Virtually Pets

Large orange cat in a pen, floored with dog pee pads
Photo by Andrea Estrada
CatPAWS’ Sophie, 4 years old, at the mayor’s 2019 Kitty Hall. She went from X-pen…


Woman with short black hair and sunglasses on top of her head, wearing a bright-orange shirt, cuddles newly adopted orange cat.
…to X-tatic!
Photo by Eden Amans


Some of the furry lobbyists at the mayor’s fourth Kitty Hall saw their petitions fulfilled. Four rescues—Long Beach Animal Care Services and its adoption satellite at Pet Food Express, spcaLA, Helen Sanders CatPAWS and Long Beach Spay & Neuter Foundation—participated in the event and sent 33 cats home, including adults, seniors and kittens who’ll go to their new families after they’ve been spayed or neutered. Even better, there are adoptions-in-waiting that’ll take place after hubby or wifey or landlordie gives the OK and the applications have been approved.



teenage girl with long brown hair with adult woman with long brown hair holding black kitten with red harness, whose head is nuzzled in.
City Auditor Laura Doud and her daughter Kelly became enamored of camera-shy Raquel in the spcaLA section. They picked her up a couple of days later after she was spayed. Photo courtesy of Laura Doud.



Two hands holding a little bottle on a blue background feed formula to a tiny black-and-white newborn kitten
Entranced visitors were in awe—many of them indeed said “Awwww”—of manager Staycee Dains’ periodic bottle feedings of a newborn kitten she’s been fostering at home. Photo courtesy of Andrea Estrada.


If you’re experiencing onero felibus, or cat overload, here’s some balance. These seniors deserve to go home, too.

The German shepherds in the video were brought to the shelter in March. It’s not clear whether they’re related, but they’re both seniors. Nothing cheeses many of us off more than hearing about pets who’ve been with their humans all these years and are unexpectedly (in their eyes) separated from them. Forever. It may have been unavoidable, but the dogs don’t know that.

Abijah (ID#A623007) is a 10-year-old neutered male, and Jesse (#A427987) is a 13-year-old spayed female, and they’re both social, gentle and kind. Do you know someone who could spring them so that they can spend their sunset years the way they’re supposed to? You, maybe? You won’t regret it. The shelter is located at 7700 E. Spring St., Long Beach, at the entrance to El Dorado Park. No parking fee for shelter visitors. Video courtesy of Long Beach Animal Care Services

Things to do, pets to support

Please send any Long Beach or Seal Beach pet-related events or projects to [email protected]. Posting subject to approval.

Cat Clinic 9-2

Fix Long Beach Free CAT Spay/Neuter Clinic: Sunday, May 26, 8:30 a.m.–2 p.m., Ramona Park, 3301 E. 65th St., Long Beach, free spay/neuter for qualifying Long Beach residents, with appointment; free microchips, shots, flea-med doses, dewormers and nail trimmings $10 each—no appointment necessary.

Newborn kittens are the most euthanized pets in shelters, ours included. The best way to stop a flood is to tamp the source, and that’s why we’re here. Our appointments are fully booked, but you can come for standby at 10:30 a.m. Appointments are available for future clinics—come make one. Full details are available here.

Furry Friends Faire: Saturday, June 1, 10 a.m.–2 p.m., Los Cerritos Park, 3750 Del Mar Ave., Long Beach, free

Please join the Friends of Los Cerritos and the Los Cerritos Neighborhood Association at this terrific family event! Check the flyer for details. You sure don’t want to miss Pet Paw the Great.

Paw Tenders Memorial Walk for Jess Bingaman: Saturday, June 15, 10:00 a.m.–noon, Shoreline Village, 401-435 Shoreline Village Dr., Long Beach, free

Friends and supporters of popular dog walker Jess Bingaman will honor her through a “pack walk” from Shoreline Village to the Queen Mary and back, approximately five miles. Bingaman and five dogs she was tending were killed when a driver fleeing from police plowed into them with his vehicle. The organizers welcome participants with or without dogs to join the walk. Walkers are advised to bring water and snacks and wear walking shoes. Dogs must be on leashes and kept at a respectable distance from other dogs.

