LA Animal Services: How YOU can Help! Foster. Adopt. Donate.

LA Animal Services Media Contacts:
Agnes Sibal-von Debschitz, (213) 482-9512 or
Justin Khosrowabadi, (213) 482-9551 or

LA Animal Services: How YOU can Help!
Foster. Adopt. Donate.

Los Angeles, March 18, 2020 – As LA Animal Services continues to operate in alignment with the City of Los Angeles’ response to help minimize the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19), we need YOUR help to ensure that the well-being of the animals in our care.

According to the World Health Organization, there has been no evidence that indicates that pets become ill with COVID-19 or that they spread it to other animals, including people. If you are considering surrendering your pet, we ask that you exhaust all options before starting the surrender process. If you still absolutely need to surrender your pet after reviewing all of your options, we may be able to help. Please do not bring a pet to one of our Animal Services Centers if you have not made an appointment.

Our Animals NEED Foster Volunteers and Adopters

Although we are closed to the public due to COVID-19, we are still getting animals in as our Officers find lost and injured animals in the community. We need to make space for these orphaned and abandoned animals in our Animal Services Centers.

We are under a City directive not to have more than 10 people assembled in our Centers, including staff. That is why we had to suspend volunteering at this time so we need help from the community more than ever.

If you want foster, here are the steps to follow:  

  • Visit to see our animals and identify one to three animals you may want to foster, and get their Animal ID number or A# (example:A1234567)

  • Email the volunteer liaison at with your completed foster application (if you have not fostered before), a picture of your valid government-issued identification with photo (i.e., driver’s license), and the Animal ID number(s) of the pets you want to meet.
  • We will contact you once your application is reviewed to schedule an appointment.
If you want adopt, here are the steps to follow:  
  • Visit and when you see a pet you want to adopt, call 888-452-7381 with the Animal ID number or A# number (example: A1234567), and we will share all of the information we have regarding the pet with you. 
  • If you’re interested in moving forward with the adoption, LA Animal Services will take your information and schedule a pick-up appointment.
  • Due to City order in response to COVID-19, no more than 10 people, which include staff, are permitted in our facility at a time.

Please note that appointments will be scheduled after the vetting process. To comply with social distancing requirements, we will be scheduling appointments daily at our six LA Animal Services Centers from 11am to 4pm. 

Making a Donation

We are very grateful for the support we receive from the community. If you are unable to foster or adopt an animal, your donation would be greatly appreciated.

If you are interested in donating to LA Animal Services directly, please click here. You can also go online to donate a Kuranda bed and have it sent directly to one of our Animal Services Centers, or you can order pet toys that can’t get chewed up or swallowed, like Kong toys or balls, from our wish lists. For more information, please visit:

The work we are doing for the animals and people who love them is made possible by the generosity of our donors, volunteers, partners, and all animal-loving Angelenos. The animals thank you for your continued support.

Please follow us on social media via FacebookTwitter, or Instagram for updates. We are operating in a constantly changing environment and some things change on a daily basis.


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. Follow us on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram.


Comments are closed.