<![CDATA[NBC Southern California - Southern California News - Clear the Shelters]]>Copyright 2019http://www.nbclosangeles.com/news/localen-usSun, 25 Aug 2019 20:35:10 -0700Sun, 25 Aug 2019 20:35:10 -0700NBC Local Integrated Media<![CDATA[Top Stories]]>Mon, 22 Aug 2016 07:19:11 -0700]]><![CDATA[The Dodo]]>Wed, 14 Aug 2019 10:30:25 -0700]]><![CDATA[Before You Adopt]]>Mon, 22 Aug 2016 07:19:11 -0700]]><![CDATA[Videos]]>Thu, 07 Jun 2018 15:48:24 -0700]]><![CDATA[Amazing Animal Stories]]>Mon, 22 Aug 2016 07:19:11 -0700]]><![CDATA[After You Adopt]]>Mon, 22 Aug 2016 07:19:11 -0700]]><![CDATA[Adoptable Pets Near You]]>Fri, 17 Aug 2018 07:33:04 -0700]]><![CDATA[Full Archive]]>Fri, 10 Aug 2018 09:15:32 -0700]]><![CDATA[Second Chances]]>Mon, 22 Aug 2016 07:19:11 -0700]]><![CDATA[Meet Mooky, a 10-Pound Chihuahua Up for Adoption]]>Fri, 23 Aug 2019 13:58:53 -0700https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/pet-of-the-week-mooky-20190823.jpg

This 10-pound chihuahua could lose a few pounds, but she's got a lot of love to give. 

Mooky is a very sweet, pudgy little diva. Her temperament is sweet and engaging. She loves cuddles and belly rubs.

It would be great if she found a companion who is willing to help her lose some weight and manage a healthy diet, the shelter says. She's a charmer and super photogenic.

Interested in adopting Mooky? For more information about Mooky, call: Pasadena Humane Society and SPCA at 626-792-7151 or search ID #A481713 here



Photo Credit: Pasadena Humane Society & SPCA]]>
<![CDATA[More than 2,500 Animals Adopted During Clear the Shelters]]>Sun, 18 Aug 2019 15:31:46 -0700https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/CTS+Dagmar.jpg

More than 2,500 animals found their forever homes during this year's Clear the Shelters. Michelle Valles reports on Today in LA on Sunday, Aug. 18, 2019.

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<![CDATA[Animals Find Fur-ever Homes During Clear the Shelters]]>Sat, 17 Aug 2019 18:21:06 -0700https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/Animals_Find_Fur-ever_Homes_During_Clear_the_Shelters.jpg

Pets across Los Angeles are finding their fur-ever home at the 2019 Clear the Shelters. Fritz Coleman, Carolyn Johnson and Robert Kovacik report for the NBC4 News at 5 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 17, 2019.]]>
<![CDATA[Animals Find Fur-Ever Homes During Clear the Shelters]]>Sat, 17 Aug 2019 16:51:14 -0700https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/20190817-downey-3.jpgAnimals lovers nationwide lined up early for a chance to find the purrfect pet to take home on Saturday, Aug. 17, 2019, during NBC and Telemundo's Clear the Shelters event.

Photo Credit: Cecilia Jativa McKim]]>
<![CDATA[Clear the Shelters is Saturday]]>Fri, 16 Aug 2019 23:32:58 -0700https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/Clear_the_Shelters_is_Saturday.jpg

Hundreds of shelters across the country are teaming up with NBC Owned Television Stations and Telemundo for Clear the Shelters, a nationwide pet adoption drive on Saturday, Aug. 17, 2019 that helps find loving homes for animals in need.]]>
<![CDATA[Is Your Pet's Personality a Good Fit for You?]]>Fri, 16 Aug 2019 21:18:33 -0700https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/Is_Your_Pet_s_Personality_a_Good_Fit_for_You_.jpg

Are you ready to adopt and safe a little life? Here are some tips on helping to Clear the Shelters, for NBCLA's Saturday $20 adoption fees event Aug. 17. Kim Baldonado reports for the NBC4 News at 5 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 16, 2019.]]>
<![CDATA[Clear the Shelters: It's Time to Meet This Fun-Loving and Adorable Husky]]>Fri, 16 Aug 2019 07:31:48 -0700https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/Clear_the_Shelters_Husky_Adoption.jpg

He doesn't have a name or a home, but this lovable 2-year-old husky mix is up for adoption this weekend in Pomona. Christine Kim reports for Today in LA on Friday Aug. 16, 2019.]]>
<![CDATA[Breaking Down the Pet Adoption Process]]>Fri, 16 Aug 2019 05:51:45 -0700https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/214*120/Screen+Shot+2019-08-15+at+3.44.42+PM.png

Thinking about pet adoption but feeling unsure or overwhelmed? The ASPCA's Kelly DiCicco breaks down the process of adopting and acclimating your new pet to your home. ]]>
<![CDATA[Clear the Shelters: Find a Participating Shelter Near You]]>https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/212*120/CTS+LA+MAP.png

NBC and Telemundo stations' are teaming up with shelters nationwide on Aug. 17 for the fifth annual Clear the Shelters animal adoption drive.

More than 1,400 shelters and rescues have already registered to participate in this year's campaign.

Use the map to search for a shelter near you or search by zip code above.

Learn more about the event here. 


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<![CDATA[Lili Who's Lived at a Shelter for 6 Years Needs a Home]]>Tue, 13 Aug 2019 12:45:54 -0700https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/Lily_Who_s_Lived_at_a_Shelter_for_6_Years_Needs_a_Home.jpg

Santa Paula Animal Rescue Center workers were overwhelmed by a $10,000 donation. Because of Lili, a dog who has lived at the shelter for six years and has an armchair in her kennel, the shelter was put on the map. Help Clear the Shelters Saturday, Aug. 17, and take Lily home. Robert Kovacik reports for the NBC4 News at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 13, 2019.]]>
<![CDATA[Understanding Two Dog Breeds That Sometimes Get a Bad Rap]]>Tue, 13 Aug 2019 11:39:31 -0700https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/Understanding_Two_Dog_Breeds_That_Sometimes_Get_a_Bad_Rap.jpg

What to know about pit bulls and Chihuahuas. Gordon Tokumatsu reports for the NBC4 News at 5 p.m. on Monday Aug. 12, 2019.]]>
<![CDATA[$10,000 and a Kennel Makeover for Dog Who's Lived at Animal Shelter for 6 Years]]>Fri, 16 Aug 2019 10:24:47 -0700https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/Lili-bulldog-six-years-waiting-for-adoption.JPG

Lili is the longest resident dog at Santa Paula Animal Rescue Center in Santa Paula, California. The tummy-rub-loving white bulldog mix has been waiting for her fur-ever home for 6 years. 

While the emotional toll of animals waiting to be adopted is great, the financial toll on shelters housing these pets is undeniable. 

SPARC was surprised Tuesday with a $10,000 grant from GreaterGood.org, an animal welfare organization, and iHeartDogs to acknowledge the shelters long-term commitment to animals like Lili. 

In addition to the cash grant, the shelter also received beds, treats, and toys - everything needed to nourish a pet's mind, body, and bowl. 

The surprise also includes a little extra love for Lili, who's kennel was given a special surprise makeover. 

Of course, everyone involved hopes Lili doesn't get a chance to enjoy her new crib for too long; ultimately the rescue wants the loving pup to get a second chance with a family who wants to adopt her.

Greatergood.org also surprised a shelter in New York with a $10,000 grant and swag in an effort to bring attention to its longest dog resident, a 5-year-old Staffordshire Terrier named Dr. Crosby, who has been living there for 3 years. 

If you're interested in adopting Lili contact the Santa Paula Animal Rescue Center. To adopt Dr. Crosby contact the SPCA of Westchester.  

NBC and Telemundo stations' fifth annual Clear The Shelters pet adoption campaign takes place Saturday Aug. 17. 



Photo Credit: Santa Paula Animal Rescue Center]]>
<![CDATA[Gypsy, a German Shepherd Chow Chow Mix, is Up for Adoption]]>Fri, 09 Aug 2019 08:20:45 -0700https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/20190808-gypsy-01.jpg

Gypsy, a German shepherd chow chow mix, is looking for a fur-ever home.

She's been available since June 20 at the Inland Valley Humane Society & S.P.C.A. since June 20. 

The shelter staff says Gypsy is a friendly dog and she loves playtime. She doesn't fully know commands yet, but she always comes when you call her. 

As you can see in the photo above, the staff says they think Gypsy thinks she is a lap dog because she loves to love on people. 

Interested in adopting Gypsy? Here's more information. 

ID: I1315243

Inland Valley Humane Society & S.P.C.A. 
500 Humane Way 
Pomona, CA 91766
(909) 623-9777 



Photo Credit: Inland Valley Humane Society & S.P.C.A ]]>
<![CDATA[Do You Need a Happy Face in Your Life? You'll Be Over the Moon With Rocket]]>Fri, 09 Aug 2019 07:19:30 -0700https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/202*120/pet-week-rocket-face.jpg

Look at that smiling happy face. 

This is Rocket. He's a 2-year-old Rottweiler mix with a sweet and gentle disposition to match his kind face. And, that crinkled ear just adds to his appeal.

Rocket knows how to sit very well and loves playing with his toys. He'd love to find a loving home and someone to play with him.

ID: I1315201

Inland Valley Humane Society & SPCA

500 Humane Way, Pomona, 91766

Phone 1: 909-623-9777

Phone 2: 909-623-0432



Photo Credit: Inland Valley Humane Society & SPCA]]>
<![CDATA[Pluto and Goofy Are a Basket Full of Adorable]]>Fri, 02 Aug 2019 11:30:36 -0700https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/212*120/pet-week-cts-pluto-goofy-august-2-2019.jpg

How much cuteness can fit in one basket?

Meet brothers Pluto and Goofy, two curious and playful puppies who are looking for a home to share in their antics. They were surrendered by the previous owner, who had too many dogs. 

Pet IDs

Pluto: A1880411

Goofy: A1880409

Where to See Them

East Valley Animal Shelter

14409 Vanowen St., Van Nuys

Hours: Tuesday-Saturday: 8  a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sunday: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Closed Monday and holidays.



Photo Credit: LA Animal Services]]>
<![CDATA[Help Clear the Shelters With NBCLA and Telemundo 52]]>Sat, 17 Aug 2019 10:12:13 -0700https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/20190817-clear-the-shelters.JPG

UPDATE: One hundred shelter and rescue locations are now participating.  Look for the interactive map at www.nbcla.com/cleartheshelters to find a location near you.

NBC4 and Telemundo 52 Los Angeles announce the return of the award-winning pet adoption campaign Clear the Shelters.™ Launching now and culminating on Saturday, August 17, the stations’ fifth annual adoption drive includes participation of more than 75 local shelters and rescue locations throughout the Southland. On August 17, participating groups will offer a reduced adoption fee of $20.

"Since we launched Clear the Shelters five years ago, the adoption drive’s unprecedented success has become an integral part of the community every year," said NBC4 President and General Manager Steve Carlston.  "NBC4 looks forward to continuing the tradition of helping alleviate the animal overpopulation at shelters and offering affordable adoptions to all our viewers." 

"Every year, it is amazing to see thousands of people throughout Southern California mobilize to help Clear the Shelters," said Celia Chavez, President and General Manager, Telemundo 52 Los Angeles. "We look forward to another successful year and helping thousands of animals find their forever home." 

Last year’s Clear the Shelters™ resulted in nearly 17,000 pet adoptions across five counties in Southern California with all types of animals finding forever homes – from guinea pigs to rabbits to dogs and cats. This year is no exception with cat cafés and a wide range of reptiles up for adoption at a reduced fee.

Both stations will feature many animal-related stories and raise awareness about shelters inflicted with severe crowdedness and the importance of adopting a pet. On August 17, the stations will broadcast live throughout the day from several shelters beginning at 7 a.m. with NBC4’s Today in LA morning news and highlights on the station’s 5, 6 and 11 p.m. newscasts. KVEA’s Noticiero Telemundo 52 will also recap the day’s success at 6 p.m. and 11 p.m.

Local sponsor VCA Animal Hospitals’ health teams will also be at shelters to offer a certificate for a free first exam and a limited health guarantee to ensure a healthy start.

"We believe every pet deserves a happy life, and that includes receiving proper medical care. Our support for Clear the Shelters has been in place for five years and the shelters we partner with help to ensure that every pet adopted gets a chance to see a veterinarian, and all the care needed so they can thrive in their new home with their family," said Brandon Antin, VCA Animal Hospital’s VP of Social Responsibility & Innovation.

For more details, visit NBCLA.com/cleartheshelters and follow @NBCLA  on social media throughout the campaign using hashtag #CleartheShelters.

Clear the Shelters is an initiative led by NBCUniversal Owned Television Stations, a division of NBCUniversal. The initiative has inspired many to take action and open their homes to pets in need. Since 2015, Clear the Shelters has resulted in more than 250,000 pet adoptions nationwide.



Photo Credit: NBCLA]]>
<![CDATA[Inmates Train Shelter Dogs in New LA County Program]]>Mon, 29 Jul 2019 12:33:11 -0700https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/214*120/GettyImages-159485668.jpg

A canine rescue organization and Los Angeles Animal Services Monday announced the launch of a program pairing adoptable dogs with inmates at the maximum security prison in Lancaster, who will provide six to eight weeks of training to prepare the animals for new homes.

"There are several successful prison dog training programs throughout the country," said Alex Tonner, the founder of Paws for Life K9 Rescue.

"What makes the partnership with L.A. Animal Services unique is that we are selecting great dogs who may have previously been overlooked to attend the training. Community members can adopt one of these preselected dogs knowing that after the training, they will be bringing home a fully trained friend into their home."

Dogs chosen for the "Shelter Paws for Life'' program will come with an offer to the adopter to receive free training after adoption, according to Tonner.

The program was launched July 5 at LAAS' highest intake location, the Chesterfield Square Animal Services Center at 1850 W. 60th St., and is being expanded to all six LAAS centers. The goal is to train 250 dogs annually at the Lancaster prison.

"We are so excited to launch this program with Paws for Life," said MeLissa Webber, assistant general manager of LAAS. "It's really a community project that benefits both the dogs and the incarcerated men who are continuing on their journey of rehabilitation."

Paws For Life K9 Rescue pulls its dogs from local shelters, often choosing animals in need of socialization and training, and places them with incarcerated trainers throughout California state prisons because they can dedicate all of their time to the task of rehabilitating the animals, according to the organization. Some of the dogs are trained to become service animals for military veterans with PTSD.



Photo Credit: CQ-Roll Call,Inc.]]>
<![CDATA[Pet of the Week: Rocky]]>Mon, 29 Jul 2019 11:47:18 -0700https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/20190729-rocky-potw-rsz.jpg

Meet Rocky. 

He's a 7 1/2 year old neutered dog. He was owner surrendered because his owner was moving. 

Rocky is a sweet, small dog and walks well on a leash, according to the staff at the West Valley Animal Shelter. He would do well with an active senior that enjoys going for walks. 

ID: A1590472

West Valley Center
20655 Plummer Street
Chatsworth, CA 91311
(818) 756-9325 (center)

http://www.laanimalservices.com/adopt/animal-id-search/ 



Photo Credit: West Valley Animal Shelter ]]>
<![CDATA[Looking for a Playful Pal? Meow is the Time to Meet Gigi and Buster]]>Fri, 26 Jul 2019 08:11:24 -0700https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/210*120/gigi-buster-july-27-2019.jpg

Meet two friendly and outgoing kittens who are looking for a place to call home. Both are waiting now at the Pasaden Humane Society.

Gigi is a sweet black 2-month old tabby. She has beautiful subtle tabby stripes fr that exotic look. She is a clever, outgoing and talkative kitten who makes little meows when she wants your attention. Gigi doesn't mind being picked up and is very curious about her surroundings, especially while in your arms.

ID: A476710

Buster is a 2-month-old red tabby with a lot of energy. He was fostered in a home with a dog and liked to play with both the dog and his kitten siblings. Sounds like a match made for Instagram. He is very sweet and likes to cuddle with his human friend or littermates. What sounds better than kitten snuggles? 

ID: A476713

Pasadena Humane Society

361 S. Raymond Ave., Pasadena, CA 91105

626-792-7151



Photo Credit: NBCLA
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<![CDATA[Kitty Foster Parents Needed at LA and OC Animal Shelters]]>Mon, 22 Jul 2019 15:22:39 -0700https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/Kitten+Drinking+.jpg

It's raining cats and more cats throughout Los Angeles and Orange County as Southern California makes its way through kitten season.

The unexpected influx of felines has left shelters short on cat supplies and kitty caregivers. Shelter officials are reaching out to the community to foster kittens until they are ready for adoption, which may be when the kitties turn eight weeks old, or once they reach a weight of two pounds.

Kitten season in Southern California typically begins in April and lasts until October, said Shelmarie Main, the volunteer coordinator at Orange County Animal Care. She said the shelter is already "desperately" low on supplies to care for the still-incoming felines.

The OC Animal Care nursery has about 600 underage kittens, Jessica Novillo, the community outreach team manager said. She said it is better to foster the kittens because it allows them to socialize and learn to interact with people.

Cat-loving Angelenos are also being called on to foster kittens.

The Los Angeles Animal Services said its centers took in 7,002 cats and kittens in May and June. By the end of June, their yearly kitten intake was up 20%.

"Our amazing foster volunteers provide a place for kittens to stay and give them the care they need to thrive," said Brenda Barnette, the LA Animal Services general manager. "By opening your home to an animal in need, you are preparing a pet for adoption into a home of their own as well as directly saving the lives of animals in our crowded centers."

Newborn kittens require a lot of attention, but anyone can learn to care for one, Novillo said. Kittens need to be fed every two hours. They cannot regulate their own body temperature and need blankets and heating pads. Young felines also need to be stimulated to relieve themselves.

Novillos said the community can also help by donating kitten supplies such as milk, heating pads, blankets and towels.

OC Animal Care recently launched the Wait, Watch, Win campaign that advises people to watch street kittens from a safe distance and only bring them into the shelter if the mom does not appear within six hours or if the kittens are in danger.

To foster a kitten, you can print an application from their website or visit an LA City Animal Services Center.

To foster a kitten at OC Animal Care, visit their website for more information.



Photo Credit: OC Animal Care ]]>
<![CDATA[Lightning Causes $30K of Damage to New York Animal Shelter]]>Sat, 20 Jul 2019 14:07:44 -0700https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/little-shelter-combo.png

Lightning struck the grounds of a Long Island, New York animal shelter, shattering a memorial fountain and shooting the shards across the facility, causing $30,000 of damage, the shelter said Saturday. 

Little Shelter said its industrial air conditioning unit was destroyed, along with a phone system control panel and the central alarm station were destroyed. 

No animals were hurt. 

A thunderstorm on Wednesday night was part of the aftermath of Tropical Storm Barry. A lightning bolt struck a tree at the Huntington shelter at about 10 p.m., then traveled to the fountain, the shelter said. 

The fountain shattered and pieces of it were strewn across the grounds, with one even flying over the cat building, the shelter said. 



Photo Credit: Little Shelter ]]>
<![CDATA[Meet Sorullo, Our Pet of the Week]]>Fri, 19 Jul 2019 10:52:50 -0700https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/215*120/20190719-pet-of-the-week-sorullo.JPG

Sorullo is a 2-year-old neutered male Maltese mix. This puppy is friendly, fun and mild mannered.

When you pick him up he likes to cuddle. When you put him down he perks up and likes to explore. He would do well in any home. Make him a part of your forever home.

