Amazing Adoptions!

It’s been a fantastic month for adoptions. Our two longest term residents, Bruno and Nibsy found their forever homes!

Bruno’s new family had just lost their pup to cancer and were coming to the shelter to donate his things. They had no plans to adopt, but when they saw sweet and lovable Bruno, something clicked. They knew he had to join their family.

Bruno loves kids, and he absolutely *adored* their toddler, Ephraim, when they first met at the shelter. After a few visits they knew it was a match and Bruno was on his way to his forever home!

In the words of his new mom “the day he came home, he just fell into step with our family. :)”

Bruno is living the good life with his new family and his best bud Ephraim. He has totally settled in at his new home, loves going on walks, playing with his toys…and chewing them up. (Ahh Bruno…he did that to his toys at the shelter too!)

A wonderful family and a big backyard. Congratulations Bruno!


Not to be outdone, Nibsy found her forever home too!

Now named “Nipsey” her new family sent us this update: “She has moved right in and considers this her home. She is house trained, sits, lays down and I’ve already taught her how to roll over. We’ve been playing ball with her in the back yard. So far she seems to prefer being with us. She’s a big, loving, cuddling baby. No jumping fences, no running away, no bolting. Just the right touch of insanity. And boy, she is smart and behaves better than you can imagine”

Oooh, this bed feels nice!

Fetch the ‘stick’ Nipsy.

Pool time!!!

Tired after a long hike!

Nibsy and Bruno each spent over 500 days at the shelter before finding their forever homes. They never gave up on us, and we never gave up on them. Bruno and Nibsy, we will miss you, but we are so happy for you!

The Kittens are Coming!

The VBAS’s Kitten Foster Program needs your help!  

Each year hundreds of kittens end up at the Burbank Animal Shelter.  The Shelter does not have the space to house them all.  The Kitten Foster Program (KFP) saves over 250 tiny kittens each year by providing care in temporary foster homes until they can be adopted.  

Many kittens are only a few days old and require bottle feeding and help learning how to eat on their own.  Others are weaned and just need a safe home to live in until they reach adoption weight.  We need you help to save all of them!

We are recruiting new foster volunteers for the 2018 season.  Prior experience is not necessary, just a love of kittens!

Fostering can be a bit of work, but it’s well worth it.  Seeing your kittens taking their first steps, exploring and discovering the world around them, and watching their personalities develop is incredibly rewarding.  

And if a couple of foster kittens playing and scampering about sounds like fun, we’ll let you in on a secret…it is!  It’s a *lot* of fun.

We hope you can join our life saving team and truly make a difference in the lives of these tiny animals.  KFP will provide training, support and all supplies.

We are especially in need of fosters who can bottle feed.

To learn more about fostering and to sign up, please click HERE.   

If you can’t foster but still want to help, please consider making a donation or making a purchase from our KFP Amazon Wish List.  

Thank you!

Meet Diesel!

This pup is looking to kick off the summer in a big way by finding his forever home. This 3-year-old high-energy guy loves meeting new people and is one of the friendliest dogs you’ll ever meet.

Diesel is a warm weather dog who loves spending time outside. Whether it’s playing fetch and going for a walk or a leisurely soak in the kiddie pool, Diesel doesn’t care. He’s outside!! He’s also a big fan of the simple things in life… like chasing after a stream of water from the hose.

Diesel is a regular on our bi-monthly Happy Tails Hikes up in Stough Canyon. Here he is last weekend with a few of his canine friends Mia, Tiger, Sharkie and Miki.

This happy guy is looking for an active family to call his own. Someone who can keep up with his high-energy ways and give him some daily exercise. Looking for a buddy to help you get beach body ready? Diesel is your man!  Diesel likes older kids and may do well with other dogs in the home, but he’s going to want to meet everyone first before he comes home with you. He’s definitely not a fan or cats though.

Diesel is also part of our Training Program and comes with free individual or group training sessions from one of our recommended trainers. He knows “sit” already and is eager to learn more. It’s a great opportunity for you to bond and find the best path to a happy home. This is just one of the many services the VBAS provides for dogs like Diesel at the Shelter.

Does Diesel sound like the perfect dog to kick off your summer? Come down to the Burbank Animal Shelter and meet Diesel today.

Haku Gets His Smile Back!

Haku, a sweet and friendly 8-year-old orange tabby, arrived at the shelter with a very painful mouth.  Most of his teeth were damaged or missing and X rays showed many broken roots below the gumline.

The medical staff at the shelter did a lengthy dental to extract the damaged teeth, clean up the ones he had left, and remove all the broken roots they could.  Unfortunately some of the roots were too old and too deep to be fixed at the shelter. Haku needed a specialist.

