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Laguna Beach Animal Shelter

Dog adoption and cat adoption saves lives. Adopt a dog or adopt a cat and you'll have a friend for life! Contact us, or contact another local humane society, animal shelter or SPCA.

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Cities, Towns, and/or Counties We Serve:

Laguna Beach and Laguna Woods
The City of Laguna Beach Animal Shelter was started in 1975 by a group of dedicated volunteers, The Pet Responsibility Committee (now PUP Laguna Beach), who lobbied the City of Laguna Beach to purchase the old Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals building on Laguna Canyon Road for use as a shelter. Today, the shelter serves the residents of Laguna Beach and Laguna Woods by providing temporary care of sick, injured, and strayed or abandoned animals rescued by the animal services officers in the City of Laguna Beach and the City of Laguna Woods.

The shelter is funded by the City of Laguna Beach and supported by generous donations. Donations to PUP Laguna Beach fund the rehabilitation of our animals that require medical attention so that healthy pets can be put up for adoption. Donations are also used to help rescue dogs and cats.

At any one time, the facility houses dogs, cats, birds, and a small number of other animals. Every abandoned animal that comes through the Shelter is held for seven days for reclaiming by its owner. As a small community, the claim-rate is extremely high at 80%. We have been very fortunate to receive support from our community, the local veterinarians, the Pacific Wildlife project, the Bluebell Cat Foundation, and the citizens who appear with helping hands whenever there is a fire or flood in the canyon. We greatly appreciate the tremendous support from the community!

About Our Shelter:

The Animal Shelter is staffed by one part-time and three full-time employees, three animal services officers, and a group of devoted volunteers. In addition to the main responsibility of running the Shelter, the paid staff offer free information on a variety of pet related matters, including low-cost neuter/spay, behavior modification, and dog licensing. Any animal lover looking for a rewarding community experience might well consider signing up to become a volunteer. Volunteers work a minimum of four hours per week, bathing, walking and socializing the animals; they also assist in adoptions and maintain a list of lost and found pets, as well as over-seeing the front desk and greeting the public. Both volunteers and staff have adopted "hard to place" dogs and cats.

We are always looking for foster homes for animals stranded by the many emergencies we experience because of our location in Laguna Canyon (flooding, fires, etc.). Fostering is also needed for animals requiring special attention because they are too young or too fragile to be left alone for long periods of time. While the Shelter's basic upkeep and routine operations is funded by the City of Laguna Beach, we are dependent on private donations for expensive surgical procedures, medications, and a small number of dogs rescued from other facilities. Donations also help to fund the educational programs developed by Shelter staff to encourage informed and responsible pet ownership.

Come Meet our Pets:

Please help to save our male pitbull friend. He was found wondering the streets, abandoned and scared. He is curently unneutered and needs someone who knows how to handle pit bulls and show him the ropes. He has not been aggressive yet, but needs to be saved before that happens. We are only able to keep him for 10 days before he may be euthanised because of his breed and possible nature. Thank you for any help you may have to give.

Our Adoption Process:

Dogs and cats which remain unclaimed are seen by a veterinarian, bathed and groomed, vaccinated, wormed, micro-chipped, and neutered/spayed, in addition to receiving any other needed medical treatment. For this reason, the animals put up for adoption are healthy and have no serious behavior problems. The aim of our adoption policy is to place our animals in the most compatible situations possible. To ensure the most appropriate match, the adoption procedure requires an application and waiting period. The Adoption Committee then meets to review applications and decide on the most suitable placement, which results in the greatest chance of a permanent, rewarding and peaceful existence between animal and owner. This policy has kept our return rate at 5-10%, while the national average at other shelters is closer to 50%. No animals will be shipped out of Southern California we only adopt locally.

Cats & Kittens -- $85.00 Included w/ each adoption: Veterinarian Exam , 2 FVRCP Vaccines, 1 Rabies Vaccine, Felv/Fiv Test & 1st Vaccine, 4 Intestinal Wormings, Flea Baths, Neuter/Spay, Microchip Implant and Any medical treatments required while at the Animal Shelter. All cats adopted must leave in a carrier. (Yours or your may purchase one for $7.50)

Dogs & Puppies--$100.00 Included w/each adoption: Veterinarian Exam, 2 DHLPP/COR/BORD Vaccines, 1 Rabies Vaccine, 4 Intestinal Wormings, Flea Baths, Neuter/Spay, Microchip Implant and Any medical treatments required while at the Animal Shelter.

Our play yard is available for visitation and introducing other dogs from 11 AM to 2 PM daily. The dogs may be visited in the yard only after they have been examined by the veterinarian. All large breed dogs require a secure fenced yard. We encourage all household members to meet the prospective pet.

Why should you adopt?

Dog adoption and cat adoption saves lives. Adopt a dog or adopt a cat and you'll have a friend for life! What is the difference between adopting a dog, adopting a cat, adopting a kitten or adopting a puppy versus getting dogs for sale, cats for sale, puppies for sale or kittens for sale from a dog breeder or a cat breeder? When someone is breeding puppies or breeding kittens, they are creating new dogs and cats who need homes. Some people are interested in a very specific breed of dog, cat, puppy or kitten and they think the only way to find that specific breed is to buy a dog for sale or buy a cat for sale from a puppy breeder or a kitten breeder. Yet animal shelters are filled with dogs and cats who must find homes. So rather than buying a dog or puppy for sale from a dog breeder or buying a cat or kitten for sale from a cat breeder, we encourage people to adopt a dog, adopt a cat, adopt a puppy or adopt a kitten at their local animal shelter, SPCA, humane society or pet rescue group.