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This non-profit charity is funded and sustained by public donations and doesn’t provide sheltering or adoption services.
Instead, Golden State Humane Society has been providing basic veterinary care to your four-legged furry friends since 1972. They're dedicated to supporting the South Los Angeles community through their care clinics, low-cost spay/neuter and vaccinations, and educational programs. They help rescuers and new adopters looking for a place where their pets can receive basic healthcare, medical exams, and some extra belly-rubs. However, if you’re looking to adopt, they can put you on the right track to contact the best shelters in town (or check out our list at the bottom of this page).
Need some advice on what to do about Fido’s scratchy ears? Pay a visit to the clinic. There’s no need to make an appointment, since they operate under a walk-in only policy. Pick one of their facilities, either the Long Beach location or the Garden Grove location.
Because they don’t operate as an animal shelter, they're forced by law to surrender all pets abandoned in their facilities to Animal Control.
Our writing team is hard at work researching this shelter's adoption process and fees, so this page will be updated soon!
In the meantime, below you'll find some nice-to-know info that applies to nearly every animal shelter, humane society, and rescue.
Because shelter dogs are full of love!
Is it because they know you saved them and love you harder for it?
I can't say for certain, but yes.
Jokes aside, there are three things all shelter dogs need to thrive in their new home:
Older shelter dogs, generally 1+ years old, may have experienced a lot of trauma, which often results in one of 8 common behavioral issues:
These issues are correctable! Your dog isn't broken, they're just damaged. You can fix them with enough love, patience, and a good training plan.
You can learn a lot about an animal welfare organization just by looking at their name.
Adoption processes vary drastically from organization to organization, but here are some general tips that apply in most instances. Note that we'll use the term "shelters" here for simplicity but it includes all types of rescue organizations.
If you have any questions about adopting an animal (what you'll need, what to expect, etc.) feel free to contact the PetLists team!
If you're looking to adopt a new dog, our Dog Adoption Guide is a must-read. It has everything you need to know about bringing a shelter dog home:
And we're adding new guides all the time.