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Southern California animal lovers' calendar: Weekend of Aug. 21-22 and beyond

August 20, 2010 |  8:13 pm


If you want to adopt a pet, take advantage of low-cost veterinary care options, see a baseball game with your dog, drink wine (or mojitos!) for a good cause or shop for cruelty-free makeup while snacking on vegan food, we've got good news for you! All these activities and more are coming up in the coming days and weeks. Here's our rundown of upcoming animal-related events; if you think we're missing something, leave us a comment or send us a tweet @LATUnleashed.

Saturday, Aug. 21, Clinico hosts a grand opening event for its recently unveiled low-cost spay/neuter clinic at the L.A. Department of Animal Services' East Valley animal shelter, 14409 Vanowen St., Van Nuys, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. The event includes free vaccinations and microchipping services for dogs (while supplies last), live entertainment, giveaways and face-painting. Guests can also make an appointment to have their dog or cat spayed or neutered.

Saturday, Aug. 21, 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.)

Saturday, Aug. 21, the Beauty Rebellion Project hosts a launch party and fundraiser for the Best Friends Animal Society at American Vintage, 1750 Hillhurst Ave., Los Feliz, from 2 to 9 p.m. Guests can enjoy vegetarian and vegan food, drinks and shopping for discounted vintage clothing and cruelty-free beauty products. The event also features pet adoptions, raffle prizes, free makeovers and more. For more information or to RSVP, visit Beauty Rebellion on Facebook.

Saturday, Aug. 21, animal-loving baseball fans are invited to spcaLA's "Bark in the Park at Dodger Stadium" event beginning at 5:10 p.m. Human guests and their dogs will sit in a special section of the stadium and have the chance to participate in contests and a "pup rally," watch Tillman the skateboarding bulldog in action and cheer on their team in a Dodgers-Cincinnati Reds matchup. Tickets are $25; a signed release waiver and current vaccination record for canine attendees are required. For more information, to download a printable release form or to purchase tickets, visit spcaLA.com.

Sunday, Aug. 22, Evidence of Love Animal Care hosts an adoption event at the Van Nuys-Sherman Oaks Recreation Center, 14201 Huston St., from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. More than 130 adoptable dogs and cats from area animal shelters (including the L.A. County Animal Care & Control Department's Agoura shelter) and rescue groups will be on hand to meet potential adopters. More information at EvidenceOfLove.org.

Sunday, Aug. 22, the Orange County Animal Rescue Coalition hosts a wine-tasting event at Hi-Time Wine Cellars, 250 Ogle St., Costa Mesa, from 1 to 6 p.m. The event benefits OC-ARC's Purrs Fund, which pays for veterinary care for severely injured cats rescued by the organization, and includes a silent auction and raffle. Cost is $25 and can be paid online in advance of the event or at the door.


Tuesday, Aug. 24-Sunday, Aug. 29, the L.A. Department of Animal Services hosts Summer Discount Adoption Days at its six shelter facilities (South L.A., West L.A., East Valley, West Valley, North Central and Harbor). During the event, adoption fees are reduced to $78.50 for dogs and puppies and $50.50 for cats and kittens.

Wednesday, Aug. 25, I Love Dogs, Inc. hosts its monthly "Mojitos and Mutts" happy-hour gathering at Long Beach's pet-friendly Hotel Maya from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Eat, drink, be merry and meet fellow dog lovers while helping Southern California pets -- proceeds from the event benefit local rescue group Molly's Mutts and Meows. Well-behaved, leashed dogs are welcome; you can even have your pup's photo taken by Bark Pet Photography for just $10! More information at ILoveDogs.com.

Sunday, Aug. 29, Animal Advocates Alliance invites potential adopters to a mobile dog-adoption event at Pan Pacific Park, 7600 Beverly Blvd., from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Guests can meet needy dogs from L.A. County animal shelters -- all of which have been spayed or neutered, vaccinated and microchipped prior to the event (so they're ready to go home immediately with their new families). More information at AnimalAdvocatesAlliance.org.

Wednesday, Sept. 8, dog lovers who missed "Through a Dog's Eyes," the TV documentary about service dogs and their relationships with their human companions that premiered earlier this year on PBS, will have an opportunity to catch the film's repeat broadcast. PBS stations will air "Through a Dog's Eyes" at 8 p.m. Eastern time/7 p.m. Central time.

Wednesday, Sept. 8, Much Love Animal Rescue hosts a bingo night at West Hollywood landmark Hamburger Mary's, 8288 Santa Monica Blvd., beginning at 9 p.m. Proceeds benefit the group's work on behalf of needy animals in Southern California.

Friday, Sept. 10, the Mary S. Roberts Pet Adoption Center (formerly the Riverside Humane Society), the largest no-kill shelter facility in Riverside County, hosts its annual comedy night benefit at the Riverside Convention Center, 3443 Orange St., beginning at 7 p.m. Comedians Tom Ryan and Pete McLeod perform their stand-up acts, and the event also includes a no-host cocktail reception, hors d'oeuvres and a silent auction. Tickets are $50 and must be purchased in advance at the humane society's shelter facility, 6165 Industrial Ave., or by phone at (951) 688-4340 x307.

