Tagged: pet adoption

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


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…

4 A Quick Guide to Selecting a Shelter Pet

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purbred puppy next to mix breed puppy

This blog was authored by one of our volunteers, Miguel A.
When it comes to adopting a new pet, what is the first criteria that comes to mind?  If you answered, “well, breed, of course!”, you are definitely not alone.  People tend to gravitate toward the breeds they think are cute:  pugs, corgis, french bulldogs or perhaps something larger that makes more of a statement like a pit bull, great dane or rottweiler.
However, when it comes to adopting or rescuing a pet, breed is not the best place to start.  Even though 25% of animals in animal shelters are…

3 How Pet Store Bans Affect Puppy Mills


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…

5 NKLA Pet Adoption Center Opens In West Los Angeles


NKLA Pet Adoption Center

On August 1st,  NKLA, a Best Friends Animal Society initiative comprised of over 60 local nonprofits, opened their first Pet Adoption Center in West Los Angeles, CA.

A few of us Found Animals staffers attended their soft-opening, took a tour of their beautiful new space and got to hang out with some of the adorable dogs and cats awaiting adoption.
The adoption center is spectacular.  An 11,000 square foot, Cape Cod-style facility with lots of amenities:  brightly lit with skylights, soundproof kennels, a grooming and picture taking area, meet and greet rooms, a cozy community cat room and a large…

National Pet Week: 10 Tips From an Adoption Counselor


National Pet Week: 10 Tips From an Adoption Counselor

It’s National Pet Week! We’d like to celebrate by bringing you 10 great pet tips to help promote happy homes for you and your pets as well as priceless information for you potential adopters!
1. Where to Find Your New Companion:
So you’re looking for a new pet to love and adore but don’t know where to start? Well the great news is there are tons of resources right at your fingertips… literally! Petfinder.com is a great place to start! Petfinder is an online database that features over 300,000 adoptable pets from 13,686 adoption groups located across North America. You…

Happy Birthday Adopt & Shop!


couple with 3 adopted dogs

Adopt & Shop Lakewood turns two years old today and we want to wish them a very happy birthday! Since opening their doors in April 2011, Adopt & Shop has placed more than 1,500 shelter pets into loving homes.
We’d like to thank the staff and volunteers for providing excellent care for the animals and to all the adopters out there, THANK YOU for saving lives by adopting instead of shopping, Adopt & Shop could not do what they do without you!
This year, we are excited to announce the opening of two more Adopt & Shop locations! In mid-May…

3 South LA Animal Shelter is Open for Business!



An endeavor 10 years in the making, the brand new South Los Angeles animal shelter has at last opened its doors!
The goal was to build a better animal shelter. One that was inviting to the public, with the comfort of the animals as a top priority.  The new state-of-the-art facility achieves just that while incorporating green technologies that help it run efficiently.
Mayor Villaraigosa, Councilmember Bernard C. Parks and Los Angeles Animal Services General Manager Brenda Barnette all gathered Thursday morning to dedicate the new building and to thank those who helped make the dream a reality.
Visit Spay4la‘s…

Doggy Dates & Kitty Courtships


terrier mix with heart pillows

If unconditional love is what you seek this Valentine’s Day, what better place to find it than in an adopted pet that has eyes and affection only for you? Your local animal shelter is a great place to find that fluffy, special someone. However, like any relationship, compatibility is key.  Here’s a guide to help you find your perfect pet personality match (because let’s face it, adopting a pet has many similarities to dating).

In order to find your “pet soul mate,” it is important to find an animal whose personality complements yours.  Just like humans, each pet is an…

State of the Union of Pets


cat in front of american flag

As 2013 dawns there is no doubt that pets are more important than ever in our lives and in society. Having long since made the transition from working partners or outdoor companions to indoor members of the family, pets across America are now dressing better than their owners by day and stealing the covers in bed at night. The most recent census data indicates that more US households have a pet than children under 18 and the more than $50 billion a year market for pet products and services has continued growing right through the worst down economy in a…

Found Animals Year in Review 2012


Found Animals employees

2012 has been an amazing year for the Found Animals Foundation team and as we take time to reflect and celebrate this holiday season we wanted to share some of our accomplishments and plans for the New Year.  Since our mission is to minimize the number of pets killed in shelters, we focus on programs that reduce shelter intake and increase live release rates.  All told, over 130,000 pets and their people were helped by Found Animals programs this year and we look forward to seeing that number grow dramatically next year.  None of this would be possible without the…