In response to the ongoing problem of overcrowding and general animal welfare in shelters across the city of Los Angeles, Wallis Annenberg PetSpace will partner with Los Angeles Animal Services to initiate a two-pronged approach to help ensure that more than 1,000 dogs currently in city shelters are getting richer. and exercise every day, and that the animals find a home more quickly.
First, starting September 1, PetSpace will fund two new canine enrichment coordinator positions within LA Animal Services. Second, also in September, PetSpace will launch a six-month program of conducting weekly neuter/neuter surgeries at their Playa Vista facility for LA Animal Services pets. LA Animal Services animals must be neutered before they can be adopted.
“I’ve been an animal lover all my life. I’ve believed in the power of the human-animal bond all my life. And I believe very deeply that the way we care for animals is a test of our own ability to love, empathy and decency,” said Wallis Annenberg, president, president and CEO of the Annenberg Foundation and founder of PetSpace. the city, and I want to be part of the solution, long term. We have so much to learn from the animal world – so much to gain from the animals in our lives. In return, we have to be good stewards and take care of them from best we can.”
“We believe that creating these Canine Enrichment Coordinator positions and increasing the volume of spay/neuter surgeries for Los Angeles Animal Services will create immediate and lasting change for animals in Los Angeles shelters and help support the efforts of staff and volunteers dedicated to their care. said Gabrielle Amster, director of Wallis Annenberg PetSpace. “This support is only part of what is needed to move the needle, so we applaud other agencies for joining the collaborative effort to support homeless pets in the Los Angeles community. .”
PetSpace’s support will enable LA Animal Services to engage Dogs Playing for Life, one of the nation’s most respected and progressive canine behavior programs, with a mission to improve the quality of life for shelter dogs so to save lives. DPFL has proven measures of the vital benefits of “playgroups” for kennel animals and methods of training staff and volunteers to establish and conduct these continuous enrichment activities.
For more information about LA Animal Services, visit laanimalservices.com. For more information about PetSpace, visit annenbergpetspace.org. PetSpace is located at 12005 Bluff Creek Dr., Playa Vista.