October 31, 2014

Fees Waived for Shelter Adoptions Through July 6

 

LOS ANGELES—Fourth of July festivities can be a far cry from independence for the hundreds of pets that get frightened during the holiday, flee from their homes and end up at shelters, making it the busiest time of year for Los Angeles Animal Services shelters.

“There’s nothing festive about seeing kennels and cages full of anxious pets that have been separated from their families,” says Marc Peralta, executive director of Best Friends Animal Society—Los Angeles. “Sadly, due to many unfortunate circumstances, such as lack of proper identification, many pets won’t make it home.”

The Best Friends Pet Adoption & Spay/Neuter Center in Mission Hills, which transfers dogs and cats from L.A. city shelters to its No-Kill facility, is hosting a special fee-waived adoption period in order to make space for the anticipated Fourth of July overflow. All pet adoption fees are waived from now to Monday, July 6.

“Our goal is to adopt out as many pets as we can to loving, forever homes in order to leave space for those who will inevitably flood the shelters around July 4,” Peralta says.

The center, conveniently located within minutes from the freeways, is open daily from noon until 8 p.m. Every adoptable pet at the center is spayed or neutered, micro-chipped, vaccinated and ready to go to its new home immediately. Additionally, each pet comes with a collar, customized ID tag, bag of food and one month of free veterinary insurance.

To ensure all current owners and future adopters alike keep their pets safe over the holiday, Best Friends Animal Society offers the following tips:

• Bring all pets indoors whenever neighborhood fireworks displays are likely. Secure dogs in a room and play music or turn on the television to drown out the frightening sounds.

• Keep pets away from lit fireworks at all times, including your own backyard, as some will chase after the bright moving objects and are at risk to be burned or blinded in the process.

• Ensure that pets are wearing current identification tags.

• If your pet does go missing over the holiday, check immediately and often with local animal shelters. Go to the shelter in person to identify your pet, rather than calling or e-mailing the shelter, as staff may not be able to respond in a timely enough fashion to ensure your pet’s safety.

• For the ultimate identification protection, all pets should be microchipped so that they can be scanned at an animal shelter or veterinary office. Studies show that three percent of America’s 165 million pets, or 4.5 million dogs and cats, are lost every year; approximately one million never return home.

Best Friends Animal Society Adoption Center is located at 15321 Brand Boulevard, Mission Hills. For more information, or to view adoptable pets, visit www.bestfriends.org/la; or call (818) 643-3989.