Placing Stray and Unwanted Pets

If you are trying to find a new home for your pet or a stray animal that you have found, we suggest the following ideas:

 Stray animals:

1. First, take the animal to a local veterinarian to see if they have a microchip – this will hopefully aid in finding their owner.

2. Contact your local newspaper.  Most papers offer FREE lost & found ads for missing pets.

3. Contact your local shelter and register a found animal alert with them – that way if the owner is looking for their pet they can contact you.

4. If you can, take a picture and post FOUND flyers in the surrounding area of where you found the animal.

5. Post flyers at local pet stores, veterinarian offices, grocery stores, etc.

6. If found in a neighborhood, post flyers on large light poles and on community mailboxes – DO NOT put flyers in personal mailboxes.

 *      If you are unable to find the pets owner, check the following websites for a listing of cat & dog rescue groups in your area that might be able to help.  Most rescues are usually inundated with calls regarding animals that need to be rescued, so we would suggest calling each of them to see if they can offer assistance.

www.ThePetRescue.com Post Lost/Found adds online
www.1-800-save-a-pet.com Lists dog & cat rescue groups by area
www.petfinder.com  Lists dog & cat rescue groups by area
www.rescuers.com/CatRescues.pdf  Website has a listing of cat rescues by area
www.akc.org/breeds/rescue.cfm Purebred dogs rescue groups listed by breed

 

       Also, contact the Petco & Petsmart stores in your area to find out which rescue groups they work with.  We would recommend visiting these rescues during adoption events with pictures of the dog or cat you are trying to place.  DO NOT bring the dog or cat to these adoption events.  To find additional Petco & Petsmart locations, go to their websites at www.Petco.com & www.Petsmart.com

 Placing Unwanted Pets:

Check the following websites for a listing of cat & dog rescue groups in your area that might be able to help adopt out your pet.  Most rescues are usually inundated with calls regarding animals that need to be rescued, so we would suggest calling each of them to see if they can offer assistance.

           

www.1-800-save-a-pet.com Lists dog & cat rescue groups by area
www.petfinder.com  Lists dog & cat rescue groups by area
www.rescuers.com/CatRescues.pdf  Website has a listing of cat rescues by area
www.akc.org/breeds/rescue.cfm Purebred dogs rescue groups listed by breed

       Also, contact the Petco & Petsmart stores in your area to find out which rescue groups they work with.  We would recommend visiting these rescues during adoption events with pictures of the dog or cat you are trying to place.  DO NOT bring the dog or cat to these adoption events.  To find additional Petco & Petsmart locations, go to their websites at www.Petco.com & www.Petsmart.com

         

Things to Remember:

When you’re calling rescue organizations, leave a detailed message regarding the animal that you are trying to place.  Their description, sex, age, likes/dislikes, any behavior issues, spayed/neutered, current on shots, etc.

Rescue groups operate by donations only, so funds are usually limited and that can determine the number of animals that they are able to help.  So, if you are willing to get the dog or cat spayed/neutered or if you are willing to foster the animal until it is adopted, be sure to provide them with that information as well.    The more you can do to help get the animal ready to be adopted, the more likely the rescues groups are to work with you.

DO NOT wait until the last minute to try and find a home for your pet.  Since most rescue organizations receive in upwards of 20 calls per day of people trying to find homes for unwanted pets, it usually takes a couple days for a response. 

 Moving?

If you are moving, whether cross-country or just next door, you do have options for keeping your pet, if you want to.

 For information on pet friendly housing in your area, please visit: 

 www.MyCheapApartments.com

 www.MovingWithPets.com  or call  (310)  295-1031

 www.peoplewithpets.com

 www.rentnet.com                

 www.rent.com

www.zumper.com

https://www.zumper.com/rental-guides/how-to-rent-pet-friendly-apartments/

These are just a couple of the many websites on the internet that offer guidance to people that are looking for “pet friendly” housing.   

 You Should Know:

 If you decide that all of this is too much work and you’re simply going to take your pet the local shelter, please consider this:

Once your pet enters the shelter system it is immediately EXPOSED to every single virus imaginable – so he/she might not even make it to adoption day.