ID: A5301410

Baldwin Park Care Center

4275 Elton Street

Baldwin Park, CA 91706

626-962-3577



Photo Credit: NBCLA]]>
<![CDATA[Wee Pups to (Nearly) Take Wing at the Wiener Nationals]]>Thu, 18 Jul 2019 13:14:03 -0700https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/214*120/wienernationalslosalamitos1.jpg

What sort of sound or catchphrase or verbal indicator might a Dachshund employ when she is ready to run very, very fast?

"Meep, meep" is already taken, of course. "I'm outta here" conveys the spirit of a Dachshund on the move, but that is something a human might say, not a pup who speaks in bark-ese.

Hmm. This is ruff, er, rough.

We'll just assume that the sweet but fleet Fidos that compete in Wienerschnitzel's famous Wiener Nationals have one thing on their minds: Reaching the end of 50 yards in an impressively quick amount of time.

And plenty of Dachshunds will do just that, on Saturday, July 20 at Los Alamitos Race Course in Cypress, California.

This summertime tradition is very much about doting on Doxies, and meeting other humans who love these hounds, but there's something even stronger at its strong heart: Raising money for the Seal Beach Animal Care Center, which assists in "...finding home for stray animals in the Orange County area."

Lots of people show with their pooches, hoping they can run, but there are rules to know.

Like? A toy or treat may be employed to "entice" your pumpkin to run, but there is no jogging alongside (two people are permitted with each canine participant, one at the starting gate and one waiting at the finish).

Everything to know? Woof woof: It's right here. There's a release waiver, too.

The cost to enter and cheer on these lil' Lassies and Laddies? It's three bucks, and young people 17 and under will be admitted for free.

Los Alamitos calls the Wiener Nationals the venue's "most popular event" of the year, and over 8,500 people attend, per the course.

So arriving early, whether you have a racing pup in tow or not? Smart move.

Dachshunds are famously smart, after all, and if they could talk, they'd certainly advise anyone to head for the Cypress destination well ahead of the first race of the evening, which begins at 6:30 p.m. (gates open at 4:30 p.m.).

Nope, Dachshunds can't fly, but watching all four of their wee feetsies leave the ground at once, as they attempt to reach the finish line first, can make you feel as though you're heart is in flight.

Yes, we said "wee feetsies." Nope, we're not taking it back.



Photo Credit: Wiener Nationals]]>
<![CDATA[Long Beach Pet Fair Offers Free Microchipping and Adoptions]]>Wed, 17 Jul 2019 12:19:29 -0700https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/Long+Beach+Animal+Emergency.jpg

Animal lovers can bring their furry friends, or possibly bring a new one home, during the Long Beach Adoption and Pet Loss Prevention Fair, which will feature special guest Chloe, a 1-year-old terrier-poodle mix whose journey from trash bin to loving forever home touched many across the country.

Chloe was found inside a trash bag in a Long Beach dumpster last December. She will be attending the fair organized by Long Beach Animal Emergency, the facility that treated her for life-threatening injuries when she was first rescued. Chloe and her new family will be there to raise awareness about the importance of pet rescues and adoptions of abused pets.

The Adoption and Pet Loss Prevention Fair will also provide free microchipping for the first 100 pets in attendance and discount adoptions on Saturday, July 20 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Long Beach Animal Emergency hospital located at 4720 Pacific Coast Hwy, Long Beach, 90804.

According to Pathway Vet Alliance, one in three pets will become lost. Fifty-two percent of microchipped dogs that end up in animal shelters are reunited with their families, compared to unchipped dogs who have a 22 percent reunification rate.

Long Beach Animal Control will offer the free pet identification microchips, with Long Beach Animal Emergency providing free implants for cats and dogs onsite. Microchip registration will also be free through Found Animals, a non-profit organization focused on saving lost pets.

"We invite all pet owners in need of microchipping services and would-be pet owners looking to adopt a pet in need to visit this amazing event," said Thomas Babcock, the hospital administrator at Long Beach Animal Emergency, in a press release. "At Long Beach Animal Emergency, we are committed to saving the lives of pets. This event provides education, resources and access to tools that can safeguard your pet, as well as the opportunity to make a difference for pets in need of a good home."

Volunteers from local organizations such as Long Beach Animal Control's Mobile Adoption Unit, Fix Long Beach (the organization that rescued Chloe last year), I Stand With My Pack, and Live Love Animal Rescue will be in attendance with cats and dogs up for adoption. Long Beach Animal Control will provide same-day adoptions to expedite the pets' re-homing process, provided that the animal is spayed or neutered.



Photo Credit: Long Beach Animal Emergency]]>
<![CDATA[Pet of the Week: Radar]]>Fri, 12 Jul 2019 12:24:52 -0700https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/181*120/PETOFTHEWEEK-RADAR.JPG

Meet Radar. He's a sweet, mellow and affectionate 6-year-old Pit Bull Miz. Radar loves to go out on trips, has been out on events, parades and street festivals. Everywhere he goes, he's popular with people and other dogs. 

At first, he's a bit shy but warms up quickly. He's great with kids and if you're looking for a mellow companion for quiet nights in watching Netflix, Radar is your guy. 

If you're interested in meeting Radar, he's at the Pasadena Humane Society & SPCA.

 

ID: A456704

Pasadena Humane Society & SPCA

361 S. Raymond Ave.

Pasadena, CA 91105

(626) 792-7151



Photo Credit: Pasadena Humane Society & SPCA]]>
<![CDATA[Happy Tails for This Dog and the Veteran Who Adopted Her]]>Tue, 09 Jul 2019 10:02:50 -0700https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/clear-the-shelters-bailey-nbcla-2019.png

Bailey, a long-haired Chihuahua mix, is living her best life in Orange County where her owners and their grandchildren give her plenty of tummy rubs and affection.

But Bailey's life wasn't always this easy. She was a stray, rescued by an animal shelter in Huntington Beach, California. Bailey was one of the lucky dogs adopted last year during NBC and Telemundo Owned Stations' Clear The Shelters pet adoption campaign. The nationwide pet adoption initiative has helped more than 250,000 pets find forever homes since 2015.

Don and Joann Winderman camped out overnight to adopt Bailey after seeing the puppy a day earlier at a local shelter and "falling in love" her. They were first in line at the Bella Terra Mall event, which happened to land on the couple's 39th wedding anniversary.

Don is a veteran who served in the Marine Corps for six years. He was an aviation ordnance missile tech stationed at El Toro before being transferred to Tustin where he worked as a helicopter gunner. 

Don said their three rescue pups, including Bailey, serve as emotional support animals. He calls them "velcro dogs" because of their love for cuddling.

"They sense when you're not feeling good," he said. "And they're happy to see you every day."

It's been one year since Bailey's adoption into the Winderman home, and she fit in seamlessly. 

"She has just come in and taken over with our other dogs," Don said. "She's very loving."

He said that Bailey gets along well with the couple's four grandsons, who enjoy giving her daily tummy rubs.

"The only one she barks at is my son-in-law," he said, laughing. "But everybody kind of barks at him." 

Don Winderman believes that adopting a rescue animal isn't just about saving an animal's life, but also what the animal does for its owner.

"The love that these dogs give you is worth it," he said. "All they need is love. And really, if people gave out more love than hate this country would be a lot better — and the whole world would be better."

Animal shelters across Southern California are full of pets waiting to be adopted, including cats, rabbits, snakes, turtles and many other species.

Every year, millions of companion animals end up in shelters across the country. Rob Silverstein, the public service administrator for Santa Monica Animal Shelter, said that animals end up in their cages over three primary reasons.

"Either the owner will relinquish the animal and because they can't care for the animal, they rely on us to find them a new home," he said. "Sometimes they might be stray, or they were in a situation of abuse. Our officers will find them in the field or remove them from that situation."

And while shelter adoption rates have been steadily rising since 2011, according to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, approximately 1.5 million animals — 860,000 cats and about 670,000 dogs — are still euthanized each year due to overcrowding.

The number of euthanized animals could be reduced dramatically if more people adopted pets instead of buying them. And, by adopting a shelter animal, you actually save two lives.

"Every single pet that is adopted frees shelter staff up to work with and prepare the next pet for potential adoption," said Kenny Lamberti, director of strategic engagement and companion animals for the Humane Society.

So if you’re thinking about taking home a new furry friend, consider heading to a local animal shelter to adopt during this year's Clear the Shelters event on Aug. 17.

 

Editor's Note: For more information about 'Sweet Pea', the dog up for adoption at the end of this video, contact the City of Santa Monica's Animal Control Division (310) 458-8594.



Photo Credit: Aliya Jasmine]]>
<![CDATA[Meet Sinbad, Our Pet of the Week]]>Mon, 01 Jul 2019 09:27:00 -0700https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/20190701-sinbad-petoftheweek1.jpg

Sinbad is a 3 1/2 month old neutered male cat. This fur ball is super sweet and loves to play. 

This kitty instantly purrs when you go up to his cage or pick him up. He loves toys and is very curious. He would do well in any home. He's just a bundle of joy and needs a fur-ever home.

ID: A1866855

West Valley Center
20655 Plummer Street
Chatsworth, CA 91311
(818) 756-9325 (center)



Photo Credit: West Valley Animal Shelter ]]>
<![CDATA[Learn How to Be a Foster for Pets in Need Saturday at Petco]]>Fri, 28 Jun 2019 21:43:40 -0700https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/20190628-foster-pets.JPG

You can learn how to be a lifesaver by fostering pets in need this Saturday at a participating Petco store. 

MeoowzResQ partnered with the Petco Foundation to celebrate "Foster a Pet Month." They'll be highlighting two local foster volunteers in Southern California Saturday at their "Be A Foster" event at the Buena Park Petco location on Ball Road. 

Orange County resident Kathy La Borde who has volunteered time and time again on "Adoption Saturday" at her local Petco is among those being recognized. La Borde, who is a foster volunteer for MeoowzResQ, has fostered more than 500 cats and kittens, with her main focus being on baby kittens and their mothers.

In May, Los Angeles Department of Animal Care & Control care centers took in around 4,547 cats altogether -- most of which were kittens, according to the foundation. For this reason, the event will not only highlight the great work that volunteers have done, but it will also encourage the community to help save animals' lives.

The foundation will also celebrate "First-Time Fosters" that may have decided to help make a difference in animals lives by becoming a foster pet parent. Shelby Median, who decided to make a lifesaving difference by fostering for MeoowzResQ, is among those being celebrated. 

Both La Borde and Median will have their work recognized at the "Be A Foster" event where they both will be receiving BOBS from Skechers shoes. MeoowzResQ's first-time foster will receive a $200 Petco shopping spree to help them start their life saving journey.

MeoowzResQ volunteers and staff will be on site to demonstrate how to bottle feed kittens. They will also collect donated wish list items, and answer any questions that people may have about fostering any full grown cats or kittens.

The event runs Saturday from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. at the Buena Park Petco. 



Photo Credit: NBCLA ]]>
<![CDATA[Meet Sassy, Our Pet of the Week]]>Thu, 20 Jun 2019 13:55:14 -0700https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/Sassy-PetoftheWeek-2019June20-rsz.jpg

Sassy, a 9-year-old spayed female, white mixed breed came into the West Valley Animal Shelter as a stray.

The staff says she's very playful and friendly, and she loves to give kisses on the cheek. She lives up to her name because she has a sassy little walk and personality. The staff loves Sassy and she loves to visit with people, too.

Interested in adopting Sassy? You can find out more about her here.

ID: A1866645

West Valley Center
20655 Plummer Street
Chatsworth, CA 91311
(818) 756-9325 (center)



Photo Credit: West Valley Animal Shelter]]>
<![CDATA[Fund the Shelters: Donate to Local Animal Shelters in Need ]]>Thu, 09 May 2019 14:01:33 -0700https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/215*120/fund-the-shelters-may-9.JPG

NBC4 and Telemundo 52 with nonprofit organization Michelson Found Animals are kicking off the inaugural "Fund the Shelters Challenge" to help local animal shelters and rescue groups raise much-needed funds for critical supplies, medical care and food.

You can help by visiting www.FundtheShelters.com and donating to a local shelter of your choice now through May 9, 2019. Donations will help shelters compete to win part of $200,000 in prize money.

Also, NBC4 and Telemundo 52's Clear the Shelters returns for the fifth year on August 17, 2019 when thousands of animals in Southern California will be available for adoption at a reduced fee of $20. Stay connected to Clear the Shelters and follow NBCLA on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter for the latest details.



Photo Credit: NBCLA ]]>
<![CDATA[Meet Jasmine, Our Pet of the Week]]>Fri, 14 Jun 2019 13:13:15 -0700https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/Jasmine-PetoftheWeek-2019June14.JPG

Jasmine, a 1-year-old spayed cat, is our pet of the week.

The black-and-white medium-hair kitty is very curious and likes to explore.

The 7 pound feline likes to be pet and held, too.

Jasmine is currently housed at the West Valley Animal Shelter, but she's looking for a fur-ever home. You can find out more about Jasmine here

ID: A1854506

West Valley Center
20655 Plummer Street
Chatsworth, CA 91311
(818) 756-9325 (center)



Photo Credit: West Valley Animal Shelter]]>
<![CDATA[Meet Squint. He Needs an Experienced Medical Foster Family]]>Fri, 07 Jun 2019 20:13:59 -0700https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/212*120/squint.JPG

We want to introduce you to squint. He was rescued by the Animal Hope and Wellness Foundation in Sherman Oaks and he needs your help.

Squint is entering rehab. He was rescued from a breeding operation and lived his life in a cage.

Because of that his paws are deformed from his feet growing around the cage wire.

Squint is entering rehab, but the foundation is looking for experienced medical foster care for him.

Email adopt@animalhopeandwellness.org if you're interested.

You can follow Squint's progress here.



Photo Credit: Animal Hope and Wellness Foundation]]>
<![CDATA[Pet of the Week: Alley ]]>Thu, 06 Jun 2019 11:34:28 -0700https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/Alley-Rsz-2019-June06.jpg

Alley is a 3-year-old female mixed breed dog. She arrived at West Valley Animal Shelter as a stray. She's a little shy at first, but once she’s out of her kennel she warms up. She still shakes and is a little nervous, but does not show aggression.

Alley likes to be held and gets along with her kennel mate. She walks well on the leash and likes to be in your lap. She would probably do best in a home without small children until she is more confident. She needs a quiet home with someone who will give her lots of TLC and patience.

ID: A1859125

West Valley Center
20655 Plummer Street
Chatsworth, CA 91311
(818) 756-9325 (center)



Photo Credit: West Valley Animal Shelter ]]>
<![CDATA[Stray Cat Alliance Raises $250,000]]>Wed, 05 Jun 2019 06:47:18 -0700https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/199*120/stray-cat-alliance-2019.PNG

Thank you for helping Fund the Shelters! A local cat rescue group raised the most money out of many group across the nation. As seen on the NBC4 News at 11 a.m. Monday, June 3, 2019.]]>
<![CDATA[Pet of the Week: Quinsy]]>Thu, 30 May 2019 10:34:30 -0700https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/Quinsy-PetoftheWeek-2019May30.JPG

Quinsy is a 5-year-old spayed female cat. She came into the shelter as a stray with another cat that has since been adopted. She's very sweet and loves to be pet.

She purrs up a storm when you pet her on the head and under her chin, and she likes to be picked up and held. Quinsy is very quiet and has a calm demeanor.

ID: A1860016 

West Valley Center
20655 Plummer Street
Chatsworth, CA 91311
(818) 756-9325 (center)



Photo Credit: West Valley Animal Shelter]]>
<![CDATA[Pet of the Week: Mia]]>Thu, 23 May 2019 12:43:54 -0700https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/190523-pet-of-the-week-mia.JPG

Mia is a 10-year-old, spayed female dog. She is the sweetest little thing. She came into the shelter with another little dog. The other dog has since been adopted, but Mia is still looking for her fur-ever home.

She gets along great with other little dogs and loves people. She walks well on the leash, but prefers being in your lap so she can cuddle and give kisses. She also gets along with children. 

ID: A1069501

West Valley Center
20655 Plummer Street
Chatsworth, CA 91311
(818) 756-9325 (center)



Photo Credit: West Valley Animal Shelter ]]>
<![CDATA[Pet of the Week: Blackie]]>Thu, 16 May 2019 13:26:16 -0700https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/blackie-pet-of-the-week-may-16-2019.jpg

Blackie is a 4-year-old, spayed female mixed breed dog. She was an owner surrender from another shelter because the owner had too many dogs. She's a sweet dog and likes to be pet.

She walks pretty well on the leash but would probably benefit from some more training. She's a very happy and lively dog, but not too hyper. She likes people and is looking for a forever home.

ID: A1830489

West Valley Center
20655 Plummer Street
Chatsworth, CA 91311
(818) 756-9325 (center)



Photo Credit: West Valley Animal Shelter]]>
<![CDATA[Pet of the Week: Fluffy]]>Fri, 10 May 2019 11:48:34 -0700https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/fluffy-pet-of-the-week-may-10.jpg

Fluffy is a 2-year-old neutered male cat. He's been at the West Valley Animal Shelter about 2 months. He was really scared at first, but now he is doing much better.

He's in the West Valley Animal Shelter’s community cat room and has gotten along well with another cat. When he is by himself, the staff says all he wants to do is rub all over you or his scratching post while purring up a storm. He likes to be pet and just wants love.

Fluffy would do well in a home by himself or with other cats.

ID: A1842922

West Valley Center
20655 Plummer Street
Chatsworth, CA 91311
(818) 756-9325 (center)



Photo Credit: West Valley Animal Shelter ]]>
<![CDATA[Pet of the Week: Q-Tip]]>Thu, 02 May 2019 13:03:37 -0700https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/190502-q-tip.JPG

Q-Tip is a 6-year-old male, white mixed breed. He came in a stray on April 25 so he’s a little shy and nervous. He shakes when he's out of the kennel.

He walks well on a leash and likes to be picked up. Q-Tip would probably do best in a quiet home where he feels safe and secure.

ID: A1853696

West Valley Center
20655 Plummer Street
Chatsworth, CA 91311
(818) 756-9325 (center)



Photo Credit: West Valley Animal Shelter ]]>
<![CDATA[24 Dogs Up for Adoption After Being Dropped Off at Station]]>Tue, 30 Apr 2019 21:26:46 -0700https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/Corona+puppies+04-30-19.jpg

A good Samaritan rescued two dozen puppies from an industrial area in Riverside County and brought them to the Corona Police Department on Monday, and now the pups will soon be up for adoption.

Corona Animal Services and Enforcer Supervisor Daniel Pacheco said the 8-week old dogs are healthy. 

"They are eating, drinking and walking around on their own," Pacheco said.

A woman brought the 24 pooches to the station on Monday, animal services said. Pacheco said the woman lived near an open area of town where they had previously received reports of a roaming pack of feral dogs.

Animal services suspects that the feral dogs must have bred, resulting in the new litter. 

The animal shelter said that half the pooches will be ready for adoption May 7 at 10 a.m. The other dozen puppies that are underweight will be made available for adoption shortly after they gain a bit more. 

Pacheco said the adoption process works on a first-come first-serve basis. A number drawing will take place if more than one person wants to adopt the same dog.

The total cost to adopt a puppy is $95. Pacheco said Corona residents wanting to adopt pay an additional $15 for a dog license.



Photo Credit: Corona Police Department]]>
<![CDATA[Pet of the Week: Tommy]]>Thu, 25 Apr 2019 12:09:43 -0700https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/190425-pet-of-the-week-tommy.jpg

Meet Tommy, the pet of the week for Thursday, April 25, 2019.

Tommy is an 8-year-old neutered chocolate point Siamese. He had behavioral issues when he first arrived at the shelter, but he's doing much better now. 

He likes to be pet and scratched under his chin. He's a big "talker." He likes to be picked up and coexists well with others cats in the community cat room. 