“One of the strongest foundations built between us and the dogs we work with is through a pack walk,” wrote Yasmeen Zenni on the Facebook page dedicated to the walk. “So I thought what better way to honor and thank Jessie for her hard work and dedication by participating in a calm pack walk at a place she loved and frequented the most.

The Pawtenders Memorial Fund for Bingaman’s family is accepting donations at this link.

Fix Long Beach’s ‘A Fistful of Dollars’ Casino Night: Saturday, June 22, 6 p.m.–10:30 p.m., Cosmic Brewery, 20316 Gramercy Place., Torrance, $20 per ticket, available here.

It shouldn’t be a gamble to see whether Fix Long Beach can spay and neuter as many cats and dogs as possible as well as support the fosters. But it sure can be a neat way to fund the clinics, if last year’s event was any indication! The event includes a burger bar with a vegan option, s’more bar, discounts on beer and wine, and $50 casino cash for full-size craps, poker, roulette and blackjack tables. Come dressed to win in your favorite Western wear, and have fun during the Best Moustache contest; the 50/50 drawing; the silent auction; which includes some amazing trips; and the opportunity drawing. Prizes will go to the biggest casino winners. Tickets are available here.


tiny black newborn kitten with white paws and white marks on chest sits up with his legs splayed out as he's fed from a bottle

Adopt, adopt, adopt

The following pet-related businesses regularly feature cat, dog and rabbit adoptions. If you’re a Long Beach-area rescue and don’t see your adoption event listed here, please email [email protected]. Click on the links for each rescue in case of updates or changes.

Chase Bank, 5200 East Second St., Long Beach

 Gelson’s Market, 6255 E. 2nd St.

Kahoots Pet Store, 18681 Main St. #102, Huntington Beach

Petco Animal Supplies, Marina Shores, 6500 Pacific Coast Highway, Long Beach

Pet Food Express, 4220 Long Beach Blvd., Long Beach:

PetSmart Cerritos, 12741 Towne Center Drive, Cerritos

PetSmart Compton, 1775 South Alameda St., Compton

PetSmart Garden Grove, 9835 Chapman Ave, Garden Grove

PetSmart, Long Beach Exchange, 3871 N. Lakewood Blvd., Long Beach

PetSmart Signal Hill, 2550 Cherry Ave., Signal Hill

PetSmart Seal Beach, 12341 Seal Beach Blvd., Seal Beach

Unleashed by Petco, 600 Redondo Ave.


Donations accepted for Pets of the Homeless

Pets of the Homeless’ home page gives a self-description as the only organization focusing only on providing food and care for pets belonging to homeless people. Businesses and other organizations across the country receive in-kind donations of food and other needs that the dogs and cats’ human families can pick up at outreach locations. The following Long Beach businesses will accept your donations:

Trendi Pawz, 255 Redondo Ave., Long Beach

Belmont Heights Animal Hospital, 255 Redondo Ave., Long Beach

Paw Shoppe Pet Center, Inc., 6416 E. Spring St., Long Beach

Food and supplies are available at Beacon for Him Ministries, 1535 Gundry Ave. Long Beach, Mondays from 9 a.m. to noon and Saturdays from noon to 3 p.m.; and at Christian Outreach in Action, 515 E. Third St., Long Beach, Thursday from 9 to 11 a.m. Donations will be gratefully accepted at these locations as well.


Shelter-enrichment supplies requested for ACS’s cats, dogs and rabbits: drop-off Wednesdays through Fridays, 10  a.m.–4 p.m., shelter side of P.D. Pitchford Companion Animal Village, 7700 E. Spring St., Long Beach.

Canned kitten food (Royal Canin), yogurt, beef and chicken broth, pipe cleaners, toilet paper and paper-towel rolls, catnip, canned pet food, wine-bottle corks (for cat toys) and ice cube trays all are needed. Donations are tax deductible.