Holiday Gift Guide for Dogs


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Wow, where has the time gone?  I can’t believe we are once again at the end of the year with the gift giving season upon us!  With that being said, I am truly excited to express the love my family and I have for our animals by getting all my furry friends some great toys and treats this holiday season.  I have reached out to many pet lovers, guests at our Adopt & Shop and our very own Found Animals Staff for some great gift ideas for your four legged canine companions.  These items are must haves for any dog…

Twelve Pets of Christmas Adoption Promotion

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Twelve Pets of Christmas

The Twelve Days of Christmas is one of those traditional holiday songs that everyone knows, but no one is quite sure of the exact words and meaning. Receiving a ‘partridge in a pear tree’ may sound like a pretty good gift, but wouldn’t adopting an adult cat or large breed dog from the animal shelter really give meaning to the holidays? Get in the spirit with a different kind of ‘howl-iday’ tune, ‘The Twelve Pets of Christmas.’
Every year, thousands of animals end up in Los Angeles area shelters.  Many of them will be overlooked because of their age, breed,…

2 Holiday Gift Guide for Cats


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This holiday we have put together a gift guide for that special cat or cat lover in your life. Since cats are natural hunters, we’ve tailored the list to feature products to keep your indoor cat especially happy, fit, stimulated and out of mischief. We have gifts for cats, gifts for humans and a couple of stocking stuffers too!

Dachshund Recycled Paper Scratching Board

This corrugated cardboard scratcher is made by Imperial Cat. It doubles as a comfy place for your cat to nap and is cute enough that it wouldn’t need to be hidden away in a dark corner.…

Happy Thanksgiving!


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This Thanksgiving, We’re Thankful For …

Our community of animal lovers, rescuers, foster parents and organizations who continue to work tirelessly towards our common goal of getting pets out of the shelters and into loving homes.
The individuals who choose to adopt instead of shop, giving deserving animals a second chance at a great life.
The citizens of Los Angeles who are pro-active and take advantage of our many resources.
Over 1,200 animals adopted from Adopt & Shop since April 2011.
Over 1,135 cats adopted from the Cat Adoption Center since March 2010.
Nearly 1,300 cats adopted during our 9…

In Case You Mythed (Missed) the 2012 Found Animals Forum


ballroom at skirball center

On Sunday, November 13 Found Animals hosted the fourth annual Found Animals Forum: Dispelling Myths in Animal Welfare. Over 120 people came to The Skirball Cultural Center for an interactive evening of learning, networking and prizes.
We began this year’s forum with Found Animals Executive Director Aimee Gilbreath, as she “set the stage” with a series of true and false questions related to the Los Angeles animal welfare landscape.  The audience participation and enthusiasm was impressive! That energy continued as Found Animals Microchip Director, Erin Nelson Purdy, spoke on the importance of pet identification and the ease of using the…

8 Better With Age: Scout’s Adoption Story


an adult dog and puppy napping side by side

There’s no denying that puppies are irresistibly cute. They’re small, rotund, furry, and adorably awkward. They even make cute sounds. But somewhere between puppyhood and adolescence, they begin to exhibit…behaviors. Sleep- depriving, property-damaging behaviors that make you question if all that cuteness is really worth it.
Case in point: Scout. Eight week old, female, black Labrador retriever mix.
I happened upon her in the grocery store parking lot of a rural mountain town, shivering in the back of a pickup truck. She and her siblings were being given away by breeders because they were supposed to be pure bred goldens.…

11 Adopt a Black Pet On Black Friday


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When people hear the words “Black Friday” they generally think of the day following Thanksgiving and the kick off for the holiday shopping season. This is the day many retailers begin to “turn a profit” or are “in the black.”  This year, we are hoping people will think of black in an entirely new way: by adopting a black pet!
Black pets tend to have a more difficult time being adopted which means they are more likely to be killed in shelters. Also known as black cat or black dog syndrome, we can speculate a few reasons they may be…

Cancer in Pets: Prevention, Diagnosis and Treatment

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tabby cat getting checked by a veterinarian

These days, hearing about a friend who’s pet has been diagnosed with cancer, or worse, hearing the diagnosis from your own pet’s vet, seems to be less and less rare. It isn’t that the disease is cropping up like wildfire, but rather, due to better veterinary care and living conditions, dogs and cats are living longer lives, and cancer is a disease of the old. Further, veterinarians have better diagnostic and treatment tools than they did just a decade ago, so they are better able to detect the disease. If patients come in for senior or regular pet wellness exams,…

6 Thanksgiving Food Quiz: Is Your Feast Safe for Your Pets?


Thanksgiving Turkeys vintage postcard

Thanksgiving feasts bring the whole family together, sharing food around the table…and under it. Many pet lovers admit to sneaking human food to their pets (guilty here!), and who can resist those puppy or kitty eyes peeking up at them when the holidays roll around?

If you and your relatives are guilty of cross-species food sharing, it’s important to know which foods are safe for pets before you sit down to eat. We put together a little quiz of what common Thanksgiving food is safe for pets, what’s borderline and what is not. Test your knowledge below!
Thanksgiving Food Quiz…

Howl-O-Ween & the First of Many Pet Friendly Events with the Westfield Mall

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Found Animals just hosted our first in a series of pet friendly events with the Westfield Mall in Century City, CA. We celebrated Howl-O-Ween by holding a Pet Parade and Costume Contest. Many furry family members participated in costume with their humans on hand to bring home the prizes!  The fun started with registration and general information, which included free pet microchip scanning, and Gelson’s goodie bags, and concluded with a Pet Parade and Costume Contest. Prizes were awarded to the Most Creative, Cutest, and Crowd Favorite, and there was some fierce competition!
This was the first of many monthly…