Announcing the More Pets and People Together Statewide Contest Winners

More Pets and People Together contest winner Scarlett Bispo with her art

What does it look like when we’re stronger side by side? We invited Californians to reflect on what animal companionship means to them and to their community via pencil, crayon, brush, or digital drawing tool, all for a chance to win a $5,000 grant for their animal shelter. The results are in, and we couldn’t choose just one winner!

Meet Artist Erika Ilumin Wahlberg

Artist Erika Ilumin Wahlberg

More pets and people together, more PLAY! We’re asking community members inside the shelter and out, “What does More Pets and People Together mean to you?” Artist Erika Ilumin Wahlberg tells us more about her vision and why building bridges and removing barriers to keep pets and people together is important to her.

Meet Artist Jade Howe

Artist Jade Howe

More pets and people together, more COMFORT! We’re asking community members inside the shelter and out, “What does More Pets and People Together mean to you?” Artist Jade Howe tells us more about her vision and why building bridges and removing barriers to keep pets and people together is important to her. 

Meet Artist Jaia Linden-Engel

Artist Jaia Linden-Engel

As part of our More Pets and People Together campaign, we’re asking community members inside the shelter and out, “What does more pets and people together mean to you?” Artist Jaia Linden-Engel tells us more about her vision and why building bridges to keep pets and people together is important to her.

When the Heat Rises, Blythe ACO John Bush Has Your Back

Approximately 225 miles east of Los Angeles and 150 miles west of Phoenix, located inside of Riverside County and flanked by the Colorado River, you’ll find Blythe, California, a rural desert town named after the San Francisco financier who established water rights to the region. You’ll also find John Bush, sole animal control officer for Blythe’s animal shelter, collaborating with residents and visitors to craft solutions for challenges both anticipated and unexpected.

Senior ACO Christina Avila Is Here to Help

Christina holds a small dog during a spay/neuter event while a woman signs a clipboard and a young boy looks on. Photo credit: City of Perris

In 2014, Christina Avila was burned out. She took a hiatus from animal welfare and reluctantly returned a year later, when she joined the City of Perris Animal Control as Senior Animal Control Officer. “I didn’t want to do it anymore,” Christina recalls. “Then I was at home with three boys, and I had to […]