Groups that help save an­i­mals’ lives

Los Angeles Times - - THE PETS ISSUE - By Valli Her­man

Pet adop­tion groups are united in their an­i­mal-sav­ing mis­sion — and in their pas­sion, a trait that some­times gets them la­beled as fa­nat­ics and per­ceived as a lit­tle off-kil­ter. Yet the most pas­sion­ate peo­ple are of­ten per­fectly suited for the needs of their fa­vorite an­i­mals, es­pe­cially those pets that have been abused or have health prob­lems. But dis­cord di­vides adop­tion groups too. Or­ga­ni­za­tions and in­di­vid­u­als alike are crit­i­cized for be­ing too lax or too strict with adop­tion stan­dards and an­i­mal care; some are la­beled at­ten­tion-hogs who thrive on res­cue hero­ics and pity.

Many res­cue groups func­tion as a sort of half­way house for aban­doned an­i­mals. They work with city and county shel­ters to re­lieve crowd­ing and, in their homes, deal with some of the dif­fi­cult cases: kit­tens, preg­nant an­i­mals, skit­tish pets and the un­well that need spe­cial at­ten­tion. Once the an­i­mals are re­ha­bil­i­tated, they de­pend on pet stores, farm­ers mar­kets and other re­tail out­lets to host adop­tion events. If you’re un­sure about the group or the an­i­mal, ask the res­cue group to re­fer you to the vet that the group works with regularly. If it doesn’t have a vet, that’s a red flag.

There is no short­age of sources should you want to adopt a pet, pro­vide a foster home for an an­i­mal or oth­er­wise get in­volved. Gone-to-the-Dogs Res­cue Inc. The all-vol­un­teer, all-foster Re­dondo Beach res­cue ad­vo­cates for pet spay­ing and neu­ter­ing and res­cues pets in dan­ger of eu­th­a­niza­tion at the high­est-kill shel­ters in Kern, San Bernardino, Los An­ge­les, Or­ange and River­side coun­ties. www.gone­tothe­do­gsres­ Dogs With­out Borders The non­profit small-dog res­cue or­ga­ni­za­tion is a net­work of foster care­tak­ers who res­cue stray and aban­doned dogs. The group holds seven adop­tion fairs each month at area pet stores. www.dogswith­out­bor­ The Pep­per Foun­da­tion The non­profit res­cue or­ga­ni­za­tion is ded­i­cated to res­cu­ing aban­doned spe­cial-needs and se­nior dogs from high-kill shel­ters and to pro­vide each an­i­mal with im­me­di­ate vet­eri­nary care and foster homes un­til a per­ma­nent home is found. www.thep­ep­per­foun­da­ Pre­cious Pals Pet Res­cue The En­cino-based non­profit con­cen­trates on small-breed dogs, in­clud­ing se­niors and dogs with med­i­cal is­sues, from Los An­ge­les County and city shel­ters. www.pre­cious­pal­spe­tres­ Dharma Res­cue The non­profit, Tor­rance-based Dharma Res­cue for cats and dogs is a foster net­work ded­i­cated to pro­vid­ing shel­ter, spay­ing/ neu­ter­ing, med­i­cal care and re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion, of­ten with a holis­tic ap­proach. www .dhar­mares­ Whiskers & Tails The vol­un­teer, non­profit pet res­cue based in Ran­cho Pa­los Verdes fo­cuses on cats, dogs and barn­yard an­i­mals. www.whisker­ For­got­ten An­gels Cat Res­cue The non­profit, vol­un­teer cat res­cue op­er­ates adop­tions and out­reach pro­grams fo­cused on spay­ing and neu­ter­ing feral and aban­doned cats to re­duce the home­less cat pop­u­la­tion. www.for­got­te­nan­gel­sres­ Fur­ever Purr Res­cue The vol­un­teer res­cue group aims to res­cue un­wanted and aban­doned cats and kit­tens from South­ern Cal­i­for­nia shel­ters. www.furever­purrres­ Grand-Paws Se­nior Sanc­tu­ary The group res­cues pri­mar­ily large-breed se­nior dogs from high-kill shel­ters for adop­tion or re­tire­ment at the sanc­tu­ary. www.grand­pawsres­ PetCon­nect.Us The net­work­ing group, through its web­site and 80,000 Face­book fans, helps spread aware­ness of shel­ter an­i­mals that are in im­me­di­ate dan­ger of be­ing eu­th­a­nized. petcon­ No-Kill Los An­ge­les This is a Best Friends An­i­mal So­ci­ety ini­tia­tive that brings to­gether in­di­vid­u­als, shel­ters and a coali­tion of an­i­mal wel­fare or­ga­ni­za­tions to end the killing of dogs and cats in shel­ters through­out L.A. by 2017. /pet-adop­tion-cen­ter Pug Na­tion Res­cue of L.A. Tor­rance-based Pug Na­tion Res­cue is a non­profit res­cue or­ga­ni­za­tion and shel­ter ded­i­cated to the res­cue, care and place­ment of pugs. www.pug na­

Marta Iwanek For The Times

JESSE BAYS holds a pug at Pug Na­tion Res­cue.

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