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.

Rescue and Rehoming

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.


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 →