Pets

Red Cross online course, app for pet first aid

The American Red Cross has provided a Cat and Dog First Aid online course and Pet First Aid App for pet owners, pet sitters and dog walkers to help provide emergency care until veterinary help is available. “Pet lovers will learn what to do if their cat or dog is choking, has a wound or needs CPR,” said Russ Huge, […]

Squirrel of the month

NO RESPECT—This little guy was caught standing on a statue of St. Francis of Assisi in order to steal a drink of water from the bird bath in Ginny Ryan’s Agoura Hills back yard. Of all the nerve. Send your favorite squirrel photo to newstip@theacorn.com

Pet of the week

BE MY BUDDY—Ashley is an 8-year-old female German Shepherd mix. She came to the shelter in January, and she needs to find her forever home now. She loves to cuddle and is affectionate. She’ll be a perfect family dog, but she should not be with small children or small animals. Meet Ashley, ID No. A4343989, at the Agoura Hills Animal […]

Little bobcat has big ax to grind

Critter tails


Our recent Acorn story about the birth of four bobcat kittens brought to mind a friend who lives in a rural Topanga enclave. She had told me of her interactions with an obstinate bobcat that had decided the roof of her breezeway was the ideal dining spot. I don’t dispute her experiences one whit, but I’ve never met an aggressive, […]

Dealing with competition in pet adoptions



Animal care centers exist to find permanent homes for pets, but sometimes they need a little help. Private rescue operations often take animals out of county care centers, but that means they’re competing with someone looking to adopt a pet. Less common and higher value breeds like huskies are often adopted very quickly, and Los Angeles County care centers operate […]

Vet staff to meet and greet

Staff from VCA Westlake Village Animal Hospital and the Barkley Pet Hotel and Day Spa will be at the Conejo Rec and Park District’s annual Bark in the Park from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sat., May 4 at Conejo Creek Park North, 1379 E. Janss Road, Thousand Oaks (behind the library). Dr. Steven Rosenstein, Heather Ingraham and Marc Mercury […]

Humane Society welcomes new vet

Director to oversee spay/neuter clinic

Christina Sisk, DVM, is the new director of veterinary services at the Humane Society of Ventura County. Hired in March, Sisk joins the HSVC team to oversee the low-cost spay and neuter clinic and the general well-being of the animals in the HSVC’s care, making sure every animal at the Ojai shelter is vaccinated and receiving treatment. Sisk will also […]

Squirrel of the Month

HELO THERE—SaraPassmore,12,asixth-graderatLinderoCanyon Middle School in Agoura Hills, took this photo atYosemite National Park in July 2018. Sara was excited to test out her photography skills during the family’s vacation last year. If you spot a furry friend, also The Acorn mascot, send your high-resolution photo to newstip@theacorn.com.

Pet of the week

Passionately Playful— Blaze, an adorable 3-year-old boy, loves to play with toys and balls, is good on leash, takes treats gently, knows sit, and does well with other dogs. Meet Blaze, ID No. A5252699 at the Agoura Hills Animal Care Center, 29525 Agoura Road. Occasionally pets have already been adopted, so check Los Angeles County Animal Care & Control before […]

Pet of the week

NEEDS A FRIEND—One half of a bonded pair, Sonny was left behind when his BFF was adopted. He needs a loving family to help him regain his confidence and enjoy a loving home. Meet Sonny, ID No. A5268090 at the Agoura Hills Animal Care Center, 29525 Agoura Road. Pets have already been adopted, so check Los Angeles County Animal Care […]


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