We brought Haku to Montrose Pet Hospital where DVM Kym Mitchell performed further dental surgery to extract the remaining roots and repair Haku’s mouth.  For the first time in a very long time, Haku was no longer in pain and had reason to smile again!

Haku sporting his Mona Lisa smile.

Haku has fully recovered from his surgery and is ready to go to his forever home.  This handsome orange tabby is a super affectionate purring machine who loves to be petted.  He’s an older boy, so he’s wary of dogs and prefers a quieter home with adults. He’d be a perfect Senior for a Senior.  He also likes other cats, and being the charmer that he is, we’re guessing other cats will like him just as much!  

Haku is looking for a quiet home to spend his golden years.  Could it be yours?  Come to the shelter and meet Haku!

Look at that belly!

The VBAS would like to say a big thank you to the Burbank Animal Shelter Medical Staff, Dr. Mitchell, Montrose Animal Hospital, and all of our supporters who helped make Haku’s senior years much more comfortable and gave him his smile back.


Meet Darcy!

Darcy is a true survivor cat and a living example of a cat with 9 lives!

Darcy was brought to the shelter as a stray kitten and spent some time in a foster home before coming back to the shelter to be part of our Cat Socialization Program. Now, he’s looking for a forever home to call his own. 

Darcy is a big cuddle kitty and purrs up a storm once he trusts you, he just needs a little time to get comfortable. Like most cats in our socialization program, Darcy needs a patient owner who’s willing to take their time and let him adjust to new people and a new environment. Once that happens, he’s super sweet and playful.

He’s also a big people watcher and very inquisitive. He loves to climb on a tall cat tree or sit atop his perch here in our socialization room and watch people do their work. At just a year old, Darcy is very energetic and loves playing with string toys. He likes other cats, but is not a fan of dogs or kids.

Darcy recently had severe case of anemia and had to be rushed to the vet to be treated with antibiotics and supportive care.  He spent several days at the animal hospital, but we’re happy to report he’s made a full recovery!  This type of treatment is possible thanks to the dedicated work of the volunteers and staff of the Burbank Animal Shelter and from generous donations from our community.

To show his appreciation, Darcy came to the latest volunteer general meeting with Socialization Team member Nikki to show everyone how well he’s doing. 

Does Darcy sound like a cat you’d like to spice up your life? Stop by the Burbank Animal Shelter and meet him today!

Other Updates!  Tour For Life and Cricket!

Tour For Life

Our volunteers, dogs and cats had a day out on the town on March 31st when the North Shore Animal League’s adoption van visited Burbank for Tour for Life.  

Parked on the Burbank AMC citywalk, our pups strutted their stuff on their big day out and met and mingled with the locals.  Passers by got to spend time with our furry friends and learn more about the Burbank Animal Shelter.

Billy Bob holding down the fort!

Best of all, Snowflake the cat and bonded pair Daisy and Leo were adopted that day!

Thank you to the North Shore Animal League, and thank you to everyone who came to visit and meet us that day!


We got another update about our special girl Cricket!  

In last month’s article, Cricket (now Mitzi), a graduate of our Cat Socialization Program, was getting used to her new home and slowly taking treats out of hands.  

Well, she’s totally settled in now and doing great!  Now she chases toys, runs and plays, and has become super affectionate.  Best of all, she *loves* pets.

You’ve come a *very* long way Cricket!  We’re so happy for you!!!!

This just in: Billy Bob adopted!

Our big goofy Mastiff, Billy Bob, found his forever home!  His new family heard about Billy Bob from Susie’s Senior Dogs on Instagram and fell in love. They packed up their other two pups, Rocky and Zara, and drove up from San Diego to meet him! They love Mastiffs and especially wanted to help adopt a senior dog like Billy Bob (now Buddy).

Rocky, Zara and Buddy on da couch!

Buddy is doing well in his new home and enjoying getting to know his new furry siblings (he’s a little curious about the cats too).  He loves his treats, toys, and has staked a permanent spot on the couch.

Congratulations Buddy on finding your new home.  We’ll miss your loveable face, but we’re so happy you have a great home of your own!

March Madness Goodness!!!

A Fundraiser, adoptions, a word from an Alumn, and The Tour For Life!


Pups & Pints

On March 1st, Gordon Biersch in Burbank graciously hosted our first Pups & Pints fundraiser.  Over 100 animal lovers joined us in the Bier Garten to enjoy beers, brats, and raffle with a ton of great prizes!  It was a great evening of fun for all attending, and over $1,500 was raised for the animals!

The VBAS would like to say big thank you to Madeline Mongelli at Gordon Biersch for organizing and sponsoring such a great event!  We can’t wait to do it again.

We’ll see you all again at Pups & Pints 2 this autumn!  Watch this space for more details as it gets closer!


Stanley finds his forever home!

Congrats to Stanley who found his forever home last week!!!

Stanley and his new dad are super happy, and Big Boy Stanley reports he’s being spoiled rotten in his new home! 



News from a Shelter Alum!


We bumped into Pearl, (formerly known as Ikaika) and her adopters last week!

The Pearl formerly known as Ikaika

Pearl was one of our long-term residents who spent 15 months at the shelter before finding her forever home.  

She settled right in and is doing *GREAT* with her family

We miss you Iakika, but we’re so happy for you! 


Tour for Life Saturday March 31st!

Tour for Life, sponsored by the North Shore Animal League, is bringing their mobile adoption unit to Burbank, and this means a bunch of our furry friends at the shelter will be having a day out on the town!  

Join us on Saturday March 31st from 11am to 4pm on the AMC 16 walkway.  The Tour for LIfe Adoption Van will be making a special appearance and it will be filled with residents from the shelter!  Come down to this off site adoption event and see some of our furry friends strut their stuff and meet your new best friend!  Standard adoption procedures apply. More info here.


Meet Bruno!

This big, lovable guy arrived at the Burbank Animal Shelter back in October of 2016 and is long overdue to find the right home to call his own. Bruno is a sweet, old-soul of a pup with no shortage of personality to share with his new family. His expressive eyes and warm smile will no doubt be a staple on your Facebook or Instagram feed attracting plenty of likes should you decide to adopt him.

Even though he’s 8 years old, Bruno’s youthful energy makes him the perfect dog for an experienced owner who likes to stay active and shower him with affection. Bruno insists on daily exercise, so he’ll be more interested in you if you’ve got a yard for him to run and play in. Oh and stock up on tennis balls. Bruno loves them, almost as much as he loves belly rubs and tasty treats combined! And after a rousing game of fetch, Bruno loves to chill and chew on a squeaky toy.

Now that you’ve gotten to know Bruno a little bit, we can let you in on a little secret. Bruno loves kids. He’s incredibly tolerant at playing dress up, attending tea parties or curling up next to you while you read him a good book. But while he loves kids, he’s not as big of a fan of other dogs, so he’ll have to be the only dog in your life. But do you really need another dog when you have one as great at Bruno?

Bruno is also part of the VBAS Training Program and his adoption comes with free individual or group training sessions from one of our recommended trainers. Bruno is housebroken already though, so you don’t have to worry about teaching him that. In addition, Bruno’s fees are lovingly sponsored for 50% off.

Looking to add a loving new family member? Come down to the Burbank Animal Shelter and interview Bruno today!

One more makes four!

This just in! Burbank household pet limit increased to four!

Effective immediately, the number of pets permitted per household in Burbank has been increased from three to four!

We’re super excited by the news! This means Burbank residents who were at the limit can now bring home one more furry friend, *and* more animals at the shelter can be adopted!!!

A big thank you to the Burbank City Council who voted unanimously last week to raise the limit.

Babs gets her eye fixed!

Babs the Beagle arrived at the shelter a few weeks ago.  This super friendly and outgoing 6 year old gal won the hearts of everyone she met at the shelter, but the poor girl had a case of cherry eye.  

Cherry eye is a protrusion of the 3rd eyelid gland.  This affliction is common in some breeds (like Beagles), and if left untreated can lead to serious complications.  The good news is that it can be fixed!

Eye surgery is outside the current ability of the Medical department at the Burbank Animal Shelter, so they found a specialist to do the surgery and the VBAS made a plan to fund it.

The VBAS would like to extend a big thank you to Dr. Bayliff at Montrose Pet Hospital who performed the surgery to repair Babs’ eye.  We also want to thank our generous donors whose support made this surgery possible.

Hang in there Babs!  The cone will come off soon!

Babs is currently on the mend and resting comfortably at the shelter.  She will continue to be monitored to make sure the sutures hold and there is no relapse, but her prognosis is good.  In a few more weeks she should be cleared by medical for adoption, and then this lovely lady will be ready to find her forever home!  

Free Ways to help!

Do you shop at Amazon or Ralphs? Does your employer match donations or give grants for hours volunteered? Do you post on Facebook? Read on to learn ways to raise funds for the animals *for free*.

AmazonSmile is a simple and automatic way for you to support your favorite charitable organization every time you shop, at no cost to you. Register at AmazonSmile and choose “Volunteers of the Burbank Animal Shelter” as your designated charity.
You Shop –
Amazon Gives!

