Many Los Angelinos looking for a specific dog or cat breed believe they must go directly to a breeder to find that special furry friend sporting four legs – but did you know there are many fantastic breed-specific Pet Rescues in Woodland Hills that focus on adopting homeless purebred or mixes to loving homes?
It’s true. From our own experience, the love and appreciation a rescue pet provides you is unparalleled, as these are the guys and gals that need your affection, protection and coddling the most. Visit the below sanctuaries before you decide to “buy” your next pet…indeed, with the right research, attention and a little patience, you will find the loving pal you are looking for.
Pet Orphans of Southern California is a charitable organization dedicated to companion animal welfare advancement and to combating abandonment, overpopulation and the use of euthanasia – everything a compassionate entity fighting for the rights of our four-legged companions should be. The organization has been rehabilitating, rescuing and placing furry friends in loving “forever homes” for some 40 years, all while providing wide-ranging community support through its Humane Education program and myriad of client services, including spaying/neutering, medical/financial, training assistance and counseling to empower responsible pet guardianship and reduce animal abuse. Pet Orphans is located at 7720 Gloria Avenue in Van Nuys.
West Valley Animal Shelter, as part of Los Angeles Animal Services, is all about promoting and protecting the health, safety and welfare of animals and people, placing a formidable value on an atmosphere of open, honest communication and respect, trust, customer service and humane treatment. The Los Angeles Animal Services department was formed by ordinance in 1947, with Brenda F. Barnette appointed General Manager on August 16, 2010 after a national search for the right individual; since 2011, Los Angeles City animal shelters, like the West Valley Animal Shelter, have been making great strides towards achieving no-kill status. A live save rate of 90-percent of every dog and cat entering the city shelter system is the nationally-recognized benchmark for no-kill status, and the West Valley facility has implemented a number of strategies to achieve this goal. The Department of Animal Services is headquartered at 221 N. Figueroa Street, Sixth Floor, Suite 600 in Los Angeles.
Best Friends – Los Angeles is an adoption center with more than 400 dogs, cats, kittens and puppies from Los Angeles Animal Services shelters, and is open daily from noon to 8 pm. Conveniently located off the 118/405/5 freeways in Mission Hills, Best Friends works collaboratively with animal rescue groups, city shelters and passionate individuals who are all dedicated to the mission of making Los Angeles a no-kill city. As part of this mission, Best Friends hosts adoption and fundraising events while also running the Best Friends Pet Adoption and Spay Neuter Center in Mission Hills and leading the NKLA initiative. Best Friends – Los Angeles is located at 15321 Brand Boulevard in Mission Hills.
NKLA (No-Kill Los Angeles) – A Best Friend’s Initiative is a state-of-the-art pet adoption center for NKLA Coalition partners and features more than 100 kittens, puppies, cats and dogs excited to meet you; a friendly staff who make adopting easy; pets who are up-to-date on vaccinations, are microchipped, spayed or neutered and ready to go home today; gift certificates that can be used towards a pet adoption and an NKLA Boutique for all your pet’s necessities, including customized pet ID tags for just $5 and other exclusive NKLA swag. Open daily noon to 8 pm, NKLA is located at 1845 Pontius Avenue in West Los Angeles.
BunnyLuv Rabbit Resource Center is a non-profit no-kill animal welfare organization that offers education, adoption, care and supplies for domestic rabbits and the humans who adore them. Since its inception in 1996, BunnyLuv has helped thousands of rabbits and humans live together, and the organization always strives to help people maintain a meaningful relationship with their domestic companion rabbits for a long life and mutual enjoyment. This is accomplished by way of providing free information, reducing rabbit overpopulation and abandonment in Southern California and providing a safe haven for neglected rabbits as they await adoption. BunnyLuv Rabbit Resource Center is located at 16742 Stagg Street Suite 104 in Van Nuys.
Purr-Fect Solutions Feline Rescue boasts over 15 years of sheltering homeless kittens and saving lives, representing a non-profit no-kill rescue group and shelter. Located west of Coldwater Canyon Avenue between Chandler Boulevard and Magnolia, Purr-Fect Solutions was founded in June 2000, answering the demand to rescue and adopt homeless cats and kittens and providing care including – but not limited to – spaying/neutering, testing, vaccinating and cuddling. The organization is headed by Patricia Winters, who has devoted more than a decade of her life – and home – to rescuing cats in the San Fernando Valley; today’s Purr-Fect Solutions facility is divided into four areas, allowing the cats to easily interact with one another. Additionally, during California’s summer months, the tall trees and cool misting system help keep them chill and comfortable. To obtain address information, visit the facility’s website and book an appointment.
Change the end of the story for all of the homeless and abandoned animals out there by visiting one of the aforementioned pet rescues.