Say Hi to Cleo!

Cleo is a 5-year-old red and black German Shepherd with a beautiful coat and a sweet personality!  She’s quite independent, but she loves affection in the form of back massages. She’s always curious as to what everyone else is doing. She loves to sniff around and she’s always aware of her surroundings. Cleo likes spending time chewing on tennis balls, though she’s no stranger to a game of fetch. She’ll make a great running, walking, or hiking partner.

I love to hike!

She’s well-mannered and a good listener, but she’s a better talker! So for that reason, apartments and condos are not good environments.  She’s very laid-back when she’s not chattering away with enthusiasm!

I like to play ball too!

She’ll need a little time to acclimate to a new home, so she is looking for an experienced owner.  She interacts well with adult visitors and she’ll do well with kids 12 years and older. She’s not a fan of cats, and if you already have a dog a meet-and-greet is a must.

She’s a simple, fun-loving companion who is lovely inside and out! Adopt Cleo (A085324)!


A little bit of sassy and a whole lot of sweet – that’s Minnie.  But that isn’t the way it always was.

I had trust issues!

Two year old Minnie was a homeless waif having to fend for herself in a scary world.  She finally found a safe place when she arrived at the Burbank Animal Shelter.  She didn’t have to worry anymore about where her next meal was coming from, but she was still scared.  She hadn’t learned to trust people yet, and she always tried to find a hiding place where no one would see her.  Eventually she would accept pets, but she was always ready to run.

Sleeping with one eye open…

Then Minnie got a break and went to a foster home.  “What is this place?” she was probably asking herself.  That’s when the transformation began.  After a few days of hiding she started coming out of her shell.  After a couple of weeks, her foster mom was holding her and Minnie allowed it even though she was still tense.

Hey domestic life is *fun*!

Then one day she must have realized that all was okay and she relaxed in human arms.  Minnie is now an amazing little girl.  She loves being picked up and petted and will purr up a storm when you do.  She loves human company and is always following her foster mom around the house.  She gets along great with the other cats in her foster home, and when Mom comes home she’s always the first cat to greet her and demand pets and hugs.   She loves to play with toys with her foster mom, but she’s also perfectly content to play with them on her own.  Basically she just likes having fun!

So many magnets to choose from…

Now Minnie’s biggest concern in life is which magnet to snatch off the refrigerator and where to hide it.  This bundle of cuteness will be available for adoption soon.  To meet Minnie, please contact her foster mom, Linda, at

Put down the camera.  I demand pets!

Puppy Reunion!

Back in the day…

There was a joyous reunion of a litter of pups from our Puppy Foster Program (PFP).  They recognized their foster Dad, right away and greeted him with happy kisses and tail wags.

Look at us now!

They took a few minutes to recognize their siblings but once they got over the initial shyness they were off to races, chasing each other just like old times when they were little babies!

Just like old times!

They are now 5 months old and have been in their new homes for about 3 months.  Joey looks the most like a chihuahua and he gets to spend his days at work with his Mom.  Blue has the curls and the one blue eye. She spends time at her grandparents when her Mom goes to work.  Persephone looks like a terrier mix, and she goes to the dog park or puppy playtime at a local pet store every day!  They all hit the jackpot and found wonderful homes!

The proud parents!

 Joey, Blue and Persephone are three of the 14 puppies that were fostered by our Puppy Foster Program in 2019.  Foster volunteers house these young puppies and provide essential care – feeding, socialization with humans and other animals and medical care until they are old enough to be adopted.  We’re always looking for new fosters, click here to learn more and apply!

Charlie Finds a Home!

Charlie wasn’t feeling too well when he was brought in as a stray.  He had a large wound on his neck and a blocked bladder.  He needed a lot of medical attention and would have to be on a special diet for the rest of his life.  It took a while to get him all fixed up, but from day one this sweet 6 year old boy with a huge personality charmed everyone and became a staff and volunteer favorite.

Chin scratches, please!

We quickly discovered this super chill boy *loves* attention and especially being scratched under his chin.  He’d lean in, start purring, drooling and then fall asleep in your lap.  (Lather, rinse, repeat.) As his health improved he became super chatty and loved to bend an ear with everyone he met.  (We’re pretty sure he was saying “pet me!”)  We also discovered he was super curious loved to explore.

Found a comfy chair to sit in and have a chat!

Once he was cleared for adoption the real fun began.  He was a total ham on Photo Thursdays and the photo team had a blast dressing him up.  The Legend of Charlie grew…and so did his list of nicknames: Charles…Sir Charles…and (my favorite) Suave Chuck.

They call me…Suave Chuck.

He took up residence in the condo in our main lobby where he’d happily chat with folks coming to visit, or just as happily sleep in his “normal” Charlie pose.

The Cat.  The Legend.

In addition to being the King of the Lobby, Charles was also our office cat.  He’d visit the office once or twice a day to stretch his legs, have a chat with staff, chase a toy mouse, and of course help out by taking a nap on someone’s lap.

Another day at the office…

Just over a week ago a wonderful couple came in looking for a cat and it was love at first sight.  Charlie found his forever home!

The big day!!!

Within days his new parents reported “He is doing so well, already so settled like he has been here forever!”

Mmm, so much to see!  But happy to be on the inside looking out! 

He loves to follow his new mom and dad around the house, talking to them the whole time to see what they’re up to.  He spends his days playing with toys, looking out the window, and of course finding the comfiest places to sleep!

This looks familiar…

We’d like to say a big thank you to everyone who made Charlie’s happy story possible.  Thank you to the staff, medical, volunteers, our donors, and especially his new parents for giving Charlie a second chance.  We’re going to miss you Charles, but we couldn’t be happier for you!

Thank you everyone!

Pizza Fundraiser!

Blaze Pizza Fundraiser Tuesday February 11th!

Super Simple: Eat pizza to raise funds for the shelter! Go to Blaze Pizza Burbank Tuesday February 11th and show this flyer and 50% of your purchase will go to the VBAS!!!!

Blaze Pizza is located at 1723 N. Victory Place, Burbank, at the Empire Center. Remember: you must download and show the flyer (either on your phone or printed out) before paying for the proceeds to go to the VBAS.  See you there!

Working Cats Looking for Working Homes

Feral Cats Need Homes Too!

Not all cats adopted from the Burbank Animal Shelter are domesticated. Our Barn Cat Program is designed to place unsocialized feral cats who do not like humans into working homes where they can earn their keep as a natural rodent deterrent.

Sadly, the overwhelming majority of feral cats brought to shelters are euthanized because there are not enough working homes for them. The Barn Cat Program works to place as many as possible in working homes like barns, stables, vineyards, warehouses, industrial facilities, and residential yards to give them a second chance at life. Like all the other cats adopted from the Burbank Animal Shelter, Barn Cats are all spayed/neutered and immunized before going to their new homes.

Will Happily Work For Food.

Volunteers deliver the cats and provide Barn Cat adopters with initial supplies and general procedures for introducing the cats to their new environment. For the first few weeks Barn Cats are kept in a kennel so they can grow acquainted with their surroundings and learn that the location is their new home. Adopters are responsible for providing food, water and a shelter for the cats, while the cats patrol the property and take care of mice and other pests.

Cinder keeping an eye out for mice…and anyone coming down the chimney.

These are not housecats.  They are feral and are perfectly content to live in their barn/vineyard/working area and will avoid human contact.  Although occasionally we hear a story about one of our Barn Cats, like Cinder.  After a year and a half she’s learning to trust her humans and is now choosing to cautiously spend time inside the house with them!

A Barn Cat getting acclimated to his new working home.

Our Barn Cat Program has saved more than a dozen cats this year, but the number of feral cats is high, and we are always in need of more working homes. We currently have barn cats “in stock” and ready to go to work! If you have a barn, warehouse, or other suitable location for a Barn Cat (or know someone that does), please consider adopting a Barn Cat! It’s a natural way to control vermin, and you’ll be saving the life of a cat that otherwise would have no chance.

One of a group of Barn Cats placed this year in the Santa Rosa Valley watches from her perch.

Have questions? Email:

The Twelve Days of VBAS 2019

On the 1st day of Christmas the VBAS Medical Program gave to Amber ONE emergency surgery.

Foster kitten Amber’s belly started swelling and she had to go to the Emergency Room.  An ultrasound discovered internal bleeding.  She needed surgery right away.  Because of donors like you, Amber was able to have the life saving surgery she needed.

Help the next animal at the Shelter in need of surgery.  Donate here.


On the 2nd day of Christmas the VBAS honored TWO cats, Fiesta & Flora, by sponsoring a 50% adoption fee reduction for all bonded pairs.

Fiesta and Flora, and 5 other bonded pairs were able to be adopted together due to the VBAS funding its reduced fee adoption program.   In addition to bonded pairs, adoption fees for seniors (7+ years old) and long term residents (5+ months) are 50% off as well!  6 bonded pairs, 4 long termers, and 7 seniors were adopted through the program in 2019.

Help us continue this program and honor a special love like Fiesta and Flora, Sal and Peppa, Smitty and Tux, Moo Moo and Cupcake, Lizzy and Lauri, Pacman and Nala, and many, many others.   Donate here.


On the 3rd day of Christmas the VBAS gave to Pacman and Nala THREE training lessons.

Pacman and Nala and their new family received post adoption training classes sponsored by the VBAS to guarantee a successful adoption.

Help more dogs get proper training. Donate here.


On the 4th day of Christmas the VBAS Kitten Foster Program took in FOUR hundred kittens.

In a normal year our Kitten Foster Program takes in 250 kittens and provides them with care and loving homes until they can be adopted.  2019 was anything but normal: The Kitten Foster Program cared for 400 kittens!  That’s more than a 40% increase from last year!  Thank you to all our dedicated fosters who made this miracle possible!

Help save the next 400 kittens!   Donate here.


On the 5th day of Christmas the VBAS provided FIVE lab tests per week!

Our sweet senior boy, Curley, arrived at the shelter with a mouth full of bad teeth.   An in house blood panel and labwork done by our medical program showed he was otherwise healthy and cleared him for some major dental work.   Once Curley got his smile back, he wowed everyone and was quickly adopted!

Help us provide labs and bloodwork for all the animals that need it!  Donate here.


On the 6th day of Christmas SIX Puppy Foster Program foster families fostered 17 puppies!

Being a puppy foster parent is a 24/7 job!  Thanks to our Puppy Foster Program, 6 foster families made sure 17 puppies received all the care and love they needed to get a second chance!

Give a puppy the right start in life. Donate here.


On the 7th day of Christmas the VBAS placed SEVEN barn cats into a safe homes in August.

Our Barn Cat Program and Socialization Team work all year long to secure barns, stables or businesses for outdoor, unsocialized cats who could never be adopted as a house pet. The Socialization Team works daily with the scared and stressed cats and through this effort some are successfully adopted.   4 socialization cats and 13 barn cats graduated from these programs in 2019.

Help a cat who needs special placement find a home.  Donate here.


On the 8th day of Christmas the Volunteer  gave to the animals  EIGHT hours a month of cleaning and socializing, adoption counseling, and love.

The VBAS is a 100% volunteer run organization. We ask our volunteers for an 8 hour per month commitment, but they give many more.  This year our volunteers have donated more than 16,000 hours of their time to help the animals. Day in and day out the animals depend on the volunteers showing up to work, to play, to plan and to be a voice for homeless animals. Donate here and add your voice to the cause.  Learn more about volunteering at the VBAS here.


On the 9th day of Christmas the VBAS gave to KFP NINE thousand pounds of litter!  (That’s three pallets of the stuff!)

A lot of kittens need a lot of litter!  The 400+ kittens in our Kitten Foster Program this year went through tons of litter.  Literally!

Help us keep the litter pans stocked and help us save more kittens.  Donate here.


On the 10th day of Christmas the VBAS celebrated TEN years of Happy Tails Hikes.

An amazing idea for a shelter dog – to hike on a mountain trail.  Twice each month shelter dogs are taken on Volunteer led hikes in Stough Canyon.

Help a shelter dog take a hike. Donate here.


On the 11th  day of Christmas the VBAS gave to injured or ill animals  ELEVEN X-rays every week.

Our Digital X Ray machine has been an absolute game changer for our medical program!  Every animal needing x-rays now gets them!

Help keep our X-ray running and providing life saving diagnosis to more cats and dogs. Donate here.


On the 12th day of Christmas the VBAS gave TWELVE months of saving the lives of curious cats, friendly dogs, snuggly bunnies and other furry and feathered creatures.

Can you think of a more perfect holiday gift? We can’t!  Donate here.


Joey and Chandler!

Joey and Chandler are bonded 11 month-old Domestic Shorthairs, and, just like Friends, they’re buddies for life. Their personalities complement each other, which makes them the perfect pair. Joey is very outgoing and playful. He loves attention and will make sure you give it to him! Chandler is a gentle boy and a little on the shy side. He’ll warm up to you in no time, once he knows he can trust you.

I’m Chandler.  Could I BE any cuter?

Joey likes to perch on your shoulder and nuzzle your face, while Chandler likes to cuddle in your lap. They’ll definitely keep you warm at night, and they both like to be picked up!

My name is Joey.  How *you* doin’?

These goofballs enjoy playing with each other and they love to go fishing – in their water bowl.

Joey and Chandler are sweet, loving boys, and..they’ll be there for yooou! If you’re there for them toooo!

Adopt Joey (A086532) and Chandler (A086531)!

Tucker and Andy Adopted!!!!

Great news!  Burbank’s Odd Couple, Tucker and Andy got adopted!!!

The big day!

A family came in looking to adopt a dog and fell in love with the duo.  They quickly realized what we were all saying: Tucker is half dog!

Andy is over the moon, having a big house to run around in, and has claimed his favorite spot on the couch.

Tucker is hamming it up as usual, and loves being doted on by everyone.

A big thank you to Tucker and Andy’s new family!  Thanks for giving them a home for the holidays!


Tucker and Andy!

“Hey Andy, I think I see someone with treats!”

Remember the Odd Couple?  Well, meet the Burbank Animal Shelter’s own version of Felix and Oscar!  Tucker and Andy are an unlikely duo, but remain best friends nonetheless.  Andy is an 8 year old one-eyed chihuahua mix and Tucker is a 4 year old orange tabby cat.  Yes, that’s right, we have a bonded dog and cat pair!

Andy hamming it up.

They came to us when their owners’ circumstances changed and they could no longer take care of them and we are determined to keep them together.  It works perfectly – Andy kind of thinks he’s a cat and Tucker kind of thinks he’s a dog, so they’re obviously not worried about species stereotypes.  Both are very friendly and people oriented.  Andy really enjoys going on walks and snuggling on laps, and Tucker loves to be scratched – and has even been known to walk on a leash himself!

“Hey Tucker, he followed me home. Can we keep him?”

Come by and see this wonderful bonded pair in their custom kennel accommodations – you’ll know they’re the pets you’ve been looking for!

The 2019 Turkey Trot!

For the 6th year in a row, The Volunteers of the Burbank Animal Shelter successfully ran (literally) our annual fundraiser at the Burbank YMCA Turkey Trot.  On Thanksgiving morning 25 team members pounded  the pavement to raise funds for the VBAS. This was the culmination of a multi-week fundraising campaign by more than 30 individual fundraisers.

Go team!

Donors who gave $100 or more in a single donation were entered into a prize drawing for a package of fun items.  The team was  also sponsored by fantastic local companies; TPT, Trustworthy Brewery, Boom Box Post, and First Class Real Estate. These companies are super supportive of the VBAS and the animals at the shelter. We are so grateful for the support from our sponsors, as well as every person who donated.

A big thank you to our sponsors!

All funds raised will go directly towards supporting the animals at the shelter.  As of Thanksgiving morning, over $17,000 was raised for our furry friends!  The fundraising campaign remains open through December 1st, so if you haven’t donated yet- there is still time!

A Home For Sassy Stevie

There’s an old southern adage, “For every pot, there is a lid,” which is just a short and sweet way of saying “whoever you are, there’s someone out there for you.” Eight-year-old Stevie the cat had been a resident of the Burbank Animal Shelter for over a year. She was part of the shelter’s socialization program for cats, which helps scared animals build up the trust and social skills they need to find a furever home.

Stevie had a sassy disposition when she found herself around new people or in unfamiliar territory. Our salty gal only liked to be pet on her own terms (and she would let you know when petting time was done!).

Nevertheless, our skilled socialization team members knew that there was a sweet, silly side to Stevie just waiting to come out. All it would take to find it was patience, time, and a few delicious cans of soft cat food.

But for over a year, Stevie waited and waited for her furever family to finally come and take her home. There’s another adage that says, “everything happens in its own time” and the right time for Stevie was coming.

The right time

Elisa and her family had two wonderful cats that they loved. Sadly, however much we love our furry family members, they don’t get to stay with us for as long as we’d like. “Our family recently lost our cat to cancer. Her loss happened so quickly; she went for a vet visit and didn’t make it back. We were devastated and mourning her loss.”

Elisa was on the Burbank Animal Shelter mailing list and as fate would have it, they received a letter at just the right time. “Our family had vowed to save an older cat from the shelter in her honor, the day after we lost Sandy, I got an email from The VBAS with Stevie’s picture and description on it. It made me laugh and knew we had to adopt her b/c she was described almost exactly like our Sandy.”

They made and appointment to come in and meet Miss Stevie at the shelter. True to her nature, Stevie didn’t make it easy on her new almost family. In Elisa’s words, “She was a cranky one!” Despite the rough exterior, they knew that they could provide Stevie with a good home. “My partner, Lawrence, went to meet her as well and he agreed we could give her a good home. I was still very hesitant to adopt her because it felt too soon, but we knew we had to save a life.”

Furever Home

Elisa, Lawrence, and their family signed the adoption papers and took Stevie to her new home. The right family at the right time (pot, meet lid) brought out the sunny side of Stevie we all knew was there all along. “Stevie quickly got comfortable in her new home, she lets us pet her, play with her and even made herself comfortable in our bed when she decided to escape the area we had fenced off for her.”

She even has a new cat roommate….and they’re taking things slow. “Stevie and our other cat Bungie are still working on their relationship but know that they will soon be good friends.”

For Stevie, everything happens in good time.

Meet Benji!

Benji is a beautiful 8 year old german Shepherd with an adorable face and a heartwarming smile. This sweet boy can be a little shy at first, but give him a little time to warm and you’ll see he has a very curious nature.

He is very well mannered with a very calm and loving personality.  He’s looking for a calm and low key family to call his own, could it be yours?  Come to the shelter and meet Benji! (A085323)


Greycie & Sneaks’ Happy Story -By Foster Mom Sally Chew

In October of 2018 two beautiful, but very shy, 3 month old kittens came to the shelter. Greycie and Sneaks went into a foster home for socialization. Although they slowly adapted to their foster humans, when new people would visit, they held their ground firmly under the bed. The shyer one was very dependent on the other, so they had to find a home together. After one failed adoption in January, they were returned to the shelter, and back to their foster home. They were going to be tricky to place.

However, the VERY next day, someone called saying she was looking for two grey sisters and would like to see about them. She was warned about their skittish nature, but came to visit them anyway. Leslie and Neal decided to adopt them and just let the kittens be who they were going to be – even if it meant they were going to hide out forever.

But that was not the case at all. This was a match made in heaven! The humans had the patience and respect for the cats and allowed them to acclimate to their new surroundings on their own time. Greycie and Sneaks are now living the life of their dreams. They keep their humans’ feet warm on the big comfy bed at night. And during the day they nap on a bed where they can also keep an eye on the outdoors through the big windows. They play with each other and follow their humans around the house. And these are no slacker kitties, they earn their keep. One day they were staring intently at the wall. The humans thought there may be a small spider crawling around, but when they got closer they could hear water. Further investigation by the humans revealed a broken pipe in the wall that they would not have noticed until it caused way more damage.

At this time of year, when we are thinking about all that we are thankful for, I find myself thankful for good timing, but mostly for loving and patient humans who give our kittens safe forever homes.

Abby Adopted!!!

Remember sweet Abby, the scared tabby who came in way back in March? We are happy to report that Abby has finally found her forever home!

Abby was one of the inaugural members of our Kitten Charm School program, a foster and socialization program to help scared and shy cats and kittens come out of their shell and prepare them for adoption. Abby passed all her Charm School classes with flying colors months ago, but because she didn’t show well at the shelter, it was hard to find her a home by waiting for the right person to walk through the door.

That’s where the power of social media came in! Abby’s new family found her through all the videos, photos, and stories that we posted about her and how sweet she is.

While a lot of cats are scared when they first go to their new homes, Abby immediately took to her new place and her new people! It turns out that she was only so shy and quiet because she wanted to be in charge of her domain, not share it with other cats! Less than 24 hours after she found her forever family, she was already the Queen of the Castle, strutting around meowing for pets and twining herself around her new mom and dad’s legs.

It took Abby a while, but time, patience, and love meant that this scared kitty has the chance to blossom into a lovebug herself and find her forever home.

Is there a special place in your heart and home for one of our Charm School kittens and cats? You can email the Charm School Headmistress at to learn about our current students! Maybe you are interested in fostering some of these more challenging cases? Sign up to be a kitten foster here!