When you shop at, you’ll find the exact same low prices, vast selection and convenient shopping experience as, with the added bonus that Amazon will donate a portion of the purchase price to the Volunteers of the Burbank Animal Shelter.

**And if you make your first Amazon Smile purchase by March 31st, Amazon will triple its donation!**

When you shop at Ralphs and use your rewards card, Ralphs will donate a percentage of your purchases to the VBAS. The more you buy, the higher a percentage Ralphs will donate. All you have to do is register the VBAS as your designated charity. It’s free. You shop. You save. We save animals’ lives!
Ralphs Rewards    Go to and follow the steps to register the VBAS as your charity of choice.


Does your employer match gifts or give grants for hours volunteers?

Type your employer’s name into the “double your donation” box on the donation page here and find out:

Fundraise on Facebook

Everyone has a birthday! Not sure what to ask for? In lieu of a gift, ask friends on Facebook to donate to help the animals at the shelter.
In the area where you write your post, scroll down and click on “Support Nonprofit”, then enter “Volunteers of the Burbank Animal Shelter”. All funds donated will directly benefit our furry friends at the shelter!

Cricket finds a home!

Little Cricket didn’t know it at the time, but the day she arrived at the Burbank Animal Shelter turned out to be the best day of her life.   

Cricket was a stray.  She and her litter of kittens were living rough in the Burbank Hills.  When brush fires broke out in her area things got even worse. Luckily a local citizen was able to bring them to the Burbank Animal Shelter.

Her kittens were happy to be inside, and they quickly adapted to human contact.  In a few weeks they were ready for adoption and went to their forever homes. But Cricket was still skittish and very shy around people.  When approached by humans she would hide in the back of her kennel. She wasn’t feral, but she needed more time to come around.

Cricket joined the VBAS’s Cat Socialization Program.   Dedicated volunteers came in every day to work with Cricket and build her trust.  It took 5 months, but she slowly came out of her shell and figured out that humans weren’t that bad.  Especially when they had treats! She was still wary, but would happily sit next to people she knew. Cricket was coming around!  All she needed was the right adopter…

Enter experienced cat owners Miki and Erik.  They had had cats like Cricket before, and came to the shelter looking for a “harder to adopt” cat.  They instantly connected with Cricket and decided to take her home!

While she was wary at first, Cricket quickly warmed up to her new family and her new digs.  After a few days she was taking treats out of their hands and settling right in. Her new parents are a musical couple, and much to everyone’s surprise Cricket is most at ease when they’re singing and playing the ukulele.  But don’t take our word for it, watch the video!

We couldn’t be happier to see Cricket so happy and comfortable in her new home!  We’d like to say a big thank you to the Socialization Team for everything they’ve done for Cricket, and an even bigger thank you to Miki and Erik for adopting and giving her the forever home she deserves!

What’s the story on pit bulls?

Most shelters have quite a few dogs labelled “pit bull,” and the Burbank Animal Shelter is no exception.   Why so many pit bulls?  The answer is complicated, but there are a few factors:

Sky says “Read all about it!  Then come adopt me!”.

  • “Pit bull” is not a breed, it’s a label used for multiple breeds and mixed breeds with blocky heads, short coats and muscular bodies, including American Staffordshire Terrier, American Pit Bull Terrier, Staffordshire Terrier, American Bully and several others.
  • Pit bulls are very popular – they’re people-friendly, sturdy, athletic, playful dogs.  Unfortunately, they’re also popular with backyard breeders because they tend to have large litters. Sadly, people who buy but don’t train their cute little puppy don’t know what to do when that puppy grows into a big, energetic adolescent, and those dogs often end up at a shelter.
  • Pit bulls get a bad rap – so some adopters avoid them.  Many prospective adopters tell us they really like the dogs but can’t consider adopting a pit bull because of landlord or homeowners’ insurance restrictions.

With so many pit bulls in the population, it’s important to sort the myths from the facts.

Benson says, “Know the facts, then get to know me!”

  • The most important thing to know about pit bulls is that pit bulls are just dogs, with all the typical traits of Man’s Best Friend. They don’t have any special structural features or mental defects. Their jaws aren’t more powerful than those of other dogs, their jaws don’t lock, and they aren’t mentally unstable (they don’t “snap”).
  • Pit bulls are people-friendly.  According to the breed standard for the American Pit Bull Terrier, “The APBT is not the best choice for a guard dog since they are extremely friendly, even with strangers. Aggressive behavior toward humans is uncharacteristic of the breed and highly undesirable.” Pit bulls may or may not get along with other dogs, but human aggression is definitely not a breed trait for any of the breeds in the pit bull category.  The two characteristics are not related.

