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Southern California animal lovers' calendar: Weekend of March 19-20 and beyond

St. Patrick's Dogs

If you want to extend your St. Patrick's Day celebrating while helping pets, combine your love of animals with a trip to the flea market or party for pelicans, you'll find plenty to do in Southern California this weekend. Think we're forgetting something or want to alert us to an upcoming event? Let us know by leaving a comment on this post or sending us a tweet @LATunleashed.

This Weekend:

Saturday-Sunday, March 19-20, it's time once again for Spring Pet Days, an annual event for animal lovers at the Orange County Market Place, the weekend swap meet at the O.C. Fair & Event Center in Costa Mesa. Meet adoptable pets from local rescue groups; shop at pet-centric vendor booths; attend presentations about pet wellness, disaster preparedness for animals, pet training, dog-breed discrimination, the benefits of pet adoption and other topics; and enjoy the flea market if you're so inclined. Pet Days activities are included in the price of swap meet admission ($2 for adults and kids over 12), or get in free with a donation of dog or cat food (no expired or open food), pet toys, blankets, crates, carriers, food and water bowls, leashes, beds, healthy treats and towels or a gift card to a pet store. Donated items will be distributed to rescue groups attending the event. Pets should stay at home. More information at OCMarketplace.com.

Saturday, March 19, celebrate St. Patrick's Day a little bit late and you just might find the adoptable pet of your dreams. The L.A. Department of Animal Services and Ruff Patches have teamed up to present "St. Pawtrick's Day," a green (as in environmentally friendly, but we bet there will be plenty of people and pets decked out in green getups as well) adoption event for needy pets currently awaiting homes at the department's six shelters and local rescue groups. St. Pawtrick's Day kicks off at 10 a.m. and continues until 5 p.m. at the East Valley, West Valley, North Central, South L.A., West L.A. and Harbor animal shelters. The event features discounted adoption fees, a "Kiss the Blarney Dog" kissing booth, matchmakers to pair you with the perfect pet, eco-friendly pet products, refreshments, professional training advice and giveaways. More information at RuffPatches.org.

Saturday, March 19, the L.A. Department of Animal Services hosts mobile pet-adoption events at downtown pet store Pussy & Pooch, 564 South Main St., from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.; at the Canoga Park Petco location, 6615 Fallbrook Mall Ave., from noon to 4 p.m.; and at Balboa Park, 17015 Burbank Blvd. in Encino, from noon to 4 p.m.

Saturday, March 19, local advocacy group Animal Rescue Media Education (ARME) hosts "Rescue, Rock & Revelry," a night of music and refreshments to benefit ARME and the Pelican Rescue Team, at the House of Blues' Foundation Room, 8430 Sunset Blvd., beginning at 7 p.m. The event includes a silent auction of rock memorabilia, musical instruments, concert tickets and more. A special vegan menu will be available for purchase. Tickets are $20 if purchased in advance, $30 at the door (only cash will be accepted at the door). Guests must be 21 or over to attend. For more information or to purchase tickets online, visit ARME.tv.

Sunday, March 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.

Throughout March:

Snack lovers can help needy animals by purchasing chocolate! Handcrafted vegan, kosher candy company Rescue Chocolate will donate 100% of its profits during the month of March to the Egyptian Mau Rescue Organization, a Cairo-based group that works to find homes for needy Egyptian Mau cats. Better still: Each candy bar flavor has special packaging that highlights an issue facing companion animals (example: "Peanut Butter Pit Bull" aims to tackle "bully breed" stereotypes, and "Foster-riffic Peppermint" touts the need for foster homes to help rescue pets). Other charities that have benefited from Rescue Chocolate's generosity include Farm Sanctuary, Austin Pets Alive, In Defense of Animals, United Animal Nations, Philadelphia PAWS and the Animal Relief Coalition for Haiti. More information at RescueChocolate.com.

