PRESS RELEASE

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

8/3/2017
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEPress Release # CM:080317A
Subject:
Long Beach Animal Care Services Mid-Year Report Reveals Another Record Year in 2017
Contact:
Ted Stevens, Manager
Animal Care Services
Department of Parks, Recreation and Marine
562.570.3051
Ted.Stevens@longbeach.gov




The Department of Parks, Recreation and Marine (PRM) Animal Care Services Bureau (ACS) 2017 Mid-Year Report reveals a new record low in impound and euthanized animals and a new record high for Live Release Rate.

"I'm proud of the hardworking team at Animal Care Services and the numerous volunteers, rescue groups, animal partner groups, and advocates who continue to save more animal lives,” said Mayor Robert Garcia. “We still have more work to do, but I'm thankful that we've decreased euthanasia every year for the past three years, and will continue to do so."

The following statistics show increasing progress being made at the animal shelter and are the best numbers ever reported:

  • More than 200 fewer cats and dogs impounded at the shelter, a 6% reduction.
  • Euthanasia is showing another steep decline with over 290 fewer dogs and cats euthanized, a reduction of 64% for dogs and 34% for cats. Compared to 2015, euthanasia is down 79% for dogs and 57% for cats, representing 725 fewer dogs and cats euthanized.
  • Live Release Rates of 95% for dogs and 76% for cats, compared to 89% and 63%, respectively.

 View the Dog and Cat Impound Euthanization Numbers and Live Release Rates for 2011 to 2017.

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 organization.

This new record success is attributed to the collective efforts of hardworking staff, volunteers, partner groups, local rescues and the entire Long Beach community.

“We are thankful to all of our supporters and rescue groups that have helped save so many lives, and we will continue to look for new partnerships, programs and innovative ways to help save even more animals,” said Ted Stevens, Manager of Animal Care Services.

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 to 5:30 pm; Saturday and Sunday, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm; and is closed on Mondays, Tuesdays and holidays.

With the help of our entire community we look forward to reaching more milestones in the future and continue to reduce pet overpopulation and find new forever homes for animals at the shelter.

To help, or for more information visit our website at: http://longbeach.gov/acs/, “Follow” us on Twitter @lbanimalcare and “Like” us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/LongBeachAnimalCare. The ACS Twitter feed, #LBLostFoundPets, serves to help reunite lost pets with their owners.

About Long Beach Parks, Recreation and Marine
The Long Beach Parks, Recreation and Marine Department (PRM) is one of the premier parks and recreation departments in the country, is consistently recognized for excellence in management practices and programs, and has received the national Gold Medal Award four times. PRM operates 170 parks with 26 community centers; two major tennis centers; an animal shelter; one of the busiest municipal golf systems in the country with five courses; and the largest municipally operated marina system in the nation with over 3,200 boat slips. More than 3,200 acres are developed for recreation. The Department offers approximately 2,400 contract classes (fitness, health, enrichment) to people of all ages (newborn to senior) every year; after-school programs at 26 sites during the school year; and summer programs for youth 5-12 years old. Other unique sites include multiple community gardens, a municipal cemetery, more than 38 miles of bike trails, 10 dog parks, and eight skate parks.

For more information about Long Beach Parks, Recreation and Marine programs and services, visit www.lbparks.org. Please “Like” us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.