To decrease the number of animals euthanized at shelters around the city, Los Angeles Animal Services is implementing a new policy that will limit the hours that people can drop off unwanted pets.
Their plan is: “If they don’t have them, they can’t kill them.” Starting this week, owners will only be able to drop off on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 2-5 p.m. or Thursdays from 2-7 p.m. Before, owners were able to drop off pets on weekends. Owners will still be able to bring in sick or injured pets at any time.
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The manager of Los Angeles Animal Services says that “over the last year, about 18,000 animals at city shelters were euthanized. Healthy animals stay an average of 45 days before they’re destroyed.” Shelters are encouraging pet owners to exhaust all other options before bringing a pet into a shelter and that owners should try and work on a behavior problem or find a new home for their pet on their own.
“We’re taking in about a thousand kittens a month right now, in addition to the hundreds of dogs or cats,” said Ed Boks, general manager of Los Angeles Animal Services.
Citywide, shelters on average receive a total of about 150 animals a day. But during kitten season from March to September, that number can double on some days.