Department of Animal Care gets $50K grant

Animal care grantLOS ANGELES – The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors Tuesday announced the acceptance of a $50,000 grant from Los Angeles County Animal Care Foundation (ACF) to be used to enhance medical capabilities for pets housed at County animal care centers. This gift was made possible by a grant from the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) to the ACF for the County of Los Angeles Department of Animal Care and Control (DACC).

The majority of the grant will be used to enhance the medical care capabilities at DACC’s six animal care centers, including the Lancaster Animal Care Center located at 5210 West Avenue I in Lancaster.

The centers will soon be able to provide in-house blood tests, which will help determine the cause of illness and disease in animals. In addition, DACC’s animal care centers will also be equipped with dental equipment that will enable medical staff to perform procedures on dogs with dental conditions and diseases, which is one of the most common health problems in dogs.  Each animal care center will also receive specialized eye surgery equipment to help diagnose and correct eye conditions in animals that suffer from eye ailments.

The grant will also be used to provide DACC’s medical staff with an online medical library, which will be used to further enhance DACC’s in-house medical capabilities and keep staff up-to-date in the field of shelter medicine. Funds will also be used to equip the new spay and neuter clinic at the Castaic animal care center and to make minor modifications to existing medical treatment areas (at various animal care centers) to help facilitate more efficient animal care procedures.

“We are extremely grateful for the generous support of the ASPCA and the ACF. As the largest municipal animal control agency in the United States, we are constantly challenged to provide more services with fewer resources. This donation will provide our animal care centers with additional resources needed to provide in-house diagnostic capabilities, which will help increase the adoptability of the animals in our care,” said Marcia Mayeda, director of DACC.

“Support from philanthropic agencies like the ASPCA and the ACF contribute significantly in helping us continue to raise the level of care for the animals,” Mayeda continued.

The Los Angeles Animal Care Foundation (ACF) is a non-profit 501(c) (3) foundation that supports DACC through fundraising for spay-and-neuter programs, pet adoptions, animal welfare, and public education. Grooming Gives Hope, one of the ACF’s specialized programs, provides professional grooming services to animals that enter DACC’s animal care centers in poor physical conditions.  Removing painful matting and treating underlying skin conditions makes these animals comfortable and more likely to be adopted.

ACF’s Dreams Come True fund pays for extraordinary medical services to save the lives of seriously ill or injured pets housed at County animal care centers. ACF’s programs save the lives of pets whose injuries (or illnesses) are too extensive and too costly to treat through the normal course of shelter veterinary services.

If you would like to support the Foundation and help enhance the lives of shelter animals in Los Angeles County, you can make a donation directly to the ACF by visiting or consider including the ACF in your will or estate. Donations may be made in memory of a beloved pet, or in honor of a friend or family member as a heartfelt way to recognize their compassion for animals.

Donations are tax deductible and will be utilized to directly impact and improve the lives of the animals in Los Angeles County.

(Information via press release from the County of Los Angeles.)

  5 comments for “Department of Animal Care gets $50K grant

  1. Kristopher Thrope
    May 12, 2013 at 9:59 am

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  2. Gladys
    January 29, 2013 at 8:59 pm

    As long as people are allowed to sell dogs and cats they will continue breeding them.
    AC does have extensive paper work to adopt, however they do not verify that you are a homeowner or that if you live in an apartment, you can have a pet. So, people adopt and when they “lose their home” or the apt manager says they can’t have the dog, they turn them loose in the neighborhood or desert.
    When AC adopts a dog out, they chip them. Is AC giving the new pet owners information to the chip company so a vet can check the chip and get the info when a lost pet is brought in? They haven’t always done that. It was not made clear to the new owners that they needed to send $$$ and their info to the chip company and nor was it explained how important it is to keep the chip co info current. (phone # etc).
    Anyone who has an animal that is chipped and has misplaced their paperwork can got to any vet and get their chip scanned. The vet will confirm the company and chip # so you can call or go online to update your info. That way if “Lucy” gets lost she has a better chance of getting home. Inless she meets up with the guys swinging the metal bats.

    • Gladys
      February 1, 2013 at 7:27 pm

      NEWSFLASH 2/1/13 City of Burbank passed a law against selling puppies in pet stores.

  3. sammy P
    January 29, 2013 at 2:12 pm

    The ASPCA estimates that 5 out of 10 shelter dogs and 7 out of 10 shelter cats are euthanized annually across the nation in large part because the number of animals entering shelters is far greater than the number of animals that are adopted from shelters.
    Between 6-8 million dogs and cats are abandoned at shelters in the United States annually.
    500,000 companion animals are euthanized every year in California.
    Each year, California taxpayers spend $250 million to shelter and euthanize dogs and cats state-wide.
    In 2009, Los Angeles County shelters took in 83,252 cats and dogs. Of that number 50,692 were euthanized.

    Its nice to know that now the doggies and kitties will have their medical problems fixed before they are killed.

    I fail to see how this will be implemented, there are so few kitties and doggies that survive the first week at Animal Control due to so little space in the adoption area, that animals with medical problems are the first to be euthanized because it makes no sense to keep a cat or a dog there weeks to nurse it back to health when healthy dogs and cats are being euthanized every single day.

    There is a famous picture of dead cats and dogs in barrels at animal control (its on google images), I would rather see $50,000 spent to send that pic to every household in California along with a caption that says “THIS is why you need to spay or neuter your pets”

    • Quigley
      January 29, 2013 at 3:27 pm

      Sammy P what you write is so disturbing but so true. I myself will not be looking at the google images. I 100% agree that all grants should only be used for spay & neuter clinics….the animals can’t do it by themselves and the public will need a free or reduced offer to get off their a@#es….It’s called responsible pet ownership!

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