Live Large and Adopt a Big Dog

Pasadena Humane and Best Friends Animal Society are teaming up for the “Live Large – Adopt a Big Dog” campaign from January 15 to 31st to rally local residents to adopt or foster dogs 40lbs or over. 

Starting January 15, adoption fees will be waived at Pasadena Humane for dogs 40lbs and over. Dogs will be spayed/neutered, up to date on vaccines and microchipped. Adopters receive a free health exam at a participating veterinarian and a discount at the Pasadena Humane Shelter Shop. Adopters living in the Pasadena Humane licensing service area can get a dog license at the time of adoption.  

“We have more than 30 big dogs in our care right now,” said Dia DuVernet, President & CEO of Pasadena Humane. “We would love for each of them to find the new home they deserve. Big dogs bring a lot of love and can make great family pets.”  

Potential adopters can preview available dogs, as well as make an adoption appointment at 

“The goal of this campaign is to get 500 or more big dogs into homes in two weeks,” said Kaylee Hawkins, Pacific Region Director at Best Friends Animal Society. “Since it’s been hard to live large in the usual ways during this pandemic, our message is that a big dog can bring lots of love and fun into your life. Even if you live in a small space, there’s a big dog waiting in a shelter that can be perfect for you.” 

Californians who are not able to commit to adoption can still make a huge lifesaving impact by temporarily opening their home to a foster dog through their local shelter, while the rescue or shelter helps to find a permanent adopter. Food, supplies and medical treatment are provided for free to foster homes by Pasadena Humane. 

“Foster parents provide much-needed kennel breaks for dogs, helping them get ready for adoption in a loving home environment,” added DuVernet. “Fostering a dog is wonderful way to help a shelter pet in need while enjoying all the love a dog has to give.”