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Keep Your Pets Safe in Hot Weather

Keep Your Pets Safe in Hot Weather

LA Animal Services reminds pet owners about heat dangers

As the temperature starts to climb in Southern California, remember when it is hot for you, it is even hotter for your four-legged friends. Dogs and cats do not sweat through their skin. They cool themselves by panting or rapid breathing, which means dogs and cats must work extra hard to stay cool.

Too much heat can be extremely dangerous or even fatal for companion animals. LA Animal Services reminds pet owners about the hazards of hot weather and how to keep your furry loved ones healthy and comfortable. Here are some pet safety tips:

Never leave your pet alone inside a vehicle
If your pet cannot go inside at every stop with you, they are safer at home on hot days. Car interiors heat very quickly, even with the windows open. If it is 90 degrees out, temperatures can top 160 degrees faster than you can walk around the block. In fact, it’s against the law to leave an animal in a vehicle if doing so endangers the health or well-being of the animal.

Give your pet extra water
Always make sure that your dog or cat has plenty of fresh water to drink. A bucket that holds a gallon or more of water will stay cool longer than water in a shallow pan. Some dogs consider ice cubes a treat, and you can add a few to the water bowl.

Care for your pet’s coat
Longer coated dogs and cats who are brushed regularly have natural insulation from the heat. However, if the coat has gotten matted, a clip will make your buddy much more comfortable. Newly clipped and lighter coated pets, especially white ones, are at higher risk for skin cancer and they are more susceptible to sunburn.

Don’t leave your pet outdoors for a long time
If your dog has to be left outdoors for awhile, make sure they have plenty of access to shade such as trees, a covered patio or cool spot under the porch. Apply a pet specific or hypoallergenic sunscreen on sensitive areas like the nose, tips of ears and belly especially if they have light or thin fur.

Avoid hot ground surfaces
While walking your dog outdoors, play particular attention to the pavement, sidewalks or sand. Check the temperature with your hand, if it’s too hot to touch then it’s too hot for your dog’s paws.

Know the signs of overheating
If your dog or cat begins very rapid, noisy breathing, has trouble swallowing and looks very distressed, they could be having a heatstroke. Get the animal out of the heat. Apply cold, wet towels to the back of the head. Place cold packs wrapped in towels or plain wet towels between the back legs and on the belly. Cool off your pet and take them to the veterinarian immediately.

Remember, companion animals want to be with you. They will be safer and cooler inside with you, where they can spend their time doing what they do best: being your best friend.

Invite to LA Animal Services Commission – April 25th @ 7:00pm

Invite to LA Animal Services Commission

Next Tuesday, April 25, the Los Angeles Board of Animal Services Commissioners will hold its meeting in Van Nuys. On behalf of Commissioners Olivia Garcia, Roger Wolfson, Alisa Finsten and myself, Larry Gross, we would like to extend an invitation to attend our meeting at 7:00 PM at the East Valley Animal Shelter, 14409 Vanowen Street, Van Nuys, CA 91405 (between Van Nuys and Hazeltine)

See English and Spanish flyer here.

We encourage community members to attend the meeting and make their concerns regarding animal issues in the City of Los Angeles known directly to officials of the Animal Services Department.

Prior to the meeting, at 6:45 pm, we will conduct a tour for the public of the East Valley Animal Shelter facility 

The public will be able to make general comments on any subject matter that the Board has jurisdiction on during the public comment period. 

The agenda will include a discussion on finalizing the Department’s 2017-2011 Strategic Plan.

The Department of Animal Services is making significant strides in ensuring the protection and safety of our animals. Euthanasia rates have dropped dramatically in the past two years. We recently were provided new enforcement tools to help ensure our laws protecting animals and the public is upheld. We have also been authorized to fill a number of new and vacant Animal Control Officer (ACO) positions. While we are making progress on many other fronts more is needed to increase adoptions and educate the public on why it is crucial to spay or neuter. We need your help and support on these issues.

