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NKLA Adoption Weekend (Nov. 9-10) Gives 1,000+ L.A. Shelter Pets Opportunity to Find New Homes

Making the journey from a cold shelter floor to a warm home will be the goal for more than 1,000 adoptable pets being showcased at the NKLA Adoption Weekend Saturday, Nov. 9, and Sunday, Nov. 10, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., at La Brea Tar Pits in Los Angeles.

The popular event is hosted by NKLA (No-Kill Los Angeles), an initiative led by Best Friends Animal Society with a mission of turning L.A. into a No-Kill City by 2017.  By bringing together NKLA coalition partners and passionate animal lovers eager to match shelters pets with loving families, the NKLA Adoption Weekend is a tangible way to save animal lives.

It’s also a heck of a lot of fun and one of the largest adoption events in the nation, with dozens of animal welfare organizations participating in a festival-type atmosphere. The NKLA Adoption Weekend is one of Best Friends’ “Super Adoption” events, which launched 14 years ago and average hundreds of adoptions per event. In May 2013, more than 400 pets found homes in just three days at the NKLA Super Adoption.

“The NKLA Adoption Weekend gives Angelenos a festive venue to meet incredible shelter pets. It’s really the ideal atmosphere for finding your new best friend,” said Marc Peralta, executive director of Best Friends Animal Society – Los Angeles and NKLA. “Our goal is to match prospective adopters with the perfect pet and find a great home for every homeless cat, dog, kitten and puppy that comes to our event.”

Several animal-loving celebrity supporters of Best Friends Animal Society’s lifesaving work will entertain at the free, family-friendly event, while guests can enjoy tasty cuisine from LA’s hottest food trucks, such as Yalla Truck, Del’s Lemonade, Mac-O-Licious, Son of a Bun, Mandoline Grill, Kool Haus and Waffles De Liege.

But the real stars will be the adoptable pets from a variety of local shelters and rescues, including LA Animal Services, Best Friends Pet Adoption Center in Mission Hills, Kitten Rescue, Wags N Walks, Angel City Pit Bulls, Karma Rescue, National Brittany Rescue & Adoption Network, Rescue Me Pups, Dogs without Borders, Two Dog Farms, Kitten Bungalow Charm School for Wayward Cats, and many more. Pets from both city and county shelters will be available with adoption fees as low as $25. All pets are spayed or neutered, vaccinated, and micro-chipped.

Adopters at the NKLA Adoption Weekend will receive a free starter kit with dog/cat food and treats, toys, collars, leashes, coupons, and more. In addition to PetSmart Charities®other generous sponsors include Natural Balance Pet Foods, Banfield Pet Hospital, Mammoth Pet, and Dog for Dog.


“The sad truth is that an estimated 9,000 dogs and cats are killed in U.S. shelters every day,” Peralta said. “Adoption is a key component in bringing that number down to zero. Watching the community join forces to put on the biggest adoption event in Los Angeles is so inspiring. It’s only by working together that we will Save Them All and turn LA into NKLA.”

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