Adopt a Pet. Save a life.
Shelter animals aren't broken, they've just been dealt a tough hand. Your willingness to bring one home gives them the new lease on life they deserve.
Do I need to make an appointment to adopt a pet at the NKLA Pet Adoption Center?
For the foreseeable future the NKLA Pet Adoption Center is closed to the public. This includes appointment-based adoptions. If you are interested in adopting, we welcome you to fill out a DOG or CAT adoption survey and a member of our staff will be in touch with you via phone or email to advise next steps. Thank you for your patience, understanding and continued support for the animals of Los Angeles during these unprecedented times.
The Best Friends Lifesaving Center in Mission Hills is also closed to the public. However, the team will continue to move animals directly into fosters’ and adopters’ homes with the help of technology, greatly reducing personal contact.
To help the animals of NKLA/Best Friends in L.A. and/or your local rescue or shelter, visit the following resource pages:
What are the requirements to adopt a pet at the NKLA Pet Adoption Center?
All adopters must be 18 years of age or older and must present valid/current government-issued identification at the time of adoption.
Prior to adopting a dog or cat, adopters will need the knowledge and consent of their landlord.
Most importantly, all adopters must be willing and able to spend the time and money necessary to provide training, medical treatment and proper care for their new pet.
Note: For long distance adoptions, adopter must visit the pet in person at our center and coordinate pet's transportation at their own cost.
Will my new pet get along with the pet I already have?
We encourage introducing your new pet to the pet or pets who are already part of your family.
New Parent Tips
Animal-proof your home
Prep your home much in the same way you would child-proof for a toddler.Wires, remotes, shoes, plants & easy-to-swallow items pose serious threats to your pet.
Take the lead
If your new pet isn't trained to walk on a leash, it's a good idea to get a chest harness or a slip collar.
Make your yard safe
Do a walk around your yard. Is your yard completely fenced in?