With the numerous animals that are turned in to shelters every day, no matter how cute, cuddly, outgoing and personable your pet is, there will NEVER be enough homes available for them all.   Due to the recent housing crisis, owner turn-ins at LA County Animal shelters is up 21%.  Please use the shelter as a your last option.

Also, contact the Petco & Petsmart stores in your area to find out which rescue groups they work with.  We would recommend visiting these rescues during adoption events with pictures of the dog or cat you are trying to place.  DO NOT bring the dog or cat to these adoption events.  To find additional Petco & Petsmart locations, go to their websites at www.Petco.com & www.Petsmart.com

 

PETCO  Stores

 *Stores are listed by area code

Culver City 310-390-7255 Burbank 818-566-8528
Redondo Beach 310-355-1370 Canoga Park 818-883-0210
Redondo Beach 310-374-7969 Encino 818-343-1124
Los Angeles 310-282-8166 Glendale 818-548-0411
Santa Monica 310-586-1963 La Canada 818-790-3165
Los Angeles 310-645-7198 Northridge 818-993-1871
W Hollywood 310-275-6012 Porter Ranch 818-368-3062
Los Angeles 310-441-2073 Studio City 818-506-6416
    Van Nuys 818-997-4009
Los Angeles 323-934-8444 Woodland Hills 818-346-9397
Walnut Park 323-826-9607    
    San Diego 858-451-8347
Chula Vista 619-476-8064 San Diego 858-483-4100
Chula Vista 619-397-6809 Del Mar 858-259-0110
La Mesa 619-337-0701 San Diego 858-693-1131
La Mesa 619-337-0701 Poway 858-679-2020
El Cajon 619-670-9688    
Santee 619-449-1668 San Juan Capistrano 949-240-9388
       
S. Pasadena 626-577-2600 Murrieta 951-691-5063
San Gabriel 626-287-9847 Temecula 951-296-0388
       
Palmdale 661-267-2447    
Saugus 661-297-6936    
       
Encinitas 760-632-6600    
Escondido 760-781-1600    
Carlsbad 760-753-0814    
Oceanside 760-967-7387    
Oceanside 760-754-1400    
San Marcos 760-471-1501    
Vista 760-631-5770    
       
Camarillo 805-384-5435    
Moorpark 805-552-0370    
Port Hueneme 805-984-3470    
Santa Barbara 805-966-7292    
Thousand Oaks 805-777-7554    
Ventura 805-639-3016    

 

*If you do not see a store in your area –

go to www.Petco.com for additional store locations.

 

 Petsmart  Stores

 *Stores are listed by area code

Culver City 310-390-5120 Oxnard 805-981-4012
El Segundo 310-333-0602 San Luis Obispo 805-544-0191
Torrance 310-316-9047 Simi Valley 805-306-1912
    Santa Maria 805-348-1075
Downey 562-803-1607 Ventura 805-650-9191
       
Chula Vista 619-656-0071 Canoga Park 818-704-6560
S. Chula Vista 619-397-0605 Tujunga 818-951-0916
El Cajon 619-442-0600 Westlake Village 818-865-8626
Santee 619-448-1921 Woodland Hills 818-340-2816
San Diego 619-523-4177    
    La Jolla 858-535-9175
Alhambra 626-284-3390 San Diego 858-571-0300
Pasadena 626-351-8434    
    Aliso Viejo 949-643-2285
Bakersfield 661-834-1044 Costa Mesa 949-764-9277
Lancaster 661-942-7330 Lake Forest 949-768-6373
E. Palmdale 661-533-9148 Rancho Santa Margarita 949-766-7746
Stevenson Ranch 661-260-3990    
       
Fountain Valley 714-241-0317    
Santa Ana 714-480-0620    
Tustin 714-258-8564    
Tustin 714-731-1106    
Yorba Linda 714-637-8088    
       
Encinitas 760-436-1220    
Oceanside 760-729-4546    
Vista 760-630-3544    

 

*If you do not see a store in your area – go to www.Petsmart.com for additional store locations.

You can find additional placement resources and rescue organizations by getting  a copy of The Pet Press at your local Petco or Petsmart stores. 

