Bring some love ‘Home for the Holidays’ with Pet Orphans of SoCal

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Van Nuys dog and cat rescue offers temporary fostering opportunity Sun., Dec. 24 – Tues., Dec. 26  

For many of us, our pets are like our children. The unconditional love they shower upon us is irresistible. They are our loyal, faithful companions. But every day, dogs and cats end up in shelters, where, if they are not retrieved or adopted, will be euthanized.

From Sun., Dec. 24 to Tues., Dec. 26 take a furry friend “Home for the Holidays” with Pet Orphans’ temporary fostering opportunity!

About 90 percent of the animals at Pet Orphans of Southern California are rescued from shelters. The remainder are from individuals who, for one reason or another, are unable to care for their pet, or who have found a lost or abused animal. The pet must be adoptable, because Pet Orphans is dedicated to finding it a forever home.

Founded in 1973, Pet Orphans is financed by private donations, not by any government grants. The location is clean, and the animals are well cared for, but it is still no substitute for a real home.

This year, Pet Orphans is offering some unique events for the holidays. For just three days, from Sunday, December 24 through Tuesday, December 26, it will be possible to bring a sweet dog or cat “Home for the Holidays.” Wouldn’t you enjoy having a loving pet in your home to add to the holiday spirit as a temporary foster? Pet Orphans will provide the food, you provide the love. On December 27, return the animal to the facility. If you can part with it…

The Vet Clinic at Pet Orphans has not been operating for some time, but will be open for business, on Monday, December 18 from 8:30am to 4pm. Services will be reasonably priced, and will include routine exams, vaccinations (including rabies) and micro-chipping. No surgeries will be performed. Reservations preferred but walk-ins are accepted with a possible wait.

Want a photo of your darling one with Santa? On Saturday, December 16, from 2pm to 4pm, Pet Orphans will be hosting a Santa’s photo session with Suzanne Allison, pet photographer to many stars, including Johnny Depp, Demi Moore and Matthew Modine. All proceeds will go to Pet Orphans. Grooming services are also available for dogs daily, so you can get Fido ready for his close-up.

Struggling with gift ideas for the friend or relative who has everything? Why not donate to Pet Orphans in their name? Everyone wins.

Volunteers are always needed at the facility to play with, walk or brush the animals, or help with simple obedience training or adoption counseling. It can be a very rewarding experience. If you wish to donate supplies, check the website for what is or is not accepted.

Pet Orphans of Southern California has a definite goal: to rescue, rehabilitate and re-home as many dogs and cats as possible. Your participation can make it happen.

Pet Orphans is located at 7720 Gloria Ave. in Van Nuys. Call (818) 901-0190.


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About Author

Laura Voeth has worked for some of L.A.’s most prestigious restaurants. In 2002, she began reviewing restaurants for Beverly Hills-based “Women On Top” magazine. She is also a freelance writer.

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