If you have followed our Facebook page, you would have read Milt’s amazing story, going from living under a freeway overpass for nearly two decades with his dog family to living in a home for the first time in his life. A dog lover all his life, Milt befriended and cared for many stray and abandoned dogs while he was homeless. Raised as a foster child, he had been homeless since he was 13 years old. Now in his sixties, thanks to the assistance of an Los Angeles County Sheriff and DDR volunteers Sandy and her husband Burt, Milt has an apartment that he shares with his dog named “Mama”.
Sandy found the apartment through a Compton Dog Clinic Client, Frank and his wife Annette who both wanted to help find a home for Milt and his dog. Good news! Milt’s other dogs all found loving forever homes, quickly but one dog, “Baby”. really captured all of the DDR volunteers’ hearts. She was very shy when Milt found her and started to care for her. For Baby, Milt’s “home” under the freeway was likely the only home she had ever known. According to Milt he named her Baby because his dog Mama loved her as did the rest of his dogs. When Milt was forced to leave his spot under the freeway, Baby came to the DDR kennel where she was very shut down. Our volunteers all spent time with her, socializing this sweet but shy dog.
(Katie hiking with Scout)
Fast forward a month, Katie met Baby at the NKLA Adoption Center, where DDR leases three dog runs, and she fell in love with this special dog. Katie decided to adopt Baby, renaming her Scout.
We just received an update from Katie, Scout is still shy but is a sweet dog who is experiencing more new things every day. Katie feels fortunate to have adopted Scout and judging by these photos, we think for Scout, the feeling is mutual.
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We were very fortunate to be chosen as cat behavior expert Jackson Galaxy’s Shelter of the Month. Jackson donated $10 of every fundraising t-shirt sold in the month of February to Downtown Dog Rescue.
There are multiple factors of success during these types of fundraisers, none more important than contributing to the fee’s associated with Bebe’s eye surgery which has enabled him to see for the first time in his life! Last week, Bebe went from having a condition called hypermature cataracts that left him blind at 5 years old to being able to see. We rescued him through our South LA Shelter Intervention Program and quickly discovered that he was a special dog who needed a very expensive surgery. Thanks to all of you who donated, and to Jackson Galaxy for singling us out as a worthy rescue to raise money for.
On February 23, 2013, our DDR mascot, Clancy made his transition into heaven, may he rest in peace. To honor his spirit, we are honoring one outstanding college bound student who exemplifies the term “underdog.”
The winner of the 2014 Clancy the Underdog Award is Sonia Martinon!
Despite many challenges Sonia has faced, she has continued to study and work hard, and has been accepted to Cal State Los Angeles University where she plans to study courses related to becoming a social worker. On March 28th, we will be honoring Sonia by hosting a luncheon at her school and presenting her with a new MacBook Pro computer, which was anonymously donated. Classmates, friends and family will all be present to watch Sonia accept the 2014 Clancy Underdog Award.
We first met Sonia through her teacher, Bernice Orsoto, who leads the Students for Animals Rights Education and Advocacy at Aspire Academy in Huntington Park. This group of young people has volunteered at various community events we have organized in South LA. To learn more about SAREA visit www.facebook.com/SAREA
Young people are our future. Knowing that students like Sonia are so passionate about animal welfare and empowering families in underserved communities gives us all so much hope for a bright future. To learn more about Clancy and my amazing journey with him visit http://stubbydog.org/2012/03/clancy-the-elderbull-therapy-dog/
Please take the time to read Sonia’s winning essay below, and f you would like to assist a student in need, please get in contact with Ms. Orsorto.
If you would like to join me and all the people who love and support Sonia, please RSVP.
CLANCY THE UNDERDOG SCHOLARSHIP
My name is Sonia Martinon and I am from Huntington Park, California. Growing up in Huntington Park was a struggle- not being able to have everything that I wanted; I learned to appreciate the little I had even though both of my parents worked day and night. Everything seemed to be a perfect world for me, because I was satisfied to have the little my parents offered me. One day my mom went to the doctors to get her annual physical test and they noticed that something started to go wrong with her health. My mother’s hands started to deteriorate due to her health. Eventually my mother was fired from her job and everything started to change in my family. My family and I started to notice how much it was affecting everyone the way we had to limit the things we wanted to and to be happy with the things we had. My dad has always done everything he can, so he pushed himself to work night and day to get us everything that was in his hands. We started to notice that my mom’s health was not improving at all […]
We’re honored to be not only considered, but awarded Cesar Millan’s 2013 Pack Leadership Grant.
The Pack Leadership Grant was created to support people and organizations that help fulfill the Cesar Millan Foundation’s mission and Cesar’s vision. While reviewing several hundred deserving and diverse grant applicants from around the world, our global search led us on a path back to Los Angeles.
Cesar and the Foundation Pack are proud to announce that Downtown Dog Rescue of Los Angeles has been awarded the Pack Leadership Grant for the second grant cycle of 2013. This grant comes in the form of a full scholarship and accommodations valued at $7,000 to attend the Training Cesar’s Way Fundamentals of Dog Behavior and Training Iworkshop in February. Click to read more
In 2013, the ASPCA generously funded our Compton Community dog clinics, with no breed restrictions. We were able to spay/neuter a total of 615 dogs, at an average cost of $69 per surgery. Check out the graph, it’s interesting to see that with no special incentives, to target the two breeds of dogs that are commonly thought of as a challenge to adopt when surrendered to a shelter, Chihuahuas and Pit bulls, the community loves them. Thus, these two breeds, accounted for about 50% of the surgeries, when you consider that “terriers” are often really pit bull or Staffordshire Terriers. Some people can’t have paperwork due to a landlord or insurance issue, that reads “pit bull”
We used a mix of both mobile clinics and local animal hospitals. The mobile clinics we hosted were by far the most productive, since we were able to provide a service for dog owners who often lacked transportation, did not have a working-reliable telephone, or just could not plan for an appointment, they were walk ups. Just because the surgery is free, doesn’t mean that the families with dogs who need the service the most will find us. We rely on repeat customers and referrals, coming to the park, the secondSaturday of each month, for over six years. Offering consistent, quality, easy to access services, thanks to our 2013 ASPCA spay/neuter grant that made it all possible is how we will see less stray dogs and unwanted litters, people working together for positive change in the community.