Tiger and Sharkie: The DNA Tests Are In!

“Just took a DNA test, found out, they’re 100% that good dog, even when they’re barking crazy.” – Lizzo

There’s a mystery afoot at Burbank Animal Shelter. How have Tiger and Sharkie, our fun-loving brothers, been up for adoption for two whole years?! Those of us who know these pups know how wonderful they are, from the way they sleep curled up together, to the way they romp through the yard, teaming up to take down every dastardly stuffed animal they can find. They’re playful, they’re gorgeous, and yet they’ve been with us for two years. Any other dogs might’ve lost their spirits, but not Tiger and Sharkie – together, they find the joy in every day.

Halloween is coming!  We’re all set!

So why haven’t they been adopted? It really is a mystery. But we had a clue.  Sometimes people either base their idea of how a dog will behave just on the type of dog they think it looks like, or they don’t want to adopt a dog whose breed they don’t know. This can make it tougher for shelter dogs to get adopted.

I ain’t afraid of no Halloween spider…

In an effort to help Tiger and Sharkie find a forever home, we decided to solve a different mystery: the question of what the heck kind of breed Tiger and Sharkie really are. They’ve got silly underbites, big, soulful eyes, perfect dopey ears. One is tall, one is short, one is brindle – they could be anything! We sent in samples to WISDOM PANEL, a company that analyzes canine DNA to make an educated guess about the dog’s true breed. Wanting to share our anticipation with the community, we opened up to the public, asking people to submit their best guesses for what the results would be. The guesses ranged from Great Dane to Border Collie, French Bulldog to actual tiger! But when the results came in, we were all in for a surprise.

Chihuahuas?!?!  Hahah!  We knew it all along!

The top breeds for Tiger and Sharkie were American Staffordshire Terrier, Boxer, American Bulldog… and CHIHUAHUA?!

Ok, back to costume choices…how about this one?

It just goes to show you that judging a dog’s breed from how it looks can be a challenge! We were thrilled to have a better understanding of Tiger and Sharkie’s lineage, which will make them available to more homes than ever before. Besides that, knowing their breed gives us insight into these fabulous dogs. Tiger’s Staffy (Staffordshire Terrier) blood accounts for his cute, stocky frame – and the brothers’ resiliency. And could it be their Chihuahua heritage that makes them so chatty inside their kennel?

I’m not stocky…I’m *svelte*!  I tell ya, it’s the camera…

In the end though, knowing a dog’s breed is only half the story. If you want to know who Tiger and Sharkie are, you should meet them in person and get to know their true personalities. Only by running around with them in the yard will you see how much fun they have playing tug-of-war together; how silly they can get when they each want to play with the toy the other one is playing with; how much they love belly rubs; how funny it is when Sharkie sits in your lap, not realizing how big he is; or how clever Tiger is when he sneaks a toy under the bench where his taller brother can’t reach it.

Adopt us.  We’ll bring you lots of happiness…and flowers!

Tiger and Sharkie have been at the Shelter for two years – and that’s too long. They deserve their own yard to play in, their own family to laugh with, they deserve parents who are looking for two goofy children to take on adventures. If that’s you, then look no further than these two deserving, purebred Chiboxfords. Staffuauas? Chiffordshires? Boxhuaffys? We’ll leave it up to you!

Suzie Q Living It Up In Her Foster Home!

Suzie Q is living the good life in her Adult Dog Foster Home!  Her foster mom sends the following:

“If it looks like a pig, walks like a pig, and snorts like a pig, then it probably IS a pig… right? Thirteen year old Suzie Q may have everyone else fooled, but I think this Chihuahua might be a lab experiment on the run! Suzie Q’s frequent snorting will not only melt your heart but guarantee you will never lose track of her. The bell on her collar is no match against her oinking, especially when she is in a deep sleep or diving into her food bowl.

Suzie Q has ability to get along with literally anything that breathes – wait – I take that back. She would cuddle up with a literal rock if it let her.  She not only loves other dogs, kids, and the elderly, but kittens too!

The other day, one of my foster kittens, Willow, had just been spayed. Suzie Q. could sense one of her cuddle buddies just wasn’t feeling 100% and proceeded to wrap her in a hug so heartwarming even I felt the effects of it! The two friends fell asleep together to the musical sounds of purring and Suzie Q’s snoring.

Willow only ever moved to knead her paws in pure bliss or smush her face further into Suzie Q’s neck. As much as this display of kindness brought tears to my eyes, I was not surprised because Suzie Q. has this super power of knowing when someone needs her.

If you’re sick, lonely, having a bad day, or just need something to hold on to Suzie Q. will be there and won’t move until you do.  This piglet’s best quality is loyalty. Period. You could be in the world’s worst mood and Suzie Q would still follow you around.

I won’t lie, you will eventually trip on her once or twice or three times but she won’t care. Suzie Q will be there by your side through thick and thin. Even when following your every move starts to become physically tiresome for her.

Doesn’t that just sound positively magical? If that doesn’t sell you though, she’s house broken and that is always a plus in my book!  Adopt sweet SusieQ (A087681)!  Email to arrange a meet and greet.”

Stevie The Cat!

Stevie is an eight-year-old, gray and white, Domestic Shorthair with a chip on her shoulder. The first time you meet Stevie, she will not be impressed. Once you bring out the can of food though, oh boy! Stevie is a very independent cat with a big personality.

Pet my belly, if you dare!

At the shelter, Stevie can be a bit irritable, but once she is in a home she is a very calm and loving cat. She likes to be pet (on her terms), and loves to lord it over ribbon and feather toys. Mostly, Stevie likes to live the dream and nap all day with occassional breaks to eat.

Did someone say food?

Stevie had an eye injury in the past which makes one eye look a little off. That doesn’t slow her down and she needs no special medical care for the condition. It simply adds to her charm and her tough-girl persona.

I know how to party.

Stevie is very low-maintenance and tolerates other cats but would prefer her own space. She would not do well with children as she needs folks who understand that when she is done playing or being pet she is completely done.

If you’re looking for a sassy, assertive feline friend, drop by to meet Stevie! You can set up an appointment by emailing Stevie would make a great companion and liven up any home. Adopt Stevie, A081111!

Meet Oona!!!

And the Miss Congeniality award goes to…

Oona, the Labrador/Terrier mix!

Oona is 7 years-old and the stand-out among  her comPETitors. She’s friendly, smart, obedient, and fully house-trained. Her favorite hobbies are fetching, running, and playing. She loves belly rubs and daily walks.

I like long walks on the beach

Here’s what the other contestants have to say about her…


“This mild-mannered girl is a great friend! She loves to be by your side. Oona is a joy to have around and she has a lot of love to give!”


Small children:

“Oona has a lot of energy! Because she’s so spirited she’s great with kids who are 10 years-old and up, preferably with some dog experience.”

I *really* like to hike!


“We’d rather not comment.” (Some contestants can be so catty!)

Oona taking a break in a foster home. 

Her weekend foster mom:

“All in all, Oona  is a wonderful cuddle bug who is a giant couch potato. She is very affectionate and loving towards her people and honestly, she is just a complete sweetheart!”

Even the judges agree!  If you’re looking for a loving and loyal pet, Oona takes the crown.  Adopt Oona A053179!


Haunted House Fundraiser: Only Three Nights Left!!!

Halloween is right around the corner and that means there are only three nights left to see RottenApple907’s Haunted House!

So many ships and planes have gone to their watery graves in the Death Triangle…what could be causing all of this?  Come and see, if you dare…

The reports are true:  A haunted ship and plane have appeared at 907 N. California Street!

The Haunt is located at 907 N. California Street, Burbank CA 91505 and will be open from 7pm to 10pm.  Only three nights remain:  October 26th, 27th and 31st.

Admission is free, but donations are suggested.  100% of all donations go to the Volunteers of the Burbank Animal Shelter.

Over 1,000 guests came the first two nights, so please come early!  The Haunt must close at 10pm due to city permit. More info:

See you there!

Chico Update!

Chico (Chico And The Leg!) continues to recover from his broken leg.  Here’s an update from his foster mom:

“Chico been doing well these past three weeks. He is a really happy puppy and very curious about his surroundings. He enjoys hanging out and loves everyone.

He isn’t the best study buddy since he likes to get all the attention and has even developed a high little bark when he is not getting enough of it.

He does best cozying up in a warm lap, especially since he is under strict orders to rest. He loves to play with his doggy toy and kills some time by chewing on its ears.

After he’s worn himself out and has a full little belly he likes to take a deep cat nap.”

Thank you again to all our donors who made Chico’s surgery possible.  We’ll have another update on Chico next month!

Special Offer from Centinela Feed & Pet Supplies!

We’d like to say a big thank you to our friends at Centinela Feed & Pet Supplies for their amazing donation of *two pallets* of pet food last week!

Tucker, Andy, and all the staff and volunteers say a big thank you for all the food!

In addition, Centinela Feed is making a special offer to save you money *and* raise funds for the VBAS at the same time.

It’s simple:  Shop at Centinella Feed & Pet Supplies with this $20 off coupon, and not only will you save, Centinela will also donate $10 to the Volunteers of the Burbank Animal Shelter!

(Click here for printable PDF of coupon)

This coupon expires on November 30th, so get up and go shopping for your furry best friend—and help raise funds for the animals at the shelter!

Thank you again Centinela Feed & Pet Supplies for your amazing support and for helping us keep our friends at the shelter well fed.  We really appreciate it!

Cupcake and Moo Moo

We have to warn you…Cupcake and Moo Moo are a couple of “woofs” in cats’ clothing.

Moo Moo calls this pose “The George Costanza”

These 1½ year-old bonded brothers are highly social and love humans. That’s right…LOVE!

They also love giving and getting affection! And it doesn’t have to be on THEIR terms! Both are super-friendly and relish attention – Cupcake, moreso, as he likes to cut in line and get petted first.

Pets? Did someone say pets???

They absolutely love each other and always sleep curled up together. They’re used to being around kids and good with other cats.

Did someone say kids?  Woo woo!

They’re undeniably awesome cats and will make their adopters very, very happy!

Hey Moo Moo, I think I see a lap to sit on!

Looking for a couple of dogs? We have the perfect cats! Adopt Cupcake (A087968) and Moo Moo (A087969)!

Jordie’s Happy Reunion!

5 year old Jordie went missing the night of September 23, 2017.  It was his mom’s birthday, and someone at the party left the gate open.  Liz and her family started searching right away: flyers were posted, shelters were checked, and the neighborhood was searched every day.  He was wearing a collar with tags, and he was microchipped, but he was no sign of him.  As days turned into weeks and months, hope faded.

Fast forward two years:  Liz’s mom received a call from the Burbank Animal Shelter.  A stray had been picked up and while he didn’t have a collar, he did have a microchip…and the information tied to it said it belonged to her family.   It was Jordie!   Her husband immediately picked him up and brought him home.

Liz was still at work, but when she came home she received the happiest surprise of her life:

We don’t know what happened or where Jordie was for those two years, but we do know one thing:  Jordie’s microchip made all the difference in reuniting him with his family.

An estimated 10 million pets go missing each year, and one in three pets will go missing at some point during their lives.  Nationally, 22% of dogs entering animal shelters are reunited with their owners, but for dogs with microchips the number is 52%.   For cats, only 2% are reunited, but that number jumps to 38% for cats with microchips.

About the size of a grain of rice, a pet microchp is implanted beneath the skin of your pet.  The chip has a unique serial number that can be read by a scanner at a vet or shelter.  As long as the pet’s owner has registered the chip and kept their contact info current, lost pets like Jordie can be reunited with their owners.

Is your pet chipped?  The process is quick, inexpensive, and lasts a lifetime.   Burbank residents whose pets are currently registered at the Burbank Animal Shelter can have their animals chipped at the shelter for $10.00.  Not a Burbank resident or want to learn more?  Speak to your vet!

Suzie Q!

Suzie Q is a smooth-coated Chihuahua and a lovely girl inside and out. At 13 years old, she can be a bit vocal with new experiences, but she adapts well once she feels comfortable. She should go to an adult-only home and would be perfect for a senior.

With her crazy puppy days behind her, she now enjoys the simple things in life:  a blanket to hide under, a place to sleep (a lot), and a loving companion to offer comfort and security.

Adopt sweet Suzie Q (A087681)!

Coming Soon: Haunted House Fundraiser!

Halloween is coming, and you know what that means: Monsters…scary costumes…haunted houses….and a VBAS Fundraiser!

For the 29th year in a row, legendary Burbank Haunted House RottenApple907 is returning, and once again they have chosen the VBAS as their charity!

This year’s haunt will take us to the bottom of the sea, beneath a spot in the ocean known as the Death Triangle. So many ships and planes have vanished in this area, and no one knows why. Enter if you dare!

The Haunt is located at 907 N. California Street, Burbank CA 91505 and it will be open from 7pm to 10pm the nights of October 19th, 20th, 26th, 27th and 31st.

Admission is free, but donations are happily accepted.  100% of all donations will go to the VBAS.

Nearly 4,000 guests attended last year, so please come early!  The Haunt must close at 10pm due to city permit. More info:

We look forward to seeing you there!

Curly Is Smiling Again!

Curly didn’t have much to smile about when he arrived at the shelter.  This 4 year old stray had a mouth full of rotten teeth and painful infections.

Despite the pain, Curly was sweet and friendly to everyone he met.  He loved being around people, and if you gave him a pet or scratch behind the ears he’d start purring up a storm.

Listen to that motor!

Even though he was on a soft food diet, eating hurt *a lot* and he was losing weight.  He needed help.

“Thanks for fixing my mouth, but um, about this cone…”

Thanks to the generosity of our donors, Curly was able to go to Montrose Animal Hospital to have the dental surgery he needed.  With his mouth repaired, Curly was pain free for the first time in years.  Food was fun again, and he made up for lost time by eating lots of it and putting weight back on.

They call me Jazz Hands.

Curly spent a little over a week in foster care recovering.  His foster mom reported that he loved laying in laps, purred all the time, and *loved* getting belly rubs.  This was one happy cat!

Belly rubs in 3…2…1…

Best of all, days after being cleared by medical for adoption, Curly had a lot more to smile about:  He was adopted by a wonderful family!

I’m going to a home!

Curly’s new dad Brent tells the story:

“It was a warm Saturday afternoon in Burbank. We didn’t feel like cooking so we headed to the Veggie Grill for lunch  (Papoo’s Hot Dog Show as we Burbankers know it) After our delicious meal, my wife, daughter and I decided to head over to the Burbank Animal Shelter. We had been talking about getting our 14 month old rescue tuxedo kitty/cat Disco a pal.

Curly with his new dad!

As soon as we walked in the first cat we saw was Curly.  He gave us a look that was undeniable: he belonged with us.  We didn’t know his name was curly yet and we hadn’t yet seen the hook at the end of his tail that earned him the name, “Curly.”

The car ride home.

He was super affectionate. We fell in love with him and took him home!

Mmm…kitchen.  I like it here!

Even though he had most of his teeth pulled he is eating well with wet food and even gumming a little dry food.

More belly rubs coming in 3…2…1…

He LOVES to cuddle and loves to rub necks and noses.

We’ll be friends soon!

Our tuxedo kitty/cat is adapting rather quickly, although there was hissing and an audible “NOOOOOOOOO” that came from him on the first and second day.  We are on day four and we are settling in nicely. I’m looking forward to seeing the two cats cuddle. I’m sure it won’t be long.

I *really* like it here!

We love Curly and we are so happy to have him in our/his forever home.”

The VBAS (and Curly) would like to say a big thank you to our donors who made his surgery and this happy ending possible.  Thank you for giving this sweet boy a second chance!

Pancakes for Paws fundraiser!!!

What do you get when you mix paws, prizes and pancakes?  You get our annual Pancakes for Paws breakfast fundraiser!

We had 179 guests join us on Sunday September 22nd, with over $3,300 raised to help support the VBAS shelter programs. Guests enjoyed blueberry pancakes while winning some very cool raffle and auction prizes like Dodgers and Kings tickets, spa treatments, museum memberships, and fancy local dinner packages.

I want a pancake!

Shelter resident, Kojack, was in attendance and kept busy greeting people at the door.

The proceeds from the Pancake Breakfast will help pay for supplies for our Kitten Foster Program and Chico’s leg surgery. (Read more about Chico here!) Our Kitten Foster Program has taken in 325 stray and orphaned kittens in Burbank so far in the 2019 season. That’s a 40% increase from last year, so we’re more than grateful for the help! (If you’d like to foster kittens, we’re always on the lookout for more fosters too! Read more about it here!)

Thank you to everyone who attended, the Burbank VFW hall for hosting us, and to the VBAS volunteers who helped at the event.  We also want to say a *very* big thank you to Deborah Dodge who organized and put on the event for us!  Thank you everything you do for the animals!

We look forward to seeing all of you again next year!

Hope Update: Adopted!!!

Our little tripod kitten, Hope (Hope’s Journey) is doing *great*!

I’m all better!

She’s adapted very well to only having three legs, and is very confident as she bounces around and plays.  She occasionally loses her balance, but it doesn’t bother her in the least.  She just gets right back up and goes back to doing kitten things!  She also *loves* pets and will push against your hand at every opportunity.

Mmm…right there!

Best of all, only a few days after being cleared by medical, our little girl got adopted and is now in her forever home!

First trip to the vet!  Clean bill of health!

Her adopters report: “Her new name is Solar System!  Solar for short!  She is adjusting well to her new home and has been purring loudly in her owner’s arms.  She loves playing with her new toys and scratching post, and can jump super high on her one back leg!  She had her first visit to her new vet today and did great.”

Thank you again to her adopters, Montrose Pet Hospital, shelter medical, her foster mom, and especially to our donors, for making Hope’s happy story possible!


Thank you IKEA for the donation!

We’d like to say a big thank you to IKEA Burbank for donating a *ton* of IKEA pet products to the Burbank Animal Shelter!

Thank you IKEA for all the stuff!  (And thanks to all the volunteers for helping unload it!)

Thank you for all the leashes, collars, beds, cat toys, and other supplies!  The Volunteers, Staff and our furry friends really appreciate it and we’ll put it to good use!

Foster kittens Jasmine, Chelsea and Veronica all highly approve of the donate cat tunnels!

Chico and the Leg!

Chico arrived at the shelter with more than a bit of a limp.  He had broken both bones in his front leg.   Special surgery was needed to save him.

Thanks to the generosity of our donors, Chico was able to go to Berklely Pet Hospital to have his leg pinned.  He’s currently recovering in foster and we will have an update next month.

I like this place!  Good food, nice bed, lots of room…but can we talk about this cone?

The Volunteers of the Burbank Animal Shelter would like to say a heartfelt thank you to our donors who make life saving surgeries like these possible.  We’ve had quite a month with Chico, Hope and Curly all needing special surgeries from outside specialists.  Thank you for saving them.  We couldn’t do it without you!

Please help us make sure the next pets needing special surgeries are able to get them by donating.  Thank you!

Tucker and Andy

Ever have a friend that’s nothing like you but you just “click”? That’s Tucker and Andy.

Circumstances beyond their control brought this bonded pair to the shelter, and now they’re looking for a new home together.

Tucker (A087955) is a 4-year-old male cat who’s very sweet but a little shy.  He’s His furry one eyed brother from a different mother is Andy (A087954), an 8-year-old Chihuahua mix.

Tucker loves to have his chin and the back of his neck rubbed, and will purr up a storm for you.  This mellow and low key fellow is looking forward to sleeping many an afternoon away on your couch.  Andy is a super friendly guy who loves to go on walks and loves people.  Oh, and he *especially* loves sitting on laps.

This odd couple is looking for a quiet home to enjoy life together. Can’t decide between a cat or a dog?  Pick both!  Come down to the Burbank Animal Shelter and meet Tucker and Andy today!

Pumpkin Update!

We got an update from Pumpkin’s adopters! (July Adoptions)  She is now known as Lexi, and her family reports she is doing great in her new home!

“She wants only to cuddle… like all day every day. She doesn’t jump or beg for food. She loves her crate and is not possessive of it and is not food-aggressive with people. She loves to try to groom us (way, way too much) and is good with visitors to the house.  She is a true joy and we love her so, so much!!  Thanks to everyone who took care of her!”

A big thank you to Pumpkin’s family for adopting and for the update!

Do you have a special Burbank Animal Shelter adoption story you’d like to share with us? Email Thanks!

Whole Lotta Kittens Going On!

Some call us the Little Rascals.

The 2019 kitten season has been one for the record books.  It’s not even the end of August and our Kitten Foster Program has already taken in more kittens than it did in all of last year!  So many kittens!!!

Busy season? You gotta be kitten me!

All these kittens coming in means we have *lots* of kittens available for adoption!  Are you looking for a little fluffy kitten (or two) to become your new best friend?

Sometimes I sits and thinks.  And sometimes I just sits.

Check out our foster kitten page, to see some of our great kittens!   Read their bios, contact their foster parents, and make a match!

I’m heading to a kitten adoption fair.  See you there!

Or come on down to our Kitten Adoption Fairs held every Saturday from 10:00 to 2:00 pm at the Burbank Animal Shelter and meet our kittens in person!  All kittens are spayed/neutered, microchipped and have had at least one round of vaccines.

