What: LA City Animal Services launches “Shelter at Home” pet sheltering program
When: As of October 2019
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Los Angeles City Animal Services recently announced a change in the way dogs and cats can enter the city’s shelter services. The Shelter-At-Home program allows concerned citizens who spot a lost or feral animal to shelter them in their own home.
There are a few conditions fosters need to meet in order to provide animals with temporary shelter. After finding an animal, they must notify their nearest LA Animal Services Center, send in two or more pictures, and have the pet scanned for a microchip.
The goals of the program are to:
- Give lost animals home care, and medical care if appropriate.
- Keep animals out of the shelter system and provide much needed life-saving space.
- Work with residents who are concerned or refuse to turn in animals to the shelter for fear the animal will not be claimed or placed.
- Expand LA Animal Services’ foster program and increase community involvement in helping find animals’ owners, and meanwhile, allow animals to be held in less stressful environments.
Find the full Shelter-At-Home list of guidelines here.