Interactive Pet Adoption Center isn’t Your Typical Animal Shelter

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When you think of the traditional animal shelter, a typical, nondescript concrete building usually comes to mind. The conventional animal shelter is getting its make-over as a new and improved pet adoption center featuring an interactive and unique community space for pet adoptions.

Welcome to the Wallis Annenberg PetSpace–a café, education center, a ton of adoptable pets, and a human-sized hamster wheel. That’s right! Even the hamster wheel was upgraded for human enjoyment at the cheerful, welcoming facility. Don’t forget to stop by the museum-style exhibit that features a variety of adorable animals!

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The Wallis Annenberg PetSpace is not your average pet adoption center. The brand new facility had a price tag of a whopping $20 million at the 30,000-square-foot building in Los Angeles’ Silicon Beach neighborhood. The unique space features high-tech and comfortable adoption suites for 80 cats and dogs, including additional space for smaller fur-balls like bunnies. You’ll also find a paws-itively awesome structure known as the “Scratching Post” where cats can climb, explore, and even go fishing in the digital fish pond.

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General Manager Carol Laumen describes The Wallis Annenberg PetSpace as a fun place for people to enjoy, even if they don’t want to adopt.  Cafés, community rooms, and activities like obedience classes and dog massage workshops are available to keep the public busy and inspire them to adopt a new furry family member.

The location is appealing and is designed to be friendly and accessible for everyone with open hours between 10-6, Wednesday through Sunday. The transition from animal shelter to interactive pet adoption center is a trend that has been on the rise for decades and meant to reduce or eliminate the unnecessary killing of adoptable animals.