About NKLA

NKLA (No-Kill Los Angeles) is an initiative led by Best Friends Animal Society that brings together passionate individuals, city shelters and an entire coalition of animal welfare organizations to end the killing of dogs and cats in shelters throughout Los Angeles. Now, Los Angeles, the nation’s second largest city, is just inches away from achieving no-kill.

Since NKLA launched, the City of Los Angeles’ total save rate increased from 57.7% in 2011 to 89.7% in 2018.

The save rate for dogs has increased from 71.3% in 2011 to 93.36% in 2018, surpassing the stated no kill goal of 90% for the second year in a row.

The save rate for cats significantly increased from 36.3% in 2011 to 85.92% in 2018.

Led by Best Friends, the NKLA coalition has enhanced life-saving through client-service driven, high volume adoptions at the Best Friends Pet Adoption Center and NKLA Pet Adoption Center, as well as large scale adoption events; high-profile and comprehensive marketing campaigns and strategic, community-based low-cost spay/services.

Best Friends is taking this collaborative model and expanding it nationwide, leading an effort to take the country no kill by 2025. And LA is proof that we can accomplish this with the support of shelters, rescue groups and communities across the United States.


For the foreseeable future the NKLA Pet Adoption Center is closed to the public. This includes appointment-based adoptions. If you are interested in adopting, we welcome you to fill out a DOG or CAT or KITTEN adoption survey and a member of our staff will be in touch with you via phone or email to advise next steps. Thank you for your patience, understanding and continued support for the animals of Los Angeles during these unprecedented times.

The Best Friends Lifesaving Center in Mission Hills is also closed to the public. However, the team will continue to move animals directly into fosters’ and adopters’ homes with the help of technology, greatly reducing personal contact.

Join us and help make L.A. a no-kill city. Together, we can Save Them All®.