Pasadena Humane Society  LbNA # 5159 (ARCHIVED)

Placed DateJul 20 2003
CountyLos Angeles
LocationPasadena, CA
Planted ByBuzzard    
Found By Q
Last Found May 12 2004
Hike Distance?

Distance: A few feet
Difficulty: Very easy
Directions: The Pasadena Humane Society is located at 361 South Raymond Avenue, Pasadena, CA, and the phone number is (626) 792-3810. Take the Fair Oaks Drive exit off the 210 Freeway in Pasadena. Go south on Fair Oaks for a few blocks, then turn left (east) onto Del Mar Avenue. At the next light, make a right turn (south) onto South Raymond Avenue. The Pasadena Humane Society is the second building on the right. The shelter is open 9AM-5PM, Monday-Saturday. (The letterbox is located outside the shelter, so you can pick it up any time, but you really should try and claim the box at a time you can visit the animals.)

***I visited the pound (I mean the animal shelter) today (5/29/04) and found this box missing. I'll replace it soon, possibly in a better hiding place. This was a very popular box, and I'm sorry to lose the stampbook, but I visit here often, so a replacement should be coming soon.***

Pasadenans love their dogs, and this is one of my favorite Pasadena places. Like thousands of others, here is where my family found its best friend. The state-of-the-art Pasadena Humane Society animal adoption facility was completed in 1994, and incorporates the original Pasadena Humane Society’s 1914-era buildings. The main building, which is a registered historic landmark, houses the offices and a pet supply store. The open air dog kennels are filled with flowering plants and trees, fresh breezes, and sunlight. The kennels have a raised shelter in the back for the dogs, which is heated and cooled through water pipes. The cat shelter features skylights, big windows, and mobiles hanging from the ceiling to help provide visual stimulation. Besides dogs and cats, the shelter accepts every kind of animal including rabbits, guinea pigs, exotic birds, hamsters, rats, chickens, a raptor named Moe, and even an alligator—a big one. I come here often to visit the dogs, which some people have been known to play with through the generously-spaced kennel bars (germicidal hand-cleaning lotion dispensers are strategically placed throughout the area). You will not need a Blue Tick Coon Hound (which I once saw up for adoption here) to find this letterbox. Just right of the north entrance to the facility’s small parking lot is a waist-high planter. At the extreme southwest corner of the planter, underneath some vegitation, you’ll find the letterbox. Although I like the location of this box, this can be a very busy street, so try as best you can to be discreet. The shrubbery in this planter justs lifts up whole if you grab a section, and the letterbox is right there near the edge, so lift and grab; if you don’t see it right away, it’s probably gone. The Crown City Brewery, located just across the street, provides a convenient location to sip a freshly-made beer (Arroyo Amber Ale is a favorite), have lunch ($7-$10), and stamp in.