Lori Sue Golden
September 18, 1951 – April 10, 2020
Lori Sue Golden, 68, passed away on Good Friday, April 10, 2020, at her home in Northridge, CA, after a brief illness, unrelated to the Covid-19 Corona Virus. Lori was the Founder, Chief Editor and Publisher of the Los Angeles based PET PRESS. For the past 20 years, the Pet Press has been a QUINTESSENTIAL RESOURCE for finding rescue groups, pet adoptions, animal shelters, pet sitters, pet spas, veterinary information and basically a general source of all pet-related information.
Born September 18, 1951, to Morris and Esther Golden of Union, NJ, Lori was a proud product of the Union, NJ school system, graduating from Union High School in 1969. She had returned last September, 2019, for her 50th class reunion. She attended and graduated from Syracuse University in 1973.
Following her college years, Lori relocated to California, where she worked for a few years in television, on the annual Easter Seals Telethon, where she met some very famous people. She worked on the Merv Griffin Show. She was part of a group that flew to Thailand and Indonesia where she worked on a production crew. During her television years she worked on various game shows and special productions.
Lori found her true calling when she created her little newspaper The PET PRESS in 1999. She was a wonderful writer who could tug on heartstrings when she needed to.
Her true and lasting legacy is reflected on social media (FaceBook) in the many tributes and expressions of gratitude, admiration and love by those and on behalf of the animals whose lives she touched. Some examples without attribution and with apologies: ……“Lori was the publisher of the "PET PRESS" in Los Angeles. That newspaper was in every vets’ office in Los Angeles. She was a great friend to and advocate for all the animals. Lori, thank you for all of your work over the years. You saved countless animals and educated countless people about their plight;”….. and …..“She had so many informative articles, interviews and even controversial stories that ended up getting her banned from the L.A. City shelters. She put the animals first .. ALWAYS. Just an angel here on earth. This community lost a champion for animals.”..….. and ….... “I know she was greeted by THOUSANDS of animals with kisses and licks and wagging tails as she crossed over the Rainbow Bridge.”..….. and …..“The animals lost a great voice. If there is a rainbow bridge I have no doubt Lori was mobbed by thousands of thankful dogs and cats and animals of every species once she got to the other side. Thank you Lori Golden for making the world a better place.”
Lori was preceded in death by her parents, Morris and Esther Golden. She is survived by one brother, Joe, of Florida and several cousins, two nephews, two grand-nephews and one grand-niece.
Final arrangements are by Groman Eden Mortuary in Mission Hills, Ca https://www.dignitymemorial.com/funeral-homes/mission-hills-ca/groman-eden-mortuary/1234 and are pending in Los Angeles, Calif. It is hoped that someday soon with the Covid-19 Corona Virus behind us, we can have a CELEBRATION of the life of Lori Golden.
April 14, 2020
Lori Sue Golden
April 10, 2021
WOW Lori , I can't believe it has been a year since you left this Earth.
I miss talking to you all the time and our many Saturday night dinners at "our place"
I hope you're running the paper up in heaven and distribution is huge!!!!
I miss you my beautiful friend
April 10, 2021
Last week sandy and I got together to share stories and raise a glass to you. Sandy got a cosmo in your honor. There was plenty of laughing and crying ( mostly laughing) as we remembered so many fun and crazy times we’ve had with you.
Miss you girl. Have you interviewed god yet for the pet press (heaven edition) ? ❤️
August 16, 2020
I just found out about Lori's passing today. I'm shocked! Lori and I shared so many things-working in NYC in TV and live entertainment, where she hired me to be one of her celebrity wranglers for the Night of 100 Stars (poster seen here), to working on the Easter Seal national telethons, and our mutual love of pets. We were short, feisty, and funny. Thanks to FB, we connected again about ten years ago, and it was great. The pet world in LA and all over has lost one of their great champions, and fund raisers. I hope her friends take up the mantle to keep the The Pet Press alive. Lori: I'll see you on the other side, and we can dish celeb talk again.