Through Thursday, March 31, spcaLA is accepting nominations for its annual Hero Dog award, an honor bestowed annually on a dog who has gone above and beyond to protect humans. To learn how to nominate a special dog who acted heroically in 2010, go to spcaLA.com.

Upcoming:

Wednesday, March 23, it's one of those holidays we just can't wait to celebrate: National Puppy Day! The event's organizers say National Puppy Day is a day "to celebrate the magic and unconditional love that puppies bring to our lives. But more importantly, it's a day to help save orphaned puppies across the globe and educate the public about the horrors of puppy mills, as well as further our mission for a nation of puppy-free pet stores." We can get behind that! Check out a list of ways to celebrate.

Saturday, March 26, the North Shore Animal League's cross-country Tour for Life adoption tour comes to Venice Beach's Windward Plaza, 1800 Ocean Front Walk, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The annual tour, sponsored by Purina One pet foods, has been instrumental in matching hundreds of thousands of animals with adoptive owners over the past decade. Adoptable pets from the L.A. area will be in attendance at the Venice event. For more information or to find another stop on the month-long Tour For Life, visit AnimalLeague.org.

SpcaLA is taking registrations now for its two Friends for Life Spring Camp sessions -- Monday, April 4-Friday, April 8 and Monday, April 18-Friday, April 22 -- during which kids ages 9-12 will learn the basics of pet care and introductory dog and cat training at spcaLA's South Bay Pet Adoption Center in Hawthorne. Cost is $250 per child. For more information or to register, visit spcaLA.com.

Friday-Sunday, April 15-17, America's Family Pet Expo returns to the Orange County Fair & Event Center for the 22nd consecutive year. The event includes demonstrations and exhibitions of more than 1,000 animals -- from dogs and cats to llamas and pot-bellied pigs -- plus pet-themed vendors, animal experts and pet adoptions. Tickets are $12; $10 for adults ages 60 and over; $6 for children ages 6-12; and free for children 5 and under. More information at PetExpoOC.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 Tuesday at its North Central animal shelter; every third Tuesday at its South L.A. animal shelter; every fourth Tuesday at its East Valley animal shelter; and every fourth Thursday at its West 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 LAAnimalServices.com.

Every Thursday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., the L.A. Department of Animal Services hosts a mobile pet-adoption event at the Van Nuys Petco location, 5850 Sepulveda Blvd.

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 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Much Love Animal Rescue hosts a mobile pet-adoption event at 602 Venice Blvd. (at the intersection of Venice Blvd. and Abbot Kinney Blvd. in Venice). See photos of adoptable dogs and cats at MuchLove.org.

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 second Saturday, spcaLA hosts "PAWS to Read" at the Hermosa Beach Library, 550 Pier Ave., from 10:30 a.m. to noon. Through the program, young readers can practice their skills by reading to a decidedly nonjudgmental audience: certified therapy dogs. Due to limited time and availability of dogs, spcaLA recommends that parents or guardians register their children in advance by calling (310) 379-8475 to ensure a spot. More information at spcaLA.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. Participation is free; sign-up begins at 9 a.m. at the Children's Information Desk. More information at spcaLA.com.

Every Sunday, Animal Acres offers hourlong guided tours of its Acton facility at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Visitors can meet Animal Acres' resident cows, pigs, turkeys, chickens and other animals and learn about the sanctuary's work. Cost is $5 per person over age 3. More information at AnimalAcres.org.

Every Sunday, the Gentle Barn invites the public to visit the rescued horses, donkeys, cows, pigs, llamas, sheep, goats, turkeys, chickens and other animals that call its Santa Clarita sanctuary home. The rescue farm is open to the public from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. (except in case of rain), and guests are welcome to bring a meat-free picnic lunch. A $5 donation per guest is requested. More information and directions at GentleBarn.org.

Every Sunday, Much Love Animal Rescue holds a mobile pet-adoption event from 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at 2515 Main Street in Santa Monica. See photos of adoptable dogs and cats at MuchLove.org.

