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Dual events to focus on pets, animal care


Posted: November 10, 2013 2:00 a.m.
Updated: November 10, 2013 2:00 a.m.

With its free summer concerts, community barbecues, refurbished swimming pool, bingo nights, free ballet classes and a variety of other family-friendly activities and amenities, Val Verde Community Regional Park, located just southwest of Castaic, is a beloved gathering place in the proud community it serves.

Now, two events planned there next weekend will reinforce that standing – specifically, among local residents who love and care for animals.

AngelDogs Foundation, which regularly conducts pet care clinics across Los Angeles and Kern counties, will host a Low-Cost Spay and Neuter Clinic at the park on Friday, Nov. 15, from noon to 8 p.m.

Other services – such as vaccinations, microchipping, deworming and nail trimming – will be available at a low cost as well.

Advocates for pet sterilization cite the estimated 5 to 7 million companion animals who end up in shelters across the United States each year – many landing there as a result of pet overpopulation. The County of Los Angeles Department of Animal Care and Control, for example, receives approximately 85,000 animals each year.

“By spaying or neutering your pet,” said Marcia Mayeda, the department’s director, “you are helping solve the problem of pet overpopulation, protecting your pet from potential harm, and ensuring a safer community.”

“Developing certain types of cancers are markedly reduced or eliminated by spaying or neutering,” notes the Department of Animal Care and Control. “Sterilized animals are also less likely to roam and therefore less likely to be lost, hit by a car, injured in a fight, or abused.” In addition, pet licenses are required by law -- and fees are reduced by nearly fifty percent for altered animals.

On Sunday, Nov. 16, the Los Angeles County Department of Parks and Recreation, in partnership with the Community Benefits Funding Committee, will host a Pet Celebration Day from noon to 7 p.m. at Val Verde Community Regional Park.

With many organizations confirmed to participate in this resource fair – New Leash on Life, AngelDogs Foundation, California Turtle and Tortoise Club, and the County of Los Angeles Department of Animal Care and Control’s Castaic Animal Care Center among them – the event is sure to get tails wagging with highlights that will include agility courses, games, prizes, training tips from professionals, pet adoption opportunities and other resources about animal care.

Val Verde Community Regional Park is located at 30300 W. Arlington Road, Val Verde, CA 91384. For more information about programs and activities at the park, visit or call (661) 257-4014.



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