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RECAP-Free Spay and Neuter Clinics a Success!


As part of giving back to the community, Lovebugs Rescue partnered with Lucy Pet Foundation and OC Animal Care to provide FREE spay and neuter clinics to 54 Orange County resident's pets. These clinics were 100% paid for by Lovebugs Rescue. Each registered animal became part of the pet overpopulation solution, which means less unplanned litters and less dogs being euthanized in the shelters.

A total of 54 dogs and cats had surgery, as well as all receiving a rabies vaccine and a registered microchip. The Lucy Pet Foundation mobile clinic was easy to spot in the OC Animal Care parking lot, alongside Lovebugs Rescue’s signature pink information booth. All animals had to register in advance due to pre-surgery requirements.

“After five years of rescuing countless stray animals off the street and in animal shelters, our team realized that adoption alone wasn't going to solve the problem,” states Lovebugs Rescue Founder Heather Peterson. “Our goals broadened to not only reduce the number of animals euthanized in shelters every year, but to help reduce the numbers of pregnant animals and orphaned puppies and kittens coming into the shelters in the first place. Teaming with Lucy Pet Foundation’s Mobile Spay and Neuter Clinic is our first step in meeting our goals.”

The first event on May 19th booked up so quickly, Lovebugs Rescue added a second spay/neuter clinic on Friday, July 19, 2015. These events were also 100% funded by Lovebugs Rescue. If you'd like to donate towards future mobile spay/neuter clinics, please visit the Lovebugs Rescue donation page at:

We thank you for your continued support.

12 Dog Training Mistakes Owners Make – Part 1


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 12 Dog Training Mistakes Owners Make – Part 1

1. Keeping your new puppy indoors until they have had all of their shots. 

Early positive exposures (socialization) between the ages of 8 – 12 weeks is what the American Veterinary Society of Animal Behavior, a large group of veterinarians, behaviorists and researchers, recommends. Why are those early months so important? The first three months are the most important time to socialize your puppy because sociability far outweighs fear. Puppies should have as many positive exposures to people, places, sounds as can safely be done. Incomplete and improper socialization during this age can increase the development of aggression, fear and anxiety as an adult. Having a well-behaved adult dog starts the first day your dog comes home. 

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2. Too much time in a crate.
Dogs are denning animals and can stay in their crate all day, right? Wrong, a dog should never be kept in a crate longer than four hours at a time, except when sleeping at night. Keeping a dog in a crate all day creates hyperactivity and can lead to frustration and aggression. If you need to leave your dog all day while you are at work, block off an area for them, ie. kitchen, laundry room or use an exercise pen. Hiring a dog walker to come walk them is also a great idea. Adding some mental stimulation can help as well (read 6 below).

3. Using the wrong equipment.

Choke chains, pinch collars and shock collar do exactly what they say – choke the dog by cutting off his air supply, pinch his neck until it hurts and deliver an electric shock to the dogs throat. Making these kinds of training mistakes can not only cause physical harm such as blindness, trachea damage and death but they can, and often do cause behavior damage. Build a solid bond with your best friend by teaching them what you want instead. Using a front click harness can help with a dog that pulls on the walk. Hiring a good positive reinforcement dog trainer can help teach you the basics and get you started on the right paw. Read what educated veterinarians say about using the wrong equipment “AVSAB’s position is that punishment (e.g. choke chains, pinch collars, and electronic collars) should not be used as a first-line or early-treatment for behavior problems. This is due to the potential adverse effects which include but are not limited to: inhibition of learning, increased fear-related and aggressive behaviors, and injury to animals and people interactive with animals.” 

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Using a front click harness can help with pulling during the walk and finding a positive reinforcement dog trainer or class can teach your dog manners.



4. Not enough time walking.

One of the joys of having a dog is that you will never walk alone. Taking a walk with your dog twice a day for at least 30 minutes can reduce barking, chewing, hyperactivity and eliminating in the house (and those are only the benefits for the dog). A walk is great physical exercise but your dog will also get environmental enrichments in the form of sights, sounds and sniffs! The more sniffing your dog does, the more fatigued he will be so let the sniffing begin. And if you really want a tire dog, walk him in a new place, neighborhood or direction. The new sites, sounds and smells will exhaust him. Home Depot and Lowe’s have some great environmental enrichment so take your dog with you when you go.


5. Poor leadership.

Pop culture wants us to believe that dogs are trying to dominate us for leadership and we need to show them we are the “alpha.” But decide which type of “pack leader” will be more effective, a dictator or someone that influences behavior. Leadership expert Steven Covey explains that in order to be a good leader you must first seek to understand. Dogs behave in a way that benefit them, in other words they do what works (humans do this too). If your dog investigates the counter top because it smells good up there and he finds and eats a tasty ham sandwich, then you can bet he will be checking the counter tops more often. Once you understand the simple principals of how dogs learn then you can solve any problem. Being a knowledgeable benevolent leader is the most effective way to lead.

6. Not enough enrichment and mental stimulation.

Work to eat. Biologically speaking, your dog is not supposed to have a bowl of kibble plunked down in front of him. He is a hunter by nature, meant to work for his keep. Mimic this by serving your dog’s food in a Kong, treat ball or interactive toy. Your dog will spend the first part of the day figuring out how to get at his food and the rest of it recovering from the mental effort. Perfect!

