L.A. animal shelters face kennel space ‘crisis’

Animal shelters in the city of Los Angeles are running out of kennel space and officials are asking for the public’s help adopting or fostering a pet.

“Because more pets are coming into our shelters than getting adopted or fostered each day, our six Centers are running out of available kennels for our canine companions,” L.A. Animal Services officials stated in a news release.

It’s a problem across the country, as shelters are experiencing an increase in the intake of medium to large sized dogs, officials added.

To illustrate the shelter capacity level, the department created a meter.

“Due to the continued increase of animals, primarily dogs, into our six shelters during the past several months, we are currently at the Orange/Extreme Level,”They explained. “We are pleading to animal-loving Angelenos to help us find homes for the pets in our shelters by fostering or adopting.”

Animal Services will reduce the adoption fees of dogs and puppies in an effort encourage pet adoptions. This is happening on June 18, 18 and 19. The ASPCA grants have waived kitten and cat adoption fees.

In May, the agency reduced adoption fees because shelters were full.

Find out how you can adopt a pet from an L.A. shelter Here.

“We have taken measures each month to increase pet adoptions, foster homes, transfers of pets to rescue partners, and pets being returned home,” said Annette Ramirez, interim general manager for Animal Services. “Despite these efforts, the intake numbers continue to outpace community placements.” 

The department expects an increase in pet intakes prior to July 4, and Angelenos may also be able to help by participating. “shelter-at-home” program, providing temporary shelter for lost pets in your neighborhood while posting flyers or sharing the pet’s info on social media via Animal Services’ Lost and foundNextdoor and Facebook pages

This department also offers the “home-to-home”Program where officials assist residents in finding a new home for their pet pets without having them go to shelters.

Residents also have the option of donateAnimal Services or share photos of pets that are available for adoption on social media.

For more information about how to help Animal Services, visit the department’s website.

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