Mark Pontius, whose backbeats helped Foster the People rise to the top of the charts with their hit “Pumped Up Kicks,” recently drummed up interest in Best Friends Animal Society’s NKLA (No Kill Los Angeles) Pet Adoption Center during an interview with Darren Rose of ALT 98.7FM.
Banding together with such animal-loving luminaries as Under the Dome‘s Rachelle Lefevre, Castle stars Seamus Dever and Lisa Edelstein, Battlestar Galactica‘s Tricia Helfer, General Hospital‘s Julie Marie Berman, Hawk Koch (co-president of the Producer’s Guild of America and former president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences), and fitness expert/celebrity trainer Ashley Border, on August 2nd the musician celebrated the re-dedication of a privately owned building for the continuing effort to stop the loss of life in Los Angeles-area animal shelters.
Located at 1845 Pontius Ave, Los Angeles, the Cape Cod-themed building– which should enable Best Friends to facilitate as many as 1,000 more adoptions each year in Los Angeles– is part of a trend to bring animals confined in the city’s animal shelters to a more convenient, comfortable retail location where they can be showcased for adoption. The center is part of Best Friends Animal Society’s campaign to make the entire city of Los Angeles no-kill by 2017. (Best Friends also recently opened a similar facility, the Best Friends Pet Adoption Center, in Salt Lake City.)
In the following interview, multi-pet parent Mark Pontius takes listeners on a mental tour of the new facility and talks about the most recent rescued addition to his fur family:
A coalition of animal welfare organizations, city shelters and people with a passion for compassion led by Best Friends Animal Society, NKLA is dedicated to ending the killing of healthy and treatable pets in L.A. shelters by providing spay/neuter services where they are needed most so fewer animals go into shelters, and increasing adoptions through the combined efforts of the NKLA coalition so more animals come out of the shelters and go into new homes. In 2012, the coalition’s first year of existence, L.A. shelter deaths decreased 12 months in a row, culminating in 4,200 fewer animals killed than in the year prior. Also in 2012, the NKLA Coalition facilitated 23,421 adoptions and 4,458 spay/neuter surgeries were performed.
For more information regarding NKLA (No Kill Los Angeles):
- visit http://nkla.org
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