Oliver – Adopted September 2013!

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** OLIVER HAS BEEN ADOPTED!  His foster family decided they couldn’t let him go and the adoption was made official in September!

** IMMEDIATE FOSTER NEEDED FOR OLIVER ** We found Oliver unexpectedly and were already at capacity.  We can provide a crate, food and supplies to a reliable, local foster who can transport him to weekend adoption events in Redondo Beach.  If you can’t make it home from work for a potty break, we’d be happy to help with free walks.  We would love to help with training, and continue his playdates/outings with Bruce.  All he needs is a place to stay and someone to hang out with while he waits for his forever home.  If you are interested in fostering Oliver, please contact Lisa@veganpetsitter.com.

Oliver is an adorable 8-month-old Dachshund/chihuahua mix.  He was found running down Anza in Torrance, and the family he was registered to didn’t want him anymore because they were moving.  He was already neutered, microchipped and dewormed, and is now caught up on vaccines.  His date of birth is 12-12-12.

Oliver can be shy at first, but loves people and is very sweet and affectionate.  He loves to run in the backyard and go for walks, then he’ll come inside and cuddle on the couch.  He makes friends quickly with female dogs, and takes a little time to warm up to new males.  He is also a great passenger and loves to ride in the car – especially to go to the park or the pet store!

Because we want Oliver’s new home to be a forever home, interested parties should fill out an application and agree to a home check.  The required application and more information about the adoption process can be found at www.lovejoyfoundation.net.

If you would like to meet Oliver, he will be at adoption events with The Lovejoy Foundation on Saturdays & Sundays from 10am – 6pm.  Adoptions are held at Global Pet Food Outlet Express, 401 S Pacific Coast Highway, Redondo Beach.  We plan to have him there every weekend, but feel free to contact us in advance to make sure he will be there when you plan on attending.  If you have any questions, please contact lisa@veganpetsitter.com.

View Oliver’s photo album.

Tegan & Sara – Adopted Fall 2013!

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** TEGAN & SARA HAVE BEEN ADOPTED!  Sara lives with her mom and dad and loves to play with her kitty brother, Oreo.  Tegan (now Shelly) was adopted by a great family with a human brother and sister.  Both are doing great in their forever homes!

Tegan & Sara are two beautiful medium-hair Siamese mix kitties.  They were found in an alley in Torrance at only 6 weeks old, and were taken into a wonderful foster home.  They are now spayed, vaccinated, dewormed, microchipped, and ready to be adopted.  They are also current on flea control and tested FIV/FeLV negative.  We estimate their date of birth to be around 5/9/13.

Tegan & Sara are both mellow, affectionate kittens, Sara being the more outgoing of the two.  They can be shy at first, but melt in your arms and will get comfy in your lap until they fall asleep.  They have healthy appetites and eat both wet and dry food.  They love to perch on their cat tree or in a windowsill and check things out.  They can be adopted as a pair, or individually to a home with another cat or kitten.  For their safety, they must be kept indoors.

Because we want Tegan & Sara’s new home to be a forever home, interested parties should fill out an application and agree to a home check.  The required application and more information about the adoption process can be found here:  http://www.purrfectpartners4cats.com/adoption.html

If you would like to meet Tegan & Sara, they will be at adoption events with Purrfect Partners on Saturdays & Sundays from 12-4.  Adoptions are held at Centinela Feed, 413 N Pacific Coast Highway, Redondo Beach.  We plan to have them there every weekend, but feel free to contact us in advance to make sure they will be there when you plan on attending.  If you have any questions, please contact lisa@veganpetsitter.com.

View Tegan & Sara’s Photo Album

TNR Weekend with Stray Cat Alliance

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Photo by Stray Cat Alliance | straycatalliance.org

On Friday, April 26 & Sunday, April 28, Joseph and I took part in Big Fix Friday – a friendly competition between Stray Cat Alliance and Best Friends Animal Society to see who would be the first to trap, neuter and release 50 feral cats.

