Wear Your Love like Kibble! You’re Invited to Rescue Dogma’s Coming Out Party

Virtually Pets

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Graphic by Rescue Dogma.

I’m not even going to use the phrase party animal anywhere in this article because the party you’re invited to is for a unique brand. Clichés are not welcome in the description.

This Friday at its debut party, Rescue Dogma will unleash (I didn’t promise not to use weak puns) its premium line of animal-advocacy wear. Rescue Dogma is designed and printed in California and fully dedicated to engage, inform and inspire people about the needs of homeless and shelter animals and have them pass the message forward by wearing it on their chests. And, as brand creator Sam Ghosh said, you’ll look damn good while doing it.

“Rescue is about love, compassion, dedication, determination and absolute unwavering beliefs in action,” Ghosh said. “Not only are our designs meant to empower and spark conversation, our apparel is made of the softest, most comfortable, eco-conscious, and humane materials. This is the fabric Rescue Dogma is made of. We’re for rescuers by rescuers.”

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Sam Ghosh rocks the brand, and the brand rocks Sam. No idea about the green eggs and ham bit. Photo by Rescue Dogma.

On Friday, September 1, from 6:00PM to 10:00PM, Ghosh is throwing a big bash for his brand, by Ghosh.  Humans and their furry pals—yes, dogs are welcome!—are invited to the Rescue Dogma Launch Party, to be held at SteelCraft, 3768 Long Beach Boulevard, Long Beach. Steelcraft is pretty much a mixed breed in itself—a communal conglom of artisanal food, drink, coffee and (treat, boy?) chocolates, so you’ll be able to grab a bite while you see and feel this new line, dance to DJ sounds, and bid at the silent auction for some premium stuff.

Snap a pic in front of the Rescue Dogma backdrop, and tag @rescuedogma! Anyone who posts to Instagram at the event and uses the hashtags  #RescueDogma and #RescueBeginsHere will receive a limited-edition surprise available only at the launch party and not for sale. And the first 50 pre-orders will receive a swag bag featuring name-brand quality products.

If you’re stuck at home with the cat, not to fret. You can preorder your Rescue Dogma apparel here no matter where you are!

And 100 percent of the silent auction will benefit the paw-some pets at Live Love Animal Rescue! Live Love has been featured before in the Pets section, and I can’t say enough about the work and dedication of the rescue and its founder, Emily Ghosh. Yes, Emily’s Sam’s wife—and that’s wasn’t one of these hands-in-the-air disclosures. The Ghoshes are dedicated to saving even the most hopeless of cases, and the family’s young daughter is already a humane little human.

One of Live Love’s beneficiaries will be a special guest at the party. Meshe is a Chihuahua who was found with a horrid tumor behind his eye. Live Love paid for the surgery to remove the tumor. You can see the “before” picture here and “after” picture here.

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Dogmatically modeling the message. Photo by Rescue Dogma.

Sadly, Meshe’s condition turned out to be terminal, so she’ll live out what time she has remaining in comfort with a loving foster. Meshe isn’t up for adoption and will live out her days in comfort. These guys are in fine fettle, however. If you’re interested in any of them, visit Live Love for an adoption application or email [email protected].

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Lele and Estrella are a bonded pair of Chihuahuas. Lele is a spunky girl with tons of playful energy. She can be a bit shy when she meets you for the first time, but that quickly dissolves into lots of loving kisses! She is about 3 years old and weighs 4 pounds. Estrella is just a happy girl who loves to be around her buddies. Like Lele, she sometimes needs a minute to get used to new people before showering them with love. She is about 2 years old and weighs 6 pounds. Both girls do well with people of all ages (yep, kids too!). They’re cat friendly, and they get along with dogs of all sizes! They’re both spayed and vetted. Because they’re a bonded pair, they’ll be going to their forever home together! That means double the lovin’ for you!

