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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Animal Protection & Welfare, Animals

Mission: Protection and care of domestic animals.

Programs: Pet care services:financial subsidy assistance to low/fixed income pet guardians including the disabled, seniors and individual rescuers for spay/neuter surgeries to help eliminate pet overpopulation and for veterinary medical procedures for sick/injured pets. Spay/neuter surgeries (including rabbits): 8,993medicals (including pet rats, rabbits, birds, hamsters, guinnea pigs, etc): 546

pet meals:furnish pet food donated by target to pet guardians needing a limited helping hand inlcuding the disabled, seniors, individual rescuers and feral cat caregivers. Food distributed: approximately 8,255 lbs of dry food, and 6,820 canned/pouched food. In addition, 7,273 pounds of cat litter was distributed.

feral cat care:loan humane traps, guide and assist in trapping, altering and caring for feral cats; assist in establishing and maintaining approved tnr (trap, neuter and return) programs.

Community Stories

146 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Eva S.1

Client Served

Rating: 5

I’m so grateful for Actors & Others for Animals . My little 8 month old chihuahua was diagnosed with an open pyometra . It was a very emotional and stressful journey. I thought she wasn’t gonna make it every Veterinary clinic I called they told me she was gonna have to wait for an appointment and I never gave up to find a place that was able to take her in right away. Thank you so much now my little chihuahua is back to her playful self .

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My penny is doing great thank so much for your help it’s like penny is back to her loveing self

Client Served

Rating: 5

In May 2019, we found out that our golden retriever “Argentina” needed an urgent and very complicated surgery that involved splenectomy and pyometra procedures. That was at a cost of about $5,000, which we didn’t have. We contacted Actors and Others for help and they responded immediately. They called me and gave me a couple of numbers of other vets that could do the surgery at a lower price. We told them we only had $2,500, which were all our savings to pay for the surgery that could save our dog’s life. Beverly (from Actors and Others) asked me to give her a call with any news I had after contacting the other vets. I contacted a vet two hours away from where we live and they were able to perform the surgery (at a much reasonable amount). My dog had been misdiagnosed, she had a cyst in the ovary that was the size of a cantaloupe. Now our dog is totally recovered, she’s very energetic and happy. Actors and Others helped us to pay part of the bill so we didn’t have to use all our savings in the surgery. They were very kind and empathetic. Beverly called me almost every day to see how my dog was doing, even weeks after the surgery! We are very grateful with the financial help from Actors and Others, but mainly with the human and caring way they showed their concern for our dog’s well-being. We also want to extend our thanks to all the donors that contribute for this great cause, helping families to save their beloved pets. And thanks again Actors and Others for all your support!!!

Client Served

Rating: 5

Early 2019, a new rescue I took off the street and named Buddy, was attacked by another dog, while I was at work and my son was watching the animals. When I got home that night I checked Buddy over and he seemed OK, but 2 days later, I noticed he was walking slow, which I figured was just a sore muscle.

The next morning, he was very lethargic and laying on his side in the back yard, when I finally - 3 days after the attack - I realized his scrotum had been ripped open and he was very infected.

I took him to the emergency clinic closest to my house and was charged over $600.00 for a few pain pills and antibiotics. This same hospital was fairly adamant that I let them do a surgery called a Scrotal Ablation and the cost would be between $6,000. and 8,000.00!

I did not have that kind of money laying around and took him home. Upon taking him to another vet the cost was about 1/2, but I still needed financial assistance, even for $3,800.

A friend told me about Actors and Others for Animals and I sent an email asking for help ---

Not only did they help from start to finish, but they also found a teaching hospital that was able to preform the surgery for less than a 10th of even the lowered estimate and they covered the entire procedure.

What a God-send these people are in a world where so many struggle financially.

THANK YOU ACTORS AND OTHERS FOR ANIMALS FROM THE BOTTOM OF MY HEART.

The day will come when I can give back again, and you are at the top of my list!

Client Served

Rating: 5

I am a disabled senior and also a Cancer patient, so my furbaby companion is especially important to me. Sometimes money is tight and my doggie needed deep teeth cleaning. The first Dentist wanted an exorbitant fee. ACTORS AND OTHER'S was able to help me get a second opinion and his fee was about 5 times less. They also help provide the funds. Marina had her Dental cleaning . They did a great job. I will forever be deeply grateful for the assistance i received from this fabulous organization.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I cannot rave enough about this organization. I was at my wits end, caring for a sick Mom, an autistic grandson, dealing with a bad knee and then came my little Miniature Pincher in need of a surgery I simply could not afford. It's been a tough few years and it's so nice to enjoy a small miracle. Thank you!!

