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.


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.

Help for Rosey

This little Chihuahua was found in a parking lot by a very sweet man. His daughter contacted Bark Avenue Foundation through our Facebook page for help. (She is familiar with us because she came to one of our clinics to have her dog neutered.) Amy at Bark Avenue Foundation picked up he …Continue Reading →

Kitty has her own Instagram page

Simba and her siblings were abandoned at one of our clinics. Bark Avenue Foundation jumped to help these little ones, and all have found their forever homes!   Not only do they all have homes, but one has her own Instagram page! Simba’s new mom, Shelby, wrote to us on our Facebo …Continue Reading →

We love responsible pet owners!

Do you remember Guy and Pretty Girl? Melanie, founder of Bark Avenue Foundation, met them at the Healthy Pet Expo a few months ago.  At that time Pretty Girl was pregnant so her owner, Guy, didn’t want to fix her.  As he promised Melanie he would, he called Bark Avenue Foundation to g …Continue Reading →

Thank you to all who stepped in to help!

This little girl was found on the streets by a Good Samaritan.  Possibly hit by a car, she could not walk when she came to Bark Avenue Foundation. After rushing her to the veterinarian, the X-rays showed that the she doesn’t have any broken bones and only needs crate rest. Add t …Continue Reading →

Becky on her way to a happy future

Becky had been at East Valley Shelter for 78 days. A staff favorite, they were doing everything they could to help her find a home. They even created a video for her to appeal to the public.  With Bark Avenue Foundation’s outreach, Becky was networked like crazy by Animal Founda …Continue Reading →

Rosy rescued by a good samaritan and Bark Avenue Foundation

Bark Avenue Foundation received a call from Alberto, who found this sweetie in the bushes near where he lives. He took a chance on angering his landlord, who doesn’t allow dogs, and brought her in because he couldn’t stand to just leave her with a broken paw and in pain. W …Continue Reading →


This story is a tough one:  I took this picture last week. I could barely see through my tears…I was sobbing. I cry every time I look at it. I’m crying writing this right now. THIS is why we are fighting so hard to stop all of this over population so these babies don’ …Continue Reading →

Two puppies

I was heading into the East Valley Shelter last week to photograph some dogs and cats that were available for adoption and I came across a woman and her daughter at the front door. They were holding the most adorable puppies.  I thought to myself “How sweet! They just adopted those 2  …Continue Reading →

Violet and Max: FOSTERS NEEDED!

One of our volunteers called.  She heard about these two that were left behind when a family moved away.  “Heck, we’re moving, they can fend for themselves.  Too much of a pain to take them with us.” This is what it sounds like in our heads when we hear about these t …Continue Reading →

Craigslist is NOT an alternative to spay/neuter

ADOPTED!!!  Our rescue partner, #SocialTees @DimitriaMollossi, saw an ad on Craigslist on Saturday night.  Dimitra does that…looks on Craigslist to try to save as many animals as she can that she sees posted in the free section.  She saw one by a woman who was annoyed by her dau …Continue Reading →