He's not too active so he would do well with a senior or family without small children. 

ID: A1849088

West Valley Center
20655 Plummer Street
Chatsworth, CA 91311
(818) 756-9325 (center)



Photo Credit: West Valley Animal Shelter ]]>
<![CDATA[Pet of the Week: Allie]]>Wed, 17 Apr 2019 16:23:39 -0700https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/190417-pet-of-the-week-allie.JPG

Meet Allie, the pet of the week for Thursday, April 17, 2019.

Allie is a 10-month-old pup. She came in as a stray along with a male who has a skin condition.

She is a lively girl. She loves people and loves to go for walks. She definitely needs some training because she likes to jump up on people, but she does it out of affection and play. She would probably do well in an active family home, where she can run around and play.

 

ID: A1850253

West Valley Center
20655 Plummer Street
Chatsworth, CA 91311
(818) 756-9325 (center)



Photo Credit: West Valley Animal Shelter ]]>
<![CDATA[Pet of the Week: Bonnie]]>Fri, 12 Apr 2019 12:00:53 -0700https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/190412-bonnie-pet-of-the-week.JPG

Meet Bonnie, the pet of the week for Thursday, April 11, 2019.

"Bonnie" is a 6-year-old spayed female cat. She was brought into the shelter about a month ago from a hoarding case.

She's a little shy at first but has lots of potential. Bonnie likes to be cuddled and and pet. She would probably do best in a home without small children.


ID: A1841678

West Valley Center
20655 Plummer Street
Chatsworth, CA 91311
(818) 756-9325 (center)



Photo Credit: West Valley Animal Shelter ]]>
<![CDATA[Mobile Pet Adoption Event Rollin' Through Burbank ]]>Fri, 05 Apr 2019 11:02:57 -0700https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/190405-burbank-adoption.JPG

Looking to adopt a furry friend? Burbank Animal Shelter has teamed up with North Shore Animal League America for the world's largest collaborative mobile pet adoption event.

From early March to the end of April, the "Tour for Life" is covering over 20,000 miles, helping shelter and rescue groups in 51 cities and towns in 38 states. 

The event rolls into Burbank Friday at the AMC Burbank 16 movie theater at 125 E. Palm Ave. From 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., dogs, cats, puppies and kittens will be up for adoption. 

Click here to find a Tour for Life stop near you. 



Photo Credit: North Shore Animal League America ]]>
<![CDATA[Pet of the Week: Stacey]]>Thu, 04 Apr 2019 11:37:32 -0700https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/190404-stacey-pet-of-the-week.JPG

Meet Stacey, the pet of the week for Thursday, April 4, 2019.

Stacey is a 1 1/2 year old spayed female cat. She was turned in by her owner because they had too many animals and their new baby was allergic. She currently lives in the shelter’s community cat room with another cat and coexists well with the other feline.

She's a little shy at first, but once you coax her, she's super sweet. She loves to be pet and purrs. However, she just doesn't like to be picked up. Stacey would do well in a home as the only cat or as a companion cat.

 

ID: A1837038

West Valley Center
20655 Plummer Street
Chatsworth, CA 91311
(818) 756-9325 (center)



Photo Credit: West Valley Animal Shelter ]]>
<![CDATA[Pet of the Week: Reggie ]]>Thu, 28 Mar 2019 12:50:20 -0700https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/190328-reggie-pet-of-the-week.JPG

Reggie is a 2-year-old black and brown male terrier mix. He weighs 16 and a half pounds. 

He is neutered and currently staying at Palmdale Animal Care Center. 

 

ID: A5264255

Palmdale Animal Care Center 

38550 Sierra Highway

Palmdale, CA 93550

(661) 575-2888 (center) 

 



Photo Credit: County of Los Angeles - Department of Animal Care and Control]]>
<![CDATA[Chloe, the Abused Dog Found in a Trash Bin, is Finally Up for Adoption]]>Sat, 30 Mar 2019 13:04:48 -0700https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/sVING-CHLOE-032619.jpg

Chloe, a severely-abused dog discovered tied up in a trash bag with a broken leg, will finally be up for adoption after months of rehabilitation.

The pup, who at this point is so well known that she has her own Facebook following and T-shirts bearing her likeness, was found near death Dec. 8 in a Long Beach trash bin.

She had a broken femur, skull and rib fractures, and bruising on most of her body, veterinarians said. 

She was rescued by Diana Kliche, a board member for Fix Long Beach, after someone messaged her about a small pup who had been thrown in a dumpster. 

The search for her abuser is still on, with a $20,000 reward offered to find the person responsible.

Staff at Long Beach Animal Emergency Hospital took Chloe under its wing, performing surgery on the broken leg, which one veterinarian had said was broken for at least two weeks before Chloe was rescued. 

Many animal lovers who heard Chloe's story have waited with bated breath for the day she'd finally be healed, and available for adoption.

The day is finally coming. At a Saturday, March 30 event, Chloe will be searching for her fur-ever home. 

Visit the Pet Food Express located at 4220 Long Beach Boulevard, Long Beach, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Those looking to adopt Chloe can find the online application here.

Chloe will be at the Saturday event, ready to give kisses as thanks for all the donations received from the public toward her care. Other dogs and cats looking for homes will also be there. 

If anyone has any information that may lead to the abuser's arrest, contact Long Beach Animal Care Service's Special Investigation Unit at 562-570-3086.

Anyone interested in donating to Chloe or dogs like her can visit www.FixLongBeachPets.com.

You can follow Chloe on the "Saving Chloe" Facebook page.



Photo Credit: Saving Chloe Facebook Page
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<![CDATA[Pet of the Week: Kimmy]]>Thu, 21 Mar 2019 11:58:26 -0700https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/190321-kimmy-pet-of-the-week.JPG

Kimmy is a 1-year-old spayed female. She came in as a stray about 2 weeks ago to the West Valley Animal Shelter. She is super sweet and walks well on a leash. She loves to play, run and chase a ball.

Kimmy takes treats very gently and is not a jumper. She's well mannered and can follow basic commands, like sitting. She has quickly become a shelter favorite!

 

ID: A1842132

West Valley Center
20655 Plummer Street
Chatsworth, CA 91311
(818) 756-9325 (center)



Photo Credit: West Valley Animal Shelter ]]>
<![CDATA['Kitten Shower' Volunteers, Donations Wanted]]>Thu, 14 Mar 2019 13:54:15 -0700https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/kittenshower+03-14-19.jpg

This week's workload may have stressed some people out, but the folks over at the Best Friends Animal Society are inviting guests for a free event to unwind and meet kittens this weekend and save some lives in the process. 

The animal welfare organization is hosting a "Kitten Shower" on Saturday in Mission Hills from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. at 15321 Brand Blvd. Best Friends kitten caretakers are asking the public to help foster, volunteer or donate to help reach the 90 percent no-kill bench mark for cats and kittens in Los Angeles. 

The event will feature complementary refreshments, tours of the kitten nursery, information for temporary foster care, volunteer opportunities and family-friendly games.

The public is urged to bring any supplies to the "kitten shower" that these furry little babies may need. Kitten-milk replacements, heating pads, wet and dry cat food, electronic scales and disposable food trays are some of the items Best Friends officials recommend for donations. Click here to see the organization's full wishlist on Amazon or make a monetary donation here

In February, there was a 9 percent spike in kitten intake to the shelter when compared to last year, according to a Best Friends news release.

In anticipation of a record-breaking kitten season, the shelter is in desperate need of foster parents, especially for kittens still feeding from the bottle.

"We really need any pet lovers out there to help us," said Michelle Sathe, spokesperson for Best Friends. "They are the most at risk population at the city shelter."

Sathe said kittens from all six Los Angeles Animal Services shelters are nursed at Best Friends. In 2012, the organization launched a no-kill campaign to reduce the amount of animals killed in shelters citywide. By 2025, Best Friends hopes to "end the killing and save them all" across the country. 



Photo Credit: Tommy Bravo]]>
<![CDATA[Pet of the Week: Chester]]>Thu, 14 Mar 2019 10:00:36 -0700https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/190314-chester-pet-of-the-week.JPG

Meet Chester, the pet of the week for Thursday, March 14, 2019.

Chester is a 4-year-old neutered male cat. He's a very sweet boy that loves to be pet and held. He likes to roll over for belly rubs, too. If you love on him, he will purr up a storm! Chester is currently available for adoption at the West Valley animal shelter.


ID: A1841530

West Valley Center
20655 Plummer Street
Chatsworth, CA 91311
(818) 756-9325 (center)



Photo Credit: West Valley Animal Shelter]]>
<![CDATA[Pet of the Week: Brownie]]>Thu, 28 Feb 2019 11:52:53 -0700https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/190228-brownie.JPG

Brownie, a 4-year-old female pit bull mix, was surrendered to the shelter after her owners decided they had too many animals to care for. She is a very sweet, loving, energetic girl. She loves people and likes to snuggle up to each person she meets.

Brownie has a positive vibe about her and has gotten along with all the dogs in the shelter. She can be playful with her dog friends and she can be calm/mellow with her human friends. She is a play group rock star and helps to assess dogs in the yard.

ID: A5255257

Carson-Gardena Animal Care Center 
216 West Victoria St. 
Gardena, CA 90248
310-523-9566 (center)



Photo Credit: County of Los Angeles Department of Animal Care and Control]]>
<![CDATA[Pet of the Week: Patches]]>Thu, 21 Feb 2019 12:55:34 -0700https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/190221-patches-rsz.jpg

Meet Patches, the pet of the week for Thursday, Feb. 21, 2019.

Patches is a 10-year-old spayed female cat. Her owner surrendered her to the shelter because they were moving out of state. She has been at the West Valley Animal Shelter for 4 months.

At first she wasn't very friendly, but she's been placed in a community cat room with other cats where she has coexisted very well. The last two weeks she has improved greatly.

Patches now allows the volunteers to pet her and pick her up and hold her. She might hiss when you first approach her, but she warms up quickly and even lets out a purr!

She would do best in a quiet home without small children.

ID: A1822198

West Valley Center
20655 Plummer Street
Chatsworth, CA 91311
(818) 756-9325 (center)



Photo Credit: West Valley Animal Shelter ]]>
<![CDATA[Pet of the Week: Chico]]>Thu, 14 Feb 2019 12:06:25 -0700https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/180*120/Chico++190203+01-Edit.jpg

Chico is a 4-year-old neutered male larger breed dog. He is very high energy and needs a strong handler.

He would benefit from training to improve his manners. He is very jumpy and bouncy. Chico has the mentality and energy of a puppy, but is a very sweet dog. He is available now at the West Valley animal shelter.

 

ID: A1812124

West Valley Center
20655 Plummer Street
Chatsworth, CA 91311
(818) 756-9325 (center)



Photo Credit: West Valley Animal Shelter]]>
<![CDATA[Pet of the Week: Carl]]>Thu, 07 Feb 2019 11:11:26 -0700https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/190207-carl-pet-of-the-week.JPG

Meet Carl, the pet of the week for Thursday, Feb. 7, 2019.

Carl is a 3-year-old male mixed breed small dog. He's a sweet dog but a little shy at first. He warms up quickly and is a quiet dog.

Carl walks well on a leash and loves to be in people's laps. He hasn't barked at any of the dogs when he passes by. He just needs a forever home that will allow his personality to shine.

ID: A1837052

West Valley Center
20655 Plummer Street
Chatsworth, CA 91311
(818) 756-9325 (center)



Photo Credit: West Valley Animal Shelter]]>
<![CDATA[Pet of the Week: Luke]]>Thu, 31 Jan 2019 11:02:19 -0700https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/160*120/190131-per-of-the-week.JPG

Meet Luke, the pet of the week for Thursday, Jan. 31, 2019.

Luke is a 6-year-old neutered male cat. If you're looking for a quiet kitty to spoil like a king, then Luke is your ideal pet. He'd do best in a house without other pets; he needs to be the only cat. Luke is a little shy at first, but warms up quickly. He loves to be held and enjoys belly rubs. 

ID: A1834878

West Valley Center
20655 Plummer Street
Chatsworth, CA 91311
(818) 756-9325 (center)



Photo Credit: West Valley Animal Shelter ]]>
<![CDATA[Super Bowl Special: $53 Puppy Adoption Deal]]>Thu, 24 Jan 2019 17:26:21 -0700https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/214*120/puppy-adoption-event-2019.PNG

The adoption event at the Inland Valley Humane Society runs through Feb. 9. For $53, you get a cute little pup whose been spayed, microchipped -- the works. As seen on the NBC4 News at 4 Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2019.

Photo Credit: KNBC-TV]]>
<![CDATA[Pet of the Week: Tango]]>Thu, 24 Jan 2019 11:25:39 -0700https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/rsz-tango-1.jpg

Meet Tango, the pet of the week for Thursday, Jan. 24, 2019.

He is an 18-year-old, gelding Morgan horse with buckskin coloring. His owner surrendered him to Agoura Animal Care Center on Sept. 20, 2018, due to housing problems. 

Tango is currently on medication for low levels of Cushing's disease. He's non-ridable, but will make a great companion/friend for any type of farm animal. He gets along well with other horses and farm animals. 

ID: A5218507

Agoura Animal Care Center

29525 Agoura Rd. 

Agoura, CA 91301 

(818) 991-0071 (center) 



Photo Credit: Agoura Animal Care Center ]]>
<![CDATA[Pet of the Week: Kringle]]>Fri, 18 Jan 2019 11:43:03 -0700https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/160*120/kringle.JPG

Meet Kringle, the pet of the week for Thursday, Jan. 17, 2019.

Kringle is a 12-year-old neutered male. He's a sweet older dog who just wants to cuddle in your arms. His teeth aren't the greatest and he has arthritis, but that's normal with his age. Kringle is a calm and quiet dog who just needs love and a lap to sit on. 

ID: A1831928

West Valley Center
20655 Plummer Street
Chatsworth, CA 91311
(818) 756-9325 (center)



Photo Credit: West Valley Animal Shelter]]>
<![CDATA[Pet of the Week: Shaily]]>Thu, 03 Jan 2019 09:57:15 -0700https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/160*120/shaily-la-animal-services.JPG

Meet Shaily, the pet of the week for Thursday, Jan. 3, 2018.

She's a tan and white Chihuahua smooth coated mix. The shelter thinks she's about 10 years old and she weighs approximately 12 pounds. 

This pup enjoys walks and loves to run and play. She has an old eye injury so her right eye is smaller than the left. Shaily has a spunky personality and she's ready to be adopted from the West Valley Shelter. 

You can find more adoption information here

ID: A1829764

West Valley Center
20655 Plummer Street
Chatsworth, CA 91311
(818) 756-9325 (center)



Photo Credit: West Valley Animal Shelter]]>
<![CDATA[Pet of the Week: Paula]]>Thu, 27 Dec 2018 12:04:18 -0700https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/181227-paula-pet-of-the-week.jpg

Meet Paula, the pet of the week for Thursday, Dec. 27, 2018.

Paula is an 8-year-old spayed gray pit bull mix available for adoption at the Downey Care Center. She is very attentive to people and likes to play with other dogs. She would do well in a home with other large dogs and children 8-years-old and up. 

Paula has a medium energy level and would benefit from continued basic manners training. 

ID: A5225680

County of Los Angeles

Department of Animal Care and Control

5898 Cherry Ave. 

Long Beach, CA 90805 

562-728-4882 



Photo Credit: County of Los Angeles - Department of Animal Care and Control ]]>
<![CDATA[Pet of the Week: Butter ]]>Thu, 20 Dec 2018 13:03:23 -0700https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/181220-cts-butter.jpg

Meet Butter, the pet of the week for Thursday, Dec. 20, 2018.

Butter is a 5-month-old male mixed breed puppy. He's a total sweetheart and very playful. He gets along well with his two kennel mates and loves to lay in your arms and give kisses. As with all puppies, he will need training. 

ID: A1830455

West Valley Center
20655 Plummer Street
Chatsworth, CA 91311
(818) 756-9325 (center)



Photo Credit: West Valley Animal Shelter ]]>
<![CDATA[Pet of the Week: Tawny]]>Thu, 13 Dec 2018 13:16:36 -0700https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/TAWNY.jpg

Meet Tawny, the pet of the week for Thursday, Dec. 13, 2018.

Tawny is a 9-month-old, female mixed breed puppy who came into West Valley Animal Shelter as a stray. She's a little shy and needs some training on the leash.

She gets along well with her three kennel mates and likes to be held. She just needs a lot of TLC and some patience to bring out the sweet personality we know is waiting to shine.

ID: A1828649

West Valley Center
20655 Plummer Street
Chatsworth, CA 91311
(818) 756-9325 (center)



Photo Credit: West Valley Animal Shelter]]>
<![CDATA[Pet of the Week: Rosie]]>Fri, 07 Dec 2018 13:21:03 -0700https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/181207-rosie-pet-of-the-week-rsz.jpg

Meet Rosie, the pet of the week for Thursday, Dec. 6, 2018.

Rosie is a 3-year-old spayed female cat. She was fostered out for a bit, but now she's up for adoption at West Valley Animal Shelter in Chatsworth.

Her foster mom says she's a little shy at first, but warms up quickly. She's also friendly with small dogs once she gets used to them. Rosie purrs instantly when you start to pet her.

ID: A1820422 

West Valley Center
20655 Plummer Street
Chatsworth, CA 91311
(818) 756-9325 (center)



Photo Credit: West Valley Animal Shelter]]>
<![CDATA[Pets of the Week: Missy and Scout ]]>Fri, 30 Nov 2018 12:20:26 -0700https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/180*120/181124-missy-and-scout.JPG

Meet Missy and Scout, the pets of the week for Thursday, Nov. 29, 2018.

Missy is a 67-pound spayed female German shepherd and Scout is a whopping 112-pound neutered male German shepherd. Their owner could no longer care for them and they were brought to the West Valley Animal Shelter in Chatsworth. 

They're both about 9 years old, bonded to each other and are currently being housed together. Missy and Scout are very affectionate and have a blast while playing in the yard.

Here's video of the pair in action. 

 

Missy's ID: A1380114

Scout's ID: A1380115 

West Valley Center
20655 Plummer Street
Chatsworth, CA 91311
(818) 756-9325 (center)



Photo Credit: West Valley Animal Shelter]]>
<![CDATA[Is 'Game of Thrones' Behind Rise in Husky Impounds?]]>Wed, 28 Nov 2018 18:03:38 -0700https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/husky-shelter-game-trone.jpgSeveral employees at the Department of Animal Services believe there is a correlation between HBO’s hit fictional television show "Game of Thrones" and a rise in the number of huskies populating Riverside County’s animal shelters.]]><![CDATA[Is 'Game of Thrones' to Blame for Husky Uptick at Shelters?]]>Wed, 28 Nov 2018 18:03:55 -0700https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/HUSKY-KENNEL+NUMBER+R729-Suka-ANIMAL+ID-A1475390-second+picture.jpg

Several employees at the Department of Animal Services believe there is a correlation between HBO’s hit fictional television show "Game of Thrones" and a rise in the number of huskies populating Riverside County’s animal shelters.

Based off an extinct North American prehistoric carnivore, dire wolves resemble large wolf-like creatures on the television show. In the show, the dire wolves first appear as puppies. As they grow, they become more vital to the storyline and develop relationships with the characters.

In addition to their wolf-like resemblance, dire wolves characteristics resemble Siberian Huskies. Animal Services Chief Jaclyn Schart believes fans of the show are making the correlation, and are seeking huskies as pets. 

"We really do believe the series has caused our husky spike," said Schart in a Department of Animal Services press release. "It's the same trend shelters experienced with '101 Dalmatians' or 'Beverly Hills Chihuahua.' Popular culture drives up interest in certain breeds."

