Today was the First Annual Pet Care Fair presented by
City Councilmember Tony C?rdenas (Council District 6) and Senator Alex Padilla. There were lots of beautiful adoptable animals from L.A. Animal Services
, Pet Orphans Fund
, and Linda Blair's WorldHeart Foundation
. We were really worried about the weather since showers were in the forecast, but though we had a few windy and cold moments, we escaped the wet stuff! We even saw the sun a handful of times! But despite the weather worry, we had an excellent turnout in Woodley Park. It was awesome to see the lines for free spay/neuter in the morning and for the free microchips knowing that precious lives will be saved!
Like usual, I met many people who had never heard of animal massage. I just love spreading the word about animal massage! I gave away all the "Massaging your Animal" booklets I brought, and went through all my brochures, so I'm hoping lots of deserving animals got massages when they got home!
Of course, all the animals were SO adorable and hilarious to watch. There were mostly dogs, but a few cats in carriers, and even a boa constrictor! I massaged many sweet dogs, and had a drawing for an animal massage gift certificate.
Shug, my partner and sweetheart, had a great time at the fair!
The big guest was the Dog Whisperer Cesar Millan. I loved what he said about Pit Bulls (he speaks so lovingly of his Pit Bull, Daddy
, who is 13 now), and the importance of spaying and neutering.
Cesar was really great to everyone. He gave away lots of DVDs and stayed for a long time to take pictures with people and sign autographs. The crowd loved him! Cesar was kind enough to give shelter workers and volunteers a free seminar years ago that I was able to benefit from. He really opened my eyes as to how very important exercise and stimulation are for the well-being of dogs.
Cesar and his wife Ilusion founded their own foundation
to aid and support the rescue, rehabilitation and placement of abused and abandoned dogs.The Cesar and Ilusion Millan Foundation has
committed to being a part of the solution through the promotion of
spaying and neutering. If animals can't breed, they don't produce
offspring that end up in shelters only to be euthanized.
Foundation has created a campaign that rescue organizations, veterinary
clinics, spay/neuter programs, humane education programs, and schools
can use to educate their communities on the importance of spaying and
neutering. The campaign includes posters, t-shirts, & postcards.To be considered for the program, you can complete their application form. The Cesar and Ilusion Millan Foundation will
review the information and contact you regarding your eligibility. They
will accommodate as many requests as they can, but applying does not
guarantee inclusion in the program. Priority will be given to those
groups that currently offer free or low cost spay and neutering in
The wonderful Linda Blair was also there with her WorldHeart Foundation
and she shared her wisdom with the crowd. Linda has always been a champion for my beloved Pit Bulls, and for that I am forever grateful.
Linda is having an emergency fundraising party on June 8th in Beverly Hills (shoot! I'll be out-of-town
) from 3-7 PM where she'll showcase her rescued animal photo collection. It will be an intimate party with celebs, music, silent auctions, and more! Linda does so much for animals, and is always in dire need of funds for medical care because she takes in so many animals in desperate need of saving. She rescued lots of Katrina dogs, and had to deal with the expense of heartworm treatment for those that tested positive, which was most, if not all. Unfortunately after much treatment and nurturing from Linda and the wonderful volunteers at the foundation, she has lost two of her Katrina survivors due to cancer, which seems to be an epidemic from Katrina. She still has some beautiful, healthy Katrina survivors that need loving homes, so please adopt from, donate to, or volunteer for her awesome WorldHeart Foundation
- you'll be so glad you did!
My highlight might have been receiving this certificate of appreciation from the city of Los Angeles from
Councilmember Tony C?rdenas who is so awesome to put on this Pet Care Fair to raise awareness of responsible guardianship. He promises this will be an annual event which is AWESOME for the city's animals! Check out his "Pack Leader" shirt from Cesar!
The dog I was massaging that I'm holding onto is sweet Ginger, whose Mom is the incredible Eileen Smulson who started Operation Blankets of Love, where much-needed blankets are donated by generous, caring people for shelter animals that appreciate them so much. Here is Eileen's blog where you can find out how you can help: http://dogcomfort.blogspot.com/
Check out this great article in the Daily News about Eileen: http://www.dailynews.com/ci_8424056
(From L.A. Animal Services
You can help by collecting and donating clean, old & new blankets and towels for shelter animals waiting to be adopted by loving homes!
A study by the Compassion Action Institute in New York shows that shelter animals that are given blankets, sheets, and comforters to rest on are more able to relax and get comfortable in their new surroundings while they are waiting to be adopted. Potential adopters are more drawn to animals that appear relaxed and friendly, snuggled on a soft bed which helps to create a more home-like setting. The simple addition of a blanket or comforter to a shelter animal?s environment is proven to lead to increased adoptions.
Please bring your donations to the following locations:
Pet Zone The Puppy Palace
10142 Balboa Blvd. 11156 Balboa Blvd.
Granada Hills, CA Granada Hills, CA
North Valley Veterinary Clinic & West Valley Animal Care Center
Animal Dermatology Clinic 20655 Plummer Street
11152 Balboa Blvd. Chatsworth, CA
Granada Hills, CA 818-756-9325
The Pet People New Age Pet Supply
18040 Chatsworth St. 19315 Saticoy St.
Granada Hills, CA Reseda, CA
Red Barn Feed and Saddlery 9?s K9?s Dog Training
18601 Oxnard St. Canoga Park, CA
Tarzana, CA Call for drop off times @ 818-832-9903
818-345-2510 or info@j9?sk9?s.com
Red Barn, Too Tams Pet Foods & Supplies
8393 Topanga Canyon 17635 Vanowen St
West Hills, CA Van Nuys, CA
Jan's Pet Grooming and Pet Zone (#2)
Located next to each other
17629 Chatsworth St.
THANK GOODNESS for angels like Eileen!
I hope that all the animals that got adopted today will be so happy in their new homes!
Can't wait for next year!
Thanks for reading and for all you do,