The Dog Film Festival is coming to town, and we are beneficiaries!

Please consider this your exclusive invite to the Dog Film Festival, coming to Los Angeles in just three weeks! It will be a weekend of unique, like-minded joy.

For starters, on Saturday, June 4th, there’s a “pooch party,” which will be an afternoon tea party on the tented roof at the VCA West Los Angeles Animal Hospital. We, along with the Lange Foundation, are beneficiaries on all ticket sales!  Then the next night, June the 5th, is a BYOD celebration — Bring-Your-Own-Dog! The Dog Film Festival is the first film festival entirely for, by, and about dogs… and their people. To find out more and get your tickets for these awesome events, please click here!

We hope to see you for this fun-filled, good-willed, canine-billed weekend! Thank you for supporting art that centers around animals, and thank you as always for supporting us.

LA Pooch Party Invite Final

LORI’S CORNER: Why we’re doing Strut Your Mutt next weekend!


STRUT YOUR MUTT FUNDRAISER 2010
TEAM CLANCY!
Join our Pack and lets raise more $$
for South LA dogs like Stone

A PORTION OF THE FUNDS RAISED FROM STRUT YOUR MUTT WILL GO TOWARDS STONEY’S EAR SURGERY FROM A BOTCHED EAR CROPPING PROCEDURE THAT HAS DEVELOPED AN INFECTED HEMATOMA.


Click on the links to see pictures of his:
Ear-crop-gone-wrong
and
Wounds in his body

-Warning, Very Graphic-

STONEY’S VACCINATIONS WILL BE UPDATED AND HE WILL ALSO NEED NEUTERING. STONEY WAS USED AS A “STUD” FOR A PROFITABLE BREEDING VENTURE IN SOUTH LA. WHEN ALL HIS PROCEDURES and LOVING CARE ARE DONE, HE WILL BE AVAILABLE FOR ADOPTIION. HE IS HOUSETRAINED, SOCIAL WITH OTHER DOGS AND GREAT WITH KIDS. PLEASE KEEP STONEY IN MIND!
From Lori:
Stone was owned by a breeder who showed bully dogs, used him as a stud and didn’t “invest” one penny into his care. I offered to do the surgery on his ears almost two years ago at pit bull class where I met him, he never bothered to call me and I’m guessing, as a stud dog, he brought his former owner a lot of money. This is a great dog with a wonderful temperament. I never gave up hope on getting him!

STRUT YOUR MUTT PLEA
COME JOIN US ON THE 19th of SEPTEMBER
Click here to register and
walk with Downtown Dog Rescue

Dear DDR Friends and Family,
Downtown Dog Rescue’s Top Pit, Clancy is appealing to you to join his Dog Pack and walk proudly beside him and Lori for the mile-long hike along the Santa Monica Pier on Sunday, September 19th, 2010 at 8:30 in the morning.
Other than the yearly calendar donations, STRUT YOUR MUTT is really DDR’s only self-organized fundraiser. The money we raise from this walk ($30 walker fee per dog) will go towards rescuing more pit bulls from the South LA shelter.
So, please support this fundraising […]

LORI’S CORNER: Spay/Neuter program works – A community responds

Last week was another very busy week for Downtown Dog Rescue.

On Friday, I met Alex at his spot and we drove over to the North Central Animal Shelter to get his third dog, “Fire” out of the shelter. Both Sunshine and Magic are doing very well since leaving the shelter last week and being spayed/neutered. They really missed Fire. Unfortunately, Fire bit an ACT while in the shelter so she had to be quarantined. She is a fearful little Pit bull -Chihuahua mix. She only loves her Daddy Alex although she is now OK with me since she seems to understand, I was there to help her. I took this photo of her just before we started our drive back to the spot where Alex lives with his dogs. All of the dogs were strays, starving, in very poor condition when he rescued them off the street. These are not the first set of dogs that he has rescued and it won’t be the last. Alex is a dog lover, a very kind person, who can’t see an animal suffer. Since he has been part of our DDR family since 2007, he has helped many dogs live a better life, including our Rex, a dog that he rescued but turned over to us because he knew we could find him a “better home”.

FIRE

On Saturday, we were back in Compton, in the park, offering free spay/neuter surgeries, vaccinations and microchips for dogs living in the City of Compton. This was our second consecutive Saturday this month. Two week total, 58 surgeries, which comprised of a lot of large breed dogs including some beautiful pit bulls! BARK dogs came out again and read to the children in the park, which is a highlight for a lot of children who are terrified of dogs but through this program are learning that not every dog wants to chase and bite them.

Pogo

Abbie

Pogo

LORI’S CORNER: Monthly Spay/Neuter Clinic – The Community Responds


Last Saturday was our monthly free dog clinic in Compton at East Rancho Dominguez Park. There are always too many dogs needing service and not enough cage space and time to do all the dogs that come out. We ended our day spaying/neutering 33 dogs.

Each dog is also vaccinated and micro chipped all at no charge. Ivania and I signed up an additional 50 people, some with two, three and four dogs at home that need the free service at a future clinic. There is always a waiting list and we always end up turning people away which proves my theory, MOST dog owners want to do the “right thing”. They want to spay/neuter and vaccinate their dogs. They don’t always know what the surgery is called but they know, they don’t want any litters of puppies.

Too many people in power, the same people who make the financial decisions for city, county, state budgets believe that “poor dog owners” in areas like Compton don’t care about getting their dogs fixed and that they want puppies to make money. When in reality, most dog owners don’t want puppies, even if their dog has an accidental litter. They either don’t know where to get an affordable surgery or have poor information on spay/neuter. I can’t tell you how many people think that their dog is too young to have puppies at a year, or they are worried that their dog’s personality will change overnight after the surgery, or that their dog might die while being sterilized. Some dog owners are so nervous that they wait with us in the park while their pet is being sterilized.

Ivania and Rosalie are my two dedicated Compton Clinic volunteers who help me process paperwork, sign clients up for future clinics, and trouble answer health and behavioral problems that come up. In some cases, we are the only resource for accurate information on dog care for Compton Dog Owners who may not be able to afford to go to a vet or sign up for an obedience training class. Debbie came out to help answer training questions and Edgar and Gerardo, both Sunday Pit bull school classmates came out to help make our day very successful. Edgar took the photo above of Laurie’s little dog and his sister created the Adopt Me graphics. We passed out dog treats, dog toys, collars and leashes, as well as information on low cost vaccinations and other […]