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DACC and the Woolsey Fire

November 15th, 2018

November is providing us trying times in Southern California. The devastating Woolsey Fire has affected thousands of us. I am so very proud of all our staff and volunteers at DACC who have been working around the clock to help people and pets affected by the fire. Our staff’s dedicated and compassionate efforts define #DACCares!

Since November 8th, DACC has cared for more than 800 displaced animals including dogs, cats, rabbits, horses, llamas, donkeys, birds, and other large animals. Animal sheltering sites include Pierce College, Hansen Dam and Antelope Valley Fairgrounds. DACC also staffed mobile animal shelters at Taft High School and Borchard Park. Throughout this emergency DACC has provided monitoring and care 24 hours each day. read more

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Domestic and Animal abuse – Two Sides of the Same Coin

October 19th, 2018

According to researchers, animal abuse goes hand in hand with domestic violence. Studies have shown that, “85% of women in domestic violence shelters report that their pets were also harmed by their abusers.”1 Family and animal abuse not only occur together but they also fuel a larger cycle of abuse as a whole. read more



September 20th, 2018

September is National Preparedness Month and we’d like to remind all pet owners to include your pets in your emergency plans. Southern California is subject to many types of natural disasters such as wildfires, earthquakes, and floods. Local emergencies such as power outages, chemical spills, or other events can also disrupt normal activities. Being prepared for these situations will help you protect your pet before disaster strikes. read more

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Is it True that Dogs Bark More in the Summertime?

August 21st, 2018

Is it True that Dogs Bark More in the Summertime?

It is summertime and the phones at the County of Los Angeles Department of Animal Care and Control (DACC) are busier than ever. Our communications center team report many of these calls are to complain about barking dogs. “Is this because it is warm, windows are open and more outdoor sounds are making their way into homes?” wonders one customer service employee. This may be part of the problem.

Why do dogs bark?

Barking is a means of vocal communication for dogs and can mean different things in different situations. Our dogs may alert us when someone is at the door or on our property; they are the alarm system that loves us back. They are triggered by other dogs barking in the neighborhood, or are ordering the neighbor’s cat, “get off my wall.” Dogs may bark because they are bored. Possibly, they are left alone for long periods of time in the house or the back yard. The family may be away at work or summer activities, leaving them alone for hours without any stimulation.
Calls to the Department of Animal Care and Control to report excessive barking do increase during the summer months. Days are longer and the weather is better, so family dogs are spending more time outside. Children are out of school, laughing, playing, and making sounds dogs don’t ordinarily hear, so they respond. Families go on vacation and leave their dogs in the care of a pet sitter. Dog routines are interrupted, their people are gone and which may lead to excessive barking due to separation anxiety. If you suspect your dog is suffering from separation anxiety, a visit to a veterinary behaviorist is necessary.

I have to go to work; what can I do to keep my dog entertained and my neighbors happy?

• Exercise your pet prior to leaving for the day. Each dog requires different levels of exercise, so plan accordingly.
• Provide your pup with daily enrichment to expend mental energy. Work-to-eat toys such as Kongs, Toppls or Tug-a Jugs are great options that require your dog to solve a puzzle to get their meal or treats.
• New apps are on the market such as “Petcube” that allow you to interact with your dog from afar.
• Pets left inside might enjoy music or television to reduce distractions from outside.
• If your dog is social with other dogs, consider having your dog attend day care a couple day per week. Another option to consider would be having a dog walker visit once midday.
• If you are unsure if your dog is barking when you are absent, purchase a webcam to monitor your dog’s behavior to ease your mind.

Is another barking dog causing your distress?
• Reach out to the dog’s owner in a friendly way. They may be very surprised to learn their dog is barking or that their dog’s barking is disturbing you. Many times neighbors are thankful to be made aware of this problem. Be sure to let them know when the barking occurs and how long it continues.
• If the barking continues, don’t forget to let your neighbor know. They may have taken some action they believe remedied the situation, especially if they do not hear from you again.
• If your neighbor is unwilling or unable to solve the problem and your quality of life is adversely affected, reach out to your local animal care and control agency to report your concern.
• NOTE: Our reporting process for the communities served by DACC are described on our website
We have recently simplified the process for reporting.


