We continue to be surprised by how many stray dogs there are roaming the streets of downtown. Not a week passes without identifying yet another stray. Some turn up out of nowhere, never to be seen again. Others appear regularly, getting close enough to say hello...yet they quickly run away if you approach them.
Walk Fido always attempts to leash up these dogs and bring them to a shelter where they will be examined, fed and given a place to sleep. Most importantly, if they are in good health (and most of them are!) they get a chance at a new life with owners who will love them, discipline them and take care of them for the rest of their lives. Most of these strays are not neutered and can easily breed, which only adds to the growing problem. If these dogs are brought in and given a chance, we can slowly begin to control the animal popluation & reduce the number of animals in shelters waiting for homes.
If you encounter a rescue roaming in downtown LA, you can contact Animal Control at: (888) 452-7381. However, because we often encounter strays at night after the Animal Control unit can come and pick-up strays, you can always call/email Walk Fido and we'll help where we can. We seem to be heading down to the North Central Shelter (at Lacy Street) about once a week. We are happy to report that 90% of the dogs we've delivered to the Lacy Street facility have either found their rightful owners (the miracles of microchipping!) or have been adopted by a family for a new lease on life.