In an effort to reunite lost pets with their owners and families, Los Angeles Animal Services initiates the Shelter-at-Home program to allow members of the community to provide homes and care for lost dogs and cats.
The goal is to keep lost pets in the communities where they are found and keep them out of animal service centers. The chances of reuniting pets with their families is greater when the pets stay in their neighborhoods, according to officials at the Los Angeles Animal Services.
“Statistically, lost pets are often easier found the closer they are to home,” said Brenda Barnette, General Manager of Los Angeles 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.”
Neighbors can easily recognize lost pets and are sometimes familiar with their neighbors’ pets. The Shelter-at-Home program increases the chances of returning lost pets to their owners.
Those who find a lost animal are asked to notify the closest Los Angeles Animal Services Center within four hours, send two or more pictures and have the animal scanned for a microchip.
The Shelter-at-Home program was designed to:
Give lost animals home care and medical care if needed.
Keep animals out of the shelter system and provide space for other animals in need.
Give residents an option of where to take lost pets, instead of shelter where they might not be claimed or returned to their owners.
Expand the Los Angeles Animals Services’ foster program and allow animals to be held in low-stress environments.
For more details on the program, please visit https://www.laanimalservices.com/found-pet