My furry valentine

There was a lot of affection – and licking – on display during Saturday’s Adopt-a-Valentine Pet Adoption Festival at the North Central Animal Shelter in Lincoln Heights. The event, which was organized by the Friends of Hermon Dog Park, included information booths, synchronized dog and people dancing (talk about four left feet) and an appearance by actress Debra Wilson (pictured above).  Photographer Martha Benedict was there to snap photos of the festival.  Click here for more images.

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Photos by Martha Benedict


  1. Congratulations to everyone.

  2. At final count, 44 animals were adopted over the course of that day (with most new owners receiving substantial discounts on the fees, including an added $25-off thanks to the Arroyo Seco Neighborhood Council). That’s roughly one-quarter of the adoptable pets the shelter can hold at any given time, and no doubt helps to extend the life (and future adoption options), for others still left there. This now-annual event has, over the past 30 months, been responsible for well over 100 abandoned and stray animals finding loving homes in the Northeast L.A. area.

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