Covid-19 & spcaLA


Effective immediately, all Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Los Angeles (spcaLA) pet adoption centers and businesses are closed to the public. Staff who are directly related to the physical care and well-being of the animals will continue their work in-shelter. This temporary closure is in effect until at April 19, 2020 unless the Safer At Home order is rescinded earlier or extended further.

spcaLA Messages
spcaLA Press Release, March 30, 2020
spcaLA Press Release, March 27, 2020
spcaLA Message, March 27, 2020
spcaLA Message, March 23, 2020
spcaLA Message, March 21, 2020
spcaLA Message, March 20, 2020
spcaLA Message, March 18, 2020
spcaLA Press Release, March 17, 2020
spcaLA Message, March 17, 2020
spcaLA Message, March 13, 2020
spcaLA Message, March 11, 2020
spcaLA Press Release, March 5, 2020

COVID-19 & Pets
According to the Centers for Disease Control and the World Health Organization, while there have been two instances of dogs being infected in Hong Kong, to date, there is no evidence that a dog, cat or any pet can transmit COVID-19. COVID-19 is mainly spread through droplets produced when an infected person coughs, sneezes, or speaks. To protect yourself, clean your hands frequently and thoroughly.
Guidance for Pet Owners

  • Maintain good hygiene practices by washing hands thoroughly with soap and water after touching pets, in keeping with CDC guidelines.
  • Do not allow your dogs to play with other dogs or meet people during daily walks. Keep a six-foot distance between your dog and others, just as you would with other people. If dog parks are still open in your area, avoid them.
  • Curb your dog’s interest in sniffing excrement of other animals, or picking up refuse on the ground.
  • Before you come inside from a walk, wipe your dog’s paws with a sudsy solution of pet shampoo and water. When finished, discard the wipe and thoroughly rinse your pet’s paws with water to remove soap residue. If you have them available, you may consider having your dog wear shoes, socks, or booties outdoors.
  • Keep your cats and other pets safely indoors. If you are unable to confine your cat, follow the wipe down procedures indicated above.
  • Do not use Lysol wipes, bleach, or other harsh chemicals on your pets. Ask your veterinarian for additional safe options to clean your pet’s paws.

As of 4pm, March 30, 2020:
Pet Adoptions: Available by appointment. Visit to get started.
Lost Pets: If you believe your lost pet is housed at the spcaLA South Bay Pet Adoption Center,
please call (424) 269-3961 to make an appointment. Do NOT visit without an appointment.
spcaLA Marketplace: Available by appointment, email for more information.
Donations: Online donations are most needed. Checks & money orders may be sent to spcaLA 5026 W Jefferson Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90016. Learn more about donating needed items.
Pet Adoption Centers & Facilities: Closed to the public.
spcaLA Pet Hotel & Grooming Salon: Closed to the public
spcaLA Volunteers: Excused from duties temporarily
spcaLA Dog Training Classes: postponed until at least April 19th
spcaLA Pet Care Patch Workshops: cancelled until May
Volunteer Info Sessions: postponed until May
spcaLA Summer Camp: Online registration opens April 27th. Camp begins in June.
Events: All March and April events have been postponed or rescheduled, including the April 4th Low-Cost Vaccine Clinic.

If you are enrolled in an spcaLA class or workshop, you will be notified by email of cancellations and schedule changes.

Important Links
Disaster Preparedness
Los Angeles County Department of Public Health
California Department of Public Health
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
World Health Organization