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By Cindy Frazier | January 6, 2011
Editor's Note: This corrects an earlier version. Some of Laguna Beach's most cherished institutions — shelter for neglected, abused or abandoned pets and respite for stranded sea mammals — were among those most damaged by the Dec. 22 flooding that inundated Laguna Canyon Road. Laguna Beach Animal Shelter sustained some $800,000 in damages, according to police estimates. Ben Plonski, owner of Kaguna Koi Ponds, said he doesn't know the extent of the damage yet, but he lost much of his prized Japanese fish stock as well as other mainstays of his pond-building business.
NEWS
By: ELISABETH M. BROWN | September 2, 2005
Alligators in the Laguna Lakes? Well, maybe not, although we did have a hippopotamus once. African clawed frogs, certainly. And while alligators have a certain thrill factor, the frogs have arguably had more impact on the local lake ecology. Laguna is no stranger to abandoned animals. The network of interior canyons and our surrounding open space attract a regular stream of people intent on liberating -- that is, dumping -- unwanted pets. Most seem to think that urban animals can just take up an independent lifestyle in the wild with no problems.
NEWS
September 10, 2004
Suzie Harrison Questions are circulating in Laguna's canine community accompanied by plenty of wagging tails and drooling in anticipation of who will win the pet competitions at the eighth annual Laguna Pet Parade and Chili Cook-off Sunday at Tivoli Too! Conceived by Larry Wilson and Caroline Haines, the Laguna Board of Realtors orchestrates the event every year with all funds raised benefiting the Pacific Marine Mammal Center, Laguna Animal Shelter and Blue Bell Cat Foundation.
NEWS
July 11, 2003
The Laguna Beach Coastline Pilot went to the Friends of the Sea Lion Marine Mammal Center and asked Camp Pinniped participants a question suggested by the counselors, 'Besides the best counselors and the coolest animals, what's your favorite part of Camp Pinniped?' "I like downstairs time, we have jobs every day, we feed the animals, clean make fish smoothies for some of the animals -- that's my favorite thing to do." COREY FIACCO, 8 "Just being able to walk around and have projects that the counselors give us."
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By Jeremiah Dobruck | June 12, 2009
Larger than normal numbers of sea lions and seals are turning up on Orange County beaches, causing the Pacific Marine Mammal Center in Laguna Beach to take in record-breaking numbers of animals in need of medical attention. There is no known reason for the additional strandings. So far this year, the center has treated more than 172 animals, which is 15 less than the entire number treated in 2008. The center is packed to the gills with mammals in need of attention that are filling every available space, including makeshift pens in labs and along hallways.
NEWS
By By Dan Beighley | October 28, 2005
Students at Laguna College of Art find they have much to learn from equine sketch session.Two horses and a rider stood motionless on the lawn as a group of around 40 attempted to capture the scene. Students at the Laguna College of Art and Design sized up their Arabian and quarter horse subjects, who were accompanied by a rider dressed in 1840s-era mountain-man clothes, as part of an exercise in learning to work with animals. Instructor Diana Coco-Russell demonstrated the features of the quarter horse, Cody, as she picked up a leg to show students, who in turn articulated the animals' structure with pencils and brushes.
NEWS
July 23, 2004
Suzie Harrison Back in the day, the average animal aficionado was forced to tune into the TV program "Wild Kingdom" to get a close-up view of untamed animals. The Festival of Arts has taken that concept one step further, sans the blood and gore scenes. On Saturday, people will have an opportunity to see first-hand a diverse menagerie of exotic and wild animals during the "Walk on the Wild Side" event with renowned wildlife artist Chris Hoy. Hoy will show off at least 20 animals.
NEWS
December 13, 2002
Sara Wilson When Vivienne McIntosh was young, animals would mysteriously follow her home. "Maybe because of what I was feeding them," she said. Or maybe it was just that she had a way with animals. She is currently the proud owner of two cats that she brought with her from Australia, her home country, and two Chihuahuas. Undoubtedly, she would own more if her husband hadn't set the limit at four. "I just can't imagine being without an animal," she said.
FEATURES
November 28, 2008
Blessing of animals set for Dec. 6 Neighborhood Congregational Church will hold a Blessing of the Animals from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 6. The Blessing will be at 2:30 p.m. The community is invited to bring pets for a blessing and to help the Ark of San Juan, a rescue organization. Donations will be collected to help fill the Ark of San Juan?s wish list which includes new toys, collapsible cages (small/medium), leashes, kongs, harnesses, collars, monetary donations, sponsorships, dog beds and doggie blankets.
