran into someone’s yard mid-block. Word on the street has it that this character has been around for a couple of weeks. Be aware.” Neighbors posted comments (the last one was April 10, just a few days ago) confirming the sighting. One neighbor reported a coyote at the corner of Vista and Roswell in the evening and again in the early morning on Broadway while walking her dog, and another saw the animal on the 200 block of Claremont. Coyotes were also spotted near Loynes and Bellflower and in Recreation Dog Park on Seventh Street. Keep an eye out.

Urban coyotes result from urban sprawl. Construction in areas where wildlife species formerly have lived have flushed them all out—raccoons, skunks, opossums, and coyotes—to look for rapidly decreasing prey. They’re all very hungry, and coyotes have the advantage of also being very smart. This is a deadly combination for pets, so keep them indoors and keep an eye out when you’re walking the dog. If a coyote appears, engage in a practice called hazing, which involves such things as yelling, waving your arms, throwing things and using noisemakers (this is your chance to carry around a kazoo and play it in public). Long Beach Animal Care Services (ACS) offers a number of suggestions and encourages people to call (562) 570-PETS if one is spotted. A 9-1-1 call would probably be a good idea, too, if you feel in danger, although that’s my own suggestion. Keep an eye out for neighborhood meetings to educate people on the issue.

The urban coyote issue presents a dilemma for advocates of every stripe, spot and scale of animal. The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (formerly Fish and Game) does not offer the option of relocation and prohibits trapping, but if it’s between my pet’s life or a child’s safety and keeping within state guidelines, I know what I’d do. At any rate, be aware and informed.

Homing In on Animal Cruelty


Cheyenne, victim of animal abuse

The last Pet Post article involved a couple of cases of extreme animal abuse. Since then, we’ve gotten another case, one that involves Cheyenne, a dog rescued by West Coast Animal Rescue (WeCARe), which takes in extremely hard cases. I still can’t bring myself to write about what happened to this poor dog, but she’s actually doing fine, considering the situation, thanks to the veterinarians at the Newport Beach Veterinary Hospital. WeCARe’s founder, Sherri Stankewitz, said that she took her first step this week in her casts and are still fund-raising for a wheelchair and prosthetics (click here for details). The video is posted here, but note that it contains gruesome and upsetting elements.

I truly don’t feel that there’s as much hope for people committing these atrocities as there is for the rest of us to be watchful and prevent them, and to educate children to do likewise. In this light, please attend and take advantage of the following two features:

Fix Long Beach’s Fix Fest and Pet Fair; City Prosecutor’s Office Presents the Third Annual Animal Cruelty Prevention and Care Conference, Saturday, May 17, Silverado Park, 1545 W 31st St., Long Beach, 7AM–3PM

What a jubilee day for pets! Fix Long Beach plans to celebrate its one-year anniversary by fixing over 300 pets—Long Beach residents only—through mobile spay/neuter clinics and thus preventing the birth of unwanted animals in a number that’s impossible to figure without an advanced TI Titanium calculator. FLB invites all area mobile clinics to join in by contacting [email protected]; all participants and sponsors will be named on the flyer. Please contact Claudia if you know of any clinics that will join in. The Fix Fest is held in collaboration with the third annual Long Beach Animal Cruelty Conference, presented by the office of City Prosecutor Doug Haubert and by Animal Care Services.

Humane Education for Parents Now Available!

In the spirit of the animal community’s concern for animal welfare and prevention of animal cruelty, author and humane educator Deborah Turner and Friends of Long Beach Animals (FOLBA) are joining forces with the Long Beach School District to offer free humane education classes for parents as well as classroom presentations for grades pre-K–12! Parents will learn about kindness and care for pets. Teachers are also invited to book their free presentations for classrooms as well. The curriculum, approved by the LBUSD, are informative and timely with regard to events around the city, as they help both children and adults learn about compassion for and kindness to animals in these hourlong presentations. For information on the curriculum and booking, e-mail [email protected]. Read about the program here.

Pet Projects

New Unleashed by Petco Grand Opening, Saturday, April 26, 1910 Ximeno Ave., Long Beach, Beginning 9AM

The new Long Beach-Ximeno Unleashed by Petco store is kicking off its grand opening celebration with pet adoptions, a special pet photo booth, free giveaways, and more. As with all its stores, the new Petco Unleashed will deliver an engaging experience shopping for everyday pet essentials at a location closer to home, with the addition of an easy self-serve dog wash so that pet parents can truly have a one-stop shop for all their pet’s needs. 

The store will host several community gatherings throughout the year, including adoption events aiming to unite the area’s shelter pets with forever homes, Pug-a-Palooza, local dog meet-ups, and other fun contests and social gatherings for people and pets alike. 

Dog Park Etiquette Class, Wednesday, April 30, P.D. Pitchford Companion Animal Village, 7700 E. Spring St., Long Beach, 6–7 PM

Dog parks are great for canines and humans for running free and socializing. But just as any recreational facility, using it is a privilege and not a right. Learn how not to be one of those dog owners at this class, which will cover understanding and recognizing good and bad behaviors, thus encouraging positive interactions at the park. Humans only; a $10 fee applies.

Pet Adoption Day, Sunday, May 11, Gelson’s Market, 6225 E. 2nd St. (and PCH), Long Beach, 11AM–3PM

Gelson’s, the super-community supermarket, will host the third West Coast Animal Rescue and Long Beach Spay and Neuter Pet Adoption Day, along with our shelter at Animal Care Services (ACS) and Friends of Long Beach Animals and Fix Long Beach will host information tables. Gelson’s will  supply free samples from their pet partners and give away a free reusable bag and store coupons with any donation to these groups. For more information, contact Gelson’s Marketing Department, 818-377-6494.

spcaLA Foster Class, Sunday, May 19, P.D. Pitchford Companion Animal Village, 7700 E. Spring St., Long Beach, 10AM–noon

Help a pet better his or her chance at adoption! spcaLA is looking for foster parents for pets of all ages and needs. Potential foster parents must fill out and submit an application, available here, before attending a class. For more information, call (323) 730-5300.

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Friends of Long Beach Animals’ (FOLBA) WALK for the Animals, Saturday, May 31, Marina Vista Park, 5355 E. Eliot St., Long Beach, 9AM–3PM

In its 13th year, this WALK will be a fun fund-raiser for responsible pet ownership, education and humane treatment of animals—all part of FOLBA’s mission.  In addition to the 5K WALK, the event will feature animal demonstrations and exhibitions, animal rescue and adoption groups, entertainment, vendors of all kinds, food, a kidzone, special guests and many more features all designed to further the mission statement! Vendors are encouraged to print out and submit the form found on this page. FOLBA is a nonprofit all-volunteer organization in its 23rdyear of serving Long Beach and Signal Hill with its commitment to saving animals’ lives through spay/neuter and education programs. For more information, visit FOLBA’s website.

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Kate Karp is the Pets Columnist for the Long Beach Post covering the world of animal activism, pet adoptions and lots of cute cats. She’s called Long Beach home since 1994 and has written for the Post for about 10 years. Kate’s day job is as a copyeditor, which she discovered a love for during her 30-year tenure as a teacher. She describes the job as “like taking the rough edges off a beautiful sculpture.”