Pet people
Do you have a pet? Are you interesting in adopting a cat or a dog? For some people, a house isn’t a home without a four-legged family member. If that’s the case for you, it’s important to keep your furry friend in mind when you’re searching for a new home.

Whether you currently have dogs, cats, or both, here are some things to consider.

For dog families:
• Does the house have a fenced-in yard? Is there plenty of room for him to run around and get exercise?
• Where is the nearest dog park located?
• If you have an elderly dog (or cat) who doesn’t get around easily, will stairs be an issue for her?

For cat families:
• If you let your cat roam about outside, is the area safe for his or her adventures? Is there a busy avenue close by?

• Is the home near an area with dangerous animals (coyotes, foxes, or bears)? This is definitely something to keep in mind for your dogs, too.

Bonus tips:
• A new California law (as of Jan. 1, 2019) states that pet stores may only sell animals from shelters or non-profit organizations, including cats, dogs, and rabbits.
• Did you know that you can get ticketed if you leave an animal in a car on a hot day? Also, a police officer can break a locked car’s window to free a dog.
• Pet laws in California may vary in different cities and counties. For example, leashes can be no more than 8 feet in Long Beach.
• Before you bury a pet in your backyard, make sure to check out your city’s ordinances. Los Angeles is one area that doesn’t allow pet burials anywhere except pet cemeteries.

Looking to adopt?
If you’re looking to expand your family by adopting a fur baby, the City of Los Angeles Animal Services Department website is a great resource for pet owners and those seeking to adopt. The LAAS oversees six animal shelters and is “one of the largest municipal shelter systems in the U.S., serving approximately 60,000 animals annually.”

If you’d like more information on the San Fernando Valley or Los Angeles, or to have help looking for your next home, please feel free to reach out! I’m happy to help, no obligation.

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