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
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:
3201 Lacy Street Los Angeles, CA 90031
11361 West Pico Blvd.,
Los Angeles, CA 90025
957 N. Gaffey Street San Pedro, CA 90731
3612 11th Avenue Los Angeles, CA 90018
14409 VanOwen St. Van Nuys, CA 91405
20655 Plummer Street
Chatsworth, CA 91311
For more information or assistance call LA Animal Services at
(TTY Hearing impaired: 877-875-8205) or visit the website at
www.LAAnimalServices.com. We create happiness by bringing pets and