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Causes: Animal Protection & Welfare, Animals

Mission: The Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Los Angeles (spcaLA) believes that animals, as living creatures, have value beyond economic measurement, and are entitled to legal, moral and ethical consideration and protection. Our staff and volunteers are dedicated to our mission to instill respect and appreciation for all living things; to promote humane and anti-violence education; to protect animals against violence (often a precursor to violence against people); to provide for the well-being of animals that are injured, ill, abused, or otherwise in need; and to promote a bond of mutual assistance between people and animals.

Target demographics: prevent violence

Direct beneficiaries per year: 3,500 animals find new homes.

Geographic areas served: Southern California

Programs: animal cruelty investigations, violence-prevention programs for kids in at-risk communities, a host of pet adoption and shelter services, and much more.

Community Stories

8 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I've adopted twice from SPCALA and both times have been a great experience. The animals were clean, healthy and the shelter is very well-maintained. We had a lot of questions and all were answered. Highly recommend if you are looking for a pet.

Also come to find out, they have a bunch of programs for kids teaching them about kindness and being a good citizen. Those kinds of activities are really needed in today's world! I think it's cool that they do so much community outreach.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I've only ever adopted from SPCA LA and I will continue to do so! An amazing organization and amazing volunteers

Review from Guidestar

Donor

Rating: 5

I'm a donor and an adopter - this is a fantastic organization! The care taken by volunteers and staff of our dog "Erma" before she came to live with us was truly outstanding.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 2

I sure hope that all these allegations that are coming forward are somehow unreal.
Could it really be that the SNPLA "cherrypicks" the animals they claim to pull out of high kill shelters to save??? How is it possible that they only choose to save the young healthy well off ones LEAVING BEHIND the ones that really could use the whole SPCA miracle you claim to deliver to each animal you save????
The fact is SPCA claims to be the total opposite of what volunteers and other witnesses are saying in recent allegations and I couldn't be more heartbroken from all this I'm finding out so I can only imagine the sadness all this brings the animals themselves if I'm in tears and I'm only reading about this I'm not one of the actual animals being left behind or the mother of the kittens or puppies that just witnessed all her babies being taken away from her and her being left to die in that cage you call shelter.... Words cannot express the sadness, disappointment, anger, and questions all this brings me. You SPCA are suppose to be the good guys, the ones that come in and save the day for these animals being left to die in thread shelters you guys are suppose to just SAVE. Save animals as they come. Save them all for say. Save big ones, lil ones, bad ones, good ones , sick ones,healthy ones just SAVE them. NOT CAREFULLY GO IN AND PLAY GOD AND CHOOSE WICH ONES YOU WILL SAVE AND WICH ONES WILL DIE. I THINK WE CAN ALL AGREE ON ONE THING THATS FOR SURE... NO ONE HAS THAT OR I SHOULD SAY NO ONE SHOULD HAVE THAT RIGHT TO MAKE THAT DECISION. MUCH LESS YOU SPCA, NOT WHEN YOU ARE CLAIMING TO BE THE TOTAL OPPOSITE OF ALL THIS, WHAT YOU ARE REALLY DOING IS ILLEGAL IF THEESE ACUSATIONS ARE TRUE. BECAUSE I THINK IF SPCA STATED ON THE FRONT PAGE OF THEIR WEBSITE RIGHT WERE THE ""DESCRIPTION OF THIS CHARITY"" GO'S THAT THEY ONLY SAVE THE ONES THAT LOOK LIKE THEY ARE 100% HEALTHY, OR NON NEGLECTED ONES OR NON SICK ONES OR BETTER YET THAT THEY ONLY GO IN AND SAVE THE YOUNGENS, THE LITTERS OF NEWBORNS KITTENS AND "FULL BLOODED" PUPPIES I CAN GUARANTEE YOU THE SPCA PRESIDENT WONT BE A HIGHROLLER BIGSHOT ANYMORE. I GUARANTEE YOU NOBUDY WOULD DONATE. SO OF COURSE THEY GOTTA LIE, THEY GOTTA SUGAR COAT THIS TO MAKE IT BELIEVABLE, TO BE ABLE TO SOUND CONVINCING SO PEOPLE DONT SEE WHAT THEY ARE REALLY ABOUT.
I AM NOT SURE 100% OF THE CERTAINTY OF THEESE ALEGATIONS OR IF ANY OF THEESE STORIES FROM THEIR OWN WORKERS, VOLUNTEERS AND GEN. PUBLIC THAT ARE SURFACING ARE IN FACT "TRUE" I LIKE MILLIONS OF OTHERS ARE JUST WANTING ANSWERS AND HOPING THIS IS ABSOLUTELY NOT TRUE. I SURE HOPE ITS NOT BUT FOR NOW WE HAVE TO JUST WAIT TIL THE INVESTIGATION IS OVER AND WAIT FOR THE RESULTS.
THANK YOU ALL FOR YOUR TIME.
SINCERELY......
A DISAPOINTED YET CONCERNED CITIZEN.

