Adopt a pet this Holiday Season!
$30 off cats & $40 off dogs*
*Discounted adoption fees for eligible pets at participating locations with coupon.
Click the link to get your coupon: http://www.foundanimals.org/twelve-pets-of-christmas
The 12 Pets of Christmas highlights 12 categories of pets that are often overlooked in shelters. All of these pets would make a great addition to your family, but this isn't always obvious at first glance. Take a second look and then take home one of the 12 Pets of Christmas - because every pet deserves a loving home.
Adopting A Friend
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
- Many of the animals in our Shelters come to us with little to no history about their overall health or behavior. If you have other pets at home, we recommend that you keep your new pet separate for a few days. Dog to dog introductions are best done at a neutral territory. Cat to cat introductions are best done in separate rooms letting them sniff each other under the door at first.For more information on introducing a new pet, please go to our website, www.laanimalservices.comunder ABOUT ANIMALS. Please act with caution until you and your new pet get to know each.
- NEVER LEAVE A CHILD ALONE WITH ANY ANIMAL!We believe that children should be raised with animals. When they learn kindness and compassion for family pets, they will know how to show those same qualities to everyone. It is the responsibility of the parent to make sure that the pet experience is good for the child and the pet.
- We urge you to bring your newly adopted pet to a veterinarian for an exam as soon as possible after adoption (many vets offer a free exam within 3 days of adopting a pet from a shelter). LA Animal Services CANNOT guarantee the health of ANY animal that we adopt out. In the event of illness, YOU will be responsible for the cost of any treatments that your veterinarian recommends. If your pet is ill, you may return the pet to us and we will allow you to adopt a replacement pet.
- Some of our adopted animals will need to be spayed or neutered at a private, independently run, veterinary hospital prior to going home. When you pick up your pet from the hospital, please follow the post-op instructions that the veterinarian provides you. If your pet experiences any complications after his/her surgery, please contact the hospital that performed the surgery and also let us know.
- Our adoption fee includes a spayed or neutered pet. It does not include any additional procedures that may be recommended by the veterinarian.The veterinary hospital your pet is taken to may require that you pay an additional fee if your pet has an umbilical hernia, an undescended testicle, is in heat or is found to be pregnant. The hospital may also offer you OPTIONAL services such as blood testing, antibiotics, an Elizabethan ("E") collar, and prescription painkillers to take home with you after the surgery. Please contact the hospital directly to discuss these issues. Never give your pet any over-the-counter pain medication!
- If you adopt a sick animal, we will provide you with a "deferral of surgery" form (D-300). On the form will be a date by which you must either have the surgery performed or contact us to get a further deferral (if your veterinarian feels that your pet needs more time). Unless your veterinarian provides us with written documentation that your pet cannot undergo surgery, you must have your pet sterilized-It's the law!
- Upper Respiratory Infections (URIs, "Kitty Colds" or "Kennel Cough") are difficult to avoid at shelters where so many animals come and go every day. Our animals may be exposed to several different viruses that can cause a URI. In some cases, your pet may seem to be healthy at the time you adopt him/her, only to come down with an illness once you get him/her home. Luckily, most pets recover from an infection within a week or two. However, certain infections may turn out to be more dangerous. A dog's URI may progress into a more serious pneumonia. Cats may end up with lifelong eye problems.
i. Distemper in dogs, in particular, will often begin by looking like a simple URI, only to then proceed into causing seizures and neurological problems and even death. Distemper most commonly infects young dogs (under 1 year) but dogs of any age can succumb to this tragic disease. All dogs entering any of our Centers are vaccinated against Distemper. Unfortunately, some dogs may become infected prior to entering the Shelter.
ii. Unfortunately, we are usually unable to determine which animals with URIs will worsen and which will get better. If you adopt a pet with a URI, or your pet becomes ill within days of being adopted, please bring him/her to your veterinarian as soon as possible or, if that is not practical, return the pet to the shelter and our staff will work with you to select another pet.
iii. Parvovirus in dogs, and the related Panleukopenia virus in cats, are viruses commonly found in the environment. All dogs and cats are vaccinated against these respective viruses upon entering our Centers. As with Dog Distemper though, some animals may be infected prior to entering the Center.
iv. Puppies and kittens less than a year old, in particular, are much more at risk. If you adopt a young pet, please make arrangements with your veterinarian to have booster vaccines given at the appropriate times. Do not allow your pet to be in contact with other unvaccinated animals (i.e. at a dog park) until your veterinarian permits it. Please bring your pet to your veterinarian immediately if he/she becomes lethargic, doesn't want to eat, and/or begins to vomit or have bloody diarrhea, or, if not practical, return the pet to us and we will help you select a different pet.
- Due to budgetary constraints, we are unable to test cats for Feline Leukemia (FeLV) or Feline Immunodeficiency (FIV) viruses.
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.
- Some people are more likely than others to get diseases from an animal (zoonotic diseases).
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
Best Buddies Program
Click here for more information on the Adoption Policy and Contract
View our monthly schedule of mobile adoption events conveniently located throughout the city.
Who We Are
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:
- Respect - We pledge to treat each person thoughtfully, politely and kindly regardless of rank or relationship.
- Trust - We strive to conduct ourselves in an honest, ethical, professional and respectful manner in everything we think, do and say, inspiring confidence in our abilities and our honesty.
- Open and Honest Communication - We commit to complete transparency in all forms of communication and to carefully listen to the communications of one another.
- Customer Service - We pledge to provide our best service to every customer, whether an internal or an external customer, every time.
- Humane Treatment - At all times and in all places, we vow to care compassionately, advocate actively and work tirelessly to insure the best possible environment for all animals.
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.
Come Visit Us
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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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West Valley Care & Control: (More Information)
20655 Plummer Street, Chatsworth, CA 91311
888-4LAPET1 or 888-452-7381
Serving the following neighborhoods: Bell Canyon, Canoga Park, Chatsworth, Encino, Granada Hills, Lake Balboa, Northridge, North Hills, Porter Ranch, Reseda, Sepulveda, Tarzana, Warner Center, West Hills, Winnetka, Woodland Hills. Outside the city limits, for such communities as Agoura, Malibu, Santa Clarita, Valencia and Westlake Village, West Valley is the closest LAAS shelter.
Contact City of Los Angeles West Valley Animal Shelter