Trap-neuter-return is the humane trapping of feral cats in order to spay or neuter them, and return them to where they came from.  Although all feral cats did originate from lost or abandoned tame cats at some point, they have reverted back to a “wild” state.  Because they haven’t been socialized, they aren’t good candidates for adoption or living indoors, and the best chance they have is to stay where they are.  The only effective method of population control is trap-neuter-release, which prevents future generations from having to live the difficult life of a street cat.

We helped the Stray Cat Alliance team and were assigned a colony in South Los Angeles.  We used 9 traps and were able to catch 7 cats in about 4 hours, helping SCA reach a total of 58 cats trapped on the first night.  By the end of the second night, volunteers had trapped 111 cats!

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Night 1 | 58 cats tucked in by midnight.

Of our colony, one of the cats we trapped turned out to not be feral after all, and was actually extremely friendly.  He is about 1-2 years old and was not neutered, had no identification, and the man who feeds and looks after the colony assumed he was feral because he was never able to get near him – but  he might have just been fearful in an outdoor environment.  We called him Alex, and once he was inside he became very social and affectionate.  After his surgery, he went into a foster home and is now available for adoption!

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Alex | Adopt me!

All of our surgeries went well and we were able to return the other 6 cats to their caregiver, a man who lives in his van near the colony and provides them with food and fresh water every day.  Although he said the cats never let him near them, he said he cares about them very much and knows they appreciate him too.  When we told him about Alex and asked if he would be okay with him finding a home, he did seem a little sad but didn’t hesitate to say yes.

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Success! Joseph releases a spayed cat back to her colony.

Although the weekend was primarily about the cats, I was just as moved by their caregiver.  On the first night we offered to share some snacks we had, which he declined, and asked if he needed anything else.  All he wanted was a flashlight, which I brought him on return day with a couple sets of batteries, and he looked like he was going to tear up as he thanked me.  It was only a small gesture, and what we did for his colony only took a small effort, but seeing his kindness toward the cats inspired me to want to do more.

To learn more about TNR and Stray Cat Alliance, visit StrayCatAlliance.org.

Take the VegPledge! VegWeek 2013

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VegWeek is upon us (April 22-28) and we’re celebrating with a special VegWeek offer!  Enjoy a vegan meal at a restaurant this week and show us the receipt, and get $5 off your next daytime service or $10 off an overnight.

Now you’re wondering: “Where do vegans eat?”  Below, you’ll find a list of some of our favorite spots in the South Bay and what we like to eat when we’re there.  Try them out and be sure to let us know what you think!

This list is definitely not all-inclusive – you can also find delicious vegan veggie burgers at The Counter, Johnny Rocket’s, and Denny’s, and your meal at Chipotle can be made vegan if you order black beans and ditch the sour cream and cheese (which also cuts about 220 calories and 18.5 grams of fat)!  The prepared food section at Whole Foods also keeps us fed and happy when we don’t have time to cook – try a slice of their vegan pizza or a vegan chicken salad sandwich.  If you have any questions about dining out beyond this list, feel free to send me an email or check out a free copy of COK’s Vegetarian Guide to Los Angeles.

Torrance
Veggie Grill | 2533 Pacific Coast Highway
From burgers to salads and desserts, VG never disappoints!  Burgers can be made kale style or wrap style, and with so many customizable options, there’s always something new to try.  After 3+ years I just had my first wrap, the Buffalo Bomber, and it was amazing!  Another new favorite is the Baja Fiesta Salad, with the addition of their meatless carne asada.  Voted Best American Restaurant in the Los Angeles Times 2012 Reader’s Choice Awards – everybody loves Veggie Grill!

Babycakes Baking Company | 24205 Hawthorne Boulevard
We were first introduced to Babycakes by a client, and now we stop by whenever we want a sweet treat!  They usually have 1-2 kinds of vegan cupcakes each day, and my favorites (so far) are Oreo and chocolate raspberry.

