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Frequently Asked Questions.

What is L.A. Love & Leashes?

L.A. Love & Leashes is a partnered adoption center with L.A. Animal Services that is 100% dedicated

to finding homes for animals still living in L.A.’s city animal shelters.



Who runs L.A. Love & Leashes? 

L.A. Love & Leashes is a program of Friends of L.A. Animal Shelters, a volunteer-run 501(c)(3) non-profit.  

L.A. Love & Leashes is also a team effort:  Everyday, the staff at L.A.’s city animal shelters drive dogs and cats

to and from our location at Westfield Century City.



How can I get information on dogs and cats available for adoption at L.A. Love & Leashes?

The best way to see who is at our center on any given day is to look on our Instagram and Facebook pages.

 If you are interested in a specific dog or cat or have questions about the adoption process, please email us at



Do I need to live in the City of Los Angeles to adopt from L.A. Love & Leashes?

No!  We love great homes wherever they may be :)


What are the adoption fees for dogs and cats?

The adoption fees at L.A. Love & Leashes are the same as those charged at Los Angeles city shelters, and 100% of the fees collected at L.A. Love & Leashes go straight to the city shelters the same day. For residents of Los Angeles, the maximum adoption fees are $122 for an adult dog and $76 for a cat. Non-L.A. city residents do not pay a license fee.



What is included in the adoption fee?

Each adoption fee is a truly amazing value and includes vaccinations, spaying/neutering, microchipping, first-year license fee for dogs (licenses are not required for cats), a free vet check by any member of the Southern CA Veterinary Medical Association, and a discounted class with an experienced trainer/behaviorist.


What is the goal of L.A. Love & Leashes?

L.A. Love & Leashes is not a rescue organization and is unable to take in lost or abandoned animals. Instead, since no animal living in a Los Angeles city shelter is fully safe until being adopted or rescued, our goal is to help save lives by finding homes for as many of the tens of thousands of dogs and cats entering our city shelters each year as possible. We’re doing so by reaching many people who would not otherwise visit a shelter, by providing the opportunity to interact in a friendly, stress-free environment with the wonderful dogs and cats who come to our location daily, and we are dispelling the misconceptions some people have about dogs and cats living in shelters through no fault of their own.



Where do the dogs and cats come from who are available for adoption at L.A. Love & Leashes?

Dogs and cats are transported each day to and from the West L.A. city animal shelter. The terrific Los Angeles Animal Services staff transfer cats and dogs from the five other city animal shelters located throughout L.A. to their

West L.A. location, and from there they’re brought to our adoption center. So animals from all across

Los Angeles benefit from L.A. Love & Leashes.



How can I help L.A. Love & Leashes?



Since the adoption fees we collect are identical to what adopters pay at the L.A. city shelters and 100% of those fees go straight to the shelters, donations are vital to keep our adoption center going.



Have family or friends who may be looking for a new pet to adopt or a charity to support? Tell them about us!



We are always in need of terrific animal-loving volunteers, and it’s a very rewarding experience! 



We’d love it if you’d follow us on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter. Share our news and updates with your friends and family!



When you’re ready to add to your family, please adopt, don't shop! As you look to adopt, please consider L.A. Love & Leashes and the six city shelters in Los Angeles!

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