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Would you like to really help animals? Become a Volunteer at the West Valley Animal Shelter. There is a Volunteer Orientation at the West Valley Shelter on Wednesday February 15, 2017 at 5:30 PM. As a Volunteer, you will be able to take dogs out for walks and play sessions, cats and rabbits out for petting and affection, and help with adoptions and rescues. The animals at the Shelter really need to get out of their kennels, and we need more Volunteers to make sure every dog and cat gets out. Imagine what it would be like to be a dog who is used to running around and playing, to be locked in a kennel 24 hours a day, with no exercise or affection; the same with the cats. You can make a difference in these animals' lives. And when they have this kind of attention and exercise, they become much more adoptable when someone comes in to look at them. Please see details on the flyer to the left. The West Valley Shelter is located at 20655 Plummer Street, Chatsworth, CA 91311.

This is Loui, A1626029, a very cute Schnauzer Mix (maybe with Poodle). He is 8 years old, neutered, and weighs about 22 pounds. He becomes very attached to his person and is very affectionate. Loui is being temporarily fostered; if you are interested in meeting him, call Jeff at 310-617-8100.

This beautiful black German Shepherd is Zorro, A1637208. He is 4 years old and neutered. He loves to get out of his kennel and onto the play yard.
This is Precious, A1682054, a 2 year old Cairn Terrier. She is very shy when you first meet her, but once she gets to know you, she is very affectionate and loves to sit on your lap and be petted. She weighs 12.7 pounds.

Missy, A1627952, is a beautiful female spayed Staffordshire, about 3 years old. She is friendly, affectionate, playful, and walks well on leash.
This little Pug/Chihuahua mix named Sophie disappeared on the night of April 30, 2016 in Tarzana. She is blind, has diabetes, and requires a shot every day, so it is imperative to find her quickly. She has tags with a phone number and a chip. Please be on the lookout for her, in case the tags fell off and/or the chip has migrated or doesn't register. If you see her, please call or email me (Jeff: 310-617-8100; Jeff@Mausnerlaw.com) right away. Thank you.
This is Madison, A1585320, a spayed, female Staffordshire Bull Terrier. The shelter thinks she is about 2 years, 8 months old. As you can see from the picture, Madison is very friendly and affectionate.

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SAVE A DOG’S LIFE OVER THE 4TH OF JULY HOLIDAY

Dogs are very fearful of fireworks. Please make sure that your dog is secure during the 4th of July period, as dogs often run away when they hear loud noises like fireworks. Please check your yard to make sure there is no way for your dog to get away. And on the evening of the 4th, if you are out at a fireworks display, it is best to keep your dog in the house so there is no chance of it running away. The same is true of cats and other animals.

Los Angeles City Animal Shelters receive a large temporary influx of dogs (and to a lesser extent cats and rabbits) over the 4th of July period. This influx starts in late June, when people start setting off fireworks. Citizens who find run-away dogs, as well as City Animal Control Officers who catch them, bring them into the Shelters to care for them. Most of these animals are redeemed by their owners within several weeks. But while they are at the Shelter, they occupy a kennel, which can cause overcrowding at the Shelters. In the past, if the Shelter became overcrowded, dogs would be killed to make room for these new dogs coming in.

We are implementing a “Temporary Animal Foster Parent Program” at the West Valley Shelter, to prevent the killing of any healthy adoptable dogs over the 4th of July period for lack of space. Members of the public will be able to foster a dog (or cat or rabbit) in their homes for several weeks during the 4th of July period if kennel space is needed.

If you are interested in becoming a Temporary Animal Foster Parent Volunteer, please fill out the application which can be found at: http://tarzananc.org/docs/1307-1082.pdf. Send your completed application, along with a copy of your driver's license, to Sergio.Rios@lacity.org. If your application is approved by the Los Angeles Animal Services Department, you will be placed on a list and will receive an email from the Shelter if there is a need for temporary fosters. If you foster a dog and it ends up that you want to keep the dog permanently, you can go through the adoption process. Otherwise, the dog will be returned to the Shelter.

