City of Long Beach 
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Long Beach, CA 90802

City of Long Beach Animal Care Services Achieves Another Record Year in 2017
Marie Knight, Director
Department of Parks, Recreation and Marine

The Department of Parks, Recreation and Marine Animal Care Services Bureau (ACS) achieved another record year in 2017 with increased positive outcomes for animals in the community.

"Over the past couple of years, strong community engagement and partnerships with nonprofit groups and animal advocates have contributed to the reduction of animal overpopulation," said Mayor Robert Garcia. “I am proud that our city is continually making progress each year and finding more permanent homes for dogs and cats. I am also looking forward to implementing the recent recommendation of our City Auditor to save even more animal lives.”

The following year-end statistics show increasing progress being made at the animal shelter and are some of the best numbers ever reported:

Stats compared to previous year, 2017 to 2016.

Total dogs and cats combined

  • Impounds were down 6.8% (record low).
  • The number of animals euthanized was down 36% (record low).
  • Live release rate was up 8% in 2017, reaching an all-time high of 77%.

Dogs only

  • Impounds were down 18.5% (record low).
  • The number of dogs euthanized was down 63% (record low).
  • Live release rate was up 8% in 2017, reaching an all-time high of 93%.

Cats only

  • Impounds were up by 3.5%.
  • The number of cats euthanized was down 26% (record low).
  • Live release rate was up 11% in 2017, reaching an all-time high of 73%.

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. 

“We continue to look for new partnerships, programs and innovative ways to help save animal lives, such as the mobile adoption vehicle 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.

Some of the most notable improvements at ACS in 2017 include:
ACS opened a new 800 square-foot medical suite to provide additional medical treatment to shelter animals, and constructed and opened a new 230 square-foot open air cattery. These projects were made possible by generous supporters.

ACS continued its support of spay and neuter programs and the Mandatory Spay/Neuter law by helping to fund over 2,500 spay or neuter surgeries for the community’s cats and dogs, resulting in another significant drop in live impounds at the shelter.

ACS increased its community presence and offsite adoptions with its new mobile adoption vehicle, made possible by another generous donation.

ACS, along with the Loyola Marymount Center for Urban Resilience, embarked on the first year of a potential three-year study of the urban coyotes in Long Beach with the goal of improving the City’s coyote management plan.

ACS continually works with the community to reduce pet overpopulation and find new forever homes for animals at the shelter. 

The community can get more involved or find more information by visiting the ACS website at:, “Following” ACS on Twitter @lbanimalcare and “Liking” on Facebook at

About Long Beach Animal Care Services

The goal of Long Beach Animal Care Services (ACS) is to make Long Beach the safest large city in California for people and animals through the promotion of responsible pet ownership and recreation. ACS serves 600,000 residents and pets in the Cities of Long Beach, Cerritos, Seal Beach, Los Alamitos and Signal Hill.

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