Animal lovers' calendar: Weekend of June 26-27 and beyond
If you want to adopt a needy pet, help area rescue organizations or meet like-minded animal lovers in Southern California, the coming days and weeks are full of events sure to help. We've got the details on a number of them; if you think we're forgetting one, let us know by leaving a comment or tweeting the details to us @LATunleashed.
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, the PAGE Project hosts a donation drive for L.A.-area dog, cat, rabbit and wildlife rescue groups at the Actors and Others for Animals parking lot, 11523 Burbank Blvd. in North Hollywood, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wish-list items include clean blankets, towels and sheets (placed in a bag or a box); crates and carriers; dry and canned cat and dog food; chew toys; healthy treats; flea and tick treatment products; cat litter; cleaning supplies; office supplies and stamps.
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, the L.A. Department of Animal Services hosts mobile pet-adoption events at K9 Loft, 2170 West Sunset Blvd., Echo Park, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.; and at Northridge's Petco location, 8800 Tampa Ave., from noon to 4 p.m. See photos of adoptable pets at LAAnimalServices.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.
Sunday, June 27, area rescue group the Bark Avenue Foundation hosts a mobile pet-adoption event next to the Silver Lake Dog Park, 1850 West Silver Lake Drive, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. See photos of adoptable dogs, cats, puppies and kittens at BarkAvenueFoundation.org.
Sunday, June 27, the L.A. Department of Animal Services hosts a mobile pet-adoption event at Centinela Feed & Pet Supplies' Rancho Palos Verdes location, 28901 Western Ave., from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Sunday, June 27, local pet store Healthy Spot hosts a launch party for Paul Frank's new line of pet products at its West Hollywood location, 8525 Santa Monica Blvd., from noon to 4 p.m. The event features prize giveaways, free gift bags and refreshments. Adoptable dogs will be on hand to meet potential new owners, and every dog adopted will receive a free Paul Frank collar and leash. More information at HealthySpot.com.
Monday, June 28, make sure the information connected to your pet's microchip is up-to-date on National Register Your Chip Day, initiated by Petfinder as part of its Fur Keeps program. According to a recent study of stray or lost animals entering shelters, 35% of the microchipped pets that weren't reunited with their owners had incorrect or outdated contact information connected with their microchips.
Wednesday, June 30, I Love Dogs, Inc. hosts the first of its "Mojitos and Mutts" happy-hour gatherings at Long Beach's pet-friendly Hotel Maya from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Guests are encouraged to bring their well-behaved, leashed dogs to this event, which benefits the Long Beach animal services department's "A Toy for Every Animal" program. Visitors should bring a new Kong toy, available at most pet stores, to donate to needy shelter animals. The Kong company has offered to match each Kong toy donation with one of their own, so each donated toy means two chances for shelter dogs to play. Hotel Maya's Fuego restaurant offers a special menu for the event, including 10 Cane Rum mojitos. Treat-filled gift bags will be available for canine guests. More information at ILoveDogs.com.
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.)
Sunday, July 11, the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County will open its newly restored 1913 Building with a brand-new "Age of Mammals" exhibition. 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").
Sunday, July 11, support local pet rescue groups while enjoying brunch and live jazz music at the Red White + Bluezz Wine Bar and Grill, 70 S. Raymond Ave. in Pasadena, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Cost is $39 per person, with proceeds supporting Dawg Squad Animal Rescue, Downtown Dog Rescue and Karma Rescue. Reservations aren't required.
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.
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 dog has a microchip implanted. Credit: Kieran Doherty / Reuters