At the Pets in the Park held at the Hollywood Recreation Center, more than 15 pets were placed into new homes. Dogs of all breeds, colors and sizes were represented, along with a variety of cats and kittens looking for their forever homes. Organizations offered materials and information ranging from pet-friendly housing searches to how to enroll your pet into daycare and training programs.
Featured participants included veterinarian Dr. Steve Smith, from the emergency hospital serving Hollywood who additionally does house calls, who spoke with event guests throughout the afternoon. Aussie Pet Mobile Groomer bathed and trimmed all available dogs up for adoption that needed an extra shine and fresh-clean scent. Other participating services comprised of pet care, boarding, grooming, unique pet gifts and gadgets, dog-walking, and environmentally friendly pet products furnished by the City of Los Angeles Stormwater program.
Sponsored by the Central Hollywood Neighborhood Council with support from both Los Angeles city council members La Bonge and Garcetti, and the Hollywood United Neighborhood Council, the event was highly received by members of the community. The department of animal services not only brought along available dogs and cats from their shelters, they additionally were able to furnish coupons for free pet sterilization at participating veterinary hospitals to city residents during the event.
The afternoon's highlight included live entertainment by local on-the-rise band "The Fresh," who kicked off their set with popular song "Puppies and Babies." Folks gathered around the stage area to listen to the band's comedic lyrics, and get a shady reprieve from the hot sun.
"This is a fantastic event, and we are thrilled to see the Hollywood pet-loving community engaged and informed," said LA city council president Eric Garcetti's District Manager Mitch O'Farrell.