LA Animal Services and VCA Charities makes it easy for animal lovers to bring home a new canine companion. Now through Friday, July 15, VCA Charities will be underwriting the adoption fees for the first 250 dogs adopted. View the wonderful pets who are available for adoption in Los Angeles Centers by visiting

“We continue to see an increase in medium and large size dogs coming into our shelters so we’re grateful to VCA Charities for their support to help these amazing canine companions get adopted and into their new homes,” said Annette Ramirez, Interim General Manager for LA Animal Services. 

“Shelters across the country are experiencing serious capacity issues. The same goes true for the shelters in VCA’s own backyard of Los Angeles,” said Kimberly West, Vice President of Corporate Affairs for VCA Animal Hospitals and President of VCA Charities’ Board of Directors. “Through VCA’s support and a grant from VCA Charities, we’re covering the cost of adoptions for up to 250 lucky dogs. Our goal is to lessen the stress on shelter teams, create needed space within those shelters and support the joy of pet ownership for families across Los Angeles.”

Dogs and cats adopted from LA Animal Services join their new families already spayed or neutered, vaccinated, licensed, and microchipped, and adopters receive a VCA Healthy Start Certificate, which provides up to $250 of follow up veterinary care within the first 14 days of adoption. In addition, canine companions adopted from LA Animal Services are also eligible for free dog training classes at the Paws for Life K9 Rescue People & Pet Innovation Center in Mission Hills, CA. Contact for more details.

You can view the wonderful dogs, cats, rabbits, and pocket pets who are ready to meet you and who are available for adoption in Los Angeles Centers by going to

Center Operating Hours

The six LA Animal Services locations are open on Tuesdays and Thursdays, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Saturdays and Sundays, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Appointments are required on Wednesdays and Fridays, for pet adoptions, fostering, and owner surrenders, with our Centers closed on Mondays. Sick or injured animals will be admitted without an appointment. Appointments may be scheduled by going online or by calling 1-888-452-7381.

To follow COVID-19 safety protocols, social distancing will be observed and face coverings will be required when in our Centers.

Per City Ordinance 187219, you will need to show proof of your COVID-19 vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test within 72 hours of entry into the shelter. You can request a digital COVID-19 Vaccination Record if you were vaccinated in California (unless you were vaccinated at a federal facility) by visiting For any questions regarding vaccination records, visit the LA County Vaccine Records website.

For more information about LA Animal Services, visit:

Submitted by Agnes Sibal-von Debschitz