Biggest Adoption Event Ever!

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This weekend, March 12 and 13, Pet Food Express’s new location at 4220 Long Beach Boulevard is joining forces with the City of Long Beach Animal Care Services (ACS) and a bunch of area shelters and rescues to put on what ACS has verified as the largest pet adoption event ever held in Long Beach. The event will feature over 100 adoptable pets and will also include be dog performances, vendors with food samples and free dog washes (see Mark Your Calendars below; a more comprehensive article will be found on a link here.) The following entities will be present, with lots of great candidates for great homes:


Long Beach Animal Care Services

Baldwin Park Animal Care Center

Carson Animal Care Center

Downey Animal Care Center

Dog Rescue Groups:

Live Love Pet Care and Animal Rescue

West Coast Animal Rescue

Bruno’s Pet Rescue

Dachshund Rescue of Los Angeles

German Shepherd Rescue of OC

A Home 4 Ever Rescue, Inc.

Cat Rescue Groups

Helen Sanders CatPAWS

Stray Cat Alliance


Jellicle Cats

Zazzy Cats Kitty Rescue

Making Biscuits Cat Rescue

Kitty Katchers

Long Beach Spay & Neuter Foundation

The Cat Cove

The centerpiece is the new Cat Adoption Center, which will feature shelter cats who’ll have a safe home until someone comes to permanently bless their remaining nine little lives. You have to come see it. This week, we’re featuring three cats who are gracing the condos there.

All photos courtesy of ACS. Oreo’s photo by Sara Cozolino.


Oreo is a neutered male medium-hair cat with Harlequin markings and huge eyes. He’s around 8 years old. Ask for ID#A565650.


Missy appears to be a Maine coon cat. She’s around 12 and has been spayed. She looks great now—this is her intake photo. See how she’s fluffed out! Ask for ID#A565808.

Jinks ACS

Orange cats are special, and Jinky is no exception. Jinky’s a little over 2 years old, and has been neutered. Ask for ID#A566096.

Mark Your Calendars (the People Way)

PFE and ACS logo

Grand Opening of Pet Food Express’s new location and the Long Beach Animal Care Services (ACS) Cat Adoption Center

Saturday and Sunday, March 12 and 13, Pet Food Express, 4220 Long Beach Boulevard (near the new Trader Joe’s location), Long Beach, Adoptions: 11AM–3PM; ribbon cutting at 1PM Saturday

Free to attend

The new Pet Food Express, which features high-quality pet food, toys and accessories, is teaming up with Long Beach Animal Care Services (ACS) to present what they say is the “largest pet adoption event in Long Beach,” with more than 125 pets available. There will be puppies, dogs, kittens, cats and more available from more than 15 animal rescue groups and shelters, and Pet Food Express and ACS are aiming to adopt out as many pets as possible in one weekend.

The event will also feature stunt dog performances at noon, 2:00PM and 3:00PM; free self-serve pet washes (to run through March); pet food and treat vendors giving out samples; and 20 percent off anything in the store.

The two entities are also celebrating the grand opening of a state-of-the-art cat adoption center inside the new Pet Food Express store in Long Beach. The center will house up to 12 cats and kittens available for adoption.

“This new cat adoption center inside Pet Food Express is an amazing opportunity for the cats that come to our shelter to find a furever home,” said Ted Stevens, LBACS manager. “With the shelter being located on the east side of Long Beach, this adoption center brings opportunities to the residents in other areas of the city to find new loving pets in a convenient location closer to home.”

Fix Long Beach--Allyson Kitts

Photo by Allyson Kitts

Fix Long Beach (FLB) Spay/Neuter Clinic, cats only!
Saturday, March 12, 7:30AM–4:00PM, Houghton Park, 6500 Atlantic Avenue, Long Beach

Free to qualifying residents

The grassroots free spay/neuter organization Fix Long Beach invites you to make an appointment for your unfixed cat, or get vouchers for free procedures for them! Kitten season is coming up, and we want to make it a sweeter season for them—fewer unwanted, abandoned kittens; and fewer euthanasia procedures.

Guidelines for FLB clinics are as follows:

Low-income Long Beach residents only unless you have a pit bull! (We offer free spay/neuter for pitties in surrounding cities.) If you don’t qualify (annual salary $30,000 or lower), please Google “low cost spay/neuter” along with your zip code, and have your pet fixed at one of the suggested clinics.