Bruno wants to be your forever friend!

 Ultimately, each dog is an individual, regardless of breed or looks. We don’t judge humans based on appearance (or at least we know we shouldn’t); let’s not judge dogs on their appearance either. When you’re looking for your next dog, visit your local shelter, keep an open mind and look for the dogs that fit your lifestyle.  Sometimes the best matches happen when you least expect it!

Year of the dog!

Happy Chinese New Year!  It’s the year of the dog!

Make 2018 the best year ever for these great dogs by adopting one of them!


Who can resist those soulful eyes? If you’re looking for a sweet, gentle companion to relax with after a long day, then you need Gabby! Gabby, a tri-color Jack Russell terrier, is totally chill and happy being a couch potato.  This 8-year-old cutie-pie is older and wiser than a lot of other dogs, but admits she’ll need to learn basic training and house training. In return, she’ll be the perfect companion for hanging out and binge-watching Netflix. And as you can see from her big, adorable ears, she’s a very good listener. She told us she prefers adults and kids 10 years and older. We’re not sure how she feels about other animals – she’s a bit tight-lipped about that. So, if you’re looking for someone to share your life (and lazy days) with, then you need to adopt Gabby (A078082)!

Billy Bob

Alright, here is a face for the ages!  One look at Billy Bob and your heart is guaranteed to expand a few sizes!  He is an 8-year-old black brindle Mastiff and Boxer mix that loves affection and some down-right good conversation.  Billy Bob seeks an owner with “large dog handling” experience, and will gain greatly from regular, focused basic training.  Who says you can’t teach an older dog new tricks?  You can when they are as sweet and sociable as this big fella!  Billy Bob is so cool, he even gets along with other canine companions!.  This handsome lad loves people, is good with kids, and is ready to find a family for the second time around!  Do you have the space for Billy Bob (A077061), because this boy is surely worth making room for!   


Get your tail up and get moving with Mia!  She’s a red and white pit bull terrier girl, full of energy, waiting to find her high-octane human partner!  Mia is very pretty and the perfect size for all sorts of fun outdoor activities, like hiking, running, camping… the list goes ON!  Her amber eyes and adorable white chest patch will keep you motivated, when there are miles to go!  So, if you’ve got what it takes, and are ready to love a sweet, furry pup, then mix it up with Mia (A076891)!   


Get up and get excited, because Diesel is in the house!  This black and white pit bull terrier boy is a very sweet pup with loads of energy, is just under 4 years old, and he cannot wait to meet you!  Diesel will need daily exercise (don’t we all?) and will make the ideal companion for hiking, running, speed-walking, and regular-speed-walking.  He has a jolly face and a cute white chest patch to go along with his bubbly personality!  Diesel likes kids, but they must be older, because he doesn’t understand his excitable strength, and we don’t want any little ones accidentally getting knocked over.  No cats for this canine, please.  So, has this paragraph gotten you amp’d up?!  Then get your tail to the shelter and take home a handsome fellow like Diesel (A076264)!


Cream colored, like an Arizona desert adobe, Robbie will warm up your life with his endearing personality and lovely look.  He is a 5-year-old Chinese Sharpei and Chihuahua mix that needs daily exercise and some fun, basic training.  Robbie is a balanced boy; he loves the affection of human companions, but also enjoys his independence as well.  More mature youths, above the age of 13, and cool, compassionate adults will provide the perfect vibe for this fella.  He can hold a respectable conversation, too, so Robbie’s home should be in a house, not in an apartment complex.  Have you been watching the sands of time go by without a furry friend by your side?  Remedy that right away by adopting a handsome, deserving dog like Robbie (A076303)!   

Updates from last month!

Libra (A great week for Adoptions) has taken a new name, Ellie, and is doing great!  She was a little shy at the shelter, but has blossomed in her new home.

Cinema and Bennie were adopted and found their forever home!   Here are photos of them in their new digs!

Lena (Lena gets her knee fixed!) went for her follow-up with the doctor to check on her knee.   Doctors say she can gradually increase her activity level and will be back to normal in the next few weeks with no additional checkups required on her knee!  And then, on her first day available for adoption, she found her forever home!

Gimpy the kitten (Kittens kittens everywhere) recovered from her eye surgeries and was cleared for adoption!   She was quickly adopted by the family that had adopted her littermates Jax and Gemma.  All three are together again!  Best news ever!

Gimpy, Gemma, and Jax.



Meet Nibsy

Nibsy came to the Burbank Animal Shelter back in late 2016. At the time, this year-old pup was just a little too high-energy for her owner. Flash forward over a year later, this sweet girl is still waiting patiently to find the perfect family to keep up with her excitement for life and paws-itive attitude.

