Euthanasia may soon be a thing of the past at the West Valley Animal Shelter and Control Center in Chatsworth.
The animal control officers and volunteers at the West Valley shelter have pioneered a mobile pet adoption program showcasing orphaned dogs and cats at malls and pet food stores that has dramatically decreased the need to put their animals to sleep.
Aggressive tactics such as the mobile program, in addition to the volunteers' commitment to finding homes for the animals, have reduced the euthanasia rate by more than 70% at the West Valley shelter, according to Animal Control Officer Tim Goffa.
District Supervisor George Weissman said that he foresees other shelters in Los Angeles trying the mobile adoption program.
"With the success they have been having, I can't see it going any other way," Weissman said.
On Aug. 21, West Valley joined up with the West Los Angeles shelter to showcase 41 animals at the Century City Shopping Center. All but three cats were adopted, said West Valley volunteer Judy Levine.