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Animal lovers' calendar: Weekend of June 20-21 and beyond

June 18, 2010 |  8:02 pm

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Whether you want to raise money for needy animals, adopt a pet or party at the L.A. Zoo for a good cause (and in the company of the divine Betty White), this weekend and the days and weeks ahead are chock-full of events sure to appeal to Southern California animal lovers. Think we're forgetting something? Let us know by leaving a comment on this post or sending the details to us in a tweet @LATunleashed.

Through Sunday, June 20, the L.A. Department of Animal Services offers discounted adoption rates for dogs and cats in honor of Father's Day. During Father's Day Discount Days, adopters can bring home a needy dog for a discounted rate of $78.50 or a cat for a discounted rate of $50.50. More information at the department's Facebook fan page.

Saturday, June 19, the Found Animals Foundation sponsors its "Better With a Buddy" adoption event at the six L.A. City animal shelters (South L.A., West L.A., East Valley, West Valley, North Central and Harbor), the six L.A. County animal shelters (Agoura, Baldwin Park, Carson, Castaic, Downey and Lancaster), the Southeast Area Animal Control Authority animal shelter in Downey and the Antelope Valley Pet Stop in Lancaster. During the event, adopters can bring home a new pet for a 50% discounted rate or two pets for the price of one. More information at FoundAnimals.org.

Saturday, June 19, spcaLA offers a low-cost vaccination and microchip clinic for dogs and cats at its P.D. Pitchford Companion Animal Village facility, 7700 E. Spring St. in Long Beach, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The clinic will offer rabies vaccinations for cats and dogs ($5); DHPP vaccinations for dogs ($15); bordetella vaccinations for dogs ($10); FVRCP and FeLV vaccinations for cats ($15 each); and microchipping for cats and dogs ($25). More information at spcaLA.com.

Saturday, June 19, get your dog's portrait taken by acclaimed pet photographer Grace Chon of Shine Pet Photography at a discounted rate -- and for a good cause -- at Centinela Feed & Pet's Westchester location, 7600 S. Sepulveda Blvd., from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The event will raise funds for the veterinary care of a litter of puppies rescued from a backyard breeder by local group The Dawg Squad (which hosts a mobile adoption event concurrent with the photo sessions), all of whom required extensive treatment for parvovirus. For $25, you can take home a digital file of a 5x7" photo of your dog, a 50% discount from Shine Pet Photos' going rate. More information at ShinePetPhotos.com.

Saturday, June 19, the L.A. Zoo hosts its 40th annual Beastly Ball, a gala event that raises funds for the construction of new zoo exhibits, education programs and wildlife conservation efforts. This year, the Beastly Ball honors a very special friend of the zoo: Betty White. The event begins at 6 p.m. and features live music and dancing, catered dining from several prominent L.A. restaurants, opportunities for guests to interact with zoo animals and live and silent auctions. Tickets will set you back $1,000, or you can reserve a full table for $7,500. More information at LAZoo.org.

Sunday, June 20, the L.A. Department of Animal Services hosts a mobile pet-adoption event at Moorpark Park, 12061 Moorpark Ave. in Studio City, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Upcoming:

Wednesday, June 23, Maddie's Fund president Rich Avanzino presents a Web seminar about solutions for saving shelter pets' lives from 4 to 4:30 p.m. Pacific time. For more information or to RSVP, visit WebEx.com.

Saturday, June 26, the Mission Viejo Animal Services and Dedicated Animal Welfare Group (DAWG) hosts its 16th Annual DAWG Walk, Pet Faire and Dog Adoption Event along the Village Green at the Norman P. Murray Center in Mission Viejo. The event includes a walk along Oso Creek Trail, for which participants must pay a $25 entry fee, as well as activities, demonstrations and pet adoptions. For more information or to register for the event, visit Dawg.org.

Saturday, June 26, spcaLA hosts a low-cost vaccination and microchip clinic from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. behind West Hollywood City Hall, 8300 Santa Monica Blvd. The clinic will offer rabies vaccinations for cats and dogs ($5); DHPP vaccinations for dogs ($15); bordetella vaccinations for dogs ($10); FVRCP and leukemia vaccinations for cats ($15 each); and microchipping for cats and dogs ($25). More information at spcaLA.com.