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Liliana, a dachshund/schnauzer mix, has been blooming in foster care, just like her namesake flower! This sweet puppy has been spayed and is coming out of her shell more every day. You can tell she needs to feel safe before she will become relaxed and playful, but we are seeing her true personality shine through. She is sweet tempered, bonds quickly with her humans, and does well in the company of other dogs. While she is not fostered with children, she has interacted successfully with them before. She feels more secure with someone around most of the time, so a family with someone who works from home would be a great fit for her. Liliana is learning her leash manners, potty training and basic obedience commands. She’s still just a puppy but is picking up on things quickly.


Titan is not your average husky! While the breed is known for being extremely energetic and needing lots of exercise, Titan prefers to relax with his humans. He is mellow and calm, and enjoys following you around the house. He likes to take leisurely walks around the block too! Titan is a bit weak in his back end, so he prefers a single-story or first-floor home or apartment, or an apartment where he can ride the elevator in style! He has a winning personality and gets along great with other dogs and people of all ages. He’s been neutered, is housetrained, and good with kids and dogs.Titan needs a calm home environment that will let him take it easy when needed, but will be consistent in caring for his gorgeous coat! Are you ready to help him look and feel his best forever?

Mark Your Calendars (the People Way)

Countin’ the Days in Humane Ways

It seems as if every year, numerous pet calendars crop up faster than you can say “penthouse.” They aren’t the ones you can buy online or at bookstores—full-color glossies of strangers with fur, feathers or scales adorning each month. The pets in these calendars live in actual homes—maybe yours—and are selected through donations to pet rescues. I figured that a separate section is in order until the entry deadline. Pick your pet picture and enter!

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Helen Sanders CatPAWS “Show Us Your Kitties” Calendar Fund-Raiser

To September 15 at this link 

$5 donation per initial entry, $1 donation for each subsequent vote

Hey, CatPAWS Community and all fellow Cat Lovers! It is time for you to…Show Us Your Kitties! CatPAWS’ annual Calendar Contest Fund-Raiser has begun! Submit photos of your beautiful cats and kittens for a chance to be featured in the 2018 Show Us Your Kitties Calendar! It’s simple—submit an entry photo of your cat or every cat that has touched your heart. The 12 cats that raise the most donations in the form of votes will have their photos featured as one of the months in the calendar, and the cat or kitten with the most total votes will be featured on the cover. All donations will cover CatPAWS’s rescue efforts and medical bills. Let’s honor all those cats or kittens we’ve been privileged to love and raise money for those who haven’t had the chance yet. Submit your photos here and read the full set of rules.


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‘I Rescued My Humans!’ K9 Kismet Calendar Fund-Raiser

To September 1 at this link 

$12 entry fee; $1 per vote

Want make your pet feel special? Reserve a day for them! Your pet’s photo will appear on the day or days of your choice. Just choose your favorite photo, choose the day or days, and donate $12 per day. First come, first served—once a day has been reserved, it will no longer be available. You can donate to vote for your favorite entry at $1 per vote—the pet with the most votes will be the “cover pet”! The next 12 top-vote recipients will become the K9 Kismet Calendar Pet for each calendar month between January and December 2018. A great twist is that people can submit pictures of any pet and include humans in the picture, which is optional. Follow this link to submit your photo and to read the full set of rules.

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Friends of El Dorado Dog Park Holiday Bone-anza and Calendar Contest

Sunday, November 19, 10AM–4:00PM (Calendar Contest Entry Deadline September 30), El Dorado Dog Park, 7550 East Spring Street, Long Beach

Calendar Contest free to enter: Bone-anza free to attend

Friends of El Dorado Dog Park is announcing its third-annual Pet Photo Calendar Contest and fund-raiser. The top winner will be on the cover page, and the next 12 winners will each have their own calendar month. The Calendar Contest winners will be announced at 11:00AM at the Holiday Bone-Anza. The 2018 calendar will be available to purchase for $20 at the event. Even if your entry isn’t selected as a winner, every dog entered will be spotlighted in the calendar. Application is available here.

