L​.​A. County Animal Care and Control Must Fully Reopen NOW!

L​.​A. County Animal Care and Control Must Fully Reopen NOW!

July 2, 2021
Petition to
LA Supervisor Kathryn Barger and 7 others
Signatures: 21,889Next Goal: 25,000
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Why this petition matters

JUNE 2021
I started this petition after learning our Los Angeles County Animal Pounds were closed to the public. I went to go adopt MIMI (seen in this picture) when I learned this 15 year old doll face was dumped by her owner. I drove 8 miles in traffic at 3 in the afternoon to save her. When I arrived, they turned me away. I assumed it was because of Covid, but the staff corrected me. They told me it was just the way they wanted to do it from now on. Instead of allowing the public in the animal pound to see the animals, Los Angeles County residents would have to find an animal they wanted to adopt on the Internet and then schedule an appointment to see ONLY that animal. I asked them if they were joking. They told me no. In that moment, I knew I was about to wage war against their new policy but first I had to get Mimi out. I did get Mimi out but the next day, I showed back up to the pound with a sign in hand. "Open The Shelters" it read. A few employees secretly gave me a thumbs up. One employee asked me if I needed water. After seeing that, I knew I had the support to the pound staff.  I also knew I had to dig in and that this fight was going to take everything I had. With a little over 20,000 signatures, we've got their attention. My goal is 100,000 signatures and a fully re-opened Los Angeles County shelter system. Over the last two years, I've realized that Los Angeles County Animal Pounds have zero oversight. The Director Marcia Mayeda can simply close down the shelters and she is accountable to NO ONE. Help me make Los Angeles County Shelters accountable to the people who fund it. I'm committed to use this petition to make REAL CHANGE. Please help me help them. Sign today.

Los Angeles County Animal Pounds continue to turn away adopters who show up during morning office hours without appointments. I've been successful in getting the pounds to open during the afternoon hours but we all know that's not enough. Meanwhile, they are killing our community homeless animals left and right. Over the last 6 months, our pounds have welcomed more than 12,000 animals. Sadly, more than 4500 of those animals were killed by staff members. We demand all 7 animal pounds return to their pre-pandemic kennel hours. The only way we are going to get them to fully re-open is with your signature and support. We've got them to partially re-open but now we've got to push those doors wide open.

Update on Mimi who inspired this petition...
Mimi lived with us for 6 months until she passed away from cancer. We did everything we could to save her live including flying her to Las Vegas to receive immunotherapy treatment. In honor of Mimi, please sign this petition so more lives can be saved.

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Please email and/or call and let our Los Angeles County Supervisors know you want OPEN ACCESS to ALL LOS ANGELES COUNTY ANIMAL POUNDS as it was before Covid hit.

District One
Phone: (213) 974-4111
Supervisor Hilda L. Solis
Deputy for Animal Care and Control District One is Tammy Omoto-Frias

District Two
Supervisor Holly J. Mitchell

District Three
Supervisor Lindsey P. Horvath 

District Four
Supervisor Janice Hahn
(213) 974-4444
Deputy for Animal Care and Control District One is Kelly Cross

District Five
Supervisor Kathryn Barger
(213) 974-5555

Care Center Contact Emails
Agoura: agoura@animalcare.lacounty.gov
Baldwin Park: baldwinpark@animalcare.lacounty.gov
Carson: carson@animalcare.lacounty.gov
Castaic: castaic@animalcare.lacounty.gov
Downey: downeyctaip@animalcare.lacounty.gov
Lancaster: acclancaster@animalcare.lacounty.gov
Palmdale: palmdale@animalcare.lacounty.gov

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Decision Makers

  • Kathryn BargerLA Supervisor
  • Marcia MayedaDirector
  • Don BeltonCounty Media Relations
  • William SaundersLA County
  • Melody EmmickLA County