Trendy dogs often increase shelter population • Long Beach Post News
Years ago, Chihuahuas filled kennels after a little dog named Gracie lip-synched “Yo quiero Taco Bell.” Later, they were crammed into Paris Hilton-style handbags until they were, so to speak, out of fashion. The New York Times reported “sharp increases” in the number of Dalmatians turned over to shelters following the “101 Dalmatians” remake. In 2020, the shelters prepared to welcome Great Danes after the release of “Marmaduke”. Luckily, this film fell on its stomach before Long Beach Animal Care Services (LBACS) was overwhelmed in both the number and stature of the dogs, not that a couple didn’t enter.
Now it’s huskies and German shepherds. As of this writing, 13 of the shelter’s 68 dogs are German Shepherds and nine are huskies or malamutes.
“I was wondering why the huskies had become a big problem again and were in the shelters by the dozens,” said an LBACS volunteer. “Then I read it was due to ‘Game of Thrones’.”
Huskies, and to some extent German Shepherds, resemble the Inuit dogs of the North, crosses of huskies and German Shepherds that portrayed the werewolves in “Game of Thrones.” They have a passing resemblance to German Shepherds and a stronger one to Huskies. The AKC and other animal welfare organizations lament the link between the popularity of werewolves and shelters full of huskies, saying people buy them online without doing research.
When “Marmaduke” opened, Great Dane rescue groups set up tables at movie screenings to educate moviegoers about the breed before acquiring one. Great Danes and all dog breeds need a human who can feed and care for them, knows how to handle unpleasant behaviors, and knows what they will do if the adoption doesn’t work out.
The Hollywood Reporter review of “Dog” said that “if the movie is a success, kennels won’t be able to breed Belgian Malinois quickly enough.” It’s a valid point, and legitimate breeders don’t seem to be the target. Unlicensed breeders who put one and one together and get lucrative litters could do the same with Malinois, selling them online for huge profits. If you decide to get a husky, shepherd, malinois, or of course an adorable pit bull, our shelter has 33 of them, don’t buy any on Craigslist. Licensed breeders do not register their animals. Instead, learn about a dog breed’s moans and quirks, then adopt one from a shelter or shelter, where adoption counselors will tell you more about any specific dog, cat, or rabbit whose you fall in love.
Here are some applicants from Long Beach Animal Care Services. To meet one of these dogs or those on the shelter’s website, call 562-570-PETS or email [email protected]
Sound healing with cats: 5:30-7 p.m., Friday, March 11, Feline Good Social Club, 301 Atlantic Ave., Long Beach, $30.
Long Beach’s only kitty club is gearing up to make your whole being purr again! Club partner Illuminate Life will use Tibetan bowls and other sound instruments to relax you as completely as a cat. The cats in the living room will be of great help to you. and our fabulous Lounge kittens will make your Friday night perfect. Grab your tickets here!
Seal Beach Animal Care Center Kitten Shower and Bake Sale: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, March 12, Seal Beach Animal Care Center, 1700 Adolfo Lopez Dr., donations gladly accepted.
The spring season brings showers, or she used to. Kitten season brings—it’s true! Showers for kittens. Seal Beach Animal Care Center will be presenting a kitten shower and bake sale to support their kitten placement program which helps all kittens born over the next few months. Enjoy handmade crafts, cat and dog products and freshly made treats to lick your whiskers. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, there will be no field visits, but know that every penny you donate will go towards the cozy welfare of the kittens. More information and program wishlist available here.
Help the legs
Spay/Neuter Vouchers Available at Long Beach Animal Care Services
Spaying and neutering of dogs, with some exceptions, and cats are mandatory in Long Beach. Repairing your pet avoids unwanted litters, overcrowding of shelters, abandoned litters, and health problems your pet could contract. These procedures can be expensive, so the shelter provides vouchers to reduce the price. You can use them at many veterinarians in the area. Complete a request for one or more at this link.
Foster for a while or forever!
If you’ve always wanted a pet, but aren’t sure if you’re ready for a lifetime commitment (the pet), or if you’re past the time of roommates for some reason, the Foster care can be a great solution. , especially with one or more kittens appearing during kitten season. Each of the organizations listed below is in desperate need of foster families who will socialize them and help save their little lives. Who knows, maybe one of these lifetimes will change your mind about not being ready for a roommate!
These non-profit organizations also regularly offer cat, dog and rabbit adoptions. Now, adoptions are mostly by appointment. Click on the links for each rescue in case of updates or changes. These organizations operate on donations and grants, and anything you can give would be appreciated. Please suggest rescues in the Long Beach area to add to the list.