This year’s Bone-anza will be a fun-filled event featuring food trucks, vendors for your holiday shopping, contests, a DJ featuring Christmas sounds, elves, your doggie’s photo with Santa, and a silent auction and raffle featuring great gifts from our sponsors.

All proceeds from both the calendar and the event will go to support enhancements of the El Dorado Dog Park.

Places to Go, Pets to Support

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Pet Adoption Event at PFE

Saturday, September 2, 11:00AM–3:00PM, Pet Food Express, 4220 Long Beach Boulevard, Long Beach

Adoption fees apply

Find your new BFF and everything that he or she could ever want or need, in one place. Long Beach Animal Care Services (ACS) and other rescues will be bringing some wonderful dogs ready to go home with their new people. Everything is high quality at Pet Food Express, and that includes the adoptive pets! Check out the Cat Adoption Center, featuring fine felines from Long Beach Animal Care Services and Stray Cat Alliance.

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Home at Last! Coldwell Banker’s Third Annual Adoption Event

Saturday, September 9, 11AM–3PM, Centinela Feed and Pet Supplies, 4700 Pacific Coast Highway, Long Beach

Free to spectate; adoption fees apply

Three years ago, Coldwell Banker and Adopt-a-Pet.com, an aggregate/search facilitator for adoptable shelter pets nationwide, created the “Homes for Dogs” event, whose objective is to get as many pets out of the shelters and rescues and into loving homes. In just the first year alone, the organizations helped to facilitate more than 20,000 adoptions across the country. This year’s local event will be held at Centinela Feed and Pet Supplies; it promises to be yet another success!

“We are lucky enough to help people in the Long Beach community find new homes every day,” said Phil Jones, a broker/owner affiliated with Coldwell Banker Coastal Alliance in Long Beach. “Now, we get to extend that service to homeless pets in need. It’s a win-win!”

Check out Coldwell Banker’s new commercial, “Somebody to Love,” a national advertising campaign that tells the story of a man and a homeless dog who find each other. The New York Times called it a “commercial to love.” We call it “Break out the Kleenex!” Come home a critter.

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Grand Opening of the Long Beach Bee Sanctuary

Saturday, September 9, 10:00AM–noon, Orange Avenue, north of Willow Springs Park between Spring and Willow streets, Long Beach

Free event

The Long Beach Beekeepers invite you to the grand opening of our new sanctuary—a collaborative project between Eagle Scout candidate Mauri Lathouwers, his family and Boy Scout Troop 105 and the Long Beach Beekeepers. Visitors’ parking is on the street or in the park. Light refreshments, shade and restrooms will be provided. Speeches will be few and short—very little buzz and lotsa honey! For their help in turning our vision of a municipal refuge for bees into reality, Long Beach Beekeepers thanks the City of Long Beach, current and former City Council members, the city Office of Sustainability, the city Department of Parks, Recreation and Marine and its current and former commissioners, Long Beach attorney David M. Zeligs, and Mauri Lathouwers, his family and Boy Scout Troop 105.

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spcaLA September Foster Class

Saturday, September 16, 10:00AM–noon, P. D. Pitchford Companion Animal Village and Education Center, 7700 East Spring Street, Long Beach

Free event—they provide supplies, and you provide the home and love. No parking fee for Village visitors.

Want to help a cat or a dog become adoptable? Submit an application (available here) and then come to a foster class!

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Fix Long Beach Free Spay/Neuter Clinic

Saturday, September 23, 7:30AM–4:00PM, Houghton Park, 6500 Atlantic Avenue (near Jordan High), Long Beach

Free to qualifying residents; free microchips; low-cost shots ($10 each); $10 flea med doses

The grassroots free spay/neuter organization Fix Long Beach invites you to make an appointment for your unfixed dog, or get vouchers for free procedures for your dog or cat! These clinics are generously sponsored through Hope for Paws and Eldad Hagar.

