Squirrel Rescued from Sticky Fate in La Brea Tar Pits

A poor little squirrel took an unfortunate misstep two weeks ago into the sticky muck of the La Brea Tar Pits, but thanks to witnesses who intervened and found a rescue organization to help the poor creature, the squirrel is now doing well. A team started the squirrel cleaning process by first donning hazardous material suits due to the chemicals involved. Using mineral oil to break up the tar and oil, they began the process of cleaning. Numerous buckets of warm water and two large bottles of dish washing soap were run through as well. Despite being terrified through the ordeal, the rescue organization reports that the squirrel is now eating on its own and is showing healthy signs of anger about being captive.

A Posh Option for Pets Opens off Melrose Avenue

It’s no secret that residents of the West Hollywood area love their pets, and now there is a new pet care facility and retail store conveniently located on Harper at Melrose. The aptly named PoshPetCare is located right around the corner from several high end stores and boutiques. In addition to the full suite of services and products that you’d expect, Posh will also market itself as a convenient short term place where pets can stay while their owners stroll through the shops on Melrose. But while the name, products, services and location are posh, the pricing is actually quite reasonable. Day care is provided at a flat rate, and there are no overage charges after a certain amount of time, and most services such as feeding and walking are also included.

Hide your Cats and Dogs! Coyote Sightings Increase

There have been coyote sightings in the area of West Hollywood, Hollywood Hills and Beverly Hills. In response, the City of West Hollywood has notified Los Angeles County Department of Agricultural Weights and Measures and urges residents to take preventative measures. While these sightings can bring about moderate alarm, and there is a genuine need for concern, simple precautionary measures can be taken by residents to help reduce risk. Coyotes are considered a widely adaptable and opportunistic animal. In order to reduce the potential danger attributed to the presence of coyotes, residents are encouraged to reduce what these animals are seeking, which is primarily food and water.

German Shepherd Mix Puppy in Urgent Need of Home

UPDATE: We’ve been informed by Animal Advocates that a home has been found for Byron! by Brian Watson, Co-Owner, Posh Pet Care

We’ve had great results in featuring pets in need here on Weho Daily, and the latest dog that is in urgent need of a loving home is Byron. One of the rescue organizations we work with, Animal Advocates, says he has been at the shelter way too long, and the need for him to find a home is “beyond urgent now as the Baldwin Park Shelter is getting way too many owner turn-ins and needs kennel space. Please save him!” Byron is an exuberant one year old tricolor neutered male German Shepherd mix puppy found stray on May 16th and brought to the Baldwin Park shelter.

Over 1,000 Dogs at Weekend Super Adoption Event

by Brian Watson, Co-Owner, Posh Pet Care

Dozens of rescue organizations are holding a SUPER adoption event at the La Brea Tar Pits this weekend. Over 1,000 dogs from Los Angeles area shelters and various rescue groups are going to be at the event. The rescue organizations range from those that normally hold events in our area to specialized rescues, such as the California Bulldog Rescue Group.  Check out the extensive listing of participating groups below and visit their websites to see some of the wonderful companions you might meet at the event. The event will be held both Saturday and Sunday, May 21-22, from 11AM to 4PM at the La Brea Tar Pits Park. PoshPetCare will be at the event so please be sure to say hello if you see us!

Weho Set to Become Fur and Cruelty Free Destination

The West Hollywood City Council has unanimously approved an item directing the City Attorney to draft an ordinance prohibiting the sale of fur apparel products. The effort will encourage the promotion of West Hollywood as a destination for cruelty-free and animal welfare events and establishing West Hollywood as the Humane Capital of the United States. The West Hollywood City Council also directed staff to work with the West Hollywood Chamber of Commerce, the West Hollywood Visitors and Convention Bureau, the Sunset Strip Business Association and the Avenues – Art, Fashion and Design District as well as local businesses and non-profit organizations to develop a strategic plan to establish and promote West Hollywood as a destination for the humane movement including cruelty-free fashion shows and conferences. “In 1989, the City Council passed Resolution 558, which proclaimed our City to be a cruelty-free zone for animals,” said West Hollywood Councilmember John D’Amico, who initiated the item. “West Hollywood now has an opportunity to both uphold the tenets of Resolution 558 and to continue to provide policies and practices that would lead the way in how animals are treated in our society today.”

4 Pets Saved in Laurel Canyon Home Fire, Others Lost

A structure fire broke out at a residence on Laurel Canyon Blvd tonight and while there were no human victims, two dogs and three cats died as a result of the blaze. Four other pets rescued by the Los Angeles Fire Department did survive.  That count included two cats and two dogs. Initial reports indicated that the fire may have started around 10PM in a garage of the home, located on the 2700 block of Laurel Canyon Blvd.  A later report by the fire department said it was mostly confined to the kitchen area. The LAFD reported a knockdown of the fire at about 10:30PM.  32 firefighters took just 22 minutes to put out the blaze, which was confined within a single story home. Laurel Canyon Blvd was closed to traffic in both directions around the scene of the fire until about 11:20PM when a single lane was opened and traffic was allowed in alternate bursts for each direction.

Pink Taco Draws Boycott with Pink Donkey Promo Stunt

Century City’s Pink Taco held a promotion for Cinco de Mayo that has many animal lovers up in arms. They painted a donkey pink and chained it up at their location in the Century City mall.  The company is working on opening up a restaurant on the Sunset Strip. The incident was first reported by vegan blogger QuarryGirl when she came across a photo of the stunt and became outraged. A Facebook page encouraging a boycott was soon established and word spread across other social media platforms such as Twitter. Celebrities such as Pink, Stephanie Pratt, Lo Bosworth, and Lea Michele tweeted their disgust at the restaurant’s promotion.  On the other hand, KTLA caught up with Vanna White near the restaurant and she didn’t understand what the big deal was. “Maybe he liked it, maybe he thought he was getting a massage when he was getting painted,” White said.

Rescue Dog of the Week: Meet Young Puppy Marco

by Brian Watson, Co-Owner, Posh Pet Care

We are so excited that rescue dogs we feature each week have been finding wonderful homes. Please help us keep up our record by with this week’s featured rescue, Marco. Marco is a playful three month old brown and white male American Staffordshire mix puppy who was found on March 24th and brought to the Baldwin Park shelter. He has quickly become a staff favorite, however he has still not found a “forever” home and he is running out of time. Weighing thirty-two pounds, this frisky puppy will probably grow up to be seventy pounds – he’s a big boy!

Pet Rescue Organizations Have Need for Foster Homes

by Brian Watson, Co-Owner, Posh Pet Care

Many people don’t know that the need for foster homes for pets is almost as great as the need to find permanent homes for them through adoption. Volunteering to foster a dog in need can be very rewarding, and plays a vital role in efforts to save the lives of dogs that would otherwise be euthanized. Volunteering to foster a dog is one of the best ways that you can support a rescue organization. Dogs of all sizes, breeds and temperaments are in need of foster homes. The need is greatest for people who can take larger breed dogs, and dogs that may need a little more love, training and rehabilitation.