Shelter’s foster program gets the luck o’ the Irish at the Red Leprechaun

Animal advocates, lovers, rescuers and every animal-friendly cuss in town as well as a couple of surrounding towns have been clamoring for our shelter to have a foster program. I’m happy to report that it looks as if it’ll be happening!

Our city’s most venerable animal-welfare organization, Friends of Long Beach Animals, is getting ready for the event the way most of us get our kids off to school, with an additional element of fund-raising. On its back-to-home list are spay/neuter, vet care if needed, crates, pet food, leashes, harnesses, collars, cat litter and litter pans, rabbit food and supplies, and introductory and training materials regarding fostering a pet. The funds would go to Long Beach Animal Care Services’ foster program.

Fostering a pet is a big responsibility, just as owning a pet is. ACS wants to make sure that the fostering experience will be a successful one for both the foster family and the foster pet.

To help with the fund-raising and to make it enjoyable to the guests, The Red Leprechaun on Anaheim Street is generously donating 15 percent of your food tab and 100 percent of the keg tab to FOLBA, who’ll then hand it over to ACS. (See Things to Do, Pets to Support for details).

Incidentally, FOLBA isn’t a rescue, but it certainly is an enabler, and I know this firsthand. Cali is an example of its good efforts to make shelter pets visible. You can see her at Bixby Animal Hospital, 3938 Atlantic Ave., Long Beach. If she approves of you, you can take her home. Here she is, having a laugh at our expense.

Courtesy of FOLBA.

Meanwhile, back at Martin Luther King Jr. Park … on Tuesday night, the City held a free outdoor movie showing of Black Panther. ACS’s Adoption Waggin’ showed up, to the delight of the children present. The kids were gentle with the animals, and staff and volunteers answered their myriad questions about how the animals were adopted and how they wound up in the shelter in the first place. We hope they got an education.

The stars of the show were a 6-year-old pit bull named King (ID#A551949), a really nice guy who loves everyone, whether human or dog; Chicle the Chihuahua (ID#A397919), who’s a 9-year-old female and a committed lapdog; and Maverick (ID#A608343), a 5-year-old Siberian Husky mix whom you met last week and who couldn’t wait to get out of his kennel to take a walk—the kids wore him out! And in keeping with the movie, ACS brought their own “black panther,” 8-month-old Barnabas (ID#A609932), who’s playful as a kitten, curious as a cat, talkative as a tomcat—in short, a most catlike creature. Here are a few action shots:

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Chicle basked in the attention she got. Photos by Kate Karp.

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Maverick is great on a leash. He loved the park.

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King was made to feel like a king. He seems to be smiling there.

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Curious as a cat, playful as a kitten—that’s Barnabas!

Things to Do, Pets to Support

Long Beach Animal Care Services Foster Program Fund-Raiser

Thursday, Aug. 23, 5:00 p.m.–8:30 p.m., The Red Leprechaun, 4000 East Anaheim St., Long Beach

Menu prices vary

Help homeless animals in Long Beach by supporting a foster program in our city’s shelter! Early birds will enjoy hosted appetizers from 5:00 p.m.–6:00 p.m. This is a kid-and-dog-friendly venue on the “Paddy-O’,” so bring the whole family (but no jumping on the table and grabbing the mini-quiches!) Even better, if you have a foster dog you want to introduce, bring him or her! Award-winning artists Honey Whiskey Trio will perform their talented vocal harmonies in the genres of blues, folk and jazz. The entire tab for Karl Strauss Blonde Ale—that’s 100 percent!–will be donated to the Long Beach ACS Foster Program, and 15 percent of food will also go to the program!

Music for Mutts (and Cats) Shelter Fund-Raiser

Saturday, Aug. 25, 6:00 p.m.–9:00 p.m., SteelCraft, 3768 Long Beach Blvd., Long Beach

Free event; in-kind and financial shelter donations requested

Shake your booty and wag your tail to the music of DJ Hell Cat, Natasha Wood, Three Buck Chuck and guitarist Takahito Mori, and help these musical animal lovers rock the shelter, too! Participants are encouraged to bring pet food, treats and toys; towels; dishes; and cash for the animals residing there. Vendors selling food and drink will also be at the event.

