But it was worth it!!!!
NKLA.org or the No Kill Los Angeles pet adoption center, built to resemble to house you've always wanted but could never afford, is snuggled near UCLA on Los Angeles' west side.
The center is so clean you can think about eating one of the donuts they bring to Saturday morning volunteers off the floor.
*Best Friends Animal Society joined forces with a coalition of 68 different animal welfare groups to found the brand spankin' new center. It's purpose - to stop the killing of healthy and treatable pets in LA city shelters.
I was a bit grumpy when I walked in the shelter (insomnia), but was immediately welcomed by a chorus of meowing kitten in a display areas. After that you can't be tired.
Tamara, the knowledgable and infintely patient volunteer coordinator, did a short educational session for 20+ new volunteers. We were then given the option to work with the animals or come back to complete their 5 hours a month at a later time.
I wanted to stay, so first I played with the welcoming committee. Which was awesome...
Then I got to walk dogs like Fozzy who is classified as a black paw because he is smallish, not that strong, and extremely polite. If you want to walk big dogs, dogs classified as a silver paw, you have to go through a bit of extra training.
I understood the concept of dog classifications the hard way when I took out a large pit mix named Jackie, though a black paw and perfectly sweet, she gave me quite a workout as she and I are in the same weight class.
Before leaving that Saturday I went back and played with the cats as they needed extra love. You are allowed to volunteer with whatever animal you are most comfortable with at the shelter as long as you follow some basic safety protocol.
NKLA is honestly the cleanest, nicest, most high tech shelters I've been in - with one of the friendliest staffs.
They've been open a little over 30 days. In the first 30 their goal was to adopt out 50 animals. They had close to 80 adoptions.
*Best Friends was on my 100 wish list because I worked with them during a Puppy Mill Protest in 2009 and they were insanely professional. I want to visit and volunteer their shelter in Kanab, Utah.