To check for up to the minute listings of cockers in shelters in the Los Angeles area, go to PetHarbor.com and then do a search by breed. Check under both the LOST dogs section AND the ADOPTABLE dogs section. Shelters often forget to change the status of a dog from lost to adoptable and this one clerical error costs many dogs their lives. If you see a cocker you are interested in that is currently in a shelter, waste no time and phone the shelter asap. Many government run shelters are difficult to get a live person to talk to you so please be prepared to have some patience. When we call shelters, it is not uncommon for us to be put on hold for twenty or more minutes and then to be hung up on and we have to start by calling all over again. But we try to keep in mind that for the sake of the dog, we need to just be patient and that most of the shelters are under staffed and not enough people are there to answer phones.
To get the contact information for any of the shelters, PetHarbor.com also has details. You can either enter in an animal id of any of the dogs you see above in our slide show, or you can just do a search on PetHarbor.com for the shelter name. Good luck and if you end up adopting a dog directly out of a shelter, please email your story to CampCockerDoreen@gmail.com. We never know what the fate of these dogs are when we no longer see them listed on the shelter websites, so it is always encouraging to know that a dog has been rescued by someone from the general public. Thank you so much for considering saving a dog directly out of a shelter!