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Long Beach Care Services works hand-in-hand with the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals of Los Angeles (SPCA-LA) to help all the companion animals and homeless pets in Long Beach. Since 2001, these two agencies have joined efforts to shelter and improve the city’s adoption rate.
With a new vision on animal care, a new facility, and an efficient shelter system, Long Beach Animal Care Services' Animal Village has an interactive display so you can go and watch beautiful baby canines chasing their own tails, cat colonies inhabited by curious hunters, and a multipurpose education center that can teach not only pups, but also you a couple of new tricks.
While some of the animals sheltered by Long Beach Animal Care Services stay there and some are sheltered in the SPCA-LA, all of them can be adopted through SPCA-LA facilities. This gives more flexibility for Long Beach Animal Care Services to take in new animals, thus providing a safe haven for lost or ill pets to recover without stress and increasing adoptability for animals in ready to go to a new furever home.
There are four locations from which you can adopt:
The adoption process at Long Beach Animal Care Services is very easy:
Adoption applications for Long Beach Animal Care Services can be found on their website:
If there are several parties interested in the same pet, SPCA-LA will put their names into a “lottery” and draw the name of the lucky new adopter.
Adoption fees at Long Beach Animal Care Services are as follows:
PetLists Note: Be aware of the issues adopting a pair of bonded puppies commonly known as Littermate Syndrome.
Your adoption fee covers spaying/neutering, age-appropriate vaccinations, deworming, microchipping and registration, flea and external parasite treatment, temperament assessment, behavior profile, veterinarian examination, grooming, a six weeks free trial with Petsecure pet insurance, a food sample, and a certificate for a free health examination in participating veterinary clinics and select locations.
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, here's 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.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, finding good dog trainers can be hard. Like everything else, dog training is moving only. but there are great online dog trainers that are proven to work and can help get your new pup on the right path.
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.