Oct 26, 2016

Preventing cruelty one dog at a time

July at the shelter
July at the shelter

Dear Freinds,

It may not be summer, but I want to tell you about July.

July – like so many spcaLA shelter pets – withstood cruelty. Unlike others, it was aimed at her owner.

Domestic abusers hurt or threaten the lives of pets to maintain control. An effective strategy – most DV shelters can only house humans. spcaLA’s Animal Safety Net (ASN)™ allows us to provide free care and safe shelter to pets like July.

While we work to reunite survivors and their animals, it is not always feasible. July’s owner asked spcaLA to find the sweet, scruffy, deaf Terrier a new home.

Despite her violent past, July was friendly and smart. We put her to work with youth in Teaching Love and Compassion (TLC)™, our violence-prevention program.

July helped her students practice patience, compassion, and empathy, while they helped her learn basic obedience.

She formed such a close bond with one of her students that he and his family came back this summer to adopt July!


Thank you,


Madeline Bernstein
President, spcaLA

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Jul 28, 2016

YOU helped keep animals safe from harm!

spcaLA Responds to Sand Fire
spcaLA Responds to Sand Fire

Your support of spcaLA allows us to not only investigate animal cruelty and work to prosecute offenders, but you also allow us to repsond to disasters, like we did recently at the Sand Fire in Santa Clarita. Here are a few words from our President, Madeline Bernstein, about our response efforts:

Dear Friends,

It has been organized chaos for the past few days. In the middle of a large-scale adoption event this Saturday, I got the call: Los Angeles County needed your spcaLA's help at the Sand Fire in Santa Clarita.

We quickly mobilized - gathering supplies, pulling in staff, organizing volunteers - and deployed to the Hansen Dam Equestrian Center. The women and men of the spcaLA Disaster Animal Response Team (DART)™ worked a 24-hour shift to keep area horses, livestock, and other animals safe from the encroaching fire. Through mutual aid efforts, over 700 horses, goats, chickens, and other animals evacuated from Sand Canyon and surrounding areas have been safely housed since Saturday.

Your spcaLA rolled out with all assets - our mobile command center, horse trailer, sleeper, and other vehicles - to provide 24/7 support. We worked to care for and relocate animals, and, as the fire became more contained and evacuation orders were lifted, we also reunited owners with their horses, sheep, cows, donkeys, chickens, and hundreds of other animals. After being deployed for four days, the team returned home, ready to return if conditions worsen and our help is needed.

This is where I need your help. spcaLA's disaster response efforts rely on the generous donations of people like you.

Your gifts allow us to provide front-line veterinary care, temporary shelter, food, and rescue to animals in disasters. Since 1877, your spcaLA has protected the lives of animals right here in our community - responding to fires, earthquakes, floods, and other disasters, both natural and man-made.

Please, give as generously as you are able to help keep our team and the animals we protect safe from harm.

And, after you give, consider asking a friend to pitch in too. Yesterday, we assisted the Sand Canyon, but tomorrow we could be called to help in your neighborhood.

Thank you,

Madeline Bernstein
President, spcaLA

P.S. Wondering about that large-scale adoption event I mentioned? Our staff and volunteer worked overtime and adopted out 160 spcaLA shelter pets this weekend!

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Apr 27, 2016

A quick word of thanks

Dusty & Rex
Dusty & Rex

On behalf of spcaLA shelter pets like Dusty and Rex, thank you. When their owner had to go to a convalescent home, these 7-year-old German Shepherd brothers found themselves at spcaLA, confused and scared.

For a little over a month, our volunteers and staff worked with the brothers daily, providing them enrichment activities, veterinary care, nourishing food, and a warm bed. We gave them our best, to try and raise their spirits and keep them healthy.

Thanks to you, our spcaLA supporters, we were able to find them a forever home together!

Without reservation: We are grateful for you.

And, so are thousands of spcaLA shelter pets, like Dusty and Rex. They rely on you, and you do not disappoint them.

Thank you for giving.

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