If you have any questions, you can contact the Tarzana Neighborhood Council Animal Welfare Committee at: Jeff@Mausnerlaw.com or use the contact form at: http://tarzananc.org/contact.php?admin_login_id
Not just Dogs and Cats, West Walley Shelter also has Wascally Wabbits. Please come in and see us.

The West Valley Shelter has other small animals, like hamsters and guinea pigs, and even rats, available. We're full to overflowing with small animals now, so please come in and adopt.

Aurora
Do you have a place for me in your heart? I’m Aurora, a pretty white rabbit who is looking for a bunny parent or family to have fun with. Give me enough room to play and I can entertain you and myself. I’m working on my litter box manners and doing pretty well; so I’m perfect for you. A small carrot or two wouldn’t hurt, either.

Bunny pictures by Heidi Okuhara; text by Heidi and Terry Hanna, West Valley Shelter's rabbit experts.
Update -- Nikko and Sparky have been adopted!!! A Tarzana dog and cat need our help. The dog, Nikko, is a 2 year old Great Dane/Pitbull mix. According to the owner, he is people, cat, and dog friendly, neutered and microchipped. The cat, Sparky, is a 2 year old neutered male who loves other cats and dogs. They are not at the Shelter yet. Hopefully they can be adopted together, before they have to go to the Shelter. Please call Jeff 310-617-8100 if you would like to meet them.
Tippy and Jet
Double your pleasure, double your fun. Meet the boys: Tippy and Jet. These are two beautiful black rabbits who are looking for someone with rabbit experience. These boys love playtime and enjoy jumping on boxes. Please do not separate us; we have so much fun together and love to snuggle during quiet time.

Bunny pictures and text by Heidi Okuhara and Terry Hanna, West Valley Shelter's rabbit experts.
The dogs and cats shown above and below are at the West Valley Animal Shelter, 20655 Plummer Street, Chatsworth, CA 91311, 888-452-7381. Please come meet them.

This is Cleo/Bear, A1080747, a 6 year old, neutered male Cane Corso. He is big -- 118 hugable pounds. He is very affectionate, walks well on leash (except when other dogs are around), and knows "sit" and "down." He is good with people, very affectionate, playful, and fun, but not dog friendly. Cleo was killed on June 10, 2015. REST IN PEACE, CLEO/BEAR.


The first of weekly Dog Play Groups was held at the West Valley Shelter on Saturday March 22 from 10 A.M. to 1 P.M. It went very well. Eight or nine small dogs participated first. Then five or six medium and large dogs played together.

The West Valley Shelter hopes to have these play groups regularly on Saturday mornings. Check with Shawn Colon or Thomas Kalinowski at the West Valley Shelter on Thursday or Friday to make sure.

Play Groups not only give the dogs a chance to get out of their kennels and have some fun and exercise, they also allow staff, volunteers, and potential adopters to evaluate whether dogs are dog friendly. If you are considering adopting a dog and want to know if it gets along with other dogs, this is an opportunity for you to see the dog in action.


The first of weekly Dog Play Groups was held at the West Valley Shelter on Saturday March 22 from 10 A.M. to 1 P.M. It went very well. Eight or nine small dogs participated first. Then five or six medium and large dogs played together.

The West Valley Shelter hopes to have these play groups regularly on Saturday mornings. Check with Shawn Colon or Thomas Kalinowski at the West Valley Shelter on Thursday or Friday to make sure.

Play Groups not only give the dogs a chance to get out of their kennels and have some fun and exercise, they also allow staff, volunteers, and potential adopters to evaluate whether dogs are dog friendly. If you are considering adopting a dog and want to know if it gets along with other dogs, this is an opportunity for you to see the dog in action.

