LA Animal Services launches 'Shelter-at-Home' program to help keep animals out of shelters

(LA Animal Services)

Los Angeles Animal Services on Tuesday announced the city's new "Shelter-at-Home program," which will allow community members to provide home care for found dogs and cats instead of bringing them into an animal shelter.

The program will allow people who find lost pets to provide temporary housing for the animal until their proper owner can be found. As part of the program, the person who finds the animal must notify the closest LA Animal Services Center within the first four hours, as well as send LA Animal Services two or more pictures, and have the pet scanned for a microchip.

“Statistically, lost pets are often easier found the closer they are to home,” said Brenda Barnette, General Manager of LA Animal Services. “With Shelter-at-Home, communities can come together to help bring four-legged family members back home by utilizing social media, and posting flyers nearby.”

The program aims to keep animals out of the shelter system and provide much needed life-saving space. It will also help expand LA Animal Services’ foster program and increase community involvement in helping find animals’ owners, and meanwhile, allowing animals to be held in less stressful environments.

To learn more about the program, click here.