Wallis Annenberg PetSpace™ Set to Open in Playa Vista

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Located in Playa Vista, the community center will focus on pet adoptions and the bond between people and their pets, as well as the origins and science of that relationship.

Wallis Annenberg PetSpace is a unique new community center featuring an interactive space for on-site pet adoptions and training classes, an education center and a leadership institute.

The Wallis Annenberg PetSpace™ today announced a unique new community center featuring an interactive space for on-site pet adoptions and training classes, an education center and a leadership institute. Annenberg PetSpace will focus squarely on the mutually beneficial and dynamic bond between people and their pets as well as the origins and science of that relationship. The Wallis Annenberg PetSpace represents the latest extension of Wallis Annenberg’s philanthropic work, which has long supported organizations and projects dedicated to improving the well-being of people and communities in L.A., surrounding regions and throughout the world.

The Wallis Annenberg PetSpace™ is scheduled to open summer 2017, in the heart of Silicon Beach, in Playa Vista, CA.

"This new initiative couldn't be closer to my heart,” said Wallis Annenberg. “Gandhi once said that 'the greatness of a nation ... can be judged by the way its animals are treated.' I believe that very strongly; we share this Earth with them, we enjoy love and companionship from them, and as every animal lover knows, we can learn a great deal from them too. The purpose of Annenberg PetSpace is to strengthen the bonds between us and all animals and pets, and to form innovative new policies and partnerships – to save animals' lives through adoption and education, and to help make our communities more animal-friendly."

The Annenberg PetSpace will offer the following public services and opportunities:

Community Center: Create a model community space that will address the growing issues surrounding people and their pets in their communities, in their homes and at their place of work.

Pet Adoptions: Offer pet adoptions through collaboration with local and municipal animal welfare organizations, giving rescued animals a second chance at life.

Education: Create relevant pet education, training and enrichment programs for visitors.

Partnerships: Partner with and support expert and specialized organizations for education and impact such as: California Science Center, Pediatric Therapy Network, Loyola Marymount University, The University of Nottingham, The University of Oxford, County of Los Angeles Department of Animal Care and Control, State Humane Association of California, and Lewis & Clark Law School’s Center for Animal Law Studies. Collaborate with those in the rapidly growing academic field of Human Animal Studies (HAS), which examines the complex and multidimensional relationships between humans and animals.

Employment and Volunteer Opportunities: Offer opportunities for people of all ages and abilities to assist in the diverse and robust programs.

Conversation: Lead and advocate for dialogue and awareness of public policy relating to animals, and champion high-level discussions about the science and origins of the human-animal bond.

Contact for Wallis Annenberg PetSpace:
Devin Desjarlais 
Omelet Director of Communications 
devin[dot]desjarlais[at]omeletla[dot]com 
424-672-8606

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