In 2013, 351, or 1.7 percent of all impounds, consisted of husky or husky mixes in the county’s shelters.

As the show has gained popularity, the number of husky or husky mixes has increased to 1,027, or nearly seven percent of impounds in the county’s shelters.

Although "Game of Thrones" may be a reason for the increase in husky impounds, Schart believes there is another reason for the large intake of husky breeds.

"They're very cute as puppies, but then they grow up to become huskies and they're hyper active," Schart said in the news release. "Then the adopter brings them back."

Huskies account for the highest returned breeds at the shelter at nearly 13 percent, based on 2018 statistics.

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<![CDATA[Pet of the Week: Roxy]]>Thu, 15 Nov 2018 16:01:46 -0700https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/181115-pet-of-the-week.JPG

Meet Roxy, the pet of the week for Thursday, Nov. 15, 2018.

Roxy is a 6-month-old Jack Russell/Fox Terrier mix who came in as a stray.

She's a sweet dog who gets along great with her kennel mates. She's still a puppy and will need some training. She has a lot of energy but will calm down when she is in your lap. Roxy would make a great addition to a family that is willing to put in the time to train and love her forever.

ID: A1825044

West Valley Center
20655 Plummer Street
Chatsworth, CA 91311
(818) 756-9325 (center)



Photo Credit: West Valley Animal Shelter]]>
<![CDATA[Pet of the Week: Clary]]>Thu, 25 Oct 2018 12:31:44 -0700https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/181025-pet-of-the-week-clary.jpg

Meet Clary, the pet of the week for Thursday, Oct. 25, 2018. 

Clary is a 6-month-old Chihuahua mix who is available for adoption. She's a friendly puppy who will brighten up your world with her sunny personality. Clary will make a great addition to any family.

 

ID: A5229888

Baldwin Park Animal Care Center

4275 Elton St. 

Baldwin Park, CA 91706



Photo Credit: LA County Animal Care and Control ]]>
<![CDATA[Pet of the Week: Jax]]>Thu, 18 Oct 2018 10:59:50 -0700https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/181018-jax-pet-of-the-week-rsz1.jpg

Meet Jax, the pet of the week for Thursday, Oct. 18, 2018.

Jax is a 4-month-old Jack Russell/Chihuahua mix. He is a bundle of energy. If you have an active lifestyle and want a puppy with lots of energy, then Jax is the dog for you. He gets along well with his kennel mates and walks pretty well on a leash. He'll require additional training, but he will be worth it.


ID: A1818942

West Valley Center
20655 Plummer Street
Chatsworth, CA 91311
(818) 756-9325 (center)



Photo Credit: West Valley Animal Shelter ]]>
<![CDATA[Pet of the Week: Charlie]]>Thu, 11 Oct 2018 14:59:22 -0700https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/181011-charlie.JPG

Meet Charlie, the pet of the week for Thursday, Oct. 11, 2018.

Charlie is a 2-month-old neutered tuxedo male. He's super sweet and loves to play. If you hold and love on him, he'll purr very loudly. He has lots of energy and would make a great addition to any family.


ID: A1817293

West Valley Center
20655 Plummer Street
Chatsworth, CA 91311
(818) 756-9325 (center)



Photo Credit: West Valley Animal Shelter ]]>
<![CDATA[Help Los Angeles Become a No Kill City by Becoming a Foster Best Friend]]>Mon, 08 Oct 2018 06:20:40 -0700https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/180*120/20180818+Clear+the+Shelters+Gallery+23.jpg

In an effort to help Los Angeles become a no-kill city, Best Friends Animal Society wants to save dogs and cats that have special needs. 

Pets with injuries or medical conditions are typically killed within one to three days due to overcrowded shelters, according to the organization, so finding a new home for these little animals is very important Best friends would like Angelenos to foster special needs pets for a short time that will make a big impact for shelters.

Foster families will have to take care of the pets until they recover and are ready for adoption.

Anyone wanting to help will be provided with anything that the pets need, which includes:

• Food

• Harness and leash

• Cat litter

• Any medical supplies

• Access to 24-hour emergency hotline.

For more information, visit Best Friends LA or email



Photo Credit: Joseph Kaczmarek]]>
<![CDATA[Pet of the Week: Bolo]]>Thu, 04 Oct 2018 10:24:57 -0700https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/160*120/181004-pet-of-the-week.JPG

Meet Bolo, the pet of the week for Thursday, Oct. 4, 2018.

Bolo is a 1-year-old male poodle mix. He came in as a stray and is a bundle of love and kisses. He gets along well with all his kennel mates and loves to go for walks. He loves people and just wants to be in your arms and give you kisses. He's young and has lots of energy.


ID: A1815942

West Valley Center
20655 Plummer Street
Chatsworth, CA 91311
818-756-9325 (center)



Photo Credit: West Valley Animal Shelter ]]>
<![CDATA[Pet of the Week: Slyvie]]>Thu, 27 Sep 2018 11:06:45 -0700https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/160*130/180927-pet-of-the-week.jpg

Meet Slyvie, the pet of the week for Thursday, Sept. 27, 2018.

Sweet Slyvie is a 10-year-old female Chihuahua mother mix. She's well prepared and ready for many weekends of Netflix binges with her new family. She also enjoys the company of other small dogs. Slyvie is a calm, cool little lady who has it all except a family to call her own.

 

Los Angeles County Animal Shelter

11258 Garfield Ave.

Downey, CA 90242

562-940-6898



Photo Credit: Kimberly Solis]]>
<![CDATA[How Cute is This? Check Out a Guide Dog Retirement Party]]>Thu, 20 Sep 2018 18:48:20 -0700https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/guide-dog-retirement-cover.jpgGuide dogs got the royal treatment in Hollywood at a retirement "paw=ty" thanking them for their loyal service Thursday.

Photo Credit: Aliya Jasmine]]>
<![CDATA[Pet of the Week: Flower ]]>Thu, 20 Sep 2018 11:16:04 -0700https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/160*120/180920-flower-pet-of-the-week.jpg

Meet Flower, the pet of the week for Thursday, Sept. 20, 2018.

Flower is a sweet, 8-year-old Chihuahua spayed female. She's a little shy at first, but warms up quickly and will shower you with kisses. The 15-pound pup enjoys walks and playtime and when ready to relax, some couch time. 

ID: A1810613

West Valley Center
20655 Plummer Street
Chatsworth, CA 91311
(818) 756-9325 (center)



Photo Credit: West Valley Animal Shelter]]>
<![CDATA[Pet of the Week: Bear ]]>Thu, 13 Sep 2018 08:07:21 -0700https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/160*120/180913-bear-pet-of-the-week.jpg

Meet Bear, the pet of the week for Thursday, Sept. 13, 2018.

Bear is a 7-year-old neutered Chihuahua. He is a spunky little guy that gets along with other small dogs and loves to go for walks. Bear is lovable and is perfectly content being in your arms or lap. 

ID: A1645317

West Valley Center
20655 Plummer Street
Chatsworth, CA 91311
(818) 756-9325 (center)



Photo Credit: West Valley Animal Shelter]]>
<![CDATA[Pet of the Week: Rory]]>Thu, 06 Sep 2018 11:18:56 -0700https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/180906-rory-pet-of-the-week.JPG

Meet Rory, the pet of the week for Thursday, Sept. 6, 2018.

Rory is a 5-year-old neutered border terrier mix. He was turned in by his owner because of the landlord. The previous owner says he is friendly with cats. Rory's a sweet dog who loves people. He walks well on a leash and gets along well with his kennel mates. He's a great lap dog and cuddle buddy. 


ID: A1807309

West Valley Center
20655 Plummer Street
Chatsworth, CA 91311
(818) 756-9325 (center)



Photo Credit: West Valley Animal Shelter ]]>
<![CDATA[Pet of the Week: Jelly]]>Thu, 30 Aug 2018 10:45:21 -0700https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/180830-cts-jelly-thumb.JPG

Jelly is the pet of the week for Thursday, Aug. 30, 2018.

Jelly is a 4-year-old chihuahua who was found as a stray in early August. She's a fun-loving little lady. 

Despite her petite size, she is full of spunk and up for any adventure. After some fun, she is happy hang out on your lap and catch some rays or watch some Netflix. 

 

County of Los Angeles - Baldwin Park Animal Care Center

4275 Elton St.

Baldwin Park, CA 91706

(626) 962-3577



Photo Credit: KNBC-TV ]]>
<![CDATA[Pet of the Week: Mello]]>Thu, 23 Aug 2018 11:10:22 -0700https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/180823-cts-mello.JPG

Mello is the pet of the week for Thursday, Aug. 23, 2018.


ID: A1634805

Mello is a 3-year-old spayed female rabbit. She's unfortunately been in the shelter system for over two years between two shelters. 

She's a beautiful white bunny who is easy to handle and loves when her fur is brushed. She was turned in by the owner because they had too many.

West Valley Center
20655 Plummer Street
Chatsworth, CA 91311
(818) 756-9325 (center)



Photo Credit: West Valley Center ]]>
<![CDATA[Clear the Shelters: Over 90,000 Pets Saved and Counting]]>Fri, 24 Aug 2018 09:33:50 -0700https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/214*120/cts-pop-thumbnail.JPG

NBC and Telemundo stations’ 2018 Clear the Shelters campaign resulted in more than 90,000 pet adoptions in the month of August.]]>
<![CDATA[Thousands of Pets Find New Homes During Clear The Shelters]]>Thu, 21 Feb 2019 09:22:24 -0700https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/SAMPLE+TIMELINE.00_00_36_21.Still003.jpg

Across the country thousands of animals are finding forever homes. Watch some of these lucky pets as they meet their new families for the very first time.]]>
<![CDATA[Fund the Shelters 2019]]>Mon, 08 Apr 2019 16:19:12 -0700https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/30_FUND_THE_SHELTERS_2019_1_1200x675_1481833539743.jpg

Fund the Shelters kicks off April 9, 2019.]]>
<![CDATA[Shelters Cleared, Hearts Filled as Animals Find Forever Homes]]>Sat, 18 Aug 2018 14:17:00 -0700https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/CTS1151.jpgShelters are being cleared and hearts are being filled as animals find their forever homes during the annual Clear the Shelters event on Saturday.

Photo Credit: Lori Bentley]]>
<![CDATA[Clear the Shelters is Tomorrow!]]>Fri, 17 Aug 2018 18:23:22 -0700https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/Clear_the_Shelters_is_Tomorrow%21.jpg

The Long Beach shelter is just one of 65 shelters partnering with NBC and Telemundo to help find animals their forever home. During the Clear the Shelters event tomorrow people can visit any of the participating shelters and adopt a pet for $20. Angie Crouch reports for NBC4 News on Friday, August 17, 2018.]]>
<![CDATA[Photos: NBC4 Reporters Who Found Their Fur-Ever Friend]]>Fri, 17 Aug 2018 13:27:57 -0700https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/180808-cts-nbc4.jpgWith Clear the Shelters coming up on Aug. 18, check out these successful adoption stories the led humans to their purr-fect match. ]]><![CDATA[Look at These Puppies! Clear the Shelters is Saturday]]>Fri, 17 Aug 2018 12:09:35 -0700https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/Look_at_These_Puppies%21_Clear_the_Shelters_is_Saturday.jpg

Mekahlo Medina reports for the NBC4 at 11 a.m. with some of the cutest puppies ever that were up for adoption for #CleartheShelters. Find your fur-ever friend Saturday, Aug. 18, 2018.]]>
<![CDATA[Pet of the Week: Dylan]]>Thu, 16 Aug 2018 10:24:57 -0700https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/petweek-dylan-081618.jpg

Meet Dylan, the pet of the week for Thursday, August 16, 2018.

Dylan is a sweet Lhasa Apso mix looking for a home.

He's a neutered white pup who was found as a stray July 6. He's a small dog -- perfect for cuddling on your lap.

ID: A1792644

West Valley Center

20655 Plummer Street

Chatsworth, CA 91311

(818) 756-9325 (center)



Photo Credit: KNBC-TV]]>
<![CDATA[Cat Cafe Helps Find Forever Homes for Felines]]>Wed, 15 Aug 2018 17:47:41 -0700https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/Cat_Cafe_Helps_Find_Forever_Homes_for_Felines.jpg

The cat café craze in Southern California is helping find forever homes for felines in need. John Cádiz Klemack reports for the NBC4 News at 4 on Wednesday, Aug. 15, 2018.]]>
<![CDATA[Wesminster Rescued Rabbits in Search for Home]]>Wed, 15 Aug 2018 04:57:16 -0700https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/Wesminister_Rescued_Rabbits_in_Search_for_Home.jpg

A man was arrested in 2017 for animal cruelty and neglect. He was found in possession of 162 rabbits in his motor home. Now, this adoption center in Westminster is hoping to find homes for these rescued rabbits. Vikki Vargas reports for NBC4 News at 11 p.m. on August 14, 2018.]]>
<![CDATA[Clear the Shelters: Pit Bulls Get Bad Rap]]>Mon, 13 Aug 2018 18:49:04 -0700https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/Clear_the_Shelters_Pit_Bulls_Get_Bad_Rap.jpg

So many pit bulls need homes. But as a breed, they sometimes get a bad rap. The stigma is not true.]]>
<![CDATA[Foster Kittens Help Create At-Home Kitten Nursery]]>Fri, 10 Aug 2018 23:09:37 -0700https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/Foster_Kittens_Help_Create_At-Home_Kitten_Nursery.jpg

Animal shelters across Southern California are getting overcrowded, especially with little kittens. Some people are fostering them creating their very own kitten nursery. Kathy Vara reports for NBC4 News at 4 p.m. on August 10, 2018.]]>
<![CDATA[How a Live Shot Brought a Reporter and His Dog Together]]>Thu, 09 Aug 2018 13:29:58 -0700https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/hudson-thumb-080918.jpg

It was just an adoption event and a live shot that brought NBC4 reporter Robert Kovacik and Hudson together.

In 2007, Robert was simply at City of LA Animal Services to cover a Valentine's Day adoption event; however, one puppy stole his heart.

Once abandoned in Hancock Park, Robert decided to lovingly name him Hudson -- after the street he was found on. The pup was brought home to meet Robert's other dog, Hayworth, or HayHay for short.

"They were best friends ever since," Robert said. "It was HayHay's world, and he was just happy to be in it -- letting her run the show and happily following behind."

Unfortunately, HayHay recently passed away in July, but thanks to the unconditional love and support, Robert is ready to find another four-legged companion for his "Huddy." 

"My focus is on Hudson, who like me, misses her so much," Robert said. "So, this year, Aug. 18 is our day, too, to help Clear the Shelters. Not just to offer support, but to open my home and my heart for a new best friend."



Photo Credit: Robert Kovacik]]>
<![CDATA[Dogs Get Celebrity Treatment at Vanderpump Rescue Center]]>Fri, 17 Aug 2018 12:38:36 -0700https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/Rescue_Dogs_Get_Celebrity_Treatment.jpg

Reality TV star Lisa Vanderpump is well-known on the ”Real Housewives of Beverly Hills" for two things: an affinity to all things pink and a soft spot for animals.

Her love for her four-legged companions prompted Vanderpump and her husband Ken Todd to open a dog rescue center in Los Angeles last year.

The Vanderpump Dog Rescue Center is a non-profit organization that serves as a rescue and an adoption facility for neglected, abused or mistreated dogs and puppies.

The center is one of hundreds nationwide teaming up with NBC and Telemundo stations across the country for the fourth annual Clear the Shelters event on August 18. The pet adoption initiative helps pets in need find loving homes.

"Don't buy, don't shop, but adopt," said Vanderpump, adding that these dogs will "enhance your life, they will enrich your life and they will hopefully get all the love they deserve."

The center has placed close to 700 dogs in permanent homes since in opened in March 2017.

But, the Beverly Grove facility is no conventional dog shelter. The "puppy palace," as Vanderpump calls it, is decorated with pink chandeliers and has velvet couches throughout.

"So what we're going to do is take dogs from the kill shelter, really high-risk dogs and we give them grooming and we have them 'Vanderpuffed,' kind of glam them up," Vanderpump said. 

In addition to rescue services, the center also offers overnight boarding, grooming services, veterinary work and has a dog café. At the center’s storefront shop, pet owners can buy dog products from the Vanderpump family pillows to the Vanderpump dog clothing line, with all proceeds benefiting the Vanderpump Dog Foundation.

"I'm not making any profit. It's all going to the dogs. My life has actually gone to the dogs," Todd quipped.

The organization has garnered international attention for its work in trying to end the dg meat trade in China. Vanderpump said she and her husband decided to get involved after seeing images of dogs slaughtered at the annual Yulin Dog Meat Festival in southwest China where people believe the more abuse the dog endures, the better the meat will be.

"Absolutely barbaric,” she said.

The foundation aims to save four-legged lives by making "a positive impact on global legislation, education and treatment of animals," according to its website.

"What is celebrity … if you can't put it to good use? What is the point of being a celebrity? Todd said.

The Vanderpump Dog Center located at 8134 West Third St. in Los Angeles.

NBC4's Kelcey Henderson contributed to this report.

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<![CDATA[Pet of the Week: Louie ]]>Thu, 09 Aug 2018 12:06:15 -0700https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/louie+pet+of+the+week.jpg

Meet Louie, the pet of the week for Thursday, August 9, 2018.

Louie is a 6-year-old miniature pinscher who was surrendered because his owner didn't have enough time for little Louie. Louie weighs 9 pounds and is a sweetheart. He is snuggle bug who would be great with kids, company and other dogs.

ID: A1413160

West Valley Center

20655 Plummer Street

Chatsworth, CA 91311

(818) 756-9325 (center)



Photo Credit: West Valley Shelter ]]>
<![CDATA[Senior Citizens Take in Senior Dog]]>Wed, 08 Aug 2018 19:32:02 -0700https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/Senior_Citizens_Take_in_Senior_Dog.jpg

Residents of a Highland Park nursing home are fostering a senior rescue dog and as much as they love her, they are looking to find "Dove" a forever home. Daniella Guzman reports for the NBC4 News on Wednesday, August 8, 2018.]]>
<![CDATA[PHOTOS: The Cat Cafe, a Purrrrfect Place to Grab a Coffee in LA]]>Wed, 08 Aug 2018 20:52:49 -0700https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/Photo+Aug+08+12+26+53.jpg

Photo Credit: Aliya Jasmine]]>
<![CDATA[The Purrrfect Way to Celebrate World Cat Day in SoCal]]>Thu, 09 Aug 2018 10:59:46 -0700https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/160*120/Aliya+Jasmine+Cat+Cafe+%2810%29.jpg

Local shelters are desperate after the last two weeks have brought an influx of cats to their doors--so desperate, in fact, that Los Angeles Animal Services have been cutting adoption fees in half to encourage people to adopt and foster.

"Our mission is to adopt from shelters and help minimize the number of cats that need to be euthanized," says Kristi Labrenz, founder of the Cat Café Lounge in West LA. "It's important we use World Cat Day to talk about how all the shelters are full right now."

Recently, 36 kittens were left abandoned at a shelter in Gardena. They were delivered in boxes taped shut. Labrenz says this isn't out of the ordinary for this time of year.

"It's kitten season," Labrenz says. "Many are still weaning and need to be bottle-fed which will require even more resources from shelters that are already at capacity."

The Cat Café Lounge offers a unique way for people to adopt a pet. Instead of the quintessential shelter with cement walls, wire cages, and very few windows - the Cat Cafe doubles as an actual coffee shop with modern - dare I say, millennial hipster - interior décor. The sounds of purring, along with the occasional cat fight, can be heard over elevator music playing through the café's speakers.

