Friday, December 07, 2007

Giving to the Los Angeles County Shelter System

The Los Angeles County Animal Care Foundation is an independent 501(c)(3) charitable foundation that supports the animals served by the the Los Angeles County Department of Animal Care and Control. The Animal Care Foundation most directly benefits those who adopt animals from a county shelter by providing the funds for low-cost spay and neuter programs, making the adoption fee very affordable.

The Animal Care Foundation runs several funds by which you can support its work:

If you would like to make a recurring donation to the foundation, you can sign up as a Faithful Friend.

To help animals with serious medical conditions, you can donate to the Dreams Come True fund.

To help animals that were left behind or separated from their owners in a disaster, you can contribute to Noah's Legacy.

The SAVE (Spay, Adopt, Vaccinate, Educate) program makes low-cost adoptions and microchip clinics possible because of your donations.

You can also give gifts in honor of or memory of to special people or animals in your life, and the foundation can send you information on trusts and wills.

The Castaic shelter kennels are being refurbished because somebody remembered the Animal Care Foundation in her will. The Baldwin Park shelter got "waterless grass" in their dog exercise area thanks to donations from the public.

The Los Angeles County shelters are "meat and potato" animal shelters running on shoestring budgets, and they don't obviously benefit from the glitz and glamor of celebrity endorsements that some rescue groups enjoy. The animals at the Los Angeles County shelters really need your monetary support! And remember, your donations are tax deductible.