Ivy Street, just east of San Fernando Road -- is made up of two two-story
buildings of smallish rooms with paved dog kennels comprising what
otherwise would be a backyard. Cats are housed in one of the rooms, while
another is home to a "sick bay," where feral cats share space with birds,
a turtle and a big, green, languid lizard.
(The shelter also has sheep, chickens and ducks as tenants at the
moment. A bull, technically a shelter resident, lives at the Los Angeles
Equestrian Center. So it's not just dogs and cats we're dealing with,
If that sounds like a zoo, it should, but it's a zoo with several
noticeable improvements from a few months ago:
* All of the animal cages, most of which are new, are disinfected
every day, with waste clean-up on an as-needed basis.
* That feral cats are in a separate space than non-feral felines is a
change from the previous administration, which housed them together.
* The sick bay has been repaired and expanded. In fact, the room that
houses the sick bay was used for storage. It now is clean, roomy and
* New kennel ID cards have been put in place to give visitors key
information about the animals.
* A handicapped parking space has been added to the humane society
* A sign on San Fernando Road guides visitors to the facility, which
can be tough to spot, given that shrubbery has gotten tall enough in
front of the building to block the main sign.
If none of the above sounds like a big deal, consider this: None if it
was being done this same time last year. That's how big a mountain the
humane society and its board of directors have to climb.
Building a new shelter is an ambitious goal, one that will come about
with the help of donations, volunteer hours and community support. In the
meantime, the humane society board is doing what it can with what it has,
and plans several improvements in the next 90 days, including:
* New flooring, lighting, painting and exhaust system improvements for
the cat room.
* Expansion of the sick bay to include a clinic for animals in the