Category: Rescue

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

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

7th Annual Charity Chili Cook-off

This year, animals will reap the benefits from the 7th Annual SCV Charity Chili Cook-off in Valencia. Chili is cooked up by 40 entrants who compete for the title of first, second and third prize, plus the People’s Choice Award and Judge’s Choice honors. The event will benefit two local shelters that are saving the lives […] 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

Meet the Family of Lucky and Maverick Bjorkman

by Lucky and Maverick Bjorkman Lucky: My name is perfect for me, because I’m a very lucky little girl. I was dumped down the street by my previous owner and my mommy and daddy scooped me up and saved me! I’m pretty sure they thought they were in Oz (I’m a Cairn Terrier and look […] 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

Kitten Season: When Intervention Does More Harm Than Good

By Larissa Barnes >>>   Spring has sprung and with it the pitter patter of tiny feet … well, tiny little paws, at least. March marks the official welcome of kitten season, which for many sounds like a cute and fluffy time of the year. To those in animal rescue or others who have seen […] Read more

Giving the Gift of Life: A Foster’s Perspective

By Larissa Barnes >>> As a shelter volunteer, I tend to gravitate toward the sick, the injured, the old and those that are just a little bit more needy. These are the animals that, for one reason or another, are not suitable for immediate adoption. They tend to be overlooked in the shelter and people […] Read more

Saved from Slaughter

By Martha Michael >>> As animal lovers, we spend a lot of time concerning ourselves with the brands we feed our dogs. Is it grain free? What meat is included in this brand or that one? We care about saving dogs from the unhealthy contents in dog food, but do we ever think about delivering […] Read more