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 monthly on site pet clinics at Los Angeles housing providers and social services agencies where a Vet /Vet Tech can assess pets health, vaccinate, micro-chip, give flea meds, etc.
  • Spay/Neuter services
  • Medical care/ER vet – case by case bases and depending on funding
  • ESA (Emotional Support Animal) assessment
  • Pet Food/Supplies



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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Bark Avenue Foundation Awarded Grant from the Annenberg Foundation !

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Bark Avenue Foundation has received a new $27,360 grant from PetSmart Charities, the leading funder of animal welfare in North America, designed to keep more people and pets together in Los Angeles City/County. When people are experiencing life changes and challenges such as pove …Continue Reading →


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