Friday, November 11, 2016

Planet Rehab's Hoedown 2016

Planet Rehab animal sanctuary celebrated it's fourth annual Hoedown on October 8th, 2016, and Gary Mitchell made it the best one yet. 

Planet Rehab in the Halloween spirit, courtesy of Carlo Rios.
Festive spirit was in the air, with people of all ages enjoying home-made chili and apple pie as Planet Rehab promotes sustainable lifestyle and healthy eating with a vegan apple pie and chili contest. Being vegetarian myself I really enjoyed some extra helpings of sweet, crisp apple pie and savory chili as I converse with people who are open-minded to pursuit of new ways of living to protect our home. 

Many forward-thinking volunteers showed up to help with the event, making caramel apples and setting up a face-painting booth for visitors to get into the autumn spirit. bright-eyed kids with painted faces explored Planet Rehab's enclosures and learned about the many unique species living on our planet.

Angelina Baez
Hearing of our event some fantastic musical artists volunteered to perform, including Angelina Baez of America's Got Talent with her honey-sweet voice singing a strong country melody. Caris getting down with some country jams, and Surprise Anomaly from NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory showing us how to really hoedown. Even Gary Mitchell, Planet Rehab's founder, joined the performers with his own vocal talent. 

Surprise Anomaly

The fourth annual hoedown was a great success, people left in good spirits, more aware of what they could do to help our planet.  

Sunday, June 19, 2016

New Arrivals - May 2016

Houdini the Scarlet Macaw joined our family in May, 2016. At first he was a bit grumpy at the change of scenery, but with a little love he was soon part of the family. This rainbow-feathered friend was adopted from a family who could no longer give him the attention he needed after his primary owner passed away, so they contacted us to help. Houdini loves to give kisses and ride on shoulders. Scarlet Macaws, once found from Mexico throughout South America, are now endangered in their native habitats. Planet Rehab seeks to change this with our Costa Rica Endangered Species Project where we plan to breed species at risk of Extinction, including Scarlet Macaws, for release into our protected rainforest. You can help us with this goal by donating at You can also sponsor Houdini for a $50 a month contribution!

Peaches is a Goffin's Cockatoo adopted at the same time as Houdini. She is very friendly and polite, murmuring a 'hello' 'how are you?' and wonderful 'I love you' to those she knows. Peaches is a special needs bird due to an injury that she sustained when she was a chick. At Planet Rehab we strive to place her in different environments that will strengthen her feet and help her to become more mobile. She is as happy as can be now at Planet Rehab, she loves to hang out in the Birds of the World enclosure with the Cockatiels. Goffin's Cockatoos are native to Indonesia and are the smallest of the white cockatoo family and they can live to around 50 years old. As a result of deforestation to supply the world's palm oil needs, Goffin's Cockatoos, along with many other Indonesian species, are now threatened in their native lands. You can sponsor Peaches for a $50 a month contribution.

Caeser is a Pied Cockatiel adopted along with Houdini and Peaches. Caesar is definitely the shyest of the three, but will readily jump on your hand and adores kisses. He loves to eat lettuce and nap in the shade in the Birds of the World enclosure. Cockatiels are native to Australia and can live longer than 35 years in a happy home.You can sponsor Caesar for $25 a month.

To sponsor one of our animals, or to make a contribution, please visit and click on "Donate". To make your donation a monthly contribution, please click on "recurring".

On behalf of the animals at Planet Rehab, we sincerely thank you!

Saturday, May 9, 2015

Hands Across the Sand 2015

Please join us Saturday May 16 at our 6th Annual Hands Across the Sand Beach Clean Up!  Meeting at Planet Rehab to carpool at 7:15 AM (2745 W Dalepark Dr San Dimas 91773) or meet us at the Huntington Beach Pier at 8:30 AM.

This is also a fundraiser for Planet Rehab.  Please seek out sponsors to help us carry on with our important work!  Even if you cannot attend the Beach Clean Up, you can still help to raise much needed funds.  

