The growing animal overpopulation problem in Los Angeles is overwhelming for the city. With no-kill policies in place, rescue organizations host weekly adoption events, as well as post photos of countless dogs and cats on websites in hopes to match these homeless animals with potential families. There are so many good reasons to adopt a pet – from puppies and kitties to young adult, older and special needs dog and cats, you are saving a life and possibly making a new best friend. Here are you top go-to rescue groups doing everything they can to help both cats and dogs survive and find lifelong homes.
NKLA Pet Adoption Center In West L.A.
1845 Pontius Ave.
Los Angeles, California 90025
With efforts to avoid ending the lives of homeless dogs and cats, NKLA or No-Kill Los Angeles is an adoption agency advocating for the welfare of innocent animals. Sponsored by Best Friends Animal Society, NKLA offers new pet parents the opportunity to meet and greet potential pet family members with the ultimate goal of a successful adoption. NKLA has more than 100 dogs, cats, puppies and kittens from various breeds and sizes. They are open every day of the week, including holidays (Christmas Day is a popular time for pet adoption). NKLA has strict criteria for adopters, who must have current identification, be 18 years or older, consent from a landlord, and the commitment to spend the time and money necessary for proper care of the animal. This includes training and medical care.
1873 Westwood Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90025
At Karma Rescue’s core, safety, refuge and protection are what it takes to help hundreds of animals find a permanent home. Honoring the animal-human bond, Karma Rescue’s founder Rande Levine works hard to educate various communities, thus creating successful companionships. There are hundreds of dogs who are looking for families; adopters can visit Karma Rescue’s website to search for new family members. The organization hosts several adoption opportunities each month at Petco Westwood, Petco West Hollywood and Pooch Hotel. Check website for dates. Always seeking volunteers, Karma Rescue’s education and operational openings are available.
Kitten Rescue Los Angeles
914 Westwood Blvd., Suite 583
Los Angeles, CA 90024
The work that Kitten Rescue does helps to ensure a happy home for life, at least a 20 year commitment if adopting kittens. Through a thorough screening process, the organization places kittens and cats in homes that are loving and responsible. Adoption fee is $120 for one cat or kitten ($200 for two), which covers spaying or neutering, microchip, FeLV (feline leukemia) and FIV (feline immunodeficiency virus) testing, vaccination, flea and deworming treatments. Kitten Rescue also requires a home delivery or visit as part of the process, and they have the right to turn down potential adopters, as necessary.
Pacific Coast Dog Rescue
When looking to adopt a dog or looking for a new home for your dog, Pacific Coast Dog Rescue (PCDR) is an excellent Los Angeles resource. Licensed to hold 90 dogs, PCDR works the dog rescue network to find homes for these animals. The PCDR website is currently uploaded with beautiful faces of dogs seeking new homes. From those with special needs to the “red heads,” PCDR invites adopters to meet these handsome and loving animals. While they also take in dogs from pet parents who can no longer take care of them (moving is always a popular reason), once at their limit they then advise these families on how to secure permanent homes for their animals.
LA Animal Rescue
9909 Topanga Canyon Blvd.
LA Animal Rescue hosts all of their animals in private foster homes until adoption. This gives new adopters honest information about the animals including habits, behaviors and personalities. Typically, these homes foster more than one animal, which gives the dogs or cats a chance to be socialized with other animals. LA Animal Rescue’s animals are often surrendered, abandoned, strays and from shelters. Because the organization doesn’t have an on-site facility, potential pet parents are invited to meet dogs and cats at one of the adoption events or a private introduction can be arranged. Adoption fee, which is a donation, covers a health exam, vaccinations, de-worming, flea treatments, spay/neuter and microchip.
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