Looking for an exercise partner for your daily run around the neighborhood or a hike in the canyon? Nibsy is your girl. She loves getting out of the Shelter and participating in our bi-monthly Happy Tails hikes up in Stough Canyon with our other high-energy dogs. In addition to an active family, Nibsy would love it if you had a home with a yard for her to play in. She’s a true warm weather dog who loves to cool off in a wading pool after a rousing game of fetch or time with her favorite outdoor toys. Nibsy is an affectionate girl too. She’s loves giving kisses and letting you know how happy she is with her tail wagging.

Nibsy is also part of the VBAS Training Program and comes with free individual or group training sessions from one of our recommended trainers with adoption. She knows how to sit and stay already (although, admittedly not a big fan of the latter), so with a little time and effort she’ll be easy to train beyond those skills. Every family has a different way of living and training helps both the family and the her find the best path to a happy home. Plus, it’s a great opportunity for her to bond with her new family.

Does Nibsy sound like the right girl for your life? Stop by the Burbank Animal Shelter and meet her today.

For more information about Nibsy, and all of our adoptable dogs, click here.

Say Hello to Ivy!

Ivy (aka “Belle”) is a “cat’s cat.” She has yet to meet another cat she doesn’t like. She’s super sweet and curious. And her big eyes and innocent face are undeniably adorable. Her markings are quite unique – we like to think the black shaped heart on her side is nature’s special stamp of approval! She’s very quiet and rarely meows unless something sparks her attention. She likes to sit very prim and proper as she watches what’s going on, but she happily plays with other cats as well.

Ivy would do extremely well in a quiet home. She dislikes loud noises or things moving quickly around her. She gets nervous the first time you start to pet her, but she very quickly realizes, “Hey I’m loving this!” and closes her eyes, purring with contentment. She’s shy, but with time she’ll play with a human, especially if they have her favorites – a wand toy and treats!

This beautiful girl needs to go to a home with at least one other cat and an understanding owner who is willing to take the time to build her trust.

And if Ivy isn’t special enough…she’s a graduate of the VBAS Cat Socialization program!

The Cat Socialization program is made up of a team of volunteers who come to the shelter every day to work with cats, like Ivy, who are scared, shy, or semi-feral. These cats do not do well in a shelter environment, so it’s important they receive daily attention and interaction. The team works to socialize them so they learn to trust humans and can eventually be adopted into a loving home.

10 graduates from the cat socialization program were adopted in 2017….let’s make Ivy the first of 2018!

This just in: A great week for adoptions!

Every adoption at the shelter makes us happy, but last week was something really special.  In the span of seven days four very loved guests found their forever homes.  

After a patient 7 month wait, Princess found her Prince Charming!  

She’s doing great and living the pampered life in her new castle.

Not to be outdone, fellow 7 month resident Luna found her new home a few days later!

Then came Fantastic Friday.

Our beautiful but shy Libra made a connection with a wonderful couple and found her forever home.

And after 16 long months, the shelter’s favourite superhero, *Batman* was adopted!

Bats is doing *great* in his new home, and he and his new family could not be happier.  We wish him the absolute best in his new adventures!

Thank you to all the volunteers and supporters who made these happy adoption stories possible!

Cinema & Bennie

Looking for a pair of young, beautiful cats to come home to?  Cinema and Bennie may be for you!

Cinema and her bonded brother Bennie were former residents of the Burbank Animal Shelter who were adopted into a wonderful home back in August 2016.  Unfortunately, life sometimes doesn’t work out and, due to family issues, they came back to us a few months ago and are awaiting their true “forever” home.

Cinema is a gorgeous 5 year old tortoiseshell Maine Coon mix with beautiful soft, long hair.  She is definitely the more outgoing of the pair, greets everyone and loves head scratches.  She is curious and loves to explore.

Bennie is a 2 year old dapper black-and-white short-haired cat who is much more shy than his extrovert sister.  He takes time to warm up, but is very sweet once he does.  He likes to hide under his blanket and will need some time to become comfortable and trust his surroundings.

This wonderful pair of cats will need a patient owner who will let them become comfortable in their new home and will give them lots of love and socializing.  With understanding and time, they will repay all your efforts ten-fold!  

For more information about Cinema and Bennie, and all our adoptable cats, click here.

Chip on the mend…

Meet Chip and Dale! This bonded pair of 10-month old Chihuahua brothers arrived at the Burbank Animal Shelter just before New Years. Like their animated duo namesake, these boys know how to make life interesting and full of adventure. Dale (A078749) is white and brown and more reserved at first, while Chip (A078750) is brown and tan and loves being active.

