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People enter a community meeting in 2019 during controversies over the Long Beach Animal Care Services Bureau as "Don't Kill My Dog/Cat!" signs are posted.

Folks who have thoughts on how Long Beach’s Animal Care Services Bureau should be run will soon have two more opportunities to provide their input.

City officials announced this week they will hold two virtual public forums to give residents the chance to provide more feedback on the bureau’s proposed strategic plan.

Long Beach released the proposed plan — created as part of a wide-ranging audit that found the city’s shelter was operating beyond its means — in December.

The draft strategic plan will guide how the bureau will address animal welfare, community engagement, financial stability, lifesaving programs and staff development in the coming years.

“Launching this initiative to provide additional input from our community on the draft plan,” Mayor Robert Garcia said in a statement, “will help us develop a comprehensive, successful animal welfare program here in Long Beach.”

The forums are scheduled for 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 13, and 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 17. To participate, visit

Residents can also complete a survey at or email feedback to

—Hayley Munguia


Harry has been executive editor of Gazette Newspapers for more than 26 years. He has been in the newspaper business for more than 35 years, with experience on both weekly and metropolitan daily papers in Colorado and California.

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