Review from Guidestar

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Donor

Rating: 5

I love this organization! The staff and volunteers are always so helpful and friendly. I am very impressed by the programs they offer, in addition to the adoption services they provide. I really appreciate the fact that this group goes above and beyond to protect animals in our community.

Review from Guidestar

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Volunteer

Rating: 1

Having been a volunteer at Long Beach Animal Care Services for some time, I have witnessed far too many situations where the most "desirable" animals are chosen by the spcaLA leaving behind many others in need. We know that spcaLA has far more resources to help these more difficult cases. With trainers on staff, more volunteers, programs in place, and more funding, they could choose to help these animals who need it most. Many of these animals are simply fearful of the environment they are in (and would simply need more socialization and several volunteers could help with that), possibly have simple skin issues, or simply be a senior, and for that they pass on them. Although, they now perform much of the adoptions on the shelter side as well, this doesn't change the fact that they are cherry picking the best, the most beautiful, the most well behaved, to bring to their side. It saddens me for the animals. It angers me for those on the shelter side who are killing themselves to get these animals out. I have also seen many times where puppies are taken over to their side (many times to bottle feeding fosters) while the mother is left on the shelter side alone and shocked. The case that has caught the public's attention is not the first. How can this be excused? Deep down in our cores we know that this is wrong. When an organization or rescue does that it makes them no better than pet stores and puppy flippers. SpcaLA can do more to commit to helping ALL animals in need.

Review from Guidestar

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

DISAPPOINTED in the SPCA LA. WHY do you pull puppies and kittens from their mothers and leave the mom's behind to die? Everyone knows that you have FIRST PICK of incoming animals at the Long Beach shelter because you allow the shelter to use part of that beautiful building you own. And boy do you cherry pick! You pull the young, cute, healthy, well behaved and highly adoptable animals and shamelessly walk by the old and injured. You leave most of the Pits and Chi's behind to die. Small struggling rescues then pull those that were not good enough for you and pay THOUSANDS in medical bills. Shouldn't the SPCA LA be the one pulling the injured, the old and frail? You have the money to help! WHY DON’T YOU? SPCA stands for “Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals”. Yet you inflict cruelty to those mothers by pulling their babies and leaving them behind crying and screaming. Are your donors aware of this dirty deed?
Your president makes 218k a year + 35k in bonuses. You have the money to pay outrageous salaries, yet you won’t pull a dog that got hit by a car or has a cherry eye. Let me rephrase the above. I am not disappointed, I am disgusted!

Review from Guidestar

2 deborah11

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

This organization, which is contracted to provide adoptions services for the City of Long Beach, CA, routinely cherry picks only the most adoptable animals, leaving the rest to die at the adjacent kill shelter, or let small rescues, those without six-figure compensated executive directors, scramble to save them. I have personally witnessed as healthy tabby kittens came in to the public shelter, and, because SPCA LA gets first dibs on animals, were offered first to them then rejected only to accept Siamese looking kittens an hour later. They are notorious for taking puppies and kittens away from the mothers, leaving the mothers to be killed in the shelter. Whatever integrity or true passion for rescue the management may have ever had seems long gone. In my opinion this is a contemptible organization and a blight, not worthy of being included in the Long Beach animal rescue and sheltering community.

Review from Guidestar