The Dog Film Festival is coming to town, and we are beneficiaries!

Please consider this your exclusive invite to the Dog Film Festival, coming to Los Angeles in just three weeks! It will be a weekend of unique, like-minded joy.

For starters, on Saturday, June 4th, there’s a “pooch party,” which will be an afternoon tea party on the tented roof at the VCA West Los Angeles Animal Hospital. We, along with the Lange Foundation, are beneficiaries on all ticket sales!  Then the next night, June the 5th, is a BYOD celebration — Bring-Your-Own-Dog! The Dog Film Festival is the first film festival entirely for, by, and about dogs… and their people. To find out more and get your tickets for these awesome events, please click here!

We hope to see you for this fun-filled, good-willed, canine-billed weekend! Thank you for supporting art that centers around animals, and thank you as always for supporting us.

LA Pooch Party Invite Final

Watts Dog Clinic: How One Day Can Make A World Of Difference.

Watts clinic

Our recent, completely free Watts Dog Clinic was a huge success. How do we measure success? There are the numbers: 40 dogs were spayed or neutered, and over 200 dogs were vaccinated, micro chipped, and licensed. But more than just the numbers, an amazing team of caring people gathered together for one reason – to provide services for an underserved community of Los Angeles. Watts does not have even a single animal hospital operating in its area.

There are many groups that united to make this day special. Thanks to our friends at the Watts Coffee House (on the corner of 103rd and Wilmington) we had a terrific location, right in the center of the community. One of the biggest challenges that many dog owners in Watts face is lack of transportation.

Watts clinic-1Having a variety of services in one location, and making it a great location, was an enormous benefit.  The Coffee House also helped us get the word out, which led to a line of people down the block on 103rd Street. What a crowd!

First we must thank the Amanda Foundation and their amazing team of vets and vet techs who provided all of the veterinarian services.  Then there’s the Department of Animal Services staff and volunteers who were on hand to provide information about the many services that Los Angeles City shelters offer as well as one-stop licensing.  A SCVMA team of veterinarians also came out and volunteered their time by offering medical advice, a new initiative at our clinics.


Watts-AmandaMembers from the ASPCA Safety Net and Spay Clinic Team volunteered and provided services to families with dogs who needed more than just basic vaccinations or sterilization.  For example, we met a cocker spaniel who had a serious eye injury, and thanks to the ASPCA, this sweet dog was examined and treated at an animal hospital early this week.  Our own shelter intervention counselor, Amanda, did an amazing job with her outreach efforts and wrote vouchers for animals needing extensive medical care, issues such as mange, ear infection, and even one senior dog with a terminal liver issue. Everybody was assisted, and there wasn’t a dog with a medical problem was who was turned away.

By coming together to work as one cohesive team, volunteers from Watts Project, Ghetto Rescue FFoundation, and Downtown Dog Rescue passed out hundreds of pounds of dog food and treats, fitted hundreds of dogs with new collars and leashes, and passed out other goodies such as toys, dog beds, and shampoos. We even had a pet ID tag engraving machine, which made over 100 free dog tags for the community’s dogs.

Watts tags

A big thanks also goes out to trainer Larry Hill from Puppy Imprinters who came out and signed people up for dog training classes, as well as to Aromatherapy Groomers for coming out […]

Pits & Perceptions Opening Night – February 20, 2010 in Artology 101, Atwater Village, CA

“Pits & Perceptions OPENING NIGHT”
February 20, 2010, 4:00 PM
Artology 101 in Atwater Village
It was a lot of fun with good food, great company and music.
There were a number of great breed ambassadors from
Heigl Foundation, B.A.R.K. and of course DDR.
For those of you who weren’t able to attend,
here are some photographs of the event!

Click to play this Smilebox slideshow: P & P

Thanks to Josie Gavieres of B.A.R.K.
for the wonderful pictures!
Additional photos (the blurry ones) by
Irene Soriano Brightman, DDR PitStop Editor


DOGGONE Good PITStop EVENTS: Pits and Perception Exhibition in LOS ANGELES!

* Our first DogGone Good PITStop event: A call out to the DDR family to come out and support the Pits & Perception opening night – would love to put together a DDR contingent to come and meet at the exhibit – please email if you are interested so we know who to watch out for! You can also RSVP on our Facebook page under EVENTS! Can’t wait to get everyone together!

*Thanks to Temma Martin from Best Friends for the exhibition photo and press release!

Charcoal Study



‘Pits and Perception’ Opens in Los Angeles
Artist Hopes to Change Way People View Pit Bulls

Best Friends co-founder and resident artist Cyrus Mejia says that when he was growing up, pit bulls were considered the ultimate family dog. One look at Mejia’s “Pits and Perception” art exhibit, and it’s easy to see why so many people through the years have revered the breed.

The show opens Saturday, Feb. 20 at Artology 101, 3108 Glendale Blvd. in Los Angeles, with a reception from 4 to 7 p.m. The gallery will be open that evening until 10 p.m.

The show will be on display until March 18. Gallery hours are Tuesday through Sunday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.


“For me, pit bulls have always been ‘Petey on the ‘The Little Rascals’ rather than the dogs that have become associated with dog fighting and gangs,” says Mejia, who was part of a group of nearly two dozen individuals who founded Best Friends Animal Society in 1984. The organization is well known as the largest companion animal sanctuary in the United States, as well as home to a number of the pit bulls seized from the Michael Vick dog fighting case. Best Friends’ work with dogs is chronicled on the National Geographic Television series, “DogTown,” which entered its fourth season in January.