Empowering pet owners and local communities to
reduce abandoned animal populations through spay
& neuter, pet retention & reclamation, and education.

We need your help. They need your love.

Life Saving Transports

Each and every year thousands of pets are tragically euthanized in overcrowded Los Angeles animal shelters. The only way shelters can justify euthanasia is to label these animals as “unwanted.”

We at Bark Avenue Foundation believe that no animal should be deemed unwanted. We believe the current system is unacceptable, but not hopeless. We believe it is fixable. There are many ways we can help solve the pet overpopulation crisis, and we are fighting every day to deliver both tried-and-true solutions like spay/neuter, and innovative life saving efforts such as pet relocation.

That’s where Bark Avenue Foundation’s Transport Program comes in.

RicBrowde_loading_FlyMeHomeTransportBy partnering with no-kill shelters in communities that do not have the overcrowding issues in their shelters like we have here in Los Angeles, we are saving lives. Bringing together volunteers, rescue partners, corporate and individual donors, our Transport Program now rescues shelter pets from high-kill Southern California shelters and transports them to no-kill organizations in Washington, Idaho, Montana, and New York.

Our Transport Program expands adoption opportunities.

Not only do our no-kill partners have the room to receive these lucky souls, but they also have a 100% adoption rate. From their doors, pets are quickly adopted into loving homes. The very same pets who were at risk of being “unwanted,” now become what we always believed they were: wanted and loved.

We cannot continue this important work without your support.

It costs on average, $88 for each dog to be transported to freedom. We hope you will agree that there is no price for freedom, and that you will consider donating to our mission.

With your help, we can get more of these pets to the right place at the right time.

Please join our team and donate a “Boarding Pass” for a pet in need. No amount is too small, and everything you do to share our message and spread news about our program helps the Transport Program thrive. We are excited to welcome you to our live-saving crew, and we thank you for opening your hearts.

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It truly is our privilege to facilitate in rescuing animals. We’re so grateful you’re here to help us transport them to their forever homes.

Read inspirational stories below, learn about past and upcoming transports, and contact us if you want to get involved. 


2016 Freedom Ride: 24 Pets Rescued!

In August, Bark Avenue Foundation hosted the 2016 Freedom Ride transporting 19 dogs and 5 kittens from high-kill shelters in Los Angeles to our partners in Washington, Idaho, and Montana. All of these pets were on the euthanasia list in Los Angeles and have now been safely transported …Continue Reading →

Ready for take-off! 8 lucky pups fly to homes in NYC

BAF flew 8 lucky puppies to New York last night. They will be met by, loved and placed by our partner Dimitra at Social Tees Animal Rescue in New York.  7 of these babies were pulled from Downey Animal Shelter and one was pulled from North Central Shelter.  They were fostered by only  …Continue Reading →

600 dogs saved!

A two-day transport that took place on December 3rd & 5th resulted in more than 600 lives saved! Our biggest rescue mission ever – 150 dogs flew on December 3 and 450 additional dogs flew on December 5, headed to partner shelters and rescues in half a dozen different states …Continue Reading →

Black Dog Friday, transport to Washington State

As part of “Adopt a Black Dog” month we will be flying dogs rescued from Southern California shelters to PAWS and NOAH in Washington State. Both organizations have a 100% success rate with adoption and will be hosting the dogs for their post-Thanksgiving adoption events on Novem …Continue Reading →

Foggy Transport

October 21, 2014- Scheduled to leave from Van Nuys airport but due to the fog, we had to scramble to get the dogs to the Lancaster airport instead! Mission accomplished! A quick little transport of 20 dogs from SoCal shelters to our partner shelters in the Pacific NorthWest.   &n …Continue Reading →

137 dogs adopted in WA

October 4, 2014- Bark Avenue Foundation helped Wings of Rescue with a very special adoption event in Bellingham, WA. We flew dogs from Los Angeles County and Kern County shelters to the airport in Bellingham, WA for a one-of-a-kind adoption event, right there in the airplane hangar! W …Continue Reading →

140 dogs fly to WA & ID

October 3, 2014- 140 shelter dogs departed from the Long Beach airport, headed for a new life in Washington and Idaho. Several receiving shelters participated and many of these dogs had adopters waiting for them upon arrival or were quickly adopted in the days to follow. It’s fly or d …Continue Reading →

Shelter Me: New Beginnings, on TV Now!

“Shelter Me: New Beginnings” is hosted by Allison Janney. The stories in this film will lift your spirits and fill you with hope. Our ‘Fly Me Home’ transport program is featured in this episode. Los Angeles Premiere: PBS SoCaL / KOCE Wednesday, Oct. 8 at 7 pm . . . . ̶ …Continue Reading →

222 Lucky pups (and cats) headed to new forever homes

August 27-28, 2014 The Fly Me Home crew coordinated a huge two-day life saving transport last week. Seven no-kill shelters in three different states received 222 animals. The receiving shelters are: P.A.W.S. – Lynwood, WA N.O.A.H. – Stanwood WA Auburn Humane Society – …Continue Reading →

Six No-Kill shelters receive 150 animals from Los Angeles on July 30th

July 30, 2014 More than 150 animals were airlifted to safety from overcrowded high kill shelters in Southern California including Baldwin Park, Downey, Carson, Lancaster, Long Beach, East Valley, SEAACA and Moreno Valley via our Fly Me Home transport program. These animals were sent t …Continue Reading →