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

Although rescue, rehoming and adoption is not our main focus, we do find ourselves involved in these areas while doing other important animal welfare work. BAF works with Los Angeles County/City Animal Shelters that service areas where we focus our programs, as well as partners with humane pet stores and other rescue organizations to help pets in urgent need.

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.

Here are some rescue, rehoming and adoption stories to warm your heart. 


Smiley finds his forever family!

Come read all about Smiley, the adorable pup we immediately fell in love with who despite being on death row kept on smiling! In December I fell in love at the Downey Animal Care Center. His name was Smiley. I was walking down the row of kennels and stopped short the second I saw his  …Continue Reading →

From Heartbreak to Happiness on the streets of LA

Last week, early one morning on the way to their clinic in East LA Bark Avenue Foundation’s Kindra Walker, Rosa Hernandez and Darlene Horvath happened upon this sight: two dogs, protecting their friend, who had been hit by a car and had recently passed away. It was a heartbreaki …Continue Reading →

Who could ever forget Gunther?

Veraliz Pineda messaged us on Facebook just after the New Year. Now, we never know what that little envelope icon might bring — a request for help, a sad story about a pet in need, or perhaps a volunteer who wants to help. But on this day, it brought a smile to our faces. Here is her  …Continue Reading →