Here are some more pictures of Cleo, also known as Bear, A1080747, just because he is so cute and such a great dog. Cleo was killed on June 10, 2015. REST IN PEACE, CLEO/BEAR.
As you can see, in Play Groups at the West Valley Shelter, all the dogs and people get along well with each other. From the left, Zena (ID#A1540916) escorting Jeff Mausner; Pamper (ID#A1487346) escorting Cathy Serksnas; Pearl (ID#A1179570) escorting Mary May; Zoe (ID#A1540916) escorting the new Shelter Supervisor Sergio Rios; and Oso (ID#A1585972) escorting Sasha Mendez. Photo by Paula Hsien.


A few of us dogs had a play group at the West Valley Shelter on November 1. We showed how well we can get along with other dogs. The humans who were with us were so happy and had a good time with us. Please come adopt us so we can go home and play with you and with other dogs.
We are: ZOE - ID#A1540916; ZENA - ID#A1587970; PEARL - ID#A1179570; OSO - ID#A1585972; PAMPER - ID#A1487346
Photos by Paula Hsien


More pictures of play groups. This is the new Supervisor of the West Valley Shelter, Sergio Rios.
Photos by Paula Hsien.

Update: Buddy is being Fostered. This is Buddy. He spent several weeks living in Balboa Park until someone could catch him and take him to the Shelter. Someone is fostering him, but he needs to find a permanent home. Buddy even has his own Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/Help-Brave-Buddy-find-a-Home-1691109914441178/?ref=hl . If you would like to meet Buddy, send an email to: doggiefostermom2015@gmail.com. Buddy is a very loving dog, about 5 years old. He’s learning to walk nicely on a leash, learning sit, down, stay & wait. He loves people and belly rubs.
Want to save a life? Be a foster parent for a dog or cat at the West Valley Shelter or one of the other shelters. For details, click on the picture to the left to enlarge.
Do you like working with and helping animals? If so, become a Volunteer at the West Valley Shelter or one of the other shelters. Volunteers take dogs for walks, work on training them to be more adoptable, help with adoptions, and just hang out or play with them in the yard. Volunteers help take care of cats, give them companionship, and assist with their adoption. It really makes your day to help a family find the right pet and help a dog, cat, or rabbit find a home and family. Click on the picture to the left to enlarge for more details.
Prince was at West Valley Shelter and is now in a foster home. Please contact us here or Ace of Hearts (310-652-6895) to meet this wonderful dog in need of a forever home. Prince has had several weeks of professional training.

Bamboo, A1526559, was adopted. He is a 10 year old neutered, male Red German Shepherd and Labrador Retriever mix. The picture of him giving a high five to the left says it all.
Nigela, A1528298, was transferred to the West L.A. Shelter and adopted. She is a 1 year 4 month old spayed, female, Black American Staffordshire Terrier.

GREAT NEWS!!! ROXY HAS BEEN ADOPTED. Roxy is a female Sharpei mix, which is a rare breed. She is well behaved and walks great on the leash. She is 10 years old.
Are you interested in serving as a volunteer Reserve Animal Control Officer? If so, please click on the picture to the left.
Gwen, A1557416, is a 2 year old female-spayed Domestic Short Hair.
Lacey, A0775094, is a 9 year old female-spayed Domestic Short Hair.
Jane (A1422762) is a 2 year old female Staffordshire. She is spayed. She loves to play with a ball, run, and go for walks. She is a really pretty dog and wants a forever home. Jane was temporarily fostered because she was close to being euthanized. Can one of the rescues take her? She is currently being kept by some very kind people who live in a small townhouse with another dog. She needs to find a rescue or permanent home.
This is Frodo, a one year old male, neutered Affenpinscher. He's shy at first, but once he gets to know you, he loves to cuddle and be hugged. He likes to go anywhere you want to go with him or just hang out. Frodo was rescued.
Jazzie, A1498491 is a female, year and a half Staffordshire. She weighs 39 pounds and was brought into the shelter on August 4 as a stray. She is very affectionate and playful. She loves to hang out and just be with people. Jazzie was adopted.
ADOPT A CAT. Us cats are here at the West Valley Shelter also. Please come in to see us. We make great pets as well as (and sometimes along side) dogs. See the last picture on this website.