Book an appointment ASAP. Standbys are welcome. Vouchers will be given to any attendee whose pet cannot be served that day.

If you have called or made a previous appointment, please check your voice mail for messages (be sure that it’s set up). You must call back to confirm your appointment or your spot will be given away.

If you are 15 minutes late for your appointment, your spot will be given to someone waiting on standby. If you fail to show up for two consecutive appointments, you will be denied future service.

Fix Long Beach also offers the following services from 9AM–4PM:

  • low-cost vaccines for dogs and cats $10 per shot, cash only!
  • low-cost flea meds for dog and cats $10 per dose/application, cash only!
  • nail trim $5, cash only!
  • free microchips for pets of Long Beach residents
  • free supplies for anyone that gets their pets fixed!

For more information or to schedule an appointment, call (323) 413-7729

When you come, bring proof of income and Long Beach residency (these events are for Long Beach residents only.) Whether you come as standby or with an appointment, do not give your pet anything to eat or drink after 12:01AM. Dogs must be on leashes and cats must be in carriers that are specifically pet carriers! No paper bags or suitcases, please! There are no walls in the park, and we want you to ensure your pet’s safety! If you don’t own a carrier, pet supply stores like Petco and PetSmart carry inexpensive cardboard ones; they run on the average of $8.

Fix Long Beach also has a wish list for pet items to give to our client as a thank-you for helping to lower our shelter euthanasia rate and prevent the birth of more unwanted kittens and puppies.

Click the link to donate items, or bring them to the event if you find a better deal!

Let’s continue to help make Long Beach no kill, one pet at a time!

‘Beach Streets Downtown’ Open Street Event to include ACS pet adoptions

Saturday, March 19. 10AM–5PM. Click link for route map.

Free to attend

This city-sponsored event features a block party, concerts, a community festival, kid’s zones, food tasting, pet adoptions from Long Beach Animal Care Services (ACS) and bands playing on restaurant patios are just some of the entertainment and activities planned for the “Beach Streets Downtown” Open Street event. The Broadway corridor will be opened up for walking, bicycling, skating and socializing, by temporarily closing the street to vehicle traffic from Pine Avenue to Euclid Avenue. Entertainment and activities will be provided along the 4-mile route, including several activity hubs:

  • Pine Avenue from 1st to 8th Streets in Downtown
  • Linden Avenue from 1st to 4th Streets in the East Village Arts District
  • Cherry Avenue from 2nd to 4th Streets, including Bixby Park
  • 4th Street from Cherry Avenue to Junipero Avenue, on Retro Row
  • Broadway between Redondo and Euclid Avenues, Beach Streets Block Party

spcaLA Pet Photos with Easter Bunny

Monday, March 14, Los Cerritos Center (off the 605 Freeway), 239 Los Cerritos Center, Cerritos in the Main Court (by Forever 21), 6:00PM–8:00PM

Photo packages vary in price

Bring your pet for a photo with the Easter Bunny at Los Cerritos Center! Pet $3 from each pet photo package will be donated to spcaLA. On March 7th, spcaLA will host a pop-up mobile adoption with pets for adoption!

This event is for dogs and cats only. All pets must be leashed or in a carrier. More information is available here.

spcaLA Foster Class
Saturday, March 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.

Fifth Annual Helpful Honda Pet Adoptions
Sunday, March 20, Rosie’s Dog Beach, 1 Granada Avenue, Long Beach, 10AM—2PM

Free to attend; adoption fees vary

Those Helpful Honda Guys in Blue are coming out in force to see that pets around the area can find new human forever owners and shed fur all over the interiors of their new Accords. Their goal is to help further decrease euthanasia numbers by celebrating throughout the month of March a sector of the most adoptable pets anywhere—which is every one of them. In partnership with Justin Rudd, Haute Dogs, Live Love Pet Care and Animal Rescue, and Mutt Match LA, theMarch 20 event will feature free dog washes, a pet-photo booth, and complimentary leashes and food bowls. Additionally, SoCal Honda dealers and the Guys in Blue will make a supplies donation to each participating local shelter and rescue. local shelters and rescue groups throughout the month of March. A supplies donation will be made to each participating local shelter or rescue group. Over the past three years, the Helpful Honda Guys in Blue helped over 500 pets find their forever homes. This year, in addition to finding forever homes for adoptable pets, they’re doing something ‘pawsome’ and celebrating pets by providing free dog washes, a fun pet-photo booth, and complimentary leashes and food bowls! Check SoCal Honda Dealers’ Facebook page in the next few days for the other locations of their events.