Unlike your favorite coffee shop chain however, you cannot walk in at-will to satisfy your caffeine fix. The café requires reservations which can be made by phone or via their website. The Cat Café Lounge is also one of the adoption centers participating in NBC4's Clear The Shelters initiative, find out more here.



Photo Credit: Aliya Jasmine
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<![CDATA[Nursing Home Residents Give Senior Dog a New Lease on Life]]>Wed, 08 Aug 2018 13:12:55 -0700https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/215*120/seniors-CTS-thumb.jpeg

Rosa Lopez wakes up in a nursing home every morning with a purpose — to take care of Dove, a senior dog looking for a permanent home.

Lopez is one of a dozen residents at York Healthcare and Wellness Centre who are fostering a senior dog through the organization Much Love Animal Rescue.

The residents shower Dove, a white mutt with a pink bow on her head, with tender love and care.

"I think it’s not only beneficial for the dog to be spoiled rotten, but also helpful for them to feel like they have a sense of purpose," said Lisa Klink, a volunteer at Much Love Animal Rescue.

Throughout the day, Dove jumps from lap to lap, sniffing around wheelchairs. She often leads the way when seniors take her on a walk down the long corridors of the nursing home.

The residents learn how to take care of the foster dog with the help of LAK9s, an organization that specializes in dog training.

"The great thing about these dogs is that they've already been through all the training,” said David Aguilera, co-owner of LAK9s. "All they need at the end of the day is love, water and food."

Matthew Lysobey, the program director at Rockport Healthcare Services, has seen a change in the seniors’ attitude since Dove became part of their lives.

"They’re getting out of bed saying Dove needs me," Lysobey said. "It's just flipped the switch on a lot of our people who are often just waiting their time out."

The seniors are giving Dove a new lease on life, and she is doing the same for them.

"They just want to give love, they just want to give back," said Mike Wasserman, gerontologist and CEO of Rockport Healthcare Services. "They want to feel like they're doing something."

Residents have grown fond of Dove, but she will eventually move out of the nursing home and into a permanent home.

"I want to get her adopted, but I’ll miss her," said James Pianfetti, one of the residents in charge of Dove at York Healthcare and Wellness Centre. "She’s such a cute little one."

Once Dove is adopted, the residents will foster a new dog.

"That’s the thing part about fostering that’s hard," Pianfetti said. "You get real close to them and they get to sort of be like family, and then the family member goes away."

If you are interested in adopting Dove, you can schedule an appointment to meet her by calling Pianfetti's dog adoption hotline at 626-310-5448 or visit the Much Love Animal Rescue website



Photo Credit: Mariela Patron ]]>
<![CDATA[NBC4 and Telemundo 52 Kicks Off Clear the Shelters on August 18]]>Fri, 24 Aug 2018 13:54:32 -0700https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/160*135/efewfefef.PNG

NBC4 Southern California and Telemundo 52 Los Angeles announced the return of their award-winning pet adoption campaign Clear the Shelters.™ Launching now and culminating on Saturday, August 18, the stations’ annual pet adoption initiative will include participation of 65 local shelters and rescue locations throughout Southern California offering a reduced adoption fee of $20.

On August 18, NBC4 and Telemundo 52 will broadcast live from several shelters beginning with NBC4’s Today in LA morning news at 7 a.m., live reports throughout the day, and success stories and highlights on the 5, 6 and 11 p.m. newscasts.

To give viewers more opportunities to adopt at the reduced fee, the public can take advantage of the $20 adoption fee in advance as well on Saturday, August 11 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Bella Terra, 7777 Edinger Ave. in Huntington Beach, and on Sunday, August 12 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Citadel Outlets, 100 Citadel Dr. in Los Angeles.

Last year, NBC4 and Telemundo 52’s Clear the Shelters™ campaign resulted in more than 11,500 pet adoptions across five counties, making it the largest single day pet adoption in Southern California. Since 2015, more than 150,000 pets have been adopted through Clear the Shelters™, an initiative spearheaded by NBCUniversal Owned Television Stations.

For more information and animal-related stories, visit NBCLA.com/cleartheshelters. Follow @NBCLA and @Telemundo52 on social media using hashtag #CleartheShelters and #DesocuparlosAlbergues.

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<![CDATA[LA Animal Shelters Slashing Prices on Dog, Cat Adoptions]]>Sat, 04 Aug 2018 09:42:00 -0700https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/180*120/GettyImages-75618139.jpg

Adoption fees for dogs and cats are being cut in half this weekend at Los Angeles' six animal shelters, which are filled to capacity. The following fees are effective Saturday and Sunday:


    • Adult Dogs (5 months and older) $51
    • Puppies (4 months and under) $75
    • Adult Cats (5 months and older) $12.50
    • Kittens (4 months and under) $25.


The summer months following the spring breeding season is traditionally the worst time for the shelters, and several hoarding cases have made things even worse this year, according to officials with Los Angeles Animal Services.

All the pets are vaccinated, spayed or neutered and microchipped before going to their new homes. While dog adoption fees are reduced, there will be a $20 dog license fee applied for Los Angeles residents.

Potential fosters are also being sought to reduce the crowding. Volunteers can print out the foster application online or visit one of the shelters to apply.

The six Los Angeles animal shelters are:


    • East Valley Center, 14409 Vanowen St, Van Nuys
    • Harbor Center, 957 N. Gaffey St, San Pedro
    • North Central Center, 3201 Lacy St, Los Angeles
    • South L.A. Center, Chesterfield Square, 1850 W. 60th St., Los Angeles
    • West L.A. Center, 11361 W. Pico Blvd, Los Angeles
    • West Valley Center, 20655 Plummer St, Chatsworth.




Photo Credit: Getty Images]]>
<![CDATA[Animal Shelter in Gardena Overwhelmed With Kittens]]>Fri, 03 Aug 2018 18:35:23 -0700https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/Animal_Shelter_in_Gardena_Overwhelmed_With_Kittens.jpg

An animal shelter in Gardena is inundated with kittens ready to be adopted. Ted Chen reports for NBC 4 News at 4 p.m. on Friday, August 3, 2018.]]>
<![CDATA[Terminally Ill Shelter Dog Checks Off Biggest Item on Bucket List: A New Home]]>Wed, 22 Aug 2018 07:05:42 -0700https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/terminally+ill+dog+adopted.jpg

Photo Credit: Animal Welfare League of Arlington]]>
<![CDATA[Pet of the Week: Gracie ]]>Thu, 02 Aug 2018 09:30:35 -0700https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/gracie+pet+of+the+week+8+02+18.jpg

Gracie is the pet of the week for Thursday, Aug. 2, 2018.

ID: A1800409 

Gracie is a 13-week-old Border Collie Labrador mix who loves to snuggle. She is very sweet, loving and will warm right up to you. Gracie is ready to find her forever home and can be adopted as soon as Friday, Aug. 3. 


West Valley Shelter

20655 Plummer St

Chatsworth, CA 91311

818-756-9325/6 (Shelter)

818-756-9111 (Fax)


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<![CDATA[Help Us Clear the Shelters 2018]]>Wed, 01 Aug 2018 10:31:55 -0700https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/180731-alysha-cts.JPG

What are you looking for in a best friend? Find your best friend and help us Clear the Shelters on Aug. 18, 2018.]]>
<![CDATA[Clear the Shelters 2018: Biggest Event of the Summer]]>Wed, 01 Aug 2018 09:56:48 -0700https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/214*120/180801-CHUCK-HENRY-CTS.JPG

What are you looking for in a best friend? Find your best friend and help us Clear the Shelters on Aug. 18, 2018.]]>
<![CDATA[Supporting Our Schools: NBC4 Teams Up With Dodgers]]>Tue, 31 Jul 2018 18:47:19 -0700https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/Supporting_Our_Schools__NBC4_Teams_Up_With_Dodgers.jpg

Dodger players teamed up with NBC4 reporters and anchors in Supporting Our Schools, trying to get students the supplies they need. Carolyn Johnson reports for the NBC4 News at 11 a.m. July 31, 2018.]]>
<![CDATA[It's Raining Cats and Dogs! LA Animal Shelters Maxed Out]]>Tue, 31 Jul 2018 18:49:09 -0700https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/shelters-thumb-073118.PNG

LA City Animal Shelters are in crisis situations due to three separate hoarding cases, which brought in nearly 300 animals through its doors.

"We see this very often," said LA Animal Services Spokesperson, Ashley Rodriguez. "But usually cases are more spread out -- not within the same week."

Rescuers seized 25 animals from one location, and were investigating if the situation called for criminal charges.  

Nearly 100 cats and dogs were seized from three locations last week, as well as remaining bunnies from a seizure in March. The new furry additions leave all six of LA City Shelters at max capacity.

"As they were heading back to the shelter, some rabbits were giving birth in the truck," Rodriguez recalled on the March seizure of nearly 200 rabbits. "All six shelters helped out and took some in."

Due to limited space and resources, more than 250 animals are currently on the red list -- which means, if not adopted, the animal will be euthanized.

"Just because they are on the list doesn't mean that they will be euthanized," Rodriguez said. "We do our best to find a home, however, it is ultimately up to the adopters to get these animals out of the shelter."

Adoption is always the perfect narrative, but shelter staff are also asking the public to consider fostering.

"Being in a foster home allows them to de-stress," said Royce Chang of Angel City Pit Bulls. "Cortisol levels go down and you get to see who they really are."



Photo Credit: KNBC-TV
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<![CDATA[Clear the Shelters 2018: A Pet's Unconditional Love]]>Tue, 31 Jul 2018 12:08:33 -0700https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/215*120/cts-love-2018.JPG

What are you looking for in a best friend? Find your best friend and help us Clear the Shelters on Aug. 18, 2018.]]>
<![CDATA[Clear the Shelters 2018: Find a Dinner Companion]]>Tue, 31 Jul 2018 12:01:31 -0700https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/214*120/cts-dinner-2018.JPG

What are you looking for in a best friend? Find your best friend and help us Clear the Shelters on Aug. 18, 2018.]]>
<![CDATA[Clear the Shelters 2018: Find Your Best Friend]]>Tue, 31 Jul 2018 11:56:00 -0700https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/215*120/2018-CTS-VCA-thumb.JPG

What are you looking for in a best friend? Find your best friend and help us Clear the Shelters on Aug. 18, 2018. ]]>
<![CDATA[Tips on How to Evacuate With Your Pets]]>Tue, 31 Jul 2018 11:52:57 -0700https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/180*120/GettyImages-75618139.jpg

Here are some tips to be prepared when evacuating with your pet.

Before Evacuating:

Prepare an emergency kit for your pet. The kit should include food and drinking water, along with a first aid kit and any medications your pet may need.

A leash and carrier to transport your pet safely and to ensure your pet can't escape are recommended.

Make sure your pet has a collar with an up-to-date identification collar in case you are separated. 

Consider having your pet microchipped. This will make it easier to reunite you with your pet if you are separated. 

If you know you will most likely be evacuated soon, keep your animals inside as much as possible to keep them away from the poor air quality outside. 

Shelters: 

If you are looking for an evacuation center or shelter for your pet contact the sheriff's office in your area and double check pets are allowed at shelters.

Red Cross shelters do allow service animals to stay at shelters. However pets are not allowed at the shelters. However, the Red Cross does work with local partners to find shelters nearby for your pets.

If you are looking for a long-term place to keep your pet through evacuations check websites such as BringFido for lodging. 

Call ahead to hotels and motels to see if they will accept pets in an emergency evacuation. 

Evacuating:

Remember throughout the evacuation process to be evaluating your pet to make sure they are not suffering from possible smoke or dust irritation or burns.

"Wildfires bring two main concerns — burns and smoke inhalation," said Trupanion staff veterinarian Dr. Sarah Nold. "Your pet should be evaluated as soon as possible by a veterinarian and monitored closely for many days afterward."

According to AVMA, if your animal is experiencing any of the following symptoms take them to a veterinarian as soon as possible: coughing or gagging, eye irritation, nasal discharge, difficulty breathing, disorientation or weakness.

And always remember that if your home is unsafe for you, it is unsafe for your pets.



Photo Credit: Getty Images]]>
<![CDATA[Behind the Scenes of Emergency Animal Rescues With SMART]]>Tue, 31 Jul 2018 11:27:41 -0700https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/smartteam3.jpg

Photo Credit: Jeremy Berg/KNBC ]]>
<![CDATA[Pets of the Week: Kurt and Bruce ]]>Thu, 26 Jul 2018 13:45:12 -0700https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/180726-CTS-kurt-and-bruce.jpg

Meet Kurt and Bruce, our Clear the Shelters pets of the week for Thursday, July 26, 2018.

Kurt is a 4-month-old kitten with black fur. He immediately purrs when he's picked up and he's bold, sweet and adorable. Sometimes black cats are ignored at shelters because of old superstitions, but whoever adopts Kurt will be very lucky. 

Bruce, a 4-month-old gray kitten, is a little more shy, and for that reason, his original owners turned him over to the shelter. He's slowly breaking out of his shell and is quickly becoming a lap kitten. He deserves a patient and loving owner. 

Both Kurt and Bruce can be adopted by visiting animalcare.lacounty.gov


County of Los Angeles Carson Animal Care Center

216 W. Victoria Street, Gardena CA 90248

(310) 523-9566



Photo Credit: Sydney Kalich ]]>
<![CDATA[Pet of the Week: Copper ]]>Thu, 19 Jul 2018 10:46:48 -0700https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/copper+pet+of+the+week+7+19+18+EDIT.jpg

Copper is the pet of the week for Thursday, July 19, 2018.

ID: A1785401

This 13-week-old purr machine is sure to steal your heart. The tabby cat is an active one as he loves to play, jump and roll around. But he can always go for a nice, long cat nap and cuddle.  


West Valley Center

20655 Plummer Street

Chatsworth, CA 91311

(818) 756-9325 (center)

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<![CDATA[Pet of the Week: Taffy]]>Thu, 12 Jul 2018 08:11:56 -0700https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/216*120/7-12-2018-taffy-dog-cts.jpg

Taffy is the pet of the week for Thursday July 12, 2018.

ID: A1792615

She's a 6-year-old Chihuahua who came to the shelter as a stray with two other dogs. Taffy is really sweet and gets along with her kennel mates. She jumps for attention and wants to give you love.

West Valley Center
20655 Plummer Street
Chatsworth, CA 91311
(818) 756-9325 (center)



Photo Credit: KNBC-TV]]>
<![CDATA[Pet of the Week: Herbie]]>Thu, 05 Jul 2018 10:02:14 -0700https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/207*120/7-5-2018-cat-pet-week-herbie.jpg

Herbie is the pet of the week for Thursday July 5, 2018.

ID: A1782933

This 2-year-old neutered male black cat has stunning amber colored eyes. He's a playful, personable cat who will roll over on his back for attention. He's not too hyper, not too mellow -- just right for someone to show him love.

West Valley Center
20655 Plummer Street
Chatsworth, CA 91311
(818) 756-9325 (center)



Photo Credit: KNBC-TV]]>
<![CDATA[Pet of the Week: Mister]]>Thu, 28 Jun 2018 10:42:37 -0700https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/214*120/petoftheweek-062818.jpg

Mister is the pet of the week for Thursday June 28, 2018.

Mister is is an 11-year-old male terrier mix who was turned into the Agoura Animal Care Center in May when his family moved and was not able to take him with them. Now he is waiting for his special someone to welcome him into their home.

Mister is blind but has great hearing. And don't worry about the carpets - he is housebroken and is very smart. Mister is playful and likes to "talk" to other dogs. He participated in the center's play groups and had a great time playing with other small dogs. Mister is good in the car, loves to walk and loves a good lap to sit on. He is very sweet, loves squeaky toys and is the perfect size for a house, condo or apartment.

His blindness does not limit his activity. He is able to navigate his environment very well once he got acquainted with where everything is. And even though he is a senior pup, he is active and has many more years of love to give.

For more information about Mister, (ID# A4857481), please call the Agoura Animal Care Center volunteer line at (818) 483-4228.

ID: A4857481

Agoura Animal Care Center

29525 Agoura Rd., Agoura Hills, CA 91301
(818) 483-4228


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<![CDATA[Hoarder Delivers Over 200 Rabbits to SoCal Animal Shelter]]>Wed, 27 Jun 2018 08:51:57 -0700https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/rabbits-thumb-062618.PNG

An Orange County animal shelter is overwhelmed after more than 160 rabbits were surrendered by a hoarder Friday.

WAGS Pet Adoption had a similar case from Richard Searles last year, when he surrendered 125 rabbits from his home in Cypress.

Though Cypress is not a part of WAGS' jurisdiction, it is believed that Searles transports his animals within Westminster due to WAGS' guideline of euthanizing animals only in extreme cases.

"This is a tried and true hoarding case," said Cortney Dorney, Director of Operations at WAGS. "There is something wrong with this gentleman that makes him think this is something OK to do."

Sixty-five rabbits from last year's seizure still remain at the shelter, which makes a grand total of 226 rabbits under WAGS' care.

"We are severely overwhelmed," said Dorney. "We absolutely do not have the space, the time, the staffing, the money to do any sort of rehab for these animals."

Compared to the 125 rabbits seized in 2017, the rabbits coming through WAGS' doors are in much worse medical condition. According to Dorney, most of the rabbits have a wound or some sort of medical condition.

To care for the 65 rabbits remaining from last year, it costs the shelter $60,000 per year. It is estimated the new brood will cost another $100,000 to supply long-term food, hay, medical care and spay or neuter procedures before they can be put up for adoption.

"We need help from the community," said Dorney. "We need monetary donations. We the need the community to help spread the word that we have all of these rabbits, not only for adoption but for other rescue groups or shelters to take some of these animals off our hands."

If you are interested in fostering or adopting rabbits, please call WAGS at (714) 887-6156.



Photo Credit: Kurt Beabes]]>
<![CDATA[WATCH: Madrid Police Dog 'Performs' CPR on Partner]]>Tue, 26 Jun 2018 07:28:49 -0700https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/214*120/20180626_cpr_dog_SOCIAL.gif

Poncho is ready to save a life! Madrid's municipal police department shared a video of K-9 Poncho "performing" CPR on his human partner as a way to promote adoption. ]]>
<![CDATA[Pet of the Week: Brisby]]>Thu, 21 Jun 2018 08:54:13 -0700https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/209*120/6-22-2018-pet-week-1.jpg

Brisby is the pet of the week for Thursday June 22, 2018.

He is a 4-year-old Dachshund-cocker spaniel mix who came in as a stray. He's a very sweet dog and gets along with his kennel mates. Brisby likes to go for walks and he's a pretty active guy, but also enjoys being held. He needs a family that is active, too. 

ID: A1786621

West Valley Center
20655 Plummer Street
Chatsworth, CA 91311
(818) 756-9325 (center)



Photo Credit: KNBC-TV]]>
<![CDATA[Chubbs, the Wandering 29-Pound Viral Cat Sensation, Gets Adopted]]>Thu, 21 Jun 2018 12:49:14 -0700https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/chubbs-phs-062018.jpg

A 29-pound cat who became an internet sensation after being rescued from the streets of Southern California has found a forever home.

The stray Himalayan mix was found last week wandering the streets of Altadena and taken to the Pasadena Humane Society by a good Samaritan. The shelter said the 10-year-old cat, which they named Chubbs, was extremely matted and took several hours to groom, "Today" reported.

After the shelter put out a "huge cat alert" on its social media pages announcing Chubbs was in need of a good home, the Pasadena Humane Society said it received several claims from different people alleging the now-social media star was their cat.

The organization had planned on holding an adoption event Sunday, but delayed it to vett the claims. After determining the ownership claims were false, Chubbs was put up for adoption on Wednesday. 

