Fate is the first step to saving K9 Kismet dogs forever • Long Beach Post News

“Most of the dogs we bring to the rescue come to us from Long Beach Animal Care Services (LBACS) or Orange County Animal Care,” Daniels said. “Many have been overlooked or deemed less adoptable due to their age, health, emotional state or race. We rescue them, rehabilitate them and help them find loving, forever homes. When permanent placement is not an option, usually due to prohibitive medical needs, we care for them for the rest of their lives as K9 Kismet Forever Fosters.

“Kismet” aptly describes the confusion of circumstances that bring dog and rescuer together. K9 Heart or K9 Compassion may be more accurate, but they’re nowhere near as catchy. The rescue started in Los Angeles in 2015 and moved its base to Long Beach three years ago. They house about 15 dogs at a time in homes from Los Angeles to northern San Diego County.

“For us, it’s about finding the best foster home for each dog — sometimes the best foster homes are a long way off,” Daniels said. “We are keeping our squad small and have a realistic understanding of our capabilities. We don’t save a dog unless we know we can give it everything it needs to lead a life of love, care and compassion. We can’t afford to let our hearts guide us, but our hearts speak loudly to inform our decisions.

K9 Kismet pays for all food, medical care and training. Some of the dogs are easily adoptable, others are waiting in foster homes for their adopters to come, and still others will stay for the rest of their lives due to issues that are too much for many people to handle. exception of those who show up impatiently.

“That’s what inspires me, foster families saying yes,” Daniels said.

K9 Kismet pulls from more than 20 shelters, but Daniels focused on LBACS due to the large number of dogs and small staff size. Over the past few months, K9 Kismet has found foster families for 15 LBACS dogs deemed unadoptable. Daniels admires the efforts and initiative of the volunteers at the shelter and has become one herself, arranging meetings and adoption counseling sessions.

“Volunteers are loving, engaged and compassionate,” Daniels said. “The group works as a cohesive unit, and it’s amazing to watch. I’m very lucky, I can call them friends.

K9 Kismet’s compassion extends to humans, helping them to keep their beloved pets. Their community programs include the K9 Kismet Amigos program, which provides financial support for medical care, including urgent and life-saving treatment, for both pets and shelter dogs; and Cooking with Asher, which provides pet food to families in financial difficulty. A sterilization program is underway.

K9 Kismet relies on grants, fundraisers and independent donors to run its program.

“Because we are all volunteers, 100% of the donations we receive go directly to the dogs we serve,” Daniels said.

And of course, host families are essential to success. If you have the heart and compassion, you can make kismet a reality for dogs in desperate need.

Donate to K9 Kismet here. To house a dog in your home, contact [email protected] or 562-438-8500.

Practically pets

These dogs have either been removed from LBACS or are in the shelter where K9 Kismet supports them. They need to get out of the shelter and into the homes of foster families or adopters willing to take care of the whole dog. To apply for fostering or adoption, contact [email protected] or 562-438-8500.

KyloLBACS’ original name was Tommy. He is a 7 month old Lab-mix pup who suffered a broken elbow and bacterial skin infection when he was brought to the shelter as an emaciated stray. K9 Kismet raised the necessary funds for his surgical and medical care, and now he happily loves his foster families and leans in for hugs. He loves belly massages and delicious snacks. Kylo is just a happy little guy! Photo courtesy of K9 Kismet

A blonde woman in a green volunteer apron with the name of the shelter on it sits on a white bench next to a white pit bull with a heart-shaped thought balloon on top of her head.

Here you see Diesel, ID#A558974 at the shelter and an obvious favorite of Nici Daniels. Nici is also a Diesel favorite. Diesel, as his name suggests, is very powerful and needs leash training – he’s a puller – but he’s also a sweetheart and loves treats and his stuffed animals, which he gladly shares. Diesel has been in our shelter for six months. When he came in, he had a skin infection that affected his entire system. Tests showed untreated allergic dermatitis. He’s under control now, but he needs a caring foster or adopter to truly heal him inside and out! K9 Kismet will support the new family with skin medication and leash training resources. Photo of Mary Agugliaro, LBACS volunteer

Hippopotamus, #IDA669784 at the shelter, is an adorable stocky little pittie in dire need of a medical foster home. Daniels calls him a “cute little boo”. Hipps had unusual blood work results and symptoms, and diagnoses are ongoing. She is to exit the shelter and enter a foster home, where K9 Kismet will continue to provide medical testing and treatment. Photo courtesy of LBACS

Funny hairballs

Stand-Pup Comedy Online Advantage: 7-8:30 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 23, online via Zoom, tickets $20 early bird, $25 same day.

What’s funnier than stand-up comedy, other than your dog scampering into something embarrassing from the bedroom during the company visit? This family event, produced by comic cure, features comics and magicians from shows like “Funny or Die” and “Penn and Teller’s Fool Us,” and best of all, if you buy your tickets online, shelters and rescues nationwide will benefit from your purchase ! (I don’t want to tell you who to support, but local cat rescue Helen Sanders CatPAWS is among the recipients’ choices.) Information and ticket purchase available here—Zoom link will be provided the day of the performance.

Sound healing with cats: 5:30-7 p.m., Friday, March 11, Feline Good Social Club, 301 Atlantic Ave., Long Beach, $30.

Long Beach’s only kitty club is gearing up to make your whole being purr again! Club partner Illuminate Life will use Tibetan bowls and other sound instruments to relax you as completely as a cat. The cats in the living room will be of great help to you. and our fabulous Lounge kittens will make your Friday night perfect. Grab your tickets here!

Help the legs

a blonde woman in a white apron and a red striped shirt holds a small brown dog in an electronic collar as the dog person looks on.  The man wears a mask.

Jacqueline Blackstock welcomes dog Bob Gary with his newly neutered pooch, Sam. Gary found Fix Long Beach on the internet after searching all over L.A. County and found no appointments, anywhere, and his own vet wanted $600. Sam said she was ready to go home.

Secure Long Beach Cheap Pet Service Clinics: selected days and times, 1749 Magnolia Ave., Long Beach, services available by appointment at www.fixlongbeachpets.com.

Fix Long Beach makes appointments for low-cost spaying, dental care, vaccinations, and other veterinary needs for cats and dogs. Immunization clinics are held the second and fourth Thursdays of each month. Visit their webpage or Facebook page for more details.

Foster for a while or forever!

Adoption Waggin’ from Long Beach Animal Care Services will arrive and volunteers will show you all the wonderful animals on board.

If you’ve always wanted a pet, but aren’t sure if you’re ready for a lifetime commitment (the pet), or if you’re past the time of roommates for some reason, the Foster care can be a great solution. , especially with one or more kittens appearing during kitten season. Each of the organizations listed below is in desperate need of foster families who will socialize them and help save their little lives. Who knows, maybe one of these lifetimes will change your mind about not being ready for a roommate!

These non-profit organizations also regularly offer cat, dog and rabbit adoptions. Now, adoptions are mostly by appointment. Click on the links for each rescue in case of updates or changes. These organizations operate on donations and grants, and anything you can give would be appreciated. Please suggest rescues in the Long Beach area to add to the list.

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