L.A. centers shifting to appointment-only

Starting Tuesday, March 17, 2020, adoptions at the Best Friends Lifesaving Center in Mission Hills will be by appointment-only.

We anticipate that the restrictions in California, and particularly in Los Angeles county, will become more stringent and we need to prioritize the safety of our staff, volunteers and the animals in our care as we head into uncharted territory.

What does appointment-only adoptions mean?

This means that the centers will be closed unless you have an appointment. If you are interested in adopting a pet, please complete our DOG SURVEY or CAT SURVEY to provide us with 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 to help find a match and potentially schedule an appointment.


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. 


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


Have questions? Contact us at

Adopt one to help Save Them All!