I’m a big fan of the hand.  Purrr…

Added bonus:  The majority of our foster parents have other pets. So if you’re looking for a kitten to go with your dog/cat, odds are good we can find one already used to cats, or dogs, or even small children!

I’d make a great study buddy!

So come one, come all, come adopt some kittens!  (And if you’re not in the market for a kitten right now, but know someone who is, pass the word!)

Lots of us are patiently waiting for our forever homes.  Please come adopt us!

Say Hi To Chloe

I could go for a pet right about now…

Say hello to Ms. Chloe!  She’s a 7-year-old dilute tortie/calico, and she’s looking for a new home.  She’s a bit on the reserved side, and we think she was probably a librarian in a former life.

Mmm…I have this human trained well!

She’s a shy little thing who thrives in a calm, quiet environment. When her owners brought home a crying baby, Chloe disagreed with the term “bundle of joy” and she began losing patches of fur. So now she’s looking for a low-stress home to relax in.

Look into my eyes…you *will* adopt me!

Chloe needs a few minutes to get to know you, but offer her a treat or a pet, and she’ll warm right up, rub up against you, and start purring away.  She’s incredibly sweet and loves the company of humans! Words can’t describe how much of devoted friend this gorgeous green eyed sweetheart will make.  Adopt Chloe (A087865)!

Meet Beatrice!

Beatrice is a lovely Australian Shepherd mix and quite a mysterious girl. She came to us as a stray, so we don’t know much about her past except that she’s pretty independent and has proven to be very streetwise!

Here’s my glamour pose.

It’s no surprise really. Aussies are known for being quite intelligent, and her 10 years of experience has prepared her for anything that comes her way! She loves being with people, chasing a ball, or trotting alongside you while going for a walk!  Beatrice is the best of both worlds: super friendly, but also quite mellow.

But I can make goofy faces too!

We think she’s best with kids 10 years and up. We’re not sure how she is with dogs or cats, so a meet-and-greet with other dogs a must.  Looking for a sweet friend and confident companion?  Adopt Beatrice (A087695)!

Hope’s Journey

Say hello to Hope.  This 3 month old tortie was having a very bad day when she arrived at the shelter.  She was hit by a car and the bones in her rear leg were broken into many pieces.  Despite the pain, she remained friendly, super sweet and purred for the vet.  This was one brave little girl!

Unfortunately the damage was too severe to save her leg, but we were able to save the rest of her!  Thanks to our generous donors, Hope was able to go to Montrose Pet Hospital to have her leg amputated.

Maybe it’s because they have four legs, but cats tend to bounce back quickly from amputations (Much more quickly than humans), and Hope was no exception.  The next morning she was back on her feet and hopping around at Montrose.  She was discharged that day and is now recovering in a foster home.

I’m doing good, but I’ll be a lot happier once I get this cone off! 

We’d like to say a big thank you to Montrose Pet Hospital and a *huge* thank you to our donors for making this surgery possible and saving little Hope.  We’ll have an update on Hope’s progress next month!

Kitten Tsunami!

It’s the middle of the 2019 kitten season and a kitten tsunami is sweeping through Burbank! We have way more kittens coming in than usual, and our Kitten Foster Program is bursting at the seams! If you have a little space and a little time to spare, please consider fostering some kittens. You’ll be saving lives, opening up space at the shelter, and you get to play with kittens for a few weeks! It’s a win-win!

Fuzzball Wetzel is doing great in his foster home!

Fostering is really rewarding and a *lot* of fun. There’s work involved, but we’ll train you and give you everything you need.  Food, litter, pans, medical care, everything is covered. You just supply the home and love for the little fuzzballs.

He’s just about to leave for work!  Playtime starts in 3…2…

What’s that, you say? “I’m at work all day.” A lot of fosters have full-time jobs! We’ll match the kittens to your lifestyle and will only give you kittens that are big enough to eat on their own and are okay by themselves. Perhaps you’re retired and need a way to pass the time? Bottle-feeders might be for you!

“Are you my mom?”  “Umm…think of me as of your foster-cat-mom”

“I already have other pets.” So does almost everyone who fosters. It’s good for the kittens to be around other cats and dogs! (And kids, and turtles, and anything you’ve got really.) It helps socialize them and get them ready for their forever homes. Also, your pets will get used to it. They might even start helping you take care of them.

We don’t take up much space!

“I don’t have the space.” They are small, they don’t need much!

Thanks for giving us a second chance!  We’re all in our forever homes now!

“What if they don’t get adopted?” Don’t worry!  We have a very robust adoption program and our kittens find homes!  You won’t end up with cats. Your kittens will go on to great homes because of the solid foundation you will give them in life.

When the foster dad is away, the kittens will play!

If you love cats and want to play with kittens all summer (and maybe do a little bit of work), please consider signing up to be a foster! It’s great fun and highly rewarding–and we really need your help!

“The Mystery of the Long-Term Shelter Dogs”

It seems we have a real-life whodunnit at the shelter – or rather who-didn’t-do-it – which has us baffled. Here are the facts of the case:

Hope you all had a happy 4th.  We did!

—Tiger and Sharky are bonded 5-year-old Pit Terrier mixes who love each other very much.  They’ve been at the shelter for a year and eight months.

We’re looking for love…

—We interviewed their friends who say they’re loving and a joy to be with! They adore people and like respectful, older kids. Even their next-door neighbors say they’re friendly, but agree a meet-and-greet is a must.

We dressed up last Halloween, but no one thought we were scary.

—Then we questioned small children and cats, however, and they agree that an adult-only home is preferred. Hmmm…interesting.

Did someone say fetch?

—A witness observed them enjoying a lively game of fetch and views them as excellent walking partners. Because of their puppy-like energy, they need daily exercise. However, after playing these merry mutts become laid-back lapdogs!

If you have any information leading to a forever home, please visit the shelter to help us solve this mystery and adopt Tiger (A059458) and Sharkie (A059459)!

Meet the Lovebug Sisters!

Abby and Sweetums came to the shelter in March as (big) scared kittens. Abby was the most scared so she went to socialization foster while Sweetums was pregnant and went to kitten foster. Now that Sweetums’ kittens are grown up and adopted, they’re both in foster together and have gone from extremely shy to sweet as can be! Both are 10-months-old (still just big kittens!) and are ready to fill you house with love and purrs.

Look into my eyes…

Sweetums is a very petite brown and white tabby who will probably stay small the rest of her life. When cats have kittens at such a young age they often don’t grow much afterwards. All you need to keep Sweetums happy is a tall cat tree and a can opener. She loves to perch all over the cat tree in the quietest room of her foster home because it gives her more control of potentially scary situations. And, of course, she loves her food!

I’m tiny but mighty!

Now that Sweetums understands no one in the house is going to eat her, she’s really come out of her shell. She likes to lay on the bed with people and with other cats, and she is a total lap cat. Even when she’s not in your lap, she will lay beside you on a pillow purring and making biscuits. Sweetums is a soothing presence in the house as she is very calm.

 I am so over this…

Sweetums loves other cats and gets along with pretty much everyone–though she’s a little bit over kittens, understandably! She’s not the biggest fan of dogs, but if the dogs are small or lazy she doesn’t mind. If there are loud noises, she will retreat to her cat tree where she feels safe, but so long as you have that safe spot for her she will do fine!

Sweetums can do circus tricks! Every night, she will stand on her back feet with perfect form for treats. While she learned it with the resident cats, she is much better at it than they are! She’s a very smart girl and easy to train (yes–a trainable cat!) If you aren’t petting her well enough she will lick your hands with her gentle, sandpaper tongue until you give her all the pets she deserves.

Where are my pets?

Abby is a mostly brown tabby with some small white spots here and there and white toes. Abby’s quirk is that she is so scared in new situations that she hides for 2-3 weeks when she is in a new home. That said, Abby has been in two different foster homes and in both of them she came to love everyone in the house after those three weeks! She likes to be in small spaces like buckets, under the couch, or on the dining room chairs, but she’s not hiding because she’s scared. She just likes the security of a small space. She comes out regularly to see what’s going on and to demand that you pet her.

Abby is very social and she loves to be around people. Even in those first weeks when she is shy, she is desperate to be pet and will insist on you petting her with a towel covered stick (yes, it is silly. It’s also very cute.) If you sit down on the couch she will immediately come out from under it to rub all over you, purr, and push against your hands until you are petting her to her satisfaction. Abby always eventually ends up in your lap but doesn’t seem to realize how she got there.

More pets please!

Abby gets along very well with other cats and lazy dogs. The one thing she doesn’t like is high-energy cats/dogs/people! One resident cat in her foster home is constantly chasing her to play and she’s not into that at all. Everyone else is her best friend! Her foster home is full of people, foster kittens, and other cats and–while she would certainly prefer a quieter space–she does okay with low-grade chaos.

I am very chill.

Abby and Sweetums are not bonded and they can be adopted separately. But if you’d like both cats to liven up your life and lap–two cats are always better than one!   Both cats will be shy for a few weeks in their new home(s), but so are most cats, and hey, wouldn’t you wait three weeks for the love of your life?  That’s all it would take for them to figure out that you’re their best friend in the world!

I am also very chill!

If your house is (at least a little bit) quiet and everyone in it has a few weeks’ worth of patience, then consider coming to meet Abby and Sweetums in their foster home. You can email to set up an appointment. That email is constantly monitored and you will get a quick reply. Bonus: their foster home is available outside of shelter hours, so if you need to come after work or on a day the shelter is closed that can easily be done!

Fourth of July Special!

Our furry friends at the shelter had a special 4th of July this year.  Shelter volunteers spent the evening at the shelter comforting the animals and taking their minds off of all the loud noises outside.

Everyone pulled up a chair and settled in for the evening.

Stories were told, and many treats were given!

Tux wasn’t quite sure what was going on, but was happy for the company!

Thank you to everyone who came out to spend the evening.  We’re look forward to doing it again next year!

Meet Darla!

Hello there!

How would you like to hang out with the coolest cat in town? Darla is a quiet, chocolate and white Siamese mix. She is very calm and naturally reserved. Some people might say she is shy, but they just haven’t gotten to know her yet!

Still life with Darla.

Darla is in our Cat Socialization program which is for cats that come to the shelter and are scared or need some time to get used to people before they are ready for their forever homes. Darla has come such a long way since she first entered the program! She still likes to sit in small spaces and doesn’t like loud noises, but she will happily sit on her perch and observe what’s going on around her.

Darla hanging out with Socialization Program Graduate Fancy!

Darla is a very cool cat and once she gets to know you, she will come up to you and have a chat with you when you get home. She likes to be near people and enjoys company, but it takes her a while to get to the “lap-sitting” stage. Darla just needs a little time and some patience before she fully comes out of her shell. She gets along with other cats but, just like any introvert, she likes to have her own space that she can go to when she needs it.

I’m looking for a quiet roommate to chill with.

Darla (A082167) would love to be in a quiet, adult only home where she can acclimate at her own pace and become the loving cat that she is destined to be. If you think you might like to chill with Darla, email to set up an appointment and come meet her!

July Adoptions!

We had more GREAT adoptions last month!

Super senior Olive was matched with a wonderful veteran looking for a companion pet he could show off from his scooter’s basket. During his adoption screening Shelter staff helped Olive into the basket and he rode around the play yard to make sure he’d do well. HE DID GREAT!! We’re very excited for them both!

Smitty and Tux (Say Hi to Smitty and Tux) went to their forever home too!  They’re doing great and we’re not sure who is happier: Tux and Smitty or their new mom!  “I am the luckiest pet mom in the world.” she reports.

Smitty claiming the catnip carpet.

“I lost my 16 year old in May, and decided I wanted to give a forever home to a new fur baby.  Actually two fur babies so they could play or entertain each other when I was not home.”

Tux in his favorite nap spot.

“I wanted older (they are about 9) and a bonded pair, and I am so happy to have them. They are loving and very good boys.  Mom is very happy!”

Last week Libby (Libby seeks Hiking Partner) helped the Shelter deliver a presentation to an excited group of students about the differences between wild and domestic animals and proved to do great with large crowds.

This past weekend she was finally adopted and her new family reports she’s doing great with their own crowds! She has already fit right in with the rest of the family too! We’re so happy her easy disposition shined through and her adopters saw what we have for so long. Happy adoption Libby!

Smiles all around!

We’d like to say Pumpkin was all smiles after finding her forever home but this sweet girl was smiling since day one at the shelter! Talk about having a positive outlook. We bet she knew her forever family was just around the corner…HAPPY ADOPTION!!

Remember Susie?  (Meet Susie-again!) She went to her forever home too!

Mmm…right there.  *Purrr*

She’s been doing great and was happy and relaxed from day one, Susie’s mom reports.  She’s very happy to have her new big bed to sleep on (So big her mom can share it with her!  Thank you for being generous, Susie.) and happily soaks up all the pets and attention she has been receiving.  Way to go Susie!

Super senior Shih Tzu Dominic (pictured right) was adopted this week into the most perfect Shih Tzu loving home! This little guy came in feeling pretty down. He had several infected molars, skin allergies and a serious dry eye condition. After just two months the Shelter’s medical team and an outside ophthalmologist veterinarian got him back to top shape and ready for adoption. We’re so excited for this little guy and his new family.

We hope you enjoyed these happy adoption stories because we love telling them!!   There are lots more wonderful cats and dogs at the shelter still looking for their forever homes.  Please come meet them and make more happy stories like these happen!

KITTENS KITTENS KITTENS!!!! The Kitten Foster Program needs your help!

The kittens are here!

It’s only the end of June, and the 2019 kitten season is already one for the record books. May was our busiest month ever with our Kitten Foster Program taking in 73 kittens. That’s 50% more than our previous high!

Fostering gave me a second chance.

Now that the weather is warm, kitten season is in full swing. Stray and feral cats living in the wild begin having kittens, and hundreds of these kittens are being turned in at the Burbank Animal Shelter. The Shelter does not have the space to house and care for them all, and this is where our Kitten Foster Program (KFP) comes in. KFP saves over 250 tiny kittens each year by providing care in temporary foster homes until they can be adopted.

We need all the help we can get with bottle feeding!

The kittens are still coming in and the Kitten Foster Program needs your help! We need more fosters to provide temporary homes to these tiny kittens until they reach adoption age. We provide training, all supplies and medical care. You provide a caring home and get to play with kittens for a few weeks! (And yes, it’s a *lot* of fun!)

Thank you for saving me.

Can you foster a kitten for a few weeks and help us save lives? Click on our Kitten Foster Volunteer page to see our Frequently Asked Questions and to sign up!

Can we stay with you for a while?

Say Hello to Benji and Cleo

Cleo says she has a funny bent ear, that’s how you can tell them apart!

Benji and Cleo are a super sweet and well mannered pair of bonded German Shepherds.  Benji is a 8 year old male, and Cleo is a red 5 year old female.  These two adore each other, and would love to meet you too! They’re very devoted to each other and need to go to a home together.

Did someone say treats?

Benji and Cleo love being outside, make a great pair of walking partners, and would make a couple of great companions!  Come and meet Cleo (A085324) and Benji (A085323) today!

Say Hi to Smitty and Tux!

Hurry up with that camera.  We want pets!

Have there ever been 2 sweeter brothers? Smitty and Tux are both massive love bugs with different techniques for getting attention. Smitty is the big orange outgoing one. He meows for attention from everyone who passes by. He loves pets so much that if you stop before he wants you to he will gently grab your hand and bring it back to his head. He also loves to rub against whoever is petting him – your hand, your arm, your face, it doesn’t matter.

I have this human trained well.  Mmm, right there…

Tux is more laid back. Maybe he figures Smitty talks enough for both of them? Tux loves pets and will roll around enjoying them. He likes belly rubs, is as soft as a cotton ball, and if you pick him up and put him in your lap he will happily cuddle and purr up a storm.

Rolling over for belly rubs in 3…2…1…

These bonded brothers make a great pair and need to be adopted together. Come meet Smitty (A086501 and Tux (A086569). You’ll be happy you did!

Meet Susie–again!

Meet Susie–again! Susie is a graduate of our Cat Socialization Program. Cats in the Socialization Program are typically scared or skittish and we work with them to help them get used to people and learn that humans can be trusted. We’ve mentioned Susie before, but she’s come so much further since then!

Susie is now a total lap cat! Once you sit down in your chair, Susie will sit on your lap for hours on end purring and rubbing her cheeks against you. Even if you shift in your seat, she will hop away until you are settled and then come right back for more snuggles.

Susie is also very playful and enjoys her wand toys. She’s such a sweetheart who has really come out of her shell and is ready for her forever home.

Susie is a long-haired calico beauty so she will need regular brushing to keep free from mats, but she doesn’t mind being brushed while she lays on your lap. As long as you make sure to keep petting her too!

She does get along with other cats but she also likes her alone time. She would do well in a home with other cats where she can find her own space, or as a solo cat.

If you’re looking for a beautiful, playful, friendly purr machine then look no further than sweet Susie! Contact to meet her!

Happy Adoption Stories!!!

Every adoption at the shelter is a reason to celebrate, but this month we had some extra special adoption stories we wanted to share.

Eric came to the shelter back in February.  He wasn’t a happy cat when he arrived: He did *not* like humans and was very stressed.  (So stressed his hair was falling out!)  With patience, and a whole lot of TLC from the volunteers and Medical staff, Eric came out of his shell.  He learned to relax, his hair grew back, and he started to enjoy being around people as he waited patiently for the right adopter.

Eric exploring his new digs.

Eric hit the jackpot when Bridget and her roommates came to the shelter.  He connected with all of them, and spent the entire meet and greet rubbing against and headbutting everyone.  Eric was soon in his new home with a warm bed, windows to look out of, and four roommates to play with and dote on him.  Bridget reports that he’s settling in, exploring more and more of the house each day, and loves to play.  He’s also purring up a *storm* when everyone pets him!

This is Eric-speak for “come rub my belly”.

It took a few months, but seeing Eric’s transformation and knowing he’s in a great home makes it all worthwhile!


Remember Vinnie (Vinnie on the Mend) who came to the shelter with two cherry eyes?  Thanks to our donors, he was able to have the surgery he needed and went to a foster family to recover.  He’s all better now, and was adopted by a loving family.  Vinnie’s parents report their children have fallen in love with him, and he LOVES to play with the family’s other two furry residents Ginger and Waffles.


This just in:  Chester The Wonder Kitten found his forever home!!!

Woo hoo!  I’m doing my happy dance!

Chester is a special needs kitten with a chronic upper respiratory condition that will require extra care and attention.   A big thanks to his new dad for adopting him!

Home sweet home!  Zzzz…..

Chester’s dad says he has settled right in, is super playful, and is a pleasure to have as a new companion.  His new favorite activities include playing with his water dish (oh Chester…) and sleeping.


Look into my eyes…

Chicago was another special story.  This sweet 16 year old girl (You’d never know, she has the energy of a cat half her age!) quickly became a favorite at the shelter.  She was super affectionate, always happy to see people, and would intently follow everyone with her eyes.  She also didn’t mind loud noises…since she was deaf!

I can sleep through anything! 

Happily, it didn’t take long for this lovely lady to be adopted.  She found a great home and her new dad sent the following:

“Chicago is doing great. Her name got changed to Nancy Sinatra because her fur makes it looks like she has boots made for walking.  She has taken to her new surroundings swimmingly. She has an entire house to wander around and lots of fun toys to keep her entertained.

So much to see!!!  

She greets me when I come home after work and she sleeps in bed with me to keep me company. Nancy is very sweet and caring, she purrs frequently and meows very rarely, mostly when she gets locked out of rooms. I’m very happy with her and I think she’s happy too.”


And then there was Sue Sue who came to the shelter after her owner passed away.  She arrived scared, confused and totally shut down.  It took months of work in a foster home, but with lots of love and patience, our little girl came around.  We’ll let her new adopter tell the rest of the story:

“It had been 3 and a half years since we said goodbye to our dear Tiddly. Tiddly was a 2003 rescue from the Burbank Shelter. After lots of healing we decided it was time to open our home and hearts to a new rescue. Then Sue-Sue came into our lives. Now that she has been in our “furever home” almost a month, it is clear that she was meant to be our baby.

Soo happy!

After being understandably timid and shy because her world was turned upside down, she is nothing but a playful, sweet, loving, and happy little doggy. She loves her long walks, treats, cuddles, and protecting her new home; as well as letting us love her. It is true that it’s not always about the owners rescuing the dog, but the dog rescuing the owners. Thank you for giving Sue-Sue the chance that she needed to live in a loving home once again.”

We hope you enjoyed these happy stories about Eric, Vinnie, Chester, Chicago, and Sue Sue.   We have many more wonderful cats and dogs at the shelter still waiting to find their forever homes.  Please come and meet them so we can share more happy stories like these!

And Now a Word From our Sponsors!

We’d like to say a big THANK YOU to Gain Federal Credit Union for sponsoring us with their “He Approves of the New Ride” campaign!  For every auto loan opened between April 15 and June 28, 2019 Gain Federal Credit Union will donate $25 to the VBAS.  Thank you so much for your generosity and for helping our furry friends at the shelter!

Thank you so much!