Visit this link for qualifications and an application for your appointment. There is also a donation button to help Fix Long Beach continue their efforts. Click the organization’s Amazon Wish List 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!

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Volunteer Meeting for the Friends of El Dorado Dog Park’s Holiday

Sunday, September 24, 1:00PM, El Dorado Bar & Grill, 3014 N. Studebaker Road, Long Beach


Friends of El Dorado Dog Park (FEDDP) is gearing up for the sixth annual Holiday Bone-Anza, and we couldn’t do it without our star volunteers! So please mark your calendar, and let’s make this a fun and exciting day for everyone. Our goal is to get drinking fountains in the small and large dog park, and we need you to help get our doggies hydrated! The event will take place November 19 at El Dorado Park and will include vendors, crafters, Santa visits, a silent auction and, what else, elves. And we don’t mean Chihuahuas! Please help us make this great event happen! More details on our website.


Free Pet Food Distributions

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Papa, a big “teddy bear’ of a dog, sits with his human in Ashlee’s Pet Care station at Beacon for Him.

Beacon for Him has extended an outreach for people experiencing homelessness and their pets. Pet food, primarily dog food, is available at their facility at 439 West Anaheim Street, Mondays from 9:00AM to noon and Saturdays from noon to 3:00PM. A dog-washing station with a stainless-steel tub is also available onsite at these hours. Donations and supplies such as shampoo, flea control and, of course, pet food are always gratefully accepted.

The Pet Food Bank is sponsored by Christian Outreach in Action. COA is located at 515 E 3rd St, Long Beach. Hours are Thursday from 9:00AM to 11:00AM.

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Shelter-Enrichment Supplies Needed for ACS Dogs!

Drop-off: Wednesdays through Fridays, 10:00AM–5:30PM and Saturdays and Sundays, 10:00AM–4:00PM, 7700 East Spring Street, Long Beach

Individual donations requested

ACS is continuing our kennel enrichment activities for our canine guests here and could use so more donations (there are plenty for the cats!). Here is what’s needed:

  • creamy peanut butter
  • yogurt
  • beef broth (canned or in the box)
  • chicken broth (canned or in the box)
  • incense
  • carabiner clips (heavy duty)
  • ice cube trays

Donations are tax deductible. Our pups say thanks so much!


IndieGoGo Fund-Raiser for Trots Dogs Incorporated 

Until beginning of September

Individual donations

Long Beach resident Johanna “JoJo” Stanford started Trots Dogs Inc. in 2009 after being inspired by Cesar Millan, The Dog Whisperer. Stanford says that her goal is “to provide Long Beach with a dog-training facility with structured daycare and boarding that accepts all dogs regardless of temperament or behavior by educating staff, dogs and owners. Our mission is to create a community of people who understand their dogs and want to have a loving, balanced relationship.”

Stanford’s group is looking to purchase about 10,000 square feet of warehouse space with a potty area and are partnering with a design group. Click on the link in the header to find out all the details of this enterprise.

“You’ll be helping us fund a model that could turn a ‘dog-friendly city’ into a city of friendly dogs,” Stanford said. “Imagine the possibilities of having an entire city of balanced dogs who are happy, obedient, well behaved and pay attention.”

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Long Beach Animal Care Services (ACS) Information for Low-Cost Vaccinations and Spay/Neuter Clinics

7700 East Spring Street at entrance to El Dorado Park (no fee for shelter visitors), Long Beach

Prices vary

Vouchers that take a big bite, so to speak, out of the cost of spay/neuter procedures are available at ACS during their public hours. Visit this link for information on clinics that accept the vouchers and for other spay/neuter assistance.

For low-cost vaccines, visit this link. Note that 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. Vaccination and microchip services are provided for pets residing in any city. Licensing is provided for residents within our jurisdiction at Saturday clinics; please bring your renewal notice and rabies certificate with you.

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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.”