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Virtually Pets

Why adopt a senior pet?

First, the term senior doesn’t imply that a pet is old, feeble and out of his or her senses than anyone from 50 to Betty White, who’d agree with adopting one anyway.

Second, senior cats and dogs are known quantities. They’re settled out of the kitten- or puppyhood stage and are less likely to leap to the top of the curtains or eat your kid’s homework.

Third, they deserve it. Many of them have been abandoned to the shelter after having been a possibly loved family pet because of one reason or another. I’ve heard more than one story about people who turned their dog to a shelter because they wanted a puppy.

Fourth, that’s another thing. Puppies and kittens are more in demand than adults, and so the adults get overlooked. And they get born—people don’t or won’t spay or neuter their pets, and the shelter winds up with the results of the irresponsibility. To stop myself for stepping on the soapbox, I’ll go to Fifth.

Fifth, there are countless other ideas, but here’s a good one for you:

All senior pets (7 and over) are eligible to get the best senior-meal deal in town for their new humans! Thai Silk on Broadway in Long Beach will offer $25 off a delicious meal to anyone who adopts a senior pet and brings in the adoption papers within 30 days.

Who said that you can age out of usefulness, and that pets don’t pull their weight?

Long Beach Animal Care Services (ACS) is celebrating St. Patrick’s Day with a $20 adoption fee for senior pets! That way, you’ll have more to spend on food, toys, accessories—everything they’ve missed out on! Here are a few candidates.


Kira (ID#A604039) is a real lover, as you can see in the video. A chin scratch, a neck rub, and you, and she’ll be one happy lady. Kira’s owner decided to surrender her to the shelter; after all those years of living in a home, she probably has no idea what’s going on.

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St. Patrick's Day Senior Special! With kitten season right around the corner, we are trying to find forever homes for all of our senior cat residents! All senior adoptions will only be $20!Kira (#A604039) is a 14 year old lover that just needs a lap to lay on. She found her way into the shelter on February 23rd because her owner decided to surrender her. Kira is very shy, but even though she keeps to herself, you can tell she still has love to give. Once you gain her trust, she'll come out to you & let you pet her. After 14 years of life, this sweetheart needs the right home to get her well deserved happy ending. Please like & share to help this loving senior find her forever home! More info on Kira:

Posted by City of Long Beach Animal Care Services on Friday, March 2, 2018

She’s very shy, but even though she keeps to herself, you can tell she still has love to give. Once you gain her trust, she’ll come out to you and let you pet her. After 14 years of life, this sweetheart needs the right home to get her well-deserved happy ending.

We introduced Shhnuckums (ID#A603980) last week. This guy really needs out. He’s 10 years old and completely shut down after his owner surrendered him (yup, again). After 10 years of living in a home, he’s very sad, avoids contact, and is in desperate need of forever home with people to love him in his senior years. He so deserves it.

Rocky (ID#A604325) is an 11-year-old boxer and—you guessed it—an owner surrender. He’s shy at first but is very friendly. He also loves to play with the other dogs in ACS’s brand-new Dog Play Yard! He’s just waiting for a chance to have a forever human to play with, too!

Despite being 8 years old and considered a senior, Conan (ID#A603859), with proper love and care, may not even have lived out half his life span! Chihuahuas have been known to make it into their 20s, so he’ll have a lot of years with the right human. He’s a nice fellow and very loving.

ACS is located in the P. D. Pitchford Companion Animal Village, 7700 East Spring Street (at entrance to El Dorado Park—no parking fee for Village guests), Long Beach. Go through entrance in above photo.

Things to Do, Pets to Support

Cosmic Brewery Presents Peanuts Adoption Paw-ty

Saturday, March 10, 2:00PM–6:00PM, Cosmic Brewery, 20316 Gramercy Place, Torrance

Adoption fees and menu prices apply

Come to Peanut’s big spread in honor of this little dog and whoever his new human will be! Peanut will be joined by other rescues with dogs up for adoption, so there will be party favors galore! We will be posting pictures and rescue names as they confirm. A new beer release—a peanut-butter stout brewed specifically for Peanut—will be on sale, with 100 percent of the proceeds going to k911resq, the organization to whom Peanut owes his good life.

Zoey’s Place March Madness

Saturday, March 10, noon–4:00PM, Pussy and Pooch, 4818 East Second Street, Long Beach

Adoption Fees Apply

Are you feline lucky? Lots of little leprekitties from this great rescue will be waiting to go home with you, and Zoey’s Place’s new spring merchandise will be available. For a St. Paddy’s switch, grant these good little creatures a wish instead of the other way around. You’ll find that yours have all come true with an adoptable kitty!

St. Patty’s Day Pup Party Fund-Raiser

Thursday, March 15, 5:00PM–11:00PM, Tavern on 2, 5110 East Second Street, Long Beach.

Menu prices apply; $5 donation for each contest entered; 20 percent of the tab benefits Live Love Rescue

Get a little hair of the dog on early, and you can sleep it off during the usual day of havoc. This party promises to be full of luck and love. There will be good food (vegan/vegetarian/gluten-free available), strong drinks, appetizers and more. Enjoy contests like Kiss Me, I’m Irish (best dog kiss), Lucky Leprechaun (best costume), and Trick Me to the Pot o’ Gold (best pup trick), and enter the Paw-some Raffle and Super Silent Auction! All of this fun will benefit Live Love Animal Rescue!.


Fix Long Beach Free Spay/Neuter Clinic

Saturday, March 17, 7:30AM–3:00PM, Scherer Park, 6430 E 49th Street (enter from Del Amo Boulevard across from the YMCA), Long Beach

Spay/neuter 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. 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. The spay/neuter truck will be at its new location at Scherer Park on this date.

Make an appointment through IM or email at [email protected] for your dog, and include (1) your name, (2) address, (3) phone number, (4) dog’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 8:30AM. Make sure that your pet has had nothing to eat or drink past 10:00PM the previous night.

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.

Raiden’s Luck of the Rescue St. Patty’s Day Party

Saturday, March 17, 1:00PM–4:00PM, The Hounds Grounds, 6021 Warner Avenue, Huntington Beach

$5 entry; buy tickets here

Celebrate a rescue and a life with a party—food, drinks and fun! Let’s start by saying that with the most wonderful, most amazing, loving forever foster family, this boy has had a new lease on life that many don’t have the opportunity to enjoy. Raiden was given two to four months of life, but on this day, we joyously celebrate an entire year! If Raiden could talk, he’d tell you that having cancer and being blind hasn’t gotten in his way—he’s enjoying a great life filled with play, walks, parks, dog play dates and an abundance of love. Without the extraordinary relentless efforts of K9 Kismet’s life-saving pull, none of this would have happened. This festival is for humans only—please don’t bring your doggies!


Signal Hill Dog Park Grand Opening

Saturday, March 17, 2:00PM–4:00PM, 3100 California Avenue, Signal Hill

Free Event

Surrounded by Long Beach and its 10 dog parks and one dog beach (see list and locations here), Signal Hill has missed catching the Frisbee until now! Have fun with your buddy at the grand opening of the new Signal Hill dog park! Note that only vaccinated and licensed dogs may participate, but if you don’t have one or both, there’ll be an opportunity to get them!

Drag Queen Bingo Fund-Raiser for Fix Long Beach

Sunday, May 6, 4:00PM–7:00PM, Paradise Bar and Restaurant, 1800 East Broadway, Long Beach

Bingo cards $1 and up; menu and bar prices apply

Grandma’s bingo parties were never like this unless your grandma was your grandfather upon occasion. Hostesses Mia Farrow and Sabrina will be there to spur on the clients to help Fix Long Beach help local pets! Bingo cards and blotters available at the door; great prizes, awesome food and drinks.

Furry Friends Faire

Saturday, May 19, 10:00AM–1PM, Los Cerritos Park, 3750 Del Mar Avenue (across from Los Cerritos Elementary School), Long Beach

Free to attend

Don’t miss our all-things-animal event! We’ll have fun contests to enter your furry friends in, such as pet tricks, largest pet, smallest pet and most unusual pet. The poetry-award winners from Los Cerritos Elementary students will be reading their poems. We’ll have an array of service providers you can meet at the event for your pets: groomers, trainers, pet food, dog walkers and more! For more information and updates, visit us here!


ACE Kitty Katchers

Kitty Catchers Adoption Event

Saturdays and Sundays, 11:00AM–3:30PM both days, PetSmart, 2550 Cherry Avenue, Signal Hill

Adoption fees apply

Despite the name, Kitty Catchers catches doggies, too, and some will be there along with the lovely fosters at this event! You’ll find your best friend there and anything else you’ll need to give him or her a good life from then on.

Pet Adoption Event at PFE

Saturdays and Sundays, Pet Food Express, 4220 Long Beach Boulevard, Long Beach

Adoption fees apply

Find your new BFF and everything that he or she could possibly want or need, in one place. Long Beach Animal Care Services (ACS) and other rescues bring great cats and 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. For more information about which rescues will be present on any particular day, follow this link.

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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 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.


Shelter-Enrichment Supplies Needed for ACS Dogs and Cats!

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
  • 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!

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