May 6, 2020
Lori Golden, though I never met you, I want to Thank you immensely for publishing the Pet Press.
I always looked to reading a current copy in my library or my veterinarian's office.
It was a wonderful reference of animal welfare groups, animal rights lawyers, pet health care tips and first aid and whimsical, fascinating articles about both wildlife and domestic animals throughout the US and the world.
As a several decades long animal rescuer myself, it gave me continued incentive and strength to keep contributing my time and effort in saving the never ending numbers of homeless, neglected and injured animals roaming the streets of Los Angeles. Your highlighted celebrity profiles of people who also gave their time to the plight of these homeless creatures brought to my awareness that there were many other selfless people out there with wealth and notoriety who cared equally as passionately as I do about animal welfare.
I'm glad I saved many copies of Pet Press in past years for posterity.
Thank you for many years of publication.
Sending you love and light.
May 5, 2020
I did not know her well throughout all our years together in Union. My close friend Ronald Megdal reached out to her over 10 years ago, via the internet, then put us together. I was very skeptical about contacting someone I barely knew back then and maybe did not want to be reminded of some not so great times in the school system.
Was I wrong. Lori was very open and we developed a very real internet friendship. Often Ronald,Lori and I would email back and forth. I learned a lot about her life over the last 50 years, the last time I saw her.
I run the non profit Northwest Community Alliance in Atlanta and she of course ran the non profit, PetPress. I often told her how much I admired the fact she wasn’t chasing money the last 20 years and doing something so important. We were both obsessed with MSNBC and Morning Joe in particular and sometimes when this night owl was still up at 6AM EastCoast time and she at 3 AM in LA we would email back and forth. In fact my last email was a brief 6 AM email 2 days before she died. Never heardback.
So I am grateful to have had a new friend for 9 years all online. I was surprised at how upset her death was to me but I am thankful I went against my initial instincts and reached out to her and opened up. And she likewise. From all the wonderful tributes she made a real mark in LA and is missed by many family and friends.
Eileen and Brad Smulson
April 27, 2020
Lori Golden was a friend of mine ...all our lives. Our mothers were best friends in New Jersey and pregnant with us only two months apart. When I moved to CA in 1983 she was the first person I looked up and took me to fun parties to meet new people. Those days I will never forget.
She was such a warm and sweet person. So giving and never wanting anything in return. She was family to us!!
She was our shining light and mentor when I started Operation Blankets of Love (OBOL) 13 years ago. When my husband Brad became involved she continued to guide us and introduce us to rescues that needed supplies and educated us about the animal rescue world. She introduced us to several actresses that were her featured stories in The Pet Press who later because friends of OBOL and supporters, too. Every week she placed a free ad in her paper so the rescues could benefit from our services and even had us as a cover story twice!!
We will miss her always and she will forever be in our hearts. We Love You Lori.
Eileen and Brad Smulson
April 27, 2020
There is a big hole in the universe with Lori gone. She changed the world of animal rescue with the Pet Press and saved so many lives of our furry friends. I know she was welcomed with loving paws by so many that have gone to the Rainbow Bridge. Lori you were a special spirit and we can only hope that you are continuing your mission.
April 24, 2020
As I already expressed - In losing our beloved Lori , our animal loving community and the animals themselves, have lost a great VOICE! If there is a Rainbow Bridge, I have no doubt that Lori will be mobbed by thousands of thankful dogs, cats and indeed animals of every species, once she reaches the other side! I was blessed to know her through her INVALUABLE Pet Press for all its 20 years of publication and like many other avid readers would often write my letters commenting on the varied topics discussed in it. I will miss dearest Lori and Pet Press as do not know HOW that unique VOID can ever be filled again! There was ONLY ONE LORI!
April 24, 2020
It was 2000....my cat rescue friends and I had been at a loss where to turn to for help. And then TPP appeared!!! Like a gift from Heaven!!! As a shelter volunteer I handed out dozens of copies of TPP on a regular basis...So many people helped, so many animals saved. I'd chat w Lori at Commission meetings......exchange emails with her. Lori and TPP, such a loss to the community....I miss her terribly.