Things to Remember:

  • When you’re calling rescue organizations, leave a detailed message regarding the animal that you are trying to place.  Their description, sex, age, likes/dislikes, any behavior issues, spayed/neutered, current on shots, etc. 
  • Rescue groups operate by donations only so funds are usually limited and that can determine the number of animals that they are able to  help.  So, if you are willing to get the dog or cat spayed/neutered or if you are willing to foster the animal until it is adopted, be sure to provide them with that information as well.    The more you can do to help get the animal ready to be adopted, the more likely the rescues groups are to work with you.
  • DO NOT wait until the last minute to try and find a home for your pet.  Since most rescue organizations receive in upwards of 20 calls per day of people trying to find homes for unwanted pets, it usually takes a couple days for a response.

 

You Should Know: 

If you decide that all of this is too much work and you’re simply going to take your pet the local shelter, please consider this:   

  • Once your pet enters the shelter system it is immediately EXPOSED to every single virus imaginable – so he/she might not even make it to adoption day.
  • So, with the numerous animals that are turned in to shelters every day, no matter how cute, cuddly, outgoing and personable your pet is, there will NEVER be enough homes available for them all. 

 

Animal  Rescue  Guide

 

  • We neither recommend nor endorse any of these rescues listed. 

  • NOTE:  You should NEVER hand over an animal to any rescue without verifying some basic information like are they licensed, what are their adoption practices and where do they do adoptions.  There are people out there claiming to be rescues that will use stray & unwanted animals for their financial gain, so please ASK QUESTIONS.

 

(213)

SC PAW                         

213-368-4608

Dogs & Cats

Small Wonders Rescue

213-702-3678

Dogs

The Mutt Scouts

213-453-6413

Dogs & Cats

 

 

(310)

A Cats Tale

310-973-9353

Cats

Amanda Foundation               

310-278-2935

Dogs & Cats

Animal Guardian Society        

310-652-8618

Dogs & Cats

Animals Rule Placement Foundation

310-832-9929

Dogs & Cats

Bail A Tail Rescue

310-422-7952

Dogs & Cats

Bill Foundation

310-860-0171

Dogs & Cats

California Wildlife Center       

310-458-9453

Other

Canine Crusaders

310-937-7949

Dogs

Catmandoo Rescue

310-569-8404

Cats

Dog’s Life Rescue

310-590-7387

Dogs

Forte Animal Rescue               

310-362-0321

Dogs & Cats

Friends Of Animals Foundation        

310-479-5089

Dogs & Cats

Friends Of Parrots Group        

310-459-0166

Other

Have-A-Heart                          

310-281-6973

Cats

Heads 2 Tails                         

310-390-5338

Cats

Home For Every Living Pet

310-903-0470

Dogs & Cats

Lange Foundation

310-472-7727

Dogs & Cats

Molly’s Mutts & Meows

310-837-MUTT

Dogs & Cats

Much Love Animal Rescue      

310-636-9115

Dogs & Cats

New Hope For Animals Foundation

310-276-8982

Dogs & Cats

Noah’s Bark, Inc.

310-391-5081

Dogs

Parrot Society of LA

310-358-2907

Other

Peninsula Pet Rescue             

310-784-7240

Dogs & Cats

Perfect Pet Rescue         

310-726-3731

Dogs

People And Cats Together       

310-230-5974

Cats

Perfect Pet Rescue

310-726-3731

Dogs & Cats

Pet Harbor

310-324-2325

Dogs & Cats

Pet Pride                                 

310-836-5427

Cats

Rescued Pet Foundation

310-284-3680

Dogs & Cats

Save-A-Life                             

310-787-7411

Cats & dogs

Sparky And The Gang             

310-364-3668

Dogs & Cats

The Nature Network Inc.

310-289-4188

Other

The Paw’d Squad          

310-674-0477

Cats & Dogs

Voice For The Animals            

310-358-2907

Dogs & Cats

Whiskers & Tails Foundation

310-547-5440

Dogs & Cats

 

 

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Animal Avengers                     

323-655-4220

Dogs & Cats

Animal Safety Net

323-733-0219

Domestic Violence

Animals Anonymous

323-388-6541

Dogs & Cats

Cat And Dog Rescue Assoc.

