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Pets of the Week: Jaunty Jetta & Lovely Lucy

I am right here, waiting for you! Photo by Cat Connection.
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Cat Connection is a non-profit 501(c) cat and dog rescue organization that has been providing animal rescue services to the Southern California area for over ten years. Cat Connection's adoptable animals are available for viewing and adoptions seven days a week at theBeverly Oaks Animal Hospital, a 24-hour clinic and emergency facility.

Jetta is a 6-month-old handsome, long-haired Tabby. He is sweet, incredibly affectionate and extremely playful. Jetta is neutered and up-to-date on his shots. He is ready to go to a forever home today.

Lucy is a lover! Photo by Cat Connection.
Though most of Cat Connection's rescues are feline, they do rescue rabbits and dogs, like Lucy. Lucy is an adorable 6 year old Lhasa Apso. She is very sweet and loves cats, dogs and people. She is house-trained and looking for a new family to give her the loving home she deserves.Lucy was dumped in front of the animal hospital, abandoned at the front door in a box. This is not an unusual story for animal welfare organizations, pet hospitals, and pet stores. Maybe the pet was unwanted or even worse, loved, but their human companion could no longer afford to care for them. Luckily Lucy was left in a place where she was saved. Not all abandoned pets are so lucky.

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If you or someone you know has come to the difficult decision to relinquish a pet, please be aware, animal abandonment is a crime in California. Anyone who abandons an animal is subject to a $500 fine and/or up to six months in jail (California Penal Code Sec. 597S). Instead of committing a crime, try to re-home your pet, search the internet for rescue groups or breed specific rescues, or relinquish your pet at the local animal shelter, SPCA, or humane society.

For those with the mindset that a relinquished pet won't survive in a shelter, consider this: potential adopters go to animal shelters LOOKING for pets to adopt. There are HUNDREDS of animal rescue groups all over Southern California pulling pets from animal shelters to re-home.

Please give unwanted pets a fighting chance at a forever home rather than abandoning them to fend for themselves.

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