Take Some Home from the Shelter, Help Keep Others from Going In

Virtually Pets

Can you help the shelter with spring cleaning? There are a great number of cats, dogs and rabbits who have been there a while and would love to leave an empty cage behind. Believe me, it’ll be filled soon enough, particularly with kitten season starting.

You can see some real sweethearts on the shelter’s Facebook page or on their website. And here are some examples of deserving dogs and commendable cats.


Annie, ID#A585786

Annie, about 4 years old, is slim, slender and super-friendly! She’s got some patchy hair loss, but it doesn’t detract from her overall glossiness.

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Cooper, ID#A543420

Cooper’s a trip. This 5-year-old mini-pin is überdelighted to see anyone who comes to play with him, give him a treat, bathe him, walk him—real center of attention.

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Constantine, ID#A585524

Constantine the gallant and gentle! This 8-year-old German shepherd isn’t quite at the autumn of his life—he has lots of love for a special person. He’ll be a wonderful companion to anyone who likes to walk—he walks on leash like a dream!

Mark Your Calendars (the People Way)

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California Turtle and Tortoise Club, California Care Society Meeting, Friday, March 17, 7:30PM, University Baptist Church, 3434 Chatwin Avenue, Long Beach

Free event

Roses are red, violets are blue, shamrocks are green, and so are turtles and tortoises, after a fashion. Observe St. Paddy’s Day with shellacious buddies and their human companions. Conservation biologist Barry Nerhus will talk about the Western Pond Turtle, the only aquatic turtle native to Central and Southern California.  Learn why the species is diminishing. All well-behaved turtles and tortoises are welcome to attend with their people.

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Spring-Saving Adoption Event

Saturday, March 18, 10:00AM–3:00PM, Centinela Feed, 4700 Pacific Coast Highway, Long Beach

Adoption fees and dental prices apply

The saving at this event isn’t as much money as a life. Enjoy demonstrations, shop, and most importantly, visit all the pets from shelters and rescues in the Long Beach area and maybe take a new friend home. You won’t have to go far to get all the stuff that a pet needs—Centinela has it all!

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Little Lion Foundation’s ‘Saving Orphaned Kittens Workshop’

Sunday, March 19, 11:00AM–12:30PM, City of Long Beach Animal Care Services, 7700 East Spring Street, Long Beach

Absolutely free

With kitten season upon us, The Little Lion Foundation  wants to educate our community on how to care for orphaned kittens and has scheduled several of these valuable workshops. Kitten Care Kits will be provided by Helen Sanders CatPAWS to those who foster.

Mammal Madness

Marine Mammal Care Center Presents ‘Marine Mammal Madness!’

Sunday, March 19, 4:00PM–8:00PM, Think Cafe, 302 West 5th Street, San Pedro

Adults, $60

The public’s generosity in 2016 helped us provide quality care for 450 seals and sea lions in 2016. This fundraiser is a great opportunity for you to help us continue this work and to enjoy the music of Andy & Renee, sample food and drink, bid in a silent auction, enter opportunity drawings, win prizes and much more! We invite you to learn more about MMCC Los Angeles and the vital community service we provide through your support. You'll be able to meet our board of directors and speak to our fundraising ambassadors as to how you can support Marine Mammal Care Center Los Angeles. Your ticket entitles you to two drinks and a great array of appetizers (not to mention that part of the ticket price is tax deductible).

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Friends of Long Beach Animals’ Pie Eatin’ Fund-Raiser

Monday, March 20, 4:00PM–8:00PM for recital, Polly’s Pies, 4680 Los Coyotes Diagonal, Long Beach

Menu prices apply

Have a great late lunch or dinner at Polly’s, and be sure you order pie! Polly’s will give 20 percent of your tab to the spay/neuter and animal-welfare efforts of Friends of Long Beach Animals (FOLBA), Long Beach’s most venerable animal advocates!

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‘Dancing with Dogs’ Benefit Recital and ‘Dogs Can Dance Classes’

Saturday, March 25, 4:00PM–5:30PM for recital, 10:30AM–4:30PM for classes; spcaLA P.D. Pitchford Companion Animal Village and Education Center, 7700 East Spring Street, Long Beach

See flier for prices

Oh, Miss Poofenwoof, you’re so light on your feet! See pups strut their stuff to the music with their human companions. And if your two legs can’t keep up with their four (or three, in some cases), learn the moves yourself at the classes! All funds go to spcaLA and its pets!

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Mexican Meal Fundraiser for Helen Sanders CatPAWS

Monday, March 27, 11:00AM–9PM, Avila’s El Ranchito, 209 Main Street, Seal Beach

Prices according to menu

For over 40 years, Avila’s El Ranchito has cooked some of the best traditional Mexican food you can eat! It’s a Seal Beach institution, and the owners support their town! They’re also supporting an equally wonderful cat rescue, Helen Sanders CatPAWS, with a generous donation of 20 percent of your tab on March 27. Come enjoy a fiesta for the felines!

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Pet Adoption Event at PFE

Saturday, April 1, 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.


Build Loveland Farm Sanctuary Spring Fundraiser

Sunday, April 2, 3:00PM–6:00PM, Newland Barn, 19822 Beach Boulevard, Huntington Beach

Tickets $25–$50

This spring, you have the chance to change the fate of neglected and abused farm animals everywhere desperate for a new beginning. In the past year and a half, the groundwork has been laid to expand the effort out into the community. Come to help collectively create a better world for these animals waiting to be rescued. Enjoy a vegan dinner (included in price), a kids station, a photo booth, music, a silent auction and additional opportunities to support farm animal rescue efforts. Guest speaker Alexandra Caswell, animal advocate & former sanctuary manager at Farm Sanctuary, will present. Tickets and more information are available here.

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spcaLA Fundraiser—Dine & Donate at Chipotle

Wednesday, April 5, 10:30AM–10:00PM, Various Chipotle LA County Locations (available here)

Prices vary according to menu

Mention "spcaLA Fundraiser" and 50 percent—half!—of your bill will be donated to help homeless shelter pets. A delicious way to raise funds!

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Fix Long Beach Free Spay/Neuter Clinic

Saturday, April 8, 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!



Friends of Long Beach Animals (FOLBA) Invitation to Join Its Board

Friends of Long Beach Animals (FOLBA), the most venerable animal-welfare organization in Long Beach, is inviting pet-community members and any animal-loving human to apply to fill an opening on the FOLBA board. If you have some time to spend and a passion for our feline and canine friends, and if you are looking for the rewards that can come with volunteerism, FOLBA would love to hear from you. Contact FOLBA at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or at (562) 988-SNIP.

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spcaLA Friends for Life Summer Camp™ Registration!

Begins April 17, 10:00AM on this link

$350 for each camper

spcaLA Friends for Life Summer Camp is for kids 8 to 13. 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! There are eight Monday through Friday sessions, running June thru August.

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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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Humane Education Presentation Signup

Throughout year, various school classrooms


Humane educator and writer (How Willy Got His Wheels, How Willy Got His Wings and others) is available to teach students about responsible pet ownership and kindness to all living beings. Turner also presents to adult groups as a special event for school parents. If you are a principal, a teacher, a librarian or other school official in the Long Beach Unified School District, reserve a date. See graphic for information.

Free Pet Food Distributions

Food for Pets in Need

Food for Pets in Need provides pet food to senior, homeless, low-income and homebound residents in Long Beach who otherwise may not be able to afford adequate food to take proper care of their pets. 

Pet food bank

The Pet Food Bank is sponsored by Christian Outreach in Action. See flyer for details.

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