Saturday, June 26, spcaLA hosts PAWS to Read at the Redondo Beach Public Library, 303 N. Pacific Coast Highway, from 10:30 a.m. to noon. Through the PAWS to Read program, children practice their reading skills by reading to a decidedly nonjudgmental audience: certified therapy dogs. Participation is free; sign-up begins at 9 a.m. at the Children's Information Desk. More information at spcaLA.com.

Saturday, June 26, Rancho Cucamonga residents can have their pets microchipped for $25 at Rancho Cucamonga Animal Care and Adoption Center, 11780 Arrow Route, from noon to 4 p.m.; at Scraps, 7204 Archibald Ave., from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.; and at Rancho Regional Veterinary Hospital, 11981 Jack Benny Drive, from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. More information at the Inland Empire Daily Bulletin.

Saturday, July 10, spcaLA invites potential "foster parents" to learn about its fostering program from 10 a.m. to noon at its South Bay Pet Adoption Center, 12910 Yukon Ave., Hawthorne. "Foster parents" are needed to care for puppies and kittens that are too young to be adopted, as well as older dogs and cats with special needs. More information at spcaLA.com. (The L.A. Department of Animal Services offers a similar program for underage puppies and kittens; more information on that program is available at the department's website.)

The Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County will open its newly restored 1913 Building with a brand-new "Age of Mammals" exhibition beginning Sunday, July 11. The exhibition traces the history of evolution "from the extinction of the dinosaurs to the rise of humans -- within the context of epochal changes in the Earth's geology and climate," John Harris, the Natural History Museum's head of vertebrate studies and chief curator of the Page Museum at the La Brea Tar Pits, told our sister blog Culture Monster. Visitors will get to see specimens like the Simi Valley mastodon, a saber-toothed cat and a brontothere (a species with possibly the most rock 'n' roll-sounding scientific name: "thunder beast").

Saturday, July 17, spcaLA presents "Kittenpalooza," its annual cat and kitten adopt-a-thon, from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at its South Bay Pet Adoption Center, 12910 Yukon Ave., Hawthorne. The event features a craft table for children, gift bags for adopters and booths from pet-related businesses including Natura Pet Products and L.A. Tails Magazine. More information at spcaLA.com.

Saturday-Sunday, July 17-18, Humane Society University and the Surf City Animal Response Team host a two-day workshop on emergency animal sheltering at UC Irvine Healthcare, 101 The City Drive South in Orange. The workshop is designed to help members of the public learn the skills necessary to volunteer at emergency shelters in the event of a disaster and includes both classroom instruction and hands-on learning exercises. Cost is $95. For more information or to register, visit HumaneSocietyUniversity.org.

Ongoing:

The L.A. Department of Animal Services offers low-cost vaccination, microchipping and licensing clinics every first Thursday at its Harbor animal shelter; every second Thursday at its North Central animal shelter; every third Thursday at its South L.A. animal shelter; and every fourth Thursday at its East Valley animal shelter. All clinics begin at 4:30 p.m. and end at 6:30 p.m. More information and pricing in PDF format at the department's website.

SpcaLA is currently accepting registration for several training classes for dogs. The organization offers agility training and "nose work" training classes for beginner, intermediate and advanced dogs, with sessions beginning in July. More information at spcaLA.com.

Every first Wednesday through October, Santa Monica's Pourtal Wine Tasting Bar, 104 Santa Monica Blvd., hosts "Wine Woof Wednesday" from 7 to 9 p.m. During the event, guests can bring their dogs along to Pourtal and receive free dog-walking service with any purchase over $25. More information at Pourtal.com.

The Origins skin care store at The Shops in Mission Viejo has partnered with the Mission Viejo Animal Services Center to offer free mini-facials, gifts with purchase and a chance to win a $100 Origins shopping spree in exchange for items donated to the animal services center. Taking Origins up on this offer is simple: Just head into the retail store on the second level of The Shops in Mission Viejo and drop off an item on the animal services center's wish list. Wish-list items include blankets, towels, newspapers, heating pads, unused collars, bottles for unweaned kittens and dog and cat toys. More information at MissionViejoLife.org.

-- Lindsay Barnett

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Top photo: A cat awaits adoption at the L.A. Department of Animal Services' South L.A. shelter. The department offers discounted pet-adoption rates through Sunday. Credit: Richard Hartog / Los Angeles Times

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