Barking and bustling at South L.A.’s newest animal shelter

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As you’re driving down Western Avenue in South LA, you might notice the jagged streets and boarded up stores. But what you may not expect to see is a modern oasis for animals. This “oasis” is the new South Los Angeles Animal Services Center that opened Thursday in Chesterfield Square.

Woman holding puppy

Woman holds a puppy at the opening of South L.A. Animal Services Center.


“You can bring your dog in for micro-chipping, and we will have a spay neuter clinic,” said the shelter’s director Jan Selder. “We offer adoptions, of course, every day, and advice, so we just want this to service the community in a complete way that the community needs.”

Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa spoke at the opening. He emphasized the vastness of the shelter, which is the city’s second largest at 258 kennels. [Read more…]