DOG organization (pronounced "HOT") is a diverse and growing network of dog owners, lovers, educators, rescuers and supporters. Our common bond has resulted in a unique and lively community of folks who share some qualities of our favorite dogs: devotion, spirit and tenacity.
EDUCATE & INFLUENCE Through educational outreach and events, we hope to help inspire a better understanding and appreciation of dogs, dispel damaging myths, encourage responsible ownership practices, and offer practical adoption and rescue opportunities.
Dog Fancy writes, "Long Beach makes our list of the best cities for dogs. And while this city of just under 500,000 people boasts a dog-friendly beach and tony Second Street, a shopping area that’s truly dog-friendly, it’s Long Beach’s innovative events for dogs and dog lovers that set this town apart.
At the Haute Dog Parade, 400 or so costumed dogs march down the city’s streets, some in flower-bedecked wagons and carts (think pooch-sized Rose Parade). Other attention-grabbing events include the Bulldog Beauty Contest, which attracts several hundred English and French Bulldogs on Valentine’s Day weekend and crowns the “Bull of the Ball.”
But Long Beach isn’t all fun and games: Serious-minded programs include Operation Santa Paws, where residents collect toys and treats for shelter dogs at Christmas.
The man behind all these events is Justin Rudd, a longtime community activist and founder of Haute Dogs, a nonprofit organization that raises money and attention for homeless pets. So what inspired the Alabama-born Rudd to help transform Long Beach into a dog lover’s urban Disneyland? 'My Bulldog, Rosie (SHOWN). I wanted to start a movement … that allows dogs to be a very special and deliberate part of our day-to-day life,' he says. 'I like to celebrate the connections we have with our dogs.'”
Illegal Breeding in Long Beach
It is illegal to breed dogs in Long Beach without a Breeding Permit and illegal to sell or adopt animals without a Transfer Permit. More information is available online about the permitting process and the consequences. BREEDING ENFORCEMENT DETAILS
Choose a New Best Friend Haute Dog Adoptions & Rescue Groups
ADOPTION IS a great option! CLICK HERE for a huge listing of shelters, rescues, and agencies Los Angeles, Orange County, Long Beach and all of Southern California where you can find beautiful, adoptable dogs of all breeds and mixes. MORE
LONG BEACH | 14TH ANNUAL
Bring Your Pets to the FREE Interfaith Blessing of the Animals Sat., Oct. 18, 2015
WE'LL BLESS THE PETS, Sat., Oct. 18, 2015, at sunset (procession begins at 5:45 p.m.) at 1 Granada Ave., Belmont Shore in Long Beach, 90803, next to Rosie's Dog Beach, on the concrete boat launch ramp overlooking the Pacific Ocean. The Interfaith Blessing of the Animals is FREE and presented by Haute Dogs and Justin Rudd.
Seniors, families, singles, and children, were encouraged to bring their dogs, cats, birds, lizards, rabbits, pot-bellied pigs, fish, tortoises and turtles and other well-behaved pets. We also host some farm animals at this event, including horses, ponies, lambs, an alpaca, sheep, goats, rabbits, chickens. DETAILS
15th-annual Haute Dog Howl'oween Parade is Sat., Oct. 31 HAUTE DOG HOWL'OWEEN PARADE is Sat., Oct. 31, 2015, 2:30 p.m., to include more than 500 costumed dogs and a few thousand dogless gawkers. Haute Dogs is expected to again donate thousands of dollars to animal welfare programs from money raised. FREE to watch. Rent a chair for $5 (they sell out). DETAILS
The 15th-annual HAUTE DOG HOWL'OWEEN PARADE will be Sat., Oct. 31, 2015, 2:30 p.m. at Marina Vista Park, 5355 E. Eliot St. Long Beach, 90803.
Operation Santa Paws for Abused and Abandoned Dogs & Cats
YOUR HELP IS NEEDED for the holiday toy/treat/supplies collection drive for shelter/rescue dogs and cats. If you, your company or your organization would like to become a part of Operation Santa Paws, please contact the organizer at Justin@JustinRudd.com, and he can e-mail you a pdf file for the poster (or click the logo at left to download a poster) that you can print and place on a cardboard box(es) or large plastic tub for a drop box that you can place in your office, at a pet store, veterinarian office, church, school, etc. Be sure to include the exact business name, address, and phone of where your box(es) will be so we can list it below.
Then invite your friends, family, co-workers, etc. to put new toys and bags of treats in the box/tub. You can also contact your local newspapers and other media outlets and let them know what you are doing and ask them to help you get the word out.
