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UPDATED FEB. 14, 2017


Justin Rudd's nonprofit 501c3 Community Action Team (C.A.T.)

Justin Rudd's Haute Dogs, Long Beach, Calif.  THE HAUTE
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.

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.

This Web site is dedicated to my late
bulldog Rosie, my current bulldogs Riley and POTUS, and to all dogs who continue to be brave and loving.

With warm regards,

Justin Rudd!
Exec. Director
Community Action Team (C.A.T.) a 501c3 nonprofit
& Haute Dogs

Justin Rudd's non
profit 501c3 C.A.T. IS AN UMBRELLA organization that includes:
4Halloween Kids' Costume Contest
4July 4 Kids' Bike Parade
4Interfaith Blessing of the Animals
National Kids Spelling Bee
National Adult Spelling Bee
4Belmont Shore Sidewalk Chalk Art
4Haute Dogs on the Beach events
4Haute Dog Howl'oween Parade
4Operation Easter Basket
4Operation Santa Paws
45k/10k Long Beach Turkey Trot
4monthly 30-Minute Beach Cleanups
Beds, Bikes, Bears & Blankets giveaway to those in need
Clothing giveaways to the underserved
4Bulldog Beauty Contest

4Long Beach Losers
4Long Beach Giving Project

I AM A FIRM believer in the collective power of individuals joined in a spirit of goodwill and generous giving to bring about the success of a community.

-Justin Rudd!

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Bring your pets: Interfaith Blessing of the Animals for Pets will also feature Farm Animals
< More than 300 animals to be blessed

Justin Rudd’s nonprofit Community Action Team (CAT) invites the public to bring their pets to the annual, free interfaith pet blessing at the beach (1 Granada Ave., 90803) at sunset on Sun., Oct. 16, 2016, 5:45 p.m. Special guests include a mini cow, pony, alpaca, goats, sheep, bunnies, and ducks.  The event is sponsored by Justin Rudd's nonprofit Community Action Team (CAT) and Haute Dogs.

Free parking after 6 p.m. in the beachfront lot.

DATE: Sun., Oct. 16, 2016
TIME: 5:45 P.M.
(sun sets at 6:17 p.m. this day)
LOCATION: 1 Granada Ave. on the concrete boat launch ramp next to Rosie's Dog Beach. Street parking is free. Beachfront parking is free after 6 p.m.

Blessing of the Animals | Long Beach, CASeniors, families, singles, and children, are encouraged to bring their horses, dogs, cats, birds, lizards, rabbits, pot-bellied pigs, fish, tortoises and turtles and other well-behaved pets.

More than 300 animals are expected to attend (including a battalion of bulldogs) the annual "Interfaith Blessing of the Animals" at sunset on the concrete boat launch ramp at 1 Granada Ave. in Belmont Shore (90803), next to Rosie's Dog Beach.  Beachfront parking is free at 1 Granada Ave. after 6 p.m.
blessing of the animals long beach justin ruddIt's one of the largest blessings of pets in the world, and the annual event began in Long Beach in 2002.

The Blessing is hosted by Justin Rudd's nonprofit Community Action Team (CAT) which includes Haute Dogs.

The event is always free to the public and their pets. Seniors, families, singles, and children, are encouraged to bring their dogs, cats, birds, lizards, rabbits, pot-bellied pigs, fish, tortoises and turtles and other well-behaved pets.

birds at blessing of the animals long beachThe procession of the farm animals and clery down the 100’ red carpet starts at 5:45 p.m. and the approx. 30-minute ceremony takes place as the sun sets over the Pacific Ocean – quite a picturesque site this time of year.

Past clergy have included a variety of faiths, including a Roman Catholic priest from St. Bart’s in Belmont Shore, a representative from the Baha’I Faith, the pastor from Pueblo de Dios Lutheran Church in Compton, the pastor from Bixby Knolls Christian Church, a reverend from Centers for Spiritual Living, a pastor from Parkcrest Church, a Jewish rabbi from Temple Israel, and a reverend from the Universal Life Church.   

pigThere will be a moment of blessing, silence and vigil at the beginning of the service for pets who are unfortunately involved with sport dog fighting and other inhumane, unethical treatment.  

The religious leaders will talk and pray briefly on the interconnections among all living beings.

After brief words from each of the faith leaders, the menagerie of participants will have the opportunity to line up single-file to be blessed by the faith leaders who will be dressed in traditional garb. Olive branches and holy water will be available. Those with pets can choose to get “blessed” by one or all of the clergy.

The event welcomes participants to bring collars, photos, and/or ashes of deceased pets to get blessed.

And, collars/photos of sickly or immobile pets are very welcome!

The events founder/organizer Justin Rudd says, “It's important to recognize and honor the great bond and relationship between pets and their people.”

Dr. Greg Perrault will be the official on-site vet during this blessing of the animals. He owns Cats & Dogs Animal Hospital in Long Beach.

Interfaith Blessing of the Animals, Long Beach
Please bring your pets.

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2016 Faith Leaders

Bishop Chris Carpenter
Reformed Catholic Church Community of the Resurrection, Long Beach
Rev. Mark Sturgess
Los Altos United Methodist Church, Long Beach
Rev. Ava Park
Goddess Temple of Orange County, founder and presiding priestess, Irvine
Pastor Ellen Williams
Pueblo de Dios Lutheran Church, Compton
Rev. Misi Tagaloa

Second Samoan Church, Long Beach
Bishop Bonnie Radden
Refiner's Fire Fellowship, Long Beach
Deacon Roger Faubert
Our Lady of Refuge Catholic Church, Long Beach
Pastors Daniel & Autumn Katz
The Anthem Church, Long Beach (launching Sept. 2017)

2015 Faith Leaders

Fr. Michael Reardon

St. Bartholomew Catholic Church

Rev. Dr. David Clark
Senior Pastor, Bay Shore Church
Bishop Chris Carpenter

Bishop of the Reformed Catholic Church Community of the Resurrection

Rev. Ava Park
The Goddess Temple of Orange County, founder and Presiding Priestess
Rabbi Steven Moskowitz
Temple Israel 
Jesse Oakes
Parkcrest Christian Church, family ministries pastor

Interfaith Blessing of the Animals in Long Beach, Calif.

dog photography by Justin Rudd! | DETAILS

500+ Costumed Dogs to Parade on Howl'oween
Poodles, pugs and other pups to pound pavement in
world's largest Halloween pet event.

haute dog howl'oween parade long beach halloween
best Howl'oween outfits will return to Belmont Shore for the annual Haute Dog Howl'oween Parade on the Sunday before Halloween at 2:30 p.m. More than 500 dogs in all shapes and sizes are expected this year to help raise funds for the 501c3 nonprofit Community Action Team (CAT) which benefits local youth, environmental, and animal welfare projects, including Haute Dogs and Operation Santa Paws. CLICK HERE to read more and see some great pics.

Interfaith Blessing of the Animals


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