FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

LA Animal Services Media Contacts: 
Agnes Sibal-von Debschitz, (213) 482-9512 or agnes.sibal@lacity.org
Justin Khosrowabadi, (213) 482-9551 or justin.khosrowabadi@lacity.org
Urgently Seeking Fosters and Adopters!
How YOU Can Make That Life Saving Difference
for LA City Pets
Los Angeles, June 25, 2021 – Every year around the Fourth of July, LA Animal Services Centers fill to overflowing capacity with terrified pets. This means that we need your help to create kennel space for the lost, sick, frightened or abandoned animals who make their way into our Centers. YOU can make that life-saving difference by fostering or adopting a pet. 

The loud sounds of Fourth of July fireworks frighten dogs and cats and can cause them to escape their house or yard that result with many dogs and cats not finding their way back home. Owners can keep their furry friends safe by avoiding fireworks, keeping their pets indoors and creating a calm environment. To help ensure you and your lost pet are reunited, make sure your pet is microchipped and the information on the microchip registration has your most current contact information, and that your dog is wearing a current City Dog License or ID tag. If your pet gets lost, start looking for them right away.

We encourage people who have lost their pet to post a photo and description of their furry friend on LA City Lost and Found Pets, Nextdoor.com, Pawboost.com, or Shadowapp.com, to improve the chances of reuniting with their companion animals. According to an ASPCA survey, about half of missing dogs and a third of missing cats were found by searching their local neighborhoods.
 
How to Foster a Pet

Please consider fostering if you are unable to adopt a pet to give them a break from shelter life. You can foster a dog for a day, to a week, to up to three months. When fostering a cat, we recommend fostering a feline friend for a minimum of two weeks. Fostering an animal companion also offers additional opportunities for dogs and cats ready for adoption to meet potential adopters during outings in and around their neighborhoods. 

If you would like to foster a pet, please follow these steps:

  • Visit laanimalservices.com/adopt and identify an animal you would like to foster. 
  • Email the volunteer liaison at ani.volunteers@lacity.org with your completed foster application (if you have not fostered before), a picture of your government-issued identification with photo (i.e., driver’s license), and the Animal ID number(s) of the pets you are interested in fostering. 
  • We will call you once your application is reviewed to schedule an appointment. 

LA Animal Services is Looking for Kitten Volunteer Fosters

If you have been approved to foster kittens with LA Animal Services, email your district's lifesaving liaison and Thomas Kalinowski at thomas.kalinowski@lacity.org to be set up with your foster kittens.
LA Animal Services is always looking for foster volunteers who can care for bottle baby kittens -- kittens who are learning to eat on their own -- as well as sick kittens and moms with litters.. Help save the lives of these vulnerable feline friends. Be a foster volunteer lifesaver! Complete the foster application and email it to ani.volunteers@lacity.org.

How to Adopt a Specific Pet

If you would like to adopt a pet, please follow these steps:

  • Visit laanimalservices.com/adopt and identify an animal you would like to adopt.
  • Call 888-452-7381 with the Animal ID number or A# (example: A1234567).
  • LA Animal Services will share all the information available on that animal.
  • If you’re interested in moving forward with the adoption, LA Animal Services will take your information and schedule a pick-up appointment.
  • During the appointment, staff will introduce you to your selected animal.
  • To follow COVID-19 safety protocols, social distancing will be observed and face coverings will be required during your scheduled appointment.

How to Adopt by Visiting our Centers

If you would like to adopt a pet by visiting one of our centers to view available animals, please follow these steps:

  • Call 888-452-7381 to make an appointment.
  • Potential adopters will be provided an appointment date and time, and will be encouraged to view available animals on our website at laanimalservices.com/adopt prior to their appointment.
  • Upon arrival for the appointment, staff and volunteers will guide the adopter through the kennels to view animals available for adoption.
  • If there is an animal you are interested in adopting, our staff or a volunteer will provide you with all available information on the animal, and you will be escorted to a designated area so you can get acquainted with the animal(s). 
  • To follow COVID-19 safety protocols, social distancing will be observed and face coverings will be required during your scheduled appointment. 
 
For more information about adopting or fostering a pet, or how you can support and donate to help the pets in our Centers, visit laanimalservices.com.
Foster a Feline Friend

Please consider fostering if you are unable to adopt a pet. If you would like to foster a cat, we recommend fostering a feline friend for a minimum of two weeks. When you foster an animal, you’ll be able to provide helpful information to the Centers about the cat’s unique traits and personalities, which can then be shared with interested adopters.

If you would like to foster a cat and/or kitten, please follow these steps:

  • Visit laanimalservices.com/adopt and identify an animal you would like to foster. 
  • Email the volunteer liaison at ani.volunteers@lacity.org with your completed foster application (if you have not fostered before), a picture of your government-issued identification with photo (i.e., driver’s license), and the Animal ID number(s) of the pets you are interested in fostering. 
  • We will call you once your application is reviewed to schedule an appointment.
If you have been approved to foster kittens with LA Animal Services, email your district's lifesaving liaison and Thomas Kalinowski at thomas.kalinowski@lacity.org to be set up with your foster kittens.

LA Animal Services is always looking for foster volunteers who can care for bottle baby kittens -- kittens who are learning to eat on their own -- as well as sick kittens and moms with litters.. Help save the lives of these vulnerable feline friends. Be a foster volunteer lifesaver! Complete the foster application and email it to ani.volunteers@lacity.org.

For more information about adopting or fostering a pet, or how you can support and donate to help the pets in our Centers, visit laanimalservices.com.
# # #
STAY CONNECTED:
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.
LA Animal Services | 888-452-7381 | LAAnimalServices.com