Fees cut by 50% if you adopt a dog or cat from LA city shelter – Daily News

Animals await adoption at the West Valley Animal Shelter in Chatsworth on Tuesday, July 9, 2024. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)

From gentle giants to terrifying youngsters and everyone in between, LA’s shelter dogs and cats are wagging their tails with excitement to find their new homes. Adoption fees for the six city-run animal shelters have been cut in half this month, in an effort to reduce shelter overcrowding.

The Biggies and Meow-Meows Adoption Event runs through the remainder of July and is sponsored by the Paula Kent Meehan Pet Care Foundation.

“Especially now, since spring is a natural breeding season, city shelters are overflowing with dogs and cats and kittens,” said Bill Crowe, the foundation’s director. “The event acts as an incentive and it’s great to see people adopting and fostering.”

The event has a 50% reduction in the fee charged to anyone who adopts a good sized dog, puppy or cat. Under the temporary reduced fees, dogs weighing more than 40 lbs. costs $51 and puppies cost $75. Cats are $12.50 and kittens, $25.

There is no reduced fee for adopting small dogs, which tend to be adopted fairly quickly, according to Crowe.

LA’s six city-run shelters are all participating in the reduced-fee event, and they include West Valley Shelter in Chatsworth, East Valley Shelter in Van Nuys, Harbor Area Shelter in San Pedro, South LA Shelter in Inglewood, West LA Shelter in Santa Monica and North Central shelter in downtown LA

As the city grapples with shelter overcrowding, the Los Angeles Board of Animal Services Commission on Tuesday, July 9, approved a proposal to increase the limit of dogs per household from three to four. The plan now goes to Mayor Karen Bass and the LA City Council.

Crowe said potential pet owners should do their research and be prepared before adopting.

“Make sure you’re ready to adopt an animal, because we want it to be a forever home, not a mistake,” Crowe said. “And if you’re ready, it’s important to adopt from a rescue because these animals really need homes, rather than the ones you can buy from breeders.”

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