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L.A. Animal Shelters Succeed in “No-Kill” December

I can’t help but hear Barry Manilow’s “Looks Like We Made It” in my head right now.
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Happy DogThere is less than half a day left to December 2012, and it looks like the city of Los Angeles has achieved its goal of December being a “no-kill” month. It will make this the first time ever that the Los Angeles animal shelter system – consisting of six animal shelters – did not euthanize any healthy or treatable animals in an entire month. This is quite an achievement considering that the Department of Animal Services shelters take in thousands of dogs and cats every month.

It was also not easy or quick in the making. It has been over 10 years since animal activists targeted Los Angeles for the excessive number of animals that were euthanized every year. At the time, former L.A. Mayor James Hahn vowed that within five years Los Angeles would stop killing unwanted pets. It took twice that amount of time, but it is still a huge accomplishment.

Big kudos go to:

  • Antonio Villaraigosa, Mayor of Los Angeles
  • Best Friends Animal Society
  • Brenda Barnette, General Manager of Los Angeles Animal Services
  • All the people who rescued/adopted pets from the city shelters

Way to go Los Angeles!!! Now we just need to do this every month…

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3 Responses to L.A. Animal Shelters Succeed in “No-Kill” December

  1. Laurie February 12, 2013 at 9:29 AM #

    Please inform the readers, where this was a nice thought – most of the animals that were not adopted were then killed in January

  2. LAdogs February 12, 2013 at 6:18 PM #


    It would be helpful if you could post a link to a source for your statement. Thanks.


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