Friday, July 2, 2010

California Animal Lovers-- Events For the July 4th Weekend

Whether you want to dance up a storm, pet a pig, help homeless pets while having a nice dinner or enjoy world music while mingling with zoo animals from around the world, the coming days and weeks are chock-full of ways to help animals while having a good time. Here's our list of upcoming events.

Saturday, July 3, party for a good cause during the Milkshake L.A. Independence Party at West Hollywood club 650 North, 650 N. La Cienega Blvd., from 10 p.m. to closing. The event raises money for Southern California organization spcaLA. Visitors can sign up online in advance of the event to be on its guest list; those on the guest list get in free before 10:30 p.m. Regular admission is $20.

Sunday, July 4, Acton-based farm animal sanctuary Animal Acres hosts its annual Fourth of July "Pignic," at which guests are invited to feast on vegan hot dogs and ice cream while getting to know the sanctuary's rescued residents. Activities include tours of the facility, opportunities to feed animals, field games, face-painting and more. Cost is $10; reservations aren't required. More information at

Sunday, July 4, don't forget to protect your pet while celebrating the Fourth of July. If you'll be away from home for the festivities, make sure your pet stays in a safe, quiet area; is not left unattended outdoors (even in a fenced yard); and is wearing a tag with your current contact information just in case he or she manages to make a run for it. Be sure to keep things like alcohol, matches, lighter fluid and citronella candles out of your pet's reach. More safety tips are available from the Humane Society of the United States and the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center.
- From the L.A. Times

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