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    Winnie Erickson Gets Sworn In as Pet Mayor of West Hollywood

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    Winnie Erickson, West Hollywood Mayor John Erickson’s pet companion, was sworn in as Honorary Pet Mayor of West Hollywood at a Picasso Pets event on Saturday, April 6, at West Hollywood Park. Former Pet Mayor, Chloe Shyne was on hand to turn over the sash (in this case a dog treat) to the new title holder.

    “The City of West Hollywood has been on the forefront of animal rights for a long time and it is one of the issues that is a legacy issue for our city,” said Mayor Erickson. “When you think about the LGBTQ community and the connection between our pets, they became our families. And so it’s great to see that we’re doing this event in all great fun to bring a little bit more joy and today’s very exciting day because we’re swearing in my dog Winnie to be the new honorary second pet Mayor after the amazing Chloe.”

    Chloe and Council Member Sepi Shyne
    Winnie is Sworn in as West Hollywood Pet Mayor – WEHO TIMES

    Mayor Erickson thanked Leslie Boggs, the founder of Wags and Walks, for running an organization that helped rescue and unite him with Winnie. “Lesley is dedicated to not only making sure our pets get forever homes, but to reduce the stigma against pitbulls and other animals. As a result of that a year ago, we actually removed pet-based restrictions on all of our apartment buildings here in the city of us because we know that our animals our family.”

    Boggs swore in Winnie as the second Pet Mayor of West Hollywood. Winnie solemnly swore on her food bowl, to faithfully execute her duties as Pet Mayor of West Hollywood, put forward and advocate for all pets in the city of West Los Angeles and all rescues seeking their forever homes, and vowed to serve as a role model for all canines, felines and humans.

    Winnie is Sworn in as West Hollywood Pet Mayor – WEHO TIMES

    Picasso Pets was free to the community offering pet-friendly activities, treats, goody bags and pet caricatures. Souvenirs included a City of West Hollywood tennis ball, a fire hydrant poop bag dispenser, bandana, and a bag of treats.

    The City’s Pet Mayor is a program authored by council members Lauren Meister and Sepi Shyne, was approved by the West Hollywood City Council in 2022. As part of the program, the City’s Mayor may choose to have their pet (dog, cat, or another animal companion) serve as the Pet Mayor during their mayoral term. The City’s Pet Mayor program intends to enhance support for the West Hollywood community’s animals and animal guardians and help bring awareness to the City’s ongoing efforts and initiatives focused on animal welfare.

    Picasso Pets West Hollywood – WEHO TIMES

    The City’s Pet Mayor’s responsibilities including taking part in events and initiatives centered on the well-being of pets in the community. The Pet Mayor will also be tasked with attending appropriate meetings and events, which may include attending fundraisers in support of animal rescue organizations, photo ops at dog-friendly establishments in West Hollywood, and other forms of community engagement.

    From her humble beginnings as a rescue dog to her current role as the Pet Mayor of the City of West Hollywood, Winnie’s story is a testament to the power of love, companionship, and the incredible bond between humans and animals. As the Pet Mayor, Winnie will continue to spread happiness and positivity wherever she goes, proving that sometimes, the best leaders come with fur and four legs.

    Winnie is enthusiastic about her new role and is committed to helping others who have been in her previous situation find their furever homes. Wags and Walks will be present at the event to showcase some dogs and puppies available for adoption. Please note that on-site adoptions will not be available; however, resources and information will be provided. Wags and Walks is dedicated to advocating for wrongfully stereotyped bully breeds, medical dogs, and mamas/puppies that are often overlooked and at-risk due to overcrowding. For more information about Wags and Walks, please visit: https://www.wagsandwalks.org.

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    Paulo Murillo
    Paulo Murillohttps://wehotimes.com
    Paulo Murillo is Editor in Chief and Publisher of WEHO TIMES. He brings over 20 years of experience as a columnist, reporter, and photo journalist. Murillo began his professional writing career as the author of “Love Ya, Mean It,” an irreverent and sometimes controversial West Hollywood lifestyle column for FAB! newspaper. His work has appeared in numerous print and online publications, which include the “Hot Topic” column in Frontiers magazine, where he covered breaking news and local events in West Hollywood. He can be reached at [email protected]
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