FOLBA conducting low-cost microchip clinic

In 2009, a local dog owner was reunited with her poodle “Princess” because her microchip was traced to her Long Beach address. The dog had been missing for more than four years. In Long Beach, all animals are scanned three times when impounded in an effort to return them to their owners. On Saturday, May…

Artists invited to show work that features pets

Gallery Expo, 4321 Atlantic Ave., has issued an open call for artists for a May 2010 juried exhibition entitled Our Non-Human Children. This exhibition is not limited to pets– artists are invited to open minds and make people think. All media are welcome. Submission deadline is April 26.

LB Playhouse performance to benefit animal-support group

The Long Beach Playhouse, 5021 E. Anaheim St., will host a “Benefit for the Animals” on Thursday, April 22. The event will begin at 6:30pm with a reception and entertainment, along with drawings, a door prize and silent auction. The Playhouse production of Agatha Christie’s The Hollow will begin at 7:30pm. All proceeds will benefit…

Church hosting Blessing of Animals

California Heights United Methodist Church will conduct a Blessing of the Animals on Sunday, April 18 from 11am to 1pm. Pet owners may bring their pets or their picture for a blessing by Pastor Amy Aitken. Pets should be properly leashed or caged. There will also be a petting zoo and information about local animal…

Public warned about possibly rabid bats

Acting Long Beach City Health Officer Dr. Anne Anglim is advising local residents to avoid contact with any bats they might come across. “Children are especially vulnerable as they may see a bat on the ground and think it is a toy,” said Anglim. This precaution is important as a bat recently found in a…

Animal Care Services providing printed info on neighborhood issues

Last year, Animal Care Services completed more than 24,000 animal-related calls for service ranging from stray dogs to barking complaints. This year, the City of Long Beach agency will enlist residents and neighborhood associations to email, download, print, and distribute information about making their community safer. Flyers and signs detailing the 15 most common animal-related…