Happy 3rd Birthday Adopt & Shop Lakewood!



Adopt & Shop Lakewood celebrated their 3rd birthday on April 12th and, as we prepare to open the largest and grandest Adopt & Shop to date, we want to express our gratitude to the staff, volunteers, adopters, community supporters and our partner animal shelters, SEACCA, Long Beach Animal Care Services, Los Angeles Animal Services, and the County of Los Angeles Animal Care and Control, for making our little pet shop so successful!

If you aren’t familiar with the concept of Adopt & Shop, it is a simple one.  Take the pet store model of yesteryear, but instead of selling puppies…

Product Review: Comic Kitty Cat Bowl


orange tabby drinking from comic kitty cat bowl

Like many of you, I find my pets adorable.  And ridiculous.  Their crazy animal antics keep me smiling, and remind me how grateful I am that they don’t have opposable thumbs.  There would be no stopping the silliness!
Thankfully, I found a cat bowl that is as entertaining as they are: the Comic Kitty cat bowl.

Filled with food, the Comic Kitty is a practical, cat-shaped kibble buffet.  It’s easy to clean (via sponge or, for us lazier humans, dishwasher), and very lightweight.  Unlike ceramic bowls of a similar thickness, it is quite resistant to chipping.  This is great news…

4 Happy 1st Birthday to the South LA Shelter Intervention Program!

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Happy 1st Birthday to the South LA Shelter Intervention Program!

On April 6th, 2013, Downtown Dog Rescue and Found Animals forged a partnership to begin the South LA Shelter Intervention Pilot Program.  The goal was to prevent 400 animals from entering the South LA animal shelter through the end of the year.
The idea was a simple, but important one, for the impoverished area of Los Angeles that experiences extremely high numbers of owner-relinquished pets, overcrowded kennels, and a high euthanasia rate.
A sign was hung near a table staffed with DDR volunteers asking “How can we help you and your pet?”

By offering resources such as low-cost and free…

Microchip Monday: Intercontinental Animals


Photo by nerdcoregirl / Flickr

Traveling overseas with a pet can be a complicated affair.  Every airline and country seem to have a different policy and there is usually no wiggle room to make a mistake.
The internet is full of alarming stories about animals being lost, detained, quarantined and a number of other unfortunate outcomes completely beyond the owner’s control.  However, if you absolutely must transport your cat or dog to another country via airplane, a microchip is mandatory and the chip number must match all other travel documents including pet passport, veterinary and vaccination records.

If you tune in every other week to…

Celebrate National Pet ID Week By Keeping Your Pet Out of Shelters and in Your Home!


dogs in a cage at animal shelter

National Pet Identification Week begins April 20th.  To commemorate, let’s revisit a few statistics.

Roughly half of the five to seven million animals that enter U.S. animal shelters every year are lost pets.  Currently, only 2% of cats and 15% – 20% of dogs are reunited with their owners.  This means that 1 in 3 lost pets never make it back home.  Sad and startling numbers to be sure, but there is a very simple way you can avoid this fate for your own pets.  Make sure a legible, up-to-date ID tag is attached to your pet’s collar and keep…

The Road to a Kitten Foster Project

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4 foster kittens

This blog entry is going to be great… it’s about kittens! How can it not be?
Well, I’ll tell you, but stick with me.  Every year in Los Angeles, area shelters are overrun with unweaned  kittens, due in part to Southern California’s mild weather and unsterilized male and female cat  populations.  With limited resources to save animals, even of adoptable age, most of these little ones are euthanized within hours of entering the shelter.  It’s easy for us members of the public to be outraged by this, even skeptical, as to how many ‘resources’ tiny kittens even require.  But believe…

Help Pets When You File Your Taxes!


orange tabby cat in a shelter

If you are anything like me, tax season is not your favorite time of year.  Being the daughter of a CPA , my dislike of early April was acquired at a young age and has never left.   This year, I managed to get my taxes done by the end of March (barely), which I consider an accomplishment!
For me, the one real bright spot in the process (aside from a possible refund) is the opportunity to support pets when I file my taxes.   Many states give you the opportunity to donate to worthy causes when you file your return.   In…

Microchip Monday: Michelson Found Animals Registry Microchip Grants


boy hugging sheepdog

At the Michelson Found Animals Registry, we work with many amazing animal care professionals whose hard work makes the world a better place for pets. Our partner organizations across the country scan, microchip, register and reunite thousands of pets every day!  In turn, we offer low microchip prices for humane organizations and provide free lifetime registration for all microchipped pets – even if their chip was made by another company – because we believe that every lost pet deserves to be found.  We also recognize extraordinary pet reunification programs with our Michelson Found Animals Registry Microchip Grants.
This year, the…

3 Product Review: Yoga Cat Mat


Yoga Cat 5

Now I know what you’re thinking.  It’s probably the same thing I thought when I first saw the Feline Yogi Yoga Cat Mat.  Cat’s don’t do yoga.  Their morning stretch does resemble downward facing dog, but that is about it.
However, when you look a little closer at the Feline Yogi Yoga Cat Mat, you’ll see it is actually genius!  It is utilitarian in nature and that really appeals to me because I love it when one product has multiple uses!

Here is why I think the Feline Yogi Yoga Cat Mat is a great item:
1. The texture is…

Product Review: Eco Dog Toys


shepherd mix with Furchun toy

To help kick off the opening of Michelson Found Animal’s new e-commerce site, AdoptandShop.org, I was asked to review a few items carried in our online store.  Assisting me in this task were some of the most discriminating critics I know – my lab, Scout; my lab, Boo Boo; and my parents’ Border Collie mix, Bonnie.  These three fun-loving ladies were more than eager to get their paws on some new swag for the cause.
The first item I introduced to Scout and Boo Boo was the Bumi.  It retails at $15.99 for large and $12.99 for small.
Here is…