On July 2nd, in anticipation of a large number of dogs coming into the East Valley Animal Services on or after the 4th of July, while already at full capacity, Friends of East Valley Animal Services, volunteers for East Valley Animal Services, started a Facebook social media campaign to get adopters and/or fosters for at least 60 existing dogs at their location to make room for all the incoming dogs. If they couldn’t make room for all the new dogs who would either get loose and run off out of fear when hearing fireworks or at 4th of July celebrations if doors or gates were not closed properly, dogs who were already at the shelter would be euthanized to make room.
The campaign started with the below post on Facebook that can be see by using this link.
“If you’re reading this, we really need your help… our shelter is at capacity, and they had to start euthanizing yesterday for space and the 4th is coming up – if you or anyone you know can FOSTER a dog for just 4 days… ONLY 4 DAYS… you can save a life. 60 dogs generally come in over the 4th – the numbers game does not look good. That means, 60 dogs could be put down for space. If we can find in the entire city of Los Angeles just 30 people that can foster a dog for 4 days… we can save 60 dogs… please please SHARE and spread the word – come in to EV to fill out a foster agreement or go online and bring it to Veronica Perry at the SHELTER – come people – we just need 30 people in this entire big city! http://www.laanimalservices.com/volunteer/foster-program/”
The volunteers then started sharing pictures of dogs needing to be adopted or fostered on their Friends of East Valley Animal Services Facebook page. The below are just a few.
The campaign spread on Facebook and Friends of East Valley Animal Services came up with the slogan #4DAYS4LIFE. By asking the community to foster for 4 days if they couldn’t adopt, this would allow for the space needed at the East Valley Animal Services to make room for the large number of dogs they expected to come in due to the 4th of July. The community stepped up as the campaign continued to spread. They even made this video to help spread the word and to show what they were making happen all in an effort to save the wonderful dogs in the shelter.
Not only did the Friends of East Valley Animal Services foster or adopt out 60 plus dogs, they got this campaign to help other local shelters facing the same space problems. What happened when the fosters got their dogs home is truly amazing. The dogs personalities came out. They no longer looked sad or scared like they do when in their shelter cages. Many fosters introduced the dogs to their children, to their own dogs and to other dogs allowing the shelter to now have a bit of history on each dog allowing future adopters to know how these pets get along outside of the shelter environment with kids, dogs, and even cats. The fosters even started sending in pictures and details to the Friends of East Valley Animal Services Facebook page on the dogs they were fostering showing how happy, loving, and playful the dogs are with pictures and videos that will hopefully help these dogs get adopted after they return to the shelter.
Check out these 5 amazing transformations of dogs who still need to be adopted after the #4DAYS4LIFE campaign for fostering are returned to the East Valley Animal Services.
“#4DAYS4LIFE foster update – PEANUT…. his foster writes: “Hey there my California friends! This is Peanut – my Fourth of July Foster! He’s a big bundle of happiness and is one of the sweetest dogs I’ve ever fostered. Here’s a bit more information on him (scale of 1-10):
TRAINING: 8 (house trained, can sit, lay, and shake)
WALKING: 6 (excited at first, but then a good leash-walker)
ENERGY: 6-8 (loves going for walks and jogs, but once inside, a totally chill cuddler)
Peanut will be available July 7th for adoption!! Head down to the East Valley Animal Shelter in Van Nuys, CA or give them a call at 888.452.7381. Save this adorable little (big) guy and make your life a little happier!!” Ask for him by his ID #A1463732 Peanut is a neutered male Labrador mix, weighs 81 pounds.” To see this post on Facebook check out this link.
(Don’t miss Romeo’s tennis ball video link at the end!) Romeo’s #4days4life foster gave him a bath and groomed out his matted fur… look at that happy doggie smile after!!! Romeo is a 2 year old Shih Tzu or Lhasa Aspo, so far housetrained, good with other dogs, and he LOVES to play fetch with tennis balls, as you can see in this little video clip: https://www.facebook.com/ohtheirony/videos/10155768585500156/?pnref=story. We believe Romeo is ID# A1564389 but we’re waiting for confirmation on that number. To adopt, ask about him at the shelter! To see this post on Facebook, check out this link.
From his #4DAYS4LIfe foster: “His number is A1563053 and his name is Wrigley, although we nicknamed him Sammy. He is THE BEST dog. Has not barked once, very mellow and good with our cats, loves walks and will let you know when he needs to go out to potty. He is so awesome, a very special animal.” To see this post on Facebook, check out this link.
Foster says: “Mousy is totally tuckered out after a day of playing with his foster bro, walking around the neighborhood, sunbathing, and luxurious napping. I’m looking forward to hanging out with this cool dude until some one gives him a forever home. Even though he’s a senior (8 years old) he has great energy, loves to play, and romp. I will gladly bring him to meet anyone who wants to adopt Herr Mousy! Natashavc at gmail dot com please tell folks!”
We are truly amazed by all the efforts of the volunteers at East Valley Animal Services to save over 60 dogs from being euthanized in order to make room for the numerous dogs that came in on or after the 4th of July. These volunteers and the members of the community who stepped in to either adopt or foster are heroes. Although some of the shelter dogs have been adopted, there are still so many wonderful dogs like the ones shared here who still need FuRRRRever homes after they return to the East Valley Animal Services when their #4DAYS4LIFE foster comes to an end. If you or anyone you know is looking to adopt a dog, we implore you to check out these sweet dogs at East Valley Animal Services or go to the Friends of East Valley Animal Services Facebook page to see and read about the dogs needing FuRRRRever homes. As a community, let’s do our part to help spread the word about these pooches needing lives filled with love and security in FuRRRRever homes.
If you would like to visit East Valley Animal Services, the shelter is located at 14409 Vanowen St, Van Nuys 91405. The phone number is 888-452-7381 and they are open Tuesday to Saturday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., and they are closed on Mondays and holidays.
What will you do to help these dogs find their FuRRRRever homes?