If you’re having issues finding a list of dog rescues in Los Angeles County, below we’ve featured 10 across the region. Read on to learn about them!
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Located in Los Angeles, The REAL Bark works to rescue injured and neglected dogs from the streets and unwanted homes. They provide loving foster homes where these dogs can recover and be rehabilitated before moving onto their forever homes. You can see all the currently available dogs ready for adoption here.
The REAL Bark is known for the community involvement through their fundraising and adoption events. If you’d like to give back to the REAL Bark without attending an event, you can do so by donating money via GoFundMe or volunteering your time at the center. Contact them if you want to donate items or need any other information.
The Henry’s Hope Foundation in Beverly Hills as part of the ongoing effort to make Los Angeles a No-Kill County through rescuing dogs and cats from high kill shelters. Henry’s Hope treats these animals for medical conditions, provides them with vaccinations, and works to find them a loving home. Those dogs ready for adoption can be found here.
There are lots of ways to help Henry’s Hope in their mission to rescue as many animals as possible: you can foster, sponsor, donate, or volunteer. Contact them using the information at the bottom of their website to find out more about the center or find out how else you can help.
Beople’s Buddies in Los Angeles rescues small abandoned and abused animals from the streets, shelters, and neglectful homes. Since Hilarey Benda opened the rescue in 2013, they have helped a number smaller, accessory-breed dogs such as chihuahuas, Pomeranians, and toy poodles; read about their success stories here. You can also check out the dogs they have ready for adoption here or visit here to use the ‘Meet Your Match’ program to get matched with your perfect dog.
If you’d like to support Beople’s Buddies’s mission, you can help by donating money or items to the rescue following the guidelines on this page. You can find out how to volunteer to help Beople’s Buddies here. For any other questions, contact them online.
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K911 ResQ in Los Angeles helps those animals in the Los Angeles area who are deemed too old, too dangerous, or too medically infirm by other organizations for rescue and rehabilitation. They work with veterinarians and animal trainings to help these animals find safe and loving homes. You can read about some of their success stories here, and if you want to adopt from them, check out the pets they have available here.
Because they don’t have a central facility and work only with foster families, they are always in need of local foster families. You can also help them by donating to support medical treatments and training sessions. Contact them to find out other ways you can help.
In Valley Village, Lisa Arturo opened Big Love Animal Rescue in 2019 to specifically help animals who need emergency treatment or rehabilitation. Although based in Southern California, they rescue animals from all over California and neighboring states. Big Love Animal Rescue works with local foster families to help these animals recover and eventually find a family who will love them as they should be. You can see the list of available dogs here.
As with all animal rescues, Big Love runs almost entirely off the kindness and donations of the community. You can help by volunteering at the weekend adoption events or transporting animals. You can also donate to the rescue to purchase necessary supplies. You can contact them to find out more.
Marie Atake started Forte Animal Rescue (FAR) in 2002 as a central hub for Los Angeles County dog rescues to work together in their shared goal of helping save as many unwanted and abandoned pets as possible. FAR is also a dog rescue, accepting all breeds from chihuahua to pit bull and everything in between. You can see what animals they have available for adoption, as well as FAR’s adoption guidelines, here.
FAR’s long-time success comes from their community involvement, both in outreach and contributions. You can be a part of that community by donating money or volunteering. Contact them if you have any other questions or need more information.
Pacific Pups Rescue opened in Los Angeles in 2016 to rescue the dog breeds more discriminated against by other rescue organizations, as well as generally help alleviate the overpopulation of stray and abandoned animals in Los Angeles County. They work with local shelters and other rescue organizations to rescue and rehabilitate animals of all breeds, ages, and sizes and give them a real chance at finding their forever homes. You can see the dogs they have ready for adoption here.
Because Pacific Pups only works with foster families rather than having a central kennel facility, they rely heavily on donations from the public. You can also help by volunteering at their weekly adoption events or becoming a foster home yourself. For other questions or concerns, or even just to find out more about their mission, contact them using one of the methods found here.
Founded by Sasha Abelson in Los Angeles, Love Leo Rescue works to help abused, injured, and abandoned dogs through health care, training, and rehabilitation. They don’t only they take in shelter dogs from high kill LA County shelters; Love Leo Rescue also operates no- and low-cost vaccination and neutering services in underserved Southern California areas such as South El Monte to lower the numbers of unwanted dogs on the streets. You can read some of their success stories here and see their current list of available dogs here.
You can help Love Leo Rescue by becoming a foster home or donate directly to the rescue to help purchase needed items or fund their spaying and neutering programs. Contact them to find out more about their mission and other ways you can help.
In 2017, Misfit Dog Rescue opened in Marina Del Rey as another respite for dogs at risk of euthanasia from the overwhelmed Los Angeles County shelters. They help to rehabilitate dogs suffering from medical conditions or neglect by placing them in loving foster homes. You can see all their available dogs here.
Because Misfit Dog Rescue is such a small rescue, they rely on donations and local families volunteering to foster. If you’d like to foster, email them with ‘foster’ in the subject line. You can also contact them to find out more about their rescue and other ways you can help.