For more info go to, or head to Gain FCU’s Burbank Branch at 1800 W Magnolia Blvd, Burbank CA 91506

Say hello to Miss Abby!


Call her Abigale Adams, aka Abbicab, or just plain Abby. After 8 months on the streets, Abby came inside and is now part of Burbank Animal Shelter’s Kitten Foster Program.  As Abby tells it “I got a rough start and didn’t like the human hand.  I hissed and was generally in a bad mood and untrusting”.

I like the view!

Let me allow Abby finish the story.  “Then my foster mom, Kat, took me to her home and started patiently working with me.  I’ve been with her for 6 weeks now and Wow, what a difference!  I’ve come a very long way!  Now I love to cuddle by her side and be brushed.  I also do kitty circus tricks for treats, check out my video!

I can still be a little shy at times, but I’m getting braver every day, and most of the time I act like any other goofy cat.  I need a little time to warm up to new people, but if you take the time to get to know me I will love you forever.  I’m really good at watching out a window and guarding the house.  I like to be on the bed or in a sunny place and shoot my bum in the air when you’re petting me.  I’m an indoor cat now, and have a tiny, sweet meow, but if you ever had a mouse in your house, I am a lioness and will hunt it down, no doubt!”

Did someone say mouse?

Abby is looking for a quiet home with a loving and understanding owner.  If you love kitties Abby will steal your heart and be a wonderful addition to your life.

Abby has been spayed, microchipped, and had all her shots.  To learn more about Abby and meet this wonderful girl, please email her foster mom Kat at

I love to snuggle at bedtime!

Police & Fire Services Day

The VBAS was out with our furry friends at the annual Burbank Police & Fire Service Day on Saturday, May 11th.

Cody the Husky was a superstar!

Our foster kittens were a big hit too!

Libby was super excited to meet everyone…

…and super happy to take a nap later on and lap up all the attention.

Thank you to everyone who helped out, and came out to see us that day!

Chester the Wonder Kitten!

Say hello to a special kitten looking for a special adopter!

Hello there!   My name is Chester!

Chester came to the shelter with his two siblings in late November.  The kittens were only a few weeks old and very sick, but Chester was much smaller and weaker.  This little guy responded to treatment and TLC in foster care and is now ready for adoption.  Chester has a common viral condition that many cats have, though never show symptoms.  He may be more susceptible to upper respiratory infections than most cats, but with a nice home and daily supplements for his immune system he should continue to thrive.

I can do this *all day*!!!

Chester has the ideal personality for most people.  He is six months old and loves to play with the other cats (and dog) in his foster home, and he’s also happy to entertain himself.  He’s sweet and affectionate, especially when he wears himself out and it’s time for a nap!  This sweet boy is the whole package.

Watch him take on Captain America in “The Slap”

Thanos was a lightweight.

For more information or to meet Chester please contact Kristen:   

Playtime is over!  Pick me up so I can nap in your lap!

Say Hi to Sparky!

Sparky is a 2-year-old Terrier/Hound/Beagle mix and an all-or-nothing kind of boy. He’s not just sweet and affectionate. He’s VERY sweet and affectionate!


Sparky loves people! He loves kids, but he should only live with those 10 years and older since he doesn’t know his own strength. He might be good with some dogs, but a meet-and-greet a must. He’s okay with never seeing a cat again.

This is my suave and debonair pose.

He doesn’t just have energy. He has HIGH energy!  He’s a fun-loving guy with a zest for life and will need daily walks and exercise.

But I can also be a total goofball!

He’s not just smart. He’s VERY smart!  No…he’s VERY, VERY smart!  Sparky needs some basic training, so an experienced owner would be ideal. But he’s a fast learner and knows how to sit, shake, and lie down!

See how I can lift my ear?  I meant to do that!

If you’re looking for a furry companion who will make you EXTREMELY happy, adopt Sparky (A085200)!

Blossom Adopted!

Great news about our little Blossom!

Hey, remember me?

Our little girl arrived at the shelter in with a broken leg and needed surgery.  (Blossom gets her leg fixed, Blossom Update)  Thanks to our friends at Access Specialty Medical Hospital, her leg was pinned and she went to foster to recover.

Well, Blossom is all better now.  She was cleared by medical, and she got adopted!!!

Check out my new digs.  I like it here!

Her new mom and dad report “Blossom is doing great!  She’s the perfect dog: she’s quiet but active!  The best of both worlds!”

Say hi to my new friend, Squirrel.  He’s pretty quiet.

Blossom’s mom owns a yoga studio and Blossom goes to work with her every day.  The customers love her and ask for her by name.  She also loves going on walks and meeting new people everywhere she goes.


I’m out looking for new people to meet!

We’d like to say thank you again to Access, the Burbank Animal Shelter’s medical department, Blossom’s foster parents and *especially* our donors for making Blossom’s happy story possible.

If you enjoyed Blossom’s story please consider making a donation to help fund other emergency surgeries and save more lives at the shelter. Your support will make sure we can help pets like Blossom when they need us most!

Vinnie on the Mend!

Little Vinnie is a sweet but shy poodle who recently arrived at the shelter.  He had a medical condition called cherry eye in both his eyes that caused his third eyelids to protrude.

I’m a little shy, but I’m getting better!

We sent him to Animal Vision Care where the great Dr. McNabb fixed his eyes, and now he’s recovering in a foster home.  His foster parents report he is healing nicely, getting more comfortable, and coming out of his shell.  He especially enjoys spending time with the other two dogs in his foster home and getting lots of TLC from his foster mom and dad.

I like the toys here!

We’ll have more updates on Vinnie next month!

Gain Federal Credit Union Special Offer/Fundraiser: Now till June 28th!

He approves of the new ride!

In the market for new wheels?   For every auto loan opened between April 15, 2019 and June 28, 2019, Gain Federal Credit Union will donate $25 to the VBAS!

For more info go to, or head to Gain FCU’s Burbank Branch at 1800 W Magnolia Blvd, Burbank CA 91506

The Kittens are Coming!

The VBAS’s Kitten Foster Program needs your help!  

Each year as the weather warms up, kitten season begins.  Stray and feral cats living in the wild begin having kittens, and hundreds of these kittens are turned in at the Burbank Animal Shelter.  The Shelter does not have the space to house and care for them all, and this is where the Kitten Foster Program (KFP) comes in.  KFP saves over 250 tiny kittens each year by providing care in temporary foster homes until they can be adopted.

Some kittens we receive are only a few days old and require bottle feeding.  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 2019 season.  Prior experience is not necessary, just a love of kittens!  We will teach you the rest.

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.  Seeing your kittens taking their first steps, exploring and discovering the world around them, and watching their personalities develop is incredibly rewarding.

Please join our foster team and make a lifesaving difference for these tiny animals.  KFP will provide training, medical care, 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!

Pacman and Nala adopted!

Our long term bonded pair Pacman and Nala got adopted!!!!

The big day!

We always knew they’d make great pets!  This wonderful pair was with us for nearly a year, and we’re over the moon that they’ve found their perfect home!

Sooo happy to be in a home!

 “Pac Man and Nala are amazing,” reports their new family.  “They love us so much and are officially a part of our family.”

Loving all that attention!

“We have 3 kids so the house is always full of noise and fun.  All our friends also adore them and we love taking them for walks.”

Just a couple of lapdogs!  We knew it!

“It’s been truly great!”

Thanks so much to Pacman and Nala’s new family for adopting these two and welcoming them into your home!  And a big thank you to the staff and volunteers at the Burbank shelter who gave them so much love and attention during their stay with us.

We’ll miss you two, but we couldn’t be happier for you!

Tour For Life Recap!

Thank you to everyone who came out and joined us at Tour For Life on Friday, April 5th!

North Shore Animal League’s adoption van made its annual stop in Burbank on the AMC City Walk, and a whole bunch of our furry friends got to spend the day strutting their stuff outside the shelter.

Little Punky got adopted!  Way to go!!!

Thanks again to everyone who came out to meet our adoptable animals, and a big thank you to the staff and volunteers who made this great day possible.  We’ll see you all again next year!

Blossom Update!

I’m feeling much better!

Blossom (Blossom gets her leg fixed!) continues to recover, and her foster parents report she is a happy girl!

Say hi to my friend, Dale!

She is starting to go on walks and loves playing with her foster brother Dale.


She’s high energy, but when she gets tired she is out like a light.

She went back to Access Specialty Animal Hospital for a follow up, and her surgeon found her leg is healing nicely.  She is showing no signs of pain or ill effects from the break.  Yayy!!!

Taking some time to smell the blossoms!

Blossom will continue to recuperate in her foster home for a bit longer so her leg can get stronger.  We’ll have another update next month!

Queen Sprinkles: Looking for Prince Charming

Hello there, human friends. My name is Sprinkles and I am a queen looking for a new kingdom to rule. If you would like to live in the daily presence of royalty, I’m your girl!

A hat fit for a queen!

I would enjoy a castle that I could share with male subjects, but some ladies in waiting would be all right. I am 9 years old and not a fan of children as I find them too active for me.  I’d prefer a quiet household and would be a perfect senior for senior.

Did someone say dinner?

I enjoy being pet as long as it’s on my terms. (After all, I am a queen!)  As a mature lady, I like a bit of playtime but I’m much more into lounging.

I really like this hat.

I should be the only cat in the house because I am undoubtedly in charge. Dogs are okay as long as they understand that they are my subjects and I am the boss.

If you would like to meet your new queen, please visit the Burbank Animal Shelter and ask for Sprinkles. (A085761) That’s me!

Libby seeks hiking partner!

Say hello to our lovely 3 year old girl, Libby!   This sweet girl is the best of both worlds:  she’s active, but also very mellow!  She’s great on hikes and would make a excellent jogging partner.

She recently went on one of our Happy Tails hikes and her hiking partner reported she was super content trotting alongside.

Once she’s out of her kennel, Libby is one very chill dog!

Libby knows “sit” and we’re working on “lay down”.

Libby isn’t a fan of cats, but got along with the other dogs on the hike.  If you have a dog a meet and greet is a must.

Come meet Libby (A085459) and make this sweet and chill girl your new best friend!

Fancy Finds a Home!

Great news!  After 6 months, Fancy, one of our socialization cats, found her forever home!

Look at all this space!

Fancy’s parents report that she was a little nervous at first, but very curious about her new home and quickly explored all the rooms, shelves and closets.  She loves the new open space and has made the hallway her personal racetrack to gallop up and down.  She’s fascinated by the birds, lizards and ground squirrels she watches from her kitty trees.

I like the view!

Fancy also loves her new parents.  She loves playing with them, following them around, demanding pets, sitting on laps, and purring up a storm!

I always wanted to be a lap cat!

We’re always happy for adoptions, but when a cat from our Socialization Program gets adopted, it’s  something special.  Socialization Program Cats are cats that come into the shelter and need extra time and care to adjust to their new surroundings. Often they are frightened, depressed, or angry.  The Socialization Team works with them to bring them out of their shells and help them acclimate to affection and new people.

Thank you for giving me the time I needed.

Socialization cats are looking for their forever homes, just like all the other cats at the shelter, and program graduates like Bo, Cricket, Darcy and Fancy have gone on to become happy cats in loving homes.  Susie (A083625), Stevie (A081111), and Darla (A082167) are current residents in the program.  To meet one of our socialization cats or learn more, please send an email to and one of the team will get back to you asap!

Two Cool Fundraisers!

Blaze Pizza Fundraiser Thursday April 25th!

Super Simple: Eat pizza to raise funds for the shelter! Go to Blaze Pizza Burbank Thursday April 25th and show this flyer and 50% of your purchase will go to the VBAS!!!!

Blaze Pizza is located at 1723 N. Victory Place, Burbank, at the Empire Center. Remember: you must download and show the flyer (either on your phone or printed out) before paying for the proceeds to go to the VBAS.

Gain Federal Credit Union Special Offer April 15th – June 28th.

In the market for new wheels? For every auto loan opened between April 15, 2019 and June 28, 2019, our friends at Gain Federal Credit Union will donate $25 to the VBAS! For more info click here, or head to Gain FCU’s Burbank Branch at 1800 W Magnolia Blvd, Burbank CA 91506.

Blossom gets her leg fixed!

Say hello to our little girl Blossom! This 6 month old terrier mix arrived at the shelter recently with a broken femur. She was putting on a brave face, but her leg needed to be fixed *stat*.

Thanks to the generosity of our donors we were able to rush Blossom to Access Specialty Animal Hospital for surgery to repair her leg. A pin was inserted and the surgery went well. She came back from the hospital and was placed in a foster home to recover.

How long do I have to wear this thing?

She wasn’t thrilled about wearing a cone for the first week, but she made the best of it and gradually got to know the other dogs in her foster home.

This is *much* better.

The next week her staples came out, the cone came off, and oh boy was Blossom happy about that! She started spending more time with the other dogs (she thinks she’s a big dog now), had full run of the house, and settled right in.  It turns out Blossom is a very smart cookie. She’s already housetrained and her favorite thing in the morning and evening is watching her foster dad cook breakfast and dinner. (Mmm, food!) She’s like a little shadow and loves following her foster parents around the house and backyard. She also likes to cuddle and give puppy kisses!

I’m a big fan of sweaters!

Blossom will be in foster for a few weeks until she’s all better. We’ll have an update next month!

The VBAS would like to thank Access Specialty Animal Hospital for helping us out again, and also say a big thank you to our donors who made this surgery possible. We couldn’t have done this without you. Thank you for your support!!!

Human Roommate Wanted!

Hi! I’m Fiesta, a black and white Domestic Shorthair, and my friend, Flora, is a Tuxedo. We’re a bonded pair of 5 year-olds in need of a roommate and a forever home.

We’re not party animals, nor are we catty. We’re quiet, clean, and respectful. Everyone says we’re very sweet and downright adorable! We like people and get along well, but we’re independent (aside from that bill-paying thing), so we don’t need constant attention. Flora keeps to herself a bit more at first, but she warms up to you quickly.

Our hobbies include being brushed and getting neck-scratches. I like chilling out and pondering life’s complexities, so I prefer a room with a nice window. We’ve been trying to adjust to being in the shelter, so we’re a little shy. But once we find a permanent home we’ll get our confidence back and show you how wonderful we can be!

Say hello to your perfect roommates: Adopt Fiesta (AA084880) and Flora (A084881)!

Tour for Life coming to Burbank April 5th!

Come join us Friday April 5th on the Burbank AMC Citywalk when the North Shore Animal League’s adoption van is in town for Tour for Life!

That Friday, from 11 am to 4 pm, a whole bunch of our furry friends from the Burbank Animal Shelter will be out strutting their stuff at this great adoption event. Dogs, cats, and even bunnies will be there, and they’ll all be adoptable!

Come one, come all, and tell your friends to join us at Tour for Life!

Say Hi to Honey!

You can’t have a name like Honey without being super-sweet!

Honey is a beautiful 3 year-old Pit Terrier mix who absolutely LOVES people! She loves being around people, cuddling with them, and of course getting treats from them!

Honey is full of energy and loves to play. Due to her size and energy level, we recommend only kids 12 years and up in the household. She not a fan of other dogs, so it’s best if she’s the only pet.

We’re happy to report that she’s responding very well to training, but an experienced owner is a must.

Sweeter than sugar, better than candy – adopt Honey (A083299)!

Ginger Update: All Better and Adopted!

Check out my new bed!

Great news!  Ginger has recovered from her surgery and was adopted!

I like to share this one.

Ginger now lives with 2 canine brothers and a feline sister. Her new family reports she is getting along great with all of them and she has adapted seamlessly into her new household.

I always like to snuggle…

She is quite the snuggler and one of her favorite things to do is sleep. But once she’s awake she’s quite the lovable companion. She has very curious nature and loves to explore. She also enjoys laying in the sun and loves eating snacks when it’s not breakfast or dinner time.

…especially on laps in the sun. 

We’re super happy that Ginger is better and now in her forever home.  Thank you again to Access Animal Specialty Hospital, the Ian Somerhalder Foundation, the Burbank Animal Shelter’s medical department, Ginger’s Foster parents, and *especially* our donors for making Ginger’s story a happy one.   Because of you, Ginger got a second chance!

Thank you for helping me.

If you enjoyed Ginger’s story please consider making a donation to help us fund other emergency surgeries and save more lives at the shelter. Your support will make sure we can help animals like Ginger and Blossom when they need us most.  Thank you.

Fundraiser updates. Pizza for pups 2.0 coming up!

Pizza for Pups 2.0 April 25th!

We had to reschedule our Blaze Pizza fundraiser, but we’ve got it sorted this time! Get ready for Pizza for Pups 2.0!

The premise is the same: Eat pizza and to raise funds, but this time it’s even easier because the event goes *all day*!

Here’s the scoop. On Thursday April 25th, go to Blaze Pizza Burbank between 11 am and 10 pm. Show them this flyer before paying, and 50% of your purchase will go to the VBAS. It’s that simple!

Blaze Pizza is located at 1723 N. Victory Place, Burbank, at the Empire Center. Remember: you must download and show this flyer (either on your phone or printed out) before paying for the proceeds to go to the VBAS.

So tell your friends and join us in eating pizza for a good cause! We look forward to seeing you there!

Puppies & Pints Recap!

Thanks to everyone who joined us at Gordon Biersch for our second annual Puppies and Pints fundraiser for an evening of great food, great drinks, and great prizes! Over $1,500 was raised for our furry friends at the shelter!

We’d like to say a *huge* thank you to Madeline Mongelli at Gordon Biersch for hosting us putting on this great event.  Thank you so much for all your help, and thank you for being such a great friend of the animals.

We look forward to seeing you again at Puppies & Pints next year!

Give Love All Year!

Valentine’s day may have passed, but you can give the gift of love to the animals at the shelter all year long by setting up a monthly donation.

Monthly donations provide the steady, reliable funding we need to help all the animals at the shelter,  AND they contain no calories, so you won’t gain a pound. . . just a lot of love from the animals!

Thank you for the special food!

$15 a month (what you spend on Netflix to watch a drama) will help reduce real life dramas by providing special diets for our special needs animals.

Thank you for saving us!

$25 a month (a couple of coffees per week) will save a litter of kittens.

Thank you for fixing us!

$50 a month will help pay for a life-changing surgery like Simon’s and Ginger’s.

Small change adds up, and that means big changes in the lives of our animals at the shelter.

Setting up a recurring donation is easy. Simply click here, choose an amount, and click on the monthly option.   You can cancel at any time.

Thank you for helping us save lives!

-The Volunteers of the Burbank Animal Shelter

Simon gets his eye fixed!

What do you get when you mix a Persian Cat, a Poodle coat, and a ton of personality?  You get Simon, of course!

This unique four year old boy came to the shelter in quite a state.  He had been living rough on the streets and it showed.  He was thin, his coat was a mess, and he had a cherry eye in his right eye, which caused his third eyelid to protrude.   Not fun!

Why am I not receiving pets?

Simon was super happy to be back inside with a warm blanket and all the food he wanted.  This sweet boy started purring right away and began seeking out pets, affection and *lots* of attention.  Simon, you see, is a prince among cats, and he won’t let you forget it!  He is super outgoing, requires pets from everyone he meets, and gives headbutts anyone who comes into range.   He quickly settled in at the shelter, and his kennel was renamed “The Persian Palace”.

That’s better!

Now that he was settled in, it was time to get that cherry eye repaired.   An appointment was made at Animal Vision Center, and Dr. McNabb performed the surgery to fix Simon’s eye.  (Thank you Dr. McNabb!!!)  Simon was happy to have his eye fixed, but he wasn’t thrilled about wearing a cone.  We tried to convince him it was actually a crown for a prince, but he wasn’t buying it.

Mmm, right there.

Simon spent a few weeks recovering in medical and quickly became the medical mascot.  He’d wander the room each day, checking in with staff and volunteers, making sure all was going well, and basically reminding everyone that he owned the place.  (Hey, he’s a Prince!)  This little cat had so much personality we were amazed it all fit in the kennel!

Check out my new bed!

Once he was medically cleared Simon found a home right away and adjusted seamlessly.  He gets along with everybody, and his owner says he couldn’t ask for a cat with a better disposition.  His new brother was startled to say the least by this Muppet in his midst, but Simon’s calm playful personality won him over very quickly and now they’re best buddies.

It’s ok, I can share.

The Volunteers of the Burbank Animal Shelter would like to thank everyone who made Simon’s happy story possible:  The Shelter staff and Volunteers who cared for him, Dr. McNabb who fixed his eye, our generous donors who made his surgery possible, and of course, Simon’s new dad.  Thank you for giving Simon a second chance!

Tiger and Sharkie! The Bro-mance is real!

February reminds most of us of Valentine’s Day and romance.. but what about a Bro-mance? Tiger and Sharkie are a couple of Pal-entines ready to tango their way into your heart!

This dynamic duo is looking for a long term relationship and are ready to settle down and have a family. These boys are the perfect date! They enjoy long, romantic hikes together and then coming home to snuggle up with Y.O.U. What could be better than being in the middle of a Tiger and Sharkie sandwich?

Sharkie is the tall, dark, mysterious brother who is balanced perfectly with his vivacious, ham-of-a-brother Tiger. These are two princes who know what they’re looking for and would prefer a home that is like a good wine- well aged! So older kids and a family who is experienced in the art of dog parenting is preferred.