In his 2017 State of the City Address, Mayor Eric Garcetti said, “Today, I am proud to announce that, in 2017, Los Angeles will become the largest ”no kill” city in the nation.” The Department is charged with making that happen. 

The agenda for this meeting will be posted today, Friday, April 21, on the Department’s website at http://www.laanimalservices.com/about-us-2/commission/.

Please join us. Attached is a bilingual (English/Spanish) leaflet announcing the Commission meeting and the meeting agenda. Help us spread the word by distributing the leaflet to neighbors, friends, Neighborhood Council members and other parties of interest.

Spanish language and sign language interpreters, assistive listening devices, or other auxiliary aids and/or services may be provided upon request. To ensure availability, you are advised to make your request prior to the meeting. For information please call (213) 482-9558.

Walk on the Wild Side with LA Animal Services

Walk on the Wild Side with LA Animal Services

Los Angeles, March 30, 2017 – LA Animal Services will begin hosting Wildlife Workshops for the community starting this April through December at the City Animal Shelters throughout Los Angeles. Wildlife staff specialists will share educational information with residents on how to handle wild animal situations they may encounter in their neighborhood and help address concerns.

Wildlife live throughout the Los Angeles area and can usually be scene year round. Normally, wildlife pose no threat to humans and keep their distance. However, if they have access to food, water and cover, these animals may continue to return to certain areas and begin to lose their fear of humans which can potentially lead to them becoming aggressive.

The LA Animal Services Wildlife Division works to aid City residents in rectifying wildlife problems in their community and some of the uneasiness they may face with these animals. The program provides on-site evaluations, education on methods of exclusion, deterrents and discouragement of wildlife forays into urban neighborhoods. Wildlife are common and an important integral part of the ecosystem and circle of life. Mindful consideration of precautions and basic knowledge of wild animal behavior will create a manageable co-habitation between the community and local wildlife.

Residents will learn all of this and more at the presentations. The workshops will be held at the shelters on the following dates:

Thursday, April 6, 2017, 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
North Central Shelter
3201 Lacy St., Los Angeles, CA 90031

Thursday, April 20, 2017, 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
West Valley Shelter

20655 Plummer St., Chatsworth, CA 91311

Thursday, May 11, 2017, 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
West LA Shelter
11361 W. Pico Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90064

Thursday, May 25, 2017, 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m..
East Valley Shelter
14409 Vanowen St., Van Nuys, CA 91405

Thursday, June 15, 2017, 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Harbor Shelter
957 N. Gaffey St., San Pedro, CA 90731

Thursday, June 22, 2017, 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
South LA, Chesterfield Square Shelter
1850 W. 60th St., Los Angeles, CA 90047

Thursday, July 13, 2017, 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
North Central Shelter
3201 Lacy St., Los Angeles, CA 90031

Thursday, July 27, 2017, 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

West LA Shelter

11361 W. Pico Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90064

Thursday, August 10, 2017, 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
West Valley Shelter
20655 Plummer St., Chatsworth, CA 91311

Thursday, August 24, 2017, 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
East Valley Shelter
14409 Vanowen St., Van Nuys, CA 91405

Thursday, September 7, 2017, 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Harbor Shelter
957 N. Gaffey St., San Pedro, CA 90731

Thursday, September 21, 2017, 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
South LA, Chesterfield Square Shelter
1850 W. 60th St., Los Angeles, CA 90047

Thursday, October 12, 2017, 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
North Central Shelter
3201 Lacy St., Los Angeles, CA 90031

West LA Shelter
11361 W. Pico Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90064

Thursday, November 9, 2017, 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

West Valley Shelter
20655 Plummer St., Chatsworth, CA  91311

Thursday, December 7, 2017, 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
East Valley Shelter
14409 Vanowen St., Van Nuys, CA 91405

For an injured, distressed or deceased wild animal, contact LA Animal Services at
888-452-7381. For more information on living responsibly with wildlife, please visitLAAnimalServices.com/wildlife.

