Rescue calendars: Daily reminders of why

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Digital calendars may be handy, but they’re no replacement for the ones you can hang in your kitchen and home office. Every year, Helen Sanders CatPAWS features its Show Us Your Kitties rescue calendar in which adopters and fosters claw their way into getting their own CatPAWS felines as a featured cheesecat pose for a particular month or to purchase a date for each one.

Readers may remember the nail-biting suspense of Coraline’s disappearance and ultimate discovery by a very young child. She’s now in a permanent, loving and safe home. Maya’s is the ultimate example of accepting a loved one as they are and hoping for the best.

Jellicle Cats Rescue Foundation also has an annual cat calendar. Jellicle Cats operates on a shoestring budget and really needs funding so that their cats, who often are taken from streets, sidewalks and yards, can be operated on at a veterinary and come out healthy and spayed or neutered.

As you may or may not know, not all the kyats at Jellicle Cats Rescue are small, but these two are. Oreo and Chickpea aren’t from the same litter but are most definitely a bonded pair. Adopt them both, buy the calendar, and bingo—a baby photo of the family members in a year!


All of the funds for both calendars support the needs of the adoptable cats: food, toys and medical care don’t come cheap, particularly the latter. To support either or both rescues (one for the kitchen and another for that home office, or wherever—or as gifts), follow this link to purchase a CatPAWS calendar and this one from Jellicle Cats.

Cats from CatPAWS

This sweet, sweet girl is Daisy! She’s a young adult, about 1 or 2, so she’s old enough to have grown a mustache. She’s full of happiness, and all she wants in life is cuddles and more cuddles.

Lucia is a stunning silver tabby. This young cat has had a pretty rough time of it. She was rescued last year along with her newborn kittens from a shelter where they were all about to be killed. She had a respiratory infection—a cold, basically. Sadly, her kittens contracted that as well, and one by one they died, despite CatPAWS’ efforts to save them. Lucia was adopted last year. Then, CatPAWS got a call recently that the adopter was somehow suddenly allergic and was moving, too. Adoption is not a lending library. Anyway, as is their policy, CatPAWS took her back and she is making the best of her new reality at the Petco adoption center. But she longs for a home of her own again, and hopefully, someone will come along, give her a home, and help her trust again.

You can meet both these cats at the Petco Adoption Center, 6500 PCH, Long Beach. Adoption applications are available here.


Meet Chickpea! Chickpea is about 6 months old. He was networked on Facebook as the “rain barrel kitten,: His sad story starts with being born in a backyard to a feral momma, where their caretaker watched helplessly as one kitten after another disappeared. So, the caretaker decided to keep the little Chickpea safe—by keeping him in a rain barrel.  In spite of that lonely time, Chickpea is a very social, loving kitty. That is, when he’s still. When he is in motion, he’s a whirlwind of fun!

And meet Oreo, about 8 months old! Oreo was rescued by a kind lady who lived in an RV and asked Jellicle Cats to help him find a home. He can most often be found playing or napping with his BFF Chickpea, and he is absolutely a champion at “making biscuits” as he settles in for bedtime.

Chickpea and Oreo are super-close, and would love to be adopted together! Both are fantastic with dogs, as long as those dogs don’t mind having a kitty curled up with them. Contact Jellicle Cats Rescue Foundation at [email protected] for information.

Things to do, pets to support


Happy Meowur: Sunday, Dec. 2, 4:30–6 p.m., Kobe Steakhouse, 3001 Old Ranch Parkway, 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.

Fix Long Beach Free Spay/Neuter Clinic, sponsored in part by the Rossmoor Woman’s Club: Saturday, Dec. 8, 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.

Haute Dogs’ Operation Santa Paws: Saturday, Dec. 22, 11:30 a.m.–3:30 p.m., Long Beach Animal Care Services (LBACS), 7700 E. Spring St., Long Beach, distribute toys, treats and necessities to pets in four shelters

Santa Paws himself (you may know him as Justin Rudd) and his helpers (you) will bring toys and goodies to all the good cats, dogs and bunnies and cleaning supplies for the staff in three shelters: Long Beach Animal Care Services, spcaLA, Seal Beach Animal Care Center and Orange County Animal Care. (See the wish list here.) Participants will meet at LBACS’s parking lot, pass out items at the Long Beach locations, and either caravan to the other shelters or just do Long Beach, if preferred. If you or a business or organization you’re connected with wants to start an independent collection, download a poster here and follow the instructions on the Santa Paws website. All information is readily available there. Happy holidays to all critters and those of us who love them!


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 Cerritos, 12741 Towne Center Dr, Cerritos

PetSmart Compton, 1775 South Alameda St., Compton

PetSmart Garden Grove, 9835 Chapman Ave, Garden Grove

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 nice 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 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.

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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.”