The best toys have a purpose. They deliver food, present a challenge, squeak, or make themselves interesting in some other way. Some classics to consider: Rope toys, plush toys (with or without squeakers), Hide-A-Bee (Squirrel, Bird), tricky treat balls, soft rubber toys (vinyl), and hard rubber toys like Kongs and bully sticks.

Sherry Nativo, CPDT-KA, KPA CTP, is a professional dog trainer and owner of All About Training Dogs. Visit or email questions to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .


Fall for a Lovebug!

 This season, fall for one of our many Lovebugs available for adoption. 

Cash For Cupid Fund Drive

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Will you be our Valentine?

During the month of February, show your love by joining our Cash for Cupid fund drive to
benefit Lovebugs Rescue.


To join, simply drop in a dollar (or more) in an envelope, or, write a check, and mail to:
Lovebugs Rescue
PO Box 953, 
Corona Del Mar, CA 92625

No Stamps?
You can also go online and donate at


Each dollar received goes towards:

HeartBulletPoint  Spay/Neuter HeartBulletPoint  Dog Food
HeartBulletPoint  Microchips HeartBulletPoint  Shelter Pull Fees
HeartBulletPoint  Vaccines HeartBulletPoint  Major Medical


Tis' the Season for Giving

We can't do the work that we do without the generosity of our supporters. Together, we can make a difference. 

Holiday Travel Tips


The holidays are one of the peak seasons for travel, and with a little planning; it can be the perfect time to take your furry family member with you. Whether you are off on a ski vacation, visiting family or perhaps enjoying a coastal road trip during the holidays, having your best friend along can make the trip more fun and enjoyable.

Here are some holiday travel tips for you and your pooch -


Photo Fund Raising and Adoption Event

Say Cheese!!! Pet Photo Shoot to Benefit Lovebugs Rescue.

Join us on January 25, 2014 for a fun filled pet photo shoot with Paw Print Foto! Please call Mayra with Pooch Sitter at 714-310-2050 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for a reservation.
We will also have Lovebugs available for adoption.
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Over $18,000 Raised For Lovebugs At The Race For The Rescues OC!

Team Lovebugs Rescue raised $18,161 and reached 73% of their goal of $25,000 for the OC Race for the Rescues. We were the NUMBER ONE team in the Orange County race! We are so appreciative of all our hard working volunteers who participated in this event and raised money for our cause. Thank you!!!

Sunday, November 10, 2013

at The Great Park - 7 am - 12 pm

GO Team Lovebugs Rescue!

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Halloween Hopefuls All Dressed Up & Ready For New Homes

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See Lovebugs On K-9 Corner All Month!

Featuring Our July Lovebug Rescues

A huge thank you to Megan Medick with K-9 Corner for having us as their featured July rescue group! We had so much fun sharing our loveable Lovebugs on camera, and we even got a few of our foster mom's to go on camera!

Watch Our Clip Above NOW To Help Us Find Homes For These Featured Pets.

This clip has been played throughout the month of July 2013 twice a day 12pm or 8pm. In the South Bay area of LA.... on Time Warner Cable channel 3. or Verizon FiOS channel 31. Time Warner Cable Screen Name: CitiCABLE

Join Lovebugs In The Race For The Rescues OC!

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at The Great Park - 7 am - 12 pm

Join Team Lovebugs Rescue!

Register for the 1K Dog Walk, 1K Kids Run, 5K, 10K or Couch Potato Race, select Lovebugs Rescue as your team & then create your very own personal fundraising page to help us meet our goal of $25,000.

To sign up to run one of the races and create your own fundraising page visit our Race for the Rescues Lovebugs Team Page
To donate to support one of our rescue's participants at this event
1. Visit Our Race for the Rescues Team Page.
2. Scroll To The Bottom.
3. Click on A Team Member's Name
4. Click Their "Support Me!" Button located the bottom of their page.
5. Donate!

Happy Tail: Luna - Lovebugs Largest Rescue To Date

CocoHTOur not so little Lovebug Luna found herself discarded at a high kill shelter by her former owners when they decided to move but not take the "house" with them. Weighing in at 140 lbs, Luna is our biggest lovebug yet! Luna is an Old English Sheepdog and had been terribly neglected by her former family. We gave Luna a much needed grooming, began treatment on both eye and ear infections, and started her on a healthy diet along with some small walks to start shedding the extra 40 lbs of weight she has been carrying around. It wasn't long before Luna's family to be saw her on our facebook page and fell head over heels. Luna's family had recently lost their beloved New Foundland and was ready to open their hearts and home to another furry giant. We couldn't have asked for a better match for Luna. Her family reports that she has melted their hearts!

Donate To Spring Us Towards Our Goal Of Saving 200 Dogs This Year!

We Can't Do It Alone... We Need Your Help!

Annual-needAverage routine medical costs for 200 dogs in 1 year:

• Microchips: $1,300
• Grooming: $1,500
• Vaccine/Deworming Litters: $2,100
• Board & Training: $2,600
• Shelter Pull Fees: $3,200
• Spay/Neuter: $11,000


In 2012, Lovebugs Rescue put $46,000 towards our rescues major medical surgeries, treatments, & care.  This does not include routine medical, care, microchips, worming, vaccines, grooming, etc.  We are 100% volunteer based Non-Profit 501c3 Rescue.  We need your support to be able to continue on our mission.

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