"He was adopted right away," said shelter spokeswoman Jaime Holeman. "Surprisingly, the family that adopted him were the only ones ready to adopt." 

Though the line to adopt the famous kitty wasn't long, Holeman said there were plenty of Chubbs fans gathered outside the shelter showing their support. 

"One person made a sign that said 'We Love Chubbs' and then gave it to the family who adopted him," said Holeman. 

Yvette Viola and her husband, Ruben Viola, was the lucky couple who adopted Chubbs. 

The Violas lost their cat, Mooshu, of 14 years earlier this year and were grief-stricken. Since Mooshu's death, Yvette never found a cat that made her want to adopt — until she laid eyes on Chubbs. 

"It was really hard for us. I didn't want to adopt a cat at all," Yvette said. "But then this guy came on TV and my girlfriend from high school sent me the link and said, 'I found your cat.'" 

Yvette was ready to adopt last week and filled out an application Thursday, but had to wait a few extra days until the adorable kitty could officially be put on the market. 

"I was so nervous someone was going to come by and claim him," Yvette said. "I thought I was going to adopt a kitten, but I saw this guy and immediately fell in love." 

Chubbs was placed on a weight loss program before being adopted and his new family plans to continue his diet. They also said Chubbs will be microchiped to ensure he does not become a stray again. 



Photo Credit: Pasadena Humane Society]]>
<![CDATA[Photos: Chubbs Has Found His Purr-fect Home ]]>Wed, 20 Jun 2018 16:34:28 -0700https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/165*120/180620-chubbs-gallery-thumb.JPGChubbs the cat was first found on the streets of Altadena, but now the chunky kitty that has taken the hearts of many, has found his purr-fect home.

Photo Credit: Pasadena Humane Society ]]>
<![CDATA[4 Our Heroes: Shelter Volunteer Keeps Newborn Kittens Purring]]>Fri, 15 Jun 2018 21:02:52 -0700https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/214*120/4ourheroeskittenwebphoto.PNG

It can be hard to even scratch the surface of the kitten population explosion Southern California has at this time every year.

Many newborn kittens would be hopeless without people like Kristen Larson, a volunteer at the South LA Animal Shelter. Larson works almost non stop bottle-feeding and finding homes for hundreds of kittens.

It's only natural for her, since she grew up in a home that catered to cats.

"We had that household where stray cats would come in and they'd become part of the family," Larson said.

Championing the whole kit and caboodle, though, happened by accident at an animal fundraiser.

"There was nobody helping cats at that time. It was really a sad time for cats," Larson said.

Nurseries and fosters that cater to kittens under eight weeks old hadn't yet taken hold in the city, Larson said. The South LA shelter was the most in need, so Larson started volunteering.

Seven years later, she hasn't stopped.

"I'm close to a thousand hours as an LA animal volunteer, so that may qualify me as a crazy cat lady," Larson said.

More than 1,800 kittens came into LA shelters just last month. For Larson, it's like a second full-time job.

"It is kind of roll up your sleeves dirty work, [cleaning] litter pans, [feeding them] food [and] water," Larson said.

Larson claims there is still a lot of work to do when it comes to this kitten population explosion problem. At top of the list is educating people on spay and neuter programs.

There are foster and volunteer opportunities at local shelters. Foster kitten "parents" are needed to take care of kittens until they reach eight weeks and can be adopted, LA Animal Services said. Shelters have all sorts of adoption specials coming up as well.

"If we can cut down on the animals coming into the shelter, we can start filtering out enough of these guys -- finding them fosters and adopters -- that we are going to catch up," Larson said.

LA Animal Services also said if you see healthy newborn kittens with their mother, leave them alone and the mom will take care of them. That's their best chance of surviving their first eight weeks.

Thanks to volunteers like Larson, more kittens and cats are finding forever homes, an LA Animal Services spokeswoman said. She says they could not have come as close to the goal of completely no-kill shelters without Larson, calling her a hero in the animal community.

"It's in my blood now," Larson said. "I don't think I could walk away at this point."



Photo Credit: KNBC-TV]]>
<![CDATA[Pet of the Week: Cheeto]]>Fri, 15 Jun 2018 15:02:39 -0700https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/cheeto-petoftheweek-061418.jpg

Cheeto is the pet of the week for Thursday June 14, 2018.

ID: A1779037

Cheeto is a 4-year-old neutered male cat. This handsome orange tabby long-hair is full of love and just wants to be loved. Cheeto likes to be pet and roll around onto his back for attention. He also likes to be held and would make a great addition to any family with lots of love to give. 

West Valley Center
20655 Plummer Street
Chatsworth, CA 91311
(818) 756-9325 (center)



Photo Credit: KNBC-TV]]>
<![CDATA[Meet Chubbs: 29-Pound Cat Found on Streets of Pasadena Getting National Attention]]>Fri, 15 Jun 2018 19:09:27 -0700https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/Fat-Cat-06.14.18.PNG

Editor's Note: This story was updated Friday, June 15, 2018, to reflect that since this article and other coverage of Chubbs, hundreds of people have been calling the shelter to adopt him. He will not be available for adoption this weekend due to overwhelming interest. 

Usually when you think of stray cats, a sad image of a starving, skinny kitty appears in your head.

Not so at the Pasadena Humane Society Thursday, after an extremely well-fed stray was brought in Wednesday.

At a whopping 29 pounds, "Chubbs" the cat has become one of the heaviest cats on record at shelter. Chubbs, a 10-year-old Himalayan mix, was picked up by a good Samaritan in Altadena, around 4 miles from Pasadena.

The hefty kitty had serious matting, which took shelter staff a couple hours to successfully get through.

"It usually takes a while for that type of matting, however, we aren't really sure how long he was out there," Jamie Holeman said. "It's possible that he is too big to properly groom himself."

Chubbs is currently being kept in a staff office because, due to his large size, he is unable to comfortably fit inside a kennel, the shelter's website said. 

Veterinarians are currently waiting on results from blood tests to deliver a further health analysis on the stray.

Unfortunately, Chubbs had no ID tag or micro chip, which makes finding the original owner difficult.

"Microchip is always the best case scenario," Holeman said. "But we do keep our website updated with strays information and images."

Though adoption was to be opened to the public at 11 a.m. on Father's Day, due to the large amount of attention Chubbs has received, adoption has been moved back to some time next week. 



Photo Credit: Scott Weber ]]>
<![CDATA[Kitten Dodges Freeway Traffic Before Roadside Rescue]]>Thu, 14 Jun 2018 11:31:29 -0700https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/kitten-60-freeway.gif

While heading home from church on Sunday, Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department Lt. Minh Dinh and his wife saw something very out of place. What happened next made Dinh a hero as he saved a terrified stray kitten from a car engine.

While driving on the 60 Freeway near the Grand Avenue exit in Diamond Bar, Dinh, a 31-year LASD veteran who works in internal affairs, noticed a strange sight. A woman was sitting on a blanket by her vehicle on the emergency lane of the westbound right shoulder.

"I see (a woman) sitting out there on top of this blanket that she put on the ground and it was pretty hot out there," Dinh said, "So I said, 'Why would she be sitting in the hot sun like that?'"

Dinh and his wife Jenny Ha, a retired LASD lieutenant, pulled over to offer help. They expected to find the woman, Cathy Chang, dealing with an overheated engine or some other sort of “normal” car trouble. What they came upon was something much more peculiar.

“I see a can of cat food that (Chang) had already opened, this brand new can, and it was sitting right there on top of this (blanket),” Dinh said.

When the couple asked if she needed help, Chang explained that a cat had run across the freeway and into the engine of her BMW. She told them she could even hear it meowing.

When Dinh looked inside the van’s engine, however, he saw no sign of the kitten. He decided to call a tow truck, thinking the cat may have hidden itself underneath the BMW. He looked again in the engine compartment for good measure, and still found nothing.

Then another vehicle pulled over nearby. The driver of the vehicle came up to the trio and said his car was overheating. Dinh, who considers himself a “weekend mechanic,” according to an LASD press release, went over to take a look. When he was walking back to Chang’s van, Dinh noticed a brown spot in the van’s grille.

He immediately knew something was not right.

“So I look a little closer and I see a furball, a little fur, sticking out,” Dinh said. “Sure enough, the cat found its way into the grill and lodged itself inside this little old van.”

Dinh lifted the vehicle with a jack and removed a panel that allowed him to reach behind the grille and grab the kitten.

The mischievous feline was later taken to Ontario Rescue on Montclair, where it remains safe, healthy, and extremely lucky to be alive.

Things may have turned out far worse for the kitten had it not crossed paths with just the right people. Chang volunteers at the rescue, which is why she just so happened to have unopened cans of cat food in her van. Dinh and Ha were able to quickly take control of the situation due to their law enforcement backgrounds.

Additionally, Dinh’s mechanic skills paid off in a way he never saw coming.

"I knew where to take [the engine apart] without having to destroy someone else’s vehicle," Dinh said.



Photo Credit: LASD]]>
<![CDATA[Pet of the Week: Timmy]]>Sat, 09 Jun 2018 15:43:09 -0700https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/210*120/PET-WEEK-cts-6-9.jpg

Timmy is the pet of the week for Thursday June 7, 2018.

ID: A178220

Timmy is 2 years old, a male Chihuahua who weighs about 5 1/2 pounds. He is very affectionate and would make a great snuggle buddy. He's a friendly little dog who gets along with people, children and other dogs, especially dogs his size so he can cuddle with them. 

West Valley Center

20655 Plummer Street
Chatsworth, CA 91311
(818) 756-9325 (center)



Photo Credit: KNBC-TV]]>
<![CDATA[Pet Week of the Week: Sparkle]]>Thu, 31 May 2018 10:52:12 -0700https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/191*120/5-31-2018-dog-pet-week-1.jpg

Sparkle is the pet of the week for Thursday May 31, 2018.

ID: A1782115

This 3-year-old Chihuahua-Dachshund mix may be shy at first, but she warms up to you in a hurry. She gets along well with her kennel mate. If you're looking for a sweet dog who loves to be held, visit Sparkle at the shelter.

West Valley Center
20655 Plummer Street
Chatsworth, CA 91311
(818) 756-9325 (center)



Photo Credit: KNBC-TV]]>
<![CDATA[Pet of the Week: Brownie]]>Thu, 17 May 2018 13:44:50 -0700https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/214*120/5-17-2018-brownie-pet-week-1.jpg

Brownie is the pet of the week for Thursday May 17, 2018.

ID: A1271324 

Brownie is a 7 1/2-year-old Chihuahua. He loves people and just enjoys relaxing in your arms. He's also friendly with other dogs and likes going for rides in the car. So, if you need a summer road trip buddy and a friend for life, visit Brownie at the shelter.

West Valley Center
20655 Plummer Street
Chatsworth, CA 91311
(818) 756-9325 (center)



Photo Credit: KNBC-TV]]>
<![CDATA[Turtle Time! Tortoise Adoption Show in Woodland Hills]]>Fri, 18 May 2018 11:01:05 -0700https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/cover-Speed_Bumps_Wheelchair.jpg

Photo Credit: California Turtle and Tortoise Club]]>
<![CDATA[Tips for Avoiding Pet Adoption Scams]]>Fri, 11 May 2018 13:42:49 -0700https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/225*120/180511-dit-cts-puppy-scam.JPG

Thinking about getting a puppy? Here are some tips for avoiding pet adoption scams.

Photo Credit: KNBC-TV ]]>
<![CDATA[Pet of the Week: Loba]]>Thu, 10 May 2018 09:24:27 -0700https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/192*120/5-10-2018-loba-pet-week-1.jpg

Loba is the pet of the week for Thursday May 10, 2018.

ID: A1752973

Look at those icy blue eyes on this beautiful border collie-Australian shepherd mix. She has been in the shelter for about 3 1/2 months. She's a great dog who loves people and will roll over on her back for belly rubs. Loba walks well on a leash and gets along well with children and other dogs.

Loba has a bright future ahead if you can give her a loving home.

West Valley Center
20655 Plummer Street
Chatsworth, CA 91311
(818) 756-9325 (center)



Photo Credit: KNBC-TV]]>
<![CDATA[Pet of the Week]]>Wed, 02 May 2018 13:12:38 -0700https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/205*120/5-2-2018-pet-week-walnut.jpg

Walnut is the pet of the week for Thursday May 2, 2018.

ID: A1767591

This 5-month-old male terrier mix can be a little shy at first, but he warms up quickly and loves to be cuddled. He's a young dog with many years of love and companionship to give. He just needs a family that will help train him.

West Valley Center
20655 Plummer Street
Chatsworth, CA 91311
(818) 756-9325 (center)



Photo Credit: KNBC-TV]]>
<![CDATA[Pet of the Week: Rusty]]>Thu, 26 Apr 2018 13:47:57 -0700https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/197*120/4-26-2018-PET-WEEK-RUSTY.JPG

Rusty is the pet of the week for Thursday April 26, 2018.

ID: A1767015

He is an 8-year-old neutered orange-and-white domestic long-haired cat who is a very loving guy. He will purr if you pet him and will start bumping your handing to ask for more if you stop. Rusty is a little shy when you first bring him to a new home, but he just needs someone to give him time and love so he can get used to his new surroundings.

West Valley Center
20655 Plummer Street
Chatsworth, CA 91311
(818) 756-9325 (center)



Photo Credit: KNBC-TV]]>
<![CDATA[Pet of the Week: Tyson]]>Wed, 18 Apr 2018 12:53:07 -0700https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/182*120/4-18-2018-tyson-pet-week-1.jpg

Tyson is the pet of the week for Thursday April 19, 2018.

ID: A1770840

This happy little 9-year-old Chihuahua mix has a great personality. Take him for a walk and show him affection, and you'll have a best friend. Tyson gets along with other small dogs.

West Valley Center
20655 Plummer Street
Chatsworth, CA 91311
(818) 756-9325 (center)



Photo Credit: KNBC-TV]]>
<![CDATA[Dog Injured in Acid Attack Now Helps Heal Other Burn Victims]]>Mon, 16 Apr 2018 16:24:54 -0700https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/212*120/180415-fergus-lc-2.JPG

Any road to recovery is often a whole lot easier when you can connect with someone who has gone through something similar. But what if that connection is with a pet? A golden retriever found badly burned in the high desert in 2015 has now become a therapy dog for burn patients.

Fergus, a burn survivor, and the patients he meets in the burn unit, often form an immediate connection.

"To know the dog has been burned and survived. That’s nice to know," patient William Montoya said.

"He’s [Fergus] been through it," he added.

NBC4 has followed what Fergus has been through ever since the summer of 2015 when the then 1-year-old stray dog was found in Lancaster – severely burned.

"You get an animal like this that is so trusting and so loving, it’s not hard to get close to him and then just pour something down his back," Dr. Alan Schulman said in 2015.

While treated for third degree burns, hundreds of requests to adopt him flooded in from around the world. But, a couple from Calababas – Anngel and Victor Benoun – got to take him home.

The couple enrolled Fergus in training – and even enlisted famed "dog whisperer" Cesar Milan to help train the dog to become a therapy dog.

The journey took nearly two and a half years, Anngel Benoun said.


"He went through it. He has been burned, he survived, he’s gone through the surgeries and here he is now to give back and help others heal, too," Victor Benoun added.

Burn patient Yahaira Urbina has found common ground with Fergus, whose name means courage.

"It’s really nice to see someone in a similar situation can uplift you and bring you joy," she said from her hospital bed.

Their shared experience prompts shared compassion.

"Maybe in the future I can do that for somebody else too, just from seeing him. So that’s kind of awesome," Urbina said.


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<![CDATA[Pet of the Week: Ruffles]]>Thu, 12 Apr 2018 17:11:35 -0700https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/ruffles-petoftheweek-adopt.jpg

Ruffles is our Pet of the Week Thursday, April 12, 2018.

ID: A1769134

Ruffles is a 2-year-old female. She's a Maltese/Poodle mix. She is super sweet and loves to be with people and go for walks. She gets along with her other little kennel mates. She's a happy little girl that loves to give kisses. She would make a great addition to any family.

Ruffles will be available for adoption on 4/13/18 at 8 a.m. at the West Valley Animal Shelter.

West Valley Center

20655 Plummer Street
Chatsworth, CA 91311
(818) 756-9325 (center)

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<![CDATA[Leila Has Been at an LA Shelter for Close to Two Years]]>Thu, 29 Mar 2018 09:39:53 -0700https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/215*120/3-29-2018-leila-dog-cts-pet-1.jpg

Leila has seen her kennel mates at Los Angeles' West Valley Shelter come and go. 

Clear the Shelters: Leila is our featured Clear the Shelters Pet of the Week

The sweet 6-year-old dog whose face looks like it's locked in a smile has been at the shelter longer than any other animal -- since June 1, 2016. She was surrendered to the shelter due to another pet coming in the home. 

During her extended stay, Leila has won the heart of staff members and volunteers, who describe her as sweet, playful and full of life. 

"She is desperately looking for a good loving family to share a 'Furrever' home with," said Torrie Lee, animal care technician with LA Animal Services.

Leila knows how to sit and loves to frolic. She's working on her "down" command and learning to co-exist with other dogs by attending small play groups.

Leila is just waiting for the right person to walk into the West Valley Shelter.

Here's how to adopt Leila and add 60 pounds of fur and love to your home.

Leila's ID: A1361147

West Valley Center
20655 Plummer Street
Chatsworth, CA 91311
(818) 756-9325 (center)



Photo Credit: LA Animal Services
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<![CDATA[Pet of the Week: Truman]]>Thu, 22 Mar 2018 12:00:02 -0700https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/216*120/3-22-2018-dog-cts.jpg

Truman is the pet of the week for Thursday March 22, 2018.

ID: A1764274

Truman is a 1-year-old male Chihuahua mix who came in as a stray. He gets along well with his kennel mate and loves to go for walks, but also likes to be in your arms or your lap and just cuddle with you. He's definitely dog who loves people. He loves to give kisses, too. So if you're in the market for a new dog, check out Truman.

West Valley Center
20655 Plummer Street
Chatsworth, CA 91311
(818) 756-9325 (center)



Photo Credit: KNBC-TV]]>
<![CDATA[Pet of the Week: Trevor]]>Thu, 15 Mar 2018 10:11:40 -0700https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/200*120/3-15-2018-trevor-pet-week.jpg

Trevor is the pet of the week for Thursday March 15, 2018.

ID: A1762813 

This adorable 2-year-old miniature Pinscher/Dachshund came to the shelter as a stray. He is a little shy at first, but warms up to you. Trevor gets along well with his kennel mates. If you're looking to find a friend forever who likes to be held and cuddled, you can meet Trevor at the West Valley Animal Shelter.

West Valley Center
20655 Plummer Street
Chatsworth, CA 91311
(818) 756-9325 (center)



Photo Credit: KNBC-TV]]>
<![CDATA[Pet of the Week: Chad]]>Thu, 08 Mar 2018 18:31:05 -0700https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/214*120/potw-clear-shelter-cat.jpg

Chad is the pet of the week for Thursday March 8, 2018.

ID: A1760967

Chad is a 2-year-old neutered male with a laid-back personality He's quiet, calm and likes to be pet. Looking for a gentle, sweet companion? Visit Chad at the West Valley shelter. 

West Valley Center

20655 Plummer Street

Chatsworth, CA 91311

(818) 756-9325 (center)



Photo Credit: KNBC-TV]]>
<![CDATA[Pet of the Week: Boston]]>Thu, 01 Mar 2018 09:15:42 -0700https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/202*120/3-1-2018-boston-pet-week.jpg

Boston is the pet of the week for Thursday March 1, 2018.

ID: A1212932

Boston is a 10-year-old neutered male Yorkshire terrier/Brussels griffon mix. He has a lot of energy for his age and get along well with other small dogs. Boston loves people and likes to be held in your arms. He's a great little companion who will give you lots of love.

