In 2001, a group of visionary donors and animal welfare experts came together to build a model program of private and public collaboration between spcaLA and the City of Long Beach: the P.D. Pitchford Companion Animal Village & Education Center. (7700 E Spring St., Long Beach, CA 90815)
(562) 570-7387 (24-hour animal services)
Hours of Operation
10am – 5:30pm | Wednesday-Saturday
10am – 4pm | Sunday
Closed | Monday & Tuesday
Nestled between a community garden and the El Dorado Nature Center inside El Dorado Park, the Village model was the first of its kind in America, now often duplicated. The Village fully integrates spcaLA, Long Beach Animal Care Services, and all major program functions into one complex. It revolutionized the way shelters are designed and managed, setting a replicable benchmark in cost-effective, life-preserving care for abandoned and abused animals. After an initial development grant from the City of Long Beach, spcaLA fundraised for and built the Village, as well as Phase II construction (including feral and stray catteries, a pet hotel, grooming salon, and pet supply marketplace).
As animals come to the Village, some available pets are moved to the care of spcaLA while others remain in the care of LBACS, but all may be adopted through spcaLA. This movement is made not because spcaLA has “pulled” or “rescued” certain pets, but rather to make room for the constant influx of animals at LBACS, reduce disease transmission, allow lost and other pets to be held for legally-mandated timeframes, and permit the separate spcaLA and LBACS staffs to provide care and supervision of animals.
Movement to a new area of the Village can be very stressful for shelter pets, and as such, spcaLA often moves the animals that appear to be the least susceptible to conditions made worse by stress, and who will remain at the shelter the shortest amount of time prior to adoption. Strategic movement of shelter pets works to increase adoptions, reduce disease transmission, and strengthen the human-animal bond.
At the Village, any animal that is available may adopted through spcaLA. Visit our adoption page for a complete list of adoption fees and requirements.
Not only can visitors to the Village adopt animals and find lost pets, but they may also:
- Renew and purchase dog and cat licenses
- Take obedience, agility, fun nose work, and other specialty spcaLA Dog Training classes
- Board and/or groom pets at the spcaLA Pet Hotel & Grooming Salon
- Purchase pet supplies a the spcaLA Marketplace