Dog rescuer Sherri Stankewitz, founder of Sparky and the Gang rescue, can be counted on to save animals that are in the most horrible of conditions and turn them into the best “afters” ever. She’s found homes for dogs with four, three and two working legs or one eye at adoption events, on Sparky’s website and social media pages, and regularly scheduled adoption days at Gelson’s and PetSmart (see Adopt, adopt, adopt). She and Sparky’s hardworking rescue team make forays on edgy areas and grab dogs off the sidewalk, the street and, too frequently, freeways. During the 2017 Canyon Fire in Orange County, Stankewitz spontaneously mobilized friends and headed for the Orange County Fairgrounds, where they ID-tagged horses who’d been brought there for safety.
As everyone in rescue will tell you, it all costs money, and Stankewitz’s fundraisers take a left turn at the “Put the FUN in fundraising” and the ubarkquitous GoFundMe and Facebook donate buttons. Five years ago in the parking lot of the Seaport Marina Hotel, a place that threatened to become a Googie-esque historical icon had it stayed up any longer, Sparky and the Gang hosted a 12 Days of Christmas dog adopt-a-thon that actually did go 12 full days. For the rescue’s benefit, The Imperial Court of Long Beach put on Drags for Wags and Villains for a Cause parties at Hamburger Mary’s.
On Saturday, Stankewitz and Sparky and the Gang are nearly outdoing themselves by putting on a kids’ party for grownups—a Roaring Twenties-style speakeasy at Elinor’s Downtown—details below in Things to do, pets to support. Cupcake bar, sleight-of-hand magic by Christopher T. Magician, and, straight from their last performance at the Queen Mary’s Dark Harbor—the very naughty Rasputin’s Marionettes, with a wooden performance in the good sense of the word. Oh, and a bar, too—what’s a speakeasy without flowing booze?
Ticket sales and raffles will benefit all the dogs at Sparky and the Gang, with food, fosters and soaring medical bills. Here’s a few of the little mugs now—late arrivals that just came in. To adopt anybody, contact [email protected]
Things to do, pets to support
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Sip Shop & Adopt! fundraiser for SAFE Rescue Team: Friday, Nov. 15, 10 a.m.–8 p.m., Timeless Treasures Boutique, 6905 Warner Ave. at Goldenwest Street, Huntington Beach, item prices vary.
Champagne will flow all day at this pop-up artisan fair. Fortunately, there’s coffee available as well. Every sale will donate 5% of the price tag to SAFE—Saving Animals from Euthanasia, and 100% of the donations will go to SAFE as well. Of course, there will be adoptions until 6 p.m.! Live music, free parking, and lots of great ways to start the holiday shopping season!
GZ Safari Park Reptile Rescue presents at Turtle and Tortoise Care Society, CTTC Long Beach chapter: Friday, Nov. 15, 7:30 p.m., University Baptist Church, 3434 Chatwin Ave., Long Beach, free to turtles and tortoises and their well-behaved humans
All too often, people purchase or otherwise obtain reptiles with no forethought other than “Gee, what a groovy pet.” That’s where reptile rescues step in and rehabilitate and adopt them out, if they can. One of the club members will talk about what it takes to care for these animals, finding them homes and understanding proper care.
Sparky and the Gang’s Fourth Annual Black Dog Tan Chihuahua event, Roaring for Rescues
Saturday, Nov. 16, 4–10 p.m., Elinor, 250 N. Tribune Court, Long Beach, tickets $45.
Dress up in your dapper flappers and raise funds for Sparky and the Gang dog rescue! Enjoy an adult-slanted performance by Long Beach’s Rasputin Marionettes and sleight of hand from a magician. Food from Gelson’s and cupcakes from Miss Priss will tempt your Prohibition sensibilities. Can we say barkeasy? Al Ca-Bone, maybe? Tickets available at [email protected] at PayPal. Make sure you specify tickets in note. More information available here.
Fall bake sale benefiting Jellicle Cats : Saturday, Nov. 23, 9 a.m.–5 p.m., Long Beach Coffee and Tea, 480 Pine Ave., Long Beach, goodie prices vary.
If you like peanut butter and jelly on freshly baked loaves, adding Jellicle to it guarantees wonderfulness for you and for the cats at Jellicle Cats Rescue! Support all the cats needing homes, including Phoenix, the little cat rescued by Long Beach firefighters during last week’s brushfire in North Long Beach.
