New Pet Adoption Center Coming to Mid-City Los Angeles. spcaLA announces re-opening of historic shelter

Grand Opening July 20th

Los Angeles, CA (7/8/19) – Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Los Angeles (spcaLA) is pleased to announce that the spcaLA Pet Adoption Center on West Jefferson Boulevard will open for pet adoptions in July. This will mark the only pet adoption center servicing the West Adams, Mid-City, Baldwin Hills, and outlying neighborhoods of Culver City and Downtown Los Angeles.

Black and white photo of Doris Day cutting ribbon with officials around her. Color photo of spcaLA Pet Adoption Center building wall.

Doris Day cuts the ribbon, 1949; spcaLA Pet Adoption Center 2019

In 1949, the pet shelter on Jefferson opened to much fanfare. It featured a “doggie drinking fountain,” piped in music, and Doris Day cut the ceremonial opening ribbon. The shelter was renovated in the 1960s, and the administrative building was also constructed at that time. After ceasing shelter operations in the early 2000s, the Jefferson location has served as a spay/neuter center, emergency animal housing location, and a training center.

Recognizing that there were no pet adoption centers in the area, spcaLA made the decision to reopen the shelter earlier this year. Since then, crews have been working to get the shelter ready to house animals available for adoption.

“They don’t make them like this anymore,” declared spcaLA President, Madeline Bernstein. “The ‘bones’ of the facility no pun intended, are in excellent condition and the craftsmanship is unparalleled.” Bernstein went on to say, “We are excited to share this new adoption resource with the community.”

The spcaLA Pet Adoption Center will have a Grand Opening on July 20th, featuring $25 pet adoption fees for qualified adopters, Hijo De Su Madre plant based food truck, Quality Mutt Coffee Cart, music, giveaways, and more. The Grand Opening celebration is in partnership with the offices of California State Assemblymember Sydney Kamlager-Dove (District 54) and Los Angeles City Council President, Herb Wesson (District 10).

The spcaLA Pet Adoption Center is located at 5026 W. Jefferson Blvd. The hours of operation will be 10am-5pm Wednesday Sunday. For more information, please visit