Today, Councilmember Bob Blumenfield and the Los Angeles City Council declared November 28, 2018 spcaLA Day in the City of Los Angeles. Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Los Angeles (spcaLA), is celebrating its 141st anniversary, and it is Southern California’s first and oldest animal welfare organization. For spcaLA Day in LA, qualified adopters are invited to “Pick Your Own Price” on pet adoption fees at any of spcaLA’s pet adoption centers.
spcaLA was founded on November 13, 1877 to enforce animal cruelty laws and is the first organization to promote animal welfare in Southern California. Originally chartered to end the abuse of horses used in travel, the organization expanded to investigate cases of abuse of women and children, and then abuse of pets.
spcaLA was the City’s first organization to actively oppose cock fighting and dog fighting; to work to pass a law against “indiscriminate vivisection;” to bring charges against animal abusers; to better the plight of beasts of burden; to shelter animals; and to educate the public about proper animal handling and welfare.
Today, spcaLA operates three pet adoption centers; a pet hotel and grooming salon, a marketplace, and multiple dog training centers. Last year, spcaLA found homes for 3,878 pets, while spcaLA Humane Officers protected approximately 12,366 animals through
animal cruelty investigations. As evidenced by its most recent deployment to the
Woolsey fire, spcaLA’s Disaster Animal Response Team (DART) ™ provides rescue, relief, safe shelter, and front-line veterinary care to animals during disasters – answering the call for aid on a local, national, and international level.
spcaLA is dedicated to breaking the cycle of violence through many of its Humane Education programs, like Teaching Love & Compassion (TLC) for middle-school students, the Court Diversion Program for Youth for juvenile offenders in Los Angeles County, and the Animal Safety Net (ASN)™ for survivors of domestic violence. Programs like these have positively impacted thousands of young people and adults in the community.