No-kill shelters?

I was walking back to my apartment this evening and my neighbor and I stumbled across an abandoned puppy wandering around our parking lot. According to the security guard, the pup had apparently been walking around Main Street earlier, which probably means he was one of the dump jobs we unfortunately see around here. Our complex is right off a freeway exit, and for some reason people seem to think it’s a good idea to let their unwanted dogs out by the exit. The little guy is very cute, but obviously pretty hungry. He’s fixed, so he had a home at some point. Poor little guy. He’s obviously acclimated to humans, because my neighbor was able to pick him up and carry him with no fuss, and he nuzzled a few people’s hands when we carried him around asking if anyone had seen him before.

The leases prohibit us from keeping dogs here, so we have to take him to a shelter tomorrow. I want to take him to a no-kill shelter, but the one I was thinking of (where I adopted my cat) apparently euthanizes if the pet isn’t adopted after 5 days. This came as a shock to me, since the entire reason I even went to that shelter was because I thought they were a no-kill facility. So I’m doing some searching tonight to find one that won’t off the little guy – all he needs is a little love and some nutritious kibble – and I’m having trouble finding one that’s relatively nearby. So I look to my fellow Angelenos for assistance: where can I find a no-kill shelter to take this wee pup that’s within 20 miles of the Chinatown area?

P.S. If you’re in the market for a reeeeally cute puppy who is just dying for some love, affection, and treats, please leave a comment with your e-mail address ASAP and perhaps you can be the new owner of the wee pup!

13 Replies to “No-kill shelters?”

  1. Kathleen,

    can you send me a picture?? we post lost and found notices on our site. Also where exactly are you? We have someone who lost a black puppy–
    If it is a puppy, and cute they usually get adopted at North Central,Lacy Street shelter after the 5 day holding period.

  2. Kathleen –
    If he’s neutered, he may also be microchipped. Take him to a vet to have him scanned. He may have a family looking for him.

  3. Kathleen, we are a family of four (2 kids, 10 and 14) currently looking for a puppy. We have a fenced yard and prior dog experience. Also three patient and long-suffering cats. My phone number at work is [phone number redacted for privacy]. I’d be interested in talking to you about the pup — we’re looking for a medium-sized, stable puppy from a gentle breed (no pits, chows, etc.)

  4. I’d like to comment on the idea that you would only have adopted your cat from a no-kill shelter if only you had known.

    I think it’s a mistaken notion that adopting from a shelter that euthanizes animals is a bad thing – in fact it’s the most concrete thing you can do to reduce the number of animals euthanized. You saved your cat’s life!

    No-kill shelters can not and do not take in every animal brought in to them – most of them choose their animals from among the many that are stuck in the high-kill shelters. High-kill shelters are the ones who must accept any and all animals surrendered to them, including the sick, aggressive, and harder-to-adopt ones. They also pick up stray animals and take in neglected and abused pets. They have no control over how many animals come in.

    If you don’t like them euthanizing animals then there are a lot of ways to get involved – volunteer for the shelters or a local rescue group, find out about the no-kill movement and put political pressure on the city…but please don’t think that by adopting your cat from them, you somehow “supported high-kill shelters”. Ask you cat if he would prefer that you’d gone somewhere else and left him there to an unknown fate.

  5. I didn’t take a photo of him last night but will do so this morning. I’m going to take him to get scanned for a chip, but upon further inspection this morning he’s pretty skinny so I think he’s been on his own for a little while. Poor little guy.

    Julie, I removed your phone number so that random people don’t call you, but I have kept it and will let you know when I take him to a shelter.

  6. Anne: good point. It was an emotional reaction and I’m certainly happy that I adopted my cat and perhaps saved him from being killed. I just don’t want the wee pup to be euthanized.

  7. No, he’s not black. He’s reddish-brown and small, probably 10 or 11 lbs. I took a photo and will post it with a follow-up since I took him to a shelter and they gave him an ID# – if they don’t find his owner people can adopt him.

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