For more info contact Gary Mitchell 323 350 0873


Friday, May 8, 2015

Life's a beach - join Planet Rehab on May 16 in our 6th Annual Hands Across the Sand Beach Clean Up Fundraiser!

Planet Rehab 6th Annual Hands Across the Sand: Beach Clean-Up Fundraiser
by Claribel Wu

            California is envied (and slightly despised) by the other 49 states for its temperate weather and beautiful beaches. As Californians, we have the responsibility to protect these beaches and their inhabitants. Planet Rehab is an organization dedicated to propagating knowledge about environmental issues and protecting at-risk species. On May 16th, at 8:30 AM at Huntington Beach (meeting at the Pier), Planet Rehab is hosting a beach cleanup fundraiser that will allow individuals to personally make a difference. For the 6th year, Planet Rehab will be participating in Hands Across the Sand, which allows participants to publicly display their solidarity with the ocean by joining hands across the shoreline. For the past six years, this event has provided the unique opportunity for people to support their local beaches and spread awareness to others about the importance of protecting our marine animals and habitats.
            The Great Pacific Garbage Patch is one of many reasons that Planet Rehab, the first organization in California to join this event, decided to embrace Hands Across the Sand and educate people about this pressing matter. Although the title creates a mental image of a monumental garbage heap, the Great Pacific Garbage Patch is actually a slowly rotating soup of micro plastics and other debris. It is the result of accumulated, non-biodegradable waste products. Eight million pieces of litter enter the worlds oceans daily. Plastic, a large part of this litter is extremely toxic to marine life because it breaks down into microscopic pieces through the process of photo-degradation. Why does this matter? Well, it means that every plastic product dumped in the ocean will continue to pollute the waters and disrupt the sea life for eternity that is, unless it is removed.
            The magnitude of the Garbage Patch makes it impossible to measure just how much trash it contains. Scientists have collected samples within a single square mile, discovering a devastating 1.9 million bits of trash. Entire food webs are disrupted because these clouds of debris block sunlight from the algae and plankton, which are autotrophic organisms that depend on photosynthetic functions to survive. Algae and plankton are the primary producers of marine ecosystems, and they produce 50% of all the oxygen in the world. The Garbage Patch affects everyone, ranging from seafood-lovers and environmental activists to simply someone who breathes oxygen.
            The Great Pacific Garbage Patch in particular lies between Hawaii and California; thus, this seemingly peripheral threat is actually an immediate issue to us Californians. Although this issue sounds overwhelmingly formidable, it can be mitigated by the combined efforts of educated and active individuals. Every step taken towards sustainable industrial practices and habitat protection is a step forward. No small effort is wasted. Hands Across the Sand is an opportunity for community members to join together for a common cause: the well being of our beautiful beaches, and ultimately the well being of the worlds oceans. Every plastic you potentially pick up is one less contribution to the Garbage Patch, and one added contribution to the quality of marine habitats.
            Not to fear, you can be part of the solution in less physical ways as well. Donations can be made to the organization at, and simply spreading awareness furthers the cause immensely. Sponsorship opportunities are available as well, by contacting Gary Mitchell at (323) 350 - 0873.

            There is always a way for you to make a difference.

Friday, May 25, 2012


Annette Starbuck
Arsineh & Ingrid

The BUTTERFLY EXPERIENCE on Earth Day was an amazing success!  Event Planner Arsineh Alenkin of AB Weddings and Special Events did a truly stellar job of recruiting companies and individuals to donate goods and services.  Ingrid's Tapas provided incredibly delicious vegetarian food that was out of this world.  Annette Starbuck, winner of Cupcake Wars was present to welcome the approx. 250 guests that arrived.

Planet Rehab Performance Troop
Justin Taylor

The Planet Rehab Performance Troop sang their new original song "Where are all the Butterflies" after which Justin Mitchell
wowed guests with his amazing vocal and guitar talents. 

