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The NKLA Pet Adoption Center is now open EVERY DAY from 12PM - 4PM. 

Click here to see dogs currently at our NKLA Pet Adoption Center

Click here to see cats currently at our NKLA Pet Adoption Center

If you are interested in adopting a pet, please complete our dog adoption survey or cat adoption survey to provide us information about your lifestyle and what you are looking for in a dog or cat. An adoption specialist will be in touch with you within 48 hours 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 Greater Los Angeles area is currently experiencing an outbreak of Canine Influenza.  In order to protect all dogs who enter our facilities, visiting dogs who enter our centers for a dog match will be required to show proof of vaccination for Canine Influenza.

What is Canine Influenza? Canine influenza is a highly contagious virus that causes nasal discharge, coughing, high fever, lethargy, and poor appetite in dogs.  Some dogs may develop severe illness such as pneumonia requiring hospitalization. Though rare, it can cause disease in cats as well.  Currently, canine influenza strains are NOT transmissible to humans.  Most dogs are contagious ~2-5 days BEFORE they show signs of illness.  The virus survives for 1-2 days in the environment and is easily killed with disinfectants such as RESCUE.  The vaccine series consists of two doses given 4 weeks apart.  The vaccine can be given as early as 7 weeks of age.  It is recommended that dogs get the bivalent vaccine which protects against the two most common strains of canine influenza. After the initial series, dogs should receive a booster vaccine every 12 months.

What steps is NKLA taking to protect our dog population? We are currently vaccinating all new dog intakes and plan for all on site dogs to have received their first vaccination by Nov 12th.  We will also be working to get all dogs in foster in for their first vaccine no later than Nov 30th.  All dogs coming on site from outside households will be asked for proof of flu vaccination.

Adoption FAQs

Shelter animals aren't broken, they've just been dealt a tough hand. Your willingness to bring one home gives them the new lease on life they deserve.


Do I need to make an appointment to adopt a pet at the NKLA Pet Adoption Center?
The NKLA Pet Adoption Center will be open EVERY DAY from 12 PM-4 PM, no appointment necessary. 

Click here to see adoptable dogs at the Mission Hills Lifesaving Center

Click here to see adoptable cats at the Mission Hills Lifesaving Center



To help the animals of NKLA/Best Friends in L.A. and/or your local rescue or shelter, visit the following resource pages:

NKLA/Best Friends L.A. COVID-19 Program Updates

Foster for NKLA/Best Friends L.A.

Support Los Angeles Shelters and Rescue Groups Amidst COVID-19


What are the requirements to adopt a pet at the NKLA Pet Adoption Center?

  • All adopters must be 18 years of age or older and must present valid/current government-issued identification at the time of adoption. 

  • Prior to adopting a dog or cat, adopters will need the knowledge and consent of their landlord. 

  • Most importantly, all adopters must be willing and able to spend the time and money necessary to provide training, medical treatment and proper care for their new pet. 

  • Note: For long distance adoptions, adopter must visit the pet in person at our center and coordinate pet's transportation at their own cost. 


When is your next adoption promotion and/or adoption event?

Find out about our upcoming adoption events and promotions HERE!



New Parent Tips

Animal-proof your home

Prep your home much in the same way you would child-proof for a toddler.Wires, remotes, shoes, plants & easy-to-swallow items pose serious threats to your pet.

Take the lead

If your new pet isn't trained to walk on a leash, it's a good idea to get a chest harness or a slip collar.

Make your yard safe 

Do a walk around your yard. Is your yard completely fenced in?

New Dog-Parent Tips

New Cat-Parent Tips