In time of uncertainty, spcaLA is essential

By Madeline Bernstein – President, spcaLA

California leadership came together to issue the new Safer at Home order in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The order seeks to help our community flatten the curve, and reduce the spread of the virus.

For many of us, my first thought was of the pets. Will pets in the shelter be okay? Can staff come to care for them? And more personally, can I still walk my dogs?

The pets will be okay. spcaLA staff will continue to provide care for those in the shelter. And, you can continue to care for your own pets. Veterinary offices can continue offering services, pet supply retailers can continue to provide pet food and supplies.

In fact, caring for your pets is one of the very best things you can do. If you have a dog — or two — go for a walk. Just maintain social distance from your neighbors and their dogs, in keeping with the Safer at Home order.

Cat person? Your indoor cat has been practicing isolation for some time — snuggle with your kitty and a good book by a sunny window. Take a nice long stretch. No pets at home? Take a gander at our live cat feed on

Looking for ways to enrich your life, and those of your pets and kids? Follow spcaLA on social media, like Tik Tok, Facebook, and Instagram. We’ll do our best to keep you informed, educated, and entertained.

If you are able to help, please consider making an online donation to help spcaLA continue to serve. Looking for other ways to help? Please use AmazonSmile when ordering supplies, vote for spcaLA on your TargetCircle app (until 3/31), and make spcaLA your charity of choice on your Ralphs account (NPO Number 82162).

I know these are uncertain, and frankly scary times. Together, we will come through this. Please, take care of yourself, and each other.

spcaLA is currently offering both adoption and pet supply purchase appointment registration for those interested in adopting while spcaLA facilities are closed to the public. 

For more information on how to help the organization during the novel coronavirus pandemic, visit their coronavirus webpage at