The Best Friends Lifesaving Center in Mission Hills is currently open to the public from 10 AM - 4 PM daily. In addition, our team continues to move animals directly into forever homes with the help of technology, greatly reducing personal contact.

If you are interested in adopting a pet, please complete our dog adoption survey or cat adoption survey to provide us information about your lifestyle and what you are looking for in a dog or cat. An adoption specialist will be in touch with you within 48 hours via phone or email to advise next steps. Thank you for your patience, understanding and continued support for the animals of Los Angeles during these unprecedented times.

Dog Adoption Survey

Cat Adoption Survey

 Kitten Adoption Survey

Adopt a Pet

Just because a pet ends up in a shelter doesn't mean there is anything wrong with them. They are just in need of a second chance. That's where you come in:

When you adopt a pet from Best Friends, you save lives. For every dog or cat adopted, we can bring in another, saving even more lives. Plus, no matter what type of dog or cat you’re looking for, you’re sure to find your new best friend. All of the pets in our care are from any of the six city shelters as we work collaboratively with Los Angeles Animal Services to make Los Angeles a no-kill city by 2025. 


Adoption Process and Requirements 

So, you're ready to adopt your new best friend. Great! Here are a few important things to know about our adoption process:

  • All adopters must be 18 years of age or older and must present valid/current government-issued identification at the time of adoption. 
  • Prior to adopting a dog or cat from Best Friends, adopters will need the knowledge and consent of their landlord. 
  • Before visiting either the Best Friends Lifesaving Center or NKLA Pet Adoption Center, save time and complete our adoption survey so when you visit our center the adoption process is already underway! CAT ADOPTION SURVEY |  DOG ADOPTION SURVEY
  • Most importantly, all adopters must be willing and able to spend the time and money necessary to provide training, medical treatment and proper care for their new pet. 
  • Note: For long distance adoptions, adopter must visit the pet in person at our center and coordinate pet's transportation at their own cost. 


The Greater Los Angeles area is currently experiencing an outbreak of Canine Influenza.   In order to protect all dogs who enter our facilities, visiting dogs who enter our centers for a dog match will be required to show proof of vaccination for Canine Influenza.

What is Canine Influenza? Canine influenza is a highly contagious virus that causes nasal discharge, coughing, high fever, lethargy, and poor appetite in dogs.  Some dogs may develop severe illness such as pneumonia requiring hospitalization. Though rare, it can cause disease in cats as well.  Currently, canine influenza strains are NOT transmissible to humans.  Most dogs are contagious ~2-5 days BEFORE they show signs of illness.  The virus survives for 1-2 days in the environment and is easily killed with disinfectants such as RESCUE.  The vaccine series consists of two doses given 4 weeks apart.  The vaccine can be given as early as 7 weeks of age.  It is recommended that dogs get the bivalent vaccine which protects against the two most common strains of canine influenza. After the initial series, dogs should receive a booster vaccine every 12 months.

What steps is Best Friends taking to protect our dog population? We are currently vaccinating all new dog intakes and plan for all on site dogs to have received their first vaccination by Nov 12th.  We will also be working to get all dogs in foster in for their first vaccine no later than Nov 30th.  All dogs coming on site from outside households will be asked for proof of flu vaccination.

Find a Pet

Now the fun part: Find your new best friend!

IMPORTANT: Check the "Location" to see whether he or she is at Best Friends Lifesaving Center in Mission Hills or at the NKLA Pet Adoption Center in West LA. Prices and specials might be different at the two locations.

Search CATS

Complete our CAT ADOPTION SURVEY  to provide information about your lifestayle and what you are looking for in a cat. Our team cannot wait to help you find the perfect match!

Search DOGS

Complete our DOG ADOPTION SURVEY  to provide information about your lifestayle and what you are looking for in a dog. Our team cannot wait to help you find the perfect match!



Adoption Fees

Check out our adoption specials!

Before going to a new home, each pet is vaccinated, spayed or neutered, and microchipped.

Dogs 6 months and younger: $150
Dogs older than 6 months: $100
*A $20 dog license fee applies in the city of Los Angeles.

Cats and kittens: $25


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Adopt one to help Save Them All!