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4Life Animal Rescue

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Mission: Our mission at 4Life Animal Rescue is to provide care and resources to animals in need. We offer adoption, education, training, and rehabilitation services to ensure that unwanted and neglected animals are safe and receive the life-long care they require and deserve. We also promote responsible pet ownership; and offer prevention and intervention services to families afflicted by harsh economic conditions to ensure their pet(s) remain a part of the family. All animals in our care will receive any and all medical attention necessary and will not be adopted out without being spayed or neutered, given up-to-date on vaccinations, and being micro-chipped. In the event an adoption fails, or a family must surrender their pet, 4Life will always keep an open door and the animal will be taken in. 4Life is a non-profit, entirely volunteer-based organization located in Orange County California, and we rely on the generosity of our volunteers, donors, and fundraisers to operate. We fulfill our mission by collaborating with other rescues, our local shelters, veterinarians, boarding facilities, and local businesses.

Target demographics: neglected, unwanted and orphaned pets from local high-kill shelters, owner surrenders and street strays

Direct beneficiaries per year: rescue and/or re-home 80+ animals in need by providing supplies, medical care, training and socialization

Geographic areas served: Orange County

Programs: Adoptions, Medical care, Training & Education

Community Stories

33 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Volunteer

Rating: 5

It has been my luck and absolute pleasure to have been a foster for 4life Animal Rescue. I love that this rescue treats every animal as a valuable soul, regardless of its age or condition. I have so much respect and admiration for the tireless job and dedication these people have on a day to day basis as they continue to save lives.
One of my favorite foster memories is layna, a blind senior that was so unsure of what was happening to her that she cried for the first few days. As she became comfortable, her true colors emerged as she bravely learned to navigate the stairs. She is in a wonderful loving home where she is thriving.
Thank you 4Life for all you do❤️

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I love to donate my time every chance I get and help out this Rescue, this is a Great group to work with! They really care about the animals and the volunteers make sure the animals get a good loving forever home. They do so much in the back ground that no one really sees. From walking the pups, going to pounds to help out ones in need to save lives and finding a foster to care for them till they are adopted out, to writing articles, answering questions and updates on each pup or cat, taking the animals to event's, Dr. apt. to training a dog and some go to a trainer and on top of that constantly raising funds for the ones in need of medical attention. I have had the opportunity to adopt two of my own from 4Life Animal Rescue and feel the rewards of getting many pups adopted out too! It is truly rewarding and I love the hearts and dedication that goes into this rescue. They truly are saving lives!!! So many opportunities to get involved and help such as adopt, donate your time, donate funds or even foster! Thank you 4Life for all you have done!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Just started fostering for 4life Animal Rescue & loving being able to help a shelter pup find a permanent home. Excited to help out a wonderful organization dedicated to saving lives of all the animals in need!

Client Served

Rating: 5

Our family has been so blessed by 4life rescue! 1/1/17 we adopted Penny! We had put one of our dogs down to an unfortunate illness and I was devastated, saying I couldn't ever replace her. Then my husband showed me the photo of Pretty Penny. I couldn't stop thinking about her! We communicated with Mitzi from 4life and Claire, Penny's foster mama. They went above & beyond for us. We had meet and greets at a park and then our home. 4life brought along professional dog trainers each time to monitor the personality & behavioral cues so that we could have the best fit and safest transition. We couldn't be happier! Every safeguard was put in place and that was of utmost importance bringing a new dog into an already established pack. I recommend 4life rescue to everyone I know, their name says it all-4life

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This is our first experience as a foster and we were a little apprehensive about it. Teri met us at the shelter, had us meet with the staff and volunteers that were most familiar with the dog, and then came home to help us introduce her to our dog and get her acclimated to her new environment. She made sure we were comfortable with everything before she left and that we could call her if we needed anything. We are feeling very well-supported in this new adventure.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

There's a common phrase "It's not the size of the dog in the fight, it's the size of the fight in the dog". 4Life rescue fulfills this mantra to a "T". 4Life rescue is a small operation comprised of people with big hearts willing to open their homes and hearts to those who have no voice, the shelter animal. 4Life rescue gives a second chance to animals in shelters that have been neglected by society, but deserve all the love in the world. A shelter animal has been abandoned by the world and left with no hope. However, they [the shelter animal] continue to put up a "fight" no matter their size and open their hearts once more to a world that turned their back on them and left them behind. 4Life Rescue is that doorway back in to a world that otherwise may not have been opened. 4Life Rescue and all it's volunteers, though small in operation size, "fight" equally as hard as those they are trying to save. There is another saying that goes "The whole is greater than the sum of its parts". 4Life Rescue may be small in size, but just like it's [4Life] heart, the community and all it's individual parts (i.e. founder, fosters, volunteers, donors, and the rescues themselves) come together to make an incredible family that would be incomplete and "lost" without all of it's parts. Now, combine the size of 4Life Rescue's heart in the "rescue fight" with the sum of all of the components it's amazing family and you get an incredible rescue purely dedicated to saving the live's of those that crave only your love (and maybe a few treats and belly rubs on the side).