 

 

Animals Services Department meets with Neighborhood Councils

Animals Services Department meets with Neighborhood Councils

This past Monday, Department of Animal Services General Manager Ms. Brenda Barnette and her staff met with Neighborhood Council Animal Services Liaisons at Ramona Hall in Highland Park to share information about the services and programs it provides to Angelenos and to listen to feedback from NCs. Some of the items highlighted included updates on improving the strategic plan; their partnership the Departments of Recreation & Parks and the Bureau of Sanitation to protect wildlife at large parks; how often to meet with Liaisons; and the ongoing efforts to protect the life and improve the safety of Angelenos, domestic animals, and wildlife. Ms. Barnette invited all NCs to work with her to monitor legislation and to weigh in on issues that matter the most to NCs by attending or monitoring the Board of Animal Services Commission and City Council Personnel & Animal Welfare Committee meetings to gather information about LA Animal Services programs, goals and projects, as well as the City animal ordinances and rules. Thank you to those NCs that took the time to be at the meeting on a chilly winter evening and thank you to Animal Services for their welcoming efforts to partner with NCs. For any questions or comments with regards to this meeting or engaging as an Animal Services Liaison, please contact Sara Ebrahimi with the Department of Animal Services at Sara.Ebrahimi@lacity.org.

About Animal Services Liaisons
By each Neighborhood Council appointing an Animal Services Liaison (Liaison), the NC creates an opportunity to partner with the Department of Animal Services (DAS) to work on issues and services impacting Los Angeles neighborhoods. Liaisons are the eyes, ears, and voice for their respective communities; complement the outreach efforts of the DAS; and serve as the primary point of contact for the DAS. Liaisons receive direct communication from the department and get invited to meetings with department staff to discuss relevant issues. Animal Services Liaisons will help the Department of Animal Services and City Hall focus on getting “Back to Basics” and helping make the city safer, more prosperous and livable with a well-run government. To sign up as an Animal Services Liaison click the following link and go to the “Liaisons”:www.empowerla.org/self-serve

About the Department of Animal Services
The Los Angeles Department of Animal Services has one of the largest municipal shelter systems in the United States with six shelters annually serving approximately 60,000 animals and responding to 20,000 emergency calls involving an animal or person in danger. Appointed by the Mayor and confirmed by the City Council, the Board of Animal Services Commissioners serve as the head of the Department of Animal Services. The Board is primarily concerned with making policy decisions, and the General Manager, as the chief administrative officer of the Department, manages the day-to-day department activities and makes and enforces rules and regulations necessary to exercise the powers conferred upon the Department. For more information about the Department of Animal Services please go to www.laanimalservices.com.

LA Animal Services and Neighborhood Council Animal Services Liaison Meeting – January 9, 2017

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LA Animal Services and Neighborhood Council Animal Services Liaison Meeting

The City of Los Angeles Department of Animal Services invites you to attend the launch meeting for the Neighborhood Council Animal Services Liaisons. During the first meeting the Department will give an update on the strategic planning process and goals for 2017, establish communication channels and find out how you want to help.

The Department will also discuss details for future meetings and ask for input for upcoming topics to discuss. The meeting will take place next Monday, January 9 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Ramona Hall Community Center: 4580 N Figueroa St, Los Angeles, CA 90065. 

We look forward to meeting you.

Invite to LA Board of Animal Services Commission Meeting

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Invite to LA Board of Animal Services Commission Meeting

Written by:

Larry Gross

Commissioner – Vice President

City of Los Angeles

Board of Animal Services Commission

Next Tuesday, December 13, 2016, the Board of the Los Angeles Animal Services Commission will hold its meeting in Boyle Heights. On behalf of Commission President David Zaft, Commissioners Olivia Garcia, Roger Wolfson, Alisa Finsten and myself, Larry Gross, we would like to extend an invitation to attend our meeting at 7:00 PM at the Hollenbeck Community Police Station (Between St Louis St. & Chicago St., just East of the 5 Freeway), 2111 E. 1st Street, Los Angeles, CA 90033.

We encourage community members to attend the meeting and make their concerns regarding animal issues in the City of Los Angeles known directly to officials of the Animal Services Department.

