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.

Unsheltered People & Pets

Bark Avenue Foundation is committed to helping the growing population of homeless & at-risk people and Veterans in the Los Angeles area and their beloved pets stay together safely. Pets of homeless and at-risk people are their family, companions, and security during this challenging chapter of their lives. The 2017 Greater Los Angeles Homeless Count reports that 57,794 people are experiencing homelessness in Los Angeles, and on any given night in Los Angeles County, 42,828 people go unsheltered. This is up 23% from 2016. According to the National Coalition for the Homeless, about 10% of homeless people have pets.

Shelter space for the homeless population is already limited, and very few shelters or transitional housing programs allow people to bring their pets or provide alternative options to provide care or boarding for them. BAF has developed the Unsheltered People & Pets (UPP) program to address the need for support within this vulnerable community and to keep pets with their families when they need each other most.

What Does The UPP Program Do?

  • Provides resources to homeless people and their pets, including pet care education, dog/cat food, pet care supplies (collars, leashes, ID tags, toys, beds, etc.), free spay/neuter, vaccinations, and assistance with vet care.
  • Works with Los Angeles housing providers and social services programs to help guide the creation and integration of more pet-friendly spaces and housing where homeless people will not be separated from their pets, which is a common barrier to people accepting help.

How Can You Help?

Make a Donation – Your cash donation will support the UPP program and provide much needed services and support to this this underserved community and their pets. Click here to make a donation.

Corporate Partnerships – BAF is looking for businesses who would like to partner by becoming a sponsor (underwriter) for the UPP program or UPP community events. Sponsorships provide much needed funds for vaccinations, spay/neuter surgeries, grooming, vet care, etc.

In-Kind Donations – Product / Service donations (by individuals or businesses) significantly help to reduce program expenses and enables BAF to provide more services to people and pets in need.

What Items / Services Does UPP Need? Pet food, collars/leashes, pet beds, blankets, pet treats, flea medication, dog obedience training sessions, grooming services, and vet services.

Please contact us today if you would like to become a corporate partner or in-kind donor to the UPP program. Your support reminds people they are not forgotten and allows their family to stay healthy and together.

UPP Partners

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Saved with Three Days left to live!

Hi! My name is Honey. Sadly I have not been treated like the sweet girl I am until recently. I was walking with my owners on burned paws when a young gal admired and talked so kindly to me. I was shocked when my people handed my leash to the gal. She took me to a new place where there …Continue Reading →

Stories of unsheltered people and their pets

Bark Avenue Foundation is proud to assist unsheltered people and their pets through the UPP. The following stories capture the great need, and the potential for success, through this important program. Many thanks to The Animal Museum for the beautiful production of these videos. …Continue Reading →

A Truck-full of Chihuahuas

Recently we were called by a woman named Beverly who has been living in her truck with her five chihuahuas. Yes – FIVE. Before anyone jumps to judgment, Beverly’s story is one of a woman doing the best she can in a difficult situation, trying to get back on her feet and overcome …Continue Reading →