Welcome to the P.D. Pitchford Companion Animal Village, home of Long Beach Animal Care Services and spcaLA.
In 2001, the Animal Care Services relocated to its new state-of-the-art companion animal care and control village. Thanks to a unique partnership agreement between the City of Long Beach and the spcaLA (Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, Los Angeles), the two agencies jointly deliver innovative and revolutionary care to the animals that enter the Village. Residents of Long Beach and contract cities also benefit from more efficient animal care services.
The P.D. Pitchford Companion Animal Village is a friendly and functionally efficient facility that serves as a national model for future animal shelters. The Village is housed on over 6 acres and provides a healthier and safer environment for the animals. Some of the exciting and innovative features of the Village include an interactive display of adoptable animals, cat colonies with screened porches allowing indoor/outdoor access, state-of-the-art indoor/outdoor dog kennels and a multipurpose education center.
Movement of Animals
As animals come to the Village, some available pets are moved to the care of spcaLA while others remain in the care of LBACS, but all may be adopted through spcaLA.
This movement is made not because spcaLA has “pulled” or “rescued” certain pets, but rather to make room for the constant influx of animals at LBACS, reduce disease transmission, allow lost and other pets to be held for legally-mandated timeframes, and permit the separate spcaLA and LBACS staffs to provide care and supervision of animals. Movement to a new area of the Village can be very stressful for shelter pets, and as such, spcaLA often moves the animals that appear to be the least susceptible to conditions made worse by stress, and who will remain at the shelter the shortest amount of time prior to adoption. Strategic movement of shelter pets works to increase adoptions, reduce disease transmission, and strengthen the human-animal bond.