spcaLA: Friends for Life

Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Los Angeles, since 1877

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Richie the Shepherd MixCrinkles the Domestic Short Hair

Mar 30–Apr 5

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Paw’llywood Reporter

August 2012

red carpet dog

You could win STAR treatment at the Red Carpet Celebrity Luxury Lounge on September 19th at the SLS Hotel in Beverly Hills honoring the 64th Primetime Emmy® Award nominees!

Courtesy of Secret Room Events, bid on the chance to be showered with gifts and photographed on the red carpet – just like your favorite celebs!

Bidding begins on Friday, September 7th at noon on spcaLA's eBay page. 100% of proceeds of the auction benefit spcaLA programs and services.

shauna with dog

New Training Class!

The spcaLA Animal Behavior & Training Department is pleased to offer Precise Pups™ Level 3 Obedience, registering now. Precise Pups™ is a fun mix of obedience and preparing for the Therapy Dog test. Students work on advanced behaviors such as heel in close quarters to distractions, prolonged down/stays, and Recalls.

Back to School! spcaLA's Puppy Preschool™, Magical Manners™, and Outstanding Obedience™ classes are enrolling now.

Questions? Email us at training@spcaLA.com.


At the Marketplace

The spcaLA Marketplace in Long Beach carries all the essentials for your pets! This month, spring & summer themed plush dog toys are 30% off. Purchase hairball eliminator, Tomlyn Laxatone paste for cats or Tomlyn Nutri-Cal paste for dogs and receive 50% off 1-bag of Tomlyn soft chews. The Marketplace's flea treatment specials end September 30th, so stock up now! Purchase a 6 pack of Frontline or Advantage and receive 2 doses free. Get 1 free dose when you buy Advantage 4pk or Advantix 4pk. And remember, your purchases help our shelter pets.

cute dog

A Warm, Safe Place

We are $10,000 shy of our goal of raising $60,000 to replace the 54-year-old heating system at the spcaLA South Bay Pet Adoption Center. We still need your help. To donate, click here.If you have already donated, thank you! You have made a significant difference in the lives of our shelter pets. Please help spread the word to friends, family, and companies to assist in providing a warm, safe place for the homeless, abandoned and abused animals in our community by making a tax-deductible donation today. Together we can ensure that our pets have heat this winter at the spcaLA South Bay Pet Adoption Center.

  • Calendar Contest

    Enter the 3rd Annual Pet Photo Contest at Manhattan Beach Animal Hospital. Winners receive a photo shoot with a professional photographer, a picture & the winner's pet will be featured in the annual calendar. Purchase tickets at the Manhattan Beach Animal Hospital. Hurry, the contest ends August 31st!

  • 9 Lives for $9

    Adopt a cat who is 9 months or older for $9! The 9 Lives for $9 adoption promotion aims to find homes for adult cats. All cats are spayed/neutered, vaccinated, and microchipped* prior to adoption. Give an adult cat a chance at a happy home!

    *registration not included.

  • President's Blog

    "Hounding" is the practice of using dogs to hunt and detain bears and bobcats so the latter can be killed by the hunter. Senate Bill 1221, which stops the cruel and bullying "sport" of hounding in California has passed the Senate. Please contact Governor Brown and ask him to sign SB1221 into law. Read more.

Pets of the Month

stitch the cat


I am a love bug! I love to cuddle and purr. I haven't had a chance to spend a lot of time with other cats, yet, but I am still young, so I can learn to get along. I had a terrible experience recently. I was caught in the middle of a domestic dispute and I was stabbed. The knife broke a rib and nicked my lung, but I am recovering just fine and you would never even know! Even after that, I enjoy the company of people and can't wait to find my new home. Stitch (12-05532), is a 1 year old male DSH available for adoption at the PD Pitchford Companion Animal Village & Education Center.

cocoa the dog


Are you active? Do you want a dog who loves toys? Do you love chocolate? Then I am your gal! I am a beautiful chocolate Lab, who loves to play, go for walks, and train for teats. Come and visit with me, I know you will fall in love. Cocoa (12-04402), is a 1 year old female chocolate Lab mix available for adoption at South Bay Pet Adoption Center.

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Needed Items


This month, spcaLA's pet adoption centers are in need of gently used or new towels and small bites dog food for adults and puppies.

Donations can be made at any of our locations during operational hours, or make a monetary donation using this link. Click here for a complete list of needed items.

Upcoming Events

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Ralphs Registration

Each time you use your Ralphs Rewards Card when shopping at Ralphs, you can earn donations for spcaLA! Just designate spcaLA (NPO Number 82162) as your charity of choice when you register your Ralphs Rewards Card. You must register or re-register your Ralphs Rewards Card every year. Even if you registered as recently as June, July or August 2012, you must register again, on or after September 1, 2012. Participants may register or re-register for the new term at www.ralphs.com. Thank you for your support!

cute puppy

Chase Giving

$5 million in grants is up for grabs this September! Vote for spcaLA to receive a portion in Chase's Community Giving program. Voting begins September 6th. Everyone will get 2 votes on Facebook to make their voices heard, so please vote for spcaLA.

cute kitten

Foster Class

September 8th
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spcaLA is looking for Foster Parents for pets of all ages and needs. Foster Parents provide temporary homes for pets that are too young for adoption or in need of socialization or extra TLC until they are ready to be placed into adoptions. Potential foster parents must fill out & submit an application prior to attending a foster class. The next Foster Class is September 23rd.

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Pawllywood Ending

For 135 years, spcaLA has been on the forefront of animal welfare in Los Angeles as well as California and beyond.

Did you know spcaLA was the first organization in Los Angeles to sterilize animals before placing them in homes? Long before the enactment of legal mandates and trendy public relations campaigns we took steps to prevent unwanted litters. We were also the first to design shelters and enrichment programs centered around the health and well-being of our animals.

At spcaLA, we are always striving to improve our organization. Recently we revamped and improved our program, HEAL (Helping Enhance Animals Lives)™.

The new HEAL program is structured to provide volunteers and staff with both knowledge and hands-on training. It encompasses many new pet enrichment activities, classes, and training opportunities. The new HEAL includes dog training workshops, cat handling, cat clicker training, and VIPs (animals in medical isolation) as well as shelter dog training classes like Adoption Academy™, All-Star Agility™, Hollywood Hounds™, and Shelter Scents™.

The goal of the HEAL Program is to utilize knowledgeable and skilled volunteers and staff to help keep animals mentally and physically sound while they wait to be adopted. Volunteers and staff will go through various levels of training and a variety of classes to enhance their ability to work effectively with the dogs in our care. By using incremental steps, called Levels, volunteers will have the opportunity to participate with shelter animals in a multitude of ways.

We are happy to share these accomplishments with you. Without your support, we would not be able to provide an enriching and healthy environment for the homeless and abandoned animals in our community. From the spcaLA staff, volunteers, and shelter pets, thank you for your support!

Photo courtesy of Marie Teagardin Photography.

Curious what spcaLA President Madeline Bernstein is up to? Read her blog