Shelters Alarmingly Full as More Than 250,000 Cats and Dogs Await Homes

SEAACA Joins Animal Welfare Organizations Across Nation to Ask Public for Help

Animal shelters and rescues across the nation continue to see more animals entering than leaving, amassing a backlog of adoptable animals and creating a crisis of existential proportions. To tackle the problem, the Southeast Area Animal Control Authority (SEAACA) has joined animal welfare advocates, shelters, and rescues in launching Share the Care, a campaign highlighting the powerful impact people can have on homeless animals in their community through even the smallest acts of kindness. People are urged to learn how and where help is needed at SEAACA by visiting

The newly launched Share the Care campaign illustrates the critical role the community plays in creating positive outcomes for cats, dogs, and other companion animals. Opportunities like adopting, fostering, volunteering, donating, or even sharing adoptable animals on social media can help give incredible animals a second chance at a wonderful life.

On July 6, 2022 Charlie a two year old Border Collie mix (23-00203) came into SEAACA in Downey, CA as a stray. Understandingly, Charlie was initially scared of his new surroundings but very quickly warmed up to staff, showing them his great personality. Charlie loves playing with toys and enjoys going for walks, he will make a wonderful pet to anyone, but sadly he has been overlooked.

Unfortunately, Charlie isn’t alone. Animal shelters across the country are packed with dogs and cats who have nowhere to go. It’s a drastically different situation than in 2020, when shelters and rescues saw overwhelming demand for adoptable pets. For the past 18 months, the number of pets leaving shelters has steadily dropped, bringing shelters to or near full capacity.

There are many ways the community can help homeless pets through Share the Care:

  • Adopting a pet is the most immediate and impactful way to help.
  • Fostering, in which volunteers temporarily care for animals in their home, increases a shelter’s capacity to house more animals.
  • Promoting adoptable animals through social media spreads the word.
  • Volunteering and donating also support lifesaving efforts.
Preventing pets from entering shelters is another way to alleviate overcrowding. Tips on how to ensure lost
pets make their way home and resources for rehoming animals can be found at
“Without significant and immediate support from the public,” says Stephanie Filer, executive director for
Shelter Animals Count, “data analysis of the past few years predicts adoptions will continue to decrease.” For
more information on specific actions you can take to help save animals’ lives and to pledge your support, please


Share the Care is a campaign developed by more than 100 animal welfare organizations joining together to
create national awareness of the need for people to join the lifesaving efforts of animal shelters in their
community. Share the Care is about lifesaving together – government, community, and nonprofit working
collaboratively to support homeless pets. Join the campaign at to learn more.


SEAACA (Southeast Area Animal Control Authority) provides animal care and control services for 14 cities in
southeast Los Angeles County and northern Orange County, including Bell Gardens, Bellflower, Buena Park,
Downey, Lakewood, La Palma, Montebello, Norwalk, Paramount, Pico Rivera, Santa Fe Springs, South El
Monte, South Gate and Vernon. SEAACA's Animal Care Center, located in Downey reunites pet owners with
lost pets and assists new pet owners with pet adoptions. SEAACA’s Vaccination Clinic, spays and neuters
adoption animals plus provides vaccinations and microchipping to the general public.



With the support of its Board of Commissioners and dedicated staff, SEAACA is committed to providing
programs for the caring of abandoned and unwanted pets, reuniting lost pets with their families and matching
new homes for adoptable pets. SEAACA promotes responsible pet ownership by providing educational
information, insuring access to spay or neuter services at a reasonable cost and insisting people accept the
fact their pets are members of the family.