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.

Felix – gentleman cat needs a home

ADOPTED!!! Felix is a handsome 10 year old kitty who looks like he’s wearing a tuxedo.  This sophisticated gentleman is front declawed (by previous owner) and has lived in a home all his life.  His owner fell on hard times and couldn’t keep Felix so we have him.  This swee …Continue Reading →

Patriotic rescue on the 4th of July

July 8, 2014 Over the 4th of July weekend, Bark Avenue Foundation was contacted by Nicole, a female Navy soldier, who had found an abandoned dog on the street a few weeks earlier. Nicole was struggling to find a rescue organization to take him and she was about to be deployed. Frantic …Continue Reading →

My name is Daisy….

July 3, 2014 We received a call over the July 4th weekend, a resident in the East LA neighborhood where we do mobile spay/neuter clinics had our phone number and didn’tk now who else to call when they found a dog tied to a fence… with a note that said “my name is Dai …Continue Reading →

Mick’s story: A match made online finds new home in Oregon

June 17, 2014 Bark Avenue Foundation received an email from a woman named Kate in Oregon. She was interested in adopting a dog named Mick that she saw listed on the Los Angeles County Shelter website and was wondering if we might be able to help her. Meanwhile, we were in the midst of …Continue Reading →

Rocky, Hound at the Pound

May 20, 2014 Rocky, a soulful Coonhound, found himself in a predicament. He had been living with his family since he was a puppy and the family expanded over the years to include several kids. Unfortunately this family was experiencing financial hardship and one of their kids had spec …Continue Reading →

Oliver McDerMUTT

May 12, 2014 Oliver started out as a no-name stray terrier at the South LA shelter in Los Angeles. Now he is living large as Oliver McDerMUTT in Oregon! It all started when a nice lady from Oregon contacted Bark Avenue Foundation about a white terrier we had posted for adoption on the …Continue Reading →

Penelope, Rescued off the Street

ADOPTED!!! We received a call from an elderly gentleman asking for our help. He found a little female dog living on the street, hiding under a bush. He took her home and had been caring for her a for a few days, not knowing what else to do. Then he saw our flyer for spay/neuter servic …Continue Reading →

A Blind Puppy Finds a Forever Home

On February 9th we held a spay/neuter clinic in East LA. Osa, a female shepherd mix arrived at our spay/neuter clinic with her owner. They wanted to have her spayed so she “wouldn’t have anymore puppies.” They explained that Osa had 12 (TWELVE) puppies a few months a …Continue Reading →

Murdock, Handsome Boy!

ADOPTED!!! Murdock is a handsome black and white guy. We think he is a Great Dane/Labrador mix. About 1-2 years old and weighing approximately 60 pounds, Murdock is looking for a home to call his own. A big sweetheart- he can be shy at first around new people, but warms up quickly and …Continue Reading →

Homeless Kittens Rescued 2-16-2014

ADOPTED!!! Bark Avenue Foundation was called in to help a homeless woman and her cats. We learned that the woman, who lives in a tent on the side of the road, had a female cat that gave birth to 5 kittens a couple months ago. Clearly not a safe or ideal situation for all of these feli …Continue Reading →