June was graduation month, and the volunteers at Long Beach Animal Care Services have put together a virtual yearbook of cats and dogs who’ve passed all their behavioral and social requirements and received their diplomas, which they promptly shredded. Now, they’re seeking forever positions as house pets or temporary gigs as fosters.
LBACS’ volunteers are huge pet advocates, and several go quackers in creativity. Besides going to the shelter to walk, bathe and play with formerly neglected dogs and cuddle and otherwise socialize frightened cats, they create posters to share on social media and Photoshop silly costumes on their mug shots during holidays. Dog volunteer Ricky Yim, who modestly declined to pose for a photo, is one of the most undogmatic in creativity. He got the yearbook idea when he saw a display of dog-training graduates in a PetSmart.
“Since it’s graduation season and I’ve never done anything like this before, I thought that a yearbook would be a nice, cute idea to do,” Ricky said. “I posted on our volunteer page for people to go ahead and post photos, and I’d pick the best ones.”
The volunteers thought up “most likely to” descriptor phrases; Dee Glick, another out-of-the-litter-box volunteer, Photoshopped the mortarboards; and head volunteer Gary Tanaka stood in as Professor Gary—a fitting sobriquet, on the closing page.
Ricky hopes that the yearbook project will attract adopters and fosters to visit the shelter and meet each grad and undergrad.
“I like to find a special thing and turn it into an adoption opportunity,” he said. “We want to promote the animals in the first place, in any shape or form, in any special way.”
What’s graduation without a gift? Friends of Long Beach Animals is funding a year of free medical care for any dog or cat adopted from our shelter in July! I mean, what pet doesn’t love a trip to the vet? Nonetheless, health is the second-best gift you can give an animal—the best is the promise to love them forever and ever.
Long Beach Animal Care Services is located at 7700 E. Spring St. in Long Beach, at the entrance to El Dorado Park (no parking fee for shelter visitors). Foster and adoption hours are Wednesday through Friday, 10 a.m.–5:30 p.m.; and Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m.–4 p.m. Adopt one of these grads or undergrads or any shelter cat and dog, and give them the gift of health.
To the rescue!
Council District 8 announces 60-day amnesty for new or late pet licensing fees for designated residents
A resolution introduced by Councilman Al Austin and passed by the City Council provides a temporary amnesty program that waives a first-time pet licensing fee and late penalty fee for an expired pet license for residents of Community Development Block Grant-designated areas in Long Beach can apply to an HUD grant program that will waive fees for new and late pet licenses until Aug. 23. Access this map to determine whether you live in a CDBG zone, or call 562-570-1326 or email [email protected].
Great Furballs of Fun
The Fourth of July is behind us (although illegal booms still shatter the air), and summer is officially on! Whether you’re a graduate, an undergrad or just someone who wants to have a good time, these furious, furry, fun ideas are for you!
25th annual Wienerschnitzel Wiener Nationals: Saturday, July 16, first race at 6:30 p.m., Los Alamitos Race Course, 4961 Katella Ave, Cypress, $3 per ticket.
Aaaand, away they—wait! Get up! The finishing line’s the other way! No, don’t eat that! Enjoy an all-in-fun “race” in which little, low-to-the ground hounds will just be themselves as they vie for prizes and championships! It’s hilarious fun for the entire family. Event T-shirts and raffle tickets will be on sale at the track, with all proceeds supporting the welfare of our fabulous Seal Beach Animal Care Center’s resident cats and dogs. Purchase your tickets at the Seal Beach Animal Care Center business office during office hours. All bets are off—literally. This is simply for good fun and good works!
Long Beach Adoption Bonanza and Craft Fair: Saturday, July 16, 10 a.m.–4 p.m., Long Beach Towne Center, 7575 Carson St., Long Beach, free admission.
Support our local animal rescues and shelter at this family-friendly event! Lots of shopping and wonderful pets for adoption!
Purina Pro Plan Incredible Dog Challenge airing: Saturday, July 24 and July 31, KCBS TV, 4 p.m., times are subject to change; check here for latest airing times and information on the event
Every year, some of the most athletic dogs in the U.S. compete in Purina Pro Plan’s Surf Dog Competition, in which they exchange belly rubs for bellyboards and ride the waves at Huntington Beach State Park. This year’s furry surfers performed aquatic feats—or is that paws—in such contests as the Incredible Diving Dog, Incredible Freestyle Flying Disc Qualifying and Incredible Fetch It! on June 10 and then moved to terra firma on June 11 for the agility challenge. Whether your dog has paddled a board or is just a hodad, they’ll love watching this event, and so will you! Check out the action here! (Despite the daunting performances, each dog has been trained by their owners and wears a life vest. Furthermore, each dog is monitored.)
Foster for awhile—or furever!
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.
- Ally’s Animal Rescue
- 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