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Assemblyman Lackey Fights to Protect Guide, Signal and Service Dogs

by Natalia Radcliffe Assemblyman Tom Lackey (R-Palmdale) recently introduced a new bill that would protect all guide, signal or service dogs, whether they are “on duty” or not. Currently, guide dogs that are “on duty” are protected by the state. For example, if a person allows his or her dog to injure or kill a […] Read more

Wildlife Waystation – Magic Kingdom in our Midst

by Martha Michael There’s a lot of science supporting the theory that people end up looking like their pets. And while studies mostly refer to the physical appearance of dogs and their owners, there’s one local example with a much broader sampling. Exotic animal sanctuary Wildlife Waystation is a lot like its founder, Martine Colette. […] Read more

Wise Tails – A Senior Dog Sanctuary

Wise Tails – A Senior Dog Sanctuary is a “forever home” for mature or elderly dogs that are rescued from situations where they have been neglected, abused or are facing euthanasia at kill shelters. Located in Simi Valley, Wise Tails works to provide these dogs with love, care and all the medical services they need. […] Read more

Bug InFetchstation – Pest control company uses bedbug-sniffing dogs

by Martha Michael We’ve seen it in law enforcement – bomb-sniffing and drug-sniffing dogs at airports and other public places to enhance the safety of our citizens. But you may not be aware that those same talents can be applied to safeguard homeowners and residents of convalescent hospitals from unwelcome visitors. That’s why Animal and […] Read more

Eco-Tails, Organic, Biodegradable Pet Products

by Martha Michael There are few Santa Clarita businesses that can claim a connection to places across the globe, but Eco-Tails, a family-owned company with sustainable, chemical-free pet products, is doing so. Among the company’s new range of eco-friendly products is its flagship Pet Caves, which provide pets a safe, temperature-regulated hideout. The latest merchandise […] Read more

Nirip Shokar, DVM of Pinnacle Veterinary Center

There are a couple of generalizations you can make about residents of the Santa Clarita Valley. One is that many individuals who grow up in the community find a lot of good reasons to stay. And another is that local pet owners want their animals to have the best care. Both are true of Nirip […] Read more

Placerita Nature Center’s Amazing Animal Show

by Natalia Radcliffe Before Roger McClure took the job, Frank Hoffman, known as Ranger Frank, was in charge of the animal show. Ranger Frank, however, is not a volunteer. He is employed as the recreation services supervisor, in charge of practically everything, from paperwork to answering visitors’ questions and taking care of animals – even […] Read more

The Dog Behind ‘Starfish’

By Shira Levin The inspiration behind my first independent feature film, “Starfish,” was the life and death of Tyler, the rescue dog that my husband fell in love with while working at the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, which most of us know as the ASPCA. Tyler had been abandoned in […] Read more