Mojave Desert Animal Rescue Inc.

Rating: 5 stars   13 reviews

Issues: Animals

Location: PO BOX 260 Apple Valley CA 92307 USA

Mission: To provide services to homeless and low income individuals with pet food, vaccines and emergency veterinary care. By helping animals, we also help people. We foster the human/animal bond, and keep animals from abandonment, or from being surrendered to animal shelters due to the inability to afford pet food.
Results: We are currently providing pet food and supplies on a bi-monthly basis for dogs and cats of homeless and low income pet guardians in the western Mojave Desert.
Target demographics: Homeless and low income people with animals in need of assistance.
Direct beneficiaries per year: 500+
Geographic areas served: Mojave Desert: Victor Valley (Apple Valley, Hesperia, Victorville, Adelanto)
Programs: Rammstein's Memorial Pet Food Bank Spay/Neuter Program Vaccination program

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Rating: 5 stars  

2 people found this review helpful

I had been unemployed for an extended period of time, when Annie went out of her way to help me. My dog was in an urgent situation and I could barely keep the lights on. I emailed her for any help she could think of. I was aware that this was during a couple of weeks of her most crushingly, busy time....the petfood distribution activities. Along with that she was distributing toiletries to the very under-served homeless in the desert areas. I was so taken aback (happily) that at 2AM, she took the time to email me with ideas and specifics to get Nikita to a vet. She must have just walked in the door and there she was, exhausted and looking up locations for me. (I am far from her area, not local at all). She emailed me few locations and instructions to download a coupon as well to make the visit free! She was and is an Angel to have taken the time out for someone she has never met. I hear and see lots of animal rescue groups. Some are great, some are good, some are self-serving. Annie and Mojave Desert Animal Rescue are in a category all by theirself. Ever since I saw her on a video clip, she has inspired me to do even more when I get back on my feet, which I have. I will never forget what she did for me and the uplifting feeling of not being alone, when I got into my car the next morning, with my dog and drove to Yorba Linda, to the most wonderful vet, who gave me even more of a break when I got there. Thank you, Annie!!! Anybody who is in your world is a lucky person, or lucky animal! Annette

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I have made three trips so far from Los Angeles to Mojave to help Annie. Although I have been involved in rescue for ten years I had never done what Annie does. She hits the ground running and doesn't stop, not only helping the pets, but their humans as well. As she explained it "there were too many relinquishments at the shelter, I had to find a way to help...". And help she does, pet food, shots, spay/neuter, collars, leashes, flea meds, de-worming meds and that is just for the pets in the program. For the low income and homeless guardians she helps educated them on the health and well being of their pet, transports them to the vet, provides, clothing, blankets, tents, sleeping bags, food and most of all the knowledge that someone cares. She knows almost everyone by name and their animals names. If that wasn't enough each animal in her program is micro-chipped, if the guardian is hospitalized or is unable to take care of their animal she will foster it - KEEPING THE ANIMAL OUT OF THE SHELTER and saving the county hundreds of dollars. She is a valuable member of her community, without her the low income and homeless participants would have zero support for their animals. She is truly a life-saver.

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Life-changing

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There was a contest channel 7 news, called "Pay it Forward". I wrote a story on Facebook and lucky me, I was able to pay it forward to a friend and her husband. Within the next weeks, Annie was also a winner. Which is where I first was introduced to Annie. Since the first time I saw Annie on television I knew there was something special about this woman. I was able to donate some water to the individuals and their pets over the summer, and met Annie face to face for the first time. She was extremely grateful for my small donation. I follow her on Facebook, she is completely dedicated to her cause. I also live in the High Desert and did not really pay much attention to the homeless situation we have in our community, until I met this angel on earth. Everyone has everyday challenges and she not only takes on her own, but many many other individuals and their pets. Everything is taken personally. Even when her FULL tank of gas was stolen, she made sure that the "homeless guardians" got the food for their pets. She even takes the time to get on Facebook, to reach out to her followers, to let them know what is going on, and how we can help her and the needy. Since meeting her I try to be a bit more sympathetic to homeless and just nicer to the average person. You really do not know what is going on in someone else life.

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I first connected with Annie and the Mojave Animal Rescue on FB. She works tirelessly for the homeless and their pets. She gives names, faces, and dignity to the homeless community. Because of her I recognized one of her recipients of the pet food program one day. I knew of her story through the pics posted. I'm very humble and privelaged to say that I have come to know this lovely lady and her pets a little more. I look forward to volunteering . Annie once said that she was sooo busy , that she needed a clone. There is only one Annie, but we can all learn compassion, integrity, committment, and the sense of service to our community by being a little more like Annie. : ) Please help support her and her program by donating, volunteering or simply by spreading the word about the work she does to help others.

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I wish there were more organizations.That do what Mojave Desert rescue does .A true rescue

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Annie & her volunteers do a huge service to the community they serve! I have never seen someone with such a huge heart. They help the homeless and low income in so many ways by providing food,vaccinations & spay and neutering. Annie will also go beyond the call of duty to find foster homes, midnight emergency calls and so much more to help. They also help the pet owners with some basic necessities. I truly believe in this mission.

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I've been working with Mojave Desert Animal Rescue for about a year now, grooming dogs for them occasionally at the animal hospital where I work. MDAR is a very active rescue & have gotten many homeless pets UTD on vaccines, & spayed & neutered, like all rescues do, but they have also "adopted" our local homeless population & their pets. Not only do they deliver food once a week to help feed the animals, they have also collected & distributed warm clothing, blankets, & toiletries to the homeless pet guardians. Annie has personally inspired me to be a more helpful person, she is the most dedicated, hard-working, giving person I've ever met, & she deserves every bit of help she can get to keep doing her good deeds.

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My wife and I have been involved with Mojave Desert Animal Rescue Inc. for just a short time, it's amazing of the progress we've made in this short time. We have seen the pets of homeless guardians spayed/ neutered, brought UTD on all vaccines, licensed, vetted (at all hours of the night), re homed, helped in other situations with spay and neuter/ vacs, and any other situation we can help with. We are honored to be helping those who some may overlook, whether it be human or animal. All credit for making any of this possible goes to our Director Annie for her knowledge and determination of helping others. We Thank all of our donors and supporters, you are who really make it possible. Thank You. Andy & Tammy.

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Awesome non-profit...... They are so helpful!!!!! They help so many people in need!!

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These Folks do an Awsome job! They help the homeless and low income in so many ways. They provide food and shots for their pets and see that they are spayed and neutered and have tags. They try to pass along some basic needs for the owners themselves like toothpaste and soap and winter clothes. When you are down to nothing and you have to give up your best friend because you can not care for them and you know that it is not likely that they will find another home; what else is there to live for? They provide HOPE and so much more for people who have little or nothng. Many of the homeless are Vets and in this great country there should be no homeless Vets! We owe them forever for their service to our country.

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