April 22, 2020
Can’t sum up in a little square here 45 years of friendship. We were best of friends. Like sisters. Had a million crazy and fun adventures. Traveling, laughing, crying. Lori was always up for anything. I knew her parents, she knew mine and really my whole family, I knew max her dog. Was so proud of the pet press, and on every anniversary issue bought and ad with my rescue dog Beanies picture to tell her so. I’m going to miss this long, deep friendship. Very very much. I love you lori. Till we meet again...
April 19, 2020
To all of you who have shared your thoughts, emotions, admiration, tributes and love for my sister, LORI GOLDEN, mere words are inadequate. I recognize names of childhood friends of Lori’s from Union, NJ, her college friends from Syracuse, her television industry colleagues, the Animal Rescue/Adoption World and all her loyal followers and supporters of her PET PRESS newspaper for the past 20 years. I see names from my past: co-workers, old friends, new friends, neighbors and family who took time to share a message of condolence to me. Thank you for sharing that moment with me … from the bottom of my heart. Joe
April 19, 2020
What can you say in a few words about someone who made a major and devoted impact in the world. I have known Lori for years from buying ad space in the Pet Press, updating her about events I was involved with or just chats when we both would meet by chance at my UPS store next to get cigarette shop. I was honored to write a main story once for the Pet Press. Lori always wanted to help non-profits and their missions. She knew everyone. She had the good fortune to meet wonderful and famous animal advocates who she interviewed for her cover stories. She and the Pet Press were the last of a special journalism generation. Small circulation papers with a big influence. Thank you, Lori, for your dedication to the cause for animal rights. We will miss you deeply. Until we meet again on Rainbow Bridge.
April 19, 2020
I first met Lori when I worked at Central Bark dogie day care and Lori delivered the Pet Press there. We got to know each other more and she asked if I might be interested in delivering it. Times being what they were I said yes and continued delivering for the next 20 years and am SO proud to have been on your team.
You've helped so many animals of all sorts (HUGE number of dogs and cats) through the Pet Press that you HAD to have been mobbed at the Rainbow Bridge.
You will be very much missed, I'm happy we knew one another. Thank you for all you did for animals, God bless, rest in Peace
April 18, 2020
For fifteen years Lori saw to it that I received my bundles of the pet press to distribute to la county animal shelters, libraries, coffee houses, et.al. when laas denied the pet press entry into shelters, she and general manager gave me permission to rescue tossed bundles from la city shelters. Who will carry on her work so badly needed. Lori thank you for your heart and dedication to animals and the people who love them.
April 17, 2020
Lori was a treasure to Los Angeles, and a savior to countless animals and those that love them. The Pet Press will forever go down as the ultimate guide of animal rescue, activism, and companionship. Lori was the most wonderful, genuine friend anyone could ever ask for, and I am blessed to have had the honor of having her in my life. My heart is with all that love her.
Lori always felt right at home with the Hollywood elite. Her is a picture I took of her talking to the legendary Norman Lear. They were having such a great conversation that he didn't even stop talking for the picture. 😄
Lori's legacy will live long! ❤
April 17, 2020
Lori was my dearest friend and avid supporter for many years. Her heart was full of compassion and her mind was always alert to the
welfare of animals and the principles she lived by. We included a copy of the Pet Press in each of our feral cat packets that were mailed out to persons without computers each month. So many people who relied on the important information in the Pet Press. It was a personal and beautiful icon that we all celebrated each time she had an Anniversary issue. I will deeply miss her and the stack of Pet Presses hat were left at my door each month. I love you Lori and will miss you very much!
Dona Cosgrove Baker, President and Founder, Feral Cat Caretakers Coalition
April 17, 2020
Lori will be missed by many. She was a doer and lived life fully with other humans and the animals always in mind. That’s why it was so shocking to hear she left us. May she Rest In Peace.