Hart Park Zoo

When Santa Clarita Valley residents decide to have a “zoo day,” many think they have to drive up to Santa Barbara or down to L.A. But what they may be forgetting is that Santa Clarita has a zoo of its own. The William S. Hart Park in Newhall is home to 60-70 animals, taken care […] Read more

Fast-Tracking Greyhound Adoption

by Martha Michael Most of us know what greyhounds look like. After all, we’ve seen buses with their sleek, silvery bodies stretched across them for about 100 years. (Greyhound Lines was established in 1914, though it didn’t take the Greyhound name until 1930.) The animals themselves are natural sprinters and a greyhound is a “gentle, […] Read more

18th Annual Bow-Wows & Meows Pet Fair

Hundreds of dogs, cats, puppies and kittens will be available for adoption at the 18th Annual Bow-Wows & Meows Pet Fair to be held at Newhall’s William S. Hart Park on Sunday, October 14, thanks to the partnership of L.A. County Department of Parks and Recreation and L.A. County Department of Animal Care and Control. […] Read more

Of What Use is a Horse?

By Laurel van der Linde For centuries horses have been an integral part of military combat. Even during WWII, General George S. Patton’s Third Army had the Second Cavalry Group under the command of Colonel Charles Reed, which, through a series of serendipitous and surreptitious circumstances, was responsible for the rescue of Europe’s finest horses […] Read more

Goat Yoga

Finding a connection between fans of yoga and a passion for animal welfare isn’t a stretch (pun intended). In an industry focused on physical wellness and spiritual contentment, there are many yoga devotees who choose a vegetarian diet and support animal rescue efforts. So, it really shouldn’t be a surprise to see that someone thought […] Read more

Are You Kitten Me?

Nope! The story behind a San Diego kitten shower by Alyssa Huckleberry If you told me a year ago that I’d celebrate my birthday by throwing a kitten shower, I would have laughed in your face. A kitten shower? How ridiculous. And me, with a feline? No way. I was born and raised a bona-fide […] Read more

Local Canine Hero in Competition

Your votes could put 7-year-old “Piglet” from the Antelope Valley on TV. A Louisiana Catahoula leopard dog living in Lancaster and working as a search-and-rescue dog is also a semi-finalist in the 2018 American Humane Hero Dog Awards. Chosen from a field of 266 candidates with more than half a million votes, Piglet is one […] Read more

Deciding About Riding

By Laurel van der Linde You’ve been thinking about this for a while. The timing is right. Carpe Diem. You have made the decision that you and/or one of your kids is going to get into (or back into) learning how to ride. Congratulations! Working with horses is one of the most rewarding experiences you […] Read more

The Daring Doberman

Dog owners since 1986, Bob and Angie Messina of Santa Clarita have rescued many breeds of animals over the years, most recently Doberman pinschers. The Messinas rescued the brown Doberman pictured, “Maezee,” last fall at a PetSmart adoption event in Stevenson Ranch. “She had been a breeding dog, with three litters, then abandoned in the […] Read more