Animal Resource Team (ART) fund-raiser
Tuesday, March 22, Lazy Dog Restaurant and Bar, 278 Los Cerritos Center, Cerritos, 11AM–midnight

Prices according to menu

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Sit, stay—and eat and drink! The Animal Resource Team is a new volunteer effort that gives pet owners options for staying with their families instead of being turned in to the shelter. Print out the flyer above, and 15 percent of your tab will go to the organization. Read more about this innovative bunch of people here.

spcaLA Friends for Life Summer Camp
June through August, Monday through Friday; registration begins April 4, 10AM, Pitchford Companion Animal Village, 7700 E. Spring St., Long Beach

Paws down, it’s the best camp around! spcaLA Friends for Life Summer Camp™ is for kids 8 through 13 years old. At camp, kids learn the basics of pet care and responsibility, respect for all animals, and the beginnings of dog training, all while making new friends on a number of legs! There are 10 sessions available, each running Monday through Friday.


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Long Beach Animal Care Services (ACS): Free Spay/Neuter and Wellness Clinics, once monthly; Low-Cost Vaccination Clinics, scheduled days Monthly. Locations vary.

See flyer on web page for pricing of services

Beginning this Sunday, February 21, the Society for California Veterinary and Vaccine Care (SCVVC) will offer free spay/neuter procedures and wellness services to residents of the cities served by ACS: Long Beach, Signal Hill, Cerritos, Los Alamitos and Seal Beach. During the remaining weeks of the month, Spay/Neuter Project Los Angeles (SNP/LA) will offer low-cost vaccines, nail trimmings and topical flea treatment for residents of the same areas. Click link for locations and times and click the links next to each event for vaccine pricing and other details.

Pet owners must be 18 years or older. All pets must be on leashes or in carriers. Only healthy and non-pregnant animals will be vaccinated. If you have a prior rabies vaccine certificate, license tag or license renewal notice for your pet, please bring it with you to the clinic. Vaccination and microchip services are provided for pets residing in any city. Licensing service is provided for residents within our jurisdiction:. Microchips, flea treatment and nail trimmings also available. 

Bird Release Project
South Bay Wildlife Rehab, at driver’s convenience

Bird Release

Bye-bye, birdie! South Bay Wildlife Rehab needs rides for hawks, owls and falcons. No training is required—just sign up on the email list and reply to emails asking for help. Releasing birds of prey is rewarding and educational!

Some of the birds were captured at local airports and need long rides—150 miles plus—to lessen the chances of them returning to the airports and causing more trouble. There are also injured and orphaned birds that need to be returned to their natural environment; these are specific locations.

Rides are almost always needed, so if you’re planning a road trip of at least 150 miles and would enjoy a feathered passenger for part of the way, drop us an email and let us know where and when you’re going. Once you sign up for our email list, you’ll receive emails when birds need to hitch a ride. Contact Ann Lynch, director, at [email protected], or Karin West, ranch manager, at [email protected].

 Cressida Studio

Monthly Mutt Mingles
Pussy & Pooch Pethouse and PawBar, 4818 E. 2nd Street, Long Beach, third Wednesday of every month
222 E. Broadway, third Thursday of every month, 6:00PM–8:00PM 

Photo by Cressida Labs

Join P&P for their monthly mixer, and enjoy special treats, toasts, and plenty of in-store tail-wagging. Mutt Mingles are a great way for your dog to learn valuable social skills. It’s a chance for them to experience and interact in a social setting with food, drink and plenty of other distractions! It’s important for your dog to learn how to behave around other dogs and people so that they’ll be the stars of the dog park and the dog beach. The indoor facility provides for a very comfortable setting and fun atmosphere. Dogs may be off-leash if supervised closely by their owners. For their protection, we lock the front door so dogs are safe from the street traffic.

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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.”