Category: Adoption

Let’s Hear it! From The Furry Smuddes

When the newest members of the Smudde family – 8-week-old kitten “Licky” and 8-month-old Labrador “Bear” – moved in, the level of fun-loving frenzy doubled. Now a home with a mom, dad, two daughters and four pets, everyone gets to play a part in the household drama. Bear: Now about 8 months old, I’ve spent […] Read more

Why Choose Adoption?

A look at the lifesaving impact of pet adoption from the perspective of a longtime animal rescuer When someone asks me why they should choose to adopt a pet over going to a breeder or pet store that sells commercially bred animals, my answer is simple: Adoption saves lives. The American Society for the Prevention […] Read more

A Very Special Feline Foster Parent Program

By Martha Michael >>> Most people are aware of the dire need for more individuals to save abandoned and abused pets, some of them stuck in shelters with conditions that are worse than the homes that surrendered them. But how often do you hear about the animals with special needs that need adoption and foster […] Read more

4th Annual Pet Food Collection For SCV Food Pantry and Senior Center

By Evelyn Vega, DVM, CCRT >>>   For the month of December, Happy Pets Veterinary Center will collect food, treats, toys and cat litter for pets of low-income families, senior citizens and the homeless of SCV. What inspired me to do this was when, five years ago, I was driving through West Los Angeles, and […] Read more

16th Annual Bow-Wows & Meows Pet Fair

With pet adoptions for just $30 each, hundreds of dogs, cats, kittens and puppies will be available for adoption at the 16th Annual Bow-Wows & Meows Pet Fair on Sunday, October 9, 2016. This year’s fair, beginning at 11 a.m. at the William S. Hart Park in Newhall, is sponsored by Ingolstadt West German Auto […] Read more

How Much is that Puppy in the Window?

By Caroline Squires That too-cute-for-words puppy in the pet store window is hiding a terrible secret that it can’t tell you, and the store owners and employees won’t tell you either. Want to know the secret? That puppy came from a puppy mill. Buying a “purebred” puppy from a pet store means you are contributing […] Read more

Family-Friendly Pets: Age Appropriate Animal Ownership

By Martha Michael >>> Remember when you brought your baby home from the hospital for the first time? You were careful when you picked her up gingerly and cuddled with her, careful to see to her every need. Pets are the same way. They need the care and tenderness human babies need – someone to […] Read more

The Underserved Blemish on Black Cats

According to rescue centers, black cats are undeniably the least likely to be adopted. Regardless of whether the cat is an adult or a kitten, black felines are often left for months – if not years – in shelters. Professionals aren’t sure why, but they’ve got a few ideas. The first is simply that a […] Read more

Exit Stage Left: Shining the Spotlight on Shelter Animals

By Larissa Barnes >>> More and more, people are starting to reevaluate the prejudices associated with shelter animals. Mangy, mutt, unwanted, ill, aggressive, old. Thankfully, those images are becoming a thing of the past, as shelter workers strive to change perceptions and shine the light on homeless or abandoned pets. Animal advocates relish the opportunity […] Read more