Daily News (Los Angeles)
Animal shelter set to reopen
West Valley facility, closed since April because of the pandemic, returns to service March 15
LOS ANGELES » The city’s West Valley Animal Shelter will reopen March 15 after temporarily closing last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Los Angeles officials said Wednesday.
“Since last summer, I have fought to get the West Valley Center reopened as a city-operated animal shelter, and I’m very glad to let our residents know that we succeeded,” Councilman John Lee said in a statement Wednesday.
“Without this facility, the entire San Fernando Valley would only have one city-operated animal shelter and neither I nor the Valley’s millions of taxpaying residents were okay with that outcome.”
After the shelter’s April’s closure, some in the animal rescue community speculated it might be turned into a nonprofit community resource center, which would offer limited services, including adoption, but wouldn’t serve as a facility for residents to contact for intake, surrender or other animal issues.
The shelter is at 20655 Plummer St. in Chatsworth.
“COVID-19 has upended our lives and our sense of normalcy, and it has reinforced the necessity of facing unprecedented challenges with creativity, compassion, and resolve,” Mayor Eric Garcetti said. “Reopening this shelter will help save the lives of countless animals in the West Valley and ensure that they each have a home where they are loved, cared for, and valued.”
The Los Angeles Department of Animal Services has six shelters. The other five are:
• The East Valley shelter, 14409 Vanowen St., Van Nuys
• The Harbor shelter, 957 N. Gaffey St., San Pedro
• The North Central shelter, 3201 Lacy St., Lincoln Heights
• The South Los Angeles shelter, 1850 W. 60th St., Chesterfield Square
• The West Los Angeles shelter, 11361 W. Pico Blvd., Sawtelle.