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So Cal Super Pet Adoption Festival

September 26, 2006

Adopt Me! DogIt’s that time again.. Time for the Best Friends Super Pet Adoption Festival! Mark your calendars for Sunday, October 15. The festival opens at 11 am and starts closing down a little before 4 pm.

Yep, I’ll be there! I go twice a year (Spring/Autumn) to work my tushie off for the animals. Gotta make sure they are happy, healthy and having fun. Because if they have fun, then you have fun.

So, bring your friends! Bring your family! Come adopt a new furry addition to your family! It’s totally free and there’s lots of stuff to see and do.

Can I see you there? Here are the details:

Where: La Brea Tar Pits (5801 Wilshire Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90036, between Fairfax and La Brea streets)
When: Sunday, October 15; 11 am – 4 pm
What: Over 65 rescue groups bringing thousands of adorable dogs, cats, kittens, puppies, parrots and rabbits, all looking for new loving homes!

Featuring:
– Celebrity guests
– All day dog agility
– Food and refreshments (vegetarian/vegan options, too!)
– Cool pet products
– Children’s activities
– Pet psychics

For more information, call (310) 202-4336.

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Another Successful Adoption Festival

June 8, 2006

Chow Chow in pool

Even though I wasn’t there, I heard through the grapevine that the Best Friends Super Adoption Festival at Manchester Park was a huge success.

A good friend of mine, Billy, who coordinates set-up and take-down, as well as making sure the entire event runs smoothly said it was as "hot as hades", but the heat didn’t seem to deter people from adopting, because a total of 425 animals were adopted on Sunday! Around 113 of those animals were from LA City Shelters (which are more like animal control shelters).

Robin, the volunteer coordinator for Best Friends Los Angeles, mentioned in her post-adoption-festival email that everyone had a great time and lots of prizes were won at the silent auction. Children were seen sporting colorful face art, pooches were paraded on the agility course and much fun was had by all. Another job well done!

I am SO looking forward to the Super Adoption Festival at the La Brea Tarpits in November.

Photo credit: Heather Wilson

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So Cal Pet Adoption Festival

May 30, 2006

Best Friends Pet Adoption FestivalIt’s that time of year again! This Sunday, June 4th, over 60 rescue groups and shelters will be at Manchester Park in Westchester (basically Los Angeles) for the bi-annual Best Friends Super Pet Adoption Festival.

There will be hundreds of adoptable dogs, puppies, cats, kittens, parrots, rabbits and more! Admission is totally free – you can just park nearby and walk right in. The usual attractions will be there: celebrity guests, a dog agility course, pet psychics, lots ‘o shopping, food, drinks and free children activities. And don’t forget the silent auction, where you can bid on some super great prizes.

I will be there all day Sunday, doing my usual job of assisting the rescue groups unload and load, using the zippy little carts that I love driving so much. In addition, I will be the reserve veterinary technician on-duty, in case anything happens to an animal during the course of the day. I hope to see you there!

When: Sunday, June 4th, 10am-4pm
Where: Manchester Park in Westchester
7000 West Manchester Ave. at Lincoln
Los Angeles, CA 90045
Map/Directions: Manchester Park

If you live locally and would like to volunteer at the festival, contact Best Friends Volunteer Coordinator Robin Harmon.

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Feline Frenzy in New Orleans

April 18, 2006

Alley Cat Allies is back in New Orleans and will be hosting a spay/neuter extravaganza for the stray/feral cats of the Greater New Orleans area. From May 8th through May 21st (oh, how I wish I could be there!), volunteers along with the help of local animal welfare groups will shoot for the goal of spay and neutering 1,000 felines. They’ve coined the event the "Feline Frenzy", for good reason!

Currently, there is a great need for volunteers. Below are the different roles that need to be filled:

  • Trapping team leaders (organize groups of trappers with assigned schedules)
  • Trappers (trap cats, deliver to clinic, and return to original location – must have vehicle)
  • Trap depot coordinators (oversee trap depot where traps and supplies will be signed-out to trappers)
  • Volunteer leaders for clinic facilities (oversee volunteers at clinic, following clinic process)
  • Assistants at clinic facilities (provide hands-on or admin assistance to clinic staff)

If you’re going to be in New Orleans from May 8 – May 21 and want to sign up to assist with the spay/neuter clinic, contact Alley Cat Allies at nolaalleycat@yahoo.com or call (601) 749-5084. Remember to provide your name, email address, phone number, area of interest and availability dates when you contact them. It makes everything easier. ;-)

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