LA Animal Services Media Contacts: 
Agnes Sibal-von Debschitz, (213) 482-9512 or
Justin Khosrowabadi, (213) 482-9551 or
Give a Dog a Break and Foster or Adopt a Pet This Weekend!
Los Angeles, January 6, 2022 – The start of the New Year saw a record number of stray and lost pets making their way into our Centers resulting in kennel space nearing capacity. To encourage animal-loving Angelenos to adopt this weekend, LA Animal Services is offering reduced adoption fees for dogs at $51 (not including license fee) and $75 for puppies. Cat and kitten adoption fees are waived thanks to a grant from the ASPCA. View the pets available for fostering or adoption by going to LA Animal Services and make a difference in a pet’s life.

Although the 4th of July is traditionally seen as the busiest time for shelters, this New Year’s holiday weekend brought about an influx of animals, primarily medium and large-breed dogs in our Centers. Due to their size, many of these dogs end up staying with us for weeks or months versus their smaller canine cohorts.

“Our shelters are filling up faster than we can find homes for pets, so we are urgently seeking the community’s help to adopt or foster,” said Dana Brown, General Manager for LA Animal Services. “The rise in Omicron cases has also affected our daily shelter operations with roughly 11 percent of our full time staff currently placed off duty due to the virus.”
You Can Help. Foster a Pet Today
Fostering is a great option to bring home an animal companion, if you are not able to adopt. It not only helps create life saving space for animals who have nowhere else to go but it gives a dog or cat a break from shelter life, experience a home setting and an opportunity for more socialization while finding out more about the their personality away from kennel life, which proves valuable in helping our furry friends find their permanent homes
You can foster a dog for two days to two weeks or a feline friend for two weeks or longer. Here’s how to give a four-legged friend a mini vacation:
  • Visit and identify an animal you would like to foster. 
  • Email the volunteer liaison at with your completed foster application (if you have not fostered before), a picture of your government-issued identification with photo (i.e., driver’s license), and the Animal ID number(s) of the pets you are interested in fostering. 
  • We will call you once your application
Need to Rehome Your Pet?
As space in our Centers becomes limited, LA Animal Services would like to offer available alternatives for pet owners who are thinking of surrendering their pet, like Home to Home, Safety Net Foster, or inquiring with friends and family, before relinquishing to the shelters.
Center Operating Hours
Our six LA Animal Services locations are operating without appointments every Saturday and Sunday, from 11am to 5pm. We will continue to operate by appointment during the week, Tuesday through Friday, for pet adoptions, fostering, and owner surrender, with Centers closed on Mondays. Sick or injured animals will be admitted without an appointment. Appointments may be scheduled by going online or by calling 1-888-452-7381.

To follow COVID-19 safety protocols, social distancing will be observed and face coverings will be required when in our Centers.

Per City Ordinance 187219, you will need to show proof of your COVID-19 vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test within 72 hours of entry into the shelter. You can request a digital COVID-19 Vaccination Record if you were vaccinated in California (unless you were vaccinated at a federal facility) by visiting For any questions regarding vaccination records, visit the LA County Vaccine Records website.

For more information about LA Animal Services, visit:
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LA Animal Services promotes and protects the health, safety, and welfare of animals and the people who love them, and is one of the largest municipal shelter systems in the United States. With six Centers across the City, LA Animal Services serves approximately 60,000 animals annually and responds to 20,000 emergency calls involving animals or people in danger. LA Animal Services is part of the Human Animal Support Services (HASS) international coalition, joining 38 municipal shelters and animal welfare organizations across the country to reimagine and transform the way shelters care for animals and their families, by offering access to resources to help keep families together; getting lost pets home quickly without having to enter the shelter system; providing food and medical assistance; and continuing to build on a strong adoption and foster program so pets find their permanent homes or are placed in foster care. Visit our link.tree for helpful links to the services and resources available to you and your companion animals. Connect with LA Animal Services and follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram.
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