Forum hosted by California State Assemblywoman Patty López 

Los Angeles, CA – The President of the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Los Angeles (spcaLA), Madeline Bernstein, will attend the Animal Cruelty and Domestic Violence Forum hosted by California Assemblywoman, Patty López, who represents the 39th District.

spcaLA actively impacts the community with its many violence prevention programs.  spcaLA created the only court-mandated program in the country for juvenile animal cruelty and violent offenders (jTLC).  The jTLC program was piloted in Long Beach, CA with the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office.  Now in its fifth year, jTlC is implemented all over Los Angeles County.   

jTLC is modeled after spcaLA’s award-winning Teaching Love and Compassion (TLC)™ program – the first of its kind in the country. Begun in 1994, TLC allows youth from at-risk communities to rekindle their sense of empathy and learn anger management skills through work with shelter dogs and spcaLA Humane Educators.

Since 1998, spcaLA’s Animal Safety Net (ASN)™ has provided a safe place for the pets of survivors of domestic abuse while they seek shelter, getting both the person and the pet out of harm’s way.

Ms. Bernstein has been at the helm of spcaLA for over two decades. It was under her direction that these programs were created, making her uniquely qualified to speak about the undeniable link between animal abuse and domestic violence. 

The Forum is Friday May 20th at 6pm at the Sunland Foursquare Church in Tujunga.