Foster a Pet for the Fourth of July, Volunteers Urgently Needed

by Animal Services on June 25, 2018
volunteer with homeless dog

We're asking for your help. Every year around the Fourth of July,  LA Animal Services Centers fill beyond capacity with terrified, lost pets. In 2017, our six LA City animal shelters took in a combined total of 823 dogs and cats from July 2 to July 6. The loud sounds of July 4th fireworks frighten dogs and cats. If they get out of the house or yard, they run in fear. Then these frightened dogs and cats can't find their way home and end up at our shelters.

This means that available shelter space can be the difference between life and death for our animal guests who have been with us past the required hold period. You can make that life-saving difference by fostering a pet for four days or more or adopting.  We need your help right now to create life-saving space.

We have hundreds of wonderful dogs and cats of all ages, breeds and sizes waiting to be your temporary companion or best friend forever. By giving an abandoned pet a new home or letting them stay with you for a short time, you are saving two lives, the one you are caring for and the one who now has room at the shelter. 

Adopt or temporarily foster a shelter pet before July 4th. Every LA Animal Services pet is spayed or neutered, vaccinated, microchipped and ready to be placed in a good home. To view pets available for adoption or foster, please visit:

To volunteer to foster, print your application (attached and found at or go to your nearest animal services center and ask for a Foster Volunteer Application. Please drop off your completed form to your nearest center as soon as possible. You can pick up a pet to foster right away or we can reach out when we need the most help.

Download the flyer and foster application for more information

PDF iconLA Animal Services 4th of July Flyer

PDF iconLA Animal Services Foster Application