Giving Up Your Pets/Rescued Animals

DO NOT TAKE YOUR PET TO THE SHELTER
OR ABANDON YOUR PET!

The shelters are so full that owner relinquished pets are put to death immediately or are sold and given to laboratories to be used in cruel and fraudulent experimentation and testing. Or shelters sell (this is known as "Pound Seizure") or give away animals to test laboratories to be used for inhumane experimentation with caustic, toxic, and flammable agents. Deprivation studies and countless other fraudulent testing procedures are committed on these innocent captive animals. These animals suffer horrific pain and many live though this barbaric torture for weeks, month, and even years.

Can you imagine how it must be for your pet to be thrown into a cage surrounded by barking or meowing animals, not knowing what is happening or where you are? Taking your pet to the shelter is almost always a death sentence for your animal.

There Are Alternatives

There are times when you must give up your pet, or you rescue a pet you cannot keep, and many people do not realize there are alternatives to taking your pet to the shelter. Also, many people think they need to give up their pets due to behavioral problems. Please see a behavioral therapist or trainer before you give up on your pet. They are trained to deal with all types of problems and can often resolve it so you can keep your pet! Call your vet, local rescue group, shelter, pet store or look on the Internet - you are bound to find someone who can help. Many animals have behavioral problems only because they were never trained otherwise or are not getting the attention they need. Do the right thing and try to work it out before you give your pet who loves you unconditionally.

If you absolutely must give up your pet, or you have rescued a stray which you cannot keep, talk to your friends and family and coworkers to see if any of them can adopt your pet. If not, DO NOT TAKE YOUR PET TO THE SHELTER OR ABANDON YOUR PET! Most of the shelters in the Los Angeles area only place 1 out of every 10 animals. Even if your pet is beautiful and well behaved, its chances are very slim for being adopted from a shelter. Shelters are overrun with animals and can only house them for very short periods of time, and then they must make room for new animals coming in. Most animals sit in the shelter for a few hours to a few days and then are put to sleep. Sometimes they are not even shown to the public for adoption. They are scared and very depressed -- it is a horrible way to go.

THERE ARE ALTERNATIVES! Call all of your local rescue groups and see if they can help. Often if you are willing to take care of your pet until it is adopted, they will help you place your pet via their adoption events and web sites. If you cannot foster your pet until it's adopted, many friends or family are willing to do so, knowing that it's only temporary and they will not have to make a life long commitment. See if they can foster while your local rescue group works to place the animal. Remember, you pet has given you hours, months and years of unconditional love -- they don't deserve to die! And last but not least, don't wait until the last minute. It can often take months to place an animal. If you think ahead, you can save your pet's life. When moving, remember, there are hundreds of pet friendly housing resources - there is no reason to give up a pet just because you are moving.

Is it possible to keep your dogs if you offered to pay an additional amount on the rent and/or security deposit? If not, you can do a computer search on "Rescue Groups in -- whatever city you live in. The following rescue groups were located by doing a search on "Dog Rescue Groups in Orange County." You can get the phone numbers from information. Remember, dogs offer unconditional love -- difficult to find in today's world.

Groups in Orange County

  • Adopt K9 Rescues - Rancho Santa Margarita
  • Animal Abuse Prevention Society - Huntington Beach
  • Animal Rescue Foundation of Dana Point
  • Orange County Humane Society - Huntington Beach
  • Pet Pro Life Pet Adoption - Fountain Valley
  • RUFF: Rescuing Unwanted Furry Friends - Laguna Beach

Other Groups

  • All Retriever Friends, Sunland, CA
    Phone: (818) 951-8686
    E-mail: AllRetrievers@aol.com
    web page: http://www.arfdogs.com
    Full service ALL Retriever Rescue (Labrador, Golden, Chesapeake Bay, Flat Coated, Curly Coated Retrievers) for all counties of the Southern California area. Please visit our website to learn about the adoption process, and other available services. All dogs are spayed or neutered, vaccinated, vet checked, and evaluated for temperament prior to adoption placement in home. Home check and adoption fee required.
  • Amanda Foundation, Beverly Hills, CA
    Phone: (310) 278-2935
    web page: http://www.amanda-fnd.org/
  • Animal Avengers; Los Angeles, CA
    Phone: (323) 655-4220
    e-mail: info@animalavengers.com
    web page: http://www.animalavengers.com
    Adoptions are held every weekend throughout Los Angeles and in the South Bay. Please call or check our website for specific Adoption Locations. Adoptions are also made by appointment. An application, home check and adoption fee is required.
  • Beagles & Buddies; El Monte, CA
    Phone: (626) 444-9664
    e-mail: bglrsq@earthlink.net
    web page: http://www.beaglesandbuddies.com
    We also rescue and have basset hounds, blood hounds and various mixed breeds.
  • Bill Foundation, Beverly Hills, CA
    Phone: (310) 860-0171
    e-mail: billfoundation@earthlink.net
    web page: http://www.billfoundation.org
    The Bill Foundation is a 501(C)(3) non profit organization dedicated to the rescue of dogs from the Los Angeles shelter system.
  • BOONE'S FARM "Home At Last" Animal Rescue, Canyon Country, CA
    e-mail: boonedagel@aol.com
    web page: http://www.geocities.com/Petsburgh/Farm/5586/
  • C.A.R.E., Sherman Oaks, CA
    Phone: (866) 248-7671 x 4261
    E-mail: wecare4pets@mindspring.com
    Web page: http://www.care4pets.org
    C.A.R.E. aka: Cat/Canine Assistance, Referral & Education
  • Canine Crusaders, Torrance, CA
    Phone: (310) 937-7949
    E-mail: caninecrusaders@yahoo.com
    Web page: http://www.caninecrusaders.org/
    Canine Crusaders is a non profit no kill dog rescue in the south bay area. We maintain our own kennel and work with local organizations to promote spay an neutering in the south bay area!
  • Casa Canine Small Dog Rescue, Encino, CA
    Phone: (818) 951-8622
    E-mail: Casacanine@aol.com
    Web page: http://www.casacanine.org/
  • Cats in Need, Pomona, CA
    Phone: (909) 622-0122
    Web page: http://pages.prodigy.com/wawr17a/catsneed.htm
  • Chekia Dog Rescue, Ridgecrest, CA
    Phone: (760) 377-3534
    E-mail: Avondell@juno.com
    Web page: http://hometown.aol.com/hbridgecrestca/myhomepage/business.html
    We specialize in Collie and Sheltie mixes, American Eskimo Dogs, small breeds and mixes, and occasionally others. Application, Home Check, Contract, and Adoption Fee always required.
  • CONNECT A PET RESCUE, BEVERLY HILLS, CA
    Phone: (310) 503-4719
    E-mail: CONNECTAPET@aol.com
    Web page: http://www.connectapet.petfinder.com
    We are volunteer rescuers that want to help people help animals. If you find an animal and want to show it at our adoptions then call us. Availabilty varies. All dogs and cats are spayed/neutered, vaccinated and microchipped.
  • Cuddly Canines, LaHabra Heights, CA
    Phone: (562) 419-3775
    E-mail: CuddlyCanines@aol.com
    Web page: http://www.cuddlycanines.com
  • For A Loving, Studio City, CA
    Phone: (818) 762-5050
    E-mail: BrookeWatk@aol.com
  • Friends For Pets Foundation, Sun Valley, CA
    Phone: (818) 767-5919
    Web page: http://www.friendsforpets.org/
  • Friends of Animals Foundation, Los Angeles, CA
    Phone: (310) 479-5089
    E-mail: foaf@eudoramail.com
    Web page: http://foaf.tripod.com/
  • Furry Paws Rescue, Marina Del Rey, CA
    Phone: (310) 429-6956
    E-mail: furrypawsrescue@aol.com
    Web page: http://www.furrypawsrescue.org
    We adopt all breeds and mix of dogs, cats, and rabbits.
  • Heart Bandits-Greater Los Angeles Chapter, Downey, CA
    Phone: (562) 928-4933
    E-mail: loripasch@yahoo.com
    Web page: http://hometown.aol.com/lapluvsjmg/rescue.html
    Full Service Rescue for Southern California covering the Greater Los Angeles Area.
  • Hearts for Hounds, Long Beach, CA
    Phone: (562) 901-9590
    E-mail: vcwbaw@earthlink.net
