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.

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 →

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 →