After a year in the shelter, dog’s birthday wish is to have a home

Melvin, a dark coated Pit Bull mix, celebrated his third birthday at spcaLA. While he remains in good spirits about getting older, enjoyed a virtual birthday party, and happily gobbled down birthday cake, he has spent a year at the shelter and wishes for a forever home. Melvin is available for adoption by appointment by visiting

While with spcaLA, Melvin has learned many tricks and skills like sit, down, hand target, place training, loose leash walking, fetch, roll-over, and paw. He enjoys being around people, and is just as content to lay by your feet as to chase a ball. He enjoys going for walks, rolling in the grass, splashing in a kiddie pool, and chewing on bully sticks.

Despite all his talent and good humor, no one has given him a chance at a real home. “We want Melvin to have the gift he deserves during these uncertain times: a loving home and forever family,” says spcaLA Animal Behavior & Training Specialist, and Melvin’s champion, Skylar Maldonado.

Melvin’s biggest challenges at finding a home may be the two things he cannot change: the color of his coat and his breed. Melvin’s adoption fee has been sponsored by a spcaLA Volunteer, but any potential adopter must meet spcaLA’s adoption requirements.

For his birthday, Melvin enjoyed a delicious birthday cake that he shared with his homeless doggie friends at spcaLA and Long Beach Animal Care Services

Contact spcaLA to meet to Melvin – you may be the one he has been waiting for!

For more information or to schedule an interview, please contact spcaLA at 323-707-1271 or