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Southern Counties Rescue

Rating: 5 stars   18 reviews 478

Address:

Mission Viejo CA USA

Mission:

1. Assist in the placement of rescued cats & dogs into permanent homes after necessary veterinary treatment and sterilization 2. Organize pet rescuers and pet adoption events 3. Facilitate Trap-Neuter-Release of feral cats 4. Educate individuals as to the importance of proper pet care, veterinary treatment and sterilization of pets.

Results:

We rescued and placed into new homes around 100 cats and kittens last year and expect to do the same or more this year.. We also provide safe traps and helping with the TNR (trap, neuter, release) of feral cats to reduce the population of unwanted kitties. We have helped in the TNRing of at least 100 cats this year.

Target demographics:

Animals -- Abandoned cats and dogs in Imperial, Orange and Los Angeles, CA.

Direct beneficiaries per year:

over 100 cats and kittens find new homes

Geographic areas served:

Southern California Counties of Imperial, San Diego, Orange and Los Angeles.

Programs:

Adoption Events in Mission Viejo, CA at Pets Plus. Trap Loan program in Imperial Valley & Orange Counties. Rescuing & foster tiny kittens, injured cats & kittens, & friendly adult cats.

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Rating: 5 stars  

This beautiful mom to be was living outdoors in a neighborhood full of stray dogs. Because of Southern Counties Rescue and an amazing foster family, this girl gave birth to her three babies on a soft bed surrounded by people that love her.

This is one of many reasons I love Southern Counties. This rescue goes above and beyond to help as many cats and kittens possible. We educate and promote spay and neutering pets, work to remove and place kitties in high kill shelters, TNR and much, much more.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

Wonderful rescue dedicated to saving cats and kittens, finding them forever homes and educating people on the necessity of spaying and neutering their animals.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

There isn't enough space here to say all the wonderful things that need to be said about Southern Counties. During the summer of 2012, my 19 old daughter thought it would be fun to foster a litter of kittens over the summer. Here we are over a year later, still going strong. We are a small but determined group of volunteers. A nicer and more dedicated group of people cannot be found. Phyllis, our "fearless leader" is amazing. Her dedication to saving cats and kittens knows no boundaries. She knows more about cats and kittens than anyone I have ever met, including vets.
To give you an example of her dedication, she drives four hours to get to our adoption events and four hours to get home again. In my opinion, that alone shows remarkable dedication. The list goes on... Recently, a man she has worked with over the years rescuing cats and kittens suddenly passed away, leaving over forty cats and kittens (some feral) to be trapped, spayed/neutered and either released into a safe environment or brought into her already full home to be treated for the seemingly never ending ails that come with rescues and socialized. She spent 3-4 days a week for several weeks trapping these cats and kittens.
Every cent that comes into the rescue goes back out again to help more cats and kittens. None of the staff is paid, and our adoption fees barely cover the needs of a healthy cat or kitten..and most rescues rarely come in healthy. Taking into account that at least half of these 40 cats will never be adopted, (and therefore the rescue will never see an adoption fee) the cost to get them spayed and neutered, as well as healthy again came out of her own pocket.
I could go on, but suffice it to say that this is a wonderful organization that I support wholeheartedly.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

I am currently a volunteer with this organization. At the beginning of summer my daughter and I decided to volunteeer, intending only to participate for a short time. By the first week, we were hooked. This nonprofit rescue is dedicated to rescuing as many kittens/cats as possible and finding good permanent homes for them. The cats are fostered in the homes of the volunteers until they are adopted. The rescue provides vaccinations, spay/neuter as well as any medications needed. All of the donations go toward helping the cats and kittens. There is no paid staff. These sweet cats and kittens are rescued from neighborhoods where the owner has moved and left them, high kill shelters and some are literally dumped on the street. Sometimes the kittens that come to us need to be bottle fed or nursed back to health. My daughter and I have learned so much during the past five months and we can't imagine not volunteering for this rescue. Southern Counties Rescue was started by Phyllis Elijiah and she knows more about cats and kittens than any veterinarian I've dealt with. She truly cares about the wellbeing of each and every cat that comes into the rescue.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

I cannot say enough great things about Southern Counties Rescue in terms of how much heart they put into their work, the value they bring, the lives they save, and the joy they bring to the lives of people and pets. My interactions have been nothing but postivie. They deserve all the accolates and support they can get.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

We found our Southern Counties Rescue cat on the internet 2 years ago. We contacted Phyllis Elijah immediately and arranged to meet our kitty at their adoption event that weekend. Everything went so smoothly and the rescue group made the adoption a very pleasant experience. Phyllis drove Dede a long distance to meet us after making sure we were serious about adopting her. They are all so caring and work so hard and it is obvious how much they love and care for these animals. We appreciated the extent to which they checked our background and the conditions the adopted pet would live in.