West Valley Center
20655 Plummer Street
Chatsworth, CA 91311
(818) 756-9325 (center)



Photo Credit: KNBC-TV]]>
<![CDATA[Guide Dogs-in-Training Still Channeling 2018 Winter Olympics]]>Wed, 28 Feb 2018 12:06:15 -0700https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/olympic+puppies+thumbnail+2.jpg

Photo Credit: Geoff Tischman for Guiding Eyes for the Blind]]>
<![CDATA[Welcome in the Lunar New Year with a New Pet]]>Fri, 16 Feb 2018 17:43:07 -0700https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/182*120/South+LA+Shelter++ROYANE+-+A1756720.jpgIn honor of the Lunar New Year, L.A. City Council and L.A. Animal Services will waive adoption fees at all Los Angeles shelters

Photo Credit: L.A. Animal Services]]>
<![CDATA[Free Pet Adoption Offered on Lunar New Year]]>Fri, 16 Feb 2018 05:26:28 -0700https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/160*120/South+LA+Shelter++TYLER+-+A1747538.jpg

Welcome in the Year of the Dog with a new furry friend without the adoption fees.

In honor of the Lunar New Year, the Los Angeles City Council and Los Angeles Animal Services will waive adoption fees at all Los Angeles shelters.

"The Lunar New Year is a time for togetherness, gratitude and appreciation," said L.A. City Council President Herb Wesson. "There is no better way to kick-off the Year of the Dog than welcoming a furry friend into the family."

The Lunar New Year festivities will begin at 10 a.m. Friday, Feb. 16 at City Hall with dancing lions and tai chi performers celebrating to the beat of a drum. To top it all off, attendants can even adopt a new pet in person.

For those who can’t make it to City Hall and would still like to give an animal a fur-ever home, all six of the L.A. City animal shelters will open their doors with free cat and dog adoptions. All the pets are vaccinated, spayed or neutered, microchipped, and ready for a new home.

"At L.A. City Shelters, we have love that comes in all sizes, ages, and breeds, ready to be adopted into a great home this Lunar New Year," said Brenda Barnette, LA Animal Services General Manager.

While the dog adoption fees are waived, there will be a $20 dog license fee applied for L.A. City residents.

Adoption fees will be waived through Saturday and Sunday as well.

Find a shelter here.

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<![CDATA[Pets of the Week: Junior and Tigger]]>Thu, 08 Feb 2018 14:36:45 -0700https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/197*120/2-8-2018-pet-week-cts-1.JPG

Meet Junior and Tigger, our Clear the Shelters pets of the week for Thursday Feb. 8, 2018. They are a bonded pair who came to the shelter about a month ago, but were never claimed by an owner.

Junior's ID: A1472343

Tigger's ID: A1472347

Junior is a terrier mix, about 10 years old. Tigger is a 9-year-old Australian cattle dog mix. Together, they are a bundle of sweetness. They're both active dogs who love to go for walks together. They just need someone to tag along with them on their adventures. 

West Valley Center
20655 Plummer Street
Chatsworth, CA 91311
(818) 756-9325 (center)



Photo Credit: KNBC-TV]]>
<![CDATA[A Happy Tail: Abandoned Disabled Dog Finds a Home]]>Wed, 07 Feb 2018 08:28:19 -0700https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/cover-wheelchair-pup-1.jpgAbandoned after becoming handicapped, wheelchair pup Tiger has finally found a home.

Photo Credit: The Fuzzy Pet Foundation ]]>
<![CDATA[Celebrate the 'Kitten Bowl' by Adopting a Cat in LA or OC]]>Sat, 03 Feb 2018 09:21:18 -0700https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/cat-generic-103131833.jpg

Adoption parties will be held at 13 sites in Los Angeles County and one in Orange County on Saturday in connection with Hallmark Channel's Kitten Bowl V telecast Sunday.

There will be 500 adoption parties throughout the nation, according to Hallmark Channel. There were 25 in 2015, 50 in 2016 and 100 in 2017.

Kitten Bowl V will air at noon Sunday and be replayed at 3 p.m. It features displaced kittens rescued from the nation's most recent natural disasters engaged in various football-like activities. The Kitten Bowls have inspired the adoption of more than 10,000 animals, including hundreds of puppies and dogs, 13 rabbits and a pig, according to Hallmark Channel.

The Hallmark Channel makes a year-round effort to highlight the plight of homeless animals and the joys rescued and adopted pets bring into lives under the theme "Adoption Ever After." The other efforts include the American Rescue Dog Show, which will air Feb. 19, and the American Humane Association Hero Dog Awards, which airs annually in late October.

Here is a list of adoption parties in Los Angeles and Orange counties:

    • Agoura Animal Care and Control, 29525 Agoura Road, Agoura Hills;
    • Baldwin Park Animal Care Center, 4275 Elton St., Baldwin Park;
    • Burbank Animal Shelter, 1150 N. Victory Place, Burbank;
    • Carson Animal Care Center, 216 W. Victoria St., Gardena;
    • Castaic Animal Care Center, 31044 Charlie Canyon Road, Castaic;
    • Chesterfield Square Shelter, 1850 W. 60th St., Los Angeles;
    • Downey Animal Care Center, 11258 Garfield Ave., Downey;
    • East Valley Shelter, 14409 Vanowen St., Van Nuys;
    • Harbor Shelter, 957 N. Gaffey St., San Pedro;
    • Lancaster Animal Care Center, 5210 W. Ave I, Lancaster
    • North Central Shelter, 3201 Lacy St., Los Angeles;
    • Orange County Animal Care Services, 561 The City Drive South, Orange;
    • West Los Angeles Shelter, 11361 W. Pico Blvd., Los Angeles;
    • West Valley Shelter, 20655 Plummer St., Chatsworth.
All adoption fees will be waived.



Photo Credit: Getty Images]]>
<![CDATA[Pet of the Week: Brody]]>Fri, 02 Feb 2018 16:10:15 -0700https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/160*120/brody-pet-week.jpg

Brody is the pet of the week for Thursday Feb. 1, 2018.

ID: A1749506

Look at that face on this super sweet 5-year-old Chihuahua mix who came into the shelter about a month ago. Unfortunately, nobody claimed Brody. He gets along with other dogs and walks on the leash. He just loves being around people. 

West Valley Center

20655 Plummer Street
Chatsworth, CA 91311
(818) 756-9325 (center)



Photo Credit: KNBC-TV]]>
<![CDATA[Puppy Bowl: Cheap Adoption Fees for Shelter Pups, Kitties]]>Tue, 30 Jan 2018 15:01:10 -0700https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/214*120/cover-shelter-superbowl-knbc.jpg

Photo Credit: Alex Vasquez]]>
<![CDATA[Pet of the Week: Paige]]>Thu, 01 Feb 2018 13:56:17 -0700https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/211*120/1-26-2018-PAIGE-pet-week-clear-shelters.jpg

*Programming Note: Pet of the Week will not air on February 8, 15 and 22 due to The 2018 Winter Olympics airing live on NBC4.  However, a new pet will still be featured each week on this page.*

Paige is the pet of the week for Thursday Jan. 25, 2018.

This 3-year-old spayed Chihuahua came into the shelter as a stray. Paige is a sweet little girl, weighing only 5 1/2 pounds -- a perferct lap dog who gets along well with other dogs and would make a great friend for any family.

ID: A1753244

West Valley Center
20655 Plummer Street
Chatsworth, CA 91311
(818) 756-9325 (center)



Photo Credit: KNBC-TV]]>
<![CDATA[Major Adoption Event at All LA City Animal Shelters]]>Sun, 21 Jan 2018 09:51:37 -0700https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/214*120/LAAS+South+LA+Shelter+A1748180.jpgGive a new cat or pup a loving home at this major adoption event.

Photo Credit: LA Animal Services]]>
<![CDATA[Cats Affected by SoCal Fires Due to Arrive in Nevada]]>Sun, 21 Jan 2018 08:42:31 -0700https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/thomas+fire+cat.JPG

Animal welfare groups aim to provide new homes in Nevada for dozens of cats being transported from California to free up space in shelters in that state for other animals made homeless due to wildfires.

Nevada Humane Society spokesman Kimberly Wade says over 50 cats will arrive Sunday in Reno, Nevada, after arriving from Ventura, California, on a Wings of Rescue flight.

Wade says the hope is that fire-displaced animals in California can be reunited there with their owners.

The Nevada Humane Society is partnering on the project with the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals of Northern Nevada.



Photo Credit: KNBC-TV]]>
<![CDATA[Pet of the Week: Nina]]>Wed, 17 Jan 2018 11:57:06 -0700https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/219*120/1-17-2018-NINA-dog-pet-week.JPG

Nina is the pet of the week for Thursday Jan. 18, 2018.

She is a 1-year-old Chihuahua-terrier mix who is a little shy at first, but with some love and training her personality will shine. At 6 pounds, she a tiny sweetheart of a dog who likes to be held and gets along well with her kennel mate. She just needs a home that will make her feel safe and loved.

ID: A1751810

West Valley Center
20655 Plummer Street
Chatsworth, CA 91311
(818) 756-9325 (center)



Photo Credit: KNBC-TV]]>
<![CDATA[Pet of the Week: Heath]]>Thu, 04 Jan 2018 11:58:29 -0700https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/160*120/1-4-2018-heath-dog-cts-P1020003.JPG

Heath is the pet of the week for Thursday Jan. 4, 2018.

He is a 10-year-old neutered terrier-Chihuahua mix. Heath is a sweet dog who walks well on a leash and gets along with other dogs. He also likes to be held and sit in your lap.  

ID: A1739810

West Valley Center
20655 Plummer Street
Chatsworth, CA 91311
(818) 756-9325 (center)



Photo Credit: KNBC-TV]]>
<![CDATA[LA's Shelter Dogs Could Go Vegan]]>Sat, 16 Dec 2017 14:57:03 -0700https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/180*120/GettyImages-75618139.jpg

A new proposal being considered by Los Angeles' Animal Services Commission could change the diet of the city's shelter dogs.

The proposal, from commission board member Roger Wolfson, would switch shelter dogs away from meat-based kibble toward vegan food, NBC4 media partner KPCC reports.

"This idea that LA Animal Services could stop supporting the killing of farm animals just to feed dogs that no one questions are omnivores, thereby having our small department do its part in protecting the environment, it seemed like a no brainer," Wolfson said at a commission meeting.

The commission will spend the next two months looking over research and talking with experts to see if the change is viable.

Read more at KPCC.



Photo Credit: Getty Images]]>
<![CDATA[Pet of the Week: Sammy]]>Thu, 14 Dec 2017 06:56:22 -0700https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/211*120/12-14-2017-sammy-pet-week-cts.jpg

Sammy is the pet of the week for Thursday Dec. 14, 2017.

ID: A1745201 

This lively 4-year-old neutered Chihuahua mix came in to the shelter as a stray. Sammy is happy to be held and would be a loving addition to any family.  

West Valley Center
20655 Plummer Street
Chatsworth, CA 91311
(818) 756-9325 (center)



Photo Credit: KNBC-TV]]>
<![CDATA[Abandoned Dog in Wheelchair Needs a Fur-Ever Home]]>Tue, 28 Nov 2017 12:41:42 -0700https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/cover-wheelchair-pup-1.jpg

Photo Credit: The Fuzzy Pet Foundation ]]>
<![CDATA[Once-Abandoned Wheelchair Pup Needs a Home]]>Tue, 28 Nov 2017 08:46:11 -0700https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/180*120/wheelchair-dog-112817.jpg

A Corgi-Chihuahua mix named Tiger is getting a custom wheelchair Tuesday after his family heard he may never walk again and abandoned him at a Southern California veterinarian’s office.

Tiger, who is ready for adoption, had surgery for a slipped disc in Cerritos, and when his original family was told he may be crippled for life, they decided they couldn’t care for him.

After being fitted for his customized wheelchair with the help of The Fuzzy Pet Foundation, a nonprofit animal rescue, the 7-year-old pup has a new lease on life.

The foundation was working hard to find him a home.

"It may take us a while to find a forever home for a special-needs dog like Tiger," said Sheila Choi, Founder and CEO of The Fuzzy Pet Foundation. "He may or may not ever walk again, but he appears so comfortable and happy in his new wheelchair. We aren't giving up on him."

Tiger is neutered, gets along with other dogs, loves to cuddle humans, and can run at a great speed in his new chair.

The foundation notes that Tiger is a special needs dog who needs a loving owner as he suffers from paralysis in his hind-legs and mild incontinence.

Adoption event information:

When: Tuesday, 12 to 7 p.m.

Where: VCA Lakewood Animal Hospital at 10701 South Street in Cerritos, CA 90703

According to the law, the owner of the pet could be fined under an animal abandonment ordinance in place statewide.

The non profit advises pet owners that if they are faced with a situation where they are unable to care for a pet, do not leave the pet with a vet.

Contact the local shelter or humane society and do a legal surrender, signing over the pet instead of abandoning it.

If you would like to donate to a GoFundMe account set up to help Tiger, you may do so here. Note that GoFundMe deducts 7.9 percent of all funds raised in the form of platform and payment processing charges.



Photo Credit: The Fuzzy Pet Foundation]]>
<![CDATA[Riverside Animal Shelters Waive Adoption Fees For Pets]]>Sat, 25 Nov 2017 08:48:07 -0700https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/Dog-GettyImages-100394559.jpg

To encourage adoption of homeless pets this Thanksgiving holiday weekend, the Riverside County Department of Animal Services is waiving all adoption fees at three shelters on Saturday.

"We've been pleasantly surprised at the turnouts during the years we've been doing this specific event," agency Director Robert Miller said. "It has historically become one of our biggest, one-day adoption events each year -- thanks to all the families who opened up their homes for a new friend."

Officials have dubbed the occasion "Black Saturday," a play on the phrase "Black Friday" -- the post-Thanksgiving shopping blitz that retailers hope will put their books in the black for the year.

"Nowadays, you can pretty much get anything you want online," Miller said. "But we know you cannot get a live dog or cat on Amazon or when you shop at Wal-Mart. And so we're encouraging people to consider giving a homeless pet a new chance at life at this special time of year."

The following shelters are participating:



  • Coachella Valley Animal Campus, 72-050 Pet Land Place, Thousand Palms;
  • San Jacinto Valley Animal Campus, 581 S. Grand Ave., San Jacinto; and
  • Western Riverside County Animal Shelter, 6851 Van Buren Blvd., Jurupa Valley.


The shelters' hours of operation are generally 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

According to Department of Animal Services spokesman John Welsh, would-be adopters will have to fill out applications and present identification to complete the adoption process. County residents will also need to pay a mandatory canine license fee of $17, but other fees will be waived, Welsh said.

More information is available here.



Photo Credit: Getty Images/File]]>
<![CDATA[Don't Give Your Pets Turkey on Thanksgiving]]>Wed, 22 Nov 2017 18:42:29 -0700https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/111616+pet+safety+thanksgiving.jpg

Thanksgiving is about sharing, but that doesn't include your fur babies.

Thanksgiving is about sharing, but before you are tempted to invite your cat or dog to join as you indulge in a mountain of goodies, you might consider an alternative treat.

Why must you resist the temptation of giving even a few giblets of turkey to your pet? Because there is a good chance you will end up in the vet’s office or, worse, the emergency room with a $1,000 bill and a suffering pet.

The majority of emergency room for pet visits during the Thanksgiving holiday revolve around the turkey. Owners must abstain from feeding any table foods to their pets. Even a small piece of butter-coated vegetable can cause a life-threatening pancreatitis in certain pets. And don’t even think about adding a ladle of gravy to your pets’ kibble. Don’t risk it. Strange foods and diet changes are hazardous to your pets’ digestive system and can lead to vomiting, diarrhea, and a very sick animal.

If you can’t say no to those big brown eyes staring up at you while you savor your incredible meal, simply put your pets in another room with some of their favorite toys and their regular food and water. That way, you will resist the urge to share your holiday feast and your pets won't think bad thoughts of you while you ignore their pleas for a little table scraps.

Toxic turkey

Refrain from giving any part of that beautiful bird to your cat or dog. While it may seem like just a little piece of turkey skin couldn’t hurt your pet, it can actually cause a life-threatening inflammation of the pancreas called pancreatitis.

The pancreas is a vital organ, which lies on the right side of the abdomen. It has two functions: to produce hormones, such as insulin and to produce enzymes that help in digestion of food. The production of enzymes helps break down food to allow the absorption of nutrients. But when pets eat high-fat foods, it triggers the pancreas to produce and release a large amount of enzymes.

Subsequently, the pancreas malfunctions and the enzymes end up digesting the pancreas itself. Clinical signs of pancreatitis include severe abdominal pain, loss of appetite, vomiting, diarrhea, and depression. Pancreatitis may occur as a single episode or a recurring event. Most cases need immediate medical attention as pets can quickly develop potentially fatal side effects such as dehydration, shock, blood clotting disorders, heart arrhythmia, and liver or kidney damage. If you suspect your pet has pancreatitis, take them to the vet immediately. Overweight dogs are even more at risk.

We can’t speak enough about the dangers of bones. Cooked turkey bones can splinter and lodge in an animal’s throat or intestines with life-threatening consequences. The carcass can also create dangers as it may harbor salmonella, an organism that lives in the turkey’s intestinal tract. The cooking process usually kills all of the bacteria, but occasionally the center of the turkey may be undercooked, especially if it’s large or full of stuffing.

If the carcass sits out at room temperature for too long, the bacteria will multiply, and pets can become violently ill from eating it. Symptoms of salmonella poisoning include vomiting, diarrhea, depression, listlessness, fever, and loss of appetite. Make sure you either freeze the carcass or tie it up in a plastic bag and throw it out in a secure dumpster where no pets can get to it. The same goes for the string used to tie up the turkey; dripping with turkey juices, that string is a delicacy for cats and dogs just waiting for you to turn your back.

Holiday meal

The average Thanksgiving Day meal is around 3,000 calories. We may violate our diets and good senses, but don’t subject your pets to the dangers of overfeeding. Pets shouldn’t gain any extra pounds over the holidays.

Keep all candy and baked goods out of reach of hungry pets and make sure your cat or dog isn’t left unsupervised in the kitchen. Again, when removing string from ham or other packaged meats, place it in a plastic bag and dispose of it outside immediately. Some pets find packaging quite tasty and will chew and swallow it, with disastrous results. Never give your pets alcoholic beverages, chocolate, or people food of any kind. Believe it or not, most pets would prefer more attention instead of food and toys!

Your cat or dog doesn’t understand how dangerous the holidays really are for them, so as a responsible pet parent, you need to take control. With tasty morsels everywhere they look, even the best-behaved pet may be tempted to steal food from the kitchen counter or rummage through the garbage. So keep food pushed toward the back of counters. Incredibly, dogs have been known to pull whole turkeys off of ovens and tables!

Traffic troubles

Don’t just expect that your pets, which may not be used to increased traffic in the house, will take this added stress in stride. Take precautions to take the edge off your pets by creating a safe haven to which they can retreat. Provide a quiet room where your cat or dog can escape the holiday activities and guests. Make sure to include their food, water, and favorite scratching post or bed.

Dogs and cats are creatures of habit, so don’t deviate from exercise or feeding schedules. Also, be on the alert when guests arrive. Make sure all visitors know not to let pets escape out the door. It’s also a great time to make sure that all pets have collars with current ID tags and information.
Be sure to caution all guests, both kids and adults, not to give your pets anything except their normal food and treats. Non-pet owners are often unaware of the dangers of offering food from their plate to your begging pets.



