Information and Tips

Los Angeles, March 23, 2020 – Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, LA Animal Services is unable to take underage kittens who currently need to be bottle fed, stray cats, or community/feral cats.

What to Do When You See Baby Kittens in Your Backyard
One of the biggest mistakes people make when finding stray kittens in their backyard is moving them away from where mom left them.

Here are some simple tips:

  • If you see tiny kittens in your yard, DO NOT TOUCH until you have observed them!
  • If the kittens are clean, plump, and sleeping quietly, there is a good chance that they have an attentive mom. If they are dirty, crying continuously, and have a soiled nest, they may be orphans and need your help.
  • If mom does not return within a few hours, then you can handle and start caring for the kittens.

Caring for Baby Kittens in Your Home

If you are able to care for these kittens in your home, LA Animal Services has an online manual to help you get started.

View the manual by clicking here.

Our kitten foster manual goes over all of the basics, as well as how to prep your home for kittens, and what to look out for to keep them healthy.

Our Animal Services Centers are currently waiting for bottles, kitten formula, and kitten food that we will make available to you if you need help to feed and care for these animals in your home.

Now that YOU have been a “Kitten LifeSaver”, when the kittens are around 8- weeks-old (or 2 pounds), please contact LA Animal Services to get vouchers to get these little ones spayed or neutered for FREE. Do this first before you find homes for them so they will not be left to produce more kittens who may be orphaned or abandoned without a “Kitten LifeSaver” like you to help them.

“The Financial Benefits of Adopting a Pet: You Can Help End Pet Homelessness”.

Overcrowding is a serious problem in America’s animal shelters. According to the ASPCA, an estimated 1.5 million animals are euthanized every year due to overcrowding — and that’s only dogs and cats.

If you’re considering bringing home a pet in the new year, adopting your furry friend from a shelter can help alleviate this growing problem. You’re also helping end pet homelessness, unhealthy breeding techniques and puppy mills, which subject more than 2 million dogs to devastating and inhumane conditions every year.

As if that weren’t enough, you can actually save money by adopting over shopping. Breeders and pet stores come with considerably higher costs — both up front and over the life of your pet — especially when compared to animal shelters and rescue organizations.

Saving Through Adoption

Adopting your pet from a rescue group or shelter can save you significantly up front. Breeders typically charge $1,000 or more for their pure-bred animals, and pet stores are equally as expensive. What’s worse, these fees rarely include the costly vaccinations, spay or neuter surgery and initial medications that the newly purchased animals need.

Though shelters and rescue organizations may charge an adoption fee, it typically covers the following services:

  • Initial Vaccinations & Wellness Exam – $150-$200
  • Flea treatment – $50-$200
  • Microchipping and registration – $50
  • Heartworm testing and medication – $15-$700
  • Spay or Neuter Surgery – $150-$300

The adoption fee may also cover the cost to treat an animal that arrived at the shelter with a pre-existing injury or illness, something that isn’t typically covered by a breeder.

If you have a furry family member, it can be challenging to find the perfect apartment where you can all live. Apartment List recently published data about the top cities for dog and cat lovers; today, we’re here to help you understand how to find a pet-friendly apartment.

Fees and Restrictions

First, we’ll address the common restrictions and fees that you may face.


Every landlord has a different pet policy, but most have one or more of the following rules for tenants bringing pets:

  • Number of pets: Most apartment buildings limit residents to a total of 2 pets.
  • Weight restrictions: Some apartments do not allow (or may charge additional fees for) dogs over 55 lbs.
  • Aggressive dogs: Many landlords will not allow residents to bring dogs deemed “aggressive”. There’s no set list, but this usually includes Pit Bulls, Dobermans, Rotweillers, German Shepherds, and Great Danes. While your pet may be harmless, most landlords (and insurance companies) find these breeds to be risky tenants!

Pet Fees

In our experience, almost all apartments require tenants to pay a premium for bringing your canine or feline friend along. Some states and cities place limits on these fees, so you may want to research local regulations if your landlord requires payments that are astronomically high. Here are the fees that we commonly see:

Know your rights

Note that people with disabilities have a right to have service or emotional support pets, even if the leasing agreement specifically prohibits pets. You do not have to disclose your disability to the landlord. Additionally, service and emotional support pets are not subject to pet fees.

What you can do

The list of fees and restrictions can be daunting, but Apartment List is here to help! Many landlords and property managers can be flexible with policies as long as you can show that you and your pet are responsible tenants. Here are three strategies to convince your landlord that your pet is a safe bet.

1. Build a pet resume

Building a pet resume is all about showcasing your pet, and makes the screening process faster. Things you can include in your pet’s resume are: photo, description, training certification, health records, habits, grooming. The Peninsula Humane Society provides a good example of what your pet resume can include.  A letter of recommendation from previous landlords and neighbors helps too!

2. Promote yourself and your pet

Let your landlord know you share similar concerns about cleanliness. Express that your pet is potty-trained, vaccinated, flea-controlled, etc. Getting a training certificate like the Canine Good Citizen’s for dogs is a good way to prove to your landlord your pet would be a good tenant.

3. Get insurance for your pet

Liability is a top concern for landlords, and one of the main reasons landlords are against pets. Landlords will feel more comfortable allowing pets if they are insured – this can be especially helpful if you have an aggressive breed. Be sure to find out whether your insurance has a dog bite exclusion, dangerous breed exclusion or other limitations.

Note that most rental insurance companies do not cover dog bites, so you may need to get a separate pet insurance policy.The Federation of Insured Dog Owners will provide canine liability insurance policies for all breeds of dogs.

Finally, we at Apartment List are here to help! You can use our site to search for apartments that allow dogs or cats, making it easy for you to find the perfect place for you and your furry friend. Good luck hunting!

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