PRESS RELEASE

City of Long Beach 
Public Information Office
333 W. Ocean Blvd, 
Long Beach, CA 90802

7/5/2016
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEPress Release # CM: 070516
Subject:
City of Long Beach Animal Care Services 2016 Mid-Year Report
Contact:
Ted Stevens, Manager
Animal Care Services
562.570.3051
Ted.Stevens@longbeach.gov




The Animal Care Services Bureau (ACS) achieved a record year in 2015 with saving animals, and so far 2016 is proving to be even better.

“This is the best year ever for Long Beach Animal Care Services, and I’m extremely proud of the work we’ve done to find loving homes for our stray animals,” said Mayor Garcia. “There is still a lot more work to do, and I’m committed to ensuring these positive trends continue.”

The following statistics are the best numbers ever reported for the first six months of any year, and show increasing progress being made at the animal shelter in 2016, compared to the first six months in 2015:

• A 15 percent reduction in the number of cats and dogs impounded at the shelter, from 3,783 to 3,219.
• A 37 percent reduction in the number of cats and dogs euthanized, from 1,156 to 725.
• Live Release Rates of 89 percent for dogs and 63 percent for cats, compared to 85 percent and 54 percent, respectively. (The Live Release Rate is the percentage of animals that come to the shelter and leave with a positive outcome such as return to owner, adoption or transfer to a rescue group.)

“We continue to look for new partnerships, programs and innovative ways to help save lives, such as our smartphone App to help increase adoptions and the recently launched Twitter feed #LBLostFoundPets to help reunite lost pets with their owners,” said Ted Stevens, Manager of Animal Care Services.

With the help of our entire community and hardworking staff, ACS looks forward to reaching more milestones in the future.

Visit Animal Care Services at the P.D. Pitchford Companion Animal Village to adopt, volunteer, donate, license your pet or obtain resources regarding low cost vaccination and spay/neuter clinics throughout the City. LBACS is located at 7700 East Spring Street in Long Beach. The Village is open Wednesday through Friday, 10:00 am - 5:30 pm; Saturday and Sunday, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm; and is closed on Mondays, Tuesdays and holidays.

Download the Long Beach Animal Care Services mobile app, available in the Google Play Store or iTunes, at http://getmyapp.me/LBACS/.