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Thursday, December 29, 2011

Derek A1250979 @ WLA : his angel needs a little help...

Derek, a scared but sweet boy who needs your help!
This story is written by a woman who wants to help Derek but needs a rescue to pull him out of the shelter and assist in finding a permanent home. Derek is a sweet but very scared dog that isn't doing well in the shelter. Please help!
 "My temporary name is Derek.  I am a Rottweiler/German Shepherd mix, approximately 7 years old, and have been at the WLA Animal Shelter since September 18, 2011. 

For over 90 days I have been in the same kennel – across from the cat room -- hiding as far in the corner of the bedding cave as possible.  Around my 80thday of hiding in my kennel cave, a lady came to find her lost cat and stopped to see my picture on the front of my kennel.  Every few days she comes back to talk to me but I am too terrified to come out and meet her.  The noise in this shelter gives me anxiety and I am too scarred to find out what is going on around me.  Therefore, I just stay in my cave, hide from the noise, and stay invisible from all the people going by. 
So far it’s been working and aside from this lady no one ever sees me.  Near my kennel are two gates that slam all day long, which also frightens me.The woman who took an interest in me decided to bring some roast beef to see if she could get me to come out of my hiding place.  She throws the meat into my kennel, close to the bedding area, but I will only come out when she is not looking.  One of the shelter staff persons decided to help the lady get a look at me and came behind my kennel.  When I hear a staff person behind my kennel I know I have to get out.  When the lady saw me come out of the cave I tried to run back in and the gate hit me in nose.  I just curled up in the corner of the concrete run, closest to my cave, and trembled until she told the shelter man to open the gate and let me back into my hiding place.

One day, after many visits, another Shelter staff man decided to take me to the visiting area to meet the lady.  It was my first time out in the sunshine in over two months!  I was well behaved and did not pull on the rope leash or misbehave in any way.  The Shelter man noticed many good things about me and thought I would be a very nice dog who could live in an apartment with cats.  He made this assessment based on seeing me interact with a very small dog next to the visiting area.  I went up to smell he little dog and I did not display any aggression towards him.  I jumped up on the park bench and let everyone pet me.  I looked all around with interest through the fence to the parking area.  

Perhaps someone I know will come back to get me but I’m losing hope and am now very depressed, losing my desire to eat from constantly being scared.The next day the lady came again and they took me back to the visiting area.  Again, I was alert and well behaved but after a few minutes I had to go back to my hiding place.  The lady noticed that I have pressure sores on my elbows from laying on the concrete in my kennel, so she bought me a nice bed from Costco and makes sure that I still have my bed every time she comes to visit.The lady's husband is not sure that someone big like me should live in an apartment. 

I just wish someone would take me out of this shelter to some place quiet where I could heal emotionally.  I am so very scared at the shelter and too afraid to try and make friends.  I just want to be someplace warm and quiet with someone who will try and find out what a nice dog I am.Will someone please help me get out of here?"


West LA City Shelter  310-207-3266  Tues-Sat 8-5,  Sun 11-5 
11361 West Pico Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90064 
Contact: Samantha Westbrook, NEW HOPE COORDINATOR
213-485-0494 / CELL  213-792-5811  aninewhopewla@lacity.org.

Friday, December 23, 2011

Holiday message to readers! fa la la la

Best wishes this holiday season to all my friends and readers! I hope it is one filled with love and compassion.

Your support of shelter animals means the world to me.  Let's keep working together and make 2012 a better year for shelter animals.

PEACE to all.

xoxo, Lola McKnight

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Chanel has already been through so much! After surviving her ordeal, I can't even imagine that this wonderful girl could be near death's door once again!  Chanel has been at the WLA shelter a very long time and the clock is winding down for her. Please help Chanel find a home and finally be out of harm's way!

Monday, December 19, 2011

Another update on Queenie... Returned to the shelter.

I hate to have this news to share, but Queenie was returned after 1 day due to one of the dog's that lived in the home didn't like her and started a fight. No dogs were hurt.  So, back to the drawing board. Please don't forget her, she really needs the help!  Thanks everyone for all your help in networking this great dog!!! 


This sweet girl really breaks my heart. She was left at the shelter after a divorce. Queenie had always lived in a home with a family and through no fault of her own, she found herself at the shelter. She's been there for a long time now and her chances get slimmer over time. Please network this wonderful dog!

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Queenie ID A1250868: Urgent for Queenie, will she make it home for the holidays?

Queenie ID# (A1250868)

I was just a puppy when I became part of a family.  That was 5 years ago and I was so happy and then my world came to a crashing end.  The people that I loved so much decided to get a divorce and I no longer fit into their plans so they brought me to the West Los Angeles Animal Shelter.  This was back on Sept. 17, 2011.  I miss them and still look for them but they are not coming back.  
I am a spayed Labrador retriever/Rhodesian Ridgeback mix. The people who used to be my family described me as friendly with everyone including other dogs.  They said that I was "very nice and a smart dog".  
The volunteers at the shelter are now my best friends.  They agree that I am a very nice dog. They take me into the yard where I love to play especially with the larger size balls.  I know how to sit, shake and lay down and because I love treats, there's isn't much that I can't learn.  I need to work on focusing more but when I get out into the yard I forget myself and just enjoy being free again.  I get along just fine with the other dogs so that is a real plus for me and hey guess what?  I am housebroken! 
I need a home of my own and someone to love me again and let me show them what a good, loving dog I can be.  It wasn't my fault that I ended up at the shelter.  I would be such a great friend to some lucky person.  Please help me find a home!!
West LA City Shelter, 310-207-3266  Tues-Sat 8-5,  Sun 11-5 
11361 West Pico Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90064 
Contact: Samantha Westbrook, NEW HOPE COORDINATOR

Thursday, December 8, 2011

UPDATE Brownie RIP. Brownie is hoping to be home for the holidays...A1266551

Update 12/19:  Brownie was sadly euthanized due to a serious case of pneumonia.  In Brownie's honor, the $400 collected for his rescue will now be applied to another wonderful dog at WLA whose status is urgent: Queenie A1250868.  

RIP Brownie :-(
This dog desperately needs a home for the holidays! He's a very nice dog that has some medical issues that could be managed with pain meds. He's really sweet and the volunteers are trying really hard to save him. Look at that face, it's enough to make you cry!  

Here is the plea going out from the WLA shelter New Hope coordinator:

A1266551 - Brownie, 6 year old, male, Chow Chow Mix.
Brownie came to the shelter as a stray after he was picked up by one of our Animal Control Officers.

After showing lameness in his hind legs, he was sent for X-Rays. Poor Brownie has quite a few things going on in his hind area that prevent him from getting around with ease. He has lumbar sacral spondylosis, bilateral mild hip displaysia and degenerative joint disease.

Brownie needs a great home where he can be an indoor dog, with a comfy bed and provided the pain management he needs to make life just a little more comfortable. Please help Brownie find that! A concrete kennel is no place for him.

If you would like further information please feel free to contact me. 

Samantha Westbrook
New Hope Coordinator / Baby Bottle Coordinator

West Los Angeles Animal Care Center
11361 W. Pico Blvd
Los Angeles CA 90064
Shelter: 213 485 0494/ 0495/ 0496
Cell: 213 7925811
Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday & Saturday 7am - 4pm
Thursday 6.30am - 3.30pm