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West Valley Animal Shelter in Chatsworth, California is part of the Los Angeles Animal Animal Services department. Their mission is to become a no-kill shelter, meaning they must achieve a 90% save-rate. This requires they save all dogs, cats, and critters that can be adopted, reunited with their owners, or sent to one of their rescue partners. This save-rate is the national benchmark and is measured using their simple, yet effective "noses-in, noses-out" approach.
Experts in handling cases of animal cruelty, West Valley Animal Shelter is one of 6 facilities operated by LAAS:
With close to 57,000 animals having received care in one of the six LA Animal Services Centers, they're committed to tackling the state's animal overpopulation problem. The shelter strives to create awareness of responsible animal ownership while delivering much needed spay and neuter services and education to residents.
West Valley Animal Shelter aims to help as many of their pets find adoring homes as possible, and they have a simple process that allows for same-day adoptions. To adopt a beautiful cat, dog, or rabbit you must follow a simple process:
If more than one person or family wants to adopt a specific pet, the shelter will hold a blind auction with the highest bidder taking the lucky guy or girl home.
Adoption fees at West Valley Animal Shelter are as follows:
Your adoption fee covers spay/neuter surgery, vaccinations, deworming, flea and tick treatments, microchipping, and a City of LA one-year license for dogs. If you're adopting an injured or ill animal, the shelter will give you a health awareness report (Form D-300).
Vaccinations provided to pets are as follows:
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.