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Adopt-a-Pet: Ramona the mixed breed

RamonaRamona (ID# A1058480), an adoptable 1-year-old female mixed breed at the South Los Angeles animal shelter, is "the definition of sweet," according to shelter volunteer Andrea Braver. 

So why doesn't she have a home yet?  Well, she's not terribly flashy -- a plain, medium-sized tan dog that Braver describes as camera-shy.  And the South L.A. shelter is notoriously crowded with needy animals (on a recent day it adopted out nine dogs, but took in 32), meaning a dog's often got an uphill battle to be adopted there.  Turnover is often quick at the shelter, so Ramona might not have much time left to make an impression on the right owner.

That's a real shame, according to Braver, because this plain-looking dog is loaded with personality and would make a wonderful pet.  Ramona, Braver says, is "a snuggler" who is quiet and gentle around people but vivacious and full of fun around other dogs.

Given the opportunity to play, Ramona "takes off like a little girl at a pajama party.  She's running and jumping and pouncing and kneeling and pawing and becomes the leader of the pack," Braver says, adding that this young dog would make a wonderful companion for an existing dog.  Meet Ramona in person at the South L.A. shelter, 3612 11th Ave., or call (888) 4LAPET1 with her ID number for more information.  

PREVIOUSLY FEATURED PETS STILL UP FOR ADOPTION:
Maximus the Labrador-corgi mix

-- Lindsay Barnett

Photo: Andrea Braver

Adopt-a-Pet: Maximus the Labrador-corgi mix

MaximusThis goofy-looking creature is Maximus (ID# A3902086), an adoptable Labrador retriever-corgi mix at the Baldwin Park animal shelter

Maximus' owners surrendered him at the shelter on Aug. 12, and, adorably strange-looking as he is, he's yet to find a new home.  He's still young -- about a year old, give or take -- and is affectionate, playful and full of life, according to the shelter's head volunteer, Ric Browde.  He loves all people and would be especially happy in an active household, Browde says.  He also gets along well with other dogs.

Maximus is already neutered, so he can go home with his new owner immediately upon being adopted.  At about 45 pounds, we'd call him on-the-large-side-of-medium, but he's smaller than your average Labrador. 

Meet Maximus in person at the Baldwin Park shelter, located at 4275 N. Elton in Baldwin Park, or call (626) 962-3577 with his ID number for more information.  Want to see more of Maximus?  Check out a video of him in action after the jump.

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A single day's statistics for one L.A. shelter speak volumes

Simone When submitter Colin brought his adopted dog Simone (pictured) home from the South Los Angeles animal shelter, the little creature "was so exhausted ... that she slept for a week straight," he says. "She is a wonderful dog and many more great animals need good homes!"

We couldn't agree with Colin more on that last point, and we couldn't be happier for Simone, who clearly wound up in a wonderful home.

But what of the other dogs and cats at the shelter?  Tomika Johnson, New Hope program coordinator for South L.A., offers a small snapshot of day-to-day business there.

On a single day this week -- Wednesday -- the shelter placed nine dogs and two cats with permanent homes or pet rescue groups. That same day, it accepted 32 dogs and five cats (including those impounded as strays and those surrendered at the shelter by their owners). With odds like that, how can animal lovers ever hope to solve the pet overpopulation problem?

The issue certainly won't be solved overnight, or even in a year or two or 10. It's easy to become overwhelmed by the scope of the problem, but there are a few small things individuals can do to make a big difference. First and foremost, adopt a needy pet (you can even register to receive e-mail alerts about shelter pets of a particular breed at the PetHarbor website) and make sure your existing pets are spayed or neutered. Beyond those obvious points, shelters are always in need of donations in the form of dog and cat toys, litter boxes, beds and blankets, newspapers and white vinegar.  

