LA: Pooch Paradise?

What does everyone expect to see a lot of in Los Angeles? Celebrities, beautiful homes, freeways, expensive cars, immigrants, yoga studios?

Well, there’s certainly all of the above in L.A. so, no surprise there!

What I didn’t know was that L.A. had such a huge dog population. It is estimated that there are 367,000 privately owned dogs in the City of Los Angeles. So, just about everywhere you go, there they are, those sweet, silly, adorable creatures. Hiking up mountain trails with their owners, playing with kids and socializing with their ‘peers’ in the parks, shopping with their moms (yes, many stores here are pet-friendly), or sitting next to their owners in outdoor cafes, pooches seem to rule in L.A.

I love dogs so that is just fine with me. And ever since I got here, whenever I see people walking their lovely pooches, which is every time I step out of the house, I have the urge to get a dog of my own.

Unfortunately, while many lucky dogs have loving families and live great lives, an alarmingly large number of homeless dogs end up in shelters and are eventually put to sleep. In spite of efforts to educate owners about the need to alter their animals, dog overpopulation is a growing problem in the city. And this is not just an L.A. problem. According to Spay USA, each day 10,000 humans are born in the U.S. and each day 70,000 puppies and kittens are born. As long as these birth rates exist, there will never be enough homes for all the animals.

I hope Angelenos tackle this problem so that L.A. continues to be a pooch paradise because they sure bring a lot of joy and a great vibe to the city!


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