Monday, July 23, 2007

Today's Rescue - East Valley Special

Finally made it out to L.A. Animal Services' new East Valley shelter where between the sweltering valley heat and the water misters to keep the dogs cool I was feeling fairly drippy. And sad. Very, very sad.

The new facility can accomodate 60 more dogs, and it was full from the day it opened. I brought big bags of biscuits with me, but couldn't hand out more than three-quarters of them because the dogs were tripled and quadrupled in the cages (the animal techs ask that you only give biscuits to dogs who are by themselves to prevent any food hostilities).

Flies are also a big problem because of the heat, and those poor dogs can't get away from them, especially those with wounds or scratches of any kind.

It wasn't a happy day, although, as always, the dogs were the stars.


Poor tiny, little Reyna had been surrendered by her owner the same day I was there, and she was so frightened she shook like a little leaf when I bent down to talk to her. I noticed she was unspayed and had recently given birth. Bred and thrown away. (There were at least a dozen examples of this fine breeder behavior at East Valley.)

Way to go, people.

East Valley Animal Shelter
14409 Vanowen St.

Van Nuys, CA 91405


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For more information, go to L.A. Animal Services Web site at

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