Forgotten Animals of LA

FALA is dedicated to the rescue of homeless cats and the elimination of their suffering. We understand that animal over-population is the root of the problem. It is our goal to make the public aware of their responsibility toward animals by conducting an aggressive campaign to educate them on the necessity for humane treatment and sterilization of pets. Rescued animals will receive medical care and housing until (through an extensive screening process) they are placed in good, permanent homes.

About FALA

Founded in 1999 by Charleen Sweeney, FALA is the result of a group of dedicated animal rescuers coming together to combine their passions and energies. Charleen Sweeney is the former Director of the Bide-A-Wee Animal Shelter in New York City. After moving to Los Angeles, she met Shirley Russo, another Toluca Lake resident and devoted animal rescuer. Charleen and Shirley realized they would accomplish more by working together as a non-profit organization, recruiting like-minded people to work with them.

Each member of the Board of Directors of FALA has been working for decades to save stray animals from misery and death. Everyone who works with FALA is a volunteer, allowing 100% of all donations to go directly to helping the animals. The volunteers of FALA get down in the trenches, and their commitment to the animals is life-long. They rescue the “throw-aways”, as 98% of FALA’s animals are rescued from the streets where they were awaiting horrifying futures.

To control and humanely maintain the feral cat population, FALA uses the TNR (trap, neuter & return) policy that has proven to be the most effective. Rescued animals are inoculated, neutered, tested for felv/fiv, wormed, micro-chipped and receive any necessary medical treatment for infections and injuries.

When animals can be adopted, they are healthy and well-cared for, having been lovingly sheltered in temporary foster homes until, through an extensive screening process, they are placed in good, permanent homes. FALA is always looking for good, kind, caring foster homes to house these precious creatures while they await the right permanent home.
The screening process used by FALA is exacting and stringent. And FALA stays in contact with the adopted parents for the remainder of the animal’s life. FALA also offers in-home behavioral sessions with every adoption at no charge.

Other FALA activities include bringing animals to senior centers and hospitals to comfort the sick and elderly, as well as helping seniors who live at home to care for their four-legged companions by assisting with food and medical concerns.
FALA steps in wherever they are needed, whenever they can!

Forgotten Animals of Los Angeles takes great pride in the level of attention we give to animals, from the time they come into our care through their final adoption. We have a careful screening policy and thoughtful placement practice. Are you ready to adopt a pet?

In most cases the adoption donation is $150.00, which covers, but is not limited to: spay/neuter,
inoculations, worming, testing for feline leukemia virus/feline immunodeficiency virus, flea treatment and

  1. If you are interested in adopting one (or a pair?) of our cats or kittens, please complete the form below. If you would prefer to mail or fax it in, you can download and print the form here and send it to us.[info] Forgotten Animals of Los Angeles
    P.O. Box 2285
    Toluca Lake, CA 91610
    Tel: 818-985-8121
    Fax: 818-985-8121
    (Note: please call before faxing, so we can turn on the fax machine.)
  2. When we receive your completed application, we will contact you to schedule a time for you to come and meet the animal.
  3.  If you decide you want to adopt, we will schedule a home check. Then, once we’ve determined that all requirements in your home are met, we will arrange to deliver the animal to you. In most cases we require an adoption donation of $150.00, which is tax-deductible. This covers all of the following (but may not be limited to): spay/neuter, inoculations, deworming, testing for feline leukemia virus/feline immunodeficiency virus, flea treatment (if needed), and microchip.

To see some of our successful adoptions, click on Happy Tails!

Open your home to an animal in need

Do you love cats but aren’t ready to adopt?  Fostering a pet is a great way to help FALA while still enjoying the company of a new friend.

Here’s how fostering works:

  • As a foster, you would provide a temporary home, affection, love, exercise and water.
  • While you’re fostering one of FALA’s cats, we will provide food and supplies, veterinary care, and any support and guidance you need.  We will also do our best to market your foster pet and give you the tools so we can find the cat a forever home.

If you’re interested in fostering, we’ll match you with a cat that will fit your home and lifestyle.  If at any point the foster situation isn’t working out, we will take the animal back and find another that will work for you.

Ready to get started?

Contact us and let us know you’re interested in fostering.  We’ll let you know how to apply.

Need more info?

Contact us or visit Find a Friend to see our cats that are available for adoption.