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NKLA Adoption Center Moves to Next Level
August 22, 2013 -
LOS ANGELES, CACity officials, Hollywood celebrities and supporters of Best Friends Animal Society recently celebrated the re-dedication of a privately owned building to the cause of animal welfare specifically, the ongoing effort to stop euthanizing unwanted pets in the City of Los Angeles animal shelters.
The building, made available to Best Friends by Los Angeles real estate developer Ron Gershman and his wife, Catherine, has been renamed the NKLA (No Kill Los Angeles) Pet Adoption Center and will become part of Best Friends Animal Societys campaign to take the entire city of Los Angeles to no-kill shelters by 2017.
We are profoundly thankful to Ron and Catherine Gershman for providing this wonderful building for the use of Best Friends as we continue our life-saving work in the City of Los Angeles, said Gregory Castle, chief executive officer of the Utah-based national animal welfare organization, during the grand-opening ribbon cutting on Aug. 11, signifying the official celebratory opening of the center.
LA City Councilmember Paul Koretz said: "We are thrilled to have Best Friends in our district as partners in the crucial effort to achieve a No Kill LA. Our transcendent goal is to increase the number of loving animals adopted into responsible and welcoming homes and families."
Also joining in the celebration was Amy Elaine Wakeland, first lady of Los Angeles, who was attending on behalf of her husband, LA Mayor Eric Garcetti. Its wonderful to see the city, public and private sectors partner to reduce the loss of animal life. Its not possible without private partnerships.
Presenting honorary certificates to Best Friends from the California legislature were Melissa Ramoso, deputy district director, representing State Sen. Ted Lieu (District 28), and Ellen Moy, field supervisor for State Assemblywoman Holly Mitchell (District 54).
Among the Hollywood personalities attending the event was Topangan Howard (Hawk) Koch, co-president, Producers Guild of America, and former president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. As a life-long animal lover, it breaks my heart to think of all the animals being killed in shelters each year simply because they dont have a home, he said. Ive been a long-time friend, supporter and ambassador of Best Friends Animal Society and am proud to be able to participate in this game-changing initiative determined to make Los Angeles a No Kill city.
Located at 1845 Pontius Ave, Los Angeles, the Cape Cod-themed building is part of a trend to bring animals confined in the citys animal shelters to a more convenient, comfortable retail location where they can be showcased for adoption. With its bright, open-air design and striking black and white NKLA graphics, the center will also serve as a sophisticated space where NKLA coalition rescue and shelter organizations can host fundraisers and seminars in beautifully appointed reception and meeting areas. Gershman stressed the importance of adoption in curbing the number of animals being killed in shelters: We endure a relentless cycle that leads to more than four million dogs and cats being killed in our public shelters every year, he said. The new center provides an entirely new type of adoption experience designed to reach out to those with willing hearts, but reluctant minds. By providing professional service in an inviting and homelike setting, our hope is that centers like this will one day be the norm and the tragic legacy of euthanasia will one day be just a footnote in the history of our love affair with these wonderful companions.
This new effort should enable Best Friends to facilitate as many as 1,000 more adoptions each year in Los Angeles, Castle said.