Every second Sunday, Evidence of Love Animal Care hosts a mobile pet-adoption event at the Van Nuys/Sherman Oaks Recreation Center, 14201 Huston St., Sherman Oaks, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. More than 130 dogs and cats from area animal shelters and rescue groups come out to meet potential adopters -- oh, and there's a gourmet food truck, too. More information at EvidenceOfLove.org.

-- Lindsay Barnett

Photo: Festive dogs march in the St. Patrick's Day Parade in York, Pa., on March 12. St. Patrick's Day has passed, but you can still celebrate "St. Pawtrick's Day" at all six L.A. Department of Animal Services shelters on Saturday. Credit: Jason Plotkin / Associated Press

 
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From: The Southern California Veterinary Medical Association
Contact: Peter Weinstein, DVM, MBA
Executive Director
5576 Corporate Avenue
Cypress, CA 90630
714-931-7493
Fax: 714-821-7213
E-mail: scvmainfo@scvma.org
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Local Shelters and Veterinarians Team Up on Microchip Madness Month

You probably never think that you and your pet will ever be separated but the multitude of natural disasters that have impacted the United States over the last few years have taught us that it happens all too often. The BEST way to re-unite lost pets with their owners is when a pet is properly and permanently identified with a microchip.

Summer holds its own perils. During the months of June, July, and August, more than anytime during the year, animal shelters in Los Angeles and Orange County are inundated with lost pets. It may be the fireworks of the Fourth or the open doors during the warmer weather; whatever the cause, more dogs and cats are separated from their owners during these times. According to reports from regional shelter directors, the days around July 4th are their busiest of the year. And many of those lost pets NEVER find their way back home!!!

To ensure that your pet is returned to you if you are separated from each other, Southern California Veterinary Medical Association (SCVMA) veterinarians and animal shelters advocate the placement of a microchip in all pets. Collars can fall off or be removed. Microchips are a permanent means of identifying your pet whether they are lost locally or on a family trip to the Grand Canyon, Chicago, or New England.

Microchips are the size of a grain of rice and are painlessly injected under the skin using a syringe similar to what is used for vaccinations. However, just inserting a microchip doesn’t guarantee a safe return. The all important next step is to register the microchip so that a grand reunion celebration can occur in the case of your pet escaping. If your pet is currently micro-chipped, please make sure that your contact information is kept current with the company that registered your chip.

During the month of June, at SCVMA hospitals and animal shelters throughout Los Angeles and Orange County, there will be a special focus on getting pets ‘chipped’. With the help of HomeAgain, AVID, and AKC Companion Animal Recovery, three leading national microchip companies, the cost for the microchip AND registration is being greatly discounted around the Southland. Veterinary hospitals are offering ‘in hospital’ promotions and also manning Chip-A-Thons at venues around the area.

To find out more about the dates, times and locations of the Chip-A-Thons, contact your local shelter or you can visit the SCVMA website at www.scvma.org or call 714-821-7493. Ask your veterinarian if they are an SCVMA member hospital and if they are participating in Microchip Madness Month.

Help us celebrate Microchip Madness Month by having your pet micro-chipped!!


5576 Corporate Avenue ● Cypress, CA 90630 ● Tel: (714) 821-7493 ● Fax: (714) 821- 7213 ● scvmainfo@scvma.org

$15.00 MICROCHIP MADNESS CHIP-A-THONS
Featuring SCVMA member veterinarians (as of May 25, 2011)
Courtesy of HomeAgain, AVID, and AKC CAR
ALL events are CASH ONLY ($15 per pet). Exact change requested


June 4, 2011—300 PM to 500 PM--Harbor Animal Hospital, 2078 Torrance Blvd., Torrance.
For more information call, 310-328-3733

June 4, 2011---800-1000 AM—Plaza Pet Clinic, 5211 El Verano Ave., Los Angeles.
For more information call, 323-258-2122

June 4, 2011--- 300-400 PM—Ladera Pet Clinic, 1528 Centinela Ave., Inglewood.
For more information call, 310-671-0421

