Looking for a companion for the next 10-20 years of your life is a big decision. The easiest thing you could do is just buy a dog online, but I urge you to take the time to go meet the animal you are adopting into your life. The responsibility of owning a dog goes both ways – you are also committing to them.
There are so many dogs and cats that are in shelter’s. In this post I will continue to update it with shelters in the Los Angeles Area, before we start here are a few things most shelters require:
- Proof of address
- Valid, government-issued identification.
- Copy of lease and/or landlord’s phone number
- Payment (Cash, Visa, MasterCard, Discover or American Express)
- Family members to meet new pets
- Adequate time and patience! The adoption process can take 30 minutes to 1 hour to complete an application.
This rescue not only has experience with German Shepherd’s but also focuses on rehabilitation of their animals into adoptable pets who are housebroken and trained. They have a preliminary interview and questionnaire to determine if your home environment is adequate to adopt one of their dog’s. It’s a bit chaotic on the adoption days but this is a non-profit running on a shoe string budget mainly functioning on volunteers.
When I adopted Brody, I went to the socialization classes on the weekend for a few months – most of the people in the class were volunteers there to help get these dogs adopted. I was amazed by the results that came from the classes and the diligence of the volunteers. The rescue is a little overcrowded but I think that goes to show that they are doing their best to intake dogs whereby making sure they don’t get euthanized in shelters.
I highly recommend applying to be part of their volunteer program where you can walk the dogs, or commit to one of their dog’s for socialization classes on the weekend.
Long Beach SPCA
7700 East Spring Street, Long Beach, CA
This is the nicest animal shelter I’ve ever been to! Most shelters look like dog prison’s but this one has all new facilities with a huge training and agility course in the back for weekend classes. They have a store on site, so you can purchase all the dog food and recommended items on the spot while supporting their non-profit. Inside the entrance you walk by big bay windows that show volunteers playing with the kittens and feeding them. If you follow their event page they offer low cost clinics for vaccinations.
Los Angeles County Department of Animal Care & Control
29525 Agoura Road Agoura, CA 91301
BALDWIN PARK SHELTER
4275 North Elton Baldwin Park, CA 91706
216 West Victoria Street Gardena, CA 90248
31044 North Charlie Canyon Road Castaic, CA 91384
11258 South Garfield Avenue Downey, CA 90242
5210 West Avenue I Lancaster, CA 93536
38550 Sierra Highway Palmdale, CA 93550
Orange County Area Animal Shelters & Agencies
IRVINE ANIMAL CARE CENTER
6443 Oak Canyon Street Irvine, CA
LAGUNA BEACH ANIMAL SHELTER
20612 Laguna Canyon Road Laguna Beach, CA
MISSION VIEJO ANIMAL SHELTER
28095 Hillcrest Mission Viejo, CA
NEWPORT BEACH/DOVER SHORES
2075 Newport Boulevard Costa Mesa, CA
ORANGE COUNTY ANIMAL SHELTER
561 City Drive Orange, CA
SEAL BEACH ANIMAL SHELTER
1700 Adolfo Lopez Drive Seal Beach, CA
SANTA ANA ANIMAL SHELTER
1602 North Grand Avenue Santa Ana, CA
SAN CLEMENTE/DANA POINT ANIMAL SHELTER
221 Via Fabricante San Clemente, CA