Posted: Tuesday, April 26, 2016 – 7:26 PM
No human can match the unbridled joy of dog greeting his or her human when he comes home from work. There is nothing like the affectionate rub of happy cat against one’s leg and the motor-purr that ignites our hearts. . . And LA County Shelters announced this week that they have reached an 86.3% ave rate for dogs, and 79.2% for cats.
Compare that to 2011 when the rate for dogs was 57.8%. A 90% save rate, LA Animal Services reports is ‘nationally considered’ a “No Kill”.
These rates are largely attributed to the myriad small rescue organizations and the NKLA initiative. Many hundreds of volunteers throughout the county participate in the effort to trap feral cats and sterilize and release them; bring mobile spay/neuter operations to underserved communities, and the countless adoption events throughout the City that bring adoptable pets to the public. Hooray LA! Now let’s help make it 100%!
Last night, the rescue community enjoyed the premier of ShelterMe, Hearts & Paws, at the Writers Guild Theatre. Presented by the Petco Foundation, the presentation was three short stories about the joy of rescues.
In the first story, award-winning artist and creator of the MUTTS comic strip Patrick McDonnell shared his experiences over two days at the Animal Care Centers of New York City (ACC). Through his eyes we see the lives transformed – both human and animal, including dogs, rabbits who practice speed dating, and cats – and the people who make it possible.
McDonnell points out wisely that yes, the animals offer unconditional love – but so do the hundreds of people who provide support to the shelter. That includes the army of volunteers who donate time, who walk dogs daily, provide socializing opportunities, prepare the animals for adoptions, manage the bunnies; the hundreds of volunteers who collect blankets, bedding and towels, and those who gather in sewing circles to create toys and beds for the traumatized animals. As McDonnell pointed out these humans love unconditionally, as well, and together, they have formed a community that surrounds these animals with love.
Every animal and every human deserves a second chance at life and love, he says.
Another short film tells the story of an extraordinary cat adoption service, the first Cat Cafe. Located in Oakland, California. The owner has partnered with Oakland Animal Services to provide a fun and innovative way to meet and adopt shelter cats while enjoying a cuppa jo and a snack.
These are our featured shelter animals who are waiting for a chance to love you.
Sally (ID#A1578077) is a black and tan Doberman Pinscher mix. She appears to be about six years old and she is a lithe 53 pounds. She arrived at the shelter on April 8 and she is probably confused and scared. Wouldn’t it be nice if she was in a stable furrever home, where she can smile at you every day?
Dory (ID#A1614134) is a black and white Domestic Shorthair. She appears to be about seven years old. She has been waiting since March 8. That is a long wait.
Perhaps you cannot take in a permanent pet, but you love animals. Consider volunteering. Every dog needs a walk. Ever cat needs a nuzzle. Bring your old towels and bedding down to the shelter. Get involved. Be loved by an animal, be overjoyed by an adoption.