Volunteer

Rating: 5

4Life Animal Rescue is a great rescue! I have been volunteering as a foster for them for a little over a year. Teri, and many others work tirelessly to save as many animals as they can. They do whatever it takes to make sure these animals find a home 4Life. They are completely invested in each animal, making sure all needs are met, to make sure adopters are getting a healthy and happy pet. It has been a truly rewarding experience for my entire family! Attached is a picture of our first foster, Tazz. Who can resist that puppy dog face!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Me and my husband joined the 4life team as foster parents. The work this rescue does is invaluable. They help save lives no questions asked.
I'm committed to 4life to grow because for such a small rescue they do HUGE things for our community

Volunteer

Rating: 5

All rescues are special, but 4 Life is truly a blessing. Putting the interest of all animals first & really focusing on the bully breeds who are often overlooked. Keep it up 4Life!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This animal rescue goes above and beyond for its furry friends. I volunteered as a dog socializer for an adult male dog who was too much for his foster mom to handle on leash. When I told the rescue about my concerns, they immediately stepped up to help his foster mom and got that handsome pup professional training. He is now happy, healthy, properly trained and in his 4Life home. This organization rocks!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Hard working, always going the extra mile to do whatever an animal needs to thrive. Great tireless organization that deserves to be recognized for all the great work that they do!!!!!

Debbie Bobshosky

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This only allows me to include 4 images max but Teri with 4Life Animal Rescue has helped countless more of other dogs and cats that I reached out for help personally over the years because of their situation with their owners, being homeless, highly neglected, etc. Teri is someone who I highly respect and trust as a person and rescuer, and she doesn't turn away dogs that are perceived as being difficult, aggressive or unadoptable to others as long as there's a foster in place. 4Life provides all medical needs and training to each animal in their care until adopted to the right home. This rescue screens well, does homechecks and takes back any animal from an adopter at any time so they don't end up in the same situation as in the past which puts their life at risk... but of course it's their goal to avoid this situation by screening well. 4Life Animal Rescue is literally one of the best rescues out there and I'm SO proud to volunteer for them whenever possible. Go Team 4Life!!!!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

4Life Animal Rescue is one of the best dog and cat rescues that focus on helping all breeds, but have a great love and understanding for pitbulls which I personally appreciate. They save animals from shelters, strays, owner surrenders, etc. They strive on getting them into good foster homes, offer training, and give them all the love and support needed to find them their perfect forever home. They screen all applicants, do home checks, follow ups, and always takes the animals back into their care if an adopter returns them for any reason or time. I truly respect and trust the founders of 4Life and enjoy being part of such a great team of volunteers.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I moved ro california from chicago and was horrified to see how bad the homeless pet situation was here.. 4life and the amazing people who run it helped restore a little bit of my faith in humanity. They are responsible and caring, and do everything they can to help fur babies in need. The world is a better place because of this rescue.

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Donor

Rating: 5

Awesome volunteers full of caring compassion. It really is all about the animals. They really have their act together. I've seen some terrific things happen thru this group.

So Cal A.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

4Life Animal Rescue is an amazing volunteer run organization. They go above and beyond for the animals that they rescue and always make sure that the animals and adopters are a loving and healthy match.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I love this rescue. They are highly dedicated to the animals they take on. I also really love that they help animals that are not even with their rescue through their community outreach support. They help owners who can no longer keep their dog or cat to find a new home. They assist them through the adoption process, and even will help with introducing the adopters' dogs to the dog needing rehomed. They simply care about all animals.

I came to know 4Life Animal Rescue because they helped me with a pit bull I had rescued from the shelter. They helped me find him a home. I was so appreciative of their help and their genuine concern for the dog I had saved that I became a volunteer with the rescue. They stand by their dogs through medical issues that might arise and through any behavioral issues that might arise and provide intensive training and socialization for the dogs who need it in order to be successfully adopted out. They have rehabilitated several dogs through a board and train program.

4Life Animal Rescue is a top notch rescue and I am honored to be part of such a fine organization.

Kathy187

Volunteer

Rating: 5

4Life Animal Rescue is all about the animals, helping them find furever homes that are safe and full of love. A good match between pet & human is the secret! I beleive the extra attention to detail helps make 4Life a success.

Pam_77

Donor

Rating: 5

4Life Animal Rescue was formed by intelligent and caring people. The services they provide are greatly needed in our community.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

4Life is the most amazing rescue I have ever had the pleasure of working with, which is why I work/ volunteer with them as much as I can! The animals they rescue are usually the ones no one wants or have medical issues, 4life heals and cares for these animals and bring out in them the perfection they are. They spare no cost or time oe emotional support in every aspect. It is a true blessing to watch what the 4 life team does on a daily basis. Truly selfless and loving people at 4life... and the animals they rescue, well, you wont find a better pooch around after 4life works their magic (love)

Melina S.

Client Served

Rating: 5

This is a wonderful Rescue comprised of great people who are easy and fun to work with! Teri (The owner) works SO hard for the animals and people of 4Life!