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Stories from the shelter intervention/prevention program

April 27th, 2015|0 Comments

Romeo is homeless and relies on our shelter intervention /prevention program to feed his dog Snoopy. There are many families who start off in desperate situations with their pets, thinking they have no choice but to surrender their pet to a shelter.  Many get through the crisis and they need monthly pet food and other supplies. Thanks to a generous donation from The Urban Pet we were able to distribute dog food last week.

We meet families who are transitioning out of homelessness and are living in a motels.  There are many motels that are very low cost and 11046274_876056652456541_6217519219977196147_ncharge by the week, allowing pets.  When Roscoe was diagnosed with parvo, despite being close to two years old, his family barely had enough money to pay their weekly motel fees. Taking him to a vet was not a possibility. With no money and no transportation DDR was the only place for his family to turn to.  Another one of our special families, who also lives in the motel, gave Roscoe’s family a ride to the vet where Roscoe was treated.


In partnership with The Rescue Train, we have expand our program to serve the East Valley Shelter.  Here is a story from last week.  Look at the smiles on this mom and son’s faces, THEY FOUND THEIR BIRD! They went to the East Valley Shelter looking for their bird, they found him, but they didn’t have the $17 to redeem him. DDR paid the fees so their bird could go back home.

Downtown Dog Rescue now oversees two shelter intervention/prevention programs at South LA Shelter made possible by Found Animals Foundation and East Valley in our partnership with the Rescue Train.  We appreciate LA Animal Services for trusting us to run this program and for all the support we receive from LAAS staff and volunteers. Over 5000 pets have been prevented from entering a shelter since we started in April of 2013.  We believe that every person deserves a second chance, an opportunity to learn and have options to make informed decisions.  By giving pet owners options, we will continue to see less animals surrendered to shelters.


Good News from our Compton Dog Clinic!

April 21st, 2015|0 Comments

Bark Box

Bluebird an 8 month old pit bull was one of 38 dogs that were spayed and neutered on Sunday at our monthly free South East Community Dog Clinics.IMG_2495 Thanks to a generous grant from the ASPCA, we will be able to perform 500 free surgeries in a community that lacks the resources. There were 20 male dogs and 18 female dogs and 4 female cats.  Yes, we had cats at our dog clinic.  Including two young cats wearing collars and leashes.  The young woman who owned these cats walked to the clinic because she did not have transportation and was desperate to get her cats spayed.IMG_2482

These two ladies and another friend who drove, woke up at 4:00AM to get their four dogs ready to be an hour and half early so they would get all of their dogs spayed and neutered because they didn’t want their two females to get pregnant but could not afford to pay for four surgeries.

IMG_2505 (1)(1)Lots of large breed dogs including several pit bulls, four from one family, Rottweilers and German Shepherds to name a few of the types of dogs that we helped.  Of course, lots of poodles and chihuahuas and terriers too.  As a special treat, every family went home with a Bark Box, thanks to a generous donation from our friends at Bark Box.


Order your Bark Box and support Downtown Dog Rescue by visiting their site here.


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We want to thank the Amanda Foundation for providing the services.  Their team is amazing.  We are grateful that the ASPCA has given us a second year of spay/neuter funding to continue providing services for our 9th consecutive year at in Compton.  I want to personally thank all the volunteers who get up so early to start our day at 7:00AM and stay until the very last dog or cat goes home late in the afternoon.  Most of the families who use our mobile clinic services would not make it to a stationary hospital due to lack of transportation, a work schedule that conflicts with normal business hours, and or a lack of transportation.  Having a clinic on Sundays, at the park where lots of families spend their time together, where we are viable, accessible ready to offer great customer service to people who may not be familiar with what spay and neuter is.  There are always more people with pets who want the service than we can take that day.  Most of the people rescued their pet off the street, from a neighbor who moved and could not take the pet, their dog or a family member’s dog had an accidental litter or off Craigslist.  Not one pet owner bought their pet.amanda clinic(1)


If you live in Bell, Bell Gardens, Compton, Lynwood, Maywood, Paramount, Huntington Park, South Gate, own a dog that needs to be spayed/neutered our next clinic is Sunday May 17th at East Rancho Dominguez Park

GIVE US A CALL at 213-403-0129


A tribute to Red

April 7th, 2015|0 Comments

Yesterday, heaven got another angel, Red, our sweet senior dog, who was adopted only seven months ago, made his transition.  Red was a dog that Debbie and Deb introduced me to at the South LA Shelter.  He had come into the shelter as a stray.  What an amazing dog he was, so friendly, good with other dogs, someone had truly loved him but his past life would always be a mystery.  He was listed as ten years old but I thought, he has to be more like 14 years old.

Red-12 years

There was definitely something very special about Red.  So special that I wanted to bring him into our rescue, thinking if he never got adopted, I would keep him with me.  He was such a cool dog who adapted to life at our kennel in South Gate as if he always lived with us.  He loved the girl dogs, our walks down the street, past all the auto body shops, nothing phased this road dog.  I took him out to Dog Man’s class where former adopter and Dog Man student Barnaby met him and was taken with his personality, just as I had at the towel

Barnaby decided to bring Red home and it wasn’t easy.  Red was accustomed to being with someone almost 24/7.  He had separation anxiety.  Barnaby and I worked together, Red spent some time at the kennel, going back home and then back to the kennel.

Big Red

Finally he settled into his new home life, but then the sad news was delivered by Red’s vet, he had cancer.  The next months were “Red’s Bucket List” Barnaby would bring him to the kennel to visit his “girlfriends” at every visit, he seemed happier.  Red-poolOur girl dogs still adored him.  What a wonderful life he had, those short months with Barnaby and his pack, who towards then end, finally accepted him.  There was never enough time with Red, he left us too soon.  This past Sunday Barnaby brought Red to the kennel one final time for me and Debbie to say goodbye.

Tears, as I write this post…


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