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Pit Bulls in Los Angeles Shelters: What You Need to Know

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Pitbulls in Los Angeles Shelters: What You Need to Know

You may know that Los Angeles has a homeless pet problem and that many of the pets that end up in area shelters are euthanized for lack of space. But did you know that the breed most euthanized in L.A. shelters is pit bull-type breeds? Last year, over 3,800 healthy, adoptable dogs were euthanized in our area shelters.* Of those, almost half were pit bulls.*

Why do pit bulls get euthanized in our shelters at higher rates than other breeds?
Simply put, because there are a lot more of them there. Let’s take a look at some factors.
1.) Pit…

6 For the Love of a Pit Bull

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2 pit bulls napping together

I have always loved dogs (and cats, and rabbits, and horses, and goats – but those are other blogs).  My mother had a purebred doberman when I was born and that dog and I were inseparable throughout my early years.  When she left us, as dogs always do too soon, there was a mischievous black Labrador.  He came to us as a puppy when I was in third grade and died after a long, full life while I was away at college.
So you could safely say that I grew up knowing what it is to love a dog, or…

Saving Pets Challenge Launches Today!

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dog and cat in the grass

There’s some big news from Found Animals today – the Saving Pets Challenge to expand lifesaving programs in communities across the United States has kicked off!  We have put $100,000 of funding up for grabs in this first-of-its-kind program.  Competing animal welfare organizations use CrowdRise, one of the fastest growing online fundraising websites, to raise money for a program of their choice.
The three organizations that raise the most money during the challenge period get grants of $50,000, $20,000, and $10,000 from Found Animals.  Another $20,000 in bonus grants will be given out along the way.

One of the things…

2 Adopt-a-Less-Adoptable Pet Week: Adopt & Shop Promotion

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2 cats napping together

Petfinder has designated the third week in September “Adopt-a-Less-Adoptable Pet Week” to raise awareness about animals in our shelters and rescues who need a little extra help finding the right home.
According to their survey, 99% of national shelters and rescue groups currently have adoptable pets that are having a difficult time getting adopted. These overlooked pets wait for a home nearly four times longer than the average adoptable pet does, sometimes remaining at (no-kill) shelters for longer than two years!
We have found this to be true at both our Adopt & Shop locations. There is a special kind…

#100KittyDays

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tabby kitten

On June 11th of this year, Adopt & Shop launched an adorable campaign on their Instagram called 100 Kitty Days. As many of you know, Kitten Season is a phenomenon that happens every spring when the weather starts to warm, and hundreds of thousands upon millions of cats give birth all over the world. Even though little kittens are really, really cute, Kitten Season is anything but.
Our Kitten Foster Project manager, Jen, did a great job of explaining some of the finer points of Kitten Season in a blog we posted last September called, “Kitten Season Purrs On.”
In…

4 Introducing the Kitten Foster Project

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2-tabby-kittens-header

Kitten season is that time of year when winter turns to spring and baby kittens are born.  Unfortunately, it’s not as cute and magical as it sounds because many of these tiny creatures will find their way into an animal shelter.  Because most shelters do not have the human power or financial resources to care for these little ones, they are often euthanized within hours of intake if no foster is found.  As popular as cats and kittens are on the internet nowadays, ironically, they are still among the most euthanized groups in animal shelters.

The good news is that…

The Road to a Kitten Foster Project

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4 foster kittens

This blog entry is going to be great… it’s about kittens! How can it not be?
Well, I’ll tell you, but stick with me.  Every year in Los Angeles, area shelters are overrun with unweaned  kittens, due in part to Southern California’s mild weather and unsterilized male and female cat  populations.  With limited resources to save animals, even of adoptable age, most of these little ones are euthanized within hours of entering the shelter.  It’s easy for us members of the public to be outraged by this, even skeptical, as to how many ‘resources’ tiny kittens even require.  But believe…

Help Pets When You File Your Taxes!

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orange tabby cat in a shelter

If you are anything like me, tax season is not your favorite time of year.  Being the daughter of a CPA , my dislike of early April was acquired at a young age and has never left.   This year, I managed to get my taxes done by the end of March (barely), which I consider an accomplishment!
For me, the one real bright spot in the process (aside from a possible refund) is the opportunity to support pets when I file my taxes.   Many states give you the opportunity to donate to worthy causes when you file your return.   In…

10 Onward & Upward: Simple Ways to help Shelter Pets in 2014

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brown and white dog with rawhide bone

Have you started setting your lofty goals for 2014 yet? Here are 10 simple ways you can help shelter animals in the coming year.
1. Donate Your Unwanted Towels: Old or new, animals don’t care.  Shelters use towels for cleaning, cozying up a pet’s kennel and even taming semi-feral kittens!  If you received a fresh set this December, consider donating your old towels to your local shelter.
2. Likewise with Old Blankets: Shelters are always in need of blankets. You can donate your used blankets or make new fleece blankets for a fun project like the industrious little ladies of…

3 How Pet Store Bans Affect Puppy Mills

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How Pet Store Bans Affect Puppy Mills

This has been an exciting year in Los Angeles as the pet store ban that was passed in October of 2012 finally went into effect after a six month waiting period.
The new law makes it illegal for pet shops and other retail businesses to sell dogs, cats and rabbits unless those animals are obtained from an animal shelter, animal-control agency, humane society or a 501(c)(3) rescue organization.
Since an estimated 99% of pet stores obtain their puppies from puppy mills, this law is a big success because it drastically reduces the supply and demand for commercially bred animals. Los…