Live Love Animal Rescue Adoption Event: Saturday, Nov. 23, 11 a.m.–3 p.m. The Circle, 1755 Ximeno Ave., Long Beach, adoption fees apply
See Live Love’s wonderful little adoptables, and get a discount on CBD veterinary products.
Fix Long Beach Free Spay/Neuter Clinic—CATS!—sponsored by TransMark: Sunday, Nov. 24, 7:30 a.m.–3 p.m., 1500 E. Carson St., Long Beach, free spay/neuter appointments for qualifying people; free microchips, shots, flea-med doses, dewormers and nail trimmings $10 each.
Thanks to Deborah Felin, CFO of Transit Marketing Group and cofounder of Helen Sanders CatPAWS, for sponsoring our cat clinic through her business. TransMark may not put the wheels on the bus for Long Beach Transit, but they get a lot of other stuff on it, and Deborah wants to put as many Long Beach cats on our bus as pussible. The best way to mitigate shelter euthanasia is to tamp the source, and that’s why we’re here. Our shelter and rescues are packed with cats and dogs, and everyone doing rescue is chasing their tail trying to get them all adopted. The best way for our community to help out is to turn off the taps at the other end so that more won’t be born. Remember: it’s the law to fix your pet in Long Beach, and Fix is here to help you do just that. Female appointments are booked, but you can arrive early around 7 to be on the waiting list. Spaces still available for males, and they’re complicit in kitten making! Appointments are available for future clinics—make one at [email protected], or PM us on Facebook. More information is available here.
Holiday Paint & Purr event: Friday, Dec. 6, 7–9 p.m., Feline Good Social Club, 301 Atlantic Ave., Long Beach, $45.
Break out the tempura! Paint a festive snowcat while hanging out with the FGSC cats and mostly having fun in the best environment possible. All materials will be supplied and instructions provided. You’ll leave the session with a piece of festive cat art you can proudly hang on the wall, and maybe even with an adoptive buddy! Purrchase tickets here.
Chloe’s Birthday and Christmas Party Fundraiser: : Saturday, Dec. 7, 4 p.m., 5931 E. Fairbrook St., Long Beach, donations accepted.
It stinks that you have to have a sad story to lead to a happy ending, but it’s nice when you get one, anyway, because they’re so few. Readers may remember the story of Chloe, who was found nearly dead in a Dumpster, covered in food waste and human urine. Chloe recovered and was adopted by a wonderful local couple, who have been saying thanks and passing all the good stuff forward ever since Chloe went home. They’re throwing a party for what they figure is her birthday, and in the holiday spirit are asking for donations to Fix Long Beach, the organization responsible for the little dog’s recovery. The celebration will include food, drinks, a silent auction, door prizes and live music. As for Chloe, she’s going to be wagging her tail and enjoying her happy ending, which will likely be forever after.
The 2020 pet calendars are ready to wag in the new year, with favorite pinups on each month.
Helen Sanders CatPAWS Show Us Your Kitties calendar: $10 each, available here.
Southern California Bulldog Rescue Ador-a-bull Calendar: $25 each, available here.
Seal Beach Animal Care Center 2020 Calendar: available here.
Has your dog been waiting for that walk down the runway? Has your cat been waiting to be discovered as the star they know they are? It is now their time to shine! The 13 cats and 13 dogs with the most votes will become monthly models, with the top cat and top dog as cover pets. Whether you’re a winner or a beloved entrant, the pets at Seal Beach Animal Care Center will profit from your entry—all funds will go to their care. Details available here.
Have an overnight with a kitty with Foster Fridays! The shelter has kittens coming out of the walls—literally. The shelter manager constantly has a few in her office! The shelter is at capacity, especially where cats are concerned, so fosters are sorely needed. Every Friday from 2-5 p.m., shelter staff is inviting residents who have the necessary accommodations—a safe space, time to feed them and play with them, and a propensity to say “Awwww!” every 15 minutes—to take a healthy, weaned kitten home for a while. Shelter will provide food, litter and a carrier and will cover any offsite medical. Time commitment is two weeks, with an option to adopt—of course! Foster fail! Have questions? Contact the shelter director at [email protected].
Cats and Mats Yoga: Feline Good Social Club, 301 Atlantic Ave., Long Beach, every Saturday in November, 11 a.m.–noon and 5:30–6:30 p.m., $20 per person.
