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L.A. Closer to No-Kill with Record Low Killings at LAAS Shelters

Best Friends Animal Society’s NKLA (No-Kill Los Angeles) initiative reached yet another milestone on its way to turning Los Angeles into America’s largest no-kill city by 2017.


2013-2014 fiscal year numbers released by Los Angeles Animal Services recently indicated that the six City of Los Angeles shelters recorded the lowest number of dog and cat killings on record in its history: 12,680. That number is a decline of 26 percent from the previous year’s number of 17,069 and a dramatic reduction from the peak of 110,000 dogs and cats killed at Los Angeles Animal Services in 1971.

The NKLA initiative is comprised of a coalition of 70+ local organizations, including LAAS.  “This came about because every member of the NKLA coalition, and most importantly the staff and volunteers of LA Animal Services, is prioritizing life-saving,” said Francis Battista, Best Friends Animal Society co-founder and the architect of NKLA. “I am in awe of the great work that is being done by every group and individual that is working to end shelter killing in L.A.”

Brenda Barnette, general manager of Los Angeles Animal Services, was equally thrilled with the news. “We did this with the hope, heart, energy and tremendous support of amazing groups and individuals who believe that we can Save Them All,” she said.

Best Friends is a national animal welfare organization devoted exclusively to ending the killing of shelter pets across America and as part of a public/private partnership with the City of Los Angeles, Best Friends operates a Pet Adoption & Spay/Neuter Center at a city-owned facility in Mission Hills. The organization also runs the NKLA Pet Adoption Center in West L.A., which includes pets for adoption from other coalition partners. Since January 2012, NKLA coalition partners have placed more than 73,000 dogs and cats into new homes through adoption and transport efforts, including more than 14,000 from the two Best Friends-operated centers.

Since its founding, Best Friends has helped reduce the number of animals killed in America’s shelters from 17 million per year to 4 million.

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