So, do dogs bark more in the summertime? Maybe.

Marcia Mayeda

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July 25th, 2018

Why YOU should foster a kitten this summer?

You might have heard of “kitten season” and wondered what that means exactly.  It’s really three seasons in one, starting in spring, peaking in late spring or early summer, and ending in fall.  Kitten season is the time of year when lots of cats give birth, flooding animal shelters and rescue groups across the nation with homeless litters. Each year we receive thousands of orphaned kittens at our seven animal care centers. We need your help! Become a foster TODAY!

Five Reasons to Foster

  1. Cuddling

Fostering two or more small kittens at a time can bring your home to life.  Kittens are some of the most playful animals when they are young, and love to be entertained either by you or with each other.  Though they will sleep a lot, during their waking hours snuggling and playing will be part of the course. Plan on spending time being amused by the fun things they do while in this kitten stage.

  1. Laughter

Fostering two or more kittens at once will give you an opportunity to watch how playful they can be with each other and with you.  The pulling at your ears, the kisses, the playing with your hair, trying to climb, and tumbling and rolling all over each other bring hours of amusement to both the kittens and you! Kitten play with littermates is the best way for kittens to learn good social skills as they will correct each other if one begins to get out of line.

  1. Family Fun

Having just one kitten is also a great way for you to develop the kitten’s human bond and provides much needed socialization skills that will help the kitten when finding a new home.  It is also a fun family learning experience. Children will learn the benefits for caring for animals and will learn to be compassionate.

  1. The Kittens Need You

Small kittens are vulnerable in large animal care centers and are susceptible to illness and disease. In order for kittens to thrive, they need to be in the loving care of a foster parent. The foster care program plays an integral part in our ability to adopt out as many orphans as possible annually. Thanks to our Pee Wee Program, more than 2000 kittens have already found their way into the DACC foster system.

  1. It’s Easy!

Fostering is a wonderful experience and is great for those who are unable to have an animal long term. Becoming is a foster is simple!  To become a foster parent, you will need to do the following:

  • Complete and submit a volunteer application. (
  • Attend both a Volunteer Orientation and Foster Care Class.
  • Accept the Foster Care Policy Terms and Agreement.


Or reach out to your local animal care center to find out how you can become a foster pet parent!


   Marcia Mayeda

Director & Three Dogs


June 20th, 2018

Dog In OfficeIn recent years, pet friendly workplaces have become more and more commonplace. In 2016 the Society for Human Resource Management estimated that 7% of workplaces are now pet-friendly. Having a pet friendly workplace can make work more fun and is a job perk that may help recruit or retain top talent in today’s competitive job market. A study conducted in 2010 found that having pets in the workplace makes people more productive, while a 2017 study found that allowing pets encourages collaboration amongst employees. While having pets in the office can lightens spirits and brings much needed stress relief, without proper guidelines and arrangements pets in the office can create tension and turmoil.

Here are six steps to ensure a happy and successful pet-friendly workplace:

  1. Before allowing pets, create and distribute behavior guidelines and expectations for pets in the workplace. Medical guidelines that outline spay/neuter requirements, vaccinations, and preventative treatment requirements should be included as well.
  2. Craft pet etiquette standards to ensure a harmonious workplace. Share these with employees and post them in a common area. Aggressive or disruptive dogs should not be allowed to come to work.  Dogs should be on a leash when travelling between their owner’s car and the workplace.
  3. Have a plan in place to address issues that come up. When planning a pet-friendly workplace, be sure to consider employees who may be scared by or allergic to pets and include them in the planning process.
  4. Ask employees to bring all necessary supplies for their pets including beds, water and food bowls, toys, crates, dog waste bags, and enrichment activities, but also keep emergency supplies in case an employee forgets an item or runs out.
  5. If possible, build a fenced in area outside for pets to relieve themselves and stretch their legs during the day.
  6. Consider providing a pet friendly mini refrigerator for employees to store enrichment toys or medications, if needed.

In short, a pet friendly workplace can provide great benefits, but it is necessary to have rules and to hold staff accountable. By following the tips above you can be well on your way to planning a pet-friendly workplace.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Marcia Mayeda