Opt to Adopt

Furry friends await adoption as they pay the university a visit.


Joshua Mejia

Students were able to play with dogs from the Baldwin Park Animal Care Center during their Adopt A Pet Event last Tuesday. Cal State L.A., 2019.

Marissa Chavez, Digital Editor

On Tuesday, April 9, the grassy null by the Library’s South Palmer Wing drew attention as furry pets paid the campus a visit in hopes of being adopted.

The Baldwin Park Animal Care Center brought eight dogs, including chihuahuas and pitbulls, and one cat last Tuesday in hopes that they would be adopted. Each animal found a home within the first two hours, according to the care center volunteer, Christopher Jueneman.

“I think it’s a great idea for students to adopt a pet,” he said. “When you have a bad day at work or school, you know you have a furry friend to come home too.”

The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) revealed that during this time of the year, spring and summer, more dogs and cats are abandoned and left needing a home.

Due to the rise in neglected pets, most shelters are overcrowded. Found Animals Adopt & Shop is a non-profit organization dedicated to pulling those pets and giving them a new shelter until they are adopted.
“The goal is to make LA a no-kill city,” said Found Animals coordinator Jen Teroy.

“We don’t want any animal to have to be put down because of the limited amount of space,” she said. “It’s not their fault.”

Found Animals pulls roughly 200 dogs and cats from overcrowded kennels each month and finds them a home.

The idea of college students adopting a pet has been up for debate the past few years due to the limited time with their owner and the resources that the pet would have.

Animal shelter volunteer and pet lover Desiree Flores, believes that anyone who is willing to adopt and care for a pet should be able to.

“I look forward to this day every year,” said Flores. “It’s a great thing to be able to adopt. Most people overlook sheltered animals when they’re the ones that need it the most.”