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Los Angeles County Department of Animal Care and Control: P.L.A.Y. Pet Beds Grant Report

How did this grant help your organization and the pets in your care?

The P.L.A.Y. beds were distributed equally to our animal-care centers located in Carson and Lancaster. Since we could not give every dog in our care centers a bed, we gave the beds to senior dogs, as well as to those with medical conditions. The beds continue to be used by our dogs at both of our care centers, benefiting their comfort, health, and adoptability.

Despite our efforts to provide comfort to our animals, the shelter environment can be incredibly stressful. These beds provide additional comfort for our dogs, particularly those who may be older or have a medical condition, which reduces stress and improves their overall health. When dogs are more comfortable and less anxious, they socialize better with other dogs and humans. This increases their likelihood of being adopted as potential adopters interact with them. Overall, these beds have provided an additional level of comfort that our care centers would not have been able to provide due to limited resources. We cannot speak for our animals, but we can safely assume that they are incredibly grateful — as we definitely are!

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Elmo (first photo) is an 8-year-old Chihuahua mix who came to the Carson Animal Care Center (ACC) as a stray on Dec. 15, 2018. After almost two months in the care center, this mature pup was finally adopted on Valentine’s Day.

Described as incredibly laid-back, Ashley (second photo) is a 7-year-old Akita mix who was also adopted out of the Carson ACC. Despite getting into an older age, Ashley still loved to play and socialize with other dogs. After almost two months at the ACC, Ashley was taken in by a rescue group.

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