The city of Los Angeles reached a major milestone for animals this past year. It is officially a no-kill city!
That means at least 90% of the dogs entering city shelters made it out alive without being euthanized. In 2017, the city saved 92.4 percent of the dogs taken in by city shelters, and 81.3 percent of the cats, city officials said.
“Every pet should have a home where they are loved, cared for, and valued,” Mayor Eric Garcetti said. “The city’s extraordinary partnership with the No- Kill Los Angeles Coalition has helped save the lives of hundreds of thousands of animals. Every Angeleno who loves animals can help by adopting, fostering and volunteering at their local shelters.”
This is not to be confused with zero kill, as some animals in city shelters will still be put down due to illness, behavioral issues, and lack of space. But it’s definitely a step in the right direction.
New efforts are being planned now to promote cat and kitten fostering and adoption, and awareness of spay/neuter laws. The city also intends to create new staff positions, including an assistant general manager of life-saving in the Department of Animal Services.
This is great news, but there are many animals who are very much in need of homes. Please foster/adopt/rescue from your local animal shelters.