PAWS/LA Brought Four-Legged Furry Fun to WeHo with Annual PAWSAPALOOZA Festival

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The City of West Hollywood partnered with Paws/LA to sponsor some four-legged furry fun with the city’s annual PAWSAPALOOZA festival at West Hollywood Park this past weekend.

The day was somewhat overcast on Saturday, April 20, but that did not stop community members and their leashed companions from joining the celebration that offered numerous booths featuring pet‐friendly products and services. Activities included a Canine Costume Contest and a raffle. Prizes were awarded to the dogs with the best Easter‐themed costumes, but the best part of Pawsapalooza were the treats. There were plenty to pass around at the wag of a tail, and there were lots of new friends to sniff out.

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PAWS/LA is dedicated to preserving the loving bond between people and their animal companions. They provide services to assist low-income seniors and people disabled by a life-threatening illness keep and care for their pets. PAWS/LA was founded in 1989 in response to the companion animal-related crises faced by residents of Los Angeles County who were financially and physically debilitated by HIV/AIDS. Since that time, the agency has expanded its scope to assist low-income seniors and any low-income individual disabled by a life-threatening illness. The organization currently serves more than 1,000 disenfranchised animal guardians and their 1,800+ companion animals. To learn more, visit www.pawsla.org or call John Meeks at (213) 741-1950, ext. 116.

The City of West Hollywood invites canine members of the community and their humans to sniff out a spot and romp around at the City’s two dog parks at West Hollywood Park. A small dog park and large dog park are located on each side of the park’s basketball courts and each area features expanses of open space with shade trees, small mounds and turf terraces, and water stations. In addition, the City operates the William S. Hart Park and Off-Leash Dog Park located at 8341 De Longpre Avenue.

The City of West Hollywood has a history of supporting measures that promote the protection of animal rights and the City is a recognized leader in legislation that ensures the welfare of animals. In April 2003, the City became the first municipality in the nation to prohibit cat declawing. In February 2010, the City passed an Ordinance to address the inhumane conditions endured by “puppy mill” animals by prohibiting the sale of dogs and cats in companion animal stores. In September 2013, the City’s fur Ordinance went into effect, which prohibits retail establishments from selling, trading, distributing, importing, or exporting any fur product.

For more information about upcoming dog events in the City of West Hollywood, call (323) 848-6460.

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