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11 Places to Adopt a Dog in LA

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Break out the treats, it’s #NationalDogDay otherwise known as the best day of the year! Dogs are loyal companions and can even improve your mental health. If you’ve been thinking about adding a furry friend to your family, or just want to support a local shelter check out these 11 places to adopt a dog in Los Angeles.

Wagmor Pets Rescue

The Wagmor Pets Rescue is located in Studio City and has a mission to “rescue, rehabilitate, and rehome dogs in need.” Their website allows you to learn about the adorable pets, donate, or foster animals that are in need, plus they even offer virtual training after you adopt a sweet, new dog.

The Labelle Foundation

This LA-based animal shelter has a passion for advocating for dogs who need support. The Labelle Foundation looks for volunteers and foster homes to continuously show love and support to the dogs who need it most. If you’re looking to adopt, foster, or even volunteer, contact them to help the lives of many.

West Los Angeles Animal Shelter

The official LA Animal Services shelter West Los Angeles Animal Shelter is a no-frills option for adopting a pup in need. Their goal is to make Los Angeles a no-kill city and offers spay/neuter services on site. Not in West LA? LA Animal Services has shelters all across Los Angeles.

Vanderpump Dogs

Anyone who is as obsessed with Lisa Vanderpump as I am already knows about Vanderpump Dogs – Lisa’s pink-hued shelter dedicated to moving dogs out of high-kill and dangerous situations and into loving homes. The adoption process includes an application and home visit to ensure all dogs are going to the right home. Even if you didn’t adopt your precious pooch from Vanderpump Dogs, you can still browse the glittery dog accessories or make an appointment to get your pup groomed.

Ken Todd and Lisa Vanderpump

Dawg Squad

Dawg Squad is a non-profit organization that takes in high-risk pups or those in need of medical care. When you adopt, your new pet will already be spayed/neutered and microchipped to give him or her the best chance at life possible.


Dedicated to the prevention of cruelty to animals since 1877, spcaLA offers adoptions, educational tools, disaster relief, and animal cruelty investigations for the community. Head to their site for tips on everything from dog training to tricks!

Doggone Crazy Animal Rescue

This all-breed no-kill rescue was begun in 2013 by one woman with dreams to find every dog a home. Doggone Crazy even has a “happy tails” section of their website dedicated to the adopted dogs, just in case you need some warm fuzzies.

Bark n’ Bitches

In true LA fashion, Bark n’ Bitches is a humane pet shop offering trendy clothes and accessories for your newly adopted fur baby. Stop by and spot celebs shopping for their pups or buy a t-shirt to support the cause. Who could say no to those puppy dog eyes?

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Glendale Humane Society

Adopt, foster, or sponsor a pup at the Glendale Humane Society. They’ve been in business for over 90 years and have placed countless animals into permanent happy homes. Pet viewings are by appointment only, so call ahead before dropping by.

Breed Rescuers

Looking for a specific breed? Skip the breeder and head to a breed-specific rescue shelter, like the Westside German Shepard Rescue of Los Angeles. Help to reduce overpopulation by adopting instead of shopping for your new pup,

Wags & Walks

From dog trivia to CBD treats – this is not your grandmother’s rescue center. Wags & Walks not only adopts out dogs but hosts fundraisers for their charitable organization.

Not sure if a pup is right for you? Here are ten amazing reasons why every LA Girl should rescue a dog.


Are Kittens more your thing? Adopt a Kitten Day in LA July 23rd:

On Saturday, July 23, Wallis Annenberg PetSpace will host Feline Frenzy, a marathon kitten adoption event at their Playa Vista campus. With a goal of finding forever homes for 50 kittens, PetSpace will devote the entire day to all things feline!

Register here