For the weekend of October 8 and 9, LA Animal Services has announced it will be dropping the prices of animal adoptions to help ease overcrowding in shelters. This is great news if you live in the area and have been thinking about adopting a pet. They noted that in celebration of “Adopt a Dog” month the fees will be lowered to $51 for adult dogs and $75 for puppies this Saturday and Sunday. For dogs older than 4 months, a $20 licensing fee will be added, but this isn’t unusual for shelters to do.
Adopt, Don’t Shop
In addition to reducing the number of shelter pets, the reduction in fees is being done to help our four-legged friends find their forever homes. The good news for fans of felines is that fees attached to their adoptions have been waived entirely, thanks to an extremely generous donation from the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, the department stated in its announcement. The waiver includes both adult cats and kittens. Younger animals usually come with higher fees when adopted from shelters, so this is definitely a big plus.
LA Animal Services Locations
The animals will be available for adoption at all six of the department’s locations. They include both the East and West Valley facilities, North Central LA, the Harbor location in San Pedro, and the South Los Angeles and West Los Angeles shelters as well. To find the location nearest to you, just click here. If you’re unsure, all you’ll need to do is add your ZIP code and the address and phone number of the closest shelter will pop up. LA Animal Services’ main number is (888) 452-7381.
Spay and Neuter
The nice thing about adopting shelter pets is that they’ve already been fixed and had medical and dental exams by veterinarians. If they had any issues when they came in, those have already been addressed, so you don’t have to. If you really want to make a difference, consider adopting a senior or special-needs pet. These animals are frequently overlooked and left to languish in shelters and rescues without the benefit of a loving family. They have every bit as much love to give as a younger or fully able pet, and you don’t have to house train them. Most will surprise you with the amount of energy they still have. Before taking on a special needs pet, just make sure you have the patience and wherewithal for the animal’s sake. It would be a shame to give them hope and then return them later on. Happy hunting!Whizzco