Saturday, Sept. 11, rescued farm-animal sanctuary Animal Acres hosts its annual fundraising gala at its Acton facility, 5200 Escondido Canyon Road, beginning at 5 p.m. The event includes an award reception, a gourmet vegan meal, live entertainment, a silent auction, celebrity hosts -- and, of course, a chance to mingle with Animal Acres' guests of honor, more than 150 cows, pigs, turkeys and other animals. Ticket prices start at $150; sponsorship and volunteer opportunities are also available. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit AnimalAcres.org.

Saturday, Sept. 18, Last Chance for Animals invites Southern California pet lovers to its Puppy Mill Awareness Festival at Hancock Park, 5801 Wilshire Blvd. (near the La Brea Tar Pits), from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The event will feature educational speakers, animal advocacy and animal welfare information booths, adoptable pets from area rescue organizations and shelters, live entertainment, pet-themed vendors and activities for children.

Sunday, Sept. 19, Best Friends Animal Society hosts "Strut Your Mutt," a walk to raise funds for Best Friends and local animal charities and rescue groups, beginning at the Santa Monica Pier. The event includes pet-friendly vendors, a doggie massage booth, a canine cafe, training demonstrations, a pet psychic, games, contests, an after party and more. Registration begins at 6:30 a.m., with the walk beginning at 8:30. More information at Best Friends' website.

Sunday, Sept. 19, athletic dogs will take to their surfboards for the second annual Surf City Surf Dog event in Huntington Beach. For the competition, dogs will be placed in a division determined by their size and experience level, then will compete in heats to advance to a final. The event also includes a costume contest and a "Woofin' Walk," where dogs and their owners can complete a 1- or 2-mile course, with proceeds benefiting one of Surf City Surf Dog's animal-related charity partners. For more information or to register, visit SurfCitySurfDog.com.

Sunday, Oct. 3, Dawg Squad Animal Rescue invites Southern California pet-rescue supporters to its annual "Bowling for Collars" fundraising event at AMF Mar Vista Lanes, 12125 Venice Blvd., from 1 to 4 p.m. Tickets are $25 for a single bowler or $100 for a lane that accomodates up to five bowlers. Shoe rental, two games and gourmet food are included in the ticket price. The event also includes a silent auction, raffle prizes and chair massages. More information at the Dawg Squad's Facebook fan page.


Through the month of August, adopt a cat or kitten from the Palm Springs Animal Shelter and the organization will waive its normal adoption fee. According to the shelter, it is facing an influx of kittens and needs to find homes for its felines as quickly as possible. Adopters will still be responsible for the cost of spay/neuter surgery for adopted cats and kittens, an estimated charge of $30 to $40. For more information, shelter hours of operation or to see photos of adoptable animals, visit its website.

Through Sept. 30, the Found Animals Foundation offers a special discount on cat adoption fees at the L.A. City and County animal shelters and the Southeast Area Animal Control Authority shelter in Downey through its Summer Buddies program. Adopt two cats or kittens and Found Animals will pay the second adoption fee (that's a two-for-one deal, kids -- and it comes at just the right time, because it's kitten season and area shelters are filled to the brim with adoptable kitties). More information and a list of participating shelters at FoundAnimals.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.

Every Saturday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., the Volunteers for the Burbank Animal Shelter host a mobile pet-adoption event at Centinela Feed & Pet Supplies, 1505 W. Olive Ave. in Burbank. See photos of adoptable dogs and cats at the Burbank Animal Shelter's website.

Every Saturday from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Dawg Squad Animal Rescue hosts a mobile dog-adoption event at Centinela Feed & Pet Supplies, 7600 S. Sepulveda Blvd. in Westchester. See photos of adoptable pets at DawgSquad.org.

Every Saturday from noon to 6 p.m., Kinder 4 Rescue hosts a mobile dog-adoption event at Book Star, 12136 Ventura Blvd. (just west of Laurel Canyon) in Studio City. See photos of adoptable pets at the group's Petfinder page.

Every Saturday from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m., Forte Animal Rescue hosts a mobile dog-adoption event at Centinela Feed & Pet Supplies, 3860 S. Centinela Ave. See photos of adoptable pets at the group's AdoptAPet.com page.

Every first Wednesday through October, Santa Monica's Pourtal Wine Tasting Bar, 104 Santa Monica Blvd., hosts "Wine Woof Wednesday" from 7 p.m. 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.

Every fourth Saturday, 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 aloud 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.

-- Lindsay Barnett


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Top photo: A makeup artist applies mascara to a model. Animal lovers can stock up on cruelty-free, vegan beauty products at Beauty Rebellion's launch party Saturday afternoon; the event is a fundraiser for the Best Friends Animal Society. Credit: Ringo H.W. Chiu / For The Times

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