The public will be able to make general comments on any subject matter that the Board has jurisdiction on during the public comment period.

On the Agenda will be a report on the status of the Department’s Strategic Plan process, which will provide a blue print for the Animal Service’s priorities over the next coming years and a report on the extension and award of new contract regarding the Northeast Valley Animal Shelter.

The Department of Animal Services is making significant strides in ensuring the protection and safety of our animals. Euthanasia rates have dropped dramatically in the past two years. We recently were provided new enforcement tools to help ensure our laws protecting animals and the public is upheld. We have also been authorized to fill a number of new and vacant Animal Control Officer (ACO) positions. While we are making progress on many other fronts more is needed to increase adoptions and educate the public on why it is crucial to spay or neuter. We need your help and support on these issues.

The Department is also in the midst of a strategic plan process to obtain public input on determining our priority goals and direction. We recently completed a series of community meeting in each of the 15 Council districts.

 The agenda for this meeting will be posted today, Friday, September 9th, on the Department’s website at http://www.laanimalservices.com/about-us-2/commission/.

 Please join us. Attached is a bilingual (English/Spanish) leaflet announcing the Commission meeting and the meeting agenda. Help us spread the word by distributing the leaflet to neighbors, friends, Neighborhood Council members and other parties of interest.

 Spanish language and sign language interpreters, assistive listening devices, or other auxiliary aids and/or services may be provided upon request. To ensure availability, you are advised to make your request prior to the meeting. For information please call (213) 482-9558.

Pet Safety Alert: Overeating during Thanksgiving can be serious for pets too!

Pet Safety Alert: Overeating during Thanksgiving can be serious for pets too!

Thanksgiving is the time of year when family and friends get together to enjoy each other’s company and a myriad of delicious foods. We have a tendency to include our four-legged family members in this feast, which often results in overindulgence. Even when we don’t purposely include them, the agile and creative dog or cat can capture a special treat from the kitchen counter, trash or even the dining room table.

Thanksgiving weekend is also a busy time for emergency veterinary clinics. Dogs and cats suffer very serious and sometimes fatal consequences from turkey bones, too much rich and fatty foods and just plain overeating. If your pet is not acting like himself or herself, consult your veterinarian. Your best friend could be seriously ill.

When giving pets treats, you must consider the relative size of their body compared to yours. If you weigh 150 pounds and your dog weighs 25 pounds, he or she is only 1/6th of your total weight. If you visualize yourself as a whole pie, comparatively your dog is only one slice of pie. Consequently, sharing an unfinished plate that still holds a generous serving of mashed potatoes with gravy, a side of very rich dressing, a few bites of turkey and a small slice of pumpkin pie with your furry friend can make him or her feel miserable.

Instead of giving your companion animal leftovers, stop by a pet food store and purchase some new dog biscuits or cat treats. Then, reduce the amount of their regular meal to accommodate the treats they will be getting throughout the day. Remember, biscuits and treats are usually much higher in calories than regular pet food so having them skip dinner may be a prudent choice if they have been snacking all day. Your pet will be thankful and they will enjoy the holiday much more.

If you are planning a quiet holiday at home without a lot of company and chaos, and you don’t already have a dog or cat to share your life with, this could be the perfect time to visit any of our six Los Angeles City Shelters. You can get him or her settled in while you have a couple of days off work. What better way to give thanks than to give an orphaned pet a home? You will be repaid with unconditional love and laughs for years to come.

To find the shelter closest to you, visit LAAnimalServices.com/shelters or call (888) 452-7381.