Chip got a little too excited looking for his forever home at the Shelter and accidentally broke his foot recently. Don’t worry though, after a short surgery, doctors were able to repair his leg and he’ll make a full recovery. He’ll be good as new soon and on to some exciting new adventures with Dale. Thanks to our generous donors, specialized surgeries like this are possible for pups like Chip. In the meantime, Dale is making sure Chip gets lots of rest and daily cuddles from the staff and volunteers at the Shelter.  

Chip and Dale are both super sweet boys looking to give lots of love and kisses to their new adoptive family. Think you have room in your home for these two adventurous, lovable boys? Check out or follow us on Facebook to learn more about when these boys will be ready and available to find their new forever home.  

Awesome adoptions in 2017

2017 was a great year for adoptions at the Burbank Animal Shelter.  940 animals were adopted, and another 388 wayward dogs and cats were reunited with their owners.

We’re overjoyed every time an animal finds a home, but some adoptions last year were extra special.  This is the story of seven long term residents who (finally!) found their forever homes in 2017.

Beautiful 9 year old Gwen, found her home in March.  Gwen was a staff and volunteer favorite in the shelter and then moved on to being an inaugural member of the Adult Dog Foster Program. More than two years after entering the shelter Gwen has a house with a yard to call her own! 

Magnificent Midnight learned that humans weren’t so bad after all and graduated from our Cat Socialization Program.  He also found his home in March, two weeks shy of his one year anniversary.  

There’s a saying about April Showers, but for months Ezra and her sun hat didn’t get the notice.  Finally April was all sunshine and rainbows for Ezra as she found her forever home!

In June, Lovely Layla met some wonderful adopters and it was love at first sight.  Layla started her summer the right way: in a new home!

November was a double treat when Maggie and Captain Kirk went to their awesome new home together!  Thanks to the tireless work of our Socialization Team, Kirk learned he didn’t have to run every time a door opened and Maggie came out of her shell and learned that humans are really OK.  These two met in our Socialization program and brought out the best in each other.  We were so happy they were adopted together!

Everyone got a great Christmas present in December when Ace and Artie were adopted!  This bonded pair of brothers were with us almost two years, but found their forever home for the holidays.  Just like Gwen, Artie and Ace have the Adult Dog Foster Program to thank for finding them their new homes. 

All of our long term residents had something in common:  They never gave up.  And we never gave up on them. 

Thanks to supporters like you, we were able to give them the attention, the medical care, and most importantly, the time they needed to find their forever homes.  None of this would have been possible without your support.  Thank you for helping save them, and for continuing to help us save lives in 2018.

Kittens Kittens everywhere!

2017 was another busy year for the VBAS’s Kitten Foster Program (KFP): over 250 kittens were saved!

During kitten season (April – November) hundreds of orphan kittens come to the Burbank Animal Shelter.  Some are just a few days old, and almost all of them are too young to be adopted.  The shelter does not have the space to house all of these kittens, nor the staffing to provide the 24/7 care the smallest kittens require.

Enter the Kitten Foster Program!  Founded in 2001, KFP is made up of a group of dedicated volunteer foster parents who take in these tiny orphans and provide them a loving home until they are big enough to be adopted.  Neonatal kittens receive bottle feeding around the clock.  Scared kittens are socialized.  When a kitten is ill or needs a checkup or vaccination, the fosters work with the medical team at the shelter to make sure these kittens get the care they need.


Little Gimpy was born with Entropin.  Her eyelids were folded the wrong way causing her eyelashes to rub against the eye.  Thanks to KFP and our medical program, after two surgeries and medication, she’s getting better and on the road to recovery and being adopted!


While fostering can be hard work, it’s also a lot of fun.  Seeing kittens taking their first steps, learning to play, and watching their personalities develop is incredibly rewarding.  And who doesn’t love playing with a kitten or having one nap on your lap?

Right now only a handful of kittens remain in the program, but in a few short months kitten season will start again.  We are always in need of new foster parents: think about joining the team!   No experience is necessary, just a love for kittens.  Training is provided along with food, supplies, and medical care.  

Once your kittens are adoptable we have all the tools to find them their new homes.  We promote on social media, our website, at the shelter, and kitten adoption fairs are held twice a month.  Our adoption rate is 100%!

If you’d like to learn more about joining the team, click here.  And if you are unable to foster, please consider making a donation.  The Kitten Foster Program is staffed entirely by volunteers and relies 100% upon donations for funding.

We’d like to say a huge THANK YOU to the foster parents and everyone who supported the Kitten Foster Program in 2017.  Because of you over 250 lives were saved.  And because of you we will continue to save lives in 2018.


