A Look Inside Two Amazing Animal Shelters

If only all animal shelters performed like these. Pet adoption numbers would skyrocket. In the interest of full disclosure, I’m a writer for Best Friends Animal Society, which runs these two facilities. So I’m a little bit biased. But I think you’ll understand why.

Check these out …

Exterior of Best Friends Pet Adoption Center in Mission Hills, California

This is Best Friends Pet Adoption Center in Mission Hills, California. Even though it’s technically a county shelter, Best Friends funds and runs the place for them. The public can’t drop their pets off there. The staff and volunteers regularly visit other county shelters to pull animals who could find a good home if they just had a little more time. But at this shelter, they get all the time they need. Because it’s no-kill. Meaning no healthy animal is euthanized.

Most people don’t know the ins-and-outs of animal shelters. Or how many beautiful animals die in them because buying a pet is still more popular than pet adoption (9,000 dogs and cats die every day in America). They mostly only know animal shelters are kind of depressing places. But this shelter aims to change that.

When you walk out to look at the adoptable dogs, here’s what greets you.

Inside Best Friends Pet Adoption Center

While there, I volunteered with a few dogs and a bunch of cats. Here are Daisy and Domino, two of my pals for the afternoon.


Sweet, Old Daisy


Domino is still just a puppy

What’s not to love about those faces?

Next, is the NKLA Pet Adoption Center in West Los Angeles. (NKLA stands for No-Kill Los Angeles.)

NKLA Center exterior

NKLA Pet Adoption Center in West Los Angeles, California

This place is sooo different. It’s not a traditional animal shelter – and I’m not just talking about how the place looks. Although I don’t think there are many other shelters with cats in the windows…

Cat cubbies in the window

Or a homey waiting area …

NKLA Pet ADoption Center waiting area

Or indoor trees …

Dog hallway at NKLA Pet Adoption Center

The animals here all either come from Best Friends or they come from rescue groups who are all committed to helping make Los Angeles a no-kill city by increasing pet adoptions. These groups typically rely on foster families who take their adoptable animals to adoption events (think PetSmart), but this space gives them a chance to show some of their animals seven days a week.

If your local animal shelters looked like one of these, would you choose to adopt your next pet?


About Christie Green

I'm a certified health coach, intuitive healer, writer, animal-lover, and peace artist (formerly martial artist) helping clients create lives with more balance, less bark.
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5 Responses to A Look Inside Two Amazing Animal Shelters

  1. We have a big well-known shelter here in Denver that is used as a model across the country; however, it is not a no-kill shelter. I would love to visit Best Friends!

    • Visiting Best Friends’ Sanctuary in Kanab, Utah, is definitely an experience unlike any other. I hear the drive down from the Salt Lake area is stunning. I usually drive eastward from St. George.

      What’s the name of the shelter in Denver?

      • Denver Dumb Friends League. Utah is really a beautiful state. I grew up in southwestern Colorado.

      • Very cool! I attended a conference in Denver and liked the area. Visited the Wild Animal Sanctuary, which was awesome.

        If you make it to the Best Friends National Conference in Las Vegas (formerly the No More Homeless Pets Conference), they have an optional excursion to the Sanctuary.

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