And, when you are finished collecting goods at your location on the date you choose, you can deliver your collected items to your favorite shelter or drop the goods at one of our major drop-off locations (in the Los Angeles/Orange County area) listed below where we'll pick it up and deliver to various local shelters and rescues on the Saturday before Christmas. DETAILS
Entry is just $10, $15, or $20 (day-of) per dog and is good for all contests. All proceeds benefit local canine rescue, adoption and spay/neuter programs and programs of the nonprofit Community Action Team (CAT). It's free to spectate, and $5 cash (at-event, or $10 reserved in advance) to rent a front-row seat on the grassy runway. The Pet Adoption and vendor fair is 9:30 a.m. - 3 p.m.
9:40 a.m.: Best talent/trick, all breeds/mixes 10 a.m.: English Bulldog Beauty Contest
11:15 a.m.: Senior Dog Pageant, (all breeds/mixes, NEW ages 7+)
11:25: Best Costume/Outfit on a dog (all breeds/mixes)
11:45 a.m.: Pit Bull Pageant
12 p.m.: Cute Dog Contest
12 p.m.: Ugly Dog Contest
12:15 p.m.: French Bulldog Pageant
12:35: Pug Pageant
12:50 p.m.: Best Tail (all breeds/mixes)
1 p.m.: National Mutt Show (any mixed breed)
1:15 p.m.: Best Smile (all breeds/mixes) 1:30 p.m.: Best in Show, (all breeds/mixes)
1:50 p.m.: Best Legs (all breeds/mixes)
2 p.m.: Chihuahua Beauty Contest
Small Dog Pageant (generally 20 lbs. or less and/or shorter than 16 inches; not puppies)
2:25 p.m.: Large Dog Pageant (generally 60+ lbs.)
2:35 p.m.: Poodle Pageant (all sizes)
2:45 p.m.: Dachshund Pageant
DOG FOOD FOR A YEAR from Petcurean to the winner of the 2015 Bulldog Beauty Contest.
Healthy Spot will be giving out goody packets to the first 400 dogs to sign in at the Haute Dogs Pageants and Bulldog Beauty Contest on Sat., Feb. 7. In addition, they'll be presenting large gift baskets ($250 value) for the National Mutt Show, Best in Show, and the Senior Dog Contest. Further, they will provide deluxe spa certificates ($100 value) for many of the other contests that day.
Pussy & Pooch has generously donated gift certificates that will be given out throughout the day.
Please attend the Haute Dogs' Yappy Hour and Valentine's card contest judging at noon on Sun., Feb. 8, 2015, at Long Beach Animal Care Services. Free parking.
Will You Enter the Valentine's Card Contest for Shelter Pets Feb. 14, 2016? HAUTE DOGS, Justin Rudd, and Westerly School are sponsoring the 6th-annual handmade Valentine's card contest for Long Beach-area students (K-12) to create lovable Valentine's cards for the 120+ dogs and 50+ cats housed at the Long Beach Animal Care Services shelter.Hundreds of cards were submitted last year.
CARDS from adults are encouraged, too, but will not be judged in the contest. Rudd says, "There are hundreds of dogs and cats in our city who are looking for love and affection while waiting for forever homes. Let's show them our love this season. We encourage classrooms, scout groups, church youth groups, and other organizations to create cards for the animals."
Cards should be received at Long Beach Animal Care Services, 7700 E. Spring St. (MAP) Long Beach, CA 90808, on or before noon on Sun., Feb. 14, 2016. Students should place their name, grade level, teacher's name and school name on the very back of the card. Cards will not be returned.
WIN A PIZZA PARTY! The student who creates the winning card will receive a pizza party for their friends, classroom or group (up to 30 people). Judging will take into consideration the grade level of the student, and will be based on creativity, originality, and first impression. The folded cards should not exceed 5x7, and should not include any particular animal’s name. Volunteers will randomly assign a card to an animal’s kennel. The goal is to get at least one card per animal that will be attached to each pet's kennel through the Valentine's Day week.
YAPPY HOUR HOSTED BY WESTERLY SCHOOL. In addition to the regular shelter hours, the public is invited to come view the cards and their creators, spend time with the animals and "fall in love" during the special Yappy Hour from noon to 1 p.m., where punch and cookies will be served to human guests by students at Westerly School, soft love songs will be playing, the shelter animals will receive special Valentine's goodies, and awards will be announced for the best Valentine's cards.
Justin Rudd and Long Beach beauty queens will be hosting the event. The Yappy Hour will surely allow visitors to find a 4-legged sweetheart to love.
Regular shelter hours are Wed. thru Fri. 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and Sat. thru Sun. from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The shelter is closed Mon. and Tues. Direct any questions to Justin@JustinRudd.com. Parking is free. Visit the shelter online at http://longbeach.gov/acs