    Web page: http://www.heartsforhounds.com/
  • Homeward Hounds, Lomita, CA
    Phone: (310) 539-8167
    E-mail: HomewardHounds@aol.com
    Web page: http://www.welcome.to/homewardhounds
  • Hooves & Paws Animal Rescue, Littlerock, CA
    Phone: (661) 944-3740
    E-mail: hoovesandpaws@hughes.net
  • Just for Licks, CA
    Phone: (562) 437-2997
    E-mail: Laura_Glenn@paramount.com
  • L.I.F.E. Animal Rescue, Agoura Hills, CA
    Phone: (818) 707-6186
    E-mail: lifeanimalrescue@aol.com
    Web page: http://www.lifeanimalrescue.com
  • Lange Foundation, Los Angeles, CA
    Phone: (310) 473-5585
    E-mail: langefoundation@aol.com
    Web page: http://www.langefoundation.com
  • Le Petite Rescue, Burbank, CA
    Phone: (818) 929-2309
    E-mail: LePetiteRescue@aol.com
    We rescue all kinds of small breeds in Southern Ca. All dogs are vet checked and given required vaccinations, spayed and neutered. Adoption application and home check required. Donation fee 150.00.
  • Lifeline For Pets, Pasadena, CA
    Phone: (626) 796-4098
    E-mail: Life94pets@aol.com
    Web page: http://www.lifeline4pets.petfinder.com
  • Much Love Animal Rescue, Los Angeles, CA
    Phone: (310) 636-9115
    E-mail: INFO@MUCHLOVE.ORG
    Web page: http://www.muchlove.org
    All information can be found on our website. We have 2 permanant adoption locations every Saturday and Sunday.
  • MuttsnSuch Dog Rescue, Culver City, CA
    Phone: (310) 600-8265
    E-mail: muttsnsuch@yahoo.com
    Web page: http://www.geocities.com/muttsnsuch/
  • New Leash On Life Animal Rescue Foundation, Woodland Hills, CA
    Phone: (818) 710-9898; (310) 726-6950
    E-mail: Kelly@nlol.org
    Web page: http://www.nlol.org/
  • Noah's BARK, Manhattan Beach, CA
    Phone: (310) 391-5081
    E-mail: noahsbark@dogsaver.org
    Web page: http://www.dogsaver.org/noahsbark/
  • Pacific Coast Dog Rescue, Burbank, CA
    Phone: (818) 701-0659
    E-mail: staff@pcdogrescue.org
    Web page: http://www.pcdogrescue.org
    We want to ensure that all of our dogs go to wonderful loving new permanent homes. To that end, all potential adopters are carefully screened through our application process. We ask a $175 adoption fee for each of our dogs. Every dog is spayed or neutered, given vaccinations, de-wormed, and provided with any other necessary medical treatment before they go to their new home. We deliver each dog personally, and conduct a home check with each adoption.
  • PC Pets, Bell, CA
    Phone: (562) 226-1256
    E-mail: meansfamily@earthlink.net
    Web page: http://www.pcpets.com
  • Peninsula Pet Rescue & Placement League, Lomita, CA
    Phone: (310) 784-7240
    E-mail: maillist@palosverdes.com
    Web page: http://www.palosverdes.com/petrescue/
  • Pet Adoption Fund, Canoga Park, CA
    Phone: (818) 340-1186
    E-mail: doriagh@hotmail.com
    Web page: http://www.petadoptfund.org
    We are the largest no-kill privately run rescue shelter in Southern California.
  • Pet Orphans Fund, Van Nuys, CA
    Phone: (818) 901-0190
    E-mail: pof@petorphansfund.org
    Web page: http://www.petorphansfund.org/
    PET ORPHANS FUND has been around since 1973 to rescue abandoned and abused animals. We give them the medical care they need to get strong and healthy again, and adopt them into carefully screened, loving families. PET ORPHANS FUND is also dedicated to educating the public about responsible pet ownership and the critical need for spaying and neutering to prevent the suffering and abuse of hundreds of thousands of homeless, starving and abused animals.
  • Pooch Heaven, Encino, CA
    Phone: (866) PAL-4-LIFE
    E-mail: info@poochheaven.com
    Web page: http://www.poochheaven.com/
  • Rainbow Rescue, Rosamond, CA
    Phone: (661) 256-7948
    E-mail: rainbowrescue@hotmail.com
    We are a non-profit, no-kill shelter based out of Lancaster. We have adoption days at PetSmart in Stevenson Ranch, CA every Sat from 10-3p. We require an adoption application, adoption contract, and a tax-deductible donation. Please contact us if you are interested in one of our pets to set up a time to meet them! All of our pets are fixed, current on their shots, and MICROCHIPED!
  • Rainbow Rescue, Rosamond, CA
    Phone: (661) 256-7948
    E-mail: annwalte@pacbell.net
    Web page: http://rainbowrescue.newweb2.com