After the adoption, we had a little trouble introducing our new pet to our existing kitty Lana and Phyllis helped us with advice and tips on getting through it (they love each other now). She was always available and willing to help answer any questions we had and provided us with valuable information about this situation and many others. We can't say enough about this rescue group. They are amazing and work tirelessly for the welfare of their animals. We highly recommend them to anyone that is looking to adopt a new family member!

Sincerely,
Adele and Gerard Paquette

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

We found our Southern Counties Rescue cat on the internet 2 years ago. We contacted Phyllis Elijah immediately and arranged to meet our kitty at their adoption event that weekend. Everything went so smoothly and the rescue group made the adoption a very pleasant experience. Phyllis drove Dede a long distance to meet us after making sure we were serious about adopting her. They are all so caring and work so hard and it is obvious how much they love and care for these animals. We appreciated the extent to which they checked our background and the conditions the adopted pet would live in.

After the adoption, we had a little trouble introducing our new pet to our existing kitty Lana and Phyllis helped us with advice and tips on getting through it (they love each other now). She was always available and willing to help answer any questions we had and provided us with valuable information about this situation and many others. We can't say enough about this rescue group. They are amazing and work tirelessly for the welfare of their animals. We highly recommend them to anyone that is looking to adopt a new family member!

Sincerely,
Adele and Gerard Paquette

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

I have had a wonderful experience rescuing a cat from the Southern Counties Rescue. They are number one in my books. My experience working with Phyllis has been a memorable experience. I first rescued a cat from this group, that did not seem to like me. I called Phyllis and expressed my concern and she knew I wanted de-clawed only, so she said. Please bring the cat back to me and I will have another one for you by this weekend. I did that and I have been the owner and lover of Dottie, a de-clawed cat I have had now for over two years.

Dottie brings so much pleasure to my life and I would highly recommend anyone rescuing from the Southern Counties Rescue group.

Sherry Chivas
Laguna Woods Village

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

None of their staff is paid, so all donations go to the rescue and care of the animals. I totally support this organization as I have adopted from them.

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

A lot

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

I work sometimes as a volunteer at the adoptions every other week for this rescue group in Mission Viejo, California. I also foster cats in my home nearby for this group. I am particularly impressed with how helpful the rescue group is toward those of us who foster and in other ways support their work. I.particularly congratulate the group for the thoroughness with which they prepare adopters to adopt new cats and kittens, and the high standards they hold out for the safety of the animals – for example, indoor-only cats, how to avoid crippling surgeries like declawing, how to provide a nourishing atmosphere inside the home for the cats.
I am happy to be associated with this nonprofit cat rescue organization when the need for their services are so high. I rate this organization as highly worthy of financial support, and recommend it to cat rescue groups locally and outside of state.
ElaineLavaSid

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

I have worked with this group and Phyllis for at least 7 years. Her know-how and support got me through several litters when I had questions no one could answer. A to Z, this group has what it takes to put kitties into the homes they deserve, and families get the loving pet they have been looking for. He work with educating the public in matters such as adopting 2 kittens together instead of one alone is outstanding, backed by facts and photos so children can learn too. I can't thank Phyllis enough and she is always at hand when a problem arises. I just give her a call and I am handled! Good luck to her and Southern Counties Rescue to continue their good work in the community for the lost, abandoned and hard luck kitties that become loving companions! xx

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Quite well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

I have worked with this group to place rescued cats for several years. When I first started rescue, I had trouble finding a group that would let me show my cats at their adoption events - they either said they were full or didn't return my phone calls. This group, however, was very helpful, both by letting me show cats at their events and by giving me great advice. They are an all-volunteer group and are very knowledgeable and caring. I definitely give them two paws up!

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

We have been working with this group for about 2 years fostering and placing cats. We would not be able to do this on our own. Their help is invaluable.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

 
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