Do these boys check all of your boxes? Come down to the Burbank Animal Shelter to meet your match! Or in Tiger and Sharkie’s case–matches!”

Say Hello To Susie!

Did someone say fluffy?

Susie is a gorgeous six year old calico and a member of our Cat Socialization Program.  She experienced some trauma before coming to the shelter, so she is a bit shy.  She would love a quiet home with an experienced and patient cat person.

I love those head scritches!

Once she gets to know you, she comes out of her shell and loves to get scratches on her neck and the top of her head.  (She’s actually a real sweetie.)  She also very curious and enjoys playtime.  Show her a wand toy and you will both have a blast as she puts her hunting skills to work!

Look into my eyes…

Susie has made tremendous strides in our socialization program and is looking for someone who knows and loves cats and can give her the time to settle in and get to know you at her speed.  You’ll be rewarded with a loving companion!  To learn more or meet Susie (A083625), email

If you’re patient, once I get to know you I’m a real softie.

Babette found a home!


Our sweet 15 year old Babette got adopted!

Put me in, Coach!

Babette (now known as “Babs”) is doing great!  She loves belly rubs, perks right up when she and her mom go for walks in the park, and loves to watch the other people and their dogs.  She runs and plays like a much younger dog and her little face lights up when she meets other pets in her building.  She’s very social, loving, and completely relaxed in her new home.

Dressed up and ready for a walk!

Senior pets have lots of love to give, and offer some great benefits.  With a senior, what you see is what you get.  They are full grown, and their personalities are fully developed.   As we age, we all tend to slow down a bit, and animals are no different.  Senior pets tend to require less exercise and be more mellow.   In a lot of ways, a senior pet is a perfect match for a senior adopter, and this was the case for Babs’s mom who adopted through our seniors for seniors program.

Babs with a new friend!

Age is just a number, so consider a senior pet, like Babs, the next time you’re looking to adopt.  You’ll be happy you did!

Jupiter Smiling!

Say hi to Jupiter!  This gentle 14 year old boy arrived at the shelter a few weeks ago.  He was super friendly, but also super thin, and not a fan of eating.  We quickly found out why: he had a mouth full of broken teeth and exposed nerves.  Ouch!!!  Jupiter needed to see a specialist, stat!

They say I have that Mona Lisa smile.

Thanks to the generosity of our donors, we were able to send Jupiter to Montrose Pet Hospital for the multiple extractions and dental surgery he needed.  For the first time in a very long time his mouth was pain free, and what a difference it made!

Mmm, that’s nice…

Jupiter returned from the hospital a *much* happier cat and his sweet and loving personality really started to shine through.   He soaked up attention from the volunteers and happily sought out pets and neck rubs, all the while purring contentedly.   Even better, it no longer hurt to eat!  Jupiter made up for lost time by devouring every meal and asking for more, which we happily obliged!

Keep scratching.  I’m happy to do this all day.

This kindly old gentleman is now looking for his forever home.  He may be a little slower than a kitten, but with age comes wisdom!  He’s quick to lean into any hand that pets him, and he loves being around people.  If you’re looking for a quiet and mellow cat to share the couch with while watching TV, (or snuggle up next to you in bed) grandpa Jupiter (A084951) is the perfect cat for you!

Ginger Update: Getting Better!

I’m feeling much better!

Good news for our little girl, Ginger!  (Ginger on the mend)  (Ginger Update)   She had her followup exam with the surgeon and her knee and pelvis are healing very well.   Her foster mom reports “Ginger is recuperating very well.  We can tell she is feeling better by her spunky attitude.  She snorts to get your attention when you are eating and you haven’t given her any of your food.”

Did someone say food?

“She puts her paw on your shoe when you walk in the door, as to say hi and I need some loving.  She loves to snuggle next you and she loves attention.   She finally uses the doggie door to do her business.  She realizes she can go outdoors and enjoy the outside and come in when she wants to.”

With a bit of luck, Ginger will be cleared for adoption soon.  We’ll keep you posted!

Two Yummy Fundraisers Coming Up!

Mark your calendars!  We have a couple of fun and yummy fundraisers coming up in March!

Puppies and Pints!  March 7th at Gordon Biersch Burbank

Join us in the back room and patio of the Gordon Biersch Brewery in Burbank on March 7th from 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm for our annual Puppies and Pints fundraiser!  There will be $3 beers and $6 grill specials (please bring cash) and we will be raffling off a bunch of great prizes donated by local Burbank businesses.  Raffle tickets will be available at the door.

All proceeds from the raffle and a percentage of food and drink sales that evening go to the VBAS.

Pizza for Pups!  March 14th at Blaze Pizza Burbank

What’s better than pizza?  How about eating pizza to help the animals at the shelter?  (How cool is that?)

On Thursday, March 14th, go to Blaze Pizza Burbank from 1pm to 6pm and show them this flyer before paying.  Then eat your pizza knowing 50% of your purchase is going to the VBAS!  It’s that easy!

Blaze Pizza is located at 1723 N. Victory Place, Burbank, at the Empire Center.  Remember: you must download and show this flyer (either on your phone or printed out) before paying for the proceeds to go to the VBAS.

We hope you can join us in chowing down for a good cause, and we look forward to seeing you at both events!


Coal, The Laser Cat!

They call me Ol’ Blue Eyes.

Coal (named for his black tail) is a sweet and 7 year old tan and grey Tabby who arrived at the shelter  in rough shape.   He was extremely underweight and had a large open wound on his side.    Medical worked to clean out the wound and stitch him back together, but it kept reopening.   Special treatment was needed to put Coal back together again.

Mmm…right there!

We sent Coal to Montrose Pet Hospital where they restitched the wound and gave him two weeks of laser therapy.   Laser therapy helps by stimulating injured cells to heal more quickly while also reducing pain.  It did the trick!  Happy to be back in one piece, Coal returned to the shelter and picked up right where he left off:  asking for scritches and shoulder rubs, drooling when given chin rubs, purring contentedly and eating up a storm!  (He’s put on three pounds in just over a month!)  

Did someone say food?

Everyone involved (especially Coal!) was super happy his wound had finally healed.  Pain-free and back in one piece, this big friendly boy was ready to find his forever home.   Soon after being cleared by medical, a couple came to the shelter looking for a cat and Coal poured on the charm.  Although they were looking for a younger cat, Coal he won them over with his beautiful blue eyes and great personality.  Way to go, Coal!!!

Wassup pardner?

The Volunteers of the Burbank Animal Shelter would like to say a big thank you to Montrose Animal Hospital and to our donors for giving Coal a second chance.  Thank you for everything you do for our animals!

I’m a natural in front of the camera.

Bruno followup!

By Jan  McInnis

“It boggles my mind when I attempt to comprehend how long it took for him to get adopted when he is such a sweet and loving dog” says his adopter Jayden. She, her husband and toddler son adopted Bruno (Meet Bruno) just under a year ago and haven’t looked back!

Bruno’s big day!

We checked in to see how our long-time shelter resident was doing after almost 12 months in his new home, and we were pleased to confirm what we knew. . . that it’s going great!

The year has been filled with lots of joy as Bruno has brought companionship and fun to the family.


Though a little more standoffish in the shelter, when he came home Bruno quickly found his place. . . right beside their 2-year-old son, Ephraim. Bruno is a constant companion to Ephraim and that love is returned. It’s all part of being in the family.

Looking good in that sweater!

Christmas is also Bruno’s favorite and he brings the fun! He loves unwrapping gifts, playing with new and old toys, and just enjoying the season. And he looks smashing in his holiday sweater! Who knew?

Bruno didn’t just get a new family, he also got a new nickname! He wasn’t responding to some commands, so a trainer suggested that it might be because the word “no” is part of his name BruNO. Hence the nickname “Nina” was born. He still goes by Bruno, but also responds well to Nina.

Nap time!

Bruno loves to take naps with Ephraim. Ephraim says “Nina, nap” and Bruno runs into the bedroom and gets into bed with him, then starts snoring up a storm almost immediately. He’s a giant bed hog as well.

Ok, nap time over!

When deciding if they should adopt Bruno, they visited him several times and talked extensively with the shelter staff and volunteers. “The shelter cooperated with us and made sure it was a good fit” his mom says. She also mentioned that they wanted an older dog because a puppy and a toddler would just be too much. Bruno, however, is just the right amount.

I think we need a bigger bed!

Whatever you call him, Bruno, Nina or best friend, we’re sure he’s thrilled to have a place that he calls home.

For our shelter pets, the end of their stay, whether it’s long or short, is the beginning of their new story. Adopt today and begin a new story!

Do you have a special Burbank Animal Shelter adoption story you’d like to share with us?  Email  Thanks!

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.


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!

Ginger Update!

Remember last month’s story about Ginger (Ginger on the Mend) who needed surgery to repair her broken pelvis and knee?   We have an update from her foster mom!

Ginger having a day out.

“Ginger has been recuperating nicely.  Her stitches have been removed and the doctor stated she is recovering.  She is very sweet and loves to be next to someone.  Over the last few weeks, Ginger has been putting more weight on her leg and showing us her personality.  She is definitely  a princess.  We have been trying to teach her how to use the dog door.  She prefers for us to open the screen door or to be picked up and carried in.  She uses the door when no one is looking. “


“Ginger has is snorter and a snorer.  When she is content her snorting gets louder.  It is super cute.  Needless to say, she doesn’t sleep in our room.   She would make a wonderful pet.  My family has fallen in love with her. “

Everyone is super happy that Ginger is healing and on the road to recovery.  We’ll have another update next month!

Bo The Cat Found a Home!

Great news!   Our Socialization Program graduate, Bo (Say Hello To Bo The Cat) got adopted and we received an update from his new family!

Bo’s first visit to the sofa!

“Bo is doing really well,” says his adopter mom.  “We’re still spending a lot of time with him in his safe spaces, but his territory is expanding a little bit every day. His curiosity has begun to outweigh his fear, and he loves to go on overnight exploring excursions all over the house. We’re working to help him understand that the living room is a nice place to hang out, and he has even jumped up to visit us on the sofa a few times.”

Hanging out with mom in the cat tree.

“He LOVES to play and snuggle, and if you’re not scratching him in just the right spot, he will grab your hand and pull it right up to his face! “

Bo’s makes friends on his first visit to the vet.

“When he first came home with us, he was so quiet. But last week, we heard his squeaky little meow for the first time, and now he comes out talking every night, asking for attention–which he immediately receives because who could resist that sweet voice???”

“It’s taking a lot of time and patience, but it’s been wonderful to see him come out of his shell. We’re so grateful for the foundation and love he received with the VBAS team, and look forward to watching this sweet, happy boy as he continues to settle into our family!”

The VBAS would like to say a big thank you to the Socialization Team for all the time they put in with Bo, and *huge* thank you to Bo’s new family for adopting him!  Thank you for opening your heart and home to Bo!

The 12 Days of VBAS!

On the 1st day of Christmas the VBAS Medical Program gave to Ginger ONE special surgery to fix her broken pelvis.

Ginger was hit by a car and arrived at the shelter with a badly broken pelvis.  For small dogs sometimes rest can heal the injury, but in Ginger’s case the damage was too extreme and she needed surgery.   Because of donors like you, Ginger was able to go to an orthopedic specialist and have the surgery she needed!

She’s on her way to making a full recovery and being cleared for adoption.

Help the next animal at the Shelter in need of surgery.


On the 2nd day of Christmas the VBAS honored TWO cats, Rowdy & Tigger, by sponsoring a 50% adoption fee reduction for all bonded pairs.

Brothers Rowdy and Tigger, and 6 other bonded pairs were able to be adopted together due to the VBAS funding its reduced fee adoption program.   In addition to bonded pairs, adoption fees for seniors (7+ years old) and long term residents (5+ months) are 50% off as well!  7 bonded pairs, 14 long termers, and 20 seniors were adopted through the program in 2018.

Help us continue this program and honor a special love like Rowdy and Tigger, Cinema and Bennie, Risky and Candy, Jake and Portia, Bruce and Gidget , Melody and Oreo, and many, many others.


On the 3rd day of Christmas the VBAS gave to Bruno THREE training lessons.

Bruno and his new family received post adoption training classes sponsored by the VBAS to guarantee a successful adoption.

Help the next dog get proper training.


On the 4th day of Christmas the VBAS bought over FOUR hundred pounds of food for our kittens.

Kittens Bonnie and Clyde, and more than 250 just like them in our Kitten Foster Program will eat more than 400 pounds  of food this year.

Help put food in the mouth of a hungry kitten! 


On the 5th day of Christmas the VBAS provided FIVE lab tests per week!

Our sweet senior boy, Bing Crosby, arrived at the shelter with a mouth full of bad teeth.   An in house blood panel and labwork done by our medical program showed he was otherwise healthy and cleared him for some major dental work.   Now Bing has a big smile, is much happier (he got adopted!), and is home for the holidays!

Help us provide labs and bloodwork for all the animals that need it!


On the 6th day of Christmas the VBAS gave to our Kitten Foster Program SIX thousand pounds of litter!  (That’s two pallets of the stuff!)

Cupcake, Simon, Hazel, Daisy, Andy and their friends in the Kitten Foster Program (Over 250 kittens saved this year!) go through tons of litter every year.  Literally!

Help us keep the litter pans stocked and help us save more kittens.


On the 7th day of Christmas the VBAS gave to foster puppies SEVEN days a week of at home care.

Being a puppy foster parent is a 24/7 job, but without this round the clock care puppies wouldn’t have a chance.  The Puppy Foster Program gave 7 days a week of care to our 7 puppies in 2018!  Help give a puppy the right start in life.


On the 8th day of Christmas the Volunteers  gave to the animals  EIGHT hours a month of cleaning and socializing, adoption counseling, program leadership, and love.

The VBAS is a 100% volunteer run organization. We ask our volunteers for an 8 hour per month commitment, but they give many more.  This year our volunteers have donated more than 16,000 hours of their time to help the animals. Day in and day out the animals depend on the volunteers showing up to work, to play, to plan and to be a voice for homeless animals. Donate here and add your voice to the cause.  Learn more about volunteering at the VBAS here.


On the 9th day of Christmas the VBAS celebrates  NINE  years of Happy Tails Hikes.

An amazing idea for a shelter dog  – to hike on a mountain trail.  Twice each month shelter dogs are taken on Volunteer led hikes in Stough Canyon.

Help a shelter dog take a hike.


On the 10th  day of Christmas the VBAS gave to injured or ill animals  TEN X-rays every week.

Our Digital X Ray machine has been an absolute game changer for our medical program!  Every animal needing x-rays now gets them!

Help keep our X-ray running and providing life saving diagnosis to more cats and dogs.


On the 11th day of Christmas the VBAS placed ELEVEN barn cats into a safe home during the months of June, July and August.

Our Barn Cat Program and Socialization Team work all year long to secure barns, stables or businesses for outdoor, unsocialized cats who could never be adopted as a house pet. The Socialization Team works daily with the scared and stressed cats and through this effort some  are successfully adopted.  5 socialization cats and 18 barn cats graduated from these programs in 2018.

Help a cat who needs special placement find a home.


On the 12th day of Christmas the VBAS gave TWELVE months of saving the lives of curious cats, friendly dogs, snuggly bunnies and other furry and feathered creatures.

Can you think of a more perfect holiday gift? We can’t!  Donate here and help us save more lives!

Say Hello to Sweet Sofia

Sofia is a 15 year old gentle soul who is looking for a home to live out her golden years.

She has the softest fur, is the sweetest and most affectionate kitty you’ll ever meet, and she loves to be petted. And if you pet the right spot on her belly she will show you her playful kittenish side.

Sofie has early kidney disease, but it is controllable with a prescription diet. She may be a senior, but she is very inquisitive and curious. She is always alert and watching the other cats and humans that come into the cat room.

Sofia (A084199) is looking for her new family, could it be yours? Come meet this wonderful gentle girl who has so much love to give!

Get to know Clover!

Clover is a 1 and a half year old brown and white tabby longhair with beautiful green eyes. Everyone who sees her says she’s gorgeous…and she knows it!

She likes to play with string toys and absolutely loves treats! Clover could recognize the noise of a shaken bag of treats from miles away.

This beautiful girl is both fabulous and sassy. While she loves people giving her adoring stares, she is not a fan of cuddles or being picked up. Clover is very independent and looking for an experienced cat owner who is willing to give her the time to open up and show her sweet side. She truly is a diva!

If you’re looking for a beautiful cat who lives life on her terms, but secretly wants to be loved, come meet Clover! (A083025)

Ginger on the Mend!

Poor little Ginger arrived at the shelter after having a really bad day. She was hit by a car which broke her pelvis and tore a ligament in her knee. Sometimes rest can heal injuries in small dogs, but in this case the damage was too great. This sweet little 8 year old Chihuahua needed major surgery.

Ginger arriving home from the hospital!

Thanks to our generous donors, and support (in part) by a grant from the Ian Somerhalder Foundation, Ginger was able to see an orthopedic specialist and have the surgery she needed! Her pelvis was pinned back together, her knee ligament was reconstructed, and now she’s resting comfortably and recuperating in her foster home.

Ginger taking it easy on the couch.

The VBAS would like to say a heartfelt thank you to Dr. Laurent Guidot, ACCESS Specialty Animal Hospital, the Ian Somerhalder Foundation, and all of our generous donors who made this miracle possible. We couldn’t have done it without you. Thank you so much for giving Ginger a second chance!

Moggie and Tabby

Moggie and Tabby are a bonded pair of 9 month old brothers looking for a new home after their previous family moved out of state.

Moggie is a purry boy that loves nothing more than to snuggle in your lap. He’ll walk up and start purring even before you start petting him!  He is very playful, loves to explore and loves goofing around with his brother.

Tabby is a bit shy and a little confused about being at the shelter.  He needs a little time to warm up when you first meet him, but once you gain his trust and pick him up he is extremely sweet and will start purring.  We know once he’s back in a home he will be back to his happy and affectionate self.

Tabby and Moggie were originally part of our Kitten Foster Program and grew up around young children, a cat and a dog, and they were super affectionate and loved to play with all of them!  This bonded pair will do great in a new home that is willing to go a little slow at first to let the boys adjust. (The poor boys have been through a lot in the last month!) Once they’ve settled in, you’ll be rewarded with two very happy, playful and affectionate brothers.

Help make this holiday season the best ever for this sweet pair.  Come in and adopt Moggie (A080471) and Tabby (A080472)!

Check out Oona!

Check out Oona! She has everything you’d want in a furry friend.  She’s super loving, a huge fan of belly rubs, and is always sweet and gorgeous!  When she’s done rolling over on her back for a belly rub, she’ll romp around the yard and play.

This 5-year-old very social Labrador/Pit mix just loves being around people. And the best part? She listens to you! She’s obedient and house trained. Other than taking a daily pill for her allergies, she needs no instructions!

Come meet Oona (A053179) and let her be your new best friend and constant companion!

A quick Mia update!

Some fun news about our former long term resident Mia who was adopted last month.

Mia’s mom has a horse that is housed at a ranch.  Mia LOVES to visit the ranch, run around, and play with the other dogs that live there.  Recently Stitch, a 6 month old Great Dane puppy, has been added to the ranch pack and Mia is in heaven.

A PUPPY to PLAY WITH!!!  Someone else with unlimited energy!!!  Way to go Mia!!!

New Year’s Resolutions for Your Pets (and You!)

By Jean Schanberger

As 2019 rolls around you might be considering some New Year’s Resolutions to improve your health, wealth, relationships and overall life. Lots of common “people” resolutions readily apply to pets too! Try one or more of these goals on for size as we kick off the New Year, then keep up these good habits all year long!

Get yourself a health checkup, and then one for your furry friend! Take your pet to the veterinarian to stay current on vaccines, teeth cleaning, flea prevention and de-worming.

Try out a new hairstyle or get a massage. Then treat your pet to a spa day at the groomer’s! Besides coming home looking and smelling great, grooming services keep your pet’s nails, skin and ears at their best!

Get fit with more exercise and better diet, or join a gym! Then include your pet in getting more exercise and playtime. Get a laser toy or climbing stand for your cat! Invest in safe indoor play and chew toys for all! Has your pup packed on a few holiday pounds? Lay off the snacks and take a hike together!

Make an estate plan. Plan ahead for the inevitable and how it would affect your pet. Identify and get the permission of the people who would give your pet its next great home, and write it into your estate plan. Set aside some funds to support your pet’s future needs.

Declutter your house! Got a nifty new electronic gizmo over the holidays? Pass your gently used one along to an animal shelter or organization who can use it.
Cleaning out your linen closet in January to shop the sales? Share used towels and blankets with the animal shelter.

Go back to school! Take your dog to a class! From puppy pre-school to obedience, agility, nose work and sheep herding, many local shelters, pet supply retailers and professional trainers offer you and your pet lots of ways to have fun and learn together!

Do more good in the world! Got a little extra cash? Not going to use that gift card? Donate to the VBAS or an animal welfare organization of your choice.

Fill that empty space in your home and/or your heart. Ready to give a new pet a home? Adopt a pet! Have time and space for a short time? Foster a pet!

