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LA animal shelters are facing a serious crisis – NBC Los Angeles

Los Angeles Animal Services’ shelters across the city are at 203% capacity, meaning they don’t have enough space to house all of their dogs.

There are about 1,500 dogs spread across the six city-run shelters, but there is only room for about half. They tell NBC4 they are not euthanizing for space and urge people to help by fostering, adopting or volunteering.

Video taken at the Chesterfield Square South LA Animal Shelter by volunteers and rescue groups showed the overcrowded kennels and some dogs living in filthy conditions.

“Most of these dogs have been sitting in the house, and now they’re sitting in their own feces, along with other dogs, who may not be very friendly because there’s no space, and the amount of barking is such a stressful environment, it’s really terrible. says animal trainer Mia Gyzander.

Mia Gyzander runs the animal rescue group Blue Man Dog and has teamed up with volunteers, rescuers and trainers to create Foster South LA to ease the pressure on overcrowded shelters. They’re specifically targeting Chesterfield Square, where Gyzander says there are more than 500 dogs but only room for 220.

“Adopting or fostering is the first thing we should do. Speak clearly, talk to other people and be aware of what is happening in our shelters today because this is a crisis,” Gyzander said.

Gyzander recently rescued an 11-month-old Malinois named Fergie from the South LA shelter to foster. Together with a team of volunteers, she visits the shelters every week to check on the animals and help where possible.

Currently, there are 104 dogs on LA Animal Services’ Red Alert List that will be euthanized between now and June 2. About half come from the South LA shelter, and many of these dogs are listed due to behavior or medical issues. Gyzander says the key is to reduce the number of dogs, because shelters don’t have the resources to tackle the problem.

“Because then the rescue groups, shelter staff and volunteers can focus on the more challenging dogs, as long as we have this extreme overcrowding. It’s like everyone is running around and you can’t even get to all the dogs, there are just too many,” said Gyzander.

Gyzander hopes to spread the message to get the help LA Animal Shelter so desperately needs.

“We really need people to get up and walk dogs. Because there is no space, so what are we going to do, unless we take dogs out to foster or adopt, this will not end,” said Gyzander.

LA Animal Services works with more than 300 rescue groups to help foster dogs. They tell NBC4 that 90% of dogs on the Red Alert List are typically rescued or adopted before being euthanized.

The dogs on the shelters’ Red Alert List can be found here.

To learn more about dogs available at LA Animal Services shelters, visit their website. For information on how to foster or adopt through the Blue Man Dog group, click here.