Best Friends–Los Angeles

Best Friends has had a strong presence in Los Angeles since 1991, when we began organizing innovative model programs and providing support for area shelters and rescue groups. Programs included Best Friends super adoptions, Best Friends Brigades, celebrity-driven national adoption PSAs and a public animal help resource line.

In 2011, Best Friends took the next step by entering into a groundbreaking public/private partnership with the city of Los Angeles to operate one of the L.A. Animal Services city shelters as Best Friends Pet Adoption and Spay/Neuter Center. The center takes animals directly out of Los Angeles shelters, and specializes in high-volume adoptions and low-cost and free spay/neuter services for area residents.

If you are in the Los Angeles area and want to get involved, click here.


In 2012, Best Friends made its biggest commitment to Los Angeles to date, vowing to make it the largest no-kill city in the nation. To that aim, we launched NKLA (No-Kill Los Angeles) in partnership with Los Angeles Animals Services and key local stakeholders. NKLA is a coalition of 50 area animal organizations, corporate partners, and regular people throughout Los Angeles who care about the fate of L.A.’s pets.

NKLA is a comprehensive campaign to end shelter killing. Its focus is on high-volume adoptions, a massive public awareness campaign, and spay/neuter services targeted at those who need them the most – families in the city’s lowest-income communities. The campaign is funded entirely by Best Friends and is committed to making Los Angeles a no-kill city.

Want to get involved? The NKLA website is the information and action hub of the coalition. The only thing it’s missing is you. Join us to help turn L.A. into NKLA.

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