Pet Projects: Fix, adopt—moving toward no pet unwanted

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

Fix Long Beach is having its umpteenth spay/neuter clinic this Saturday (see Things to do, pets to support) with the purpose of stemming the source of unwanted pets. If you know anyone who can’t or won’t fix their cat or dog, please let them know about the clinic. It’s free; low-cost vaccines and flea/deworming treatments as well as free microchips are also available. Furthermore, mandatory spay/neuter is the law in Long Beach. No guarantee that anyone you speak to will take advantage, but it’s worth a shot.

As always, the Virtually Pets section of Pet Projects features cats, dogs and rabbits that are adoptable and not sold or given away on social media or by someone’s best friend or aunt whose cat or dog just had a litter. That may sound heartless—you worry about where all these misbegotten pets go. Many do wind up in shelters, where actions of humans send these unfortunate but worthy little guys.

If you are ready to adopt a pet, please go to a shelter first. In particular, visit an open-admission shelter where animals may be subject to euthanasia if overcrowding and a lack of fosters makes it unavoidable. Our shelter at Long Beach Animal Care Services (LBACS) has continually improved its euthanasia and live-release rates, and part of this is because people come to adopt them. Please visit LBACS (see photo for entrance) before you look for cats, dogs or rabbits anywhere else. And don’t make that “anywhere else” Craigslist or people selling their “purebreds.”

LBACS entrance is at the Animal Admissions signage, 7700 E. Spring St., at entrance to El Dorado Park. No parking fee for shelter visitors.

And now, it’s time for a short film, featuring these cats who are ready to go home.

Duffy, tortie-attitude girl, female, 7 years old, ID#A615706

Harvey, steel-gray stunner, male, 1 year old, ID#A614036

Lol, special orange cat (they all are), male, 4 months old, ID#A615616

Yolo, masked-marvel brown tabby, male, 4 months old, ID#A615610

Kit, another special orange tabby, male, 4 months old, ID#A615618

Louis, gray-and-white mysteriously masked tabby, male, 6 months old, ID#A614130

Have you met some of our Cat Superstars? Sure to impress, these furry friends are ready for adoption from our shelter. 🐾🐱❤️❤️ #LBadoptapetDuffy #A615706: #A614036: #A615616: #A615610: #A615618: #A614130:'

Posted by City of Long Beach Animal Care Services on Thursday, November 15, 2018


Things to do, pets to support

California Turtle and Tortoise Club, Care Society Chapter presents Desert Tortoise Council: Who we are, what we do, and how you can get involved, Friday, Nov. 16, 7:30 p.m., University Baptist Church, 3434 Chatwin Ave., Long Beach, free to turtles and tortoises and their humans

Dr. Michael Tuma, chair of the Desert Tortoise Council Board of Directors, will provide a presentation about conserving desert tortoises and their habitats.

Fix Long Beach Free Spay/Neuter Clinic: Saturday, Nov. 17, 9 a.m.–3 p.m., Ramona Park, 3301 E. 65th St., Long Beach, free spay/neuter for qualifying Long Beach residents; free microchips; shots, flea-med doses, dewormers and nail trimmings $10 each.

It’s the law to fix your pets in Long Beach and many Southern California cities. To provide this costly service to our Long Beach residents who otherwise couldn’t afford it, Fix Long Beach offers this service free of charge. Make an appointment through IM or email at [email protected]; include (1) your name, (2) address, (3) phone number, (4) pet’s name, (5) age, (6) sex, (7) breed, and (8) weight. Standby available at 8:30 a.m. Vouchers are provided through Long Beach Animal Care Services (ACS) Spay/Neuter Assistance Voucher Program for pets without appointments or dogs too large to fit on the vehicle—they may be used at specified veterinary clinics. For both spay/neuter and vaccinations, all dogs must be on sturdy leashes and all cats must be in dedicated carriers

Moon Cat Café presents Helen Sanders CatPAWS adoptions, Saturday, Nov. 17, noon–4 p.m., El Torito parking lot, 6605 Pacific Coast Hwy., Long Beach, adoption fees apply

Celebrate the beginning of fall by cozying up to adoptable cats with gourmet coffee and a freshly made pastry. Helen Sanders CatPAWS will be the beneficiary of 10 percent of the proceeds. The coffee is only excelled by the cats!

Pedro Pet Pals “Petsgiving”: Saturday, Nov. 17, 10 a.m.–3 p.m., 336 W. Anaheim St. (in front of Food 4 Less), Wilmington, free vaccines and microchips to first 100 cats and dogs

Bring your pets for free shots and microchips—first come, first poked. Be sure that your dog is on a sturdy leash and your cat is in a dedicated carrier.

Happy Meowur: Sunday, Dec. 2, 4:30 p.m.–6 p.m., Kobe Steakhouse, 3001 Old Ranch Pkwy., Seal Beach, suggested donation $15

Visit with the CatPAWS rescue and adoption team to find out what this wonderful adoption organization has done for cats and newborn kittens during the year, what they’ll do next year, and how you can help. Appetizers available. Humans only, naturally.


Pet Adoption Locations

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].

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

Unleashed by Petco, 600 Redondo Ave.

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

PetSmart Signal Hill, 2550 Cherry Ave., Signal Hill

PetSmart Compton, 1775 South Alameda St., Compton

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

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

 Gelson’s Market, 6255 E. 2nd St.

Chase Bank, 5200 East Second St., Long Beach

2009 Pet Calendars!

Deck your walls with vows to rescue! We have a growing list of calendars that feature rescued pets who’ve found great homes! Your purchase of a calendar will help each rescue continue its quest to provide the best possible world for animals! All proceeds go to the rescue, not to mention paying for the printing—these are nicely done calendars!

Ordering information is on the links.

Helen Sanders CatPAWS “Show Us Your Kitties” calendar

Jellicle Cats Rescue Foundation

Low-Cost Pet-Vaccination Clinics: For schedule, visit this link

Pet owners must be 18 years or older, all pets must be on leashes or in carriers, and only healthy and non-pregnant animals will be vaccinated. Please bring prior vaccination information with you to the clinic.

Free Pet Food Distributions

Pet food is available at Beacon for Him Ministries, 439 West Anaheim St., Mondays from 9 a.m. to noon and Saturdays from noon to 3 p.m. A dog-washing station with a stainless-steel tub is also available onsite at these hours. Donations and supplies such as shampoo, flea control meds and pet food are always gratefully accepted.

The Pet Food Bank is sponsored by Christian Outreach in Action, located at 515 E. 3rd St., Long Beach. Hours are Thursday from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.

Pets of the Homeless provides many collection places across the country to help homeless people to feed and care for their animals. Please support them through a cash donation, or bring pet food to the Long Beach-area drop-off center, Trendi Pawz Grooming, 3726 E 7th St, Long Beach. Access this link for resources and donation areas in SoCal and across the country.

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

Creamy peanut butter, 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.

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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.”