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LA animal shelters are running out of space, looking for new homes for their furry friends

LOS ANGELES—Los Angeles Animal Services is asking animal-loving Angelenos to adopt pets from local shelters that are increasingly overwhelmed by a growing influx of medium to large dogs in their care, according to officials.

“We have taken action each month to increase pet adoptions, foster homes, transfers of pets to rescue partners and animal returns home,” said Annette. Ramirez, the agency’s acting chief executive, in a June 14 statement. “Despite these efforts, the number of admissions continues to outpace community placements.”

LA Animal Services oversees six shelters in Los Angeles County, and all of them currently lack space for new dogs. In recent months, the department has seen more animals entering shelters than moving into new homes.

LA Animal Services spokeswoman Agnes Sibal said many dogs were at the shelter because they had been lost. Some arrived because their previous owners could not take care of them during a move.

“Shelters are often miles from owners’ neighborhoods and aren’t necessarily the first place people look when they lose a pet and some people don’t even know the shelter exists,” Sibal told The Epoch. Times.

The agency expects a continued increase in pet consumption ahead of Independence Day. Currently, shelter capacities are at an “extreme” level. Before reaching the “critical” level, which is the most severe, residents are encouraged to foster or adopt a pet from one of six shelters.

Los Angeles Animal Services shelters have extremely low capacity as of June 2022. (Courtesy of Los Angeles Animal Services)

Those who are unable to foster or adopt a pet may choose to donate to help pets in Los Angeles get spayed or neutered. Additionally, Angelenos can also provide temporary shelter for pets lost in their neighborhood while helping find the owner or a new home on social media.

When shelters run out of space, the agency often partners with animal rescue organizations to facilitate placements, according to the agency. Some pets may find homes in the Pacific Northwest through organizations that ship dogs and cats to other states.

To encourage pet adoption, adoption fees are reduced this weekend for dogs and puppies and waived for cats and kittens.

“When you adopt, you are not only helping to create a living space for sick or injured animals that come to our department with nowhere to go, but you are also giving the dog or cat you adopt a temporary home setting and a home. break from kennel life,” Sibal said.

Alice Sun