    Full service rescue for L.A. and Kern Counties. All pets are vet checked, spayed/neutered, current shots and obedience training & assistance available to both pets and family free of charge. IRS approved non-profit association.
  • Recycled Pets Rescue, Encino, CA
    Phone: (818) 986-0201
    E-mail: Randi@recycledpetsrescue.com
    Web page: http://www.recycledpetsrescue.com/
    Recycled pets began in 1987 and specializes in mainly small dogs but occasionally has medium shaggy types too. All dogs are fostered in private homes and we DO NOT use crates or cages. Most of our dogs come directly from their owners and we usually know the background on them. All donations are tax deductable and START at $150 for the mixes and $200 for the purebreds.The donation includes altering,shots,grooming,vet check and telephone training assistance if needed.We rescue and place dogs throughout California.
  • Rescue Me Incorporated, Woodland Hills, CA
    Phone: (818) 999-2400
    E-mail: info@rescuemeinc.org
    Web page: http://www.rescuemeinc.org
  • Rover Rescue, Redondo Beach, CA
    Phone: (310) 379-0154
    E-mail: cathy@roverrescue.com
    Web page: http://www.roverrescue.com/
  • S.A.R.A. Rescue and Adoption, Carson, CA
    Phone: (310) 719-6372 (pager)
    E-mail: SaraRescue@hotmail.com
    Web page: http://www.geocities.com/sararescue/
    Est. 1994..south bay Los Angeles county, california. Currently need 5-10 foster homes for good dogs and cats. Our cats are adopted to indoor homes only, unless rescued from outdoors only situation. Spay/neuter, deworming, shots current, free vet exam upon local adoption.
  • SC P.A.W., Los Angeles, CA
    Phone: (213) 368-4608
    E-mail: animal@usc.edu
    Web page: http://www.scpaw.org
    SC Paw is an all volunteer organization made up of students, staff, faculty and alumni of the University of Southern California. Our principle focus for rescue is the South Central neighborhood surrounding USC.
  • Small Wonders Rescue, Santa Monica, CA
    Phone: (213) 70-ADOPT
    E-mail: smallwondersrescue@earthlink.net
    Web page: http://www.smallwondersrescue.com
    Small Wonders Rescue is a not-for-profit small breed dog rescue operating in and around Los Angeles County. We pride ourselves in having a deep knowledge database regarding health issues relating to small breed dogs and have what we feel to be the best recommendations regarding the treatment, feeding, training and care of small breeds. Although we focus mainly on Chihuahuas, we do get other small breeds, so please check with us often. An approved application, home check, and an adoption donation is required before any Wonder is sent to a new home. Please visit our website. Thank you for your interest in Small Wonders!
  • Southern California Boston Terrier Rescue, Redondo Beach, CA
    Phone: (310) 283-8947
    E-mail: SCABT_Rescue@yahoogroups.com
    Web page: http://btrescue.org/ca/scabtr/index.html
  • St. Anthony's Canine Rescue, Lomita, CA
    Phone: (310) 326-2022
    E-mail: corgially@mindspring.com
    Web page: http://www.mindspring.com/~corgially/CORGIALLY.lnk/
    Rescue for pure and mixed breed Corgis.
  • The Brittany Foundation, Canoga Park, CA
    Phone: (818) 709-5706
    E-mail: brittany_dogs@yahoo.com
    Web page: http://brittanyfoundation.homestead.com/
    The Brittany Foundation is an all-breed dog rescue. We hold an adoption fair every Sunday in Studio City.
  • The T.A.N.A. Foundation, Lancaster, CA
    Phone: (661) 946-9212
    E-mail: tana@as.net
    Web page: http://web.as.net/~tana/
  • Venice Animal Allies, Venice, CA
    Phone: (310) 392-5153
    E-mail: veniceanimalallies@hotmail.com
    Web page: http://www.petfinder.org/shelters/CA227.html
    We need volunteers with all types of skills and Foster Parents to help care for our animals until they are adopted. For more information call 310-392-5153 and ask for our Adoption Coordinator. Pets are vaccinated with routine shots, already house trained, spayed or neutered prior to adoption.
  • Wags & Wiggles, Carson, CA
    Phone: (310) 518-3628
    E-mail: Zwho1227@cs.com
  • Wags Link Dog Rescue, Los Angeles, CA
    Phone: (310) 226-8025
    E-mail: wagslink@doglover.com
    Non-Profit Organization mostly rescues are from South Central Los Angeles.Showing Sundays 11-4 at 1475 S. Robertson Blvd. Petco in West LA. Adoption fees $150-$200.