“Santa Paws” welcomes pups

By SDCNN Staff

Westfield Mission Valley invites you to celebrate the holidays with your furry friends at “Santa Paws” on Dec. 12 from 6-9 p.m. Dogs may sit on Santa’s lap and pose for a free photo at his workshop, Mint Studio.

Mint Studio ­— located between Bath & Body Works and AMC Theaters — offers holiday DIY activities and photo opportunities with Santa through Dec. 24. View and register for Mint Studio workshop events at

Navigating pet nutrition

Posted: November 10th, 2017 | Columns, Featured, Lifestyle, Pets | No Comments

By Sari Reis If you believe “you are what you eat,” then you know how important nutritious food is to our health and well-being. The same holds true for our furry kids. As pet parents, we make the decision as to what goes into their food bowls. It is our obligation to provide them with […]

Finding a lost cat

Posted: October 13th, 2017 | Columns, Featured, Lifestyle, Pets | No Comments

By Sari Reis

As the pet parent of two kitties, I am very aware of the terrible stress that occurs should your sweet feline friend go missing. Statistically, only 8 percent of cats get reunited with their owners if they have escaped from home. There are several reasons for this.

10 benefits of walking your dog daily

Posted: September 8th, 2017 | Featured, Lifestyle, Pets | No Comments

By Sari Reis

Contrary to popular belief, dogs do not exercise themselves in the backyard. They may chase the odd rabbit, squirrel or lizard, but that does not constitute sufficient exercise for benefits. Also, turning your dog into a week-end warrior by taking him on a five-mile trail walk or hours at dog beach on the weekend does not replace walking him daily during the week.

Kitten Nursery is a trailblazing success

Posted: July 21st, 2017 | Features, Pets, Top Stories | No Comments

By Joyell Nevins


That is the sound most often made by visitors to the Kitten Nursery at the San Diego Humane Society in Mission Valley. The nursery, dedicated to the care of kittens under four weeks old, was the first of its kind in the country when it opened in 2009. And it’s still going strong. In June, the nursery accepted its 10,000th kitten, named Nova by a city-wide naming contest.

The nursery originally opened in response to the large amount of young kittens being euthanized locally. Much of its initial funding came from a grant from the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.