Proven Strategies


The Best Friends Podcast Episode 55

Los Angeles now a No-Kill City thanks to NKLA Coalition 
March 11th, 2021

Launched in 2012, The NKLA (No-Kill Los Angeles) Coalition set out to do what many believed to be unattainable. Bring the combined save rate for Los Angeles Animal Services (LAAS) across the 90% threshold for a full calendar year.

With a 2020 save rate of 90.49%, it’s now official: Los Angeles is a no-kill community. L.A. is now the most populous, most racially and economically diverse, and largest community geographically to attain no-kill status.

This epic achievement results from ten years of blood, sweat, tears, and collaboration between LAAS, Best Friends, and more than 150 rescue organizations who together made up the coalition. In this episode, we celebrate this momentous occasion in the history of the no-kill movement and share some of the lessons learned in L.A., which can help every community in America still on their quest to achieve no-kill.

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This week's guests


Marc Peralta Best Friends Animal Society

Marc Peralta

chief program officer

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