Animal Welfare

In 2001 the City of Los Angeles made a commitment to work toward “no kill,” an approach to managing animal shelters that ultimately seeks to ensure that no healthy, adoptable animals are euthanized while in the City’s care. This philosophy has endured through the terms of three consecutive mayors, with Councilmember Paul Koretz, its dedicated champion on the City Council.

As a life-long animal lover, Councilmember Koretz has made the welfare of both domestic and wild animals a key concern during his time in public office. In 2011, he became the chair of the Council’s Personnel and Animal Welfare Committee which handles legislative and policy matters relating to animals and the Department of Animal Services. In that role he has taken responsibility for proposing and shepherding several of the City’s most important animal welfare measures through to passage, helping Los Angeles to become a national trendsetter in animal welfare policy and practice.

Councilmember Koretz is committed to working with the City’s animal experts, the humane community, and the animal-loving public to make the Los Angeles a place where all animals are happy and safe, and where animals and humans live in greater harmony.

Councilmember Koretz’s animal welfare accomplishments, initiatives and proposals: