Described as a “community space where LA comes to play, adopt, learn, and grow,” the Wallis Annenberg PetSpace—named after the foundation’s longtime supporter and animal advocate—works to find the best potential adopter for each animal’s personality and unique set of needs. This helps increase the chances of finding truly lifelong homes for each animal and prepares adopters for the responsibility of adding a new furry family member to their household.
People often acquire animals without considering the lifetime commitment that caring for them requires.
The Wallis Annenberg PetSpace works diligently to teach every new guardian about the care and attention that companion animals need and deserve. Using events, interactive technology, classes, videos, community programs, and a variety of hands-on workshops, PetSpace staff and volunteers show visitors how to care for their animal companions, enrich their lives, and add to their overall health and happiness.
Recognizing that children often influence the decision to bring home a new animal, PetSpace welcomes them, too. It offers “Paws & Pages” events that involve listening to a story with or reading to an adoptable animal. The facility also has its own grooming center and medical care center, which people can visit as part of the “Behind the Scenes” tour. And of course, the message is adopt, don’t shop!
PetSpace—a dedicated partner of the County of Los Angeles Department of Animal Care and Control—gets each dog, cat, and rabbit featured in the space from one of six different county shelters, including the Downey and Carson shelters, which are some of the busiest facilities in the region. PetSpace supports these hardworking shelters by serving as another outlet for some of the many animals they care for, helping them find great new loving homes.
Equipped with innovative technology like digital display screens, our Adoption Suites help you better connect with your potential new pet. pic.twitter.com/Mn47mBuNH6
— Annenberg PetSpace (@AnnPetSpace) July 6, 2017
Each dog and cat is housed in a private “adoption suite,” and there’s a large bunny playroom, where adoptable rabbits live and frolic together. At each adoption suite, visitors are greeted with giant touch screens that display information about the animal’s personality and characteristics to help potential guardians better understand each one before they even meet. The touch screens also include interactive displays and quizzes full of training tips, important health information, and more.
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Saving dogs and cats is as simple as always spaying and neutering, adopting from animal shelters, and never breeding or buying them. Every time that an animal is purchased from a pet store or breeder, another in a shelter loses a chance to find a loving home.