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Agnes Sibal-von Debschitz, (213) 482-9512 or agnes.sibal@lacity.org
Justin Khosrowabadi, (213) 482-9551 or justin.khosrowabadi@lacity.org

LA Animal Services Hosts Playgroup Rock Stars Adoption Event at Chesterfield Square / South LA Shelter On Saturday, January 28, 2023

Los Angeles, January 27, 2022 – LA Animal Services will be hosting a Playgroup Rock Stars Adoption Event at the Chesterfield Square/South LA shelter this Saturday, January 28 from 9am to 4pm. Meet adoptable dogs who are ready for their new homes, and watch them run and play in the yards showing adopters their amazing personalities and skills! To encourage adoptions around Los Angeles, play group adoption events will be taking place at the Paws for Life K9 Rescue People and Pet Innovation Center in Mission Hills and LA County’s Baldwin Park Animal Care Center in Baldwin Park.

These playgroup rock stars are the dogs who have been participating in the enrichment program led by Dogs Playing for Life (DPFL), which launched September 2022 at the Chesterfield Field Square/South LA shelter thanks to a partnership with Wallis Annenberg Petspace. DPFL is one of the nation’s most respected and progressive dog behavior programs in the nation, with a mission to enhance the quality of life of shelter dogs to increase life-saving. DPFL has proven metrics on the life-saving benefits of “playgroups” for kenneled animals, and on the methods for training staff and volunteers in establishing and conducting these ongoing enrichment activities.


Our first Playgroup Rock Stars adoption event last October was so well-received at our Chesterfield Square/South LA Services Center that we’re excited to see this playgroup adoption event expand to include dogs at Paws for Life K9 in Mission Hills and Baldwin Park Animal Care Center,” said Annette Ramirez, Interim General Manager for LA Animal Services. “As we continue to see an increase in animal intake in our shelters, our goal with these events is to give dogs in our Centers an opportunity to showcase their personalities outside their kennels, which gives them a better chance of finding their new homes.”

To encourage pet adoptions of these playgroup rock stars, LA Animal Services will be offering waived adoption fees for our dogs (over four months) at all six of our LA Animal Services Centers on Saturday, January 28 and Sunday, January 29. Puppies are excluded from this adoption event with adoption fees for puppies being $150. Our six locations are open on the weekends with no appointments needed, from 11am to 5pm. For this special adoption event, our Chesterfield Square/South LA Center will be open at 9am on Saturday, January 28. 

 

Dogs and cats adopted from LA Animal Services join their new families already spayed or neutered, vaccinated, licensed, and microchipped, and adopters receive a VCA Healthy Start Certificate, which provides up to $250 of follow up veterinary care within the first 14 days of adoption. In addition, canine companions adopted from LA Animal Services are also eligible for free dog training classes at the Paws for Life K9 Rescue People & Pet Innovation Center in Mission Hills, CA. Contact Info@pawsforlifek9.org for more details. You can view the wonderful dogs, cats, rabbits, and pocket pets who are ready to meet you and who are available for adoption in our Centers by going to laanimalservices.com/adopt.

Can't Adopt - You Can Still Help

  • Shelter-at-Home provides temporary shelter for lost pets in your neighborhood while posting flyers or posting the pet’s info on social media, e.g. Nextdoor, LA Animal Services Lost and Found Facebook page, Pawboost.
  • Home-to-Home is a resource to help pet owners find a new home for their furry friend without taking them to a shelter.
  • Donate and make a difference to help pets in LA.
  • Be a part of our Share Squad and help get the word out to help LA animals find homes and create more awareness on how to keep animals safe and healthy.
  • Share posts of pets available for adoption on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Nextdoor.
  • Volunteer and make a difference in the lives of animals in our care.


Center Operating Hours


Our six LA Animal Services locations are open on Tuesdays and Thursdays, from 8am to 5pm, and Saturdays and Sundays, from 11am to 5pm. Appointments are required on Wednesdays and Fridays, for pet adoptions, fostering, and owner surrenders, with our Centers closed on Mondays. Sick or injured animals will be admitted without an appointment. Appointments may be scheduled by going online or by calling 1-888-452-7381.


Please note for the Playgroup Rock Stars Adoption event on Saturday, January 28, the Chesterfield Square/South LA Animal Services Center, will be open from 9am to 5pm. All other LA Animal Services Centers will be open from 11am to 5pm.



For more information about LA Animal Services, visit: laanimalservices.com.

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LA Animal Services promotes and protects the health, safety, and welfare of animals and the people who love them, and is one of the largest municipal shelter systems in the United States. With six Centers across the City, LA Animal Services serves approximately 60,000 animals annually and responds to 20,000 emergency calls involving animals or people in danger. LA Animal Services is part of the Human Animal Support Services (HASS) international coalition, joining 38 municipal shelters and animal welfare organizations across the country to reimagine and transform the way shelters care for animals and their families, by offering access to resources to help keep families together; getting lost pets home quickly without having to enter the shelter system; providing food and medical assistance; and continuing to build on a strong adoption and foster program so pets find their permanent homes or are placed in foster care. Visit our link.tree for helpful links to the services and resources available to you and your companion animals. Connect with LA Animal Services and follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram.


The County of Los Angeles Department of Animal Care and Control (DACC) is committed to advancing the well-being of animals and people in the County of Los Angeles. Serving over three million people in unincorporated county and in 45 contract cities, DACC has seven Animal Care Centers serving the communities through compassionate care, effective enforcement, education, and intervention. DACC partners with stakeholders, communities and volunteers to address community needs and be a community resource. DACC’s Pets are Family (PAF) program connects pet owners to resources to mitigate owner surrenders at the ACCs and to promote access to care and resources and help families keep their furry family members. PAF offers a counseling helpline, pet food distribution, free wellness clinics, free and low-cost spay/neuter services and a voucher program to help with medical expenses, temporary housing for pets and medical grooming needs. For more information about DACC’s PAF programs please call: 562.519.0349. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram


Founded in 2015, Dogs Playing for Life has been redefining the meaning and importance of quality of life for all sheltered dogs by improving their experience through playgroups and individualized training, resulting in urgent and responsible lifesaving. Since inception, DPFL has introduced playgroups to 329 shelters and counting, who realize an average 6% increase in lifesaving and 38% decrease in length of stay for dogs. Shelters frequently describe DPFL programming as "game changing," "transformational," and "the most important thing to happen for shelter dogs." To find out more, visit www.dogsplayingforlife.org

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