Wallis Annenberg PetSpace to Partner with Los Angeles Animal Services to Immediately Address Overcrowding and Animal Welfare in LA Shelters

LOS ANGELES, August 24, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — In response to the ongoing problem of overcrowding and overall animal welfare Los Angeles urban shelters, Wallis Annenberg PetSpace will partner with Los Angeles Animal Services (LAAS) to begin a two-pronged approach to ensure that the more than 1,000 dogs currently in city shelters receive daily enrichment and exercise, and that the animals find homes more quickly.

First, the beginning September 1, PetSpace will initially fund two new Canine Enrichment Coordinator positions within LAAS as a one-year pilot program. Second, also beginning in September, PetSpace will begin a six-month program hosting weekly spay/neuter surgeries. Playa Vista Facility for LAAS animals. (LAAS animals must be sterilized before adoption.)

“I’ve been an animal lover all my life. I’ve believed all my life in the power of the human-animal bond. And I believe very deeply that how we care for animals is a test of our love and capacity for love. empathy and decency,” he said. Wallis AnnenbergChairman, President and CEO of the Annenberg Foundation and founder of PetSpace. “We’re all heartbroken to learn about the conditions in the city’s shelters, and I want to help be part of the long-term solution. We have so much to learn from the animal world — we have so much to gain from animals. In return, we need to be good stewards and care for them as best we can.” .

“We believe that creating these Canine Enrichment Coordinator positions and increasing the volume of spay/neuter operations for Los Angeles Animal Services will make an immediate and lasting difference for animals in LA shelters and help support the efforts of the staff and volunteers who care for them,” he said. Gabrielle AmsterDirector, Wallis Annenberg PetSpace. “This support is only part of what’s needed to move the needle, so we applaud other agencies for joining efforts to support homeless pets. Los Angeles community.”

PetSpace’s support will allow you to connect to LAAS Dogs Playing for Life (DPFL), one of the nation’s most respected and progressive dog behavior programs, with a mission to improve the quality of life of shelter dogs while saving lives. DPFL has a proven track record of the life-saving benefits of “playgroups” for canine animals and methods of training staff and volunteers in creating and conducting these ongoing enrichment activities.

“As a municipal shelter, there is always more we can do for the animals in our care, so we are grateful to our partners who are involved in our mission to help pets grow while they wait for adoption,” she said. Annette RamirezGeneral Manager of Los Angeles Animal Services. “We are pleased to announce that we are working with Wallis Annenberg PetSpace to take immediate action to help address the critical issues we are currently facing.”

Canine Enrichment Coordinators will work directly and collaboratively with existing LAAS staff and volunteers at the city’s six shelter facilities to create a structured program to take each dog outside daily, maintain individual enrichment and training protocols, and maintain emotional and behavioral routines. presence of the entire shelter dog population. Funded initially for one year, the positions will be rigorously evaluated with the goal of reducing canine stress, creating viable programs, and ultimately getting more animals adopted. Los Angeles urban shelters.

“DPFL could not be more excited to partner with LAAS and PetSpace to improve the quality of life for shelter dogs and their caregivers,” she said. Aimee SadlerFounder and CEO, Dogs Playing For Life. “These positions are DPFL’s ‘Every Dog, Every Day!'” model where all dogs are given quality time outside of their kennels every day.”

Using the DPFL model, the new Canine Enrichment Coordinators will use playgroups to provide much-needed enrichment for LAAS shelter dogs, as well as assess play and behavior with other animals and people in order to reduce their length of stay and maximize their potential. adoptable and identify possible training changes to help the dogs have a better quality of life both at the shelter and in their future homes. Most importantly, playgroups reduce the stress and anxiety of shelter dogs, make them easier and safer to handle, and reduce the likelihood of behavioral euthanasia.

Spaying and neutering is also critical to animal safety and welfare Los Angeles. Since 2008, spay/neuter surgeries are required for all animals leaving LA city shelters to reduce the number of pets abandoned each year. Starting next month, PetSpace will use a state-of-the-art, on-site veterinary care team to perform weekly spay/neuter surgeries for LAAS animals. PetSpace will also continue to accept dogs and cats from LAAS facilities and make them available for adoption.

Between the spay/neuter program and the partnership with LAAS and DPFL, PetSpace hopes to help reduce overcrowding and provide vital activity and enrichment for dogs in LA shelters.

Wallis Annenberg PetSpace is a unique community space with an interactive pet adoption space, education center and leadership institute. PetSpace focuses directly on the mutually beneficial and dynamic relationship between people and their pets, as well as the origins and science of that relationship. For more information, visit annenbergpetspace.org.

Los Angeles Pet Services promotes and protects the health, safety and welfare of animals and the people who love them and is one of the largest municipal shelter systems. United States. With six centers across the city, LA Animal Services serves approximately 60,000 animals each year and responds to 20,000 emergency calls involving endangered animals or people. LA Animal Services is part of the Humane Animal Support Services (HASS) international coalition, which joins 38 municipal shelters and animal welfare organizations across the country to reimagine and transform the way shelters care for animals and their families. families together; quickly rehome lost pets without entering the shelter system; providing food and medical assistance; and continuing to build on a strong adoption and foster care program so that pets find their forever homes or are placed in foster care. For more information, visit laanimalservices.com.

Established in 2015, Dogs Playing for Life redefines the meaning and importance of quality of life for all shelter dogs by improving their experience through playgroups and individual training, resulting in urgent and responsible lifesaving. Since its inception, DPFL has introduced playgroups at 329 shelters and realized an average 6% increase in rescues for dogs and a 38% decrease in length of stay. Shelters often describe DPFL programming as a “game changer,” “transformational,” and “the most important thing to happen to shelter dogs.” For more information, visit www.dogsplayingforlife.org.

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