Adopt a little leprechaun or a big, cool Finn McCool as a St. Paddy pet
Dogs in city shelters need more than four-leaf clovers to give them the pot o’gold that they all want and need so badly. Most of the pooches at Long Beach Animal Care Services are big fellas and gals, and some have been in the shelter for months through no fault or failing on their part.
To start off St. Paddypaws Day with a wag, Off-Leash Photography took a few snappy snaps of the good dogs, including some décor loud enough to awaken the Sleeping Men of Ulster. K9 Kismet volunteer Samantha Vianos caught shelter favorite Diesel grinning as if he were in the midst of an Irish pup crawl.
All these doggies are very much loved at the shelter, but everyone would agree they’d be better off at home. To adopt any one of them, make an appointment at [email protected]. Note the ID numbers on the photos. View the other little leprechauns and cool Finn McCools on this link.
If you can’t commit to forever now, consider fostering. Check out the DiscoverMe temporary foster program that LBACS has brought in. It’s under the Helping Paws heading in the column.
Furballs of Fun
Seal Beach Animal Care Center Kitten Shower and Bake Sale: 11 a.m.–4 p.m., Saturday, March 12, Seal Beach Animal Care Center, 1700 Adolfo Lopez Drive, donations gladly accepted
Spring season brings showers, or it used to. Kitten season brings—that’s right! Kitten showers. Seal Beach Animal Care Center will present a kitten shower and bake sale to support their kitten-foster program that helps all the kittens born during the next few months. Enjoy handmade crafts, cat and dog merch, and freshly baked goodies to lick your whiskers over. Because of COVID-19 restrictions, there will be no tours of the grounds, but know that every cent you donate will go to snuggly kitten well-being. More information and the program’s wish list available here.
17th annual Haute Dogs Bulldog Beauty Contest: starts 9 a.m., Sunday, March 20, boat launch near Rosie’s Dog Beach, 5000 E Ocean Blvd., Long Beach, $10 advance donation
A beach full of bulldogs and other breeds and combinations thereof will compete in 12 competitions, including best senior, best youngster, best sibling set and, of course, most beautiful English bulldog! If you believe that your pooch’s face can be loved by more than a mother, read the rules here and then fill out an application!
Long Beach Animal Care Services seeks temporary two-week fosters
No matter how caring the staff and volunteers at a shelter may be, there’s really no place like home for a dog or a cat. LBACS has a solution in DiscoverMe Project, an innovative program that allows shelter dogs and cats to go into temporary two-week foster care in an approved Wagging Dog Rescue foster home. In an effort to get some of the harder-to-place pets with temporary fosters, the shelter staff and volunteers are looking for devoted dog lovers and cat cuddlers to help them showcase sweet, furry potential family members! This temporary reprieve gives dogs and cats a break from the stresses of being kenneled and gives them a reboot with mental, emotional and physical relief. This enables them to better handle the stressful shelter environment when (and we’ll say if!) return.
LBACS’ ideal DiscoverMe dog or cat is one who is sitting unnoticed at the shelter for weeks or even months; not showing well in the kennel because of withdrawal, barking, hissing or other stress-related behaviors; or had been adopted and returned, possibly more than once. While in foster care, shelter staff can have better information about the pet’s real personality and habits, which don’t always show in a stressful kennel environment. This information, along with photos and videos taken by the foster, can help the shelter choose a good adopter.
The ideal situation would be the fosters deciding to not return the DiscoverMe cat or dog to the shelter. Ever.
If you’re an experienced dog or cat person and would be interested in a DiscoverMe Dog or Cat as a house guest, email [email protected] or start the foster application process here.
Foster for awhile—or furever!
Speaking of fostering, if you’ve always wanted a pet but aren’t sure if you’re ready for a lifetime (the animal’s) commitment, or if you’re past the pet-roommate days for any reason, fostering might be a great way to go, especially with one or more of the kittens popping up during kitten season. Every one of the organizations listed below is in desperate need of fosters who’ll social them and help save their little lives. Who knows—maybe one of those lives will change your mind about the not-ready-for-roommate thing!
These nonprofits also regularly feature cat, dog and rabbit adoptions. As of now, adoptions are mainly by appointment. Click on the links for each rescue in case of updates or changes. These organizations operate through donations and grants, and anything you can give would be welcome. Please suggest any Long Beach-area rescues to add to the list.
- Bunny Bunch
- Cat Cove
- Friends of Long Beach Animals
- Fix Long Beach
- Feline Good Social Club
- Helen Sanders CatPAWS
- House of Broken Cookies
- Jellicle Cats Foundation
- K-9 Kismet
- Little Lion Foundation
- Live Love Animal Rescue
- Long Beach Animal Care Services
- Long Beach Spay and Neuter Foundation
- Newborn Feline Rescue
- Pet Food Express Cat Adoption Center
- SAFE Rescue Team
- Seal Beach Animal Care Center
- Sparky and the Gang Animal Rescue
- Stray Cat Alliance
- Wrigley Kittens
- Zazzy Cats
Support our journalism.
Hyperlocal news is an essential force in our democracy, but it costs money to keep an organization like this one alive, and we can’t rely on advertiser support alone. That’s why we’re asking readers like you to support our independent, fact-based journalism. We know you like it—that’s why you’re here. Help us keep hyperlocal news alive in Long Beach.