There were more than 20 Planet Rehab volunteers, all wearing very cool Tee Shirts provided by the incomparable Carlo Rios.  Carlo organized Info Stations at all of the Animal Habitats and trained the volunteers regarding each habitat.
Kids and adults alike were delighted by talented Face Painter Jamie Mclrath.  Home Baked Beanies was a definite hit with their "Scented" animal themed Beanies and they generously donated a portion of their profits to Planet Rehab.

In creating the Butterfly Habitat, when possible we re-purposed materials, such as this roll up Secretary Desk.  With minimal work, it made for a unique and beautiful planter, and we were able to save it from ending up in the landfill.   
The planters inside the Butterfly Habitat were made of used shipping containers and much of the wood used was also re-purposed.

Sunday, June 6, 2010

The Oil Connection by Gary C. Mitchell

It has now been over one and 1/2 months since the disastrous Oil Spill in the Gulf. Images are everywhere - birds covered in oil, sea turtles slicked-up, once pristine beaches and marsh lands irrevocably changed.

Now, thanks to the Good Morning America Team, you can new see images underwater - startling and frightening images of great brown columns of a toxic soup of Oil and a "Dispersant" (that BP insists on using, even against the advice of the EPA) that rise from the deep and move throughout the gulf like giant under-water tornadoes. The affect of this toxic soup is unknown, but those closely studying the issue are terrified of the potential outcome.

According to Michael Custeau, the combination of Oil + Dispersant could be even more deadly than the Oil itself. Countless lives have now and forever
will be altered - and in many cases, lost.

At some point we begin to wonder if Oil really is our best choice. Unfortunately, Oil, in one form
or another, is everywhere.

You hold it, you drink from it, cook with it, bathe in it, eat with it, wear it,drive in it, talk to it - there is no escaping it - Plastic! But how often do we stop to recognize that plastic is actually made from oil? Hm...and just how does this effect us? And does plastic have any affect on the environment? According to recent Scientific Studies, it could be poisoning you!

In the 1967 film The Graduate, Mr. Maguire tells Benjamin,

"Just one word, Plastics!" and goes on to say that "the future lay in Plastics".

Well, Plastics have definitely altered our future!

Take bottled water for instance. Certainly a genius marketing gimmick, but a dangerous one on many levels. We have learned that fresh water is less than 1% of all of the planet's water. It actually takes 3 times the amount of water to make the "bottle" for bottled water as what it is filled with. The water used to fill bottled water is surrounded by it's very own set of controversies. Some bottled water companies, like Nestle, have been successful at plundering the pristine water sources from third world countries, often prohibiting the country's inhabitants from using their own water! Other companies, such as Evian, have been found filling their bottles with tap water. Add to that the fact that the majority of these bottles are discarded after a single use. And where does the bottle go? Well, certainly a percentage of these bottles get recycled, however, in the USA, 2.5 million plastic bottles are thrown away every hour. Those that are not recycled or land-filled are very often ending up in the ocean.

