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Pet Disaster Planning, Animal First Aid, & CPR August 16 6-745PM | MINC


Pet Disaster Planning, Animal First Aid, & CPR August 16 6-745PM

Hello folks and I hope this e-mail finds you well.

Here is another great event from Battalion 18’s Valerie Fontaine.

As you know, some of you more than others, pets are a part of the family. We’re always saying that you need to come up with a disaster plan for you and your family. Well, that includes your pets. Additionally, what would you do if your pet experienced a life threatening injury?

Valerie and slate of speaks will show you.

All of the details are attached. Space is limited and you MUST RSVP to attend. Do it today!

Foster Volunteers Urgently Needed | MINC


Foster Volunteers Urgently Needed

Sara Ebrahimi
(213) 482-9551


July 4th Fireworks Expected to Fill Shelters with scared/lost Pets

Los Angeles, CA, June 21, 2016 – LA Animal Services is gearing up for our busiest time of the year and we need YOUR help to create life-saving space in our City shelters.

We know that the July 4th Holiday and FIREWORKS will cause an influx of lost and frightened dogs and cats. You can foster a shelter animal for just four days (or more) and create life-saving space for orphan and abandoned shelter pets.

Last year, the East Valley Animal Shelter, placed 64 dogs out of the shelter, through fosters, adoptions or rescues before the holiday rush. Over the 4th of July weekend, 264 animals came into the shelter and no dogs were euthanized because of the extra space that was made from the generosity of the last minute foster volunteers. LA Animal Services goal is to repeat this again and help even more pets this year at all six of our City animal shelters.

By Monday, July 4th, LA City Animal Shelters will be filled to the brim with scared pets who couldn’t find their way home. They will be depending on us to help reunite them with their families.

Meanwhile, other great dogs and cats who have been with us for a while could be at risk if we run out of kennel space and all of our shelters are filled to capacity. We have dogs and cats of all ages and sizes just waiting for an opportunity to crash at your place for a few days to a week around the July 4th holiday weekend. You will be a life-saver!

Brenda Barnette, LA Animal Services General Manager said, “The July 4th holiday is one of the busiest intake periods for municipal shelters. While many people are out celebrating, the shelters will be flooded with pets, many will never find their way home. Our hope is that animal lovers in Los Angeles will come together to help pets in their community by fostering for a few days.”

It’s easy to become a Foster Volunteer! Just go online to download your application at LAAnimalServices.com/volunteer/foster-program or go to the City animal shelter nearest you and ask for a Foster Volunteer application. Take your completed form to the shelter and we’ll get you fostering a pet right away.

By temporarily opening your home to an animal in need, you are preparing an animal for adoption into a permanent home as well as DIRECTLY SAVING LIVES by fostering animals from our overcrowded shelters.

Or, have you been thinking about adopting but aren’t sure…fostering is a great test drive to see what it is like to have a four-legged addition to your home.

The shelters are open Tuesday through Sunday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. We will be closed on the Fourth of July. To find the shelter closest to you, visit: LAAnimalServices.com/shelters or call (888) 452-7381. Our heartfelt thanks will be nothing compared to the purrs and kisses you will get from your foster pet.


$25 Adoptions Of Pets

Holiday Promo Offers $25 Pet Adoption Weekends at Best Friends Los Angeles & L.A. Animal Services

LOS ANGELES – (Nov. 26, 2013) – Getting shelter pets into loving homes is the goal of the “Adopt ‘Til You Drop” promotion at the Best Friends Pet Adoption Center in Mission Hills and six Los Angeles Animal Services shelters. Launching Black Friday, ‘Adopt ‘Til You Drop” offers $25 dog and cat adoptions at any of the seven locations every weekend through Jan. 6, 2014.

“We’re confident we have the perfect dog or cat waiting for you at our center and the city shelters,” said Marc Peralta, executive direct of Best Friends Animal Society – Los Angeles. “That includes puppies and kittens to purebreds and mixed breeds of all ages. Purebred pets typically make up about 25 percent of a shelter’s adoption population.”

The $25 adoption fee includes spay or neuter, vaccinations and micro-chip for pets at all seven locations.

“Adoption is not only cost-effective, it saves the life of a loving pet that just needs a second chance to find their person or family,” Peralta said.

Specialists at the Best Friends center are trained to help adopters make the best fit for their lifestyle, taking into consideration such variables as activity level and other pets in the home.

“Our goal is to make the right match the first time,” Peralta said. “Of course, there can be some adjustment issues when bringing a pet into a new home, so the Best Friends Pet Adoption Center staff is available seven days a week to answer any questions that may arise for new pet owners, including holidays such as Christmas and New Year’s Day.”

Best Friends Animal Society Los Angeles is subsidizing the lowered fees for the shelters in hopes of increasing adoptions throughout the holiday season and furthering the mission of its NKLA (No-Kill Los Angeles) initiative, with a goal of turning Los Angeles into a No-Kill city by 2017.

Los Angeles Animal Services is one of more than 70 NKLA Coalition Partners committed to making that mission a reality.

“More people add pets to their family during the holidays than any other time. I think they should all be the great pets we have in our Los Angeles City Shelters,” said Brenda Barnette, general manager of Los Angeles Animal Services. “Thanks to an amazing community effort, we are saving more animals’ lives than ever. Is this holiday your opportunity to join us and give a great shelter pet a home of his or her own?”

