Choose Me

Check out this video we prepared for our Anniversary Event.


Images from the Long Beach Animal Care Services Shelter on August 23, 2022

This song was used by permission.  “Choose Me”  from “Songs to Save Animals Campaign”.


FOLBA’s 33rd Anniversary Celebration and Casino Event

Thank you to everyone that supported our 33rd Anniversary Celebration!

On behalf of the current board of directors of FOLBA, we’d like to thank everyone that attended and supported our 33rd Anniversary event on Friday.

We’d also like to thank our volunteers, vendors and those that donated items and supported our live ask!

Check out some of the photos from the event below.

More images are available on our Facebook page.

FOLBA Offering Free Vet Care With Adoptions in July

FOLBA is offering free virtual vet care and an emergency fund of up to $3,000.

We’re excited to announce that during the month of July any dog or cat adopted from City of Long Beach Animal Care Services will get a FREE year of unlimited access to a vet team and a $3,000 pet emergency fund!

This program, through Pawp comes with no deductibles and covers up to 6 family pets and is sponsored by Friends of Long Beach Animals.

Valid for adoptions from Long Beach Animal Care Services from July 1 – July 30, 2022. Restrictions apply.  This is a value of $288.

FOLBA Offering Free Microchipping For Your Pet

In time for the 4th of July when so many pets go missing, FOLBA is offering FREE microchipping for your dog or cat! Please take advantage of this opportunity if your pet is not currently microchipped.

It may mean the difference of being reunited with your pet or not. Pass on this information to everyone you know so we can microchip as many pets as possible in Long Beach and the surrounding areas.

There are many options for getting your pet microchipped through our programs.

All Month: 

This event is from June 1, 2022 – July 3, 2022 and is only available at Bixby Animal Clinic.   Appointments preferred but not required.

Bixby Animal Clinic

3938 Atlantic Avenue
Long Beach, CA 90807

June 9th – July 3rd and Special Chip Day June 12th:

This event runs from June 9th – July 3rd and is available at FIX Long Beach.   For appointments call 562-337-8268.

Fix Long Beach
1749 Magnolia Avenue
Long Beach CA 90813

On June 12th they will also be offering discounted vaccines!


Special thanks to all those that are assisting in providing these services along with Friends of Long Beach Animals:

  • Long Beach Animal Care Services
  • Sparky and the Gang
  • FIX Long Beach
  • Bixby Animal Clinic

FOLBA Receives Generous Donation from Timmons Subaru

When you think of pet friendly car companies, which manufacturer comes to mind? I’m going to bet it’s Subaru!  FOLBA was honored to be the recipient of this year’s Share The Love Event Charity Donation.

Thanks to Timmons Subaru of Long Beach FOLBA received a super generous donation of $40,000 to help the animals in our community.

Held from mid-November through the end of the calendar year, Subaru donates $250 to the customer’s choice of charities for every new Subaru vehicle purchased or leased.  For more information on the Share The Love event click here.

We are so grateful to the team at Timmons Subaru for including us in your program again this year. Thank you!

FOLBA has some big plans for helping out our community animals and friends in 2022 and 2023.  Stay Tuned for announcements coming soon.

FOLBA featured on Things Green

FOLBA was recently featured on Things Green with Nick Federoff which airs on PBS in Southern California. Join us to learn more about the Long Beach Animal Care Shelter and FOLBA’s mission.

FOLBA President Lauren Campbell talks with Nick and takes you throughout the Long Beach Animal Care Shelter.  In addition, FOLBA Treasurer Larry Blunden visits with Nick as they tour FOLBA’s donated Veterinary Clinic at the shelter.

You can watch the episode below.  Thank you to Nick and all the Things Green team for the opportunity to spread the word about our cause.

Cat Transportation: FOLBA Donates Vehicle Funds for Rescue

Friends of Long Beach Animals (FOLBA), established many nine lives ago in 1989, is Long Beach’s most venerable pet-welfare and philanthropic organization.

The organization again lived up to its name on July 6, when they donated funds to The Little Lion Foundation and its subsidiary, The Long Beach Little Paws Project kitten nursery, to buy their very own Ford Transit to shuttle their furry little charges back and forth to vet appointments and rescues.

