Animal Rescue in Los Angeles
Pet overpopulation is a serious problem in the Los Angeles area. Every year, thousands of healthy animals are euthanized in Los Angeles’ city and county shelters due to overcrowding. In 2012, the city’s six shelters euthanized more than 20,000 animals. (Source: LA Animal Services.) And while the shelters outside the city – but within LA County’s jurisdiction – do not release their euthanasia statistics, the county is widely believed to euthanize even more animals than the City. Combined, more than 100 animals are euthanized every single day in Los Angeles. And if one were to add the number of animals euthanized in neighboring counties – in particular, Kern, San Bernardino, and Riverside Counties – the magnitude of this problem simply becomes overwhelming.
Los Angeles has taken steps to reduce its euthanasia rate. In 2008, the Los Angeles City Council approved a new law that requires all dogs and cats in the City to be spayed or neutered after the age of four months, making Los Angeles the national leader in efforts to humanely decrease the number of pets abandoned and euthanized each year. Limited enforcement, however, has reduced the impact of this law.
Most recently, Los Angeles became the largest city in the nation to ban pet stores from selling dogs, cats, and rabbits obtained from commercial breeders. Now these animals may only be offered for sale or adoption if obtained from a shelter, humane society, or a rescue organization, like Doggone Crazy Animal Rescue. This crack down on backyard breeders and puppy mills will help reduce LA’s pet overpopulation, but enforcement is key, and Los Angeles – like any other city – must prioritize expenditures. Matching adoptable dogs with loving homes is a key component in addressing this crisis.
The success of pet adoption increases significantly when prospective adopters are able to meet more frequently with adoptable animals. Most animal rescue organizations do not have the means to showcase their animals seven days per week – weekends and special events are the norm. Our dream is to open Doggone Crazy Rescue and Retail where adoptable dogs will be available in the store seven days a week for meet-and-greets, increasing the number of adoptions and helping to reduce the number of homeless dogs in the Los Angeles area. Fundraising will be the key to achieving our goal, but we’re not going to let this prevent us from moving forward. While we strive to obtain and open a full-time facility, we’ll continue to work hard to save lives.