June 19, 2018

Best Friends’ No-Kill Initiative Hits Milestone


LOS ANGELES, CA—Best Friends Animal Society’s NKLA (No-Kill Los Angeles) initiative reached yet another milestone on its way to turning Los Angeles into America’s largest no-kill city by 2017, reaching historically low shelter deaths at Los Angeles Animal Services (LAAS) shelters.

Fiscal year numbers for 2013-2014, released by LAAS recently indicated that the six Los Angeles city shelters recorded the lowest number of dog and cat killings on record in its history: 12,680. That number is a decline of 26 percent from the previous year’s number of 17,069, and a dramatic reduction from the peak of 110,000 dogs and cats killed at LAAS in 1971.

The NKLA initiative is comprised of a coalition of more than 70 local organizations, including LAAS.

“This came about because every member of the NKLA coalition and, most importantly, the staff and volunteers of LAAS, is prioritizing life saving,” said Francis Battista, Best Friends Animal Society co-founder and the architect of NKLA.

Since its founding, Best Friends has helped reduce the number of animals killed in America’s shelters from 17 million per year to 4 million. “This is about a national movement to Save Them All that is capturing the imagination of the public in Los Angeles and across the country,” Battista said.

Brenda Barnette, general manager of LAAS, was equally thrilled with the news. “The unique partnership with Best Friends Animal Society is saving the City of L.A. well over $3 million. They provide free and low-cost spay/neuter surgeries for pets and providing generous financial and technical support to NKLA coalition partners.” n

Best Friends Pet Adoption & Spay/Neuter Center: 15321 Brand Blvd., Mission Hills, CA 91345; (818) 643-3989; bestfriends.org/la.

NKLA Pet Adoption Center:1845 Pontius Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90025; (424) 208-8840; nkla.org.