June 11, 2011--- 900 AM to NOON—Crescenta Valley Veterinary Hospital, 3254 Foothill Blvd., La Crescenta .
For more information call, 818-249-0022

June 11, 2011--- 300-400 PM—Ladera Pet Clinic, 1528 Centinela Ave., Inglewood.
For more information call, 310-671-0421

June 12, 2011—1000 AM to 100 PM—Orange County Animal Control, 561 The City Drive, Orange.
For more information call 714-821-7493

June 18, 2011--- 100-300 PM--- All Pets Medical & Surgical Center, 3070 Temple Ave., Pomona
For more information call, 909-622-1044

June 18, 2011--- 100-400 PM--- Animal Hospital of Huntington Beach, 15021 Edwards Street, Huntington Beach.
For more information call, 714-898-0568

June 18, 2011--- Noon to 200 PM--- Redondo Shores Veterinary Center, 701 S. Pacific Coast Highway, Redondo Beach
For information call, 310-540-5588

June 22, 2011--- 600 PM to 800 PM--- VCA McClave Veterinary Hospital, 6950 Reseda Blvd., Reseda
For information call, 818-881-5102

June 23, 2011--- 600 PM to 800 PM--- VCA McClave Veterinary Hospital, 6950 Reseda Blvd., Reseda
For information call, 818-881-5102

June 25, 2011—1000 AM to 200 PM—Orange County Animal Control, 561 The City Drive, Orange. Held in conjunction with their Open House.
For more information call 714-821-7493

June 25, 2011--- 900- NOON—Malibu Vet Clinic (Point Dume), 28990 Pacific Coast Highway, Malibu. For more information call, 310-457-6453

June 26, 2011--- 1000 AM to 100 PM--- Irvine Animal Care Center, 6443 Oak Canyon, Irvine.
For more information call, 949-724-7740

EVERY TUESDAY ---by appointment---Downey Veterinary Hospital, 11220 S. Brookshire, Downey. For information/appointment, call 562-923-0763

EVERY TUESDAY and WEDNESDAY---100 PM to 600 PM--- Crenshaw Animal Hospital and Cat Clinic, 24260 Crenshaw Blvd., Torrance
For information call, 310-326-0000

Other local SCVMA practices may be offering discounted microchips, please contact your veterinarian to see if they are participating. The SCVMA offices do NOT have a list of all participating hospitals.

This list will be updated as new locations are added.

5576 Corporate Avenue ● Cypress, CA 90630 ● Tel: (714) 821-7493 ● Fax: (714) 821- 7213 ● scvmainfo@scvma.org

Nuts for Mutts – The Walk & Dog Show: Sunday, June 26, 2011

This fun-filled family fundraiser begins with a Walk-a-thon through the crystal clear rolling hills of Calabasas, followed by a rollicking mixed breed Dog Show and Festival. Celebrities judge rounds including “Best Kisser,” “Fastest Eater,” “Most Ear-resistible Ears” and more, leading up to “Best in Show.” Featuring a super pet adoption, celebrity guests and judges, kids crafts and activities, delicious food, over 60 vendors, a silent auction, great live music and more, all benefiting animal rescue New Leash on Life, the Agoura Hills/Calabasas Community Center and the Calabasas Rotary.
The Walk registration opens at 7:15 am and begins at 8:00 am and The Dog Show runs 9:00 am – 5:00 pm. The Walk is free to register. Tickets to the Festival are available in advance at www.nutsformutts.org or at the Agoura Hills/Calabasas Community Center are $8 for adults, $2 for children 12 and under and $2 for dogs. At the gate, tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for children 12 and under and $5 for dogs. Children under 3 are free. The Agoura Hills/Calabasas Community Center is located at 27040 Malibu Hills Road, Calabasas. Plenty of free offsite parking is available. Please check the website or call for parking details. To sign up for the Walk or for more information, visit www.nutsformutts.org or call 818-880-2993.


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