Keep Your Furry Family Members Happy on Halloween

Keep Your Furry Family Members Happy on Halloween

LA Animal Services Offers Pet Safety Tips

While many people of all ages look forward to Halloween each year, the holiday’s festivities can be stressful and even dangerous for your pets. Even normally mellow pets can be confused and spooked by strange sounds and sights and unfamiliar people in costumes. Here are some tips to help keep your four-legged loved ones safe:

  • Keep pets indoors and away from front door.
    Have your companion animals stay in a room away from an open door when trick-or-treaters are visiting. Pets can become frightened by the “monsters” and “ghouls” causing them to panic and slip outside.
  • Always make sure your pet has up-to-date identification.
    If for any reason your pet escapes and becomes lost, a collar with a current license and/or ID tag on them and a microchip that’s registered with your contact information, will help reunite you with your companion animal.
  • No sweet treats for your furry friend.
    Chocolate and other seemingly harmless ingredients can be poisonous to dogs and cats. Put candy where pets can’t get to them and dispose of the wrappers right away. Also, remember that children may not understand why Fluffy can’t share their treats, so use this as a teaching opportunity.
  • Be careful around Jack-o’-lanterns.
    Tail wagging is a good thing – unless it’s done around a lit candle! Keep candles and lit carved pumpkins at an appropriate height where your pets can’t knock them over or get burned.
    Not all pets enjoy dressing up.

A decorative collar is far more comfortable than a costume for your pet. Make sure your pet thinks a costume is as much fun as you do before you dress them up for Halloween.

If you do put your pet in a costume, try it on them before to make sure they are comfortable, check to make sure it will not get wrapped around his or her neck causing choking or get tangled around their legs.
By following these precautions, Halloween can be a fun and safe holiday instead of frightful for pets and people alike!

Invite to West Valley ‘Pets in Housing’ Workshop – Thurs. 10/27/16

pets-in-housing-ev-10-27-16This Thursday, October 27, 2016, the Los Angeles Department of Animal Services is partnering with the Los Angeles Housing + Community Development Department with participation of the Housing Rights Center to provide the community with a free educational workshop on “Pets in Rental Housing.”

We invite you to attend this important workshop, which will be held at 6:30 PM at the East Valley Animal Shelter, 14409 Vanowen Street, Van Nuys, CA 91405 (between Van Nuys and Hazeltine).

This workshop will provide information on pets in rental housing focusing on tenant and landlord rights and responsibilities and will include information related to fair housing issues for service and companion animals, as well as information on licensing, spaying and neutering, and micro-chipping.

We hope to provide information to landlords on the benefits of renting to tenants with pets.

Los Angeles is a city of renters, where upwards of 64% of our residents live in rental units. If we are to achieve our goal of making L.A. a “No Kill” city, finding homes for our shelter animals will mean many must be placed in apartments.

At the same time if tenants are fully aware of their rights it might help to ensure pets are not used as an eviction tool and that renters don’t needlessly surrender their pets to our shelters in fear of eviction when, depending on their situation, the laws protect them.

Please join us. Attached is a leaflet announcing the “Pets in Housing” Workshop. Help us spread the word by distributing the leaflet to neighbors, friends, Neighborhood Council members and other parties of interest.

Admission is free. Spanish language and sign language interpreters, assistive listening devices, or other auxiliary aids and/or services may be provided upon request. We ask that you inform us of this need 3 days in advance of the event. You can make this request by calling (213) 928-9075.

Hope to see you Thursday morning.

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October 2016 Workshops – “Fair Housing & Pets in Rental Housing”

From the Los Angeles Housing + Community Investment Department

“Fair Housing” & Pets in
Rental Housing

Free Workshops: October 2016

This month’s workshops will focus on landlord and tenant rights and responsibilities pertaining to pets in rental housing. The workshops will include information related to fair housing accommodations for service and companion animals, as well as information on licensing, spaying and neutering, and microchipping.

Four of the five workshops will be conducted at Los Angeles City Animal Shelters, and will include tours of the facilities as part of the workshop.

The workshops will be presented by HCIDLA’s Rent Stabilization Division staff, the Los Angeles Department of Animal Services and the Housing Rights Center.