“We were spending $700 a month renting a van, and we’re like, this is really stupid, it’s a waste of our money—we should try to purchase one,” Little Lion founder Claudia Marie said.

Little Lion reached out to FOLBA for financial assistance to purchase a used vehicle, and the FOLBA board was glad to help.

“We just couldn’t say no!” FOLBA president Lauren Campbell said.

“We transport a lot of kittens, and we’re building a lot of partnerships to help us—for example, Helen Woodward Animal Center, which is a huge nonprofit located in San Diego County,” Marie said. “They’re also going to the Humane Society of Berkeley, to Sonoma Valley and Silicon Valley, and we’re doing an ASPCA transport to Washington State, in Seattle.”

The van will also roll into areas of Long Beach where residents need assistance with keeping their pets healthy.

“Our vet techs can do vaccines [from the van] and give services to community cats,” Marie said. “There will be a workshop at the end of the month for vaccines, microchips, flea meds, and community animals.” (See Just fur fun and fur-ther education for details.)

Little Lion has fostered and adopted out blind kittens, kittens with physical disabilities and illnesses and discarded newborns. Last year, FOLBA gave the Long Beach Little Paws Project a sizable donation to help fill the nursery’s formula bottles and pay for medical care of a sadly considerable number of severe cases.

Read the complete story here. 

Story By Kate Karp, Long Beach Post


FOLBA out meeting the community at Pet Supplies Plus 1 Year Anniversary

On Saturday May 1st Friends of Long Beach Animals was out at the Los Altos Pet Supplies Plus helping the pet store celebrate their 1 year anniversary.

Along with Long Beach Animal Care Services, FOLBA was meeting members of the community and sharing information about their mission.   Some video recording from the Pawz TV crew was also happening and a video of the event is expected to be released soon.

One of the highlights of the event was their new puppy mascot, yet un-named.   FOLBA is having a contest to help name the critter and and voting options will be posted soon on social media.

Special thanks to Pet Supplies Plus for hosting and the community for stopping by and giving generous donations to Friends of Long Beach Animals.

Photos courtesy of Jack Ryan.


Long Beach auto dealership gives a lift to longtime local animal-welfare organization

By Kate Karp

Friends of Long Beach Animals (FOLBA), Long Beach’s most venerable animal-welfare organization, was happy to receive a whole lotta love on Tuesday, April 27, when Timmons Subaru presented them with a check for $37,447.40.

Subaru of America’s Share the Love events are designed to pay it forward to local and national communities. Over the past 13 years, the dealership has given more than $200 million to national charitable organizations such as Meals on Wheels America  and the National Parks Foundation and to local ones. Timmons Share the Love efforts have included distribution of personal protective equipment to local small businesses, providing toys for children at MemorialCare Miller Children’s Hospital Long Beach, and giving funds to local charities. In the space of two months—November through December 2020—the recent Share the Love event collected enough money to make the ride a lot smoother for FOLBA and Honoring Our Fallen, a program celebrating war heroes who died in combat and offering support to their families.

“A part of every purchase goes to the customer’s choice of charities,” said Timmons general sales manager Rocky Ghahary. “We try to keep it local.”

FOLBA board president Lauren Campbell expressed gratitude on the part of the organization and said that the money would be put to good use. The organization has a notable history of working with the community, beginning in 1998 when their Spay/Neuter Incentive Program (SNIP) was launched, up to the present, when they collected a literal ton of pet food for people having trouble feeding their animals during the pandemic, matched $10,000 in Long Beach Gives donations for the Long Beach Little Paws Project and refurbished and furnished the surgery room and other areas of Fix Long Beach’s newly acquired clinic. FOLBA board member Tom Hanberg said that Timmons’ donation will help introduce new projects like kindergarten and first-grade humane education through the school district, assistance for emergency pet care, and funding for the Bonnie & Dooley program, which helps community members pay adoption fees for selected rescues.

“During COVID time, it’s tough for people, so we do one rescue a month,“ Hanberg said. “So far, we’ve done Long Beach Animal Care ServicesLive Love and Little Lion (The Little Lion Foundation). This month, we’re doing Sparky and the Gang.”

Read More at The Long Beach Post