As it turns out the Oceans have 5 areas where currents end up in kind of very slow moving vortexes called Gyres. If I threw a plastic bottle into the Santa Monica bay, the currents would eventually take it to an area known as the North Pacific Gyre. The bottle may or may not look like a bottle when it arrives in the NP Gyre - but all of the elements of the plastic will still be in tact, because plastic never dies. If the bottle were to break into smaller pieces, each of these pieces would act as a sponge and soak up all of the ddt, pcbs, and various poisons that we have been dumping in the ocean. By the time these plastic pieces arrive in the North Pacific Gyre, they may have up to one million times the amount of toxicity as surrounding areas. So what you say? Well, let's suppose that you are a fish, a fish that eats fish eggs - you see a plastic particle floating by and - yummy - looks just like fish eggs to you. The problem is that every level of life in the ocean is being affected by plastics. Plastics are becoming incorporated into the food chain. In some areas of the North Pacific Gyre, there are 6 times more plastic particles than plankton. Plankton is the basic building block of the ocean - oh, and guess what? Plankton just happens to be where we get the majority of our oxygen. See the problem? So, we have been talking about one area in the ocean that is filled with these plastics - the North Pacific Gyre. Just how big is it? Well, Scientific estimates now have it as being 1 1/2 times the size of the Continental US. Yep, filled with plastics. Oh, and, remember how we said that there are 5 Gyres in the world's oceans? Well, of those 5 Gyres, there are now 3 confirmed Plastic Garbage Patches - North Pacific Gyre, South Pacific Gyre and North Atlantic Gyre. AND, according to, a group of scientists studying plastics in the oceans, there is now evidence that all 5 of the world's gyres are filling with plastics.

So what do we do? At every opportunity, opt away from using oil and oil products. Instead of using plastic bags (in the US we throw away 100 Billion Plastic Bags every hour - which is equivalent to dumping 12 million barrels of oil), bring your own re-usable bags. Instead of bottled water, opt for filtered water or - gasp - tap water. And, at every opportunity, encourage the use of renewable energy.

One opportunity to show your support for renewable energy is Hands Across the Sand. Planet Rehab is partnering in this event, which takes place on June 26, protesting offshore drilling and supporting renewable energy. For more info on how you can participate go to: or contact Gary Mitchell 323 350 0873.

Thursday, April 29, 2010

Gulf Oil spill WORSE than Exxon-Valdez? The real cost of OIL?

This Satellite image, taken on April 26, 2010 by the European Space Agency, shows the oil spill as it is spreading out across the gulf and heading toward the New Orleans shore. Conservative calculations show that in the first week of this spill at least 6 million gallons have entered the Gulf. That's a spill rate of at least 850,000 gallons (20,000 barrels) per day, 20 times larger than the official Coast Guard estimate of 42,000 gallons per day. The Exxon Valdez tanker spill totaled 11 million gallons. "We could exceed that in just a few days, if we haven't already", says John Amos, the president and founder of the nonprofit firm SkyWatch, which specializes in gathering and analyzing satellite and aerial data to promote environmental conservation. Amos
previously worked as a consulting geologist, "using satellite imagery as a global geologic tool," in his words, to locate natural resources for
major oil and mining corporations. Now he assists advocacy organizations, government agencies, and academic researchers with data collection and analysis.

Based on a map released from a flyover on Wednesday and compared to "the last good satellite image that we got, from the afternoon of April 27," Amos believes that the slick covers about 4,400 square miles. Official estimates to date have put the slick at about 2,200 square miles.

The Deepwater Horizon drilling platform, about 130 miles southeast of New Orleans, exploded and caught fire on April 20 and sank a week ago today. There were 126 people on board; 11 are missing and likely dead. Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal declared a state of emergency today because of the spreading oil slick -- which is expected to reach the state's coast late tonight -- and Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano called it a spill of "national significance."

The spill was bigger than imagined - five times more than first estimated - and closer. Fingers of oily sheen were reaching the Mississippi River delta, lapping the Louisiana shoreline in long, thin lines.

"It is of grave concern," David Kennedy of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, told The Associated Press. "I am frightened. This is a very, very big thing. And the efforts that are going to be required to do anything about it, especially if it continues on, are just mind-boggling."

The oil slick could become the nation's worst environmental disaster in decades, threatening hundreds of species of fish, birds and other wildlife along the Gulf Coast, one of the world's richest seafood grounds, teeming with shrimp, oysters and other marine life. Oil was thickening in waters south and east of the Mississippi delta about five miles offshore.

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal declared a state of emergency Thursday so officials could begin preparing for the oil's impact. He said at least 10 wildlife management areas and refuges in his state and neighboring Mississippi are in the oil plume's path.