Enjoy life more! Get a pet. Love a pet. Care for your pet. Enjoy your pet! And Happy New Year to all!

Learn About Our Foster Dog Program

Click here to learn more about our Adult Foster Dog Program and how you can help!

Cali is a one-year old female and Christen is her two-and-a-half-year-old big brother. These long-legged bonded Chihuahuas were getting stressed out in the shelter, so they moved in with a foster family to prove what good dogs they are. Since then, they’ve been doing great and now it’s time for them to find a permanent home. 

Both pups are super friendly, sweet and LOVE to be with people as much as possible. They’ll love you – but they LOOOOVE toys! Stealing them from each other, chewing them, wrestling over them, moving from one to the other, finding every single one and stealing them again. The fun never ends with these two dopey pups!

They do well with other dogs and are very gentle with kids. They’re great on walks and car rides (which seems to relax them).

Cali and Christen love each other to pieces, and even enjoy sleeping in the same bed together.

They’re Chihuahuas, so they can be chatty – they are not built for apartment-living (besides, they need more room to PLAY!)

Ready for a fun life with these two? Contact for more info on adopting Cali (A079709) and Christen (A079710)!

Interested in offering dogs like these a chance at peace and stability so they can blossom? Become part of the Adult Dog Foster Program’s foster network! Email to find out how you can help dogs like these find their forever homes.

The Turkey Trot! Today is the day!

This morning, for the 6th year in a row, a team of happy Volunteers and their friends and family are participating in the Burbank YMCA Turkey Trot event. 36 people, all representing The Volunteers of the Burbank Animal Shelter, will be hitting the streets to complete a 5 or 10k and show their community what they are made of!

These wonderful people are doing all this work on a holiday to wrap up our Turkey Trot fundraising campaign, which is our biggest fundraiser of the year, and it’s our goal to make this our most successful fundraising event ever.  The fundraising campaign closes on Saturday, so it’s not too late to help! Please help us not only reach our goal but surpass it!

We’d like to thank the local businesses who have sponsored our team this year- Heglesen Consulting, Stetson Powell Orthopedics and Sports Medicine, and for the 3rd year in a row- The Production Truck. If you love supporting businesses who help out in their community, please check them all out!

Merry Cat-Mas and a Happy New Dog!

By Jean Schanberger

Whether this is your 1st, 5th or 15th holiday season with your pet, this special time of year brings some unique safety and comfort challenges for our four-legged friends. Use these tips and plan ahead to help your dogs and cats enjoy the holidays safely and happily!

So many of the bright shiny seasonal items that make human holidays so delightfully festive can be safety hazards for Fido and Fluffy. For example, in a pet’s paws and mouth, holiday decorations, ornaments, candles, holly, Christmas trees and tree stand water bowls, electrical cords, tinsel, gift package wrapping can be choking, swallowing, injury and even fire risks. Safety tip: keep these items out of areas pets can access unsupervised.

Nothing says Holiday Season like chocolates, turkey, ham, candies, popcorn, champagne and other alcoholic beverages, and many other kinds of yummy human treats. Unfortunately these consumables are delicious but dangerous to our pets, especially turkey bones that can splinter. Safety tip: keep pets out of food preparation and serving areas, and ask your guests not to share their plates and glasses with your pets.

This time of year Burbank’s temperatures really dip and pets accustomed to thirst-driven water drinking in warmer seasons sometimes reduce their water consumption. Water in outdoor dishes may get too cold and discourage a healthy water intake important to good health. Safety tip: monitor and encourage water consumption. Know what temperature water your pet likes, consider adding warm water to bowls and dry food.

Home for the holidays! Humans love welcoming family and friends to celebrate the season, and our homes are often at a busy pace. Some pets love it too but not all animals are, well, social animals. Safety tip: keep a close eye on doors. Know your pet’s tolerance for company and social skills. If they are not a fan, give them a safe place in a private room or crate/carrier during the festivities.

Some residents celebrate New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day with fireworks or gunshots to start off the new year with a Bang! Like the Fourth of July, this is disturbing and disruptive to many animals and can lead to anxiety and even runaway pets. Safety tip: please consider quieter ways to celebrate! As midnight approaches, be sure your pets are in a safe and escape-proof place in case your neighborhood gets noisy.

Most of all, enjoy this wonderful season’s holidays, and give your pets an extra snuggle!

Meet Dallas

Save your money on dog toys and kiddie pools because Dallas (A083138) is one Labrador Retriever/Pit Terrier mix that doesn’t really go after toys or water. And that’s okay. She would rather hang by your side or even walk right next to you without being told. She’s that smart! She can also sit and is learning to stay. Perfect!

One volunteer described Dallas as “a mild-mannered angel,” but she likes to chase smaller animals (cats, rodents, birds). You can stop her pretty easily, but it’s probably best if she’s in a house without those temptations. She may do well with other dogs, and by the way, she *loves* belly rubs.

Come see this lovely 5-year-old lady and see if she’s a match for you!

Behind the Scenes with the VBAS Photo Team

by Cheyenne Hohman

Lights, Camera, Action! But not always in that order. For the VBAS photo team, it’s usually more of a blur of all three! The great photos you see in VBAS newsletter articles and social media posts are the final product of setup, clean-up, wrangling, hot dogs, catnip, dangly feathers, squeaky toys and, most of all, patience.

The VBAS photo team isn’t just taking pictures of cats and dogs, either. Sometimes the list of animals to photograph includes hamsters, roosters, bunnies, or any animal that needs a signal boost or a clear photo for Pet Harbor. Every animal is brought from its crate, pen, coop, or wherever it is taking up residence, to the ‘studio’ – a corner of the conference room, a storage room, or play yard that is temporarily converted into a professional photo booth, for a few hours every week. For nearly a decade, the team has been photographing between 50-100 adoptable animals per month.

The all-volunteer team brings animals in one at a time (except for bonded pairs, who are typically done together) for their moment in the spotlight. Various volunteers get a chance to take photos using the equipment the team obtained through a grant from the Shelter Art Foundation in 2014: durable backdrops, lighting gear, stands and other necessary equipment. From behind the lens, capturing the right photo can be tricky.

Some animals are very cooperative and look straight into the camera (or give a sassy over-the-shoulder stare) but many are nervous, or more interested in a hot dog or a toy than looking at the camera. Snapping a perfect portrait is sometimes eclipsed by the hilarity of trying to get a critter to cooperate. The outtakes can be incredibly charming in their own right, and may capture the playfulness of a cat, or the loving desire of a dog who wants to give kisses more than anything.

For most animals, there are at least two people trying to keep them in front of the backdrop, and sometimes a third (or fourth!) volunteer is necessary, if the animal is especially wiggly or curious. It can be disappointing sometimes to know that an animal is nervous or confused and to capture that in a photo, but with some patience (and okay, maybe a toy or snack), volunteers can often coax a few good shots out of them. The satisfaction of knowing that these photographs will help the animal find a forever home is absolutely worth all the work.

Volunteers get experience with handling all sorts of animals for photos, and at the end of the day, it’s about helping these wonderful creatures find their forever families. And if you’ve seen any of the photos lately, you’ll agree that they look far more flattering – and professional – than a casual snapshot!

Oscar got his smile back and got adopted!

Oscar arrived at the shelter as a very thin senior kitty. He was eartipped, which meant he was a sterilized stray, but it quickly became apparent he was not feral. Oscar was actually a very sweet cat who loved people and soon became a volunteer favorite.

Oscar had a dental disease called stomatitis. Basically, he was allergic to his own teeth. His gums were very swollen and painful. So painful that he could barely eat. Dental surgery was needed.

Thanks to generosity of donors to the Volunteers of The Burbank Animal Shelter, Oscar was able to have his surgery. For the first time in a long time eating did not hurt! Oscar quickly became reacquainted with food and started putting on weight. He also gave many grateful headbutts to the volunteers who doted on him during his recovery. Oscar was one happy kitty!

And now the best part: Less than a week after being cleared by Medical, Oscar found his forever home! A senior adopter was looking for a senior cat, and it was a perfect match!

Oscar in his new home

The VBAS would like to thank our donors, Medical, the Volunteers and especially Oscar’s adopter for making this happy ending possible. Thank you for giving a very sweet cat a second chance!

Mia Got Adopted!!!

Great news! Mia (Say Hello to Mia) found her forever home!

Mia was our longest term resident and spent over a year at the shelter.  But within weeks of going to a foster home her foster mom realized how much she liked having Mia around and adopted her!

How can I help you today?

Mia’s mom is a vet, and Mia goes to work with her on a regular basis.  The staff loves her, and Mia likes to hang out at the reception desk and greet customers.

Mia dressed up for the office Halloween party.

Mia *loves* being in a home, and she really hit the jackpot.  She shares the house with an older cat, and Mia’s mom also has a horse named Jack.  And of course when Mom goes to visit Jack at the barn, Mia gets to go too!

Hello little doggie, how do you do?

And with all the open space and other dogs hanging out by the barn, Mia is Mia, and much hilarity ensues!

Mia spent over 400 days at the shelter before finding her forever home.  We’d like to say a big thank you to all the Shelter Staff, the Volunteers, and Mia’s foster mom for making this happy ending possible.  Mia never gave up on us, and we never gave up on her!

We will miss you Mia, but we are *so* happy for you!!!

To learn more about our other dogs in the Adult Dog Foster Program click here.  And to learn about how to become a dog foster parent, click here.

From the jungle to the sea…Tiger and Sharkie!

By Jean Schanberger

If you like friendly dogs on the exotic, eye-catching side, look no further than Tiger (A059458) and Sharkie (A059459), our bonded pair of 5 year old neutered male Pit Terrier mixes. Not only are these two energetic love bugs spectacular to look at, they are good natured, love to play and would really enjoy exploring the urban jungles and beaches of Southern California with you. They are so handsome you might draw a crowd!

As his name suggests, Tiger’s coat has a beautiful set of stripes called a “brindle” pattern, seen in dogs, cattle, guinea pigs, and occasionally horses. A brindle coat typically features black stripes blending into a tan or brown base, though brindle patterns vary from dog to dog. Like his super special brown brindle coat, Tiger’s fun-loving personality is unique!

Tiger’s best friend Sharkie is another real looker. Film noir or black and white photography fan? Take note! Nature’s paintbrush gave Sharkie a super sleek black and white coat featuring a splashy, partly symmetrical white bib that runs from the top of his shoulder blades, over his head down his face and chest to his belly button, plus white paws! With this elegant boy, every week is Sharkie Week, all about play, toys and just being with people.

Together these two bonded buddies are quite the head-turners and while they think they are lap dogs, would love to go out on the town with you! Tiger and Sharkie both love playing with toys and love daily walks.  They would do best in an active adults only home without young children or cats.  They need to be adopted together, and if there are dogs or older kids in your home, a meet and greet is a must.

Tiger and Sharkie are eligible for the Pets for Patriots adoption program, which provides a wide range of benefits to veterans adopting up to two pets. For starters, it’s free for veterans to adopt qualified pets from the Burbank Animal Shelter! Please see website for additional information.

Life is truly better with a friend and with Tiger & Sharkie you get two very special boys looking for a home where they can share their enthusiasm for life. Adopt Tiger and Sharkie!

Say Hello to Bo The Cat

Say hello to Bo, the big tuxedo cat with the wide curious eyes!

Bo is super sweet and his favorite thing in the world is cheek scratches. He might look nervous, but if you scratch his cheeks he will melt into a puddle. He absolutely loves it. He’s also known to just lay his head on your hand and pretty much just stay there.

He is kind of a big cat. Well, he’s sort of deceptively large – not fat, but dense.

I’m not fat, I’m big boned!

Bo is two years old, and a very quiet two year old at that.   He’s part of our socialization program and has made big strides in his time with us at the shelter.  He’s still a little wary around new people, but he can also be very independent when he wants.  (We see him happily wandering around the socialization room when people are not there.)  Once he gets to know you, he’s happy to sit on your lap for pets and purrs.  He’s very chill, and we think he’ll be just fine in a quiet home.

With a little bit of patience and understanding, beautiful Bo (A081335) would would make a purrfect companion!

Ancient Greece and Great Britain bring you…Tasia!

By Jean Schanberger

We want to tell you about an extra special big dog who needs a wonderful home, but first indulge us a little Ancient Greek history and onomastics (a big word for naming). Anastasius in Ancient Greece meant resurrection, or literally “up standing.” The feminine form of Anatasius is Anastasia, and Tasia is the short form of Anastasia.

Which brings us to Tasia (A081290) (pronounced TAY-zhuh), a spayed female 7-year old fawn-colored Mastiff and Pit Bull Terrier mix. This big beautiful girl is one upstanding citizen who will make someone – perhaps you! a wonderful companion and play buddy. She is a giant lap dog who loves attention, food, and especially belly rubs. Due to her striking black muzzle’s generous jowls, though, you’ll want to keep a cloth handy for drooling

Tasia is a clever, eager to please veteran of good behavior who already knows sit and stay and has basic leash manners. She is learning “down” from a sitting position, ideally in exchange for a belly rub reward! Tasia enjoys playing with toys and will play “find it” with a thrown treat.

Tasia qualifies for the Burbank Animal Shelter’s dog training program, which will provide her adopter with a voucher to bring Tasia to post-adoption professional dog training lessons. Come meet Tasia and see what a giant heart full of love this lovely girl has to share!

Fun facts about the Mastiff, Tasia’s Breed:
* This ancient heritage breed was found in Britain as early as the 6th century BC.
* A Mastiff accompanied his 25-year master on the Mayflower’s journey to America in 1620.
* Mastiffs are historically known for search and rescue, guarding, police and military work. These days Mastiffs have the very important modern dog job of being a companion devoted to their people.
* The Cynographica Britannica, a circa 1800 published book of dogs in Great Britain, says: “What the Lion is to the Cat, the Mastiff is to the Dog. The noblest of the family, he stands alone, and all others sink before him.”

The Turkey Trot Fundraiser!

Talk about Thanksgiving traditions! For the 6th year in a row, a team from The Volunteers of the Burbank Animal Shelter will hit the pavement early Thanksgiving morning at the Burbank Turkey Trot!  This is our biggest annual fundraising event of the year, and this year we’re running to hit our biggest goal ever of $25,000.

Members of the team raise funds by asking friends, family, coworkers and the community to sponsor their run. Every dollar donated goes directly towards improving the quality of life of the animals in our care.  Funds raised will go towards life-saving medical procedures, medicines and other supplies that benefit and enrich our animal residents’ lives.

To support the team and help us reach our goal, please donate through our Crowdrise campaign at: You can donate to a specific VBAS walker/runner, or support our team mascot (and super cute Burbank animal shelter alumni) Mittens The Cat.  Everyone who donates $100 or more will be entered into a drawing for a prize pack valued at $500.

In appreciation of every dollar donated, the team will show up early on Thanksgiving day and run/walk in the Burbank Turkey Trot.   As we say, “you do the donating, we do the sweating.”

Thank you in advance for your support and for helping us achieve our goal!

PS: If you’d like to join our team as a walker, runner or fundraiser (or all of the above!) please email us at


Meet Cali & Christian

Cali and Christian are a bonded brother/sister pair who have been in foster care since March. They’ve each had a birthday with us at this point!

Cali is smaller, but the older one at 3 yrs old. She loves to play with her favorite toy- a full size tennis ball, which, yes, she can fit in her mouth. She will ask you to throw the ball for as long as you’re willing, and after that time is up, she’ll bring another toy to see if its more to your liking. She also very much enjoys playing with her brother and chasing squirrels out of the yard at her foster home. At the end of the day she likes to curl up in a lap, maybe under a blanket, with her tennis ball and just enjoy living the good life.

Christian is bigger, but younger, and a bit sillier too. He’s just a little over a year and half in age, and adores his big sister- he will follow her anywhere. His favorite activities are following everyone else in the house around, chasing squirrels with his sister, bugging his sister to playing with him in the mornings, stealing her toys, jumping off of things, jumping on to other things, and cuddling on the couch while asking for belly rubs. Christian prefers you use his nickname Bear, and takes his time getting to know new people. It takes him a bit of time to learn to be comfortable with new people and situations, but once he does, he’s a dedicated friend for life. He’s incredibly sweet, loving, spontaneous and curious.

These two are good with other dogs and have done fine with cats, but will do best in a home with older kids or adults only. They want to enjoy life by exploring and playing and getting cuddles on the regular. They must stay together since they don’t understand life apart- they even share a crate! We would love to see them in a forever home before the holidays- they deserve a wonderful family and to be settled in to their forever situation.

To find out more about adopting these two adorable nuggets, please contact VBASFOSTERINFO@GMAIL.COM

Say Hello to Alyia The Kitten

Alyia is a sweet 7 month old girl with amber eyes.

Alyia came to the shelter at three months old.  She was sick, skinny, and didn’t know what to think of people.  She wasn’t a happy camper.  After some TLC in our Kitten Foster Program, she’s made tremendous strides.  She is still a little shy until she gets to know you, but once she does she will follow you everywhere and sleep on your lap when she gets tired.

Alyia loves playing and running around the house with her favorite mouse in her mouth.   She also likes to run several laps around the house to finish her day.

She’s currently living in a foster home with adult cats and a maltipoo, so she’s used to other animals, and she would do great in a home with older children.

Are you looking for a sweet cat to join you in your home?  Email Aliya’s foster mom at and meet this lovely little lady!

Batman’s Journey: The Movie!

Remember Batman?  (A Great Week for Adoptions) Well, he’s the star of his own movie now!  Check out Batman’s Journey.

Introducing Janie

According to the American Kennel Club, American Staffordshire Terriers are smart, confident, and good-natured companions – and Janie fits that bill! Her beautiful brown and white brindle coat make her stand out from the crowd, and her personality makes her memorable.

She may take a bit to warm up when you first meet her, but once she does, she’s your best friend for life. And she can do many of the things you like to do with your best friend. . . like running with you or hitting the pool for some water fun. And don’t forget about her “fetching” skills. . .she likes that game too.

Janie is about 3 years old, so she’ll be by your side through life’s adventures for many years.

Check out Janie (A080774) out and fall in love today!


We had some great adoptions this month!

Bruce and Gidget (Meet Bruce and Gidget) were adopted together!

Ribbons are the best!

It took a little while, but now our super smiley senior friend Brownie has even more to smile about!  He found his forever home too!

I’m a very happy dog!

Fluffy Feline Sophie also found that special someone and living the good life she always deserved.

Did someone say food?

Not to be outdone, Alfie, who came to the shelter as a real tough guy, but with attention and TLC mellowed into a sweet and affectionate cat also got adopted!

More scritches behind the ears, please!

Best of all, our long term resident, big boy Bison (Say Hello to Bison!) found his forever home too!!!

I like long walks and scarves.

These were just some of the many adoptions this month at the Burbank Animal Shelter.  We’d like to say a big thank you to Bruce, Gidget, Brownie, Sophie and Bison’s adopters, and all the other adopters who gave our animals great homes this month.  Thank you for helping us save lives!

Haunted House Fundraiser: Only Three Nights Left!

Halloween is right around the corner and that means there are only three nights left to see RottenApple907’s Haunted House!

Geppetto is hard at work in his toyshop…but rumors have it he’s not making his toys out of wood anymore.  No one is quite sure what he’s doing, but from the screams inside the house we fear…well, you’ll just have to come see for yourself.

The Haunt is located at 907 N. California Street, Burbank CA 91505 and will be open from 7pm to 10pm.  Only three nights remain:  October 27th, 28th and 31st.

Admission is free, but donations are suggested.  100% of all donations go to the Volunteers of the Burbank Animal Shelter.

Over 1,200 guests came the first two nights, so please come early!  The Haunt must close at 10pm due to city permit. More info:

See you there!

Say hello to Crockett and Avery

This bonded pair is looking for a home to spend their golden years in!

Crockett is an intriguing mix of Shepherd, Sharpei, and Rhodesian Ridgeback. This seven year old loves to be petted and endlessly enjoys belly rubs. He’s very loving once he trusts you (the belly rubs should help). He’s the protective type, so you’re guaranteed to have a guardian angel by your side!

Avery is a beautiful Lab mix. She’s also 7 years old, is very affectionate, and loves everyone.  If you just give her the slightest bit of attention she will be your friend for life. She’s super sweet and she has an endearing head tilt. The cause of the tilt is unknown, but it’s definitely permanent. Our veterinarian suggested she could’ve had a small stroke at some point. But don’t worry: this cutie is resilient and it doesn’t affect her quality of life.

As much as they like humans, they would be best with kids 8 years old and up. We’re not sure how they would get along with other dogs so if you already have one, a meet and greet is a must!

This bonded pair is an absolute delight and will make their new owners very happy.  Could their new home be yours? Adopt Crockett (A082753) and Avery (A082752).

Meet Bruce and Gidget!

While toughing it out on the streets as strays, Bruce and Gidget joined an infamous kitten gang when they were mere tots. As part of their initiation, they found a loving foster home to live in. The goal was to gain the owner’s trust, steal their catnip, and make a clean getaway.

Hey, living indoors is kinda fun!
Yep, definitely domesticated.

