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No-contact Socializing
Management Counseling & Workshops
Pet Retention Program

Our free weekly community pack walks are a great way to socialize your dog and encourage them to be calm around others on leash. Pack walks build confidence and strengthen the bond between human and canine, and are an opportunity to help work through reactivity, overexcitement, or anxiety. Dogs don't meet on our pack walks, but maintain a distance of at least ten feet from one another. Handlers should use a six-foot or shorter leash (no retractables, please) and keep their dog safely under their control. For more information and our pack walk schedule, click below.

The Urban Dog provides FREE guidance for people navigating the challenges of urban environments with their dogs. Workshops are lead by community members and have an on-site option for property owners and their tenants. Our curriculum is intended to help improve your communication with your dog, build your confidence as their handler and practice safety in daily situations encountered in densely populated urban environments. The Urban Dog program will culminate in a certificate of completion in these skills. For information on our workshops, click on the black bar below.

Our Safety Net program helps provide the resources community members need to keep dogs out of the shelter and with their loving families. This helps families stay together while alleviating unnecessary suffering and loss while reducing the numbers of dogs entering the shelters. 


We assist with housing issues, assistance with behavior challenges, help with medical and other care expenses, problem solving and navigating other community resources. We provide these resources both at Long Beach Animal Care Services and remotely, through community outreach across the Southland. Please donate so we can offer assistance.

BLOCKHEADS ABOUT TOWN For Shelter & Rescue Dogs
Housing Partnership

Our Blockheads About Town Program takes shelter or rescue dogs out on the town, giving them exercise, enrichment and adoption attention. Through photographing and promoting these dogs through social media and beyond, they get more exposure and help people picture what life would be like with him or her. It also greatly reduces stress, making the dogs more appealing to potential adopters. It makes all the difference for the dogs' wellbeing and public exposure! For information on our shelter dog field trips, click below

Blockhead Brigade's housing initiative, Block By Block Housing Partnership advocates for inclusive housing policies to end the practice of discriminating against animal family members. Through outreach to property owners, renters, home insurance companies and other organizations, we will build a coalition to share secure housing information and to increase properties that have an open door policy for families with pets. The Urban Dog Program will be utilized to help create safer, more fulfilling environments for animals & people at their homes.

We advocate for shelter dogs on and for progressive shelter policies and programs. Among our members are many shelter volunteers and fosters. Our director, Laura Vena, was a member of the Mayor's Animal Care Visioning Task Force, and a rep who worked closely with the community, shelter staff and consultants to create a strategic plan to bring about progressive changes called for by a city audit. Our Treasurer, Jennifer Rethwisch, was the lead auditor in charge of leading the investigation into shelter practices, culminating in a well respected audit report used to advance change. We  remain active in our local shelter.

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