Bitches and Studs: Volunteer Your Time and Donate Your Money, Instead

David Markland, you have officially found (and pushed) my button! Doggone it, your post on Flex Petz really got my goat! I’m mad as a wet hen–but don’t worry, my bark is worse than my bite (even though I am absolutely rabid over this). You’ve inspired me to compile a list of Los Angeles animal rescue organizations that offer volunteer opportunities and that desperately need donations. I hope that some of the wise old owls who read this will consider walking dogs or cuddling cats for a shelter, before handing their animal crackers over to Flex Petz. After the jump, options for Angelenos who want to crow in the company of cocks…

Kitten Rescue
Kitten Rescue is devoted to rescuing cats and kittens from the streets and shelter euthanasia. Approximately eighty percent of their cats are rescued from Los Angeles City shelters at the “11th hour” right before they are scheduled to be euthanized.

Kitten Rescue’s long-term goal is to establish a private, no-kill shelter/education center in the Los Angeles area to provide shelter and care for abandoned cats and kittens and to provide the community with an option other than the city and county shelters, for animals they can no longer keep. Equally important is their commitment to continuing community education about responsible pet ownership, assisting the community with managing feral cat colonies and working to make Los Angeles a no-kill city.

Kitten Rescue is always looking for volunteers, foster parents, and donations. Check out their adoption page.

Mailing Address:
914 Westwood Blvd. #583
Los Angeles, CA 90024
Hot Line (Call 24 Hours/7 Days): (818) 347-3037

Wildlife WayStation

Founded in 1976 by wildlife lover and expert Martine Colette, the Wildlife WayStation is a national non-profit, holding rehabilitation, medical and problem solving refuge for native, wild and exotic animals. Located in the Angeles National Forest, north of the San Fernando Valley, the Wildlife WayStation is a safe haven for both native and exotic wildlife and is dedicated to their rescue, rehabilitation and relocation.

There is a large and varied range of animals treated at the Wildlife WayStation. These include all types of large cats (lions, tigers, bobcats, leopards, jaguars, and even a ‘ligress’), primates, bears, opossums, foxes, hyenas, reptiles, wolves, deer and all types of birds.

These animals may have been former circus performers, members of animal exhibits, or orphaned or abandoned by their parents. Many of the animals were adopted by owners who thought they would make ‘novel’ or ‘cute’ pets until they grew up and became unmanageable. Sadly, in several such cases the animals were de-clawed or even de-fanged in a cruel attempt to maintain control over the animal.

Wildlife WayStation offers a ton of volunteer opportunities, as well as options to sponsor, donate, and become a member.

Wildlife Waystation
14831 Little Tujunga Canyon Road
Angeles National Forest, CA. 91342-5999
Phone: (818) 899-5201
Fax: (818) 890-1107

Pet Orphans
Pet Orphans of Southern California is one of the oldest active Humane Organizations in the Greater Los Angeles area with a private shelter. The Pet Orphans shelter facility is located in Van Nuys, California, where an average of 60 dogs and 30 cats are housed until they can be placed with new guardians. Pet Orphans has facilitated adoptions for thousands of cats and dogs since their inception in 1973. I got my first dog, Penny, there around 1987.

The majority of the dogs and cats at Pet Orphans have been transferred from local city and county shelters and are anxiously awaiting a new home. Pet Orphans is a non-profit organization dedicated to the advancement of companion animal welfare.

Pet Orphans is always looking for volunteers, and offers a wide range of opportunities, from dog and cat socializing, to dog walking, adoption counseling, and fostering. You can also donate.

Pet Orphans Of Southern California
7720 Gloria Avenue Van Nuys, CA 91406
Phone: (818) 901 – 0190
Fax: (818) 901 – 0011

Animal Avengers
Animal Avengers is dedicated to rescuing and placing homeless pets, reducing pet overpopulation, promoting responsible pet guardianship and preventing animal cruelty. The nonprofit rescues homeless animals from the streets or the shelters, provides veterinary care and behavior training, and fosters the animals until they can be placed into a permanent home. They also provide outreach assistance to independent rescuers seeking to place rescued animals and to private parties seeking professional re-homing assistance. Animal Avengers helps all animals, regardless of age or breed and often regardless of illness or disability. They are a true no-kill organization. Every animal they rescue is cared for until he/she is placed into a permanent, loving home.

Animal Avengers is always looking for volunteers and fosters. You can also donate.

Lifesavers
Lifesavers, Inc., is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to prevent American Mustangs from suffering abuse, neglect and slaughter. Lifesavers rescues unwanted and discarded Mustangs, rehabilitates and trains them, if necessary, and places them into new loving homes with adopters who will make a life commitment to care for the horse. Lifesavers provides sanctuary for crippled and aged Mustangs for the lives of the horses. Lifesavers also aims to educate the general public on wild horse issues and to promote the image of the American Mustang to ensure their continued protection and preservation.

Lifesavers offers a unique program through which volunteers can earn a horse. You can also adopt, sponsor, and donate. Horse-loving web designers might want to consider offering to help them improve their site, which is a pile of horse poo.

The Amanda Foundation
In Latin the name “Amanda” means worthy of being loved. Amanda Foundation is dedicated to rescuing cats and dogs from death row in the pounds of Los Angeles, and then finding them loving new homes. Through educating the public to “recycle’ the love at the pounds and to spay and neuter their pets, Amanda Foundation strives to end the problem of pet overpopulation in the United States. This is where I got my second dog, in 1996. She’s a helluva hound.

The Amanda Foundation is always in need of volunteers to either work hands on with the animals, or to help with fund raising. Donations can be made through the mail or online.

Amanda Foundation
351 North Foothill Rd. (Mailing only)
Beverly Hills CA 90210
Phone: 310-278-2935

There are organizations that specialize in German Shepherds, Basset Hounds, Boxers, Chows…the list goes on…and on…and on…

Check the wonderful Bumper Foundation for more resources, and add to this list in the comments section. Tell me about your local shelter, where you got your dog or cat, where you volunteer.

As for me–now I need a catnap.

3 Replies to “Bitches and Studs: Volunteer Your Time and Donate Your Money, Instead”

  1. Nice. I’ve been looking for just such a list. Thanks. (My little buddy is a rescue greyhound I brought with me from out East.)

  2. Yeah! I used to walk dogs at a shelter on the westside (Friends of Animals), which I found through volunteermatch.org. It was a great experience, but I no longer go to school over that way, so the trip from Silver Lake is too much. But it felt so great to get my doggie fix while unable to actually be a full-time doggie mom.

  3. awesome list! Thanks so much for compiling it- I’ll definitely be bookmarking it!

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