Animal Writes
3 October 2001 Issue
SPCA to Cut Back as Giving Fades

by Kenneth Reich, Times Staff Writer

Citing financial ripple effects of the Sept. 11 East Coast attacks, the Los Angeles chapter of the SPCA is closing two pet adoption centers and firing eight workers. Madeline Bernstein, president of the Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Los Angeles, said the nonprofit organization has been hit hard by a sudden decline in contributions as many donors gave instead to relief efforts in New York City. Other Southland groups that depend on charitable giving expressed similar worries. "After the disaster, a lot of our donations immediately dried up," Bernstein said. "We're not getting mail." And only 183 volunteers have signed up for the group's annual "dog walk" fund-raiser, set for Oct. 6, she said. "We usually see close to 1,000 by this time."

Compounding the problem, a drop in the stock market has cut the value of the organization's endowment in half, to $4.9 million, reducing its ability to cope with the decline in donations. The SPCA is closing its Los Angeles pet adoption center at 5026 W. Jefferson Blvd. on Monday and its Santa Monica Place center Nov. 1. Its four other centers in Los Angeles, Hawthorne, Manhattan Beach and Long Beach will stay open."

[Editor's Note: Be aware that animal organizations all over the country will likely be affected the same way as the LA SPCA. Let's not forget that the animals never stop needing our help.]

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