Maxie and Bunny are two sweet cats. Maxie, A0324823, is an old guy, maybe 15, neutered, a Maine Coon. Bunny, A1511506, is an 11 year old female, spayed. They get along well together, but can be adopted separately or together. Maxie and Bunny were adopted.
This guy doesn't have a name yet; if you adopt him, you can choose it. But he has a number, A1540949. He is about 4 years old. This guy was adopted.
Bella (A1469868) has been rescued by Best Friends. She is a 1 1/2 year old Staffordshire who is as cute as can be. She is spayed and weighs 45 pounds. She loves to go for walks and get petted. She is very affectionate. Thank you to Best Friends.
Don't forget that there are chickens, rabbits, turtles, and even horses who are looking for homes, at the West Valley Shelter.
Gumby, A1482575, was adopted. She is a 2 year old female American Staffordshire. She came into the shelter as a stray. She is friendly, fun, affectionate, and walks well on leash.
Galileo, A1480722, is a big, huggable, 9 year old male Rottweiler. Galileo was adopted.
Simba, A1477346, was rescued by Best Friends. He is a one-and-a-half year old neutered-male Staffordshire. He is affectionate and likes to play.
This is Cash, A1477141, an adorable 19 month old male American Staffordshire/Labrador Retriever mix. He is neutered. He is very affectionate and loves to play, go for walks, and just hang out. He is shy at first, but once he gets to know you, he is very affectionate and fun. Cash was rescued by Best Friends.


Zoey, A1448095, is a cute 7 year old female Staffordshire. She is spayed and extremely affectionate and playful. Zoey was rescued by Best Friends.

Schnapps, A1514355, is a ten year old male neutered Australian Sheppard mix. Schnapps was rescued.
Little Jay, A1493149, is a 5 year old, male neutered Chihuahua Shih Tzu mix. He is shy at first, but becomes affectionate once he gets to know you. He likes to sit in your lap and hang out. Don't confuse him with Big Jay (above), who is at Ady Gill's Rockin Rescue on Ventura Blvd. Big Jay was rescued when he developed "happy tail" from wagging his tail so hard. Little Jay was rescued.
Maureen adopting Gypsy, a very sweet, 12 year old German Shepherd with eye problems. Thanks to Maureen for saving a life.
Blizzard, A1519688, was adopted on December 19. He is a 2 year old Labrador Retriever/American Staffordshire mix.
Keash (A1500722) was adopted under the New Hope program in November. She is an 11 year old female Labrador Retriever Mix.
Gizmo, A1510335, was adopted in November. He is a 10 year old male Australian Shepherd/Chihuahua mix. He came into the shelter as a stray. He loves to cuddle.
Duchess, A1494140, was rescued in November. She is a 14 year old, female spayed Domestic Shorthair. She needs a home.
Tootsie, ID number A1150428, was adopted.
Charly (A1477990) was adopted. He is an eight month old American Staffordshire/Australian Shepherd mix.
Sweetie is true to her name and very affectionate. Her ID is A1428275. She is spayed and one and a half years old.
Sweetie was euthanized on July 11.
After a full year in the West Valley Shelter and the shelter in West L.A., Josie, A1418842, was finally adopted on August 23. This was a great accomplishment for a great dog, and volunteer Cathy deserves a lot of credit for keeping Josie alive and finally getting her adopted. Nice job Cathy!



This is Fetcher (A1484213), who is aptly named because she is the best fetcher I have seen at the shelter. Fetcher was adopted in October.
This picture is just to show how well animals can get along if their owners teach them right.






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