Fix Long Beach Free Spay/Neuter Clinic—sponsored by Friends of Long Beach Animals (FOLBA)

Saturday, Aug. 11, 7:30 a.m.–3:00 p.m., Ramona Park, 3301 E. 65th St. at Obispo Avenue, Long Beach

Have your cat spayed or neutered free with appointment and qualifications; vet appointment with voucher, minimal charge for dogs and cats; flea meds $10; shots and dewormer $10 each; nail trimming, $10

It’s now the law to fix your pets in Long Beach and many Southern California cities. It’s also kitten season, still burgeoning and blooming, and crowding shelters with cats and kittens that will likely be subject to euthanasia if a rescue doesn’t pull them or people come to adopt them.

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] for your dog, and include (1) your name, (2) address, (3) phone number, (4) pet’s name, (5) age, (6) sex, (7) breed, and (8) weight, and Fix will see if they can schedule you. You can also come as a standby, but be there at 8:30 a.m.. Make sure that your pet has had nothing to eat or drink past 10:00 p.m. the previous night.

Vouchers are provided through Long Beach Animal Care Services (ACS) Spay/Neuter Assistance Voucher Program and may be used at specified veterinary clinics. They are available for pets who don’t have appointments or dogs too large to fit on the truck.

To donate, visit our page. In-kind donations such as leashes, collars and toys can be brought to our event or ordered through our Amazon wish list. 

For both spay/neuter and vaccinations, all dogs must be on sturdy leashes and all cats must be in dedicated carriers. Fix thanks you in advance for being responsible for your pet’s health and for helping to reduce shelter overpopulation and euthanasia.

Kitten Lady Hannah Shaw

Saving Kittens’ Lives workshop and fundraiser, with Kitten Lady Hannah Shaw

Saturday, Sept. 15, 2:00 p.m.–4:00 p.m., El Dorado Park West Community Center, 2800 N. Studebaker Rd., Long Beach

Tickets: $39.95; a portion of ticket sales will benefit The Little Lion Foundation.

If you’re expecting an eccentric cat person raving about kitties, yes. But you have no idea where her whimsies will take you or how much you’ll learn about cat care! Hannah Shaw can captivate an audience the way that little birdie does to the cat on the other side of the window—she’ll teach you how to care for underage, orphaned kittens so that more lives will be saved. Best of all, your ticket purchase will help The Little Lion Foundation do just that as well! Purchase tickets here.

Pet First Aid and CPR Class

Saturday, Sept. 29, Bloomfield Animal Hospital, 20927 Norwalk Blvd., Lakewood

Free event; register online here

Join up to learn how to administer CPR and first aid to your pet. This event could save your pet’s life.

‘Show Us Your Kitties!’ Calendar Contest, benefitting Helen Sanders Cat Paws

To Sept. 30, guidelines here

$10.00 to reserve a date for your cat on the calendar; $1.00 per vote for an entire page, $5.00 minimum starting vote

Want to help Helen Sanders CatPAWS raise money to save cats from public shelters? Submit a photo of your kitty and/or vote for your favorite kitties! Also, because CatPAWS believes in working with other groups toward our common goal of saving more lives, you may designate an organization other than Helen Sanders CatPAWS as a recipient when you enter. If you are one of the top three winners, a portion of the money raised after expenses will go to that group! For $10, you can also reserve a date for your own cat’s birthday. All funds benefit pets.

Pup-Crawl for Dog-toberfest, to Benefit Fix Long Beach 

Saturday, Oct. 20, 5:00 p.m.–9:00 p.m., Red Leprechaun, 4000 E. Anaheim St., Long Beach

Tickets: $50; includes drink tickets and appetizer

Hop on The Big Red Bus for all the fun you can handle! Fix Long Beach’s fund-raiser will begin at Red Leprechaun and stop at Malainey’s Grill, Shenanigans and Gallagher’s. Your ticket includes a drink ticket for beer, wine or champagne, and appetizers at one location. Drink sales will continue on the bus for an additional cost. You’ll meet at the Red Leprechaun at 5:00 p.m., The Big Red Bus will pick up at 6:00 p.m., and you’ll return to The Red Lep at 9:00 p.m. The Red Leprechaun will be staying open late for dinner.  We are looking for sponsors, so if you know a business or individual that would like to fly their banner on the bus, please email [email protected]. All proceeds will go toward Fix’s goal of spay/neuter and rescue in the LBC.


Pet Adoption Locations

Photo courtesy of West Coast Animal Rescue 

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

Helen Sanders CatPAWS permanent adoption center, store hours

Rabbit Rescue Inc., adoptable rabbits daily, store hours

Live Love Animal Rescue, first Sunday of the month, 1-3 p.m.


