Local animal welfare officials and members of the media gathered in December for a special sneak peek inside the Wallis Annenberg PetSpace, currently under construction in The Collective at Playa Vista.
Take it from us: This is shaping up to be a place unlike any other, with dynamic interior spaces that support the nonprofit center’s multifaceted mission to foster the human-animal bond.
People-pet play areas introduce families to adoptable rescue dogs and cats, interactive exhibits teach visitors on the basics of animal care, and versatile gathering spaces can accommodate community and educational events both large and small. And, just for fun, there’s going to be a human hamster wheel.
The Wallis Annenberg PetSpace is also partnering with Loyola Marymount University’s Center for Urban Resilience and other organizations to advance the growing academic field of Human-Animal Studies, which explores how people relate to animals.
— Joe Piasecki
1. A miniature model of the Wallis Annenberg PetSpace entryway includes a giant cat pawing at a human hamster wheel.
2. A larger-than-life digital tablet tells an interactive story about a dog that needs a forever home.
3. Visitors will be able to enter the Wallis Annenberg PetSpace through an interior courtyard in The Collective, a multi-building creative campus on West Bluff Creek Drive.
4. Guests gather in an unfinished ground-floor room to get the scoop on the center’s mission before starting the tour.