| July 22-24: LA County Animal Care and Control Celebrates National Pet Adoption Weekend

The Los Angeles County Department of Animal Care and Control will be celebrating National Pet Adoption Weekend July 22-24. Adopt a cat for as little as $10 and a dog for $50. See flyer below.

The department, a national leader in animal shelter management, was recognized in June 2022 by the Best Friends Animal Society as ranking 10th out of 100 shelters nationwide for improving its animal rescue. It operates seven animal care centers in LA County. Centers are in Agoura Hills, Baldwin Park, Carson/Gardena, Castaic, Downey, Lancaster and Palmdale. The centers provide service to all unincorporated county areas, as well as 45 cities that contract services. In 2021-2022, the department treated approximately 27,000 animals.

Recent accolades for his performance include: a 2021 Legacy Award from the Los Angeles County Quality and Productivity Commission for his commitment to program quality and productivity excellence; a 2021 National Association of Counties Achievement Award for Implementing Progressive Community Services; and a 2020 California State Association of Counties Merit Award for COVID-19 Response. Here are some highlights of how the ministry provides animal care:

Population Management

• Closely manages its animal population to avoid overcrowding and animals remaining in its care for excessive periods of time. The DACC population management program was developed in consultation with the UC Davis Koret Refuge Medicine Program.

• Operates under the guidelines of Socially Conscious Animal Sheltering, a compassionate, transparent and thoughtful model for how animal shelters can better support vulnerable animals in their care and in their communities. Learn more at:

• The department does not subscribe to the “no-kill” method of operating animal shelters because of the resulting common problems of overcrowding and outbreaks in shelters, the release of dangerous dogs to the public, and the other unsafe management practices that compromise animal welfare and human safety. For more information on the DACC’s position, see:

• Offers alternatives to impoundment consisting of referrals to resources, free food and pet supplies, financial assistance for urgent veterinary care, and other assistance needed to reduce animal surrender in the care of DACC and help keep pets and their families together. These services are funded by the Los Angeles County Animal Care Foundation (LACACF); see:

• Provides pet rehoming assistance through its partnership with Home to HomeTM, a free pet rehoming program that helps pet owners find new homes for pets they can no longer keep . This reduces the number of animals abandoned by the owner and placed in the care of DACC. Learn more at:

• In collaboration with the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, runs a foster program for minor and vulnerable animals (mainly kittens) so that they are not admitted to care centers, but that rather, they are quickly placed with trained volunteers who provide the necessary round-the-clock care until the kittens are old enough to be adopted. This prevents the euthanasia of underage kittens who cannot thrive in an animal care facility due to their underdeveloped immune systems and need for constant care. Those interested in becoming foster family volunteers can find information at:

• The department’s Love at First Sight adoption program proactively identifies adoptable pets and makes them home-ready the same day they are available for adoption by quickly providing spaying surgeries and microchip implantations. With Love at First Sight, DACC has also eliminated the unpopular waitlist system (which used to delay pet adoption) and now offers adoption to the first eligible party who shows up in person and is ready to adopt immediately. .

• Pet photos are uploaded to the website in real time so owners can better find a lost pet and interested adopters can find their new family member. Animals ready for adoption are clearly labeled “Ready to Go Home”. See:

• Animal care center managers, behavior and enrichment staff, and medical staff meet weekly to review each animal’s condition and develop discharge plans to help them get adopted or placed in relief groups.

• Promote their longest stay animals for adoption on social media and at off-site adoption events. Requests are sent to animal rescue groups to take care of these animals.

• Management and executive staff receive weekly reports on dogs that have been in care for more than 20, 30 and 60 days. Monitoring these animals helps ensure that exit plans are made and adoptable animals can be placed in new homes. They also receive weekly reports on animals in special custody that cannot be released immediately, such as animals held pursuant to court orders or in custody pending the outcome of potentially dangerous/violent dog hearings, to ensure that these cases are resolved as quickly as possible. .

• Works closely with over 300 nonprofit adoption partners (rescue groups) who work with DACC to care for hard-to-place animals and place them in new homes. This includes all species, not just dogs and cats.

• Regularly transfers adoptable animals from its animal care centers with higher animal populations to animal care centers with more available space so that they can have increased visibility and adoption opportunities.

Animal behavior and enrichment

• Has a behavior and enrichment team that organizes dog playgroups for dogs to safely socialize and exercise in play areas with other dogs. Dog playgroups are great ways to discover each dog’s unique personality for successful placement and provide much-needed opportunities for exercise, socialization and relaxation.

• Kennels are indoor/outdoor enclosures for dogs to eat and drink in the indoor kennel and defecate in the outdoor kennel. Animal care attendants clean and sanitize each run daily and spot clean throughout the day. Cats can stretch and exercise using gates that connect two or more cages, giving them greater freedom of movement and providing a litter box area separate from their cage where food and litter can be stored. water are provided.

• Volunteers can exercise and socialize with all species of healthy-behaving animals. This may include walking, grooming, or simply sitting quietly with a shy animal that wants company. The centers welcome anyone over the age of 16 interested in volunteering, and more information can be found here:

• Dogs whose behavior makes them unsuitable for adoption by the general public are carefully evaluated. Where possible, they are placed with trusted adoption partners who will provide behavior modification training, with the ultimate goal of being placed with a permanent adopter. Dangerous dogs are not offered for rescue or adoption and are humanely euthanized to protect the safety of the public and other animals, leaving more room for adoptable and treatable animals.

Medical care

• Employs 13 veterinarians and 25 licensed veterinary technicians to provide medical care to animals seven days a week.

• Each animal receives a medical examination, basic vaccinations and flea/tick treatment on arrival. Veterinarians make daily rounds and provide treatment as needed. Dogs and cats are spayed or spayed before adoption unless underlying medical conditions preclude surgery.

• Works with private veterinary hospitals to provide emergency and after-hours medical treatment to animals in his care.

• The Dreams Come True program funds the treatment in private veterinary hospitals of seriously injured animals whose conditions exceed the resources of the centres. This program is funded by donations to the LACACF. For more information see:

• The Grooming Gives Hope program offers grooming services by private groomers to groom excessively matted dogs. Often this grooming is medically necessary and reveals underlying sores. It also dramatically improves the odds of dog adoption, turning bored, depressed dogs into exuberant adoption candidates. This program is also funded by LACACF. For more information see:

Welcomes visitors to its animal care centers. Private adoption appointments are available to provide personalized adoption services. Information about our adoption process and hours can be found here:

Want to help animals? Please donate to the LA County Animal Care Foundation at

The Castaic Animal Care Center is now open for in-person visits.

Castaic Animal Center

31044 Charlie Canyon Road,

Castaic, CA 91384

Benjamin M. Yerger