Happy Tails

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

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

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

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


Kitten Foster Program

Actively recruiting Foster Parents for 2018

The VBAS Kitten Foster Program was established in 2001 in response to the overwhelming homeless kitten population in the Burbank area. Throughout the year, the shelter receives hundreds of kittens less than eight weeks old. Whether they come in as a single stray or an entire litter, these tiny felines are too young to survive in a shelter environment. Foster volunteers house these young kittens and provide essential care – feeding, socialization with humans and other animals and medical care. Once the foster kitten reaches two pounds in weight he or she is available for adoption, and the foster family will interview potential adopters at home or at an adoption fair. Kitten adoption fairs are held twice each month at the shelter to assist with the adoption process.

Contact Us: KFP Program questions jennifer@thevbas.org

Medical Program

The VBAS Medical Program started under the direction of volunteer veterinarian, Martin Small, D.V.M. Since its inception, the medical program has evolved to providing vaccinations, examinations and testing for disease for all animals that enter the shelter, ensuring pets are healthy before being adopted. VBAS volunteers assist the medical staff in the clinic, with routine examinations as well as pre- and post-surgery. The VBAS also funds special needs examinations and surgeries for animal residents.

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!