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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Animal Protection & Welfare, Animals

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.

Community Stories

17 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Julie92

Board Member

Rating: 5

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.

Previous Stories

Board Member

Rating: 5

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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Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

Donor

Rating: 5

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

Sherry60

Client Served

Rating: 5

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

Lura E.

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I have nothing but praise for the "volunteers" that take care of our rescue kittens and cats. I especially thank Phyllis Millerburg for ALL her time, traveling, vet apts, etc., and finding perfect homes for our rescue kittens. We definitely need more good hearted people like these volunteers to continue their passion for saving our little homeless kittens. Please help them continue.