The Best Friends Pet Adoption Center is open daily from noon to 8 p.m. (Christmas and New Year’s Eve from noon to 5 p.m.) and is located at 15321 Brand Boulevard, Mission Hills. For more information, visit www.bestfriends.org/la or call (661) 643-3989. For a list of Los Angeles Animal Services shelters, visit http://www.laanimalservices.org/shelters/.

Pets Overeating At Thanksgiving

Pet Alert:
Over-eating during Thanksgiving can be serious for pets too!

Thanksgiving is the time of year when family and friends get together to enjoy each other’s company and a myriad of delicious foods. We have a tendency to include our four-legged family members in this feast, which often results in overindulgence. Even when we don’t purposely include them, the agile and creative dog or cat can capture a special treat from the kitchen counter, trash or even the dining room table!

Thanksgiving weekend is also a busy time for emergency veterinary clinics. Dogs and cats suffer very serious and sometimes fatal consequences from turkey bones, too much rich and fatty foods and just plain overeating. If your pet is not acting like himself or herself, consult your veterinarian.Your best friend could be seriously ill.

It is difficult to comprehend, but when giving pets treats you must consider the relative size of their body compared to yours. If you weigh 150 pounds and your dog weighs 25 pounds, he or she is only 1/6th of your total weight. If you visualize yourself as a whole pie, comparatively your dog is only one slice of pie. Consequently, sharing an unfinished plate that still holds a generous serving of mashed potatoes with gravy, a side of very rich dressing, a few bites of turkey and a small slice of pumpkin pie with your best friend can make him or her feel miserable.

You do want your pets to enjoy the holiday. Stop by a pet food store and purchase some new dog biscuits or cat treats; then reduce the amount of their regular meal to accommodate the treats they will be getting throughout the day. Remember, biscuits and treats are usually much higher in calories than regular pet food so having them skip dinner may be a prudent choice if they have been snacking all day.

If you are planning a quiet holiday at home without a lot of company and confusion, and you don’t already have a dog or cat to share your life with, this could be the perfect time to visit one of our six Los Angeles City Shelters and fall in love with your new best friend. You can get him or her settled in while you have a couple of days off work. What better way to give thanks than to give an orphaned shelter pet a home? You will be repaid with unconditional love and laughs for years to come.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Brenda Barnette
General Manager
(213) 482-9558

Are You A Midnight Walker? SPCALA Presents Solutions For Reactive & Aggressive Dogs


Do you wait until the neighbors are asleep to walk your dog, or do you know someone who does? 
Maybe your dog barks when people or other animals walk by on the street, or you get nervous when you have new people to your house because you’re unsure of what your dog might do. 
spcaLA is here to help!  Scaredy Dog, presented by spcaLA, taught by expert trainer, Ali Brown, is a 2-day seminar for the owners and trainers of aggressive and reactive dogs.


• When:  April 13th & 14th, 9am – 5pm

• Cost:  $90 (Sat only) or $160 (Sat & Sun)

• CEUs:  14 for CPDT-KA certified dog trainers

City Of LA Offers FREE Dog Waste Bags

The City of LA Offers a Free Container of Dog Waste Bags
Please fill out this order form (at website below) and we will mail you a FREE container of Dog Waste Bags. You must be a City of Los Angeles resident in order to receive our dog waste bags. 
Each compact, refillable container comes with 15 bio-degradable doggie waste bags and can easily be attached to your dog’s leash.  You can buy a refill roll of bags from any local pet shop.


Dog License Amnesty Countdown – Only 5 Days Left


Dog License Amnesty Countdown — Only 5 days left to avoid penalties!
If you have a dog that is not licensed or who has an expired license, you can visit one of the six shelters near you, get a new license, or renew on line at:
License Fees:
Spayed or neutered: $20 and proof of rabies vaccination.
Not spayed or neutered (if qualified): $100 plus breeder’s fee of $235.

Do not delay. Avoid penalties and get your dog a license TODAY!

A license protects your dog if he/she accidentally gets out and gets lost.License tags give you the peace of mind to know that Los Angeles Animal Services will be able to reunite you with your pet if she/he is turned in by a Good Samaritan or is picked up by one of our officers.It is not only a great safety net for your dog, it is the law.

A license helps other pets too. $7 out of every $20 license and $2 out of every $100 license goes into the Spay/Neuter Trust fund to help insure that everyone can get his or her dog or cat spayed or neutered. The number of cat, kittens, dogs and puppies coming into our shelters is on the rise.  Spay and neuter is the safe and humane way to stop it.  Please help the animals by getting your dogs and cats “fixed” and by telling your friends too.

Canvass for Cats! Help I Spayed LA on January 28th!



WE NEED 100+ VOLUNTEERS to effectively canvass portions of the 90037 zip code. Make friends, meet other cat (and dog) lovers, serve the community and MAKE A BIG DIFFERENCE FOR THE ANIMALS IN JUST A FEW HOURS. 

YOU may be the one that makes the important impact for a cat or kitten by speaking with a community member in need of our services. All it takes is education and YOU can provide it! Please take a few hours and help stray cats in an area that desperately needs support. 
Your cat will thank you for it! 
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