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A Passion For Paws Rescue Inc

Rating: 4.2 stars   5 reviews 362

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1665 Caminito Asterisco La Jolla CA 92037 USA


A Passion For Paws Rescue is dedicated to rescuing, rehabilitating, and rehoming Akitas and other large breed dogs. Our focus is on the dogs most likely to be euthanized in shelters; the ones unfairly deemed "aggressive" and the ones with treatable medical ailments or injuries. These dogs are given a second chance at providing much needed canine companionship to a loving family.


Since founding in 2006 we have saved over 1200 dogs.

Target demographics:

Akitas and other large breed dogs

Direct beneficiaries per year:

180 dogs

Geographic areas served:



rescuing, rehabilitating, and rehoming

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Rating: 1 stars  

Well, let's start with the complaint of a now dead dog, named Otis, who died after being rescued from Baldwin Shelter in the L.A., CA area by A Passion For Paws Resuce, Inc. He was a young American Bulldog who was pulled on a medical waiver (he was too ill to be neutered there). The transporter noticed blood on his nose but believed the shelter vets when they told her it was no problem. Instead of taking the dog to the nearest outside reputable vet for help, she tried to drive two hours with him in sweltering heat. Poor Otis basically cooked to death in the transporter's car. See Otis' story on FB, https://www.facebook.com/pages/Justice-for-Otis/1082775478418041
This website forced me to select a star to post this complaint so I did but I would actually rate this rescue on a negative scale. They are dangerous.

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mtwyatt13 (Nonprofit Staff) wrote:

Otis was not in anyway neglected except in the shelter environment. He was taken back in to the vets when the transporter saw he had a nose bleed. She was concerned and they told her it was nothing. They wiped his nose and sent her on her way. They deferred his surgery because according to them he supposedly had kennel cough. He was happy & bouncing around & he was eating well. In fact his stomach was full of food when he had his necropsy. He had been in the vet care at the shelter all day before an experienced transporter picked him up. When the transporter was near her destination, she stopped to give Otis a break and that was when she discovered he was not breathing. She is not a vet and he was transported in the back seat of a Scion with the AC blowing & he was in a travel crate for safety. She immediately took him to a vet who actually cared enough to look at him unlike the vet at Baldwin Park shelter but by then it was too late. His problem did not start in her care and the shelter declared him well enough for travel in a car for 2 hours. If anyone was at fault it was the shelter system in LA county. They do not take are of the dogs as is mandated by the law in CA. If someone hands you a dog & he is a vet & he tells you the dog is well, unless you are a vet, you would not know the difference, especially if the dog was behaving like Otis was. This is an uninformed accuser who does not have her facts straight.

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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

A Passion for Paws goes above and beyond the call of duty. Although they specialize in Akita rescues, they also extend care and compassion to other dogs in need. For example, NAVS provided a grant to help pay for the surgery of a Rottweiller who'd been abandoned after being hit by a car. We are proud to help A Passion for Paw's continue their important mission.

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Rating: 5 stars  

2 people found this review helpful

In 2009 i adopted my frost. A few years later i bought my home with the rescue in mind. The board act with great integrity and the well being of each dog comes before all else. Everyone here works tirelessly to help a dog in need. They network with other rescues and foster to try to save the life of any dog they encounter while at the shelter. Working with this rescue has become my own personal passion and i am so greatful for the opportunity to work with such selfless people.

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Rating: 5 stars  

2 people found this review helpful

This place restores my faith in humanity! everyone involved is all about the animals. They are a breed specific rescue, but sometimes they go above and beyond and take in other urgent cases.
I love to go to the rescue and see all of the babies, who have gotten a second chance at life and are being well taken care of while waiting for their new forever homes.
I have gotten 2 of my beloved fur kids from A Passion for Paws and I will be forever grateful for the joy and love they give me everyday.
Adopt! don't shop!

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Rating: 5 stars  

3 people found this review helpful

This organization takes 100% of the donations and puts it directly into the dogs that they rescue. No one takes a salary. They are comprised of a dedicated group of individuals who rescue perfectly good dogs in high kill shelters and find forever homes for them.

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