Los Angeles’ six city-run animal shelters are closed to the public for the rest of the month due to the coronavirus, and officials
“In alignment with the City of Los Angeles’ activation of emergency operations related to COVID-19, effective immediately, all six Los Angeles Animal Services (LAAS) Centers and the Administrative Office will be closed to the public through March 31, 2020, unless rescinded earlier or extended further,” staff announced Monday night. “Be assured that we will have staff available to feed, clean, and provide enrichment for the animals in our care. Our Animal Control Officers will respond to emergency calls such as dangerous dogs, animal cruelty, and humane calls.”
During the closure:
— Those wishing to adopt can visit LAanimalServices.com. If you find an animal that you are interested in, call 888-452-7381. Once operations resume, you will be able to come in and meet your new pet and make a final decision to adopt.
— Anyone considering surrendering pets should delay doing so, if possible. If this is not possible and you live in the City of Los Angeles or Beverly Hills, please call your nearest animal services center for information. We are unable to accept community/feral cats and kittens at this time.
— If you find a lost dog or cat that you can care for at your home, please visit this link to review Shelter at Home Guidelines (www.laanimalservices.com/found-pet/) and see how you can help.
— Licenses can be renewed online at www.laanimalservices.com/laws-policies/animal-licenses/).
— Spay/neuter vouchers continue to be available online at www.laanimalservices.com/general-information/spay-neuter/.
Los Angeles County has also closed all its animal shelters and is handling adoptions by appointment only.
The city of Burbank said Monday night that it has mandated the closure of all public buildings in an effort to slow the spread of the COVID-19 virus, meaning the Burbank Animal Shelter will be closed to the public until April 6, 2020.
“During this closure, we ask the public to please refrain from relinquishing owned pets,” the city said in a statement. “In the event you are no longer able to care for your animal, we suggest first reaching out to friends and family for alternative placement. Please also consider other pet placement resources, such as the Rehome (www.rehome.adoptapet.com) program, which allows you to place your pet from your home directly into another.”
Those who find a stray animal are asked to call the shelter to arrange for pickup. Use www.petharbor.com to report lost and/or found animals, or to view animals currently in the Burbank shelter. Pet licensing and animal services requests are available online, at www.burbankanimalshelter.org.
Wildlife information is also available on the Burbank shelter’s website. Residents who find injured or young wildlife should call the shelter to speak with staff. The Burbank Animal Shelter can be reached at 818-238-3340. For after-hours animal-related emergencies only, please call the Burbank Police Department.