-- Lindsay Barnett

Photo: Colin / Your Scene

Adopt-a-Pet: Abraham the pit bull

AbrahamAbraham (ID# A1052372), an adoptable 3-year-old male pit bull, is a big favorite with staff at the South Los Angeles animal shelter

Unfortunately for him, he also has a few strikes against him, through no fault of his own.  As we mentioned, Abraham's a pit bull -- one of the most common types of dog found in shelters but one that many potential adopters shy away from as a result of persistent bad press.  And the South L.A. shelter is one of the most crowded shelters in Southern California. 

Endpoint: More than a month after landing at the shelter, Abraham is still homeless.

His owners surrendered him at the shelter "because they no longer had adequate time to spend with him," according to the shelter's New Hope program coordinator, Tomika Johnson.  But, Johnson notes, "They did a great job during the time they had with him and his outgoing and vibrant personality shows it."

Abraham has lots of energy and an intense love of tennis balls, Johnson says.  He is very friendly and loves people -- both adults and children -- and other dogs.  We had to laugh when Johnson pointed out that, should Abraham be adopted into a home with another dog, care should be taken to ensure that the existing dog is good at receiving affection.  When meeting a new dog, she explains, Abraham "licks their face constantly and persistently."

Meet Abraham in person at the South L.A. shelter, 3612 11th Ave., or call (888) 4LAPET1 with his ID number for more information. 

UPDATE: Abraham has been pulled from the South L.A. shelter by an L.A.-area pet rescue group.  Congratulations, Abraham!

-- Lindsay Barnett

Photo: Los Angeles Department of Animal Services

Adopt-a-Pet: Betsy the Chihuahua-dachshund mix

Betsy We can't imagine how anyone could give up sweet-faced little Betsy (ID# A4020041), a Chihuahua-dachshund mix now looking for a home at the Baldwin Park animal shelter.  (That's right, the mixed-breed with, we think, the most fun made-up name to say: Chiweenie!)  But give her up they did, and the shelter's head volunteer, Ric Browde, describes Betsy as "heartbroken to have been abandoned."

Making matters worse for this poor little dog is the fact that she recently gave birth to a litter of puppies, and "missing them is undoubtedly adding to her depression," Browde says.

Since being dropped off unceremoniously at the shelter Aug. 13, Betsy has been spayed and is ready to go home immediately with her new owner.  She's two years old, weighs about 15 pounds and is described as gentle, calm and ideally suited for apartment dwellers or older owners in the market for an easygoing companion.

Meet Betsy in person at the Baldwin Park shelter, located at 4275 N. Elton in Baldwin Park, or call (626) 962-3577 with her ID number for more information.  And if you, like us, can't get enough of this cute little dog, check out a video of her in action after the jump! 

UPDATE: Betsy has been adopted.  Congratulations, Betsy!

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Adopt-a-Pet: Raindrop the storm drain cat

Raindrop

Late last week, Riverside County animal control officer Kristina Hillegaart responded to an unusual call -- California Department of Transportation workers had reported a cat trapped in a storm drain along Interstate 215.

When Hillegaart arrived, the young female domestic shorthair was, in fact, firmly stuck in the dirty, trash-covered drain and looked up at Hillegaart plaintively through the grates. Hillegaart managed to pluck the cat from the drain and brought her to the Riverside animal shelter.

The cat, called Raindrop (ID# A684220) by her rescuers, is now available for adoption -- and she could certainly use a break!  She seems to have been a stray before winding up in the drain, but despite that, is friendly with people and is described as a great pet prospect for a cat lover in the market for a new friend.

"I love this kitty," Hillegaart said of Raindrop. "She's such a sweet, loving cat."  Meet Raindrop in person at the Riverside animal shelter, located at 5950 Wilderness Ave. in Riverside, or call (951) 358-7387 with her ID number for more information.

-- Lindsay Barnett

Photo credit: Kasey Littlefield / Riverside County Department of Animal Services

L.A. Animal Services offering 50% discount on dog, cat and rabbit adoptions through weekend

Puppies

Rather than going to the mall and shelling out $1000 plus for a fluffy, white Maltese, consider adopting a pet in need from Los Angeles Animal Services. From now until Sunday, LAAS will be offering 50% off on adoptions for cats, dogs and rabbits. In addition to the adoption discount, LAAS is including a free microchip implant, an estimated $15 value.

