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.

Rescue and Rehoming

Bark Avenue Foundation is on a mission to make lasting change for animals.
From 7/1/2017 – 8/31/2018 there were 11,521 animals taken in by LA County Shelters. Of those animals, 4,204 were euthanized. That’s approximately 12 animals per day. Of the remaining animals, 6,107 were adopted, 1,095 were returned to their owners, and 115 were returned to nature.

This is what we are up against. This is why Humane Education and spay/neuter are so important – to teach people the importance of keeping their pets safe and at home, to always adopt and never buy or breed. Sadly some of those animals who were euthanized were elderly pets given up by their families because they were struggling with the aging process. Some of them were poorly socialized and/or had behavior challenges because their families didn’t know the foundation  of pet guardianship we teach in Humane Education. Some of them were strays born on the streets where they’d spend their whole lives struggling because their parents weren’t spayed or neutered, only to end up on death row because they were too feral to be adopted.

We have a small network of fosters who will take in animals when they can, but we don’t have a facility to house any animals, so this is truly dependent on someone opening their home to the animal in need, and sadly we cannot force that to happen, desperately as we may try. Our mission is to keep pets with their families and avoid re-homing whenever possible, though we understand there are desperate cases where re-homing is necessary, and we do our best to help when we can.

Our efforts for animal rescue focus on what will truly change this pattern in the long term. Our work is to change the future for all of these animals and others so the cycle stops happening. We want all pets to be spayed & neutered so those already in need have a fighting chance at finding homes and more aren’t born just to struggle and be euthanized; all pets to be adopted from a shelter or rescue; all pets to be kept with their families for their whole lives; all pets to be treated with dignity, respect, and responsibility so that they are not put in situations where they might in any way endanger people, themselves, other animals.

Interested in adopting a new pet? Consider these incredible animals available for adoption at the Downey Shelter. Don’t see who you’re looking for? We’ve compiled a wealth of additional resources to help in your search.


We had an amazing November for Spay/Neuter, with over 100 pets getting altered, which will save hundreds of thousands of pets over the next 6 years. If that sounds outrageous – IT IS! This is the core of our philosophy – simple preventive measures to save animals from ever …Continue Reading →


Every month we host 2-3 Free & Low-Cost spay/neuter clinics in Whittier, East LA, and Pasadena. We’re often fortunate enough to be able to fix multiple pets that live within a household, but sometimes unfortunately people do not get their pets to us in time, and they end up pregna …Continue Reading →


On August 18th there will be a nationwide push to get as many pets adopted from shelters as possible. These animals end up in shelters because their PEOPLE didn’t keep their lifetime commitment to them, not because they have failed in any way. One of the most widespread problems resul …Continue Reading →


National Dog Day is coming up on August 26th and we want to celebrate with you and your puppers! We’ve set up a GivingGrid to raise money for our preventive programs and rescue efforts, and you can donate any amount large or small – everything helps! – and please add a pho …Continue Reading →


The phone rings late at night. Three baby kittens were found in a trash can. Bark Avenue Foundation focuses on prevention – we are committed to spay/neuter, helping struggling and homeless pet-owners, and humane education. This is an emergency, and to prevent these three neonata …Continue Reading →