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Help LA Animal Services by Fostering, Adopting, and Donating

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LOS ANGELES — – As LA Animal Services continues to operate in alignment with the City of Los Angeles’ response to help minimize the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19), they need your help to ensure that the well-being of the animals in their care.

According to the World Health Organization, there has been no evidence that indicates that pets become ill with COVID-19 or that they spread it to other animals, including people. If you are considering surrendering your pet, first exhaust all options before starting the surrender process. If you still absolutely need to surrender your pet after reviewing all of your options, ask for help. Animal Services Centers ask that you do not come to their facilities or bring a pet if you have not made an appointment.

Photo by Sacha Verheij

Animals NEED Foster Volunteers and Adopters

Although the centers are closed to the public due to COVID-19, they are still receiving animals; their Officers find lost and injured animals in the community. They need to make space for these orphaned and abandoned animals in their Animal Services Centers.
 
The centers are under a City directive not to have more than 50 people assembled, including staff, so they have suspended volunteering at this time.

Animal Services says they need help from the community more than ever.

If you want to foster:

  • Visit laanimalservices to see animals and identify one or two animals you may want to foster, document their Animal ID number or A# (example:A1234567).
  • Email a volunteer liaison at ani.volunteers with your completed foster application (if you have not fostered before) with the Animal ID number(s) of the pets you want to foster.
  • Schedule an appointment by calling 888-452-7381.

If you want to adopt:

  • Visit laanimalservices , when you see the pet(s) you want to adopt call 888-452-7381 with the Animal ID number or A# number (example: A1234567) and they will share all of the information regarding the pet with you.
  •  If you want to move forward with the paperwork to adopt this animal, staff will obtain all information to complete the paperwork for adoption and schedule an appointment.
  • During the appointment, staff will show you the selected animals and a few additional animals if time allows.
  • Appointments will be scheduled after the vetting process. To comply with social distancing requirements, they will be scheduling appointments daily at their six LA Animal Services Centers from 11am to 4pm.

Making a Donation

If you are unable to foster or adopt an animal, L.A. Animal Services would greatly appreciate your donation.

Their ongoing work for the animals and people who love them is made possible by the generosity of donors, volunteers, partners, and all animal-loving Angelenos.
 
If you are interested in donating items to LA Animal Services directly, please consider using their link to donate a Kuranda bed or order pet toys that can’t be chewed up or swallowed, like Kong toys or balls, from our wish lists.

The animals thank you for your continued support.

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Texas & California Wet Markets Show Full Extent of Vile Conditions

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(TMZ) — It’s becoming more clear by the day that wet markets are NOT just a China problem — it’s an American problem too … just take a look at these latest clips from Texas and California.

TMZ has gotten a hold of even more graphic videos of two different live animal shops in TX and CA — where people pick out the animal, have it slaughtered on the spot and then sold to them right then and there — and you see the mixed-in livestock runs the gamut.

There are pigs in pens, goats and sheep hoarded together … and, of course, as we’ve seen in New York and elsewhere — chicken and rabbits cooped up in cages — all in the same area within earshot of each other, and all getting butchered.

Ya got pigs hanging from hooks out in the open, chicken beaks, feathers and guts all over the floor and in an exposed trash can — this while customers (including kids) come in and browse the freezer for whatever cuts of meat they want. It’s downright dirty and gross.

As we’ve been told by the experts, these one-stop-shop slaughterhouses/storefronts can be breeding grounds for disease — including new viruses, like COVID-19, which supposedly got started at a wet market in China.

We already know of lawmakers in Cali and New York working to get these things shut down, but it’s pretty apparent there needs to be federal legislation rolled out to address this. Can’t call the kettle black when we’re swimming in the freakin’ pot.

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FORT WORTH (TMZ) — The prison Joe Exotic is currently being held at is the second leading hotbed for coronavirus in the entire federal prison system — but not to worry … Uncle Sam’s got a plan.

The ‘Tiger King’ star has been locked up at FMC Forth Worth in Texas, and as of Tuesday … there was a total of 298 confirmed COVID-19 cases among inmates, making it number 2 behind a federal CA facility at 570 inmate cases.

If that sounds troubling, it should … we’ve seen jails and prisons across the U.S. getting besieged with the virus — and some of the inmates are suffering. The Federal Bureau of Prisons has assured us they’re going above and beyond for their prisoners, staff and visitors alike at Joe’s facility to keep them safe and healthy.

As for Joe … his people have repeatedly told us … he’s virus-free.

The agency tells TMZ there’s a comprehensive action plan in place at all of their institutions — which includes reducing inmate transfers, increasing screening and testing, minimizing unnecessary movement on the inside and temporarily canceling social and legal visits, not to mention training for BOP employees. They will also do regular temperature checks.

The trick is … as little congregating as possible. BOP says it’s trying to keep guards at one post for as long as possible to avoid unnecessary interaction.

BOP also tells us they’ve made sure everyone — prisoners and staffers — have received surgical masks. BOP says it has things under control — so far fewer than 5 deaths at the Fort Worth facility … but with nearly 300 cases, it’s gotta be viewed as a full-fledged outbreak.

So … guess that means Joe’s in good hands??? Here’s hoping so.

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JAPAN (TMZ) — Move over LeBron James … while pro sports leagues are trying to figure out when they can return to action, some dolphins are way ahead of ’em.

These photos are from Hakkeijima Sea Paradise’s special dolphin show Thursday in Yokohama, where they had zero spectators due to the coronavirus quarantine guidelines there.

Animal trainers still did their thing, though, with dolphins and a beluga whale putting on quite a show — despite lacking a crowd of oohing and ahhing humans. Let’s keep it real … the animals are in it for the food.

The show wasn’t just a dress rehearsal … the aquarium videotaped the performance and aired it on the web for folks to watch safely from home.

Makes ya wonder … do the animals feel differently performing without a crowd? Or, is it just a little closer to being in the wild without a loud pack of humanity watching ’em? We sure hope so.

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