In honor of St. Francis of Assisi, St. James’ In the City will donate 100% of its loose plate offering between two nonprofit agencies that support animals in need.
Founded by Martine Colette in 1965 and incorporated in 1976, the internationally recognized Wildlife Waystation shelters disabled wild and exotic animals on 160 acres in the Angeles National Forest in Southern California. It provides round-the-clock professional, veterinary and highly-trained volunteer support to more than 400 permanent animal residents. Wildlife Waystation works closely with local animal control, as well as state and federal wildlife services, and when warranted, animal organizations worldwide.
Throughout the Waystation’s history, educating the public has been a priority with a goal to preserve wildlife through understanding how to co-exist with native wildlife, and why exotic animals do not make good pets. Education programs include multi-level volunteer training, community and school outreach, college courses and a veterinary internship. For more information, please visit www.wildlifewaystation.org.
Best Friends Animal Society’s lifesaving work began with the opening of Best Friends Animal Sanctuary in southern Utah in 1984. From there, the work to save the lives of homeless pets spread across the country and has continued to expand. Currently, Best Friends operates pet adoption centers, spay/neuter clinics and no-kill initiatives in Los Angeles, New York City, Salt Lake City, Atlanta, as well as a Best Friends Network of animal rescue groups in every corner of the nation. Its flagship location is Angel Canyon, Kanab, Utah. Angel Canyon is the home of Best Friends Animal Sanctuary and nearly 1,600 homeless animals.
In 2011, Best Friends entered into a groundbreaking public-private partnership with the city of Los Angeles to operate one of the L.A. Animal Services city shelters as the Best Friends Pet Adoption and Spay/Neuter Center. Located in Mission Hills, the center includes a pet adoption center with more than 400 adoptable dogs and cats from L.A. city shelters, a spay/neuter clinic and a kitten nursery.
In 2012, Best Friends launched NKLA (No-Kill Los Angeles) in partnership with Los Angeles Animal Services and key local stakeholders. A comprehensive initiative to end shelter killing, NKLA focuses on public awareness, high-volume pet adoptions and spay/neuter services for those most in need — pets of families in the city’s lowest-income communities. The NKLA Coalition, led by Best Friends, comprises more than 90 animal welfare organizations throughout
Los Angeles that are devoted to saving the lives of dogs and cats in L.A. For more information please visit www.bestfriends.org.