Your Guide to Pet Week in WeHo

The city of West Hollywood is patiently pumped to welcome its inaugural pet week. Pet Week is an initiative to showcase animal companions and celebrate the joy they bring into our lives.

“I’m so excited for the City of West Hollywood’s first annual Pet Week, featuring pet-friendly businesses and pet-centric events, like World Dog Day,” said the Mayor of the City of West Hollywood, Lauren Meister. “Pet Week is a time for us to show our appreciation and love for our pets. My dogs, Suki and Sammy, approve!

“West Hollywood is one of the most pet-friendly cities in America,” Pro Tempore Mayor Sepi Shyne said. “Many of our residents have beloved animal companions. I am so delighted to have advanced the initiative with Mayor Meister to create Pet Week dedicated to our dear companions, which includes an entire day dedicated to felines. I hope that as a community we will learn more about how to care for our companions, celebrate them, and make West Hollywood a destination for visitors who also have pets.

As part of the Pet Week celebration, the City’s Recreation Services Division will feature community members’ pets on social media. To join the Paw-ty, submit a photo and description of the animal to [email protected], including a fun fact about it and what it means to you! Animals of all species, shapes and sizes are welcome. One day will be designated “Feline Day” to specifically highlight our feline friends! Follow @wehorec on Instagram and @westhollywoodrec on Facebook.

As part of Pet Week, the city will host a virtual panel discussion on holistic veterinary care and alternative remedies featuring Dr. Heather Oxford, DVM, MPH, CCRT, CVA and Dr. Lindsey Wendt, DVM, CVA, CVFT on Wednesday May 25, 2022 at 5:30 p.m. via Zoom. Register on https://us06web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_QWBpx4GgRj-Zw0NyiyCiTQ.

Dr. Oxford is an acupuncture and rehabilitation veterinarian specializing in mobile integrative holistic veterinary medicine to improve health, optimize performance and accelerate recovery in small animals. Dr. Wendt is the owner and creator of Crystal Lotus Veterinary Care, which focuses on providing personalized holistic health care to pets in the comfort of their own homes. Dr. Oxford and Dr. Wendt will be in conversation with City of West Hollywood Mayor Lauren Meister and Mayor Pro Tempore Sepi Shyne, where they will discuss several topics including pet health and welfare ; and holistic care and alternative remedies such as acupuncture, laser therapy, dietary therapy, integrative medicine, and managing separation distress and anxiety.

The City of West Hollywood is also thrilled to co-sponsor the Vanderpump Dog Foundation’s 6and annual world dog day on Saturday, May 28, 2022 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at West Hollywood Park, located at 647 N. San Vicente Boulevard.

“Ruff-Ruff. Ruff-ruff ruff ruff ruff-ruff Saturday, May 28, West Hollywood Park, ruff ruff woof-woof ruff ruff,” board member John D’Amico performed. “Meow? Grrrrr. Ruff Ruff Ruff.

World Dog Day brings together hundreds of people and their furry friends to celebrate dogs in a day of fun and entertainment and takes place during the first-ever City of West Hollywood Pet Week. Admission is free and open to the public; canine companions must be kept on a leash. All activities will be outdoors and socially distanced; masks will be encouraged.

Launched in 2016, this family-friendly event will feature live performances and DJs; an adoption area with adoptable rescue dogs; an animal education area; a water park for dogs; a dog fashion show featuring former adopted rescue dogs and celebrity judges; a dog pie eating contest; an incredible raffle with incredible prizes; dozens of exhibitors offering pet-friendly products and services; as well as a range of food trucks for everyone to enjoy, even celebrities!

World Dog Day will be a memorable day to celebrate dogs while raising awareness of dog abuse around the world, including the Yulin Dog Meat Festival. The Vanderpump Dog Foundation has rescued and adopted over 2,300 dogs into their forever homes nationwide and hundreds more internationally. For more information on World Dog Day, please visit www.vanderpumpdogs.org/world-dog-day.

The City of West Hollywood invites canine members of the community and their humans to sniff around and let off steam at the city’s two dog parks at West Hollywood Park. A small dog park and a large dog park are located on either side of the park’s basketball courts and each area includes stretches of open space with shade trees, small mounds and grass terraces and points of water. In addition, the City operates William S. Hart Park and the off-leash dog park located at 8341 De Longpré Avenue.

The city of West Hollywood is often recognized as one of the most animal-friendly cities in the country and has long supported measures that promote the protection of animal rights and welfare. In April 2003, the city became the first municipality in the country to ban cat declawing. In February 2010, the City passed an ordinance to address the inhumane conditions endured by animals in “puppy mills” by banning the sale of dogs and cats in pet stores. In September 2013, the city’s Fur Ordinance went into effect, which prohibits retail establishments from selling, trading, distributing, importing, or exporting any fur product.

For information on upcoming canine events in the City of West Hollywood, please call (323) 848-6460. For those who are deaf or hard of hearing, please call TTY (323) 848-6496.