Here’s to the Warm, Wiggly and Wonderful

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Peacocks, poop-bags, puddles, poodles, cuddles and Labradoodles—this rainy season announces the first-ever Barks & Brews event this coming Sunday, March 10, from 11 AM until 4 PM, presented by Fera Pets at the Los Angeles Arboretum.

Enjoy a day in the garden with your pooch, including food trucks and beer for purchase from Mt. Lowe Brewing Company. There is a $10 per dog fee for all canine attendees, including dogs belonging to members. Non-members must also purchase admission for all human guests in addition to the dog fee. The dog fees benefit Pasadena Humane and the LA Arboretum Foundation.

A few friendly reminders about this event:
• BRING YOUR POOP BAGS, and please use them.
• Dogs must be on a leash at all times.
• You are accountable for your dog’s behavior!
• Leashes must be six feet or shorter. Retractable leashes are not allowed.
• Dogs must stay on paved paths and grassy lawns.
• Dogs must remain at least ten feet away from peacocks!
• Dogs must be prevented from disturbing plantings.
• Read the full Canine Code of Conduct.
Got all that? OK, then register here.

Not crazy about corned beef and cabbage, green beer or the agony bags?

Then, hie ye over to the Moreno Valley Animal Shelter for a special price on pet adoptions honoring St. Patrick’s Day!

It’s on right now! Through March 16 and then again March 19 – 23, adoption fees at this shelter are only $50 per dog and $25 per cat. The reduced adoption fee includes spaying or neutering surgery if needed, vaccines, and microchipping. Pets adopted that need spaying or neutering surgery will be able to go home on the afternoon of the day their surgery is scheduled. Also note that these lower prices are ALWAYS available to people age 60 and older, as well as to veterans!

Hey, adoption fees here are usually $83 per puppy/dog, plus a spay or neuter fee, and $47 per cat/kitten, plus a spay and neuter fee, so this is indeed a good deal!

Event hours: 10:00 am to 5:00 pm.

This shelter does not conduct much in the way of social media, so the euthanasia rate is high here. Just sayin’. There are dogs and cats of every description in need of fosters and adopters, including:

A532497 – No Name Cat

“Who added the espresso shot to my catnip?”

A532316 – No Name Puppy

A532316 is a female German Shepherd puppy, two months old. That’s all we know.

Or how about…

These DSH kittens are one month old.

• Female: #A532082
• Males: #A532081, #A532086, #A532084, #A532085, #A532078

I know. We count more than six kittens, too. Maybe they ran out of numbers? Just go over there and get them all, please!

For more information, call 951-413-3790, text 951-413-3769
Moreno Valley Animal Shelter
14041 Elsworth Street (between Cactus and Alessandro)
City of Moreno Valley

Scroll down to the end to see more special pet events happening this month.

Meet Momma Kay #A794000

Nature takes its course, especially when humans don’t spay and neuter. As we go to press, her four kittens are about two weeks old. This dainty little cat was trapped in Fontana just before she gave birth.

• Female feline, DSH
• Age: One year old
• She’s a mommy! Four new kittens will need homes soon.
• Coloring: brown and cream tabby, white blaze, yellow eyes
• In good post-partum health; size: small

To see Momma Kay #A794000 and the kittens, call (909) 386-9820, press 2 for Devore Shelter, then press 3 to speak with a shelter agent.

Devore Animal Shelter
19777 Shelter Way
San Bernardino, CA 92407


Thank you, Darlene, for bringing this beauty to our attention!

Here’s what our friends at have to say about this guy:

“How can you resist this face? Stevie is just the sweetest!  He is mellow, loves to be petted, and would make a very loving companion. He might be a little shy until he gets to know you, but that won’t take long at all if you offer him some Temptations treats. He had an eye issue at first, but he’s fine now. He is FIV+ but needs no meds and is up to date on his vaccines. He’s chipped and neutered—totally ready to go! He would get along fine with another nice cat, especially if that cat is also FIV+, but he would also be fine watching catTV or sitting in a window perch watching the birds and squirrels. Stevie needs a chance to experience a home and, comfort, and love!  He’ll be ever so grateful! See more pictures and watch his videos at See how loving he is! Stevie’s been waiting for a home for over two years—please don’t let him wait any longer!”

• Male feline DSH
• Age: 7 years old
• Coloring: gray and black tabby with “got milk?” mustache
• FIV+
• Neutered, chipped
• Sociable and mellow

To meet Stevie, visit the link:

Meet Leila

Thank you, Celeste Drake, for introducing us to lovely Leila! And shout-out to for pulling this friendly dog into temporary safety.

• Female canine
• Breed: Staffie mix
• Coloring: peanut-butter-brittle black and cognac, with white toes and chest blaze
• Beautiful “ribbed” markings, crisp, smooth coat
• Size: medium
• Age: 2 years old
• Spayed, housetrained
• In fine health; current on all vaccines
• Good with other dogs her size; untested with small dogs and cats. Social, affectionate.

To meet Leila, email as follows:

To foster:
To adopt:

And from Pasadena Humane…

Meet Frances #A511420

Frances is a female hamster who has been behind bars since October of 2023. She’s done her time, and now she deserves a pardon—and a fresh toilet paper roll. An excellent office associate if you have documents in need of shredding.

Meet LILY #A512894

This spayed female white bunny just arrived at Pasadena Humane. Rabbits require special education and care as pets. On the downside, they chew. Everything. Because they have to; otherwise, their teeth will literally grow too long for them to eat! So be prepared to supply Lily with safe chewing sticks, etc. On the plus side, rabbits can be litterbox-trained, just like a cat.

Here’s White Dove #A513471

Meet Neptune #A513418

Cuteness overload. Resistance is futile.

• Female feline DSH
• Brown tabby with a white blaze and paws, yellow eyes
• Age: 1 year, one month
• Size: Medium

These and many other potential pets are waiting at Pasadena Humane. For information on the adoption process and to schedule your appointment, click here.

And, hey! More fun pet events!

• March 17 – St. Patrick’s Day—”PUP”-Up Pop-Up Dog Adoption at Wistaria Festival, Sierra Madre, 8:00 AM- 5:00 PM

• March 23 – “PUP”-Up Pop-Up Dog Adoption at Bark in the Park, Sierra Madre, 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM

• March 30 – “PUP”-Up Pop-Up Dog Adoption at Urban Pet, Eagle Rock, 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM

Pasadena Humane
361 S. Raymond Avenue
Pasadena, CA 91105

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Victoria Thomas

Victoria has been a journalist since her college years when she wrote for Rolling Stone and CREEM. Victoria describes the view of Mt. Wilson from her front step as “staggering,” and she is a defender of peacocks everywhere.
Email: [email protected]

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