Photo Credit: ASPCA]]>
<![CDATA[Pet of the Week: Mimi]]>Wed, 22 Nov 2017 14:10:21 -0700https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/193*120/11-23-201-cts-mimi.jpg

Mimi is the pet of the week for Thursday Nov. 23, 2017.

ID: A1742332

Mimi is a 1-year-old female Chihuahua who came in as a stray. She's very sweet, likes to be held and gets along well with her kennel mates. Now, all she needs is a loving home. 

West Valley Center
20655 Plummer Street
Chatsworth, CA 91311
(818) 756-9325 (center)



Photo Credit: KNBC-TV]]>
<![CDATA[Black Furr-iday: Pet Adoptions $10 at 2 SoCal Shelters]]>Tue, 21 Nov 2017 14:46:12 -0700https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/cute-cat-adoption-blackfriday.jpg

Adopt, don't shop -- literally -- this Black Friday.

The Best Friends Animal Society has a Black Friday deal for the first 100 adopters. You can take a loving kitty or doggy home for only $10.

The Holiday 100 adoption promotion is running Black Friday, Nov. 24 starting at 6 a.m. through Nov. 26 at two SoCal locations.

Locations:

  • 15321 Brand Boulevard, Mission Hills, CA 91345. Phone: 818.643.3989
  • 1845 Pontius Ave., West LA, CA 90025. Phone: 424.208.8840

Hours:

  • Friday: 6 a.m. to 9 p.m.
  • Saturday and Sunday: 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.

View adoptable doggies here.

View adoptable kitties here.

A few things to note:

When you find the pet of your holiday dreams, check the website to make sure your furry friend is at the Mission Hills center or the West LA center.

The adoption special applies to all pets at the Mission Hills location and the adoption special applies to select pets at the West LA location.



Photo Credit: Best Friends Animal Society
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<![CDATA[Pet of the Week: Scooter]]>Thu, 16 Nov 2017 07:59:01 -0700https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/193*120/11-16-2017-scooter-dog-1.jpg

Scooter is the pet of the week for Thursday Nov. 16, 2017.

 ID: A1740809

Scooter is a 5-year-old terrier mix who came to the shelter as a stray. He gets along well with his kennel mates, likes to go for walks and, although he might seem shy at first, Scooter warms up soon. This sweet little dog would bring a lot of love to a caring home. 

West Valley Center
20655 Plummer Street
Chatsworth, CA 91311
(818) 756-9325 (center)



Photo Credit: KNBC-TV]]>
<![CDATA[Pet of the Week: Mabel]]>Thu, 02 Nov 2017 11:05:58 -0700https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/183*120/11-02-2017-mabel.jpg

Mabel is the pet of the week for Thursday Nov. 2, 2017.

ID: A1725468 

Mabel is a 1-year-old spayed kitty. the petite and sweet girl was turned in by the owner. She doesn't mind being held and is a quiet kitty who just needs a loving forever home.

West Valley Center
20655 Plummer Street
Chatsworth, CA 91311
(818) 756-9325 (center)



Photo Credit: KNBC-TV]]>
<![CDATA[Real-Life Dodger Dogs Support the Boys in Blue]]>Wed, 01 Nov 2017 12:28:33 -0700https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/dodger+dog+gallery+thumbnail.jpgThe Los Angeles Dodgers are in the World Series and their four-legged fans have joined in on the fun.

Photo Credit: Jean Rowley]]>
<![CDATA[Puppy Portraits Help Shelter Pets Find New Homes]]>Mon, 16 Oct 2017 18:23:48 -0700https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/lulu3+imp1.JPG]]><![CDATA[Glamour Shots Help Rescue Pugs Get Adopted]]>Fri, 13 Oct 2017 16:07:30 -0700https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/pugs1-tn.jpgShelter dogs are already pretty cute, but sometimes it takes some special effort to make that cuteness really shine through. Los Angeles photographer Casey Christopher put her skills to work to help these pugs from Pug Nation Rescue of LA put their best snub-nosed faces forward. All it took was a pretty pink background and a bit of whipped cream to get these pooches ready for their close-ups.

Photo Credit: Casey Christopher]]>
<![CDATA[Pet of the Week: Tracy]]>Thu, 05 Oct 2017 11:59:47 -0700https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/207*120/10-05-2017-dog-shelter-5.jpg

Tracy is the pet of the week for Thursday Oct. 5, 2017.

ID: A1715150

Tracy is a 2-year-old spayed Chihuahua/dachshund mix. She was turned in by the owner because of rules at her owner's residence. She's a very sweet dog who loves to go for walks and walks well on the leash. She gets along well with her other small kennel mates. She's very friendly with people and just needs a forever home.

West Valley Center
20655 Plummer Street
Chatsworth, CA 91311
(818) 756-9325 (center)



Photo Credit: KNBC-TV]]>
<![CDATA[Pet of the Week: Peewee]]>Thu, 28 Sep 2017 14:58:27 -0700https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/217*120/09-28-2017-peewee.jpg

Peewee is the pet of the week for Thursday Sept. 28, 2017.

ID: A1726386

He's a 7-year-old neutered Chihuahua mix who was turned in by the owner. He's a great dog who gets along well with other small dogs and seems to love people.

Peewee walks well on a leash and craves attention. He just needs to find someone to share all the love he has to give.

West Valley Center
20655 Plummer Street
Chatsworth, CA 91311
(818) 756-9325 (center)



Photo Credit: KNBC-TV]]>
<![CDATA[Trained in CA, These Search Dogs Teams Are Ready for Duty]]>Thu, 21 Sep 2017 06:39:36 -0700https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/229*120/08-25-2017-dogs-rescue-1.jpgWhen disaster strikes, these dedicated hard-working dogs and their handlers are ready. Based in Santa Paula, California, the National Disaster Search Dog Foundation recruits rescued dogs, provides training programs and partners them with firefighters and other emergency response team members. See the teams that have been deployed this summer to the Texas Gulf Coast, South Florida and Mexico City.

Photo Credit: National Disaster Search Dog Foudnation]]>
<![CDATA[Pet of the Week: Baloo]]>Thu, 21 Sep 2017 06:13:29 -0700https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/198*120/09-21-2017-potw-dog-pet-1.jpg

Baloo is the pet of the week for Thursday Sept. 21, 2017.

ID: A1727846

Baloo is a 1 1/2-year-old neutered poodle mix. He needs a loving home with someone who can give him lots of attention. He's a big love and might be a little shy at first, but he warms up quickly. 

West Valley Center
20655 Plummer Street
Chatsworth, CA 91311
(818) 756-9325 (center)



Photo Credit: KNBC-TV]]>
<![CDATA[Pet of the Week: Brody]]>Thu, 14 Sep 2017 09:44:57 -0700https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/176*120/09-14-2017-brody.jpg

Brody is the pet of the week for Thursday Sept. 14, 2017.

ID: A1612222

Brody is a 3-year-old neutered terrier-Chihuahua mix. Sadly, no one claimed him after he arrived at the shelter, so Brody is looking for a new home. He is full of energy and gets along with other small dogs.  If you have an active lifestyle and want a high energy dog, then Brody is the one for you.

West Valley Center
20655 Plummer Street
Chatsworth, CA 91311
(818) 756-9325 (center)



Photo Credit: KNBC-TV]]>
<![CDATA[Pet of the Week: Lambchop]]>Thu, 07 Sep 2017 06:56:42 -0700https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/214*120/09-07-2017-lambchop-cts-shelter-pet-1.jpg

Lambchop is the pet of the week for Thursday Sept. 7, 2017.

ID: A1726187

She is a energetic 5-year-old Chihuahua who came to the shelter as a stray. She gets along well with other dogs and loves to be held.

West Valley Center

20655 Plummer Street
Chatsworth, CA 91311
(818) 756-9325 (center)



Photo Credit: KNBC-TV]]>
<![CDATA[Pet of the Week: Oscar]]>Thu, 31 Aug 2017 09:55:51 -0700https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/212*120/08-31-2017-oscar-cts.jpg

Oscar is the pet of the week for Thursday Aug. 31, 2017.

ID: A1724825

Oscar is a 2-year-old male Chihuahua who came to the shelter as a stray. This sweet dog gets along well with his kennelmate. He likes to cuddle and be held. Oscar just needs a loving safe environment with someone to love him forever.

West Valley Center
20655 Plummer Street
Chatsworth, CA 91311
(818) 756-9325 (center)



Photo Credit: KNBC-TV]]>
<![CDATA[National Dog Day: A Look Back at 12 Heartwarming Stories]]>Sat, 26 Aug 2017 08:59:28 -0700https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/peggy+CTS.jpgIn honor of National Dog Day, we rounded up a dozen of our most inspiring and heartwarming dog stories so far this year.

Photo Credit: NBC 5 News]]>
<![CDATA[Pet of the Week: Scully]]>Thu, 24 Aug 2017 11:02:41 -0700https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/197*120/08-24-2017-scully-cat-potw.JPG

Scully is the pet of the week for Thursday Aug. 24, 2017.

ID: A1716289 

Scully is a 3-month-old domestic short-hair kitten who came to the shelter as a stray about one month ago. She is a sweet little cat who purrs when she's held. If you're looking for a chill cat, Scully might be the companion for you.

West Valley Center
20655 Plummer Street
Chatsworth, CA 91311
(818) 756-9325 (center)



Photo Credit: KNBC-TV]]>
<![CDATA[After Biting NBC4 Microphone, Tux the Dog Finds Forever Home]]>Sat, 19 Aug 2017 14:44:43 -0700https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/222*120/8-19-17-Tux-Heads-Home.jpg

Tux the dog, who stole our hearts after his Friday morning appearance on "Today in LA," has found a forever home.

The large black dog first captured our attention when NBC Los Angeles reporter Jonathan Gonzalez asked him for a sound byte early Friday morning. Tux responded with a bite of his own, and snagged the wind screen off Gonzalez's microphone. 

On Saturday, Tux was recognized as "the dog that bit the microphone" and cheered after he walked out of the Pasadena Humane Society sporting a red bandana on a leash held by his new owner.

"I saw him on the website, and I thought, I loved how he looked because he's black and his chest is super cute," his new owner said. "And then I saw him on the Instagram of the Pasadena Humane Society, and then I saw how he bit off the microphone, I thought it was the cutest thing ever."

She said she thinks she'll keep his name, but will have to think about it.

"I'm happy that I'm taking him home," she said.

Tux is one of more than 50,000 pets adopted from more than 900 shelters across the nation in the NBC- and Telemundo-owned television stations' third-annual Clear the Shelters drive, which wraps up Saturday.




Photo Credit: KNBC-TV
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<![CDATA[Adopted: Squirt the Charming Little Chihuahua]]>Sat, 19 Aug 2017 12:36:48 -0700https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/Web_Squirt_Dog_Adoption_1200x675_1028255811542.jpg

If they come any cuter that Squirt, we don't want to know about it. The little Chihuahua captured our hearts from the moment we saw him at the OC Animal Care shelter, and he's going to a loving home with Elizabeth Vroom of Anaheim. ]]>
<![CDATA[Clear the Shelters: The Dogs of OC Animal Care]]>Sat, 19 Aug 2017 10:37:23 -0700https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/Social_CTS_OC_Animal_Shelter_1_1200x675_1028243011895.jpg

Love comes in all shapes, sizes and colors at the OC Animal Care shelter. Take a look at some of the shelter's dogs who are just waiting for the right person to walk through the door. Video from our Clear the Shelters event on Saturday Aug. 19, 2017.]]>
<![CDATA[Clear the Shelters: Fred, Daniella Visit East Valley Shelter]]>Sat, 19 Aug 2017 08:24:03 -0700https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/Its_Time_to_Clear_the_Shelters.jpg

If you've been thinking about adopting a pet, today is a great day to find your new best friend at a great cost with Clear the Shelters. Daniella Guzman and Fred Roggin report live for Today in LA on Saturday, Aug. 19, 2017.]]>
<![CDATA[Things to Know Before Adopting at Long Beach Animal Shelter]]>Fri, 18 Aug 2017 18:54:19 -0700https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/Clear_the_Shelters_How_to_Prepare_Long_Beach.jpg

Here's what you need to know before you come to the Long Beach Animal Shelter to adopt a pet. Angie Crouch reports for the NBC4 News on Friday, Aug, 18, 2017.]]>
<![CDATA['Lucky' Dog Rescued From Raging LA River Finds Forever Home]]>Fri, 18 Aug 2017 16:11:43 -0700https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/river-dog0818.jpg

Two years after he was saved from the raging Los Angeles River on one stormy January day, the pup -- appropriately named "Lucky" -- was adopted days after the dramatic aerial rescue and has settled into his new forever home.

On Jan. 31, 2015, Rachel Dalby stopped her car to take a look at the unusual amount of water and debris gushing along the LA River.

"There was a rhythm to the movement of one of the objects in the water that caught my attention," Dalby said.

It was a dog, and it was obvious he was drowning.

"He was struggling to stay afloat and his eyes were darting in all directions and he was petrified," Dalby recalled. "It was obvious he was in fear for his life."

She called 911 immediately.

"Within seconds we had another call from another person," said LA Fire spokesman Erik Scott. "Sure enough -- we have a dog and they are barely able to keep their head above water."

An LA Fire Search and Rescue team responded. They lowered paramedic John Terrusa close enough to pluck the frightened dog out of the water.

"In those moments when I saw Lucky straining for his life in the LA River, I just knew he was going to be my dog," Dalby said.

Within days, she adopted him. Lucky was her first dog.

And now two years later, the 11-year-old Welsh corgi is living the good life -- because Dalby cared enough to stop and call for help, and the Los Angeles Fire Department was there to answer.

"I was blown away that our city would step foward in that way and respond so quickly and really risk their lives in an effort to save Lucky's," Dalby said.

"It wasn't just a dog to me. He is my best friend and he's made my house a home. I have a family now with him and I couldn't imagine my life without him."

Every year, 7.6 million animals end up in shelters nationwide — and only 2.7 million are adopted, according to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.

Join NBC4, Telemundo 52 and the more than 60 shelters and animal rescue organizations participating this year. For more information, visit http://nbcla.com/cleartheshelters.

More than 53,000 pets were adopted through the 2016 Clear the Shelters campaign, a nationwide push to place deserving animals in forever homes. Join the conversation on social media using #ClearTheShelters.



Photo Credit: KNBC-TV]]>
<![CDATA[Clear the Shelters: Preview at the Pasadena Humane Society]]>Fri, 18 Aug 2017 07:20:37 -0700https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/Clear_the_Shelters_at_Pasadena_Humane_Society.jpg

Take a look at how the Pasadena Humane Society is getting ready for this weekend's big adoption event. Jonathan Gonzalez reports for Today in LA on Friday Aug. 18, 2017.]]>
<![CDATA[Watch: A Sound Bite From Tux the Dog]]>Fri, 18 Aug 2017 13:27:59 -0700https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/Sound_Bite_From_Tux_the_Dog.jpg

This wasn't what NBC4's Jonathan Gonzalez expected when he tried to get a sound byte out of Tux the dog at the Pasadena Humane Society. Friendly Tux is one of the animals looking for a loving home at the shelter, and you can see him Saturday during our Clear the Shelters adoption event. Video broadcast Friday Aug. 18, 2017 on Today in LA.]]>
<![CDATA[Photos: Best Friends Meet at Clear the Shelters]]>Sat, 19 Aug 2017 17:27:53 -0700https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/Web_Squirt_Dog_Adoption_1200x675_1028255811542.jpgNBC4 Southern California and Telemundo52 Los Angeles are teaming up with more than 60 local animal shelters and rescue organizations to help get pets adopted into loving homes.]]><![CDATA[Pet of the Week: Mulder]]>Thu, 17 Aug 2017 10:17:31 -0700https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/211*120/08-17-2017-mulder-cts-2.jpg

Mulder is the pet of the week for Thursday Aug. 17, 2017.

ID: A1715406

Mulder is a 3 1/2 month old neutered male kitten. This cute and playful kitten purrs the moment you pick him up. He's so gentle that he would be a great addition to any family.

Many cats are available for adoption at any one of six LA city shelters

West Valley Center
20655 Plummer Street
Chatsworth, CA 91311
(818) 756-9325 (center)



Photo Credit: KNBC-TV]]>
<![CDATA[Clear the Shelters Event to Be Held Saturday]]>Wed, 16 Aug 2017 17:37:33 -0700https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/Clear_the_Shelters_Event_to_be_Held_Saturday.jpg

NBC4 and sister station Telemundo52 are teaming up to clear the shelters this Saturday. Tony Shin reports for the NBC4 News on Wednesday, Aug. 16, 2017.]]>
<![CDATA[Watch: Live From the Inland Valley Humane Society]]>Sat, 19 Aug 2017 11:06:51 -0700https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/180*120/ClearShelters-01779%5B1%5D.jpg

NBC4 Southern California and Telemundo 52 Los Angeles have teamed up again for the Clear the Shelters adoption drive.

We're live this morning form the Inland Valley Humane Society.

Watch live video from participating shelters above when available

More than 60 local shelters and rescue organizations are part of the effort, reducing adoption fees to $20 on August 19. You'll find our shelters map here.

Clear the Shelters raises awareness about the benefits of pet adoption and aims to reduce the animal overpopulation at local shelters. During the month-long campaign, the stations will cover news stories to spotlight the issue, including the importance of spaying/neutering, the benefits of micro-chipping, and helping families find the right pet for their homes.

The campaign culminates on Saturday when the stations broadcast live on NBC4's Today in LA at 7 a.m. at shelters throughout the Southland and continue coverage all day. Newscasters will be present at several shelters to celebrate with families and their new pets. The evening newscasts will recap the day with success stories and highlights. Additionally, local sponsor VCA Animal Hospitals will be at the shelters to provide each person adopting a free first exam and Healthy Start Certificate at VCA Animal Hospitals.

The broader community is encouraged to begin posting photos of their pets on all social media platforms and share why they love them using #LoveMyPet and #ClearTheShelters.

For updates and a map of participating shelters, visit nbcla.com/cleartheshelters.  For shelters throughout the country, visit www.cleartheshelters.com



Photo Credit: Mike Danenberg]]>
<![CDATA[NBC4 Clear the Shelters Pre-Event: Adopt a Pet Today]]>Mon, 04 Jun 2018 16:08:52 -0700https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/177*120/Clear+the+Shelters+1_Group.jpg

NBC4 is hosting a pre-event the weekend before our main Clear the Shelters event on August 19, 2017. Join us to meet NBC4 and Telemundo 52 reporters, and adopt a pet from a local shelter looking for a reduce adoption fee of $20.

  • The Grove: Saturday, August 12, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 189 The Grove Dr, Los Angeles, CA 90036.  Cats and dogs from L.A. Animal Services will be available.
  • Citadel Outlets: Sunday, August 13, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 100 Citadel Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90040 (Store #125, near Old Navy).  Cats and dogs from L.A. County Animal Care will be available.

NBC4 and Telemundo 52’s Clear the Shelters aims to raise awareness about the benefits of pet adoption and reduce the animal overpopulation at local shelters. To learn more about Clear the Shelters and find a participating shelter, visit nbcla.com/cleartheshelters.

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<![CDATA[Pet of the Week: Kiki]]>Thu, 10 Aug 2017 09:15:35 -0700https://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/203*120/08-10-2017-KIKI-pet-week-clear-shelters-2.jpg

Kiki is the pet of the week for Thursday Aug. 10, 2017.

ID: A1719259

This sweet 2 1/2-year-old spayed female Chihuahua puppy. This sweet little dog likes to play with toys. She came in as a stray and also has a brother -- they have a great bond. 

West Valley Center
20655 Plummer Street
Chatsworth, CA 91311
(818) 756-9325 (center)



Photo Credit: KNBC-TV]]>