But while planning their heist, Bruce and Gidget were socialized with children and other cats. Over a short time this bonded pair settled right in and grew to trust everyone. The two “went domestic”, turned into affectionate purr machines, and became fine, upstanding kittizens!

Why so serious?

Bruce is low key and curious, while Gidget is a funny teenager looking for attention.

Gidget and Goofball.  Brought to you by the letter G.

Bruce and Gidget are six months old and they bring out the best in each other.  Gidget doesn’t do well on her own and relies on Bruce, so we’d like for them to stay together!  In new situations it may take them a little time to relax but they will reward you with unconditional love and affection.

Bruce and Gidget are at the shelter and ready for adoption. They do not show very well in their cat condo, but they’re guaranteed to be loving pets once they get to their forever home!

This sweet bonded pair is ready for a brand-new life. Adopt Bruce (A081827) and Gidget (A081141)!

Coming Soon: Halloween Haunted House Fundraiser!

Halloween is coming, and you know what that means:  Monsters…scary costumes…haunted houses….and a VBAS Fundraiser!

For the 28th year in a row, legendary Burbank Haunted House RottenApple907 is returning, and once again they have chosen the VBAS as their charity!

Past haunts have featured a visit to the Unenchanted Forest, and a trip through The Portal to the underworld.  This year’s the haunt will take us on a tour of a toy shop….where things have gone terribly wrong.

No one has seen Geppetto for years.  The lights are still on in his shop, and late at night the neighbours still hear the saws, drills…and screams.  But there’s no sign of the old toymaker.

There’s a rumor he’s gone mad.

There’s a story about kids sneaking into the toy shop on a dare…and never being seen again.

Locals say there are five nights in October, when the wind is blowing just right, it will whisper the word “Killpetto”.

The Haunt is located at 907 N. California Street, Burbank CA 91505 and it will be open from 7pm to 10pm the nights of October 20th, 21st, 27th, 28th and 31st.

Admission is free, but donations are happily accepted.  100% of all donations will go to the VBAS.

Nearly 4,000 guests attended last year, so please come early!  The Haunt must close at 10pm due to city permit. More info:

We look forward to seeing you there!

Happy Pups & Happy Tails Hiking Program

All energetic, loving dogs need some dirt under their paws.  VBAS Happy Tails Hiking Program runs every 1st and 3rd Sunday morning for the shelter’s more active dogs and for some of our volunteers, it is the highlight of their month!

Photo Credit: Molly Minard

Each hike takes place in Stough Canyon (weather permitting) and is supported by multiple volunteers and a professional dog trainer. These hikes help shelter dogs learn how to walk on a leash, interact with new animals, experience the outdoors in a safe environment and have the potential to meet their future forever home.

Super Alum Batman!  Photo Credit: Molly Minard

Happy Tails Hike Volunteer, Nora Hui, said that she loves to watch the dogs’ excitement as they get harnessed and put into the car because they know they are going out. “They are all so excited and ready to go and they all want to be in the front.”

Photo Credit: Nora Hui

One of the biggest perks, in addition to getting the dogs on the trails, is the chance for them to meet potential adopters who may not have gone to the shelter but get to meet these pups in a natural environment.

Molly Minard, another Happy Tails Hike Volunteer, says that the Happy Tails Hike is a great way to promote the shelter and provide adoption opportunities. She says, for some people, shelters are too sad to visit so this program provides a way to show off the dogs without having fences dividing the dogs and the public.  

Molly with Miki (recently adopted from the Shelter! Way to go Miki!) at the Stough Canyon trails.

The Happy Tails Hike runs on donations and the love of our volunteers. You can get more information on the Happy Tail Hikes and Volunteering here. Be prepared to stretch your legs and your heart!

Super Successful Pancake Fundraiser!

Sunday, September 9th was a day filled with lots of pancakes, raffles and kisses from our loving Mia.

The wonderful Deborah Dodge held a Pancake Breakfast at the Veterans of Foreign Wars social hall located at 1006 W. Magnolia Blvd in Burbank.

A yummy breakfast including pancakes, eggs, bacon, fruit, toast, orange juice and coffee were served.

Our long time resident Mia was in attendance allowing individuals to take pictures with her in her own photo booth.

The proceeds from the breakfast benefited the Burbank Animal Shelter and guess what, $3,200 were raised!  A wonderful morning which our animals are forever grateful for. Thank you Deborah Dodge and all those who attended.


We’ve had some super adoptions recently!

Bonded pair Jake and Portia (The Benefits of Bonded Pairs) found their forever home this month!

Ok Mom and Dad, one more photo, now can we get in the car?

And not to be outdone, Linus also found his new home!

I’m more photogenic than those two!

Long term resident Prince Rouger also found his forever home!  He has a nice yard, toys, and another dog to play with!

Yep, Prince Rouger is one Happy Dog!

Remember Darcy?  (Meet Darcy)  This special boy graduated from our cat socialization program and found his new home!

He’s now living with his new family and two cats, Reggie and Zeeba.  It took a little while for Darcy to get comfortable, but he’s coming around and becoming more confident each day.

Darcy hanging out with Reggie.

We always said Darcy was a “Cat’s Cat” and true to form Darcy and Zeeba quickly became friends, and after a little bit he and Reggie became buddies too.  They like to chase each other…and hunt the elusive red laser dot.

I *definitely* got it this time…really!

It’s no surprise that Darcy became friends with the other cats, but best of all, he’s becoming more and more comfortable with the two legged residents of his new home too!  He’s not a lap cat yet…but he is becoming more trusting and spending more and more time with his new mom and dad. He’s also giving them lots of “eye kisses”, which is awesome!

Thank you so much to Lynne and Tim who took a chance on our special boy and were patient enough to let Darcy adapt on his terms.

And last but not least, our gorgeous senior friend and long term resident Prince Malachi found his forever home!

Prince’s new mom reports that he is adjusting very well and settling in nicely!  His nickname is “Uffda”, which is Norwegian for “oh my!”

It’s only been a few weeks, and Prince already acts like he owns the place.  He likes keyboards….as in standing on computer keyboards while mom is trying to work.  (I think he’s trying to get someone’s attention…)  He’s also a big fan of head and neck scratches, rubbing up against legs (table and human) and he especially loves being brushed.  On top of that he jumps up on the bed each morning and *insists* on multiple head scratches.  Yep, he’s a bit spoiled, but he deserves it!

Having fun just watchin’ the world go by!

He a big fan of  watching people through doors and windows, and also likes to play with his toys and run around the house.  Not bad for a 10 year old cat!

I’ll just hang out here for a while…

But more than anything, Prince Malachi is super happy to be in a home.  We’re so glad he and his new mom found each other.

We’d like to say a big thank you to the proud new parents who adopted Jake, Portia, Linus, Prince Rouger, Darcy, Prince Malachi, and all the other adopters who have taken our animals into their hearts and homes.  Thank you for adopting and saving a life!

Barn Cats

Feral Cats Need Families Too!

Not all cats adopted from the Burbank Animal Shelter are domesticated. Our Barn Cat Program is designed to place unsocialized feral cats who do not like humans into working homes where they can earn their keep as a natural rodent deterrent.

Two Barn Cat Program cats in their home in Los Feliz. Photo Credit: Bonnie Caul

Sadly, the overwhelming majority of feral cats brought to shelters are euthanized because there are not enough working homes for them. The Barn Cat Program works to place as many as possible in working homes like barns, stables, industrial facilities, and residential yards to give them a second chance at life. Like all the other cats adopted from the Burbank Animal Shelter, Barn Cats are all spayed/neutered and immunized before going to their new homes.

Shasta and Max getting acquainted with their new home in Northridge. Photo Credit: Bonnie Caul

Volunteers deliver the cats (Some as far away as Ojai!) and provide Barn Cat adopters with initial supplies and general procedures for introducing the cats to their new environment. For the first few weeks Barn Cats are kept in a kennel so they can grow acquainted with their surroundings and learn that the location is their new home. Adopters are responsible for providing food, water and a shelter for the cats, while the cats patrol the property and take care of mice and other pests.

A few weeks later: Shasta and Max all settled in in their new outdoor home. Photo credit: Bonnie Caul

Last year, the Barn Cat Program saved over 35 cats, but the number of feral cats is high, and we are always in need of more working homes. If you have a barn, warehouse, or other suitable location for a Barn Cat (or know someone that does), please consider adopting a Barn Cat! It’s a natural way to control vermin, and you’ll be saving the life of a cat that otherwise would have no chance.

Have questions? Email:

Living the good life in a backyard in Los Angeles.

Hikes, Heat and Happy Tails: 5 Ways to Keep Your Dog Safe Hiking In The Heat

Summer time in Southern California is a classic American dream. Beaches, hiking and outdoor activities galore! VBAS volunteers are offering 5 friendly tips for hiking with your pet during these hot months.

Miki, (just got adopted!!!), on a happy hike. Photo credit: Molly Minard
  1.       The Five Second Rule

First and foremost, make sure it is not too hot to walk or hike with your dog. Place your hand on the pavement or dirt with the back of your hand. If you cannot hold your hand for more than five seconds, it is too hot to walk your dog.

Batman ( a recent shelter graduate!)  on a Happy Tails Hike. Photo Credit: Molly Minard
  1.       Water, Water, Water

Always bring a bottle of water and collapsible water bowl. Many hiking trails now have dog drinking fountains but providing a collapsible water bowl will allow your pet to always get water when needed.

VBAS Happy Tail Hike Participant and his water bowl on a hike. Photo Credit: Nora Hui
  1.       Watch for Signs of Dehydration

Bringing water isn’t always enough. Keep an eye out for signs of dehydration.

Key signs of dehydration are:

  • Tongues curled at the tip
  • Red tongues
  • Excessive panting
  • Pale gums
  • Weakness

Spray down your dog’s entire body and pour water on their belly to keep them cool.

Photo Credit: Nora Hui
  1.       Leashed Life

Always keep your dogs leashed. Unless you are in a designated “off- leash” area, you must always keep your dogs leashed for their safety and the safety of other dogs.

Prince Roger, a current Burbank Animal Shelter resident, with his leash. Photo Credit: Molly Minard
  1.       Flea and Critter Check

At the end of a happy hike/walk, always be sure to check your dog for any additions that may have managed to hitch a ride. Frequent checks of fleas and critters will make sure that your dog stays healthy and will not transfer critters to other household pets.

Photo Credit: Nora Hui

Hiking is a great time for all parties involved, just be sure to remember these five tips and hike safely!  Our Happy Tails Hiking Program gives shelter dogs the opportunity to get out of the shelter and get their paws dirty hiking on weekends…and hopefully meet potential adopters.    (More info about that next month!)

The Second Wave of Kittens is Here!

We’re about to enter the home stretch of the 2018 kitten season…but we need to get through the second big wave of kittens that is arriving right now!  

Each year we see two waves of kittens.  The first in April/May and the second in August/September.   We had 30% more kittens than usual in the first wave this year, and the second wave is building to be just as large.

The Kitten Foster Program needs your help!  We need fosters to provide temporary homes to these kittens until they reach adoption age.  We provide training, all supplies and medical care. You provide a caring home and get to play with kittens for a few weeks!  (That’s a win-win for everyone!)

Click on our Kitten Foster Volunteer page to see our Frequently Asked Questions and to sign up!


Benefits of Bonded Pairs

You might have heard the term “bonded pair”.  What does that mean? The term indicates a pair of dogs or cats that are strongly attached to each other, and become anxious when separated.  When bonded pairs are surrendered to the Shelter, we do everything we can to keep them together.

Digger and Rose came in together and went to their new home together!

Most adoptions tend to happen one at a time, which makes things challenging for bonded pairs.  But there are benefits to adopting two at once!

Adoptions can be stressful.  Everything changes: the space, the people, the routine, the smells, sights, and sounds.   Bonded pairs have the comfort and security of something familiar – each other.

Bruno and Rex.  Happy in their home together!

What’s the easiest way to stay active?  Find a workout buddy, right? But there are times you’re too busy or tired, right?  Having a bonded pair means that you can kick back and take a breather while they entertain each other (and you).

Your pet misses you when you’re gone.  Adopt a bonded pair and they’ll keep each other company while you’re away!

Tomax and Xamot found their home together last week!

Adopting a bonded pair means you’re saving two lives, not just one. You get TWICE the laughs, TWICE the happiness, and TWICE the love! If you ask me, that sounds like a pretty good deal!

With all that in mind, check out these three awesome bonded pairs at the shelter, eagerly waiting to be adopted!


Not sure how he got the nickname “big Jake”.

Best friends 4 year old Portia and 9 year old Jake are a calm and friendly couple looking for a new home.  Jake is a big happy-go-lucky fellow who can’t wait to meet you. Porta is also very friendly, but is a little unsure at the shelter (all those new sights and sounds) and needs a little more time to warm up.  But just give her a little bit of time and she will be your your new best friend! Both are big fans of people and treats.

Did someone say treats?


Bonded for life, Tiger and Sharkie are 4-year-old pups looking to settle down with that special someone who can give them all the love and training they need. They’re very sweet boys who love people, but they’re not into kids and cats. They’re also very playful and energetic, and will require daily exercise.

If you’re looking for a fun pair of devoted dogs, Tiger and Sharkie are your guys!


Pacman and Nala are 3-year-old American Staffordshire Terrier mixes who could actually go by the names Peace and Quiet.  Despite their young age and large size, the two are very mild-mannered. They’re just as happy relaxing and being petted as they are playing in the yard! They’re fully house-trained and know “sit.” The “stay” command is a work in progress, but these smarties shouldn’t have any trouble. These sweet dogs are very loving with people they trust. They’re even good with older kids who are experienced with dogs.   Come meet them…you won’t be able to resist!

Dogs and More Kittens Visit the Starlight Bowl!

Having heard about the big kitten outing (Rockstar Kittens at the Starlight Bowl) our dogs got into the act and strutted their stuff at the Starlight Bowl on July 28th.

Places everyone!  Pat McCauley, Mia, Christine Hatch, Nora Hui, Linus and Debbie Peterson right before the curtains went up!  (Photo credit: Debora Dodge)
Mia’s big moment on stage with Pat and MC Jeffrey Hopkins  (Photo credit Debora Dodge)
Mia hamming it up.  (Photo credit: Deborah Dodge)
Brownie working the crowd.  (Photo credit: Debora Dodge)
Volunteer Marina Garcia and Dozer strut their stuff.  (Photo credit: Deborah Dodge)
Brownie just found out there’s a food court!  (Photo credit Debora Dodge)


Not to be upstaged, our kittens made a triumphant return to the Starlight Bowl on August 11th.  

Kittens Part 2!  Double Fudge, Shortbread, Snickerdoodle, and a cast of many!  (Photo credit: Deborah Dodge)

A big thank you to the Starlight Bowl for inviting us to their party this summer and letting us show off our pups and kittens!   We’re looking forward to seeing you again next summer!

Cashew, Daisy and Stevie got adopted!

We’ve had some great adoptions this month!  

After 7 months of patiently waiting, a wonderful family adopted Cashew (Meet Cashew) and gave her the wonderful home she deserves!

As soon as she arrived, Cashew made herself right at home and found a sunny spot to relax.

She also claimed the ottoman in the living room as her favourite spot to curl up and watch the world go by .

The family’s daughter reports that Cashew ‘claimed’ her bed, but allows her to share it…and she loves it!

It has only been a few weeks, but everyone feels like Cashew has been part of the family forever.  Thank you so much for adopting her.

The Amazing Kitten Daisy and her brother Stevie also found their forever home together and are doing *fantastic*.  

Daisy and Stevie now live in a 3 story townhouse.  Their adopters figured it would take a few weeks for Daisy to get acclimated.  Nope! Within the first weekend she had figured out the entire layout, including all the stairs!

Most importantly, she figured out the cat tree!

Being blind hasn’t limited Daisy.  She only needs to sniff around a new place and do a quick inspection.  Then she starts running around and playing like a normal cat!

Daisy and Stevie spend the days in their new home playing…

I can’t see you…but I know you’re there, Stevie!

…and snoozing.  Just like any other kittens!

We’d like to say a huge thank you to the Burbank Animal Shelter’s Medical Department, the numerous specialists Daisy and Stevie visited, and all the Kitten Foster Program Volunteers (especially Foster Mom Bev Daproza) who worked together to save Stevie and Daisy and make their story possible.

A big thank you to Daisy and Stevie’s adopters as well!  Thank you for opening your hearts to these two and giving them a great home.

Way to go Daisy!  We’re so happy for you!!!

Daisy and Stevie’s story is a happy reminder that while “special needs” animals are often overlooked at the shelter, they can lead perfectly happy lives and deserve a chance to share their super powers with the world.

This just in: Clear the Shelter!

Saturday August 18th was the fourth annual Clear The Shelter day at the Burbank Animal Shelter, and we had a ton of adoptions! 1 guinea pig, 1 bunny, 5 dogs and 28 cats were adopted!

Among the adoptions was long term resident Miki, who now has a forever home with a great new mom, dad, and a furry friend!

A big thank you to the 400+ people that came to visit the shelter that day, the 50+ volunteers that helped out, and all the adopters who gave our animals their new homes!

Mia is Looking for a Foster Home!

Have you ever been looking for a place to live and visited one in which you thought “this just isn’t going to work for me?” Well that’s what it’s like for some of our wonderful pets at the shelter such as Mia. This sweet, smart and athletic lady is full of love but she’s just not feeling the love of living at the shelter. So we’re putting out the call for a foster mom or dad to take in this wonderful girl until she finds her forever home.

Mia is an approximately 3-year old pit bull terrier, and volunteers who have worked with her say she is clearly a “house” dog, who just wants to cuddle with humans and fall asleep in your lap. At the shelter she’s more stressed and isn’t showing her true, loveable self which translates into being passed over for adoptions by people who can’t see her real beauty.

Mia needs a foster home where she can get outside, get some exercise and be away from the hustle and bustle that comes with shelter life. As Mia’s foster parent, you get to take her into your home and help socialize and promote her in the community and on social medial. Oh, and you get to play with her and watch her become her true Mia self. You’ll also have the support of the Volunteers of the Burbank Animal Shelter.

Some dogs handle the shelter environment well, with all the sounds and various stimuli that they may or may not be used to. And some dogs just aren’t themselves in the shelter, so fosters take them into their home on a temporary basis so that they can flourish. Through the foster program, we find out more information about the dogs too because it’s a more relaxed environment in which they can really be themselves. And that means more information we can give to potential adopters.

The VBAS has many foster success stories in which the animals have flourished and moved on. . .if you can help Mia be her best, please contact

Say Hi to Stella

Want to add a low-key pet to your low-key house? Then check out Stella! Experienced cat owners will appreciate this approximately 6-year-old brown tabby girl who starts out slow around strangers, but then becomes your best friend.

You’ll soon find out that your lap and her purring are a great combination. She may also be a good combo with another cat, though she definitely isn’t into dogs. She would also prefer adults only in the house

Patience and love will pay you back ten-fold when this lovely lady adds some warmth to your home. Adopt Stella today.

Why I Adopted a Senior Pet

By Irina di Vincenzo

I have been volunteering at the Burbank animal shelter since the beginning of this year and it has been fulfilling in so many ways. The happiest moments are when an older or a long time resident of the shelter gets adopted.  I fell in love with an 8 year old cat at the shelter named Greyson and the moment he rested his head on my chest I knew I had to bring him home with me.  I wasn’t fully aware of what adopting an older cat really meant, but let me tell you something…the perks are many!

Greyson made himself comfortable the moment he got home.  He knew where the litter box was, where the food was, and *especially* where the couch was!  (We had to fight for what was formerly my spot on the couch.  He won but he likes to share!)

My husband and I work during the week, and Greyson happily enjoys the AC and some bird watching through the window.  Here he is laying on one of the many beds I made for him….and I just realized I don’t really own a blanket anymore.

He seems to understand my physical and emotional situations and he shows me his support and love by sleeping on me.  He can sense when I’m not feeling well and pays extra attention.  There’s finally a good thing about getting sick: we get to spend more time together.

When I’m home and taking a break from my busy life, I enjoy taking naps.  Greyson and I have a lot more in common that I thought.

We enjoy watching TV together, although sometimes he judges me for my movie choices.

He is also a well behaved “gentlecat” who waits for his treats with patience…at least most of the time.

Adopting an older cat is a great idea for someone like me, who is really busy and enjoys their time at home just relaxing.  Plus (and it’s the biggest plus) older pets will always have the “thank you for saving my life” look when in reality they have the magic power where they just exist and make your life better for it.

Our Kitten Foster Program Still Needs Fosters!

We’d like to say a big Thank Mew to the new kitten foster parents who joined the Kitten Foster Program (KFP) after our article (The Kittens Are Here) last month. We gained a dozen foster parents….but we received dozens of kittens too!

The kittens are still arriving, and we still need your help! We are expecting another 100+ orphan kittens to come in before the kitten season ends in (hopefully) November. The shelter does not have the space to house and care for them all. We need foster families who can give them a loving temporary home until they are big enough to be adopted. Fostering kittens is incredibly rewarding and it’s also a lot of fun. We will supply training, all supplies, and of course, the kittens.

