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Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Diesel Pollo (A0813266, 3 yrs old, big brown goofball, red-listed on 11/15/09 TO DIE 11/25



Diesel has until Wednesday, 5 p.m. All set to have his bath before the Best Friends event, all set to be rescued - he acted goofy and chewed the bars of the truck door -- and lost a few teeth in the process. Had to stay at the shelter -- couldn't join the other doggies and people. But, he's still smiling -- and hoping. Diesel has until end of day Wednesday, 11/25!!!! Diesel is all ready to go home and join you for Thanksgiving. His sister Dana, adopted separately, will be enjoying her family that day. Let's hope that Diesel will do the same.

Diesel Pollo (A0813266, 3 yrs old, big brown goofball, red-listed on 11/15/09 -- the day of Best Friends, the day he should have been rescued!!!!!) was all set for his pre-Best Friends bath. He was so excited to get out of the truck and into the tub -- that he chewed on the bars of the truck door and got stuck.
It wasn't pretty, it was bloody, and he lost some teeth in the process.

But, that doesn't matter to Diesel -- he's still as happy as can be. Diesel was adopted from the shelter as a puppy. His creepy owner dumped him and his sister (now adopted) three years later, obviously never caring too much for them, because they "chewed." Perhaps if that person had spent some time with these two sweethearts, they might have had some other amusement.

Regardless, Diesel needs out IMMEDIATELY. He will have to see a vet about his mouth, of course. If you can help, call the South L.A. shelter at once at (213) 485-0117 or -0119. And please let me know. Accidents happen -- but he still deserves lots of hugs. Andrea franksable@msn.com (323) 363-4909


Friday, November 20, 2009

Gillee A1075516, 2 year old golden retriever with the cutest sharpei nose!!!! Urgent!



Such a lovely girl, patiently waiting in her ISO cage, alone. When the door opens, Gillee (A1075516, 2 year old golden retriever with the cutest sharpei nose, was red-listed on 11/15 -- so out of time this Sunday) springs up, tail wagging. And while we might think that the red around her eyes and the tears rolling down her cheeks are from crying because she can't come out and play, the truth is that poor little Gillee has some type of skin infection around her eyes. Skin scrapings did not show anything and she will need further treatment to find out what is going on.

Please consider this loving girl who has seen only neglect in her young life. Call the South L.A. Shelter at (213) 485-0117 or -0119 to save her and make that tail wag again.

Kindly let me know as well. Thanks for caring about shelter dogs.
Andrea franksable@msn.com (323) 363-4909

Roman A1075340, neutered, sharpei/pit mix missed out on Best Friends...



Roman (A1075340, neutered, sharpei/pit mix, red-listed on 11/15 and needs out immediately) was attacked by another dog -- the day before he was supposed to join us at Best Friends -- the day before he would undoubtedly have been rescued, his life spared. Instead, he suffered at the jaws of another who refused to let go of his ear. Teeth sunk in, blood poured out. But, Roman didn't fight back, his strength of character, his gentle nature, held firm.

How can this sad-eyed, trusting soul now lose his life for something he didn't do? The vet staff spared him in the hopes that we could find someone to have pity, to have love for this boy whose family lost their home and brought him to the shelter -- another big brown dog without a chance. His bandages will fall off in time, his ear will heal (needs vet treatment!!) -- and the memory will fade. Please help Roman find love again. Call the South L.A. shelter at (213) 485-0117 or -0119.
Many thanks, Andrea franksable@msn.com (323) 363-4909

Bowie (A1075979, 2 year old lab/hound) so sweet!



Bowie (A1075979, 2 year old lab/hound, red-listed on 11/15 -- so has until 11/22!!!) has been in ISO while at the shelter -- so few have had the pleasure to make his acquaintance. Because Bowie has a luxated elbow. An old injury, abnormally healed, Bowie walks like an old cowboy who has been on one too many trail rides -- sweeping his front left leg out to the side, in a circular motion, then bringing it back in. But, while he doesn't seem to care much and gets around with speed, he needs to see an orthopedist.
Who wouldn't want to have this happy yet soulful guy at their side? If you can save his life, please act quickly and call the South L.A. shelter at (213) 485-0117 or -0119.

