You have decided to add a new member to your family and provide a loving home to an orphaned animal in one of the L A Animal Shelters.
The first step is to click on the link below and see some of our fabulous companions who are available for adoption. You can search for available pets by type, gender, age, size, and color.
View Animals in all of Our Animal Shelters by Clicking HERE
Need help finding the perfect pet to fit your lifestyle and family? It couldn't be easier to meet your match! Just fill out the information requested using our Matchmaker feature and a list of animals that match your description will be emailed to you!
Click here to search for a new pet
The next step is to visit the Animal Shelter to find out if the dog/cat/rabbit you have chosen is available for adoption.
There is a waiting period of four days before a stray animal is available for adoption to give the family an opportunity to fine their missing companion. You can express interest in an animal you are interested in adopting during the stray waiting period. And, be sure to look around. We usually have a great selection of terrific pets just hoping you'll give them a home of their own.
If you select an animal who has not been spayed or neutered yet, we'll arrange to have that done and let you pick him/her up the next day.
Los Angeles City Animal Shelters are closed for adoptions on Mondays and Holidays.
Top 10 Tips About Adopting Your New Pet
Neither of these viruses can infect people. They are strictly cat diseases. They are spread from cat to cat through direct contact, usually either by grooming (FeLV) or fighting (FIV).
If you have cats at home, they may be at risk if your newly adopted cat is positive.
A simple blood test can check for these viruses and we highly recommend that you have your veterinarian perform it, prior to introducing your cats.
This includes children, the elderly, pregnant women and people who are immunocompromised due to a disease such as AIDs, cancer or due to taking certain medications such as steroids or chemotherapy. For these more susceptible individuals, certain precautions are recommended to decrease the risk of disease transmission. For additional information, contact the Center for Disease Control atwww.cdc.gov/healthypets/extra_risk.htm or the Los Angeles County Public Health Department. Common zoonotic diseases include intestinal parasites such as Hook/Round/Tapeworms and skin parasites such as Scabies and Ringworm.
Your new pet has been through a lot of stress.
Being brought to the shelter, living in the shelter, being spayed or neutered and then going to a new home with complete strangers is a lot to have to deal with. Amazingly, most pets seem to adapt perfectly to their new environment and instantly bond with their new family. Some though, do require more time and work to help begin their new life with you. If your pet is experiencing behavioral problems such as separation anxiety, destructive behaviors (i.e., chewing or clawing up the couch or your shoes) or elimination behaviors (i.e., pooping or peeing inside the house), you can find helpful information on our website, (Pet Trouble) as well as many other websites.
Ready to adopt? Just fill out the adoption form at the Animal Care Center, provide a valid form of government-issued identification with photo (i.e., driver's license), and pay the adoption fee. The maximum cost for a Los Angeles City resident to adopt a dog is $122. The maximum cost to adopt a cat is $76. The cost to adopt a rabbit is $56. Adoption fees include vaccinations and spaying/neutering for dogs, cats, and rabbits;microchipping for dogs and cats; and the first year license fee for dogs. Microchipping for rabbits is available for an additional $15. The Animal Care Centers accept payment by cash, check, or credit card (name on credit card must match the name on the photo identification).
Animal Services has a great selection of pets in all sizes, ages, and breeds, just waiting for a new home with you. If several people are interested in adopting the same animal, under the Los Angeles Municipal Code, we must use a fair, competitive process for people to bid on the pet. We use a Silent Auction for that process. You can find the rules here in
English or Spanish
Welcome to the virtual Department of Animal Services. Please check out the links on this to learn more find out about our mission, vision, and values. You can also learn about our General Manager and the Board of Animal Services Commissioners and review statistical information about the Department. You can also learn about career opportunities available in the Department.
Mission, Vision and Values
To promote and protect the health, safety and welfare of animals and people.
We envision the day when every pet born has a good home and is cared for all its life, and no person is ever endangered by an animal.
We value each employee, volunteer and partner contributing to the professional delivery of excellent customer service and the humane treatment of animals, in an atmosphere of open, honest communication, predicated on our respect for and trust in each other. Our values depict the highest standards of:
Our Service Theme
Creating a Humane LA
The Los Angeles Animal Services Department was formed by ordinance in 1947. With the General Manager as executive, the Department is under the control of a Board of Commissioners, with five members appointed by the Mayor, and by the City Council of Los Angeles.
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Whether you live within the boundaries of the city of Los Angeles or in the surrounding greater Los Angeles area, we have a shelter that is going to be easy for you to get to! Spread all over Los Angeles, our six city shelters are the perfect place to adopt your NEW BEST FRIEND. Our six locations have one of the largest selections of dogs, cats, puppies, kittens, bunnies and farm animals to adopt, volunteer or foster in the entire State of California!
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Serving the following neighborhoods: Angelino Heights, Arts District, Atwater Village, Beachwood Canyon, Boyle Heights, Chinatown, Cypress Park, Downtown Los Angeles, Eagle Rock, East Hollywood, Echo Park, El Sereno, Elysian Heights, Elysian Park, Elysian Valley, Franklin Hills, Garvanza, Glassell Park, Griffith Park, Hancock Park, Hermon, Highland Park, Historic Filipino Town, Hollywood, Hollywood Heights, Larchmont, Lincoln Heights, Little Tokyo, Los Feliz, MacArthur Park-Westlake, Melrose Hill, Montecito Heights, Monterey Hills, Mt. Washington, Silver Lake, Solano Canyon, Temple-Beaudry, University Hills, Virgil Village, Wilshire Center, Windsor Square. Outside the city limits, for such communities as Alhambra, East Los Angeles, Glendale, Pasadena, North Central is the closest LAAS shelter.