Best Friends Animal Society

By Ken Laba

Jenny the cat loves to climb the stairs in the free-roaming cat room at Best Friends Pet Adop-tion & Spay/Neuter Center. For the entire month of August, she and all of her adoptable cat friends who are nine months or older are only nine dollars to adopt.

If you or someone you know wants to adopt a cat, dog, kitten, or puppy, now or in the future, this fantastic non-profit is the way to go. First established 28 years ago, inAngelCanyon,Kanab,Utah, Best Friends Animal Society operates the nation’s largest animal sanctuary for domestic animals. While spearheading various animal welfare programs around the country, Best Friends now has a full-time presence in theSan Fernando Valley.BestFriendsPetAdoption & Spay/NeuterCenterin Mission Hills is a no-kill facility that offers pet adoption services, spay and neuter services, a unique foster program, and rewarding volunteer opportunities.

Although Best Friends has had a presence in the L.A. area since the early ‘90s, January of this year marked the opening of Best Friends Pet Adoption & Spay/Neuter Center, which is operated out of Northeast Valley Animal Care Center through a public-private partnership formed with the City ofLos Angeles Animal Services. Though it was built by the City ofLos Angelesin 2008, the facility never opened to the public due to budget shortfalls.

Now, that’s all changed! With more than 150 dogs and cats available for adoption, you will also find beautiful indoor and outdoor “meet & greet” areas, with expert care givers, trainers, and adoption specialists. Best Friends’ goal is to establish a match between a pet and a person or family, with the animal being a fit for their lifestyle.

Adoption fees are only $50 for cats or kittens and $100 for dogs. However, through all of August, they’re running an adoption special for cats called “9 lives for $9,” in which all cats nine months or older are only nine dollars to adopt.

An adopter gets some affection from a potential new pet in one of the outdoor meet-and-greet areas at Best Friends Pet Adop-tion & Spay/Neuter Center.

All pets, discounted or not, come spayed or neutered, vaccinated, microchipped, and with a collar, personalized ID tag, and 30 days of pet insurance.

For those who are not ready to commit to adoption, their foster program enables people to provide a temporary home for a cat, dog, kitten, or puppy, with lots of support and guidance and the option to bring the animal back when the foster period is done.

As the only privately-run city-owned animal shelter in the country,BestFriendsPetAdoption & Spay/NeuterCenterhas a lot to offer. They also host mobile adoption events every weekend, offer “2 fur 1” adoption pricing, and have regular adoption specials.

Conveniently located, with easy freeway access off the 405, 5, and 118 freeways at 15321 Brand Blvd. in Mission Hills, Best Friends Pet Adoption & Spay/Neuter Center is open Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday from Noon–8 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m.—6 p.m. For more information, visit Bestfriends.org/LA or call (818) 643-3989. Interested in volunteering? Send them an email at volunteerla@bestfriends.org.