Operation Adopt – Los Angeles, CA
Operation Adopt Burbank, CA
June 26, 2015 – May 29, 2020
A Nonprofit Rarity: Declaring Operation Adopt | Los Angeles Mission Accomplished!
One of the programs of The Animal Protectorates (TAPS) is operating pet adoption centers in Los Angeles and Tennessee – Operation Adopt. During Covid-19, Operation Adopt | Los Angeles has been flooded with more adopters and fosters than there are pets in the shelter to help. Due in part to people wanting the companionship of an animal and having the stay-at-home time to incorporated a new furry family member, the five-year old Los Angeles program has managed to accomplish what many nonprofits try to do but few accomplish – that is, declaring a program is no longer needed because the community has stepped in to do what the nonprofit was doing.
The Animal Protectorates (TAPS) was incorporated as a nonprofit in 2013 to promote the passage of puppy mill legislation to stop the sale of commercially bred animals in pet stores. Once legislation was passed in Burbank, CA (and now the entire state of California), TAPS set out to test an alternative business model – rehoming family-friendly shelter animals in a retail environment. It was an extremely successful model and nearly 1500 animals found homes by meeting adopters in the quieter and gentler setting of Operation Adopt (rather than in the emotionally upsetting shelter environment). And not only that, our volunteers went above and beyond by conducting home visits prior to every adoption to set the pet and new family up for success.
But now, the decision to press pause on Operation Adopt | Los Angeles is the financially responsible thing to do. Even the City of Los Angeles has closed 2 of its 6 shelters to lower overhead during this crisis because they don’t need the space with the historically low amount of animals they are caring for. Los Angeles Animal Services has even created a foster website where found pets never even have to come into the shelter. Instead, they stay in a foster home until they are adopted. And, based on the “incredible response from the LA community, many people have stepped up to foster or adopt animals…and there is currently a long list of people wishing to foster….”
One of the hallmarks of Operation Adopt is that each animal taken into the program gets a purple collar promise to always take them back at any time during their lifetime so they never have to end up in a shelter ever again. With your support, we’ve made nearly 1500 of those promises and in order to make good to those animals, funds need to be allocated for that future purpose instead of spending them on rent, staffing, worker’s compensation, etc… at Operation Adopt | Los Angeles. At least for now, there aren’t any family friendly animals in the shelter who need our help – to the contrary, we are actually competing with the public for the same pet.
The Animal Protectorates is evaluating other potential programs, consistent with the organization’s history, so that it can be efficiently and effectively redeployed to address new animal welfare related challenges in our Los Angeles communities that may arise post-Covid 19. It also needs to be prepared to reconvene Operation Adopt | Los Angeles should the shelters become overwhelmed again. For now, the focus will be on Operation Adopt | Tennessee – a state where there is much animal welfare work to be done.
While The Animal Protectorates could have allowed the will to keep Operation Adopt | Los Angeles open, the board of directors instead decided to celebrate the 5th year birthday of Operation Adopt by closing because the mission of the program has been accomplished – which is exactly what we set out to do.
Thank you loyal donors and supporters. There will be a need for your support post Covid-19 and we are working to identify which animals need you most.
Shelley Rios, Founder and President, May 29, 2020