Foster parents come from all walks of life, and we will give you kittens that match your lifestyle. They don’t take up much space (a bathroom is a palace compared to a kennel!), and they won’t mind if you work all day. Half the day in an empty house is better than 24 hours a day in a kennel, and they’ll be so happy to see you when you get home!

If you can bottle feed, if you can only take foster kittens that are already eating, or if you are only able to foster short term for a week or two at a time, we want you. Click here for more information about signing up to become a foster parent.

Fostering saves lives twice: You’re saving the kittens in your care *and* you are freeing up space at the shelter to save more lives!

Thank you!

Say Hello to Bison!

Fully-Trained!!! That’s what you want in a guy, and with Bison that’s what you’ll get!! He’s an 8-year-old Mastiff-mix who will swat you with his tail. . .in a good way! He loves people of all ages, though kids may not know enough to stay away from that tail, and he doesn’t know enough of his own strength, so he’s best for kids 10 years and older.

He wants to be the only pet in the family, and he’s the only pet you’ll need in the family. He’s very friendly and loves people, and yes, his training includes being house broken.

The “B” in his name also stands for beautiful as this guy has a lovely brindle coat that is a real head turner. Bison has been with the shelter since February and is ready to go home NOW! Drop by the shelter and get your “Bison On” today!

Amazing Kitten Daisy and her brother Stevie

Amazing Daisy and her brother Stevie are looking for their forever home.

Zooming around the house, chasing Stevie up and down the stairs, and playing with her toys. It’s just another day in the life of Daisy the Kitten.

You’d never know Daisy is blind.

Daisy, Stevie and a group of kittens arrived at the shelter in rough shape. They were all suffering from severe eye infections and eye trauma. Some of the kittens lost an eye. Daisy lost both of hers. But that hasn’t slowed her down one bit!

Stevie is super affectionate and will purr the minute you pick him up. He a real lap cat, especially when it’s nap time!  Stevie and Daisy are a bonded pair that love to play and follow each other all around their foster home.

Daisy continues to amaze us each day, but as far as she’s concerned, she and are brother are just a couple of typical kittens who like to play hard and then cuddle up and sleep.

This special pair is looking for their forever home. They love people, and get along great with cats and other kittens. (No dogs please) To learn more and meet them please contact their foster mom at

Rockstar Kittens at the Starlight Bowl

Kittens from the the Volunteers of the Burbank Animal Shelter’s Kitten Foster Program (KFP) rocked out to some great tunes July 14th at the Burbank Starlight Bowl!

The Starlight Bowl hosts a series of outdoor evening concerts every summer, and the VBAS was lucky enough to be invited to attend and raise awareness about our furry friends.

Starlight Bowl MC Jeffrey Hopkins and Kitten Foster Dad Jim Richardson interview Rockstar Kitten Barney. (Photo by Deborah Dodge)

Mia practices hitting her marks while Betty waits backstage. (Photo by Deborah Dodge)

Volunteers Irina Di Vicenzo and Kim Freed watch the table while Betty and Barney sample the buffet before their big on-stage debut.

The VBAS would like to say a big thank you to the Starlight Bowl for letting us come to the party and show off our kittens!

Mark your calendar! The VBAS will be bringing dogs to the Bowl on July 28th and the kittens will be returning for the August 11th show. Get you tickets now and we look forward to seeing you there!

Whole lotta learning going on!

This just in: the VBAS at the Best Friends National Conference

20 VBAS volunteers joined over 1,6000 attendees at the Best Friends National Conference from July 19-21 at the Westin Bonaventure Hotel in downtown LA.

Each day was packed with informational and inspirational animal welfare seminars where we learned about the latest ideas and strategies to increase adoptions and save more lives at the shelter.

We came away with a *ton* of new ideas and strategies, and we are super excited to begin implementing them.  We can’t wait to get started!  Watch this space for more news in the coming months.  Thank you Best Friends!

The Kittens are Here!!!


Kitten season has arrived and we need more kitten foster parents!   We need your help!

Kitten season (April to October) is here and this year Southern California has been hit harder than usual.  Shelters and rescues are seeing record numbers of kittens coming in and Burbank is no exception. The shelter does not have ability to house them all, so this is where the Volunteers of the Burbank Animal Shelter (VBAS) Kitten Foster Program (KFP) comes in.

In a normal year, KFP and its network of foster families will save over 200 kittens.  Fosters provide their kittens with safe homes, food and care until they are big enough to be adopted to their forever homes.  But this year KFP is on pace to take in over 300 kittens. We need more fosters to save all these kittens!   If you love kittens, you can absolutely save lives by becoming a kitten foster parent.  When you foster you are saving lives twice:  You are saving the kittens in your care, *and* you are freeing up space at the shelter to save more lives!

Neonatal kittens (0-4 weeks) are the tiniest kittens arriving at the shelter.  They need the most help and must be bottle fed every few hours. The number of bottle feeders coming in this season has increased dramatically and we *desperately* need more fosters who can bottle feed.

Our biggest need is for fosters who can bottle feed for a few weeks at a time, but if you can only bottle feed for a few days or on the weekends, that will be a tremendous help as well.

What goes into bottle feeding a kitten?  Check out this video from Kitten Lady! 


We also need fosters who can take in older kittens who are eating on their own, but just need a little more time to reach adoption weight.  If you have a busy work schedule or work full time these are the kittens for you! They won’t mind if you work all day: half the day in an empty house or apartment is better than 24 hours a day in a kennel!  These kittens are perfectly content to keep each other company while you’re away and of course they’ll be happy to see you when you get home!

The Kitten Foster Program provides comprehensive training for all foster parents, as well as all food, supplies, materials and medical care your kittens will need.  We’re also here to support you along the way! When your kitten is ready for adoption, we will help you market them on our website, social media, and at our kitten adoption fairs that are held twice per month.  Our adoption rate is 100%!

Karissa, a long-time bottle feeding foster mom, reports that “KFP has been super supportive, responsive, and understanding.  It’s so rewarding to see the kittens hit their milestones like opening their eyes, recognizing your voice, and even wrestle each other.  My kids have learned how to be gentle, compassionate, responsible humans because they are helping me raise these tiny little creatures.”

Laura, another foster mom, works with KFP as a bottle feeder on the weekends.  During the week, she fosters kittens that are eating on their own and can handle being by themselves for hours at a time. “The first time I fostered for the weekend, I was very nervous about caring for the kittens because they are so small, but the KFP leaders and the full-time foster were so reassuring and supportive.  I also have two small children and a dog. My oldest child is so excited about helping me care for the kittens, and fostering is a great opportunity to start teaching her to care for animals and the importance of volunteering in the community

If you can help foster, whether as a bottle feeder or for a kitten that is eating on its own, we want to hear from you!  Please click here to learn more and fill out the application.   (And if you know someone who might be interested, please send this along to them!)

And if you can’t foster but would still like to help, please consider making a donation.  Any size donation will go a long way to making sure the kittens have all the resources they need to keep the kittens happy, healthy, and adoptable!

Say Hi to Tiger and Sharkie

Everybody needs a brother, otherwise who are you going to compete with? Tiger and Sharkie are no different! The only thing these 4-year-old bonded boys might love more than each other is racing to fetch the ball. Okay, so Tiger is a little better at that game, but Sharkie doesn’t mind. He’ll just come back to you for some hugs and treats.

Tiger demonstrating his winking prowess.  Here’s lookin’ at you, kid!

Tiger is the brindle pit terrier mix and Sharkie is the black and white pit terrier mix – both are full of energy and ready to get active with you. They’re also social guys who enjoy meeting and greeting people.

Not to be outdone, Sharkie showing off his “wink with both eyes” skills

Someone who’s done the dog thing before, and has a little experience under their belt, might work best for these fun guys. And while they aren’t a fan of cats or kids under 13, they may be open to having another brother (or, yuck, a sister!) to compete against in the ball fetch.

If you’re looking for twice the love, you need to meet Tiger and Sharkie!

Meet Eve

Two-year-old kids like attention, and this almost 2 year old sweet kitty is no different. Except she’s the opposite of the terrible twos. . . we’d say she’s the touchy-feely-come-pet-me-and-gaze-into-my-eyes twos. That’s Eve, a beautiful brown and white domestic shorthair tabby who is approximately 1 year 10 months old and ready to hang out with people. That’s right, she likes, no, loves people!

This super affectionate and super playful gal is social and sweet and would make an awesome friend for someone as the only cat. Because hey, who wants to compete for mom’s (or dad’s) attention anyway? And speaking of attention, she’ll let you know when it’s petting time by rubbing your legs or sitting up properly and staring at you until you notice! She loves cheek scratches and will collapse in your hand as soon as you start giving them to her.

Eve’s come a long way from when she first arrived at the shelter. Back then, she wasn’t very socialized, she was scared and could be a bit aggressive. But with the patience and help from the VBAS Cat Socialization Team working with her every day, she’s really blossomed. Now, she’s very sweet, easy going and incredibly loving and playful.

Oh, and by now you may have noticed her distinct feature. . .her big ears. These Rabbitish ears give her even more character and cuteness. Adopt this sweetie now make this the summer of kitty love!

Adult Foster Sky finds her home!

Sky is beautiful Pit Bull Terrier mix with a goofy smile.  She’s also a graduate of the VBAS Adult Dog Foster program (ADF).

Sky first came to the shelter when her previous owners lost their home last year.  This active, regal, and fun lady had a very difficult time adjusting to shelter life.  What Sky didn’t know was that she was just ONE loving foster mom away from her forever home!

When Sky was in her kennel, she was an anxious nervous wreck, which hid her bright personality. This otherwise loving, caring and optimistic lady became a shell of herself and was beset by depression, anxiety and stomach issues.  Something needed to be done. Sky was a prime candidate for the Adult Dog Foster program!

ADF connects adult dogs at the shelter who are not flourishing with fosters who can give them a real home to stay in.  Fosters temporarily take in the dogs as if they were their own and provide them with love and care. This makes the animals happier, more sociable, and better prepared for their forever homes.

Mari, Sky’s foster-mom-to-be, had concerns at first.  She lived in a small apartment. Would Sky bark too much?  Sky was so nervous in her kennel. How would she be outside of it?  ADF worked with Mari, provided her with all the food and supplies she would need, and promised her that she could bring Sky back if things did not work out.  Once Mari committed to being a foster mom for Sky though, what happened next was truly magical!

On the car ride home Sky was sleeping in the back seat.  She immediately felt at home and at peace. Mari cuddled up with Sky the first night and they’ve been inseparable pals ever since!  Sky flourished and her depression, anxiety, and stomach issues disappeared. Almost overnight, she became a new dog.

Outside of the shelter with Mari, Sky is obedient, loving and trusting. Together Mari and Sky hit the beach, go to work together (where Sky patiently waits for Mari to finish), or just lounge on the sofa.  Currently, Mari is working on leash-training Sky and getting her used to being around other dogs by taking her to the dog park.

After this experience, Mari can’t imagine her life without her new pal. Mari considers herself a “failed foster” because she has chosen to adopt her “Sky Girl”.  Considering that Mari was originally hesitant going into ADF (and Sky’s amazing turn around) we can’t imagine a greater foster success!

The Adult Dog Foster Program is actively looking for more foster parents.  If you’d like to get involved, and have space in your heart and your home to help a dog like Sky, please contact

To learn about our current adoptable foster dogs, click here.

To see the work we do, follow us on Instagram at @vbasdogfoster


Puddy found his forever home!

Puddy, our most senior feline resident started the summer off the right way: he found his forever home!

This sweet and distinguished 13 year old shelter favourite with the gift of gab was quite talkative the moment he arrived at the shelter.  He would love to regale visitors and give out advice based on his many years of experience.

Master and commander of the counter stool

It all paid off when a nice family came to the shelter looking for a loving cat.  He walked right over, meowed a hello, and did a cheek rub to all five family members.  (Way to go Puddy!) Being a chatty one, he quickly talked them into taking him home.

As an older gentleman, It took a little while for Puddy to get used to his new home and figure out his new brother Oscar, the 80 lb Labrador Retriever.  Oscar was super excited to have another cat around. Puddy, well, not so much at first, but he came around! Now he and Oscar hang around together, and according to Oscar he’s even grown to appreciate the occasional doggy lick.

Puddy sharing “his” chair.

Puddy has a wonderful habit of nestling on your chest if you’re on the couch (or bed), and also loves to reach up and pat your chin with his paws.  He loves to meet new people, says hello to all guests, loves to play with kids and is extremely curious.

Rumor has it that Puddy’s new dad is more of a dog person, but Puddy is working on that…

Look into my eyes, silly human!

We’d like to say a big thank you to Puddy’s family for adopting and giving him a wonderful home to live out his golden years!

Bailey and Piper’s Dad has a big birthday!

The VBAS would like to say a heartfelt thank you to Burbank resident Don Burgess.  In addition to adopting bonded pair Bailey and Piper (formerly Chiquis and Yumma), this year Don turned his birthday birthday into a fundraiser for the Volunteers of The Burbank Animal Shelter.  Don has a tradition of hosting a big party for every birthday “that ends in a zero”, and for picking a charity for his friends to donate to in lieu of gifts. We’re not saying what the number is in front of the zero, but we can say that Don raised over $5,000 for the animals!  The funds he raised will pay for two special surgeries, sponsor over 50 kittens in our kitten foster program, and pay for needed medical supplies.

Happy Birthday Don!  Thank you so much for thinking of the animals!

Summer Pet Travel Safety

So you want to join the “Traveling with your pet” craze this summer? GREAT! You might save money on a pet sitter and have your best friend with you to enjoy your vacation too. But if you’re bringing Fido or Fluffy along, please take some time to get them ready for the trip so that they enjoy it as much as you do.

The first pit stop with your pit (or any pet) should be the dreaded vet. They may hate it, but you need to make sure they have a clean bill of health and are up-to-date on shots and vaccinations. Getting sick on the road is no fun for anyone.

Next thing on the check list is to check ahead with the airline and/or hotels to assure they’re pet-friendly. Many airlines, but not all, will let you bring your smaller dog/cat in an airline approved carrier onto the plane. This is preferred over flying your pet in cargo. Summer and winter are absolutely the worst times to fly with a pet in cargo due to the temperature extremes. The Center for Pet Safety is an excellent resource for more information about flying safely with your pet:

And watch the sleeping aids! Tranquilizers can also raise body temperature and blood pressure while in the air. Check with your vet!

Also, do a little training. Get Fido comfortable in his or her carrier before you leave on the trip by having him log some time inside the carrier and, if you’re driving, inside the car too. Invest in a crash tested dog seatbelt or a crash tested crate for your animal’s safety. The Center for Pet Safety is an excellent resource, listing test results for a variety of products they recommend:


And remember, old food is road food. While we are justified in eating chips, candy and soft drinks on a road trip (hey, it’s vacation right!), your pet wants his same ole same ole treats and food. And make sure they have access to plenty of water. Some experts recommend your pet eating wet food to get more moisture. But if your pet isn’t used to that, then switch it several weeks ahead of time to make sure they like it!  You also may not want to feed your cat right before flying as he may get sick. Aside from the food, toss in some familiar toys and blankets, and your pet is road ready!

Once you’ve arrived at your pet-approved hotel room (remember that whole checking ahead thing), try not to leave them alone. If you absolutely have to go out on the town without them, then put them in, you guessed it, the carrier. Maids bust into the room regardless of how many door signs you hang, and that can startle your pet (heck, it startles us!) into trying to get out.

Take some time to cover all the bases of traveling with your pet, and you’ll have a vacation that you AND your pet will appreciate!  

Additional Resource:

Say Hello to Mia!

What’s a more fun way to lose weight than eating carrots and lifting weights?  Adopting Mia! Mia is 3-year-old red and white pit bull terrier mix who can help keep you active.  She loves hiking, running, walking, and pretty much any activity. In fact if you have a squeaky fabric doll for a game of fetch, she’ll be your best friend!

But don’t let that activeness fool you!  She loves being petted and talked to, and, well, you’ll find out that she’s also a good kisser!  For her other talents, all you have to do is ask. Ask her to sit and shake her paw that is. In fact you’ll want to add in some training to her schedule so that she learns more!

If your kids are under 13, they probably won’t be able to keep up with this dynamic girl.  She’s been waiting since September to find just the right house with an experienced owner, no cats and maybe another dog.


Adopt Mia and it’s a win-win (with a little weight lose-lose!).

Meet Cashew

Who says long hair is out of style for the Summer? Cashew wears her flowing locks well! Not only do they add to her gorgeous looks, but you’ll have that much more fluffy fur to pet when you adopt this black and white sweetie. And she does love to be petted, once she gets over that whole “I don’t know who you are” thing, then you’ll have a friend for life.

The arrival of a new family member with allergies is why she found her way to the shelter, but she doesn’t hold a grudge because she’s got a few allergies of her own that are taken care of with her special diet.   And speaking of special, she’s always been special as the only pet in the house, though she may do okay with other cats.

Of course a lady never tells her age, but we’re estimating Cashew to be around 10-years-old. Yes, she’s an adult which makes sense that she would prefer adults only in a quiet home where everyone can relax and, you know, pet her! Cashew has been waiting since December for her forever home . . . if you’ve been waiting for a furry beauty, then it’s time for you both to meet!


Beau got a new home and a new name!

The Shelter Favorite Formerly Known as Beau found his forever home this month and is now known as Fred!

Fred is doing great and loves going on walks, car rides, taking baths and cuddles.

He follows his new mom and dad everywhere they go.

Fred loves the water, so his parents bought him a kiddie pool to play in and a life vest so they can take him boating in the summer.  We’re looking forward to seeing photos of that!

Thank you Nazy and James for adopting!


More great news!  Long term resident Diesel (Meet Diesel, April 2018) found his forever home too!

Diesel joined another Burbank Animal Shelter graduate Logan, (formerly Austin), in his new home. It took them all of one day to become fast friends.  The two spend most of the day playing and running in the backyard.

They both sleep in the bedroom at night, and once his head hits the bed he’s out like a light!


Diesel still loves the water.  On the days the pool is filled he’s like a little seal, diving under the water and rolling all around.

Diesel has two other dog friends, Jager (also from the Burbank Animal Shelter) and Chew Chew who belong to his adopters’ daughter and come over to play on a regular basis.  Diesel hit the jackpot and joined a large animal family!

Diesel’s new mom and dad added the following:  “We could not have gotten dogs from a more awesome, loving and caring shelter. Such a great crew of people. Hard to believe Diesel stayed at the shelter as long as he did. Must have been waiting just for us. He stole our hearts. We just love him so much already.”

Thank you Janet and Patrick for the kind words and for giving Diesel such a wonderful home!

Local Fundraising Heroes

The Volunteers of the Burbank Animal Shelter (VBAS) and the animals of the Burbank Animal Shelter were the recipients of some very generous community fundraisers this month.

Photo by Deborah Dodge

Local resident and animal lover Deborah Dodge organized a pancake breakfast with the help of the Burbank VFW Social Hall to benefit the VBAS on May 6.

Deborah Dodge & Christine Hatch
They had a raffle prize drawing, served pancakes to nearly 100 local residents and raised over $1600! That’s enough to provide lab work for over 30 animals in need of care!
Photo by Deborah Dodge

Thank you Deborah for organizing, the VFW Social Hall for hosting, and everyone who came out to the event!  All of the volunteers and residents truly appreciate your generosity and support!


Every May, Burbank resident and animal lover, William Hadley, hosts a Kentucky Derby Party with his friends and family.  This year he made it into a fundraiser for the animals and raised $1,541! That will sponsor 25 kittens in our kitten foster program!  Thank you William!

In addition to all of this, several local heroes helped raise money for the VBAS on their birthdays.  Volunteer Steve Dealph organized a birthday brunch at Simmzy’s that raised over $1,000. Brittany Abril, Hannah Low and Cameron Wardlaw (for the second year in a row.  Thanks Cameron!), turned their birthdays in to fundraisers for the VBAS on Facebook. Together they raised $985! These funds will help pay for our next special surgery.

Thank you again to everyone who generously donated their time, special events, and birthdays and turned them into fundraisers for the animals at the shelter.  Because of you, more animals are being saved!

Want to be a hero and turn your birthday into a fundraiser on Facebook?  Simply select “Support Nonprofit” in the area where you write your post and enter “Volunteers of the Burbank Animal Shelter”.  It’s that easy!

Have an idea for a community fundraiser to support our Shelter animals and need some help or advice?  Email and we’ll help you out!  

Police Fire Service Day!

The VBAS came out to support the community at the annual Burbank Fire Service Day on May 12th.

Bonded pups Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers danced and wagged their tails to the sounds of the John Burroughs High School Jazz Band.

Pit bull Poe the got a special visit from fellow pup McGruff the Crime Dog.

Animal Control Officer John McCullogh got in on the action by demonstrating his special technique for netting stray animals out in the field.

And the best part, Poe met his new family and found his forever home. Thank you to everyone who came out to the event and made it paw-some!  

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!

Check out the VBAS radio spot!

If you haven’t had a chance to hear the VBAS radio spot that airs on KIIS-FM 102.7, KOST-FM 103.5, KBIG-FM 104.3, KFI-AM 640, KHHT-FM 92.3, KTLK-AM 1150, KLAC-AM 570 and STAR-FM 98.7, you can listen to it here!
VBAS radio spot