Tag Archives: holidays

Mayor’s Crisis Response Team Teddy Bear Drive


Help a Child in Need by Donating Today

You can donate a new stuffed animal for the Teddy Bear Drive to any of the locations in the map at the link above. Just click the icons for full address information. You can also mail the stuffed animal to:

The Mayor’s Crisis Response Team
200 N. Spring Street
Room 303
Los Angeles, CA 90012

If you can’t make it to one of our drop off locations, you can make a monetary donation by clicking this link. Include the words “Los Angeles – Teddy Bear Drive” in the Designation field. You can also make out a check to “US Crisis Care” with the memo “Los Angeles – Teddy Bear Drive.” Send check to the address above.

$25 Adoptions Of Pets

Holiday Promo Offers $25 Pet Adoption Weekends at Best Friends Los Angeles & L.A. Animal Services

LOS ANGELES – (Nov. 26, 2013) – Getting shelter pets into loving homes is the goal of the “Adopt ‘Til You Drop” promotion at the Best Friends Pet Adoption Center in Mission Hills and six Los Angeles Animal Services shelters. Launching Black Friday, ‘Adopt ‘Til You Drop” offers $25 dog and cat adoptions at any of the seven locations every weekend through Jan. 6, 2014.

“We’re confident we have the perfect dog or cat waiting for you at our center and the city shelters,” said Marc Peralta, executive direct of Best Friends Animal Society – Los Angeles. “That includes puppies and kittens to purebreds and mixed breeds of all ages. Purebred pets typically make up about 25 percent of a shelter’s adoption population.”

The $25 adoption fee includes spay or neuter, vaccinations and micro-chip for pets at all seven locations.

“Adoption is not only cost-effective, it saves the life of a loving pet that just needs a second chance to find their person or family,” Peralta said.

Specialists at the Best Friends center are trained to help adopters make the best fit for their lifestyle, taking into consideration such variables as activity level and other pets in the home.

“Our goal is to make the right match the first time,” Peralta said. “Of course, there can be some adjustment issues when bringing a pet into a new home, so the Best Friends Pet Adoption Center staff is available seven days a week to answer any questions that may arise for new pet owners, including holidays such as Christmas and New Year’s Day.”

Best Friends Animal Society Los Angeles is subsidizing the lowered fees for the shelters in hopes of increasing adoptions throughout the holiday season and furthering the mission of its NKLA (No-Kill Los Angeles) initiative, with a goal of turning Los Angeles into a No-Kill city by 2017.

Los Angeles Animal Services is one of more than 70 NKLA Coalition Partners committed to making that mission a reality.

“More people add pets to their family during the holidays than any other time. I think they should all be the great pets we have in our Los Angeles City Shelters,” said Brenda Barnette, general manager of Los Angeles Animal Services. “Thanks to an amazing community effort, we are saving more animals’ lives than ever. Is this holiday your opportunity to join us and give a great shelter pet a home of his or her own?”

The Best Friends Pet Adoption Center is open daily from noon to 8 p.m. (Christmas and New Year’s Eve from noon to 5 p.m.) and is located at 15321 Brand Boulevard, Mission Hills. For more information, visit www.bestfriends.org/la or call (661) 643-3989. For a list of Los Angeles Animal Services shelters, visit http://www.laanimalservices.org/shelters/.

Pets Overeating At Thanksgiving

Pet Alert:
Over-eating during Thanksgiving can be serious for pets too!

Thanksgiving is the time of year when family and friends get together to enjoy each other’s company and a myriad of delicious foods. We have a tendency to include our four-legged family members in this feast, which often results in overindulgence. Even when we don’t purposely include them, the agile and creative dog or cat can capture a special treat from the kitchen counter, trash or even the dining room table!

Thanksgiving weekend is also a busy time for emergency veterinary clinics. Dogs and cats suffer very serious and sometimes fatal consequences from turkey bones, too much rich and fatty foods and just plain overeating. If your pet is not acting like himself or herself, consult your veterinarian.Your best friend could be seriously ill.

