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East LA, Where The Animals Graze

The 4-H headquarters at the UC Cooperative Extension in East Los Angeles hosted a Pet Symposium on Saturday where 4-H clubs and animal and shelter organizations from around the county showcased their chickens, sheep, cats, and dogs, and gave informational lectures on topics such as how to keep turtles as pets.Local residents also brought their pets to take advantage of the free vaccinations.

4-H clubs began as a youth farm club started by the University of California, and has since grown beyond its rural roots to more than 29 urban communities in Los Angeles, including Highland Park, Eagle Rock and Altadena.

The club is open to youth, ages 5 to 19, and stresses community service, leadership, and learning by doing. Members can choose among 80 projects, which include not just caring for animals, but also arts projects and volunteering.

Is that egg blue? On right, Snowball, Taffy, and Alice of Pomona show off their tail feathers and their blue eggs in East Los Angeles.(EGP photo by Elizabeth Hsing-Huei Chou)