‘Nuff Said—Adopt! (and Check Out Some Pet-Related Events) • Long Beach Post

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The March senior deal marches on until the end. A low adoption fee of $20 will allow you to take home a cat or a dog 7 years old and up. Even better, if you bring the paperwork from the adoption within 30 days to Thai Silk restaurant on Broadway, you’ll get a sizeable $25 off a meal!

The two previous adoption columns featuring senior pets—“Adopt a Knackered Little Ol’ Beastie for St. Patrick’s Day” and “Who’d Dump an Elderly Pet?” laid out the reasons—all very good—for adopting a senior and, less delicately, some education and a lot of tirade concerning what puts these poor creatures in the shelters in the first place. Take a look at some of the videos and photos on Long Beach Animal Care Services’ Facebook page, and it’ll be obvious that these oldish guys may be seniors but they’re not ready for the rocking chair anytime soon.

I have nothing more to say except please come and meet these pets. Long Beach Animal Care Services is located in the P. D. Pitchford Companion Animal Village, 7700 East Spring Street (at entrance to El Dorado Park—no parking fee for guests), Long Beach. See photo for entrance.

Brownie (ID#A316767) is a 9-year-old female Chihuahua. Brownie, like a lot of our seniors, was an owner surrender. Listen up—shelters aren’t retirement homes, and Brownie can use a real home. She’s sweet as a cupcake and enjoys hanging out in the grass with human beings. Chihuahuas have been known to live to late teen and beyond, so she’s got plenty of good years left.

Unlike her Daredevil and Marvel comics namesake, Elektra (ID#A603982) is no daredevil, and she’s also not a young martial-arts queen who’ll use her claws as daggers (she is somewhat telepathic, however; after all, she’s a cat). On the contrary, Elektra is a 13-year-old beautiful, glossy, black female cat. And she’s pretty sad—her owner surrendered her along with two other cats (sigh). She has some good years left, and she really needs a chance at a forever home.

Don’t you just want to pinch those jowly cheeks? Precious (ID#A604887) isn’t a senior—she’s a 3-year-old female and yet another owner surrender. Female orange cats are relatively rare—only about 25 percent (some genetic thing—here’s a Post article by Dr. Meredith Kennedy that’ll explain it all). But this is one awesome—cat—social, loving, friendly and fluffy. She looks like a munchkin, so she’s adorable.

Things to Do, Pets to Support

Moon Cat Café Adoption Event for Helen Sanders CatPAWS

Saturday, March 24, noon–5:00PM, Moon Cat Cafe’s Mobile Clinic stationed at the old El Torito parking lot, 6605 Pacific Coast Highway, Long Beach

$12 per guest, which includes a beverage, a pastry and a visit with the cats. Adoption fees apply

Some of the best coffee you could drink and delicious pastries, all locally sourced, and the same could be said about the cats—best ever and locally sourced as well. Visit this unique adoption venue and have coffee with a kitty. Maybe it’ll turn out to be an everyday event at your house!

Helpful Honda Pet Adoption and Doggy Wash Event

Sunday, March 25, 11:00AM–3:00PM, Rosie’s Dog Beach, 1 Granada Avenue (and Ocean Avenue), Long Beach

Free to participate; adoption fees apply

In an effort to help SoCal’s two-legged residents find new four-legged friends, the SoCal Honda Dealers and their Helpful Guys in Blue are hosting their seventh-annual Helpful Honda Pet Adoption events with local shelters and rescues throughout March. The local one will be a hang-16 (not counting the dewclaw) event at Rosie’s Dog Beach. Participating rescues include Love Leo RescueGerman Shepherd Rescue of Orange CountySouthern California Bulldog Rescue and I.C.A.R.E. Dog Rescue. Paw-some pooch perks will include free dog washes, a fun pet-photo booth, complimentary leashes, food bowls and doggy bags to those who visit and adopt! Best, a supplies donation will also be made to each participating local shelter or rescue group.

K9 Kismet Dog Rescue Arty Fund-Raiser

Sunday, April 8, 2:00PM–5:00PM, Painting with a Twist, 15072 Golden West Street, Westminister

Tickets $35

That’s Bruce. As is patently obvious, Bruce is a talented painter. Bruce wants to know if you can paint better than he can. Even if you paint as if you have fewer opposable thumbs than Bruce, you can still join the peeps at K9 Kismet Dog Rescue for painting and partying! Meet one of the adoptable dogs, enjoy food and beverages, participate in the raffle and of course, make some wonderful art and memories. 21 and older. Tickets are $35 and can be purchased here! Come be a regular Claude Bone-et or Vincent Van Dogh.

Fix Long Beach Free Spay/Neuter Clinic

Saturday, April 14, 7:30AM–3:00PM, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, 1140 Ximeno Avenue, 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

Fix Long Beach gives a heartfelt thanks to District 3 Councilmember Suzie Price and District 4 Councilmember Daryl Supernaw for fully funding this month’s clinic. Putting on these events costs in the thousands, and it couldn’t happen without the generosity of our donors. 

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.

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!


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.

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.

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.


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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