323-666-1357

Dogs & Cats

PAWS LA

323-876-PAWS

AIDS/ARC Pet Owners

Sante D’Or Foundation  

323-788-3638

Dogs & Cats

Squirrel Rescue             

323-651-1336

Other

 

 

(562)

Rabbit Rescue Inc.                            

562-862-8844

Other

 

 

(619)

Bone Appetit Kitten & Cat Adoptions

619-226-6250

Cats

Friends of Cats

619-561-0361

Cats

Heart of Chula Vista

619-791-5778

Dogs & Cats

Help For The Homeless Pets

619-825-6168

Dogs & Cats

Loving Arms Animal Rescue

619-895-1955

Dogs & Cats

Lucky Kitty Rescue

619-444-3529

Cats

San Diego Humane Society & ASPCA

619-299 -7012

Dogs & Cats

 

 

(626)

Beagles and Buddies

626-444-9664

Dogs Only

Cats In Need Of Humane Care

626-286-0999

Cats

Happy Strays Cat Rescue

626-255-3165

Cats

Lifeline For Pets

626-796-4098

Dogs & Cats

The Cat Posse

626-676-7648

Cats

 

 

(661)

2nd Chance Dog Rescue           

661-269-1041

Dogs

Alpha Canine Sanctuary

661-391-8212

Dogs

Animal Safe Haven Foundation

661-268-1879

Animals of deceased owners

APET Rescue (EAFB Military Only)

661-258-9525

Dogs & Cats

Cloud to Ground Animal Rescue

661-752-5783

Dogs & Cats

Grand-Paws Senior Sanctuary

661-286-2066

 

Hakuna Matata Dog Rescue

661-261-3139

Dogs

Halfway to Home                    

661-824-4495

Dogs & Cats

Leo’s Pet Assistance Fund

661-264-2367

Dogs & Cats

New Leash On Life

661-255-0097

Dogs

Orphan Kitten Rescue & Adoption

661-322-4830

Cats

Paw Parent

661-724-0642

Dogs & Cats

Perfect Paws Rescue Group

661-565-5525

Dogs & Cats

Pig Harmony

661-269-2656

Other

Reptile Rescue                        

661-816-7616

Other

The Cat People

661-327-4706

Cats

The Tana Foundation

661-946-9212

Cats & Dogs

Villalobos Pitbull Rescue                  

NEW NUMBER:

504-948-4505

Pitbulls Only

 

 

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Angel Cats Pet Adoptions

714-552-0137

Cats

Animal Assistance League of OC

714-893-4393

Dogs & Cats

Canine Cousins & Critters

714-750-7913

Dogs

Little Dog Rescue

714-669-0534

Dogs

Second Chance Pet Adoptions

714-715-3027

Dogs & Cats

United Hope For Animals

714-469-8339

Dogs & Cats

 

 

(760)

Animal Samaritans SPCA, Inc.

760-343-3477

Dogs & Cats

Cat Adoption Services

760-550-CATS

Cats

Escondido Humane Society

760-888-BARK

Dogs & Cats

Helping Paws

760-694-7192

Dogs & Cats

PAL Humane Society

760-240-6848

Dogs & Cats

Pet Rescue Center

760-398-7722

Dogs & Cats

Rainbow Rescue

760-373-2907

Dogs & Cats

The Orphan Pet Oasis

760-329-0203

Dogs & Cats

The Purple Cow And Friends            

760-749-4790

Farm Animals

Victor Valley Protective League

760-247-2102

Dogs & Cats

 

 

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American Humane Society                

800-227-4645

Dogs & Cats

American Tortoise Rescue       

800-938-3553

Other

ARF Animals                           

800-567-1ARF

Dogs & Cats

 

 

(805)

Adopt-A-Pet

805-527-8238

Dogs & Cats

AFAR – N. County Humane Society

805-466-5403

Dogs & Cats

Cats Cradle Rescue

805-485-8811

Cats

Concerned People For Animals (CPA)

805-482-6587

Dogs & Cats

L.A. Pot Bellied Pig Rescue               

805-955-0240

Other

 

(818)

Angels In Fur Dog Rescue

818 335-3034

Dogs

Animal Kind Rescue

818-985-9393

Dogs & Cats

Animal Rescue Volunteers

818-888-1718

Dogs & Cats

ARF: Animal Retriever Friends

818-951-8686

Dogs

Best Friends Animal Sanctuary        

818-377-9778

Dogs & Cats

Bunny Luv Rabbit Rescue                

818-988-4488

Other

Cat Connection                       

818-776-0655

Cats

Cat Crossing                                    

818-759-6554

Cats

C.A.T.S. Inc.                                     