In order to adopt a pet, head to one of the six animal services care centers listed below, provide a valid driver's license and pay the adoption fee. Charges cover necessary vaccinations, spaying/neutering for cats and dogs and microchipping. The maximum adoption cost for Los Angeles County residents is $117 for dogs, $76 for cats and $56 for rabbits. 

In 2009, LAAS assisted in more than 12,575 dogs and cat adoptions, as well as 252 rabbit adoptions.

For locations near you, see the handy list after the jump.

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Adopt-a-Pet: Tucson the chow chow mix

Tucson

Poor Tucson (ID# A1044005) found himself unceremoniously dropped at the Harbor animal shelter in San Pedro at age 12.

Tucson, a chow chow mix, had "probably been a loving, loyal dog for all of his 12 years and never expected to be discarded," says shelter staff member Nicky Gore-Jones.

Gore-Jones describes Tucson as "an elegant gentleman," armed with a lot of charm, excellent manners and a sweet disposition.  He's been at the shelter since early July, and with many new animals coming in every day and space tight, time is quickly becoming his enemy.

Tucson is medium-sized, well-behaved and clearly well past the young-puppy naughtiness phase.  Meet him in person at the Harbor shelter, at 957 N. Gaffey St. in San Pedro, or call either (310) 548-2632 or 888-4LAPET1 with his ID number for more information.

PREVIOUSLY FEATURED PETS STILL UP FOR ADOPTION:
Eve the American Staffordshire terrier
Stewie the Labrador-husky mix
Ebony the German shepherd mix

-- Lindsay Barnett

Photo: Los Angeles Department of Animal Services

Adopt-a-Pet: Stewie the Labrador-husky mix

Stewie Stewie (ID# A0936674), an adoptable Labrador retriever-husky mix at the Harbor animal shelter, could certainly use a break.  He's been at the shelter for about a month and, despite his gregarious personality, still doesn't have a home to show for it.

It's hard to be a large dog looking for a new owner -- Stewie has looked on as many of his smaller sheltermates have been adopted.  But he has many points in his favor: He's a great age, not yet 2 years old but no longer in the floor-soiling, shoe-chewing puppy phase.  He's already neutered, so he can go home with his new adoptive owner immediately.  And he has a great personality, according to shelter staff member Nicky Gore-Jones.

Stewie is a "beautiful, big dog, with lots of energy and joie de vivre," Gore-Jones says, adding that he loves nothing more than being around people and going for long walks.  He'd be a great fit for an energetic, outdoorsy owner looking for a new hiking partner.

Meet Stewie in person at the Harbor shelter, at 957 N. Gaffey Street in San Pedro, or call 888-4LAPET1 with his ID number for more information.

-- Lindsay Barnett

Photo: Los Angeles Department of Animal Services

Adopt-a-Pet: Ebony the German shepherd mix

EbonyWhen Ebony (ID# A0526597), a spayed female German shepherd mix, came into the South Los Angeles animal shelter, she was sensitive to the touch and afraid of people. 

She's a different dog today, according to Tomika Johnson, the shelter's New Hope program coordinator -- she's become a friendly, social creature and was even chosen to participate in the shelter's training classes (she's enrolled in them now). 

Ebony has come a long way, but she's still missing the most important thing of all -- a good home with an owner who will appreciate the impressive progress she's made in a short time.

Since Ebony is already spayed, she can go home immediately with her new owner.  She's about 8 years old and seems to be in good health, apart from a runny nose that might require medication for a short time.  Meet her in person at the South L.A. shelter, 3612 11th Ave., or call 888-4LAPET1 with her ID number for more information.

-- Lindsay Barnett

Photo: Los Angeles Department of Animal Services

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