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.


Two puppies

I was heading into the East Valley Shelter last week to photograph some dogs and cats that were available for adoption and I came across a woman and her daughter at the front door. They were holding the most adorable puppies.  I thought to myself “How sweet! They just adopted those 2  …Continue Reading →

Violet and Max: FOSTERS NEEDED!

One of our volunteers called.  She heard about these two that were left behind when a family moved away.  “Heck, we’re moving, they can fend for themselves.  Too much of a pain to take them with us.” This is what it sounds like in our heads when we hear about these t …Continue Reading →

Craigslist is NOT an alternative to spay/neuter

ADOPTED!!!  Our rescue partner, #SocialTees @DimitriaMollossi, saw an ad on Craigslist on Saturday night.  Dimitra does that…looks on Craigslist to try to save as many animals as she can that she sees posted in the free section.  She saw one by a woman who was annoyed by her dau …Continue Reading →

SocialTees to the rescue

How adorable are these little ones?  Would you believe they are yet more victims of being dumped at a high-kill shelter?  Or, I should say ATTEMPTED to dump.  Bark Avenue Foundation happened to be there and intercepted them. They were just under the age limit for the shelter to accept …Continue Reading →

Left on the side of the road

ADOPTED!!!  We got a call from a volunteer who found this little guy in a box on the side of the road, just twenty steps away from the shelter.  The “owners” didn’t even have the courtesy to at least bring him in! Better to leave him on the street, alone, and absolut …Continue Reading →