From huskies to shepherds, burrows to mutts, animal shelters are currently inundated with dogs over 40 pounds waiting for a second chance at new life.
To help find these dog homes, Best Friends Animal Society, participant in NBC4 Clear The Shelters, is partnering with more than 20 animal rescues and municipal shelters in southern and central California to launch the Live Large Adoption Campaign January 15th. Adoption fees for dogs 40 pounds and over will vary from fee-free to reduced at participating shelters.
“The goal is to get 500 or more large dogs into the homes within two weeks,” said Kaylee Hawkins, Pacific region director at Best Friends Animal Society. “As it has been difficult to live big as usual during this pandemic, our message is that a big dog can bring a lot of love and fun into your life. Even if you live in a small space, there is a large dog waiting in a shelter that may be perfect for you.
Participating shelters and animal welfare organizations include:
Best Friends Rescue Center, Mission Hills, CA
Burbank Animal Shelter
Bakersfield City Animal Control
City of Long Beach Animal Care Services
Los Angeles County Department of Animal Care and Control
Fetchin ‘Retrievers Rescue
Fresno Humanitarian Society
Inland Valley Humane Society
Kern County Animal Services, Bakersfield
Los Angeles Animal Services
Madera County Animal Services
McFarland Animal Shelter
Merced County Sheriff’s Animal Services
NKLA Pet Adoption Center, Los Angeles
Pasadena Humanitarian Society
Ramona Humanitarian Society
Riverside County Department of Animal Services
San Bernardino City Animal Shelter
Stanislas Animal Services Agency
Tulare County Animal Services
Those unable to commit to adoption can still save lives by temporarily opening their home to a foster dog through their local shelter, while rescue or shelter helps find an adopter. permanent. Food, supplies and medical care are generally provided free of charge to foster homes.
“Dogs thrive in a home. By adopting foster care, you can help dogs decompress and prepare for what life will be like in a foster home, ”said Hawkins. “It is a very rewarding journey to be a part of.”
To learn more about California’s “Live Large” campaign and a list of participating rescues and shelters across the state, visit https://bestfriends.org/cabigdogs.
NBC4 Clear The Shelters is an annual pet adoption campaign that raises awareness of the importance of adopting a pet and helps local shelters raise funds for much-needed supplies and medical care for pets. shelters. The 8th Annual NBC4 Clear The Shelters returns this summer – for more, visit www.nbcla.com/cleartheshelters.com.