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/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.


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 →

Disney lights up the lives of 32 homeless Pets!

Bark Avenue Foundation was included in Disney’s annual, “Light Up the Season” event showcasing shelter dogs and cats from LA’s overcrowded high kill municipal shelters. The event included 5000 Disney employees, their friends and families on the Disney lot in Burbank  …Continue Reading →

Lily needs our help

UPDATE: Lily was found wandering the streets of LA.  I was driving down a narrow street in LA barely enough room for 2 vehicles to pass.  Right in front of me walking straight towards my car was this very unstable and emaciated Pit Bull.  I stopped my car in the middle of the street,  …Continue Reading →

Fosters make it all possible!

We have to shout out and thank Christina Hackett from Animal Foundation of America who selflessly fosters cats and dogs who are abandoned at BAF’s clinic’s. We couldn’t do it without you, Christina! And Theo thanks you too. 🙂 …Continue Reading →

Jacks of Hearts

About a month ago, China and Amy of the Bark Avenue Foundation (BAF) team were at South LA Shelter and came across a petrified little dog cowering in his kennel. Amy climbed into his kennel to coax him out, attempting to lessen his fear so that she could take photos and write a profil …Continue Reading →

Bark Avenue Foundation provides fresh start for tiny terrier

Bark Avenue Foundation was visiting the Carson Animal Care Center a few days ago and as we were leaving, we saw three teenage boys waiting outside with a very scruffy, very dirty, tiny terrier. We asked about the dog and it turns out she was following them so they scooped her up and b …Continue Reading →

Kitten season brings a flood of furballs

Bark Avenue Foundation regularly takes litters of puppies and kittens at our weekly spay/neuter clinics. The result of unfixed pets and community animals that concerned community member deliver, asking for help. And of course, we do. These kitties are the result of the Spring/Summer k …Continue Reading →

Bella finds her forever home

A wonderful woman found this pit bull injured and dragging itself across the ground.  The dog appeared to have been kicked and could not use her hind legs.  She and her husband called the shelter, waited for Animal Control to arrive and then followed them to the shelter. Once she had  …Continue Reading →

Kanela Valentina’s story

Bark Avenue Foundation came to the rescue after a couple had seen a Chihuahua get hit by a car. They brought the dog to the shelter for help and contacted the shelter continuously to see what the shelter would be doing for her and how could they adopt her. Bark Avenue Foundation happe …Continue Reading →