818-341-8936

Cats

Chatham-Meier Foundation

818-901-0947

Dogs & Cats

Downtown Dog Rescue

818-407-4145

Dogs

Ellens Precious Pooches

818-343-0360

Dogs Only

Forever Home                                   

818-530-5305

Cats & Dogs

Forgotten Animals of Los Angeles

818-985-8121

Dogs & Cats

Friends For Animals

818-407-4145

Dogs & Cats

Friends For Pets Foundation

818-767-5919

Dogs & Cats

Glendale Humane Society

818-242-1128

Dogs & Cats

Happy Strays

818-949-8280

Cats

Heavens Helper Pet Rescue

818-368-3681

Dogs & Cats

Holiday Humane Society

818-765-8196

Dogs & Cats

Karma Rescue                                  

818-384-2622

Dogs

Kitten Rescue                                   

818-347-3037

Cats

L.I.F.E. Animal Rescue            

818-707-2007

Dogs & Cats

New Leash On Life                           

818-730-9898

Dogs

Pacific Coast Dog Rescue                 

818-701-0659

Dogs

Pet Adoption Fund                  

818-340-1687

Dogs & Cats

Pet Mania                               

818-848-5512

Dogs & Cats

Pet Orphans Of So. Cal.          

818-901-0190

Dogs & Cats

Pet Rescue Association           

818-767-4400

Dogs & Cats

PURR-fect Solutions Cat Rescue

818-784-4297

Cats

Rabbit And Pocket Pet Adoptions

818-709-0055

Other

Recycled Pets (small dogs)               

818-986-0201

Dogs

Rescue Me, Inc.

818-999-2400

Dogs & Cats

Ruff Patches

818-714-1147

Dogs & Cats

Ruff Riders Rescue

818-552-6888

Dogs & Cats

Saffyre Sanctuary, Inc.

818-842-4368

 

Serenity Place Rescue                      

818-999-4022

Dogs & Cats

Southern California Cat Adoption Tails

818-943-1601

Cats

Southern Cal. Siamese Rescue

818-830-3380

Siamese cats only

St. Martins Rescue                            

818-771-8750

Pitbulls  Only

The Dog Rescuer

818-378-8828

Dogs

The Catherine Fund

818-425-5786

Dogs & Cats

Valley Cats, Inc.

818-883-5252

Cats

 

 

(858)

Helen Woodward Animal Center       

858-756-4117

Dogs & Cats

(888)

SPCA  LA             

888-SPCA-LA1

Dogs & Cats

 

 

(909)

All Breed Rescue

909-795-4867

Dogs Only

Bunny Bunch                          

909-591-7200

Other

Cats In Need                                    

909-622-0121

Cats

H.O.P.E. (Helping Out Pets Everyday)

909-931-4185

Dogs & Cats

PAWS LA

909-981-5334

Dogs & Cats

Tanya’s Adoption Network 4 Young Animals

909-522-3333

Dogs & Cats

Yucaipa Animal Placement Society

909-790-1440

Dogs & Cats

 

 

(949)

Bluebell Foundation For Cats

949-494-1586

Cats Only

National Cat Protection Society

949-650-1232

Cats Only

 

 

(951)

Animal Friends At The Valley

951-674-0618

Dogs & Cats

Pet Haven

951-698-0940

Dogs & Cats

POPCO  (Pet Over Population Coalition)

951-447-6726

Dogs & Cats

 

 

 

·        For additional rescue organizations in your area, please go to:

·        www.Petfinder.com  or  www.adoptapet.com

or

call you local Petsmart or Petco stores for their rescue partners.

 

 

 ·        For additional rescue organizations in your area, please go to:

      www.Petfinder.com  or  www.adoptapet.com

or call you local Petsmart or Petco stores for their rescue partners.

 Our pets commit to us for a lifetime – why won’t we do the same for them?

 

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