Amanda P.6

Client Served

Rating: 5

Actors and others came via a recommendation from my vet. I befriended a stray who showed up one day injured, which later we found out was a foxtail sticker in his eye. When we got him to our vet for his shots and neuter and an assessment on his eye, it was determined he needed to have the eye removed. If it wasnt for the help of this amazing group, I would not have been able to save my sweet Odin and give him a pampered life inside.

Mari S.1

Client Served

Rating: 5

I am so great full for the help I received from this organization! My 13 year old labrador, Roxy, had a few growing masses on her eye, all the diagnostics we received were simply scary and expensive, Roxy is a therapy dog with Love on Four Paws and she loves working at hospitals! Another volunteer at Love on Four Paws gave us the name of a great vet at North Figueroa Animal Hospital, Roxy received and affordable quote for her surgery and with the help of Actors & Others for Animals she is back on doing what she loves as a therapy dog, she is fully recovered, the masses might grow back but for now is back at work! We are forever grateful, thank you again!

Client Served

Rating: 5

My name is Brad Humphrey my girl Lucy a black lab had a huge infection on the left side of her face from a dog fight. The surgery was over a 1,000 dollars. Actors and others helped out with a donation of 250.00. Which helped me out financially because I don't make a lot of money driving a school bus 4 hours a day.Thank God there are places like Actor and others that can help.people like my self to help take care of our fur babies. Thank you again Actor and others my Lucy is all healed and healthy.

Caspa C.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Actors and others saved my dog's life. My dog Nala is our second child. Nala snuck off and got pregnant. But when she went to have her pup one got lodged in her canal. I didn't have the money what so ever to handle the expensive surgery she needed to live. Actors and others helped with more then they can normally even afford, I cannot express my gratitude enough to this organization. Thank you so much. When I can afford a donation it goes to you!

Client Served

Rating: 5

Thanks to Actors & Others, little Pookie was able to have pelvic surgery after getting hit by a car, and she is doing well!. Pookie is homeless with her momma and fur sister, staying in a camp in Long Beach. Momma was desperately looking for financial help to cover the cost of surgery. She had gotten one cost of over $4k from one vet, and was in tears. She reached out to me (homeless advocate) and I came across Actors & Others in my research. I quickly applied on her behalf using their online form. Within minutes. Laura called me, I explained the situation, and She referred me to Kinder 4 Rescue who could do the surgery for $1500!!!! Additionally, Laura pledged $499 and made the payment to Kinder immediately!! Pookie had surgery a couple of days later after my call with Laura (other orgs also donated to cover the whole cost). Had it not been for Laura and this amazing org, Pookie may have very well been euthanized as her mom was seriously considering that initially when facing the high cost and lack of resources. Besides the financial contribution, Laura took the time and effort to hear her story and situation and without hesitation, referred us to a wonderful vet resource run by volunteer surgeons. Thank you Laura and Actors & Others!!! You do amazing work!

Client Served

Rating: 5

I took Domino in to keep her from going to a shelter. She's an amazing dog, but has an auto-immune disease that attacked her gums and teeth, causing a terrible infection and requiring her to have surgery. This surgery would have been extremely difficult to do without Actors & Others for Animals. They reponded quickly in our emergency situation and provided desperately needed help at critical time. Thank you to all of your staff, volunteers, and donors! You help us help them!

Elizabeth M.4

Client Served

Rating: 5

My name is Elizabeth! My kitties name is Blue, he’s a linx point Siamese. Big blue eyes & extremely handsome. Turns out he had a UTI & it was urgent he received treatment immediately. I am a student & had just paid my rent & did not have any extra funds to help him, nor did I have anyone to help me. I live alone. I was trying not to give up, but after calling around 20 different places & not being able to afford any of them, I was ready to surrender him, I just wanted him to live. A random gentleman told me about this Group & so I messaged them immediately. I was not expecting a response, but I gave it a shot. Sure enough I received a call immediately & went down within an hour to a Vet, and it was all so simple. The relief I felt & still have. I am so forever grateful. I’ve had Blu since he was 2 weeks old, I bottle fed him & the hole nine yards. He’s my baby & they saved him. I can’t thank you enough!

Kent A.1

Client Served

Rating: 5

Well, my 12yo Yorkie, Scruffy, developed a huge lump on his front shoulder over the period of a couple years. When I finally saved some money, I gave A & O a call, they had me fill out their questionaire on their website. The operation was $900, including teeth removal and cleaning, and not including the re-visit for his cough.
The last time I received help, was a god-send. Scruffy's eye was mutalated by another dog, and after a week he was taken from apple valley to hesperia animal clinic, after he got lost, where they operated and removed his damaged eye. A & O asked for any financial contribution I could manage, I could only manage the $85 in my pocket, and that was good enough. I can't thank these folkes enough for their help, now Scruffy doesn't limp anymore... still fighting off the cough with medication. But you'd never know he was 12 he's got so much life-energy, I'm 56 and disabled, there