The village opened its doors August 2001, becoming the first public/private collaboration of its kind. Built on six acres of city land off the 605 Freeway and Spring Street, the P.D. Pitchford Companion Animal Village combines the adoptions and animal education services of the spcaLA and the city’s Animal Care Services Bureau and animal shelter in one location.
The village has a ranch-style administrative building that houses both agencies’ offices, a community room, cage-less catteries with indoor and screened outdoor access for adoptable cats, a separate area for stray and sick cats, and medical facilities to care for the animals.
The spcaLA cat colonies, with catwalks, toys, baskets and a screened porch complete with plants, allow cats to feel more relaxed and social.
Detached from the main building are eight indoor/outdoor circular cottages — four for spcaLA and three for Animal Care Services, each with 25 dog runs, and one cat cottage for Animal Care Services with two fresh air stray catteries, and two fresh air feral catteries.
Strays are under the care of Animal Care Services, until the animal is reunited with its owner, or the requisite number of days has passed and they can be put up for adoption via the spcaLA or other registered adoption/rescue organizations.
Also detached are an agility course, pet store, grooming center and pet hotel. The grooming center has three bathing stations and one self-service station. The pet hotel has 19 dog kennels, an area for puppies and four exercise yards, as well as 25 cat kennels.
Just as the partnership was considered innovative, so too was the design of the animal shelters. The circular dog cottages allow dogs to see more and as a result have helped reduce barking. The kennels also are larger than traditional ones and provide more fresh air to the animals.