Bark Avenue Foundation is on a mission to make lasting change for animals.
From 7/1/2017 – 8/31/2018 there were 11,521 animals taken in by LA County Shelters. Of those animals, 4,204 were euthanized. That’s approximately 12 animals per day. Of the remaining animals, 6,107 were adopted, 1,095 were returned to their owners, and 115 were returned to nature.
This is what we are up against. This is why Humane Education and spay/neuter are so important – to teach people the importance of keeping their pets safe and at home, to always adopt and never buy or breed. Sadly some of those animals who were euthanized were elderly pets given up by their families because they were struggling with the aging process. Some of them were poorly socialized and/or had behavior challenges because their families didn’t know the foundation of pet guardianship we teach in Humane Education. Some of them were strays born on the streets where they’d spend their whole lives struggling because their parents weren’t spayed or neutered, only to end up on death row because they were too feral to be adopted.
We have a small network of fosters who will take in animals when they can, but we don’t have a facility to house any animals, so this is truly dependent on someone opening their home to the animal in need, and sadly we cannot force that to happen, desperately as we may try. Our mission is to keep pets with their families and avoid re-homing whenever possible, though we understand there are desperate cases where re-homing is necessary, and we do our best to help when we can.
Our efforts for animal rescue focus on what will truly change this pattern in the long term. Our work is to change the future for all of these animals and others so the cycle stops happening. We want all pets to be spayed & neutered so those already in need have a fighting chance at finding homes and more aren’t born just to struggle and be euthanized; all pets to be adopted from a shelter or rescue; all pets to be kept with their families for their whole lives; all pets to be treated with dignity, respect, and responsibility so that they are not put in situations where they might in any way endanger people, themselves, other animals.
Interested in adopting a new pet? Consider 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.