And kindly let me know. With appreciation for all those who spread the word on these shelter dogs,
Andrea franksable@msn.com
(323) 363-4909

Friday, November 13, 2009

Best Friend Mega Adoption Event returns to La Brea Tar Pits this weekend!

Best Friends Animal Society invites you and your family to the Pet Adoption Festival!

Does mingling, shopping, catching a show (did we mention there would be "Dancing With Dogs!') and making a love connection with a new furry family member - tingle your whiskers? Then you won't want to miss this event.

What: Pet Adoption Festival

When: Sunday, November 15, 2009 (11 am until 4 pm)

Where: LaBrea Tar Pits (5801 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90036)

Featuring all kinds of adoptable pets - from local rescues and shelters - this will be the premier place to add a rescue pet to your family. With family activities like dog agility shows and face painting, this is guaranteed fun for everyone!

Have Can - Will Travel!

You can help the homeless animals of your area by donating unopened, unexpired cans of pet food at the event. Every can counts!

For more information on upcoming events please check out www.bestfriendsevents.net

Gorgeous Java at SLA, needs your help today!

Java (A1072874, 3 year old, gorgeous merle-patterned pit with a large white speck in one eye, red-listed on 11/7 -- so totally out of time) is strikingly handsome and a bit of a ham. He's a big puppy, just mischievous enough yet sweet as they come, gets along with his kennel mate and even enjoyed the little dogs that we passed -- not responding when they barked at him through the kennel bars.

Java is in danger at South L.A. and needs out immediately. If you want to put his picture on your bag of food, please call the shelter at once at (213) 485-0117 or -0119 and save his life.
Kindly let me know as well. Thanks so much, Andrea franksable@msn.com (323) 363-4909

SO SAD SABRINA SEEKING...lovely girl from SLA shelter


Sabrina has been in ISO, sad and bored. But, when you have a bad cold, you have to rest and can't go out with your friends. When we took her out for photos last night, I could not believe how this sweet soul sprang to life. The tail was wagging non-stop, the tongue was licking constantly, as she greeted every dog along the way. Behind cage bars, out in the lobby (where she startled a shih tzu that was being rescued with her antics, gentle though they were), she pranced and jumped and was so excited. While she was truly an angel with us -- you can see it in her cuddly poses -- her real passion is other dogs, any size or shape.
Sabrina (A1072367, only 11 months old, red-listed on 11/4 -- so definitely out of time) is loved by the medical staff who treat her. They specifically asked that we network her. She is that important!!!! Still on meds for kennel cough but has improved greatly and she does have a bit of demodex on her eyebrow -- both conditions that should not cost Sabrina her life.

Please consider her this weekend of Best Friends -- take her home as a playmate for your dog! Call the South L.A. shelter at (213) 485-0117 or -0119. And kindly let me know if you can save so sad Sabrina and make her happy.
Thanks, Andrea franksable@msn.com (323) 363-4909

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Shyla, not so shy at all. She's the friendliest dog EVER!

update Shyla adopted!!!

This pretty girl has been at the shelter now for too long and if she doesn't find a home, she won't make it out of the shelter.

She is a great size, not too big, not too small. She's very friendly and an all around great gal! She's worked with at-risk kids in the K9 Connection program. All dogs who get to participate in this program are temperament tested and she passed with flying colors!

Please come meet her at the West LA Shelter or at Best Friends this Sunday at the LaBrea Tar Pits! http://www.laanimalservices.com

8 month old Rottie to be PTS at SLA. A tragedy...



