To prevent the spread of COVID-19, Long Beach Animal Care Services (LBACS) is currently closed to the public. In the wake of the global pandemic, LBACS is actively seeking homes for its healthy, friendly animals. According to Bureau Manager Staycee Dains, individuals and community groups have rushed to help LBACS find foster and adoptive placements.
“Live Love Animal Rescue immediately contacted us to support us in any efforts we might need to make to limit animal shelter populations,” Dains said. “We are grateful for their work and support, as well as other groups who are helping reduce populations at the shelter.”
Live Love Animal Rescue’s mission is to save homeless animals in Southern California. In partnership with Blockhead Brigade and Pitty Pawfessors, Live Love launched an emergency foster program for LBACS dogs. The project was made possible thanks to a $5,000 donation from Friends of Long Beach Animals (FOLBA) and the Disney VoluntEARS Community Fund, which agreed to reallocate a $5,000 grant originally intended for another program.
Emily Peters, the founder and president of Live Love Animal Rescue, said “these funds are absolutely crucial to get as many dogs out of the shelter and into foster care as quickly as possible, and we are very grateful for the support of our partners.”
“We have placed 37 dogs in emergency foster homes,” said Angela Robinson, Live Love Animal Rescue board member and grants coordinator. “In partnership with LBACS, we started preparing for the possibility of an order to stay at home a few days before the Governor’s announcement. After his announcement on the 19th, we started placing dogs in foster homes on March 20th.”
Peters said that, with so many people staying at home, this is an ideal time to foster a pet. Applicants can complete Live Love’s screening procedures virtually, with online paperwork, a phone interview, and a video home check. After the process has been completed, Live Love pairs each foster with a dog that would be a good fit for the household.
“It has been a real joy to see dogs exit the shelter for loving foster homes,” Robinson said. “Animal lovers in our community are going together in a really inspiring way to support dogs in need.”
After seeing a post about Live Love’s emergency efforts, Julie Zierold decided to help. On March 21, Zierold, who has previously fostered two dogs with Live Love Animal Rescue, began fostering Uchie, a one-a-half-year-old pitbull/husky mix.
“He is a sweetheart and a dreamboat pup,” Zierold said. “He is very smart, well behaved, walks well on a leash, and is crate trained. He loves people and other dogs.”
Zierold, who is currently working from home, said she would definitely recommend fostering. She spoke highly of the team at Live Love Animal Rescue.
“They are passionate about their work and they do whatever it takes to support you when you are fostering a dog,” Zierold said. “They ensure you have everything you need to be successful.”