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Pet Adoption Fees Waived County-wide During October for "Adopt-a-Shelter-Dog Month"

Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors declare October 23 "Adopt-a-Shelter-Dog Month"

The County of Los Angeles (County) Board of Supervisors has officially declared October 2023 as "Adopt-a-Shelter-Dog Month" throughout Los Angeles County.

The Board of Supervisors has proclaimed that October is a great time to adopt a shelter dog. Adopt-a-Shelter-Dog Month brings attention to the many wonderful dogs who are waiting for their forever homes in the County animal care centers. Adopting a shelter dog not only provides a loving home for a deserving dog but is a proactive response to the high volume of dogs being admitted to the animal care centers.

Numerous studies have shown that having a dog reduces stress and improves mental health. Dog ownership also provides a sense of purpose and improves physical fitness by encouraging physical activity, improving heart health and general physical fitness. DACC encourages residents to visit one of the County's seven animal Care Centers and find a loving canine companion.

Throughout the month of October, dog adoption fees are waived at all County Department of Animal Care and Control's animal care centers.

"Dogs bring immeasurable joy to our lives," said Director Marcia Mayeda. "Adopt a Shelter Dog Month is the perfect opportunity to find a forever friend who will bring unconditional love and a lifetime of companionship and devotion."

For more information and to view our adoptable pets, please visit

About the Los Angeles County Department of Animal Care and Control (DACC)

DACC is one of the largest animal care and control agencies in the nation, operating seven animal care centers and providing services to more than three million residents and their pets. DACC operates under the nationally recognized Socially Conscious Sheltering model to ensure the best possible outcomes for animals and the community. As a community resource center for pets and owners, DACC protects people and animals from harm, provides care for lost and unwanted animals, reunites lost pets with their families, and strives every day to move closer to its goal of finding a loving home for every adoptable pet that comes through its doors. To learn more about DACC, the resources DACC provides, and view its animals, visit or follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and X. To support DACC's efforts, please donate to the Los Angeles County Animal Care Foundation at To learn more about Socially Conscious Sheltering, visit


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