"The new Centers will give us four times our current shelter space to accommodate the average of 150 lost, sick, injured, neglected, abused or unwanted animals entrusted to LA Animal Services every day. The Centers will have wide aisles, solar and radiant heating, cooling misters, veterinary and spay/neuter clinics, park benches for visitors, fountains and lush landscaping – a world away from the grim conditions of older shelters, where animals can become so agitated or depressed that they seem ill-tempered and, thus, “unadoptable” by old school animal control reckoning. By transforming our animal shelters into places of hope and life, instead of despair and doom, odds are we can measurably increase adoption rates." Excerpt from LA Animal Services
RBc: Hats off to Ed Boks for his work and also for pointing out that shelters can be places of hope and life. It is no coincidence, agitated, depressed, and ill tempered are emotions created by living in North American Homes designed without consideration for indoor environmental quality. Incidentally, North American’s annually spend more money on pets than on HVAC systems and equipment. Maybe in Ed’s spare time he could come help us out (grin).