It is difficult to comprehend, but when giving pets treats you must consider the relative size of their body compared to yours. If you weigh 150 pounds and your dog weighs 25 pounds, he or she is only 1/6th of your total weight. If you visualize yourself as a whole pie, comparatively your dog is only one slice of pie. Consequently, sharing an unfinished plate that still holds a generous serving of mashed potatoes with gravy, a side of very rich dressing, a few bites of turkey and a small slice of pumpkin pie with your best friend can make him or her feel miserable.

You do want your pets to enjoy the holiday. Stop by a pet food store and purchase some new dog biscuits or cat treats; then reduce the amount of their regular meal to accommodate the treats they will be getting throughout the day. Remember, biscuits and treats are usually much higher in calories than regular pet food so having them skip dinner may be a prudent choice if they have been snacking all day.

If you are planning a quiet holiday at home without a lot of company and confusion, and you don’t already have a dog or cat to share your life with, this could be the perfect time to visit one of our six Los Angeles City Shelters and fall in love with your new best friend. You can get him or her settled in while you have a couple of days off work. What better way to give thanks than to give an orphaned shelter pet a home? You will be repaid with unconditional love and laughs for years to come.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Brenda Barnette
General Manager
(213) 482-9558

LA On Ice


LA on Ice

Pershing Square Ice

LA’s Recreation and Parks Department celebrates the Winter Holidays with outdoor ice-skating at Pershing Square from November 14 through January 20 with a special Winter Holiday Festival on December 14 that features entertainment, crafts, a snow zone, puppet shows and, of course, ice skating.

For the more competitive but less skilled, the Pseudo Stanley Cup will be awarded to the championship Broomball team, open to groups of up to eight players who only need a decent pair of sneakers to play. Brooms, rubber ball, and hockey nets are supplies and the championship series pits teams in play during the evenings starting on January 7th with the finals on the 16th.

Pershing Square is located at 532 South Olive Street, LA 90013.

LA Live features the Kings Holiday Ice Rink which features a rink that is 132 feet by 80 feet plus loads of LED mini-lights (120,000) to illuminate your skating experience, all in close proximity to lots of great restaurants and the Staples Center. LA Live opens on November 30 and maintains the ice until New Years Eve.

LA Live is located at 800 West Olympic Boulevard, LA 90013

Woodland Hills celebrates its fifth winter on ice at the Westfield Promenade ice rink which is surrounded by pine trees, not palm trees, and features private ice skating lessons for those who want to hone their ice skating skills.

Woodland Hills Ice is open until February 17th, 2014, making it the longest running ice-skating opportunity in Los Angeles.

Woodland Hills Ice is located at 6100 Topanga Canyon Boulevard at Erwin Street, Woodland Hills 91367.

For those who favor their frozen water in the fluffy and flakey form, the City of Los Angeles also offers a one night 2013 Holiday Season Lighting Ceremony December 6th from 5 to 9 pm at the El Pueblo Monument – Placita Olvera.

El Pueblo de Los Angeles is hosting the free event which features a snow play area, Mariachi Divas de Cindy Shea, Mariachi Tesoro de San Fernando, and Ballet Folklorico Ollin. There will be refreshments and activities for the kids including holiday pinata breaking.

The 2013 Holiday Season Lighting Ceremony is located at 125 Paseo de la Plaza, LA 90012

Home Safety Alert – Plus Holiday Safety Tips from LAPD

CD-10 has gotten a few reports of attempted home robberies in the MINC area lately (one reported in LaFayette Square).  Apparently, the perpetrators are watching houses very closely, and are attempting to enter the homes immediately after they think the housekeeper or others have left the house.  They have known enough about the neighborhood to say that they were looking for a different address (in the neighborhood) when caught, and before leaving the premises very quickly.  In another report, they claimed that they thought the property was listed for sale, and that’s why they were on the premises.

The point is that these criminals are getting smarter and smarter about how they’re trying to break into homes, so please be on the lookout.  And as a precaution, check out the list of Holiday Safety Tips provided by the LAPD.