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By Bryce Alderton | January 30, 2014
In a typical January, the hillside above Dartmoor Street in North Laguna is almost awash in radiant green. This year is different. The hillside has a pocket of green, but it is largely surrounded by dirt and brown and gray brittle plants that are dying for more water as Southern California endures one of its driest periods on record. Derek Ostensen, 32, who has spent his life hiking the hills surrounding Laguna Beach, said this year is exceptionally dry. "Certainly there's been other major drought events, but current trends are particularly disconcerting," said Ostensen, president of Laguna Canyon Foundation, an organization dedicated to protecting and preserving native habitats.
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NEWS
November 8, 2013
The Laguna Beach Animal Shelter will temporarily close to the public beginning Monday, the Laguna Beach Police Department said in a news release. The closure will last through Nov. 17 as crews resurface the kennel floors, which were unhealthy for the animals because they were rough, at the facility, 20612 Laguna Canyon Road, according to the release. Residents can still contact shelter staff by coming to the police department front counter, 505 Forest Ave., where staff members will answer questions and issue licenses.
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By David Hansen | October 3, 2013
It's getting late and you're wrapping up chores before bed. Half asleep, you walk out back to throw the garbage away when you are face-to-face with Rocky Raccoon, sitting on your garbage can, eating a persimmon. "What?" he says, wiping the juice off his chin. Suddenly, you are very awake. "Geez … you scared me," you say, stepping back, heart pumping. "Just go ahead and leave that," Rocky says. "I'll go through it. " That's essentially what happened to me on Monday night, more or less.
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By Bryce Alderton | July 26, 2013
A sea lion named Roscoe that Pacific Marine Mammal Center employees nursed back to health was seen off the Newport Beach coast and is making progress, the Laguna Beach-based center reported in a news release. Rescue teams spotted Roscoe, who was originally stranded in Newport Beach, and checked his body weight. He was one of four sea lions who had a satellite tag so mammal center staff could track his status in the ocean. "We were pleased to see Roscoe doing so well in the wild," executive director Keith Matassa said in the release.
NEWS
July 11, 2013
I have lived in Laguna Beach in the same house bordering the Wood Canyon watershed for the past 49 years. Wildlife by the dozen pass through our backyard including raccoons, possums, rabbits, squirrels, deer, coyotes, bobcats, skunks, owls, hawks, snakes, lizards, roadrunners and the occasional litter of kittens dumped in our neighborhood by some irresponsible owner. The majority of these animals are gone now, cut off from food and habitat due to land development. After many years absent, a small baby skunk was scurrying around our backyard recently looking for grubs and left-over bird food.
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By Michael Miller | June 20, 2013
Animal Crackers Pet Rescue's new shelter isn't much to look at now - just a spacious room in a Laguna Woods strip mall with packing materials lying around and grooves in the concrete floor showing where walls will be. The staff, though, already has a vivid picture of how the facility will look when funds and permits come in. Tuesday afternoon, founder Gina Katzenbedian and volunteer Jeannie Poshek gave an informal tour of the facility and pointed...
NEWS
By Barbara Diamond | April 8, 2013
Animal Crackers opened in its new Laguna Hills location Saturday. The shop and pet rescue foundation moved to 24310 Moulton Parkway, Suite P, after losing its lease at the Aliso Creek Shopping Center in Laguna Beach. Despite valiant efforts by owner Gina Katzenbedian and her many supporters, no new location in Laguna Beach could be found. "I wish we could have stayed in Laguna, but we are very happy with our new location, which is larger and enables us to expand our rescue operation," Katzenbedian said.
NEWS
December 28, 2012
Recently, Gina Kantzabedian found out a sweet little pit pup, Luna, needed a new home. Luna's parents needed to give her up because their landlord discriminates against pitbulls. It was either give up Luna or be evicted. Within 24 hours of posting Luna's picture on Facebook and sending mass emails to local rescue organizations and friends, Gina found Luna a new home. As of Thursday night, Luna is living in a sweet loving home with another doggy that is a pitbull too. That said, Gina is still looking for temporary space to relocate for about four months while her new location is being renovated.
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By Britney Barnes | December 13, 2012
Among the hustle and bustle of Hospitality Night, Lucinda, 11, and Clara Becker, 9, wanted the booth they were supporting to stand out. So they brought their pet chickens. "We thought it might be cute to attract attention, and it did," said mom Julia Becker. "A lot of people came up and wanted to [see] them. " The Laguna Presbyterian Church, 415 Forest Ave., sponsored the booth Friday night to support Heifer International, a nonprofit that works to end poverty and hunger by providing people in need around the world with an animal that can provide sustenance and an income.
NEWS
By Joanna Clay | October 3, 2012
Zpizza is shutting its ovens at its original location in South Laguna on Tuesday, ending a 26-year run there. However, the pizza shop won't be leaving the city where it got its start, Operations Manager Summer Tarango said. Although Zpizza is leaving 30902 Coast Hwy., in seven months it plans to reopen in the same shopping center, where Animal Crackers Pet Rescue is currently located. "We're sorry to see Animal Crackers go, but we're grateful to get the spot," she said. "They do amazing work.
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