New digs, new day at Best Friends Pet Adoption Network

A cat called Monroe and a Chihuahua named Kringle (right) now have new digs. They are among the first 50 arrivals at Best Friends Pet Adoption and Spay/Neuter Services in the Mission Hills area of Los Angeles. The doors to the shelter are set to open to the public on Saturday, January 28.

Monroe and Kringle, who were transferred to the center from Los Angeles city shelters, came as a result of Best Friends’ agreement with the city to run the center. It was built in 2008 but never opened to the public because of a shortage of funds.

But that was then and this is now. Today, the building is outfitted as a state-of-the-art adoption center that will also provide affordable spay/neuter services for area residents. And Best Friends volunteers and staff have been busy readying the shelter for its new animal residents, who will be brought to the facility from the city’s six other shelters.

Preparing for opening day

“Our local volunteers and staff have come together for an amazing, perfect storm of awesome,” says Kaylee Hawkins, volunteer coordinator with L.A. programs. “In 12 hours, the kennels were deep cleaned, flowers were planted, 40-plus animals arrived, and supplies were put away.” All told, about 30 people showed up to help prepare the center for opening day, Kaylee points out.

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