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reduce abandoned animal populations through spay
& neuter, pet retention & reclamation, and education.

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Rescue/Adoption

Although rescue and adoption is not our main focus, we often find ourselves involved with rescue while doing other important animal welfare work. BAF also works closely with the Downey Animal Shelter which serves the unincorporated areas of East LA, where we focus most of our programs. We also partner with humane pet stores and other rescue organizations in the Los Angeles area to take pets in urgent need.

Interested in adopting a new pet? Consider some of our adoptable pets, or 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.

Here are some rescue and adoption stories to warm your heart.


Indy Has Been Adopted – Thank you CBS2 News Team!

We are happy to share Indy, a 3-4 year old German Shepherd recently featured on the CBS2 News Team Pets2Love segment has been adopted! Indy came from the Baldwin Park Shelter and was taken in as a stray. She is a very sweet, playful, and social pup who especially enjoys cuddling. BAF  …Continue Reading →

Shane’s War Was a Success! Over 350 Pets Adopted!

On April 29 – May 7, Bark Avenue Foundation partnered with numerous community partners for Shane’s War at the Downey Shelter saving over 350 dogs, cats, and rabbits. The mega-adoption event provided a week-long extension for all of the Downey Shelter residents giving them  …Continue Reading →

Little Winston was misjudged

UPDATE: See Winston with his new family!  (He has been renamed Romeo; their other dog’s name is Juliet!)             Original Post: Little Winston was misjudged I was at a county shelter last week and I saw this kennel card. What a story it comes wi …Continue Reading →

Councilman saves homeless pup and presents Certificate of Recognition

Not only did Councilman Nestor Enrique Valencia of the City of Bell chose to bring his new pup (name to be determined!) to be altered at our clinic in Cudahy-Bell Gardens on February 17, he also presented Bark Avenue Foundation and Shelter Me with a Certificate of Recognition! We are  …Continue Reading →

Our friend Albert & his dogs

Our friend Mary contacted us with an urgent situation.  It seemed that a gentleman named Albert she knew had recently lost his leg to diabetes and was struggling with adjusting to his new life as well as handling having 2 dogs and 5 puppies.  The cycle was going to continue with more  …Continue Reading →

Homeless dog helps a vet!

In a time when we are inundated by sad stories of dogs discarded like trash and given up by their families merely because they became an inconvenience it’s always truly uplifting to hear stories like Ruby’s. Ruby was a beautiful brindled dog found wandering the streets of downtown Los …Continue Reading →

Jackson’s New Life

Who remembers little Jackson…now Jacks? The pup that was shutting down at New South LA Animal Shelter back in November?   Well, he was a foster failure…adopted by his foster family!  Thanks to Bill and Rachel (who we all met through our rescue partner ABC7’s #RuthHou …Continue Reading →

Smiley finds his forever family!

Come read all about Smiley, the adorable pup we immediately fell in love with who despite being on death row kept on smiling! In December I fell in love at the Downey Animal Care Center. His name was Smiley. I was walking down the row of kennels and stopped short the second I saw his  …Continue Reading →

From Heartbreak to Happiness on the streets of LA

Last week, early one morning on the way to their clinic in East LA Bark Avenue Foundation’s Kindra Walker, Rosa Hernandez and Darlene Horvath happened upon this sight: two dogs, protecting their friend, who had been hit by a car and had recently passed away. It was a heartbreaki …Continue Reading →

Who could ever forget Gunther?

Veraliz Pineda messaged us on Facebook just after the New Year. Now, we never know what that little envelope icon might bring — a request for help, a sad story about a pet in need, or perhaps a volunteer who wants to help. But on this day, it brought a smile to our faces. Here is her  …Continue Reading →