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Monday, April 9, 2007

TO WHOM DOES THE MUSEUM OF THE SAN FERNANDO VALLEY BELONG? WELL ... TO YOU OF COURSE!











Dr. Tina Chang and medical team members, Courtney Wilson and Tammy Shugerman
The Animal Clinic of Encino

The health of domestic animals has been a vital interest in the San Fernando Valley, since Spanish colonists introduced them here in the last decades of the 1700s. When the great rancheros were established, an on-going concern for cattle and sheep became a way of life in Southern California.

Domestic dogs were brought here from Spain through Mexico for sheep herding and even for military purposes. House cats were introduced by Catholic missionaries and early Spanish and Mexican families for the purpose of rodent control and companionship. Cats had the run of the Mission San Fernando Rey de EspaƱa through special little doors, still viewable by visitors.

Your Museum wants those who work at The Animal Clinic of Encino to know the role their profession has played in the development of the San Fernando Valley. But a great Museum also uses its collections and knowledge of the past to teach about important animal-related issues today and the future.

The Animal Clinic of Encino is located at:

18010 Ventura Boulevard
Encino, CA 91316
Tel: (818) 342-7900

How many pet dogs and cats do you think share the San Fernando Valley with us today?
Jerry Fecht

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