Mysterious Anonymous Benefactor Pays for 300 Los Angeles Animal Services Pet Adoptions

Wow.

A press release just came across my desk notifying me that “A benefactor, wishing to remain anonymous, pledged to pay all adoption fees for 300 pets adopted between now and Christmas at any LA Animal Services Center.”

The anonymous donor stated, “I hope this offer will help empty the kennels and cages and gives these pets a real home for Christmas.”

The donor also had one request of those adopting a pet; that they write a letter to LA Animal Services explaining how adopting the pet changed their lives. I think that’s a small price to pay–and another gift, if you think about how meaningful it can often be to write letters enumerating the things for which you are grateful–for saving the life of an animal who will enrich your own life for years to come.

Full info & adoption locations from the Department of Animal Services is behind the jump. At a time when the government of the state is considering cutting costs in animal services, this is a priceless gift.

City of Los Angeles
Department of Animal Services
221 N. Figueroa Street, Suite 500, Los Angeles, California 90012
www.LAAnimalServices.com
CONTACT: 213.792.4800 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
December 22, 2008

LA Animal Services Announces Home for the Holidays Adoption Campaign!
Silent Santa to pay all Fees for 300 Pet Adoptions!

Los Angeles – YES, VIRGINIA, THERE IS A SANTA “PAWS”. A benefactor,
wishing to remain anonymous, pledged to pay all adoption fees for 300
pets adopted between now and Christmas at any LA Animal Services
Center. Santa stated, “I hope this offer will help empty the kennels
and cages and gives these pets a real home for Christmas.” Santa had
one request of those adopting a pet; that they write a letter to LA
Animal Services explaining how adopting the pet changed their lives.
“We are awed by this compassionate and generous gift that will bring
so much joy to so many families”, said Ed Boks, general manager of LA
Animal Services. “We are immensely grateful to our Silent Santa for
exemplifying the true spirit of the season by giving so deeply to help
those who need it the most – our homeless pets. Happiness is an empty
animal shelter on Christmas morning.”

The offer could not have come at a more perfect time. LA Animal
Services has experienced a 20% increase in the number of owners
surrendering their pets due to the foreclosure crisis. Santa has
reversed the fortune of these newly homeless animals.

In light of this amazing offer, both the East and West Valley Animal
Care Centers will be open today, Monday, December 22, from noon to 5
P.M. (All Centers are normally closed on Monday.) All six LA Animal
Care Centers will be open from 8 A.M. to 7 P.M. Tuesday and from 8
A.M. to 5 P.M. Wednesday, Christmas Eve.

“We urge all those who hear about this exceedingly generous offer to
paws to seriously contemplate the long term commitment needed to adopt
a pet,” Boks added. “Decisions should not be made lightly and LA
Animal Services reserves the right to refuse an adoption when we
believe the welfare of the animal is not improved by the adoption.
This offer is for individuals and families ready to make a 10-15 year
financial and emotional commitment to a pet.”

Pet adoptions include the spay/neuter surgery, microchip, vaccinations
and in the case of a dog a license. You can find your true love at any
one of the following locations:

North Central
3201 Lacy Street Los Angeles, CA 90031

West LA
11361 West Pico Blvd.,
Los Angeles, CA 90025

Harbor
957 N. Gaffey Street San Pedro, CA 90731

South LA
3612 11th Avenue Los Angeles, CA 90018

East Valley
14409 VanOwen St. Van Nuys, CA 91405

West Valley
20655 Plummer Street
Chatsworth, CA 91311

For more information or assistance call LA Animal Services at
1-888-452LA-PET1/1-888-452-7381
(TTY Hearing impaired: 877-875-8205) or visit the website at
www.LAAnimalServices.com. We create happiness by bringing pets and
people together!

2 Replies to “Mysterious Anonymous Benefactor Pays for 300 Los Angeles Animal Services Pet Adoptions”

  1. Aw, that is so great, but Boks is right: people have to be ready and forward-thinking when looking to adopt a pet. As soon as I have a big enough yard and can afford it, I’m totally going to find a pup to adopt.

  2. Great post. Yesterday morning my husband and I decided to visit our local shelter. We had each read an article in the morning paper about the dire situation, abandoned animals due to foreclosures and economic hardships. We saw so many dogs it was shocking.Then, we saw her- a beautiful ( well she will be) Welsh Terrier. She is 9 months old, with matted hair and a terrific spirit. She will become my 4th “child” on Monday. The shelter won’t let us take her home until she gets spayed.

    From what we know, she was dropped at the shelter with a note that said the owners were moving and couldn’t keep her. She’ll join our family:two tweenage boys,and an 8 year old Westie. She will have to sleep on our bed, and live in our home, nap on the couches, and eat whenever she wants to. Oh, and she will have to put up with me all day as I am a housewife. I sure do hope that doesn’t bother her too much.

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