Redondo Beach
Fresh Brothers | 407 N. Pacific Coast Highway
Not only is there great vegan food in the South Bay, there’s great vegan pizza you can get delivered to your house!  Just order with vegan cheese (they use Daiya brand), and ask for no butter in the pan if you go deep dish.  I also love the Farmer’s Market Salad with raspberry vinaigrette.  Make sure to follow them on Facebook for great deals and coupon codes to save some dough.  (Did you like that dough pun, or was it too cheesy?)

Happy Veggie | 709 N. Pacific Coast Highway
I’ve loved Happy Veggie since before I was vegan.  Lately I’ve been ordering the pho, but their curries, broccoli beef, and Szechuan chicken are also favorites.  They serve big portions, but start with the chicken drumsticks or Vietnamese chicken salad if you’re really hungry.

Hermosa Beach
The Spot | 110 2nd Street
My absolute favorite thing to order at The Spot is the Garden Burrito with tofu added, and half red sauce/half savory sauce.  If you want to keep your ordering a little less complicated (but just as yummy), try the blue plate or tamale combo plate.

Manhattan Beach
Fresh Brothers | 2008 Sepulveda Boulevard

El Segundo
Veggie Grill | 720 Allied Way

Long Beach
Zephyr | 340 E 4th Street
I wish I lived close enough to spend more time at Zephyr!  Delicious food, free WiFi, plus great coffee or kombucha make this the perfect spot to hang out, study, and grab a meal.  My favorites are the BLT, seitan bowl, and MF burger.  I also love their soups, daily specials, and friendly staff.

Veggie Grill | 6451 E Pacific Coast Highway

Inglewood
Stuff I Eat | 114 N. Market Street
I saved the best for last!  Stuff I Eat is my favorite vegan restaurant, even though I’ve only ordered two things off the menu.  The soul food platter is SO good that I have trouble ordering anything else, but after seeing pictures of friends’ orders, I am determined to try the Kilamanjaro Quesadilla and Nacho Salad ASAP.  “If you don’t want meat, try the Stuff I Eat!”

Be sure to check out USVegWeek.com for more information, tips and tools.  Have a great week!

Share the Love for Booker & Olly Bear!

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** Win a prize package worth over $100 if your share leads to their adoption! **

TO ENTER:  (1) Start sharing Olly Bear & Booker’s photos and information via e-mail, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, your website, blog, flyers, or any other way you see fit.  Tell everyone you know about them! (2) Try your best to get their information to the right people – their future families! Make sure to mention you are participating in this contest.  (3) If your share results in either of the boys getting adopted and we can confirm with their adopters, you will win one of our fabulous gift packages, worth over $100!

Meet the boys:

olly1Olly Bear (approx. 4 years, neutered, boxer/bulldog mix)

Olly Bear is a sweet, mellow and affectionate dog who needs a good home.  He was found chained in a garage and was kept there by a hoarder.  He was rescued by The Fuzzy Pet Foundation and is doing great now.  He does well with other dogs and loves cuddling and giving kisses.  Olly is crate trained and listens well to commands like sit, down, roll over and shake hands.  He is also very good on car rides and loves to run!

For more information about Olly Bear, visit:

Booker (approx. 4 years, neutered, rottweiler mix)booker2ADOPTED!!!

** We are SO happy to announce that Booker has found his forever home, and got adopted on 3/13.  Congratulations, buddy!!

Booker was rescued by ARME (Animal Rescue Media & Education) in Los Angeles, CA, and he is currently their longest resident.  Booker is great with other dogs and has earned the nickname “nanny” because he looks after all the rescues that come into ARME headquarters – even letting rescue puppies use him as a jungle gym and play with his tail!  We have had the pleasure of pet sitting for Booker and he is wonderful on walks, and deserves to finally go to a caring and loving home.

For more information about Booker, please visit:

Questions about the contest? Please e-mail: lisa@veganpetsitter.com.
Good luck, and thanks for helping these deserving pups!

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