Pasadena Animal League Takes Animal Lovers “Back to the Shelter”

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Story and Photography by VERONICA AN

9:27 pm | April 26, 2017


The Pasadena Animal League (PAL) of the Pasadena Humane Society & SPCA offered a guided tour of the Pasadena Humane Society & SPCA. In the last three years, the shelter underwent a major makeover which included a state-of-the art Wellness Clinic, new Critter Center, animal boarding spaces and temperature-controlled kennels.

“We’re building more opportunities to keep animals in homes,” said Julie Bank, President and CEO of the Pasadena Humane Society. “The Pasadena Animal League is so important to [the Humane Society] – they help us raise funds and to awareness in the community we serve.”

New programs at the Pasadena Humane Society include Helping Paws, which provides assistance to animal owners in crisis so that they can keep their pets through tough times, and Kids for Animals, which encourages children ages 18 and under to be responsible pet owners. Other community programs include the Mobile Wellness Units which provide free or low-cost spay and neuter services and the Wiggle Waggle Waggon which transports animals to shelters where they have a better chance of getting adopted.

Shelter tours were led by volunteers and included a special look at the Wellness Center’s surgical suite, the kennels and the Critter Room. Tour guide, Jonathan, explained that many Pasadena is seeing a surplus of pitbull and chihuahua breeds and adds that the Pasadena Humane Society offers no cost sterilization of those breeds. The Wellness Clinic performs roughly 20 operations per day and each animal is cuddled by volunteers as it wakes up from anesthesia in an area called “The Beach,” before being taken to a recovery kennel. Other notable details include the volunteer-made toys for bunnies and the fact that the Pasadena Humane Society handles more animals than just cats and dogs – notable residents include a snapping turtle, two roosters and, at one time, a crocodile.

The Pasadena Humane Society is supported, in part, by donations from the Pasadena Animal League and through their services and store, The Shelter Shop. Services such as, boarding, veterinary care and purchases all benefit the shelter. The Pasadena Animal League also accepts donations of gently used towels and blankets, dog and cat beds and other pet supplies.

For more information and to get involved visit http://pasadenaanimalleague.org/.