Happy Tails

Happy Tails is a dog behavioral assessment and training program created in 2008 with the purpose of providing added attention and training to harder to adopt dogs residing at the shelter. Under the expert tutelage of Lydia Perez, a well-seasoned professional dog trainer and behaviorist, VBAS volunteers learn to teach the basics of obedience and deal with behavioral issues to give these dogs a better chance to find their forever home.

In 2010, we began Happy Tails Hikes, a graduate program for Happy Tails dogs and volunteers that takes them out of the shelter and onto the hiking trails to meet potential adopters, continue to increase socialization skills and to have fun.

Are you an outdoorsy person? E-mail erik@thevbas.org to join in on our next hike!

Please note: you are more than welcome to come and hike along with us, but in order to take a dog on the hike, you must be an official VBAS volunteer. Please click here more information on becoming a VBAS volunteer.



In a continual effort to increase awareness about the VBAS, the Burbank Animal Shelter and our roles within the community, the VBAS hosts and attends a number of community events throughout the year. From our Vaccination Clinic to Burbank Police and Fire Service Day, we look to provide education on animal-related topics that include pet healthcare, pet safety, training tips and so much more. Next time you see the VBAS sign around town, stop by and see what information we can offer you.

Pit Bulls

The original Pit Bull is a mix between the American Staffordshire Terrier and the Pit Terrier.  The American Pit Bull is a mix between the Bull Dog and the English Terrier. There is a wide variety of looks to the Pit Bull, which is why so many other breeds are confused with the Pit Bull. Click on the image below to learn more fun facts about this highly misunderstood breed.

Wildlife in our Community

Wild animals are your neighbors. They naturally fear humans and keep their distance—so long as they remain fully wild. Many people do not realize the harm in feeding wildlife. You can help spread the word by sharing educational materials from the Keep Me Wild web site with family, friends, neighbors, and anyone else who shares the habitat with wildlife. Click the link below to learn more about coexisting with wildlife in our community.

Keep Me Wild