RSVP: Online or at 213-928-9075
(Free Admission, seating is limited)
If you need translation, please request it at least three days in advance of the workshop.
WHERE: WHEN:
South LA Animal Shelter
1850 West 60th Street
Los Angeles, CA 90047
Session in English
10:30 a.m., Wednesday, October 12, 2016
West Valley Animal Shelter
20655 Plummer Street
Chatsworth, CA 91311
Session in English
10:30 a.m., Thursday, October 13, 2016
West LA Animal Shelter
11361 West Pico Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90064
Session in English
6:30 p.m., Wednesday, October 19, 2016
Wilshire Regional Office
3550 Wilshire Blvd, 15th Floor
Los Angeles, CA 90010
Session in English
10:30 a.m., Thursday, October 20, 2016
East Valley Animal Shelter
14409 Vanowen Street,
Van Nuys, CA 91405
Session in English
6:30 p.m., Thursday, October 27, 2016

As a covered entity under Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA) the City of Los Angeles does not discriminate on the basis of disability and, upon request, will provide reasonable accommodation to ensure equal access to its programs, services and activities. Sign language interpreters, communication access real-time transcription, assistive listening devices, or other auxiliary aids and/or services may be provided upon request. To ensure availability, you are advised to make your request at least 72 hours prior to the meeting you wish to attend. Due to difficulties in securing sign language interpreters, five or more business days notice is strongly recommended. To request a reasonable accommodation or additional information, please call 213-928-9075 or email elias.narvaez@lacity.org.


“Viviendas Justas” y Mascotas en Unidades de Renta

Talleres Gratuitos:   Octubre 2016

El taller de este mes proveerá a propietarios e inquilinos información sobre mascotas en las unidades de renta, enfocándoce en en los derechos y responsabilidades de los inquilinos y propietarios. Los talleres incluirán información relacionada con acomodación razonable de vivienda para animales de servicio o de compania, asi como información sobre castración, licencias así como poner microchips.

Cuatro de los cinco talleres de este mes serán presentados en Refugios de Animales de la Ciudad de Los Angeles e incluirán paseos a las instalaciones como parte del taller.

Los talleres serán presentados en inglés por la División de Estabilización de Alquiler del Departamento de Vivienda e Inversión Comunitaria de Los Ángeles, HCIDLA (siglas en inglés), El Departamento de Servicios de Animales y el Centro de Vivienda Justa.

RSVP: Online o llame 213-928-9075
(Entrada gratis, cupo limitado)
Si usted necesita traducción, por favor solicítelo al menos tres días antes del taller.
DONDE: CUANDO:
South LA Animal Shelter
1850 West 60th Street
Los Angeles, CA 90047
Sesión en Inglés
10:30 a.m., Miércoles, Octubre 12, 2016
West Valley Animal Shelter
20655 Plummer Street
Chatsworth, CA 91311
Sesión en Inglés
10:30 a.m., Jueves, Octubre 13, 2016
West LA Animal Shelter
11361 West Pico Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90064
Sesión en Inglés
6:30 p.m., Miércoles, Octubre 19, 2016
Wilshire Regional Office
3550 Wilshire Blvd, 15th Floor
Los Angeles, CA 90010
Sesión en Inglés
10:30 a.m., Jueves, Octubre 20, 2016
East Valley Animal Shelter
14409 Vanowen Street,
Van Nuys, CA 91405
Sesión en Inglés
6:30 p.m., Jueves, Octubre 27, 2016

Como una entidad cubierta bajo el Título II del Acto de Americanos con Incapacidades de 1990 (ADA), la Ciudad de Los Ángeles no discrimina sobre la base de la incapacidad y con su petición, proporcionará acomodación razonable para asegurar el acceso igual a sus programas, servicios y actividades. Pueden proporcionar a intérpretes de dactilología, acceso de comunicación transcripción de tiempo real, aparatos auditivos, u otros recursos auxiliares y/o servicios al recibir la petición. Para asegurar la disponibilidad, se le aconseja hacer su petición al menos 72 horas antes de la reunión a la que usted desea asistir. Debido a dificultades en asegurar a intérpretes de dactilología, aviso de cinco o más días laborales es fuertemente recomendado. Para solicitar una acomodación razonable o la información adicional, por favor llame 213-928-9075 o envíe por correo electrónico a elias.narvaez@lacity.org.

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