An Open House for NKLA’s Pet Adoption Center (Kittens Inside!)

The front of the new NKLA Pet Adoption Center

My human got invited to the Grand Opening of the brand new NKLA Pet Adoption Center, so I thought I would take the opportunity to tell you a little bit about it, and about NKLA (No Kill L.A.) in general. I think you’ll be happy about the efforts the second biggest city in the U.S. is making to help homeless pets.

NKLA is a coalition of animal welfare organizations, city shelters, and humans who are passionate about helping animals. It is led by Best Friends Animal Society, and its goal is to make Los Angeles a no-kill city by 2017. There is still a ways to go, but since NKLA formed in 2012, shelter deaths have been decreasing. There were 4,200 fewer animals killed than the year prior. In addition, NKLA had a paw in 23,421 adoptions and 4,458 spay and neuter operations.

Too bad for my human - she LOVES champagne!

While the champagne might make you think this was a fancy affair (and it sort of was — the mayor’s wife was in attendance), these bottles were donated by Moët & Chandon. My human did not have any, though, because she had a long drive home!

A very sad statistic

In spite of the champagne, the beautiful rose centerpieces (also donated), and the light brunch, it did not disguise the fact that there is still a long way to go to get to NKLA’s goal.

I am kind of relieved my human did not bring home a kitten!

As you can see, they were very big on encouraging humans to foster!

She wanted my human to put down the iPhone and play

The facilities are bright and homey and state-of-the-art! And it was so new that the cat area wasn’t even finished yet. But so that cat people could get their kitty fix, there were lots of kittens in cages and enclosures. My human played with these two for a while, and they were not pleased when she stopped to take some pictures.

Put down the camera and pick up that green toy - then maybe I will look at you

I especially like this kitten, who would not even look at my human the moment she started taking pictures!

Doing his best to look cute

I think Sierra here really wanted to go home with someone! He spent his time looking extra cute.

That's one way to get attention!

That is, when he wasn’t demanding attention! His is one of the profiles that is currently up on the NKLA site… unless somebody has already taken him home!

That's what it is all about, after all!

All the pets at the NKLA Pet Adoption Center were rescued from city shelters or the street. Before being put up for adoption, they are taken to Best Friends’ facility in Mission Hills, where they are given any medical attention or therapy they might need, then brought to the adoption center to find homes. Some of them also spend time with foster humans. My human could tell that the kittens she met had great fosters because they were so friendly and sweet.

The front of the adoption center

The NKLA Pet Adoption Center is open from noon to 8 PM daily, and is located at 1845 Pontius Ave., West Los Angeles, right off the 405 freeway. If you come to L.A., you need to see it!

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  1. says

    My human and I are big supporters of NKLA. I myself came from a high kill L.A. county shelter (Downey) but I was one of the lucky ones who made it out. Our wonderful city has a ways to go but if TNR efforts are made a priority we should get there! My dream is for a No Kill Planet! Meow and Namaaste! ~ Pippy the Feline Yogini

  2. says

    That is a great shelter. I hope it can achieve it’s goal to make LA no kill by 2017. I wish more places throughout the world would do the same.

  3. says

    What a wonderful event I hope lots of kitties found furever homes.
    Sierra is very handsome has a very large mouth…I think I see his tonsils.
    Hugs Madi your BFFF

  4. says

    This is such a super thing to do. That best Friends operation is just the best. It would be so super if more towns could have no-kill shelters. That NKLA really sounds like such a super thing.
    Take care.

  5. says

    What a great place! I hope they can make LA a no-kill city. Looks like the tabby kitten has already got right attitude toward camera. LOL. I hope these precious babies find furever homes very soon.

  6. says

    Wouldn’t it be nice if an event like that would empty out all of the cages :)
    Purrs to them to find tons and tons of homes for tons and tons of companion animals.

  7. says

    What a great event to raise awareness of fostering, adoption and spaying! Our mommy wants to foster but she knows full well it’d be a failure. She could never let them leave.

  8. says

    What a terrific place with a great goal. Too bad all our cities are not as proactive. Thank you for sharing this info. Purrs and hugs, Lily Olivia, Mauricio, Misty May, Giulietta, Fiona, Astrid, Lisbeth and Calista Jo

  9. says

    That is simply marvelous :) We have always likes Best Friends.
    We would love to see this initiative keep growing :)
    Thanks for telling us about this place and purrs to the kitties .
    Purrs Tillie and Georgia,
    Treasure,Tiger,JJ and Julie

  10. says

    That is one wonderful place! TW thinks the reason I’m still half feral is cos I wasn’t fostered. Her cousin fosters in FL for another amazing organization who rescues pets from death row. They don’t have a building so they can only rescue if they have fosters.

  11. says

    Fostering is fantastic! The Human’s BFF has been doing it since she retired….she’s had two “foster failures” so far….at first the Human swallowed hard and feared to hear the details of that, but then it just turned out to mean that the BFF KEPT two of the “fosters” 😉 and now she’s contemplating a third one.

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