City of Long Beach Animal Care Services (ACS) of Long Beach, CA invited the community to attend their open house "2012 Year in Review" on January 26, 2013. Presenter, Ted Stevens, ACS Manager was pleased, as the attendance for the event was significantly higher than years past.
The open house allowed Long Beach community members the opportunity to hear of the many improvements ACS has accomplished. Some of these improvements include increasing the quality of life for displaced pets surrendered to the shelter, and a reduction in the number of animals euthanized as a result
of increased pet adoptions.
During the first part of the open house, Mr. Stevens presented awards to many organizations, staff, and volunteers that have made a direct impact to the survival rate of displaced animals during 2012. Those who received awards included; Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Los Angeles (spcaLA), Friends of Long Beach Animals, Long Beach Spay and neuter, Animal Match Rescue Team, and ACS Rescue Partners.
A special recognition was extended to Eagle Scout Nathan Higgins. He collected over a $1000 in donations that was used to remodel ACS's run-down cat cottage medical suite; improving the overall medical facilities of the animal shelter.
In the second half of the open house, Mr. Stevens highlighted many programs and other contributors that had a direct impact on saving the lives of displaced pets; reducing the number of animals euthanized as the result of animal overpopulation in the shelter.
Many of the contributors are:
With all of these accomplishments, Long Beach Animal Care Services (ACS) still has much work to complete. Making a city safe for the community and the animals of the communities is an extensive undertaking, which receives minimal city funding. In order for ACS and animal shelters across the nation to continue their good work, they must rely heavily on community support, volunteer programs, and donations to ensure the safety and housing of displaced pets seeking new homes.
Contact your local animal shelter to learn how you can donate or become a volunteer. Donating a dollar or an hour of your time can make the difference for a