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 March 31st, 2020. spcaLA is monitoring the situation closely and will reassess at that time.
“For the past 143 years, the work of spcaLA is only made possible by the support of our local community, and it is precisely that community we seek to protect,” said spcaLA President, Madeline Bernstein. “Please, if you are able, make a donation. Help us keep going during this crisis, so that we may continue to serve.”
At this time, spcaLA is not offering by-appointment adoption or foster appointments, or curb-side check-out at the spcaLA Marketplace, but that may change as the situation progresses. Please visit spcaLA.com/covid19 for updates.
“While we understand that this closure disrupts adoptions, all of our animals are safe and cared for,” said Bernstein. “We must do our part to protect staff and the community as well.”
If you are searching for a lost pet and live in Culver City, El Segundo, Lawndale, Manhattan Beach, West Hollywood, Hawthorne, Hermosa Beach, or Lynwood, please call 424-269-3961. If you live in Long Beach, Signal Hill, Seal Beach, Cerritos, or Los Alamitos, please call Long Beach Animal Care Services 562-570-7387. Otherwise, please contact city and county agencies. In addition, animal cruelty complaints should be directed to city or county animal care. spcaLA will coordinate with field officers for emergency response as needed.
If you find a lost dog, please contact city or county agencies. Many are curtailing over the counter stray drop-off. Concerned citizens may also try to reunify pets through Next Door, Finding Rover, the Shadow app or social media.
spcaLA asks the public to refrain from visiting in-person to make donations of goods or food. Monetary donations are most-needed at this time, and can be made at spcaLA.com. In-kind donations can be made via the spcaLA Amazon Wishlist shipped to spcaLA PD Pitchford Companion Animal Village, 7700 E. Spring St., Long Beach 90815.
spcaLA has implemented remote working for employees who are able, while animal care givers continue to work in-shelter. All staff, including hourly who are unable to work from home, will receive their regularly scheduled pay during this initial public closure. At the end of the period, the situation will be reassessed, and those sent home initially may be called in for relief. All volunteers have been asked to refrain from coming to the shelters until further notice.
“We need a well and healthy staff to provide food, veterinary care, and enrichment to our shelter animals during the crisis, and to continue our full spectrum of programs when we are through it,” said Bernstein.
While spcaLA optimizes operations to best care for the staff and animals, protect yourself and pets by doing the following:
- Stay informed with updates regarding Covid-19 from the following organizations’ websites: World Health Organization, American Veterinary Medical Association, and World Organization for Animal Health.
- Maintain good hygiene practices by washing hands thoroughly with soap and water after touching pets.
- Create a pet emergency preparedness kit that includes items like, food, bowls, water, medications, leash/collar, vet records, etc. Visit spcaLA.com for a complete list of pet preparedness kit items.
- Include pets in emergency plans, and indicate a designated caregiver in the event you are unable to care for your pets.
- Make sure your pet is licensed and microchipped, and information is up to date.
- Ensure all of your pet’s information is readily available for emergencies including current photos, pet license information, vaccination history, and microchip number. Consider saving and updating the information on your smart phone for quick access.
- Optimize your pet’s health by providing regular preventative care including vaccinations, deworming, and flea and tick prevention.
- Regularly visit a veterinarian for overall health examinations.
- Always keep a cool head. Remember, preparation is key.