Lena gets her knee fixed!

Lena is a Pit Bull with a heart of gold, always willing to please people around her. Her classic gray and white coat and thoughtful face make her a stunning beauty and her easy-going personality make her the ideal dog for any size family.

Lena came to the Burbank Animal Shelter and quickly won over the hearts of the volunteers and staff, but it was soon discovered she had damage to her Cruciate Ligament in her knee. Similar to the ACL in humans, this is the ligament that stabilizes the knee joint. After a consultation at the VCA West LA Animal Hospital, doctors determined a specialized surgery was needed to fix the damage.

In early November, Lena underwent surgery to repair her knee, and spent most of the month getting plenty of rest and daily ice pack therapy on her incision to help with swelling and discomfort. No one likes to be out of commission and recover from surgery, especially Lena. She missed going to the yard, playing fetch and walking around the Shelter. But staying off her leg as much as possible was crucial for her to fully heal.  No running. No jumping. A difficult task for a dog like Lena who just wants to show you some love.

Volunteers and staff made sure that she received lots of special attention, cuddles and belly rubs in her kennel to help speed up the recovery process. Every day, her knee got stronger and by early December she was able to go on short walks on her leash again. This made her very happy, even if she couldn’t fully run or jump yet.

The VBAS is very happy to report that Lena is well on her way to a full recovery. She has another follow up appointment with her doctor in a few weeks and will hopefully be cleared for adoption to a forever home soon. Keep watching our website and Facebook page to learn more about when Lena will be available for adoption.

Specialized surgeries like Lena’s are possible thanks to the generous donations from the community and people like you.  Thank you to everyone who donated to the VBAS in 2017 and helped make Lena’s story a happy one!

Smitten for Kittens: Get a discount on jewelry *and* help the VBAS!

Our friends at Haati Chai / Amarillo are offering a 10% discount on their jewelry when you use the code ANIMALLOVER. On top of that, 5% of sales made using the code will be donated to the VBAS! Details here:

Bonus info: The kitten in the photo from our KFP program! Great photo Kubo!

Please spread the word and tell your friends! (And buy some jewelry for that special someone for Valentine’s Day!)

Community Foundation of the Verdugos Announces $12,000 grant for The Volunteers of the Burbank Animal Shelter

On September 21st, 2016 the Community Foundation of the Verdugos (CFV) Board of Directors voted to grant $12,000 to The Volunteers of the Burbank Animal Shelter (VBAS) toward the purchase of a chemistry/blood gas analysis machine and hematology analyzer to be used for in-house diagnostics. Shelter veterinarians can immediately diagnose infections, illnesses, malnutrition and internal body functions and prescribe life saving treatment. Through the purchase of this piece of permanent equipment, the Foundation will positively impact shelter animals for many years to come.

As a nonprofit partner to the Burbank Animal Shelter, the VBAS and shelter staff have been working side-by-side since 1994 providing a helping hand to homeless pets in our community. The VBAS Medical Program was one of the earliest identified program established by our nonprofit and since its inception, has been dedicated to providing vaccinations, examinations and testing for disease for all animals that enter the shelter, ensuring pets are healthy before being adopted.

“We are proud to be able to help support the fine efforts of the VBAS through this grant that is going to save countless lives and improve the impact of the shelter’s work,”  said CFV Chief Executive Officer, Edna Karinski. “As a community foundation, we also want to remind donors that their support of the foundation makes grants such as this possible.”

The Community Foundation of the Verdugos’ goal to provide financial resources supporting the community, along with the VBAS dedication to provide quality care, enrichment and health services for homeless animals, creates a great example of how donors who want to make a significant impact link up with nonprofit organizations for the benefit of our greater community.

The Community Foundation of the Verdugos, a publicly supported charitable endowment with approximately $11 million in assets, makes grants from the earnings of its invested contributions to local nonprofit organizations in the greater Verdugo area.

Coyote ‘Hazing’ Techniques

Wildlife advocates educates homeowners on ‘coyote hazing’ techniques
Randi Feilich, representative of the nonprofit Project Coyote, demonstrates how people can protect themselves and wildlife at the same time. Read the full story here and watch the video.


LA Times Discusses Burbank Animal Shelter Veterinarian Dr. Small!

Our very own Dr. Small has been recognized in this wonderful article for his continuing effort to improve the lives of animals.  You can read all about it from the LA Times!

LA Times: “Warner Bros. spruces up Burbank Animal Shelter”

The LA Times ran a piece about how Warner Bros. Studios has been helping the shelter!

Burbank Leader: “Pet project grows out of partnership”

The Burbank Leader ran a piece about how Warner Bros. Studios has been helping the shelter!