LA Animal Services’ Boredom Busters Program Continues to Help Enrich the Lives of Animals in our Care.

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LA Animal Services’ Boredom Busters Program Continues to Help Enrich the Lives of
Animals in our Care.

The Boredom Busters program has seen successful results in LA Animal Services Centers, and continues to provide enriching activities for companion animals in our centers.

Los Angeles, November 13, 2019 – Last week the Boredom Busters Program launched in our West LA Animal Services Center, which makes it the latest center to implement the series of enrichment activities for companion animals within LA Animal Services. The program is designed to reduce stress and improve the well-being of these adoptable pets, by providing physical and mental stimulation, encouraging species-typical behaviors, and enabling animals to better engage with their surroundings.

The “Pilot Program” launched during the latter half of 2018, thanks to a grant from Maddie’s Fund® which was obtained from LA Animal Services volunteer India Griffin. The pilot program ran for four months and featured enriching activities such as Feeling a Little Bubbly (blowing bubbles for dogs to pop), Storytime (reading to dogs in their kennel) and Pupsicles and Melt-away Glaciers (creating frozen treats for dogs that can be layered with different types of yummy goodies), to name a few.

Since it’s inception the Boredom Busters Program has been a popular initiative with staff, volunteers, and the companion animals in our care.

To donate supplies to our Boredom Busters Program, please view our Amazon Wish List.

To learn more about Maddie’s Fund®, please visit

Los Angeles Department of Animal Services is one of the largest municipal shelter systems in the United States with six services centers serving approximately 60,000 animals annually and responding to 20,000 emergency calls involving an animal or person in danger. LA Animal Services promotes and protects the health, safety and welfare of animals and people.

Maddie’s Fund® is a family foundation created in 1994 by Workday® co-founder Dave Duffield and his wife, Cheryl, who have endowed the Foundation with more than $300 million. Since then, the Foundation has awarded more than $225.7 million in grants toward increased community lifesaving, shelter management leadership, shelter medicine education and foster care across the U.S. The Duffields named Maddie’s Fund after their Miniature Schnauzer Maddie, who always made them laugh and gave them much joy. Maddie was with Dave and Cheryl for ten years and continues to inspire them today.

Maddie’s Fund is the fulfillment of a promise to an inspirational dog, investing its resources to create a no-kill nation where every dog and cat is guaranteed a healthy home or habitat. #ThanksToMaddie.


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