Medical Program

The VBAS Medical Program started under the direction of volunteer veterinarian, Dr. Martin Small, D.V.M. Since then, our medical program has evolved to provide vaccinations, examinations and disease testing for all animals that enter the shelter, ensuring pets are healthy before being adopted.

VBAS volunteers assist the medical staff with routine examinations pre- and post-surgery and help transport animals to and from appointments with specialists. The VBAS also funds special needs examinations and surgeries for our animal residents.

Here are some of our most recent medical success stories:

Lena came to the shelter and quickly won over the hearts of the volunteers and staff, but it was soon discovered she had damage to her Cruciate Ligament (similar to the ACL) in her knee. After a consultation at the VCA West LA Animal Hospital, doctors determined a specialized surgery was needed to fix the damage.
Read more about Lena’s road to recovery (which lead to a happy adoption) here.

There’s not much to smile about when you’ve got a mouth full of damaged or missing teeth. Haku was a sweet cat, but needed some extensive dental work in order to get his smile back and find his forever home.
Read more about how Haku got his smile back here.

Chip got a little too excited looking for his forever home and accidentally broke his foot requiring a specialized surgery.
Read more about Chip’s medical journey here.



Seniors for Seniors

It’s never too late to find the love of your life!

Senior pets and senior people seem to have a special bond, and matching them provides a wonderful sense of companionship for both. Pets provide special enrichment and documented health benefits to the lives of mature adults. An older pet has a great deal of love and affection still to give. Mature pets are typically more mellow, require only moderate exercise, have already been trained, and fit into the lifestyle of older adults easily. Like senior humans, senior pets enjoy the time to relax and savor the pleasures of life. For these reasons the VBAS has established a Seniors for Seniors discount. Any Southern California resident age 60 and older may adopt a Burbank Animal Shelter “senior” dog or cat age seven or older, and the VBAS will waive 75% of the adoption fee (proof of age and residency is required.)

Come to the shelter and visit our selection of wonderful mature dogs and cats waiting for a new home.

Visit the complete listing of all of our available animals!