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Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Malibuites Invited to Aid Animal Shelter

The Humane Society of the United States invites Malibu residents to take part in its annual National Animal Shelter Appreciation Week, as a way to honor animal shelters and the dedicated people who work to protect animals.
“Animal shelters are vital resources for their communities,” said Inga Fricke, director of Sheltering Initiatives for the HSUS.
“A shelter is a safe haven for animals, and a great place to adopt a new family pet. Shelters also provide critical services like investigating cruelty and neglect, reuniting lost pets with their families, teaching kids to care about animals, and providing spay/ neuter services to help reduce pet overpopulation in their communities.”
According to the Humane Society, there are approximately 3500 animal shelters across the United States, serving an estimated 6-8 million homeless animals who seek refuge each year, but only about half are adopted. While 63 percent of American households include pets, fewer than 20 percent of them were adopted from shelters.
National Animal Shelter Appreciation Week is a perfect opportunity for community members to become acquainted with their local shelter and to help homeless pets.
Malibu residents are encouraged to consider adopting a pet at the Agoura Hills Shelter, which currently has over 100 animals available for adoption, ranging from cats and dogs of every breed and color to rabbits, and chickens, and occasionally goats, sheep and horses.
Donating supplies is another way residents can help—towels, toys, and gift certificates to animal supply shops are usually welcome.
Malibuites who love animals and have a minimum of eight hours a month for at least nine months are invited to volunteer at the shelter, either working with animals or in the office
The Agoura Hills facility is located 29525 Agoura Rd. in Agoura. 818-991-0071. Hours are Monday - Thursday noon - 7 p.m. Friday, Saturday, and Sunday: 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Closed holidays.