Marc Peralta to discuss their successful “No-Kill L.A.” initiative in hopes of helping Canadian cities reduce their animal shelter euthanizations
 Best Friends Society Los Angeles on a mission to turn L.A. into America’s largest no-kill animal city by 2017
 In 1971, over 100,000 dogs and cats were killed in L.A. animal shelters
 2013-2014 fiscal year numbers released by Los Angeles Animal Services indicate that the 6 City shelters recorded the lowest number of dog and cat killings on record (12,680) and a decline of 26% from the previous
year’s numbers (17,000) thanks to these initiatives

 In Canada, it’s estimated that over 4 million dogs and cats are euthanized each year including many healthy, adoptable pets
VANCOUVER, BC – September 11, 2014 – Paws for Hope Animal Foundation, a Vancouver-based charity committed to more sustainable companion animal protection in B.C., today announced an October 4th keynote luncheon featuring Executive Director, Marc Peralta, of Best Friends Society Los Angeles, a prominent U.S. animal organization dedicated to making L.A. a no-kill city by 2017. Their successful “No-Kill L.A.” initiative has already helped the City achieve its lowest number of dog and cat killings on record, including a 26% reduction in the past year alone.
Marc P Horiz Head Shot
This informative luncheon, “Creating a No-Kill Community”, is open to the public and will cover Best Friends Society L.A.’s specific efforts in L.A., and how B.C. residents can support animals in need outside of the province without importing pets themselves, a growing problem that has exacerbated the existing pet overpopulation crisis in the country. According to the Canadian Federation of Humane Societies (CFHS) 2012 findings covering just 102 shelters across Canada, more than 119,000 cats, 53,000 dogs, and 15,000 other animals were taken in and cared for during the year. Almost 50% of the cats and 15% of the dogs were euthanized – totals that showed no decline from previous years and include healthy, adoptable animals.

Event Details:
DATE: Saturday, October 4th, 2014
TIME: 12pm to 2pm PST
LOCATION: Fairmont Hotel Vancouver (900 W Georgia)

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