Celebrities Mark Start of No Kill Los Angeles Campaign

A Los Angeles landmark was a site of celebration on April 17, 2012 as animal lovers (including some famous friends of Fidos and felines) gathered at The House of Blues to mark the launch of NKLA– a landmark movement to save the lives of shelter pets.

Each year 17,000 orphan animals lose their live in The City of Angels’ shelter system, but thanks to guardian angels at Best Friends Animal Society and Let There Be Dragons (a new content group from Omnicom Inc. which donated time and resources to the paws cause), a campaign crusade to put an end to the euthanization of of L.A.’s healthy and treatable shelter dogs and cats by 2017 has commenced.

Actress Alyssa Milano

Hosted by two-time Academy Award winner Hilary Swank, The House of Blues on Sunset Boulevard opened its doors for hundreds of guests who rallied in support of the movement’s momentum. Among the throng were Best Friends Acclaimed Ambassadors Alyssa Milano, Autumn Reeser, Monk cast member Jason Gray Stanford, Julie Marie Berman from the ABC daytime drama General Hospital, True Blood‘s Kristin Bauer van Straten, House star Lisa Edelstein and Psych‘s Maggie Lawson, along with chart-topper Moby, Oscar Nunez from The Office, Jes Macallan from the soon to be seen ABC series Mistresses and Weeds star Kevin Neelon.

Julie Marie Berman, star of General Hospital and co-creator of Better Buddies pet beds, which help to raise funds for Best Friends Animal Society’s Guardian Angel project:

Helping to bring about a brighter future for animal welfare, NKLA (an acronym of No-Kill Los Angeles) will offer an intensive adoption campaign, provide shelter grants, spay/neuter services to areas of L.A. in need and a mobile spay/neuter van dubbed “The Neuter Cruiser.”

True Blood star Kristin Bauer van Straten

A major point of intersection for the campaign is the Best Friends Pet Adoption and Spay/Neuter Center in Mission Hills, a unique public-private partnership between Best Friends Animal Society and the City of Los Angeles. The LA City Council earlier this year gave Best Friends Animal Society permission to operate an adoption center for animals from the six Los Angeles City shelters and a high-volume, low-cost spay/neuter center out of its Northeast Valley Animal Shelter location in Mission Hills. Completed in 2009 for approximately $20 million, the shelter had never opened to the public due to budget shortfalls.

Oscar Nunez from the NBC series The Office

Best Friends Animal Society held a news conference at the shelter Feb. 16 to signal the facility’s official opening with the new name of Best Friends Animal Society Pet Adoption and Spay/Neuter Center.

House star Lisa Edelstein with Moby

Through the collective work of the NKLA coalition, the plan is to boost adoptions and spay/neuter surgeries to reach a no-kill benchmark of 90 percent of all animals (or 100 percent of healthy or treatable animals) that come into LA shelters. The coalition is striving to reach 3,000 adoptions and 6,000 spay/neuter surgeries to be completed in 2012. The coalition steering committee includes Found Animals Foundation, Kitten Rescue, Stray Cat Alliance, Downtown Dog Rescue, FixNation, Karma Rescue, and Best Friends.

Maggie Lawson, star of the USA series Psych:

Best Friends Animal Society will subsidize coalition partners for every pet adopted over the number adopted in the baseline reference year of 2010, as well as fund spay/neuter projects for pet owners who can’t afford the procedure. Education about the importance of getting pets spayed and neutered is vital.

To find out how you can volunteer at upcoming NKLA events, make a donation or help spread the word:

Photo Credit: Best Friends Animal Society

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Grace Sydney is the Assistant Editor of DogTipper.com and CatTipper.com, covering celebrity-related rescue news. She operates the @HollywoodDogs Twitter account sharing information on celebrity fundraising for rescues and shelters.