Only is lonely when it comes to pets


A reader recently told me about their attempt to adopt a pet. “I went to a rescue and wanted to adopt just one kitten but was turned down. Why would this happen?” It does seem strange for a pet rescue to turn someone down when its whole purpose for existence is to find homes for homeless animals. But rescue workers […]

Pet of the week

CHUBBY BUDDY—Checkers, a 2-year-old male, has plumped up since coming to the shelter. He is a friendly kitty that will slim down with some active playtime. He can be found in the Habikat. Meet Checkers, ID No. 5194898 at the Agoura Hills Animal Care Center, 29525 Agoura Road. Occasionally pets have already been adopted, so check Los Angeles County Animal […]

Dog meets rain, dog hates rain


Adopting a dog from the animal shelter can be risky business, akin to impulsively marrying a blind date and hoping for the best. Unless you’re adopting a puppy, there’s usually no way of knowing an animal’s true history. I’m now into one clueless year with the older dog I adopted from the Agoura Animal Care Center, and everything’s a surprise […]

New veterinarian in town

Dr. Brandon Heikes has joined the team at Caring Hands Veterinary Hospital. After working at other veterinary hospitals in the area, Heikes joined Caring Hands because of shared philosophies with the staff. A native Californian, Heikes attended Oregon State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine, followed by an 18-month residency at the University of Missouri. Along with Heikes’ love of animals, […]

Pet of the week

BITTEN BY THE TRAVEL BUG— Unexpected circumstances forced this boy named Banks to travel from Downey to Agoura to Malibu and back to Agoura, where he was then evacuated to Baldwin Park and finally sent back to Agoura. The 4-year-old deserves happiness in a home of his own. Meet Banks, ID No. 5221111 at the Agoura Hills Animal Care Center, […]

Pet of the week

SHE’S GOLDEN-Delilah likes to play but needs a soft touch. She can be found in the Habikat Room. Meet Delilah, ID No. 5209681, at the Agoura Hills Animal Care Center, 29525 Agoura Road. Occasionally pets have already been adopted, so check Los Angeles County Animal Care and Control before visiting the shelter.

Park service says don’t feed animals

The Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area has received reports of individuals who continue to leave food and water for wildlife on federal land as if it were a harmless or compassionate act—it is not. The inclination to help out is understandable. People care about the wildlife, and the animals have suffered from the stress of the fires. But the […]

Speedy tortoise outruns fire

SAFE BY A HAIR—This is a fire story with a happy ending. Doug Wong and his family of Agoura Hills lost their home in the Woolsey fire. They were worried about their pet tortoises that live in their backyard. The family was unable to get the animals out during the evacuation, and could not to return to the neighborhood to […]

Senior dog charges ahead


There’s a popular expression “Follow your heart.” As for me, I follow my dog. She’s past 10, but when she has her “walking paws” on, I just tag after this little old four-legged dynamo known as “Mij.” Problem is, only one of us is clocking the distance from our starting point. I’ve been around other dogs with a similar linear […]

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