Unleashed by Petco

600 Redondo Avenue

Foreverhome Pet Rescue, Inc., Sundays, noon-4 p.m.


PetSmart, Long Beach Exchange

3871 N Lakewood Blvd., Long Beach

The Cat Cove, Saturdays, noon-4 p.m.

Jellicle Cats Foundation,  Saturdays, noon-4 p.m.


PetSmart Signal Hill

2550 Cherry Ave., Signal Hill

Kitty Katchers, Saturdays and Sundays, 11a.m.–3:30p.m.

Stray Cat Alliance, permanent adoption center, store hours


PetSmart Compton

1775 South Alameda St., Compton

Zazzy Cats Kitty Rescue, permanent adoption center, store hours

Rabbit Rescue Inc.,  one adoptable rabbit daily, store hours


PetSmart Seal Beach

12341 Seal Beach Blvd., Seal Beach

Helen Sanders CatPAWS permanent adoption center, store hours

West Coast Animal Rescue, Saturdays, noon-4 p.m.

Dogs in Need, Saturdays, 9 a.m.–2 p.m.


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

Pet Food Express Cat Adoption Center, permanent adoption center, business hours

alternate weekends, 10 a.m.–5 p.m.

Fix Long Beach, occasional weekends

Live Love Animal Rescue, first Saturday of each month, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Ozzie and Friends Rescue, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m., alternate Sundays

The Little Lion Foundation,  alternate weekends, 11 a.m.–5 p.m.

Zazzy Cats


Bank of America, 5101 East Second St., Long Beach

Long Beach Spay & Neuter Foundation, 11 a.m.–3 p.m.

Strut Your Mutt

Register for Best Friends’ ‘Strut Your Mutt’ Walk Event

Imagine this: You’re surrounded by animal lovers just like you. Everywhere you look, there are dogs of all shapes and sizes, all happy with tails wagging. Excitement is in the air.

You don’t have to imagine it. That’s what Best Friends’ Strut Your Mutt is all about! This year’s LA Strut takes place October 20 (time to be announced) at Exposition Park. This fur-filled festival not only rallies friends, family and neighbors to help save the lives of homeless pets in your community but it also supports the lifesaving work of Best Friends Animal Society. You can find everything you need to know right here.

BARK Therapy Dogs Reading with Kids

See website for information

Founded in 2007, BARK (Beach Animals Reading with Kids) is a nonprofit all-volunteer program that encourages children to increase their reading skills and self-confidence by reading aloud to certified therapy dogs. Students sometimes find it intimidating to read in front of classmates but love to read to the non-judgmental, calming dogs. BARK now has 170 teams listening to kids in more than 100 schools and libraries in California—Long Beach libraries visited monthly are Bach, El Dorado, Bayshore, Brewitt and Los Altos; outlying-area libraries include Hawaiian Gardens, Iacoboni and Los Alamitos. BARK teams also visit nursing homes, senior living facilities and veteran centers. They even de-stress college students during finals week! For all events, check out BARK’s calendar. To find information about volunteering your furry buddy or to arrange a visit to your school, library or other community, contact the group at [email protected] or (562)235-8835.

SNP/LA Mobile Low-Cost Pet Vaccines

Locations and dates vary; visit link in text

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. Low/cost spay/neuter information is also available through SNP/LA.

Free Pet Food Distributions

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 St., Mondays from 9:00 a.m. to noon and Saturdays from noon to 3:00 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 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 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m..

Contact The Pet Food Bank in Seal Beach at [email protected] if you or your organization wants to help people feed their pets.

Pets of the Homeless is the angel host that provides so many collection places across the country for homeless people to care for their animals as best as they can. Please support them through a cash donation, or bring food to the Long Beach-area drop-off center, Trendi Pawz Grooming, 3726 E 7th St, Long Beach. INSERT VETERINARY. Access this link for resources and donation areas in SoCal and across the country.

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Shelter-Enrichment Supplies Needed for ACS Dogs and Cats!

Drop-off: Wednesdays through Fridays, 10:00 a.m.–5:30 p.m. and Saturdays and Sundays, 10:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m., 7700 E. Spring St., 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
  • pipe cleaners
  • toilet paper/paper towel rolls
  • cat toys
  • corks from bottles (for cat toys)
  • catnip
  • canned cat and dog food

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

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

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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.”