What's New

1. Congratulations to Cover Artist Natalia Torres!

2. Friends of Torrance Animals Adopt-A-Classroom Program

3. Police Department Seeks Volunteers for Animal Disaster Team

4. Licensing: Torrance Dogs & Cats now have PERMANENT ID tags

5. LA County Carson Shelter Statistics

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1. Congratulations to Cover Artist Natalia Torres!

(April-May, 2014): Friends of Torrance Animals is pleased to congratulate Natalia Torres, a third-grader at Anza Elementary School, for her winning artwork in the Kind News Cover Contest.

Natalia’s entry, of her family’s dog, Dakota, was chosen as the cover artwork for the Junior Edition of the April-May issue of Kind News, an eight-page, bimonthly magazine for elementary-school age children published by the Humane Society of the United States.  Natalia’s artwork was printed on more than 170,000 copies of the Junior Edition of the magazine, distributed nationwide.

Natalia’s teacher, Ms. Phillips, participated this year in the Friends of Torrance Animals adopt-a-classroom program.  Friends of Torrance Animals provided humane education materials to more than 2,500 students in more than 80 Torrance classrooms this school year, at no charge to the students, teachers, or schools.  The program includedKind News, which is available in three reading levels: Primary Edition (grades K-2), Junior Edition (grades 3-4), and Senior Edition (grades 5-6).  For all editions, nearly half a million copies of the April-May issue were distributed.

As reported in the “Meet the Artist!” feature of the magazine,

Natalia’s family adopted Dakota from a rescue group. The group discovered the puppy and her seven brothers and sisters at a swap meet where someone was trying to sell them. The rescue group took the dogs in and found homes for the puppies. Natalia’s family chose Dakota.


“[Dakota] makes me happy. I like playing in the yard with her,” says Natalia. “She likes to chase her super long tail. After she catches it, she still runs in circles! Dakota takes boxes from the recycling bin and runs around the yard with them. She’s a crazy, funny puppy!


“I feed her breakfast and dinner, says Natalia. “I take her for walks and I give her lots of love. My dog is part of the family.”

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Friends of Torrance Animals is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization that encourages effective animal control, responsible pet ownership, and humane treatment of animals in our community, through education.  Since 2003, the Friends of Torrance Animals Adopt-A-Classroom program has provided humane education materials for local classrooms, at no charge to the teacher, student, or school.

The Humane Society of the United States is the nation’s largest animal protection organization, rated the most effective by its peers. Since 1954, The HSUS has been fighting for the protection of all animals through advocacy, education, and hands-on programs.  Website: http://www.humanesociety.org; www.kindnews.org;   http://www.humanesociety.org/news/magazines/kind_news/2014/04-05/cover-contest-winners.html

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2. Friends of Torrance Animals Adopt-A-Classroom Program

'Teaching a child not to step on a caterpillar is as valuable to the child as it is to the caterpillar.' - Bradley Millar

More than 80 teachers in schools across Torrance are participating in the Friends of Torrance Animals Adopt-A-Classroom program during the 2013-2014 school year. Thanks to donations, humane education materials will be provided to these teachers at no cost to the teacher, student, or school.

Each classroom is receiving a classroom subscription to Kind News, an eight-page magazine filled with colorful articles, short features, and fun activities that children and teachers enjoy, and additional materials throughout the school year.

The program is being provided, by request of the teachers and/or principals, to classes at:

  • Adams Elementary School
  • Anza Elementary School
  • Arnold Elementary School
  • First Lutheran School
  • Hickory Elementary School
  • Riviera Hall Lutheran School
  • St. Catherine Laboure
  • Seaside Elementary School
  • South Bay Junior Academy
  • Torrance Elementary School
  • Walteria Elementary School
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Teachers who would like to join the program can e-mail FTA@onebox.com, leave a message on our message line, (877) 571-4189, or send a request to Friends of Torrance Animals, PO Box 10123, Torrance CA 90505. Requests should include the number of students, number of classrooms, grade level(s), and contact information.

For more information, check out the Resources for Teachers section of our website.

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3. Police Department Seeks Volunteers for Animal Disaster Team


In the event of an emergency, the Torrance Police Department encourages all pet owners to evacuate with their pets.

For cases where that isn't possible, the Police Department has formed an Animal Disaster Team (ADT) to provide care and sheltering of animals impacted by local disasters.

The ADT is seeking volunteers, adults 18 years or older who live or work in Torrance, who are interested in joining the Animal Disaster Team. Volunteers will complete an application and be fingerprinted for a background check. All equipment and training is provided by the city.

ADT volunteers who have passed the background check and have been issued credentials will feed, clean up after, and take care of, pets during a disaster under the direction of Torrance Animal Control. This will allow disaster responders, including animal control officers and veterinarians, to concentrate their efforts on public safety.

Volunteers who have a special affinity for only a certain type of pet (reptiles, small dogs, rabbits, birds, big dogs, or cats) are encouraged to apply. You do not have to be able to handle all types of animals to help. Volunteers do not have to commit to certain number of hours of service, and will not be required to perform veterinary treatments.

For more information or to request an application, please visit the City of Torrance website or call (310) 618-5725.

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4. Licensing: Torrance Dogs & Cats now have PERMANENT ID tags

To help protect human health and safety, dog licenses are required by the State of California and the City of Torrance. Proof of rabies vaccination is required for a dog license.

Pets licensed after 5/1/12 are issued a metal license tag which will remain with the pet permanently while the license must be renewed annually. New licenses are valid for one year from the date of purchase or until the rabies vaccination expires, whichever comes first.

Torrance Municipal Code 41.3.1 states that all dogs four months of age and thirty days in the city, must be licensed. Fees and penalties are established by the Torrance City Council.

Cat licenses are available as an option in Torrance. Cats, like dogs, should wear ID tags and be microchipped to make sure they can be reunited with their families if they get lost.

For more information about pet licensing, please call Torrance Animal Control at (310) 618-3850. Licenses are issued from their office at 2200 Jefferson Street, near the tennis courts in Wilson Park.

For more help online, click here.

ID Tag

New permanent ID tag - looks good with any dog or cat!

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5. LA County Carson Shelter Statistics

The City of Torrance does NOT have an animal shelter. The City contracts with LA County for sheltering services. Animals without ID tags who cannot be returned to their homes are taken to the LA County/Carson shelter, located at 216 W. Victoria Street in Carson (two blocks east of Figueroa & 190th).

According to information provided by the LA County Department of Animal Care & Control, they took in more than 85,000 animals in the fiscal year ended June 30, 2006, including nearly 17,000 at the Carson shelter (which services Torrance). On average, every day in FY 2005-2006, 7 dogs and 3 cats were adopted from the Carson shelter; 8 dogs and 12 cats were euthanized there. For complete statistics on the number of dogs, cats, and other animals impounded, returned to owner, adopted, and euthanized for FY '03-'04, '04-'05, and '05-'06, please go to Shelter Statistics.

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Animal control is a public health and safety function that covers all animals and benefits all residents. It includes field patrol (law enforcement), licensing, and sheltering. Friends of Torrance Animals is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, which encourages effective animal control, responsible pet ownership, and humane treatment of animals in our community, through education. We are not an adoption agency or animal placement agency.

 

Some portions updated May 19, 2014