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Find your new ‘best friend’

Posted: June 1, 2013 2:00 a.m.
Updated: June 1, 2013 2:00 a.m.

Studies show that dogs and cats provide many health benefits to their human owners, including reduced stress and lowered blood pressure. To encourage pet adoptions, Best Friends Animal Society Pet Adoption Center in Mission Hills is offering $9 adoptions for all dogs and cats this weekend.


Did you know there are more than nine reasons you might be healthier when sharing your life with cats and dogs, or that for $9 you can become part of a nationwide life-saving movement?

Adopt a pet from Best Friends Animal Society Los Angeles during the special $9 adoption event this weekend and you become part of something important.

The event at Best Friends Pet Adoption Center in Mission Hills is in conjunction with Best Friends’ nationwide promotion of cat adoption.

The 9 Lives for $9 has more than 1,000 national participating shelters and rescue groups. The event will last throughout the month of June.

To kick off 9 Lives for $9, the Mission Hills Center is also offering $9 adoptions for all pets May 31 through June 2.

"Every day 9,000 animals are killed in shelters simply because they don’t have homes. Just by adopting a pet, everyone can be part of the movement to end the killing of adoptable, treatable animals," says Marc Peralta, executive director of Best Friends Los Angeles. "We are making it so easy for people to meet our fabulous animals and for just $9, you can save a pet who could end up saving you."

Studies show that proven health benefits of pet ownership include lowered blood pressure and risk of heart attack, boosting of the immune system and stress relief.

"If laughter is the best medicine, dogs and cats can provide a daily dose with their funny antics or just snuggle up and let you know everything’s going to be okay," says Peralta.

All pets at the Best Friends Adoption Center are spayed or neutered, vaccinated, micro-chipped and ready to go to a forever home immediately.

Potential adopters can preview pets online at, meet cats in person at the interactive, state-of-the-art cat area, or bring along their existing dog for a canine meet and greet in the outdoor runs.

Mr. Big, a seven year old male tuxedo cat, is just one of the many pets hoping to get a second chance for a new home this weekend.

A volunteer favorite, Mr. Big is an affectionate fellow who likes to "chat" with people through an entertaining series of squeaks and meows.

Lily, a two year old pit bull terrier as beautiful as the flower she’s named after, is a playful girl who loves to give kisses and go for long walks.

"We have pets of every size, age, breed and personality here and our adoption specialists are excited to help you make that perfect match," Peralta says.

"Since they’re so low-maintenance, cats are awesome pets for busy families, seniors, and apartment dwellers or just about anyone seeking love and companionship.

As for dogs, we have everything from slow strollers to lean, mean canine machines who can act as your personal trainer. We also have the couch potato pups for people who just want a pal to hang out with."

The Best Friends Adoption Center, located at 15321 Brand Blvd., Mission Hills, is open Friday and Sunday from noon until 8 p.m., Saturday from 10 a.m. until 8 p.m., and is located within a mile of the 5/405/118 freeways.

"We encourage everyone to come to our center this weekend to find their new best friend," Peralta says.


About Best Friends Animal Society Los Angeles

Best Friends Animal Society Los Angeles is working collaboratively with animal rescue groups, city shelters and passionate individuals who are all dedicated to the mission of making Los Angeles a no-kill city. As part of this mission, Best Friends hosts adoption and fundraising events, runs the Best Friends Pet Adoption & Spay Neuter Center in Mission Hills, and leads the NKLA initiative.

About NKLA

NKLA (No Kill Los Angeles) is a coalition of animal welfare organizations, city shelters and passionate individuals, led by Best Friends Animal Society. NKLA is dedicated to ending the killing of healthy and treatable pets in L.A. shelters by providing spay/neuter services where they are needed most so fewer animals go into shelters, and increasing adoptions through the combined efforts of the NKLA coalition so more animals come out of the shelters and go into new homes. In 2012, the coalition’s first year of existence, L.A. shelter deaths decreased 12 months in a row, culminating in 4,200 fewer animals killed than in the year prior. Also in 2012, the NKLA Coalition facilitated 23,421 adoptions and 4,458 spay/neuter surgeries were performed.


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