NKLA Adoption Weekend Saves Nearly 400 Shelter Pets

Monday, 11 Nov 2013, 9:04:00 AM

Mirror Staff

A cheer

went up in the crowd at the end of NKLA Adoption Weekend

when it was announced that all Los Angeles City and County shelter

trucks were returning empty, as every available shelter pet had either

been adopted or rescued.

The lives of close to 400 pets from Los Angeles

shelters and rescues were saved during the NKLA Adoption Weekend held at La

Brea Tar Pits this past Saturday and Sunday.

Cherry, a one-year-old terrier mix from Baldwin Park Shelter, was

one of the first pets adopted over the weekend.

“I wanted a small dog this age

and literally 20 feet into the event, there she was,” said John Sherburn of

Carson. “With hundreds of dogs at shelters, there’s no reason to buy a dog. It

just doesn’t make sense. These are all good dogs.”

The

popular event was hosted by Best Friends Animal Society and featured more than

40 rescue groups and shelters supporting NKLA (No-Kill Los Angeles), an

initiative led by Best Friends Animal Society with a mission of turning L.A.

into a No-Kill City by 2017.

The NKLA Adoption Weekend is one of several Best

Friends “Super Adoption” events held nationally throughout the year, with

dozens of animal welfare organizations and thousands of adoptable dogs and cats

participating in a festival-type atmosphere.

“Watching

shelter pets find a fantastic home is the best part of doing this work. It

happens by the hundreds during the NKLA adoption weekend, so we all leave here exhausted

but ecstatic,” said Marc Peralta, executive director of Best Friends Animal

Society – Los Angeles and NKLA. “Adoption is a

key component to ending the killing of shelter pets and it’s inspiring to see

so many groups working together to turn LA into NKLA.”

Pets from both city and county shelters

were available with adoption fees starting at $25 and all were spayed or

neutered, vaccinated, and micro-chipped.

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