This year the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors celebrated the 13th-Year Anniversary of its Pet Adoption Program with a new milestone – over 650 successful adoptions.
In 1995, Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich initiated a new approach to reach the public and raise awareness of the countless abandoned animals in the County’s shelters in need of loving homes. At each of the Board of Supervisors meetings, Antonovich presents an animal in need of a home from one of Los Angeles County’s six Animal Care Centers. Information is provided about the animal, including the sex, breed and age and a telephone number is given so that anyone interested in adopting the animal can call to obtain more information. This adoption program also airs online and during the Board of Supervisors’ broadcast. To date, 100% of the animals featured, including dogs, cats, rabbits, birds, and a guinea pig have been placed in new homes.
In concert with the weekly pet adoptions, the Department of Animal Care and Control has stepped up efforts to find each a home for abandoned animals through outreach at community events, school presentations and shelter tours. Members of the department also participate in outside Adoption Fairs and give presentations at pet stores to raise public awareness and encourage adoption from local shelters. A “Pet of the Week” segment featuring a County Shelter animal for adoption appears on KABC-TV during the 11:00am news hour every other Thursday.
Two years ago, in an unprecedented move to protect public safety and reduce stray dog overpopulation and euthanasia in County shelters, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors unanimously approved Supervisor Antonovich’s motion to create a mandatory spay/neuter ordinance for all dog breeds. The County’s unwanted dog overpopulation had led to serious public safety concerns including bites, traffic accidents, destruction of property, and the spread of disease. According to the Center for Disease Control, every 40 seconds someone in the United States seeks medical attention from a dog bite related injury.
In 2005, nearly 12,000 homeless, abandoned, and stray dogs were left in one of the counties six shelters. Many thousands more died in local city shelters, humane societies, and other animal rescue agencies throughout the County.
Supervisor Antonovich and the Los Angeles County Department of Animal Care and Control encourage you to adopt a pet from your local County shelter. All rescued animals, and those up for adoption, can be viewed on the County Web site at www.animalcare.lacounty.gov.