Watts Dog Clinic: How One Day Can Make A World Of Difference.

Watts clinic

Our recent, completely free Watts Dog Clinic was a huge success. How do we measure success? There are the numbers: 40 dogs were spayed or neutered, and over 200 dogs were vaccinated, micro chipped, and licensed. But more than just the numbers, an amazing team of caring people gathered together for one reason – to provide services for an underserved community of Los Angeles. Watts does not have even a single animal hospital operating in its area.

There are many groups that united to make this day special. Thanks to our friends at the Watts Coffee House (on the corner of 103rd and Wilmington) we had a terrific location, right in the center of the community. One of the biggest challenges that many dog owners in Watts face is lack of transportation.

Watts clinic-1Having a variety of services in one location, and making it a great location, was an enormous benefit.  The Coffee House also helped us get the word out, which led to a line of people down the block on 103rd Street. What a crowd!

First we must thank the Amanda Foundation and their amazing team of vets and vet techs who provided all of the veterinarian services.  Then there’s the Department of Animal Services staff and volunteers who were on hand to provide information about the many services that Los Angeles City shelters offer as well as one-stop licensing.  A SCVMA team of veterinarians also came out and volunteered their time by offering medical advice, a new initiative at our clinics.


Watts-AmandaMembers from the ASPCA Safety Net and Spay Clinic Team volunteered and provided services to families with dogs who needed more than just basic vaccinations or sterilization.  For example, we met a cocker spaniel who had a serious eye injury, and thanks to the ASPCA, this sweet dog was examined and treated at an animal hospital early this week.  Our own shelter intervention counselor, Amanda, did an amazing job with her outreach efforts and wrote vouchers for animals needing extensive medical care, issues such as mange, ear infection, and even one senior dog with a terminal liver issue. Everybody was assisted, and there wasn’t a dog with a medical problem was who was turned away.

By coming together to work as one cohesive team, volunteers from Watts Project, Ghetto Rescue FFoundation, and Downtown Dog Rescue passed out hundreds of pounds of dog food and treats, fitted hundreds of dogs with new collars and leashes, and passed out other goodies such as toys, dog beds, and shampoos. We even had a pet ID tag engraving machine, which made over 100 free dog tags for the community’s dogs.

Watts tags

A big thanks also goes out to trainer Larry Hill from Puppy Imprinters who came out and signed people up for dog training classes, as well as to Aromatherapy Groomers for coming out […]


Pictures courtesy of Josie Gavieres

Lori presented in this year’s No More Homeless Pets Conference in Las Vegas sponsored by the Best Friends Animal Society. She was part of the Rescue Essentials TRACK and the Keys to Building Lifesaving Relationships TRACK. Both sessions were full and people had to be turned away for the Sunday session. Buzz from participants after each session were positive and a lot of attendees came up to Lori to find out more information about Downtown Dog Rescue’s life-saving programs. Here was Lori’s schedule for the weekend!

Saturday, October 16
10:00 AM – 11:30 AM Workshop Session I
• Only a Phone Call Away: How Community Help Lines Can Keep Animals in Their Homes – Liz Finch, Lori Weise

Sunday, October 17
8:00 AM – 9:30 AM Workshop Session I
• Pits Are Pets: What You Need to Know to Save America’s Dogs – Lori Weise, Ledy VanKavage

Congratulations Lori for another awesome set of presentations and a big thank you to Best Friends for inviting Lori to once again share information to the rescue and pit bull advocating community!

DDR YOUTH MATTER: Pitbull Art by Laurel Elementary School Students

Here are some of the fabulous coloring projects that Elementary students from Laurel Elementary School in West Hollywood who attended their school’s Earth Day event did at the DDR Table! We were the “Adoption Table.”

DDR volunteer Brittany Fulgoni brought the wonderful coloring pages from Pitt Bull Rescue Central’s Poppy’s Place webpage for kids to the event. My particular favorite is the pink eyes pit bull with fun colors. I commented to the young boy who did it that he really had a knack for color and he smiled. I told him he might want to consider art school in the future and he said YA! Everyone wanted the brown marker but I told them that their pitbulls can be any color they wanted and so some of them did the traditional brown pitty and some did the multi-colored pitbull! Future artists and pit bull lovers of Los Angeles!
It was a wonderful day!

DDR IN THE COMMUNITY: Earth Day at Laurel Elementary School

by Irene Soriano Brightman

Erin Viera from the Jane Goodall Institute’s Roots & Shoots Program requested DDR’s participation in Laurel Elementary’s EARTH DAY event held last Saturday, April 24, 2010!

We were the “PET ADOPTION” booth and what a fun day it was! “WE” involved me and volunteer and DDR foster mom, Brittany!

We had a majority of our dogs showing at PETCO-Pasadena so Brittany brought the little sweety she was fostering, Coco! She also brought her own cute chiwiwi, Peanut who always likes to come along for the ride!

Knowing that we would be interacting mostly with elementary school kids, we made sure to have fun things like stickers and colorful displays!

Brittany came up with the great idea of providing coloring pages of doggies for the kids to color.

The event was a lot of fun for the kids. Of course, everyone wanted to walk Coco and Peanut, they would all gather together and fawn over the two little sweeties. At times, the two little ones got overwhelmed with the kids but Brittany was good about letting the kids know to give them room to breathe. For the kids that played with either dog, they were given the choice of wearing I PLAYED WITH COCO or I PLAYED WITH PEANUT stickers. Many of the kids wanted both!