Can you side-plank on a mat? Can you do it with a cat? That’s the idea at Long Beach’s Feline Good Social Club, where you can have their resident kitties join you in asanas, which is really the best way! Bring a mat and wear comfy clothes that you don’t mind getting fur on. For ages 10 and up. Reservations are recommended and may be made on the events page.
Instructional Pack Walk: First Saturday of the month, 10–11 a.m., Bixby Park, 130 Cherry Ave., Long Beach, free, donations accepted.
The public is invited to take part in a walk sponsored by Trot’s Dog Walking and Training that will help you and your best buddy learn proper leash manners and focus on each other instead of the distractions of the “real world.” Trot’s experienced pack leaders are there to guide you through the process. Meet at the park at the corner of Ocean and Junipero at 10 a.m.
Donations accepted for Pets of the Homeless
Pets of the Homeless’ home page gives a self-description as the only organization focusing only on providing food and care for pets belonging to homeless people. Businesses and other organizations across the country receive in-kind donations of food and other needs that the dogs and cats’ human families can pick up at outreach locations. The following Long Beach businesses will accept your donations:
Trendi Pawz, 3726 E. Seventh St., Long Beach.
Belmont Heights Animal Hospital, 255 Redondo Ave., Long Beach.
Paw Shoppe Pet Center, Inc., 6416 E. Spring St., Long Beach.
Food and supplies are available at Beacon for Him Ministries, 1535 Gundry Ave. Long Beach, Mondays from 9:00 a.m. to noon and Saturdays from noon to 3 p.m.; and at Christian Outreach in Action, 515 E. Third St., Long Beach, Thursday from 9 to 11 a.m. Donations will be gratefully accepted at these locations as well.
Adopt, adopt, adopt
The following pet-related businesses regularly feature cat, dog and rabbit adoptions. If you’re a Long Beach-area rescue and don’t see your adoption event listed here, please email [email protected]. Click on the links for each rescue in case of updates or changes.
Chase Bank, 5200 East Second St., Long Beach
- Long Beach Spay & Neuter Foundation, noon–4 p.m.
The Farmer’s Marketplace of Long Beach, 5000 E. Spring St. (Spring and Clark), Long Beach
- Long Beach Animal Care Services along with other pet-rescue and pet-foster groups, fourth Sunday of each month, 9 a.m.–4 p.m.
Gelson’s Market, 6255 E. Second St.
- Sparky and the Gang Animal Rescue, second Sunday of each month.
Kahoots Pet Store, 18681 Main St. #102, Huntington Beach
- Zoey’s Place Rescue, fourth Saturday of each month, noon–4 p.m.
Pet Food Express, 4220 Long Beach Blvd., Long Beach:
- Pet Food Express Cat Adoption Center, permanent adoption center, business hours alternate weekends, 10 a.m.–5 p.m.
- Fix Long Beach, occasional weekends.
- Live Love Animal Rescue, first Saturday of each month, 11 a.m.–2 p.m.
- Ozzie and Friends Rescue, 11 a.m.–2 p.m., alternate Sundays.
- The Little Lion Foundation, alternate weekends, 11 a.m.–5 p.m.
- Zazzy Cats
PetSmart Cerritos, 12741 Towne Center Drive, Cerritos
- The Little Lion Foundation, permanent adoption center, store hours.
PetSmart Compton, 1775 South Alameda St., Compton
- Zazzy Cats Kitty Rescue,permanent adoption center, store hours.
- Rabbit Rescue Inc., one adoptable rabbit daily, store hours.
PetSmart Garden Grove, 9835 Chapman Ave., Garden Grove
- The Little Lion Foundation, permanent adoption center, store hours.
PetSmart, Long Beach Exchange, 3871 N Lakewood Blvd., Long Beach
PetSmart Seal Beach, 12341 Seal Beach Blvd., Seal Beach.
- Helen Sanders CatPAWS permanent adoption center, store hours.
- Sparky and the Gang, Saturdays, 1 p.m.–3:30 p.m.
- Dogs in Need, Saturdays, 9 a.m.–2 p.m.
PetSmart Signal Hill, 2550 Cherry Ave., Signal Hill
- Kitty Katchers, Saturdays and Sundays, 11 a.m.–3:30 p.m.
- Stray Cat Alliance, permanent adoption center, store hours.
PetSmart Towne Center, 7631 Carson St., Long Beach
Unleashed by Petco, 600 Redondo Ave.
- Foreverhome Pet Rescue, Inc., Sundays, noon–4 p.m.
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