About Our Rescue Group...
Pet Orphans Of Southern California is one of the oldest active humane organizations in the Greater Los Angeles area with a private shelter. At our shelter facility located in Van Nuys, California, an average of 60 dogs and 30 cats are housed until they can be placed with new guardians. Pet Orphans has facilitated adoptions for thousands of cats and dogs since our inception in 1973. The majority of the dogs and cats at Pet Orphans have been transferred from local city and county shelters and are anxiously awaiting a new home.
Pet Orphans is a non-profit organization dedicated to the advancement of companion animal welfare. We are committed to decreasing the number of animals euthanized annually in city and county shelters by focusing our efforts in these five areas:
Rescue – Saving dogs and cats in need and providing them with care and shelter while they await adoption
Adoption – Responsible matching of homeless dogs and cats with suitable adoptive owners
Medical – Low cost or free spay/neuter and vaccination services and financial assistance for severe medical need
Education – Teaching responsible humane pet ownership and dog bite prevention with free presentations and handout materials to all age groups at public and private schools, community service organizations, Boys & Girls Clubs, Women’s Clubs and many others.
Training – with the number one reason for owner surrenders being attributed to behavioral problems, we have many programs geared towards behavioral modification to ensure forever placements.
These services are carried out with a firm commitment to serve the best interests of the animals.
Our Adoption Process...
Please take a few moments to read the following explanations of our adoption policies and the steps that make up the process. You may be surprised to find that adopting an animal is a more involved process than you expected, or that it means you can’t have immediate access to an animal you are interested in. Therefore, it's important to understand two things 1) the process is the same for everyone, and 2) it’s not our intent to frustrate you. Rather, everything we do is for the best possible chance of finding a permanent loving home.
Here are the steps you’ll go through in the adoption process:
Before you can see (that is pet, cuddle, walk, and get to know) any animal in our kennel, we’ll ask you to complete a Short form. The Short form must be completed first in order to minimize stress for you and the animals. The Short form will allow the opportunity to tell us more about what you are looking for in a companion animal and what your current lifestyle is like. With this information we will then be able to better direct you towards the perfect companion for you and your family.
Once the Short form is satisfactorily completed, this is when the lovin’ hugs, kisses and play time begins with our four- legged friends. A knowledgeable adoption counselor will escort you through our orphanage while filling you in on the history and particular needs of the animals. At this time, you can ask our counselors any questions about spaying or neutering, housetraining, obedience training, veterinary care, how to deal with fleas and ticks, and anything else you can possibly think of.
Note if you currently have a dog we require that you bring the dog with you so we can do a companionship match in one of our yard areas. All of our dogs are cat tested in our Cat Habitat. This will give us a preliminary idea if we will try the dog in a home with cats. Often dogs in a new environment will not display a prey drive towards cats during the first couple of weeks of acclimation. This test is only meant to indicate to us immediate failure if the dog shows aggression.
Once a companion match has been made, you will then fill out our application (if you have not already submitted one online), and this will be reviewed by one of our staff members. We require the entire family that will be living with the animal to meet the animal prior to adoption. We do not adopt out animals as gifts or to anyone under the age of 21. After going over the application, a Home Check may or may not be required. Each adoption process may vary due to the needs of the animal and background of the applicant. If a home check is needed, a volunteer will contact you and set up a time to meet with you at your home at your convenience. If you rent, we will require written approval from your landlord that you are allowed to share your home with a furry friend. Also note: Size, Breed and Age Restrictions.
Taking the animal home: After all previous steps in the process have been completed, you will then meet with an Adoption Manager to go over the things you will need for a successful acclimation period after you bring you new friend home. We strive to educate our adopters on everything from diet, training, healthcare and easy management programs to make pet guardianship an easy, fun lifetime experience. In today’s society of disposable pets, we take our placements very seriously, to ensure a good outlook on pet guardianship. We believe keeping the animals in the home through education is the answer to the overpopulation of unwanted animals.
Minimum Donation For Adoption:
Dogs & Puppies donation fee: $200 includes DHLPP & Bordatella, Rabies, Deworm, flea control, Spay or Neuter, Micro Chip, Pet Orphans Tracking Tag, Bag of Canidae Food, Grooming and Martingale Collar & Leash, "Urban Puppy Tool Kit" and Los Angeles City Dog License.
Cat donation fee: $100 includes FIV /FELV Test, FRVCP, Deworm, flea control, Spay or Neuter, Micro Chip, Pet Orphans Tracking Tag, Bag of Chicken Soup for the Cat lovers Soul (food), Breakaway Collar and Card Board Transport Box, and "Your Out of Control Cat" book.
Cash, Check or Credit Cards accepted
Please Note: As a general rule, we do not hold animals for anyone. Unfortunately, because of the tremendous demands on our kennel space, most adoptions must be done on a first-come, first-serve basis, and the first properly qualified prospective home will be approved to claim guardianship.
Let Us Repeat: Our goal at Pet Orphans Of Southern California is to provide all of our animals with loving, permanent homes. Please know that our goal is not to be frustrating or evasive to you. We want you to understand that it is stressful and upsetting, in fact, downright devastating for the animals, for our staff, and most importantly for you, when adoptions don’t work out and pets have to come back to us. We do not partake in irresponsible placements. You can be assured that all steps are taken from the point of rescue intake to the point of placement in a new home to ensure and encourage positive relationships between animals and people. So please bear with us and be patient and understand that going through the process the way we do really is the best policy for all of us.