Human Error, Human Insensitivy—Adopt a Shelter Pet and Set It All Right • Long Beach Post

Virtually Pets

Pets in shelters and rescues get there for a number of reasons, and most of them are human. Here are three who were brought in for three different reasons and who are waiting at Long Beach Animal Care Services for someone to balance it all out for them.

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Please, before you adopt a pet, check out our shelter. The staff, volunteers and rescues in the community do a great job getting the cats, dogs and rabbits ready for new homes and out of there before it’s too late for them.

Little Lilo is a middle-age smooth-coated Chihuahua who was found as a stray, i.e., wandering the streets with no apparent means of surviving hunger and at the mercy of speeding cars. He’s a shy fellow but very sweet—i.e., again, lots of potential for a house dog!

The following two pets are seniors and thereby qualify their new human for $25 off dining at Thai Silk Restaurant on Broadway (see flier above). Who says that pets don’t earn their keep?

Sparky (ID#A394449) is about 9 years old and seems to be a mix of akita and Labrador retriever. His owner gave him up, which may have been horrible for him or her to know that Sparky might not make it out alive. This guy may be classified as a senior, but he’s certainly not walking or playing like one! He socializes great with other dogs in the play group and loves playing fetch with the volunteers.

Angel (ID#A601712) outlived her owner. She’s 17 years old and deserves to live the rest of her years in a loving home like the one she was accustomed to. She was obviously very well cared for, and it would have broken her owner’s heart to see her relinquished to a shelter. When it comes to be that time for you, make sure that your pets are covered in your will.

The City of Long Beach Animal Care Services is located in the P. D. Pitchford Companion Animal Village at 7700 East Spring Street, near the entrance to El Dorado Park (no charge for Village guests). For the shelter adoptions, enter through the door shown in the photo above.


Things to Do, Pets to Support

ACE Kitty Katchers

Kitty Catchers Adoption Event

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

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.

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Hope for Paws

Fix Long Beach Free Spay/Neuter Clinic

Saturday, February 10; Houghton Park, 6301 Myrtle Avenue, Long Beach/Next to Jordan High School/Corner of Harding and Atlantic, 10:30AM–3:00PM

No charge for vouchers; all donations accepted

This month only, the grassroots free spay/neuter organization Fix Long Beach will distribute vouchers and education for spay/neuter procedures for your unfixed dog or cat. The next clinic will take place on March 10 at Visit this link for qualifications for vouchers. 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! In March, we’ll be back to the regular schedule for spay/neuter.

Let’s continue to help make Long Beach no kill, one pet at a time!

Subaru Loves Pets Valentine Adoption, Featuring Frosty’s Dogs Rock! Walk

Saturday, February 10, 8:30AM (registration and dog walk); 10AM (adoptions), P. D. Pitchford Companion Animal Village, 7700 East Spring Street, Long Beach

Free to attend; $5 per dog registered in the Walk; adoption fees vary

Radio station 95.5 KLOS is teaming up with Subaru to introduce you to the cats, dogs and rabbits at spcaLA and Long Beach Animal Care Services, which share space in the P. D. Pitchford Companion Animal Village! Adopt your furry, funny Valentine and enjoy booths, prizes, giveaways and lots of other fun things. Event activities start with Frosty’s Dogs Rock! Walk—bring your pooch for a fun one-and-a-half-mile stroll through the Village and El Dorado Park. Register here because space is limited. Adoption special: 50 percent off the adoption fee for underdogs and undercats (pets 6-plus years old!

Zoey’s Place ‘Love Is in the Air’ Cat Adoption Event

Saturday, February 10, noon–4PM,  Pussy & Pooch, 4818 East 2nd Street, Long Beach

Adoption fees apply

Are you searching for unconditional love this Valentine’s Day ? Look no further! Come down Saturday and find your ultimate soulmate by adopting one of our precious kitties! They will snuggle with you and look at you in complete adoration just the same—all they ask for in return is a safe home and to become a part of your family forever. And Pussy & Pooch will provide all the quality gifts you need for these deserving kids!

Haute Dogs National Mutt Show and Beautiful Bulldog Contest

February 11, beginning at 9:30AM, Marine Stadium Park, 5225 Paoli Way, Long Beach

$10 pre-entry fee; free to spectate; $5 for VIP seating

Like any progressive entity, Haute Dogs’ Beautiful Bulldog Contest has morphed to be more diverse and inclusive of French bulldogs and dogs of all breeds—big ones, small ones, smiling ones, seniors, dogs with long ears and cute butts, and dogs with disabilities. If they’re dogs, there’s a contest for them and the top 20 will get goodie baskets! There’s also an adoption fair, vendors, a royal procession of dogs and, of course, that iconic Beautiful Bulldog Contest (for which we credit founder Justin Rudd, who’s known for his pet English bullies!), whose winner will get a year’s worth of free dog food. There’s a lot to this event, so for all information, please visit this link to register and find out all about the contests!

Pet Adoption Event at PFE

Saturday, March 3, 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.



Valentines Day

Note: Date extended!

Haute Dogs Valentine’s Day Card Contest

To February 17; judging is Saturday, February 17, 2:30PM, Long Beach Animal Care Services, 7700 East Spring Street, Long Beach at the entrance to El Dorado Park (no fee for P. D. Pitchford Companion Animal Village guests

Free contest and event

Creative students wanted! Justin Rudd and his nonprofit Community Action Team will host a card contest for students in the surrounding area. Students will make cards, which will be hung on the cages of all the pets awaiting new homes during this Valentine’s season. The Yappy Hour features the card judging and awards ceremony, love songs will be played, and human refreshments will be served as potential adopters visit with animals. Free to spectate and enter the contest. Card contest winner gets a pizza party!  Entrance information available here.

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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.

Pet food bank

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.


Photo by Ricky Yim

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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