QUICK ENOUGH TO BE RUNNING BACK. (Here tackled on the 2 yard line, toy in mouth, goal to go.)

And smart enough to be the referee. Just watch this instant replay : http://picasaweb.google.com/lh/sredir?uname=ThatOtherMindyFromCamp&target=ALBUM&id=5401603191959207617&authkey=Gv1sRgCOOe5ruj5IzFdg&invite=CPnZ-NMP&feat=email

Heisman (A1072147, 8 month old rottie puppy, with his full and bushy tail!!!, red-listed on 11/7 -- so out of time this weekend) is an athletic star. He's powerful and does need some training. Was kenneled with another big, submissive dog.

Adopt him and you'll have a champion in your home. Call the South L.A. shelter at (213) 485-0117 or -0119. And please let me know that he has joined your team.
Thanks, Andrea franksable@msn.com (323) 363-4909

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Sad Tails from South LA...Adopt don't Shop!

More Red-listed lovies from Andrea at South LA...


Once upon a time, a little poodle came into the shelter horribly matted and filthy on the outside -- so shy yet so sweet underneath. The kind staff saw his distress and set up an appointment at the shelter spa and beauty salon. A bath and shave, Tails looking so adorable -- but for a large welt on his tail, raw and sore. He's been on meds to help but little Tails (A1072914, 2 year old poodle mix, red-listed on 11/8 so needs out by this Sunday) still likes to chew on that old spot. Who knows if he might even lose that tail because of an uncaring owner who never cared for him?
Tails wants nothing more than to cuddle in your lap. After a sad life of neglect, this little angel deserves a new start. If you would enjoy a snuggler and a sweetheart, if you want to save Tails, call the South L.A. shelter at once : (213) 485-0117 or -0119.
Many thanks,

SLA shelter sweeties need YOUR help today!



ALL WE WANT TO DO IS SMILE -- AND BE A PART OF YOUR LIFE. It's always heart-breaking to see early impound numbers back at the shelter. Blade (A0749462) and Cosita (A0749464) were adopted as puppies. Now 6 years old, brought back. Shy, not used to other dogs (best adopted as the only dogs because of their strong bond) or people (today much more socialized). From a home of happiness to a shelter of uncertainty and fear? And now red-listed, scheduled to die on 11/14!!! Perpetually smiling, these two are absolutely endearing. (here's the video link to paste in your brower :

The deep bond they share, Cosita always kissing Blade's muzzle when he would hide behind the dividing wall of the kennel, afraid to approach; their walks in unison, never more than a step or two apart; Blade allowing Cosita to eat the treats first, content to watch her enjoyment (you can tell she is a little bit on the chunky side!).

That is how they have survived.
But, they won't survive past this weekend unless someone saves them. If you can help, call the South L.A. shelter at (213) 485-0117 or -0119. And kindly let me know as well. These two are very, very dear to me.

Thanks for caring about shelter dogs -- They need our help now more than ever.

Andrea franksable@msn.com (323) 363-4909

Friday, November 6, 2009

Garage Sale Nov.7th to benefit SAAFLA

Angel resting on his pillow...

This dog was in BIG trouble in the shelter. He was old and a bit war torn due to neglect and abuse. Who would adopt him? Who would rescue him? With health problems and old age??? Now he's living the high life thanks to SAAFLA and his awesome rescuer!

SAAFLA raises money to help dogs like Angel get rescued from a sad fate at the shelter. Without the money needed to care, feed and house a dog, many rescues are not able to rescue dogs who require more care than others. SAAFLA supports rescue efforts by contributing funds up front for medical care, boarding, training and whatever is needed.

Please come to our next garage sale knowing that 100% of your purchase will go towards helping dogs from the LA shelters get rescued!

Some items featured at the next sale:

Programmable recumbant exercise bike
cordless drill
Xmas ornaments and decorations
Large white crocheted bedspread
Quilt with hand embroidered biblical scenes
Handmade pillows
and lots of other stuff!
You just have to come to the sale to find out!!

The sale will be located at:
11218 Hannum Avenue Culver City 90230

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Another Victory for Pet Store Protestors! Santa Monica Aquarium & Pet Center agrees to Promote Pet ADOPTION!

In Defense of Animals Report: Pet Store Victory Aquarium & Pet Center Agrees To Promote Adoptions

Our congratulations go out to LOTS of Los Angeles activists and organizations who worked together to convince another pet store to abandon support for puppy mills. Animals in the Los Angeles shelter system will now have an additional place to be seen and adopted in Santa Monica. The dogs who are currently in the store will be put up for adoption.

This was a group effort including Animal Advocates Alliance, the Companion Animal Protection Society, HSUS, Stray Cat Alliance, The Kris Kelly Foundation, Strangest Angels Rescue, In Defense of Animals, Southern California Golden Retriever Rescue, Much Love Animal Rescue, Social Compassion in Legislation, and Animal Acres.
Hey people, Apparently these protests work! Join one or start your own!

Do whatever you can to get the word out to stop this evil practice. Check out what this person is doing to use the internet to educate the public on puppymills: http://www.squidoo.com/dontshopadopt

And, of course don't forget to visit the shelter! http://www.laanimalservices.com

Shadow is afraid of his own...Give him a chance to learn about trust

update: Shadow was adopted at Best Friends!!

Look at this sweet but fearful dog. He's shown here with Shyla who is also AVAILABLE now!!!

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Puppies don't deserve to die! Please help! They have till 11/8!!



This boy is undoubtedly the sweetest guy around. Very submissive. And oh so cute with his tall white socks. Just 6 months old, loves everyone and is a true snuggler. Still sneezing a bit from his URI. Red-listed on 10/28 -- out of time on 11/8. A1070103


Just a baby, 4 months old, Pif is perfection. A fuzzy coat, brindle tones, and adorable face and kindly demeanor. Already knows how to sit!! She has got to steal your heart. Red-listed on 10/28 -- time is up on 11/8. A1071239.

Always smiling, always patient, Kobe is a handsome lab/pit mix with a shiny brindle coat -- and though we ran out of time for a photo last night, I can't fail to include him in this list. Tomorrow will get him on camera. A tall and gangly fella, 6 months old, sweet as they come, Red-listed on 10/30 -- has until 11/8!!! A1071563.
This baby has attitude -- whoa. And kisses -- wow. A real happening in a dog suit. 6 months old, a sly come-hither look, she is irresistible!!! Red-listed on 10/30 -- has until 11/8. A1073144.
To add sweetness and a bit of spice to your life, call the South L.A. shelter at (213) 485-0117 or -0119.
Kindly let me know if you can help any of these persuasive pups. And thanks for considering these ISO dogs, getting healthy behind closed doors.
Andrea franksable@msn.com (323) 363-4909

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Dexter found his forever home but...


This sweet old guy was rescued from the streets by his angel Marina, and has been placed in a wonderful situation with another angel, Janet.

His name is now Dexter and he loves his new family (a sister dog --older lab, and 3 kitties) and they love him. Well, one cat is still on the fence (figuratively speaking -- they are all indoor cats :)

On his first day in his new home, Dexter went to the vet. The vet thought 13 yrs. old, but has upped that estimate to 15. He has bad arthritis, is underweight, and most urgently, has a serious heart murmur. He's had x-rays, bloodwork, and today he is getting a cardiac ultrasound in order to determine the severity of the heart murmur. This test alone is $750. By end of today Janet will have spent over $1,400.

We knew that this little fellow would have special needs and medical requirements, but these initial bills are staggering. If you can, PLEASE HELP DEXTER WITH HIS NEW START IN LIFE!!
Janet has stepped up for what will hopefully be several years of loving and caring for him; if many people chip in something, maybe we can cover a big chunk of this initial outlay!

The vet will not accept direct payment for these services, but can be contacted to verify services for Dexter. Janet will provide receipts for the care, if wanted.


(Yesterday Dexter went to work with Janet, at an eldercare facility -- he loved everyone and they loved him. How perfect is that?)

Vet is at Northridge Veterinary Center.

Contributions can be made by paypal: jgplant@adelphia.net

or by check to

Janet Plant
6437 Cynthia
Simi Valley, CA 93063

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Stop the madness of declawing cats!


We're very happy to report that the ban on declawing cats in the City of Los Angeles cleared its first hurdle today. The ordinance will now go before the full City Council for a vote.

Declawing isn't merely the removal of a cat's claws, as the term "declawing" implies, but is a series of extremely painful amputations that cause physical and psychological trauma. The last bone of each of the ten front toes of a cat's paw is removed, and tendons, nerves, and muscles that enable normal function and movement of the paw are severed. An analogy in human terms would be cutting off each finger at the last joint. As alternatives to declawing exist, there is no reason for anyone to declaw a cat.

Though some may argue that de-clawing keeps cats out of the shelters, the opposite is true. There is evidence that declawed cats are disproportionately abandoned at shelters, and that declawed cats may be euthanized more often because of the behavioral and physical problems that result from declawing. Cats may be more prone to bite and a cat whose paws hurt when scratching in a litter box may avoid the litter box altogether.

Declawing is illegal in many countries around the world, because it is regarded as inhumane.


1. Please write to the council members who voted in favor of this important ordinance and thank them for their support today:

District 3 - Dennis P. Zine
Phone: 213-473-7003
Email: councilmember.zine@lacity.org

District 6 - Tony Cardenas (co-sponsor of ordinance)
Phone: 213-473-7006
Fax: 213-847-0549
Email: councilmember.cardenas@lacity.org

District 12 - Greig Smith
Phone: 213-473-7012
Fax: 213-473-6925
Email: councilmember.smith@lacity.org

2. Please express your appreciation to the following sponsors of the ordinance. (Please note that Cm. Cardenas is also a co-sponsor.) It should be noted that Cm. Rosendahl spoke very passionately today in support of the declaw ban, as did Cm. Koretz, who presented the motion for the ban.

District 5 - Paul Koretz (presenter of ordinance)
Phone: 213-473-7005
Fax: 213-978-2250
Email: paul.koretz@lacity.org

District 11 - Bill Rosendahl (co-sponsor of ordinance)
Phone: 213-473-7011
Fax: 213-473-6926
Email: councilmember.rosendahl@lacity.org

3. Please write to the remaining City Council members and urge them to vote in support of the cat declawing ban when it comes before the full council.
District 1 - Ed Reyes
Phone: 213-473-7001
Fax: 213-485-8907
Email: councilmember.reyes@lacity.org

District 4 - Tom LaBonge
Phone: 213-473-7004
Fax: 213-624-7810
Email: councilmember.labonge@lacity.org

District 7 - Richard Alarcon
Phone: 213-473-7007
Fax: 213-847-0707
Email: (use contact form at www.lacity.org/council/cd7/

District 8 - Bernard Parks
Phone: 213-473-7008
Fax: 213-485-7683
Email: councilmember.parks@lacity.org

District 9 - Jan Perry
Phone: 213-473-7009
Fax: 213-473-5946
Email: jan.perry@lacity.org

District 10 - Herb J. Wesson, Jr.
Phone: 213-473-7010
Fax: 213-485-9829
Email: councilmember.wesson@lacity.org

District 13 - Eric Garcetti
Phone: 213-473-7013
Fax: 213-613-0819
Email: councilmember.garcetti@lacity.org

District 14 - Jose Huizar
Phone: 213-473-7014
Fax: 213-847-0680
Email: councilmember.huizar@lacity.org

District 15 - Janice Hahn
Phone: 213-473-7015
Fax: 213-626-5431
Email: councilmember.hahn@lacity.org


This just in from the North Central Shelter! Bound Angels to the rescue!

There are a few new videos that we're promoting, among which is a very special little girl named Noni. She is a shelter favorite and running short on time.

I can't believe she's been there so long. She's sweet with people and other dogs, has short hair and is just the right size: not to big to overwhelm you, and not so small to make you feel in-adequate :) Please watch her video here:


... and when you get a second, like now :) watch these other moving videos and feel free to pass them along:

Kaysi A0569275

Lola A1071253

If cats are your thing, check this out:

Frik + Frak A1067997 - A1067996

Videos courtesy of Bound Angels and Robert Cabral!


Sunday, November 1, 2009

Quite the variety of pooches at WLA!

Homer at Bow wow ween this weekend.

Very often I hear people say that the shelters are only full of Pit bulls and nothing else. A lot of times people also think they can only enjoy a certain breed and that no other dog will do. Both of these concepts are completely false.

Shelters ARE filled with Pit Bulls but many other breeds as well such as Jack Russells, Chows, GSDs, Beagles, Foxhounds, all kinds of Terriers, all kinds of Poodles, Lhasas, Chis, Poms, Huskies, etc. Lets no forget all the cool mixes who are unique and beautiful in their own right. Plus a mixed breed is often much more healthy in the long run than the purebred dog.

It is crazy to think that you have to buy a dog from a pet shop when there are all these beautiful dogs at our shelters looking for homes. Let's put puppy mills out of business by adopting dogs rather than buying them.

Here are some special dogs who are currently available for adoption!

George A1065589 - Foxhound

This is a GORGEOUS dog! He is very friendly and wonderful to work with. He seems playful and attentive. He definitely has that typical hound personality. He sees with his nose! Probably okay with other dogs if properly introduced. Great dog for an active family, couple or single.

Homer A1065029 - Huskie

Homer is such a doll. He's way too old to have to be dealing with the shelter. He is very easy to handle on leash. He would love to have a soft bed to lay on to enjoy his golden years. We think Homer is about 8 or 9 years old. He would do best as the only dog or with a really mellow older dog. He loves food! Definitely a great match for an older adopter.

Gypsy A1059612 - Shepherd mix

Another older dog, Gypsy is a lovely lady with lots of love and energy to give the right person or family. She just loves people and is very responsive. I would guess that she would bond well with her new person. She's interested in other dogs but not sure yet if she's dog friendly. My guess is that if she could be properly introduced to a mellow dog, she'd be fine. I can see her in any number of situations with a family or an older couple looking for a lovely companion. She's great!

All these dogs are available now and really need to find their forever homes. If you have some room in your heart and home, please consider any of the LAAS dogs! See the website at www.laanimalservices.com

Bow wow ween was a bust!

Traffic on stage at Bow-wow-ween

This weekend we had the Bow Wow Ween event held in Topanga Canyon which, although a pretty place, in this weather it was boiling hot and dry as a bone... Very low attendance made this a very long day. After many hours of hanging around with our dogs, only one was taken by rescue. The rest went home. Very disappointing.

The positive thing about the day was seeing how great all our dogs were at this event and getting swell photos of them in costume. Our own Traffic represented the shelter in the costume contest. He was a natural! Such a good boy!

So many cute moments from both volunteers and dogs, have a look...

Volunteers having fun with the West LA dogs! Keri and Shadow show off!

Traffic was pooped after a long day of being cute!

Gigi acting very much the perfect princess that she is!

Batista can't take his eye off the ball even for a photo shoot!

Shadow was constantly mugging for the camera, what a ham!

Shadow was a lovely french maid!

Well, Shyla looked a little mortified to be wearing a dress, she's a tomboy at heart!

I think Kat's expression summed up the day, sorry to say.

All these gorgeous, well behaved dogs are available NOW at the West LA Shelter!