From playful pups and cute kittens to sweet senior dogs and cats, more than 1,000 adoptable pets will be showcased at the NKLA Adoption Weekend on Saturday, May 3 and Sunday, May 4 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., at La Brea Tar Pits in Los Angeles.
The popular event is hosted by Best Friends Animal Society as part of its NKLA (No-Kill Los Angeles) initiative, which has a mission of turning L.A. into the nation’s largest No-Kill City by 2017. By bringing together NKLA coalition partners and passionate animal lovers eager to match shelters pets with loving families, the NKLA Adoption Weekend is a tangible way to save lives.
“Last fall, the NKLA Adoption Weekend found homes for close to 400 dogs and cats in 48 hours and we hope to beat that number this spring,” Executive Director of Best Friends Animal Society – Los Angeles Marc Peralta said. “Any Angeleno who is looking to adopt should check out the NKLA Adoption Weekend, as it’s the perfect venue to find your new best friend. You can even bring your dog along for a meet and greet.”
The NKLA Adoption Weekend is one of Best Friends’ “Super Adoption” events, which launched 14 years ago and averages hundreds of adoptions per event. Several animal-loving celebrity supporters of Best Friends Animal Society’s lifesaving work will entertain at the free, family-friendly event. Guests can also enjoy tasty cuisine from L.A.’s hottest food trucks such as The Grilled Cheese, Coolhaus, Southern Fried Vegan BBQ and Juicebox.
Adoptable pets from more than 50 local shelters and rescues including LA Animal Services and Best Friends Pet Adoption Center in Mission Hills, Yorkie Rescue, plus NKLA coalition partners such as Border Collies in Need, Boston Buddies, Inc., German Shepherd Rescue Los Angeles, Wags N Walks, Labs and Friends.org, Angel City Pit Bulls, Kitten Rescue and A Cat’s Tale, will be featured. Pets from both city and county shelters will be available with adoption fees as low as $25. All pets are spayed or neutered, vaccinated and micro-chipped.
Adopters at the NKLA Adoption Weekend will also receive a free starter kit with pet food, treats, and other items from event sponsors Natural Balance, Precious Cat Litter, Kong, Mammoth Pet Products. Banfield, PetSmart and PetSmart Charities will also be on site with samples and information about pet services.
The need for potential pet owners to adopt, not shop, for their four-legged family member is crucial, according to Peralta.
“The sad truth is that 9,000 dogs and cats are killed in U.S. shelters every day. Best Friends Animal Society believes that number should be zero and adoption is a key component to making that happen,” Peralta said. “Watching the community join forces to put on the biggest adoption event in Los Angeles is awe-inspiring. It’s only by working together that we will Save Them All and turn LA into NKLA.”
Best Friends Animal Society is the only national animal welfare organization focused exclusively on ending the killing of dogs and cats in America’s shelters. Best Friends is working collaboratively in Los Angeles with animal rescue groups, city shelters and passionate individuals who are all dedicated to the mission of making Los Angeles a no-kill city. As part of this mission, Best Friends hosts adoption and fundraising events such as Strut Your Mutt and NKLA Adoption Weekends, runs both the Best Friends Pet Adoption & Spay Neuter Center in Mission Hills and the NKLA Pet Adoption Center in West Los Angeles, and leads the NKLA initiative. For more info, visit www.bestfriends.org/la
The NKLA (No-Kill Los Angeles) initiative includes a coalition of animal welfare organizations, city shelters and passionate individuals, led by Best Friends Animal Society. NKLA is dedicated to ending the killing of healthy and treatable pets in L.A. city shelters by providing spay/neuter services where they are needed most so fewer animals enter shelters; and increasing adoptions through the combined efforts of the NKLA coalition so more animals come out of the shelters and go into new homes.