Aggressive spay and neutering programs and new partnerships helped
Long Beach Animal Care Services (ACS) significantly increase live
release rates, and also realize all-time lows for the number of
intakes and euthanized animals in 2014.
"Long Beach Animal Care Services made terrific progress this year,
thanks to increased community engagement, proactive enforcement,
and the commitment of staff and volunteers" said Mayor Robert
Garcia. “All their hard work is making Long Beach an even
better city for animals.”
The public is invited to learn more about these accomplishments and
future plans by attending the annual ACS Open House on January 24,
2015 at 10 am, at the P.D. Pitchford Companion Animal Village, 7700
East Spring Street.
In 2014, 1,100 fewer dogs and cats were euthanized compared to
2013, a decrease of more than 21 percent. The live release
rate for dogs climbed to over 75 percent in 2014, compared to 72
percent in 2013, and the live release rate for cats increased to
over 46 percent in 2014 from only 26 percent in
Live release rates include the number of animals from a shelter
that are adopted, returned to an owner, or transferred to another
non-profit agency that guarantees homes for all of the animals it
LBACS worked hard to strengthen existing relationships with groups
such as spcaLA, Friends of Long Beach Animals and Fix Long
Beach. Additionally, in 2014 ACS added new strategic
partners such as Found Animals, Stray Cat Alliance, Bark Avenue
Foundation, Wings of Rescue, Shelter Me, ASPCA, Jason Heigl
Foundation, Zazzy Cats, Helen Sanders Cat Paws and West Coast
Animal Rescue, which all helped increase live release rates.
These groups along with many other rescue groups that have worked
with LBACS on behalf of the shelter
Looking ahead to 2015, LBACS will make organizational changes,
including hiring a full-time adoption coordinator. Efforts
will be made to continue to reach out to the community to grow the
volunteer program and other new programs to support the vision of
LBACS to be California's safest large city for people and
LBACS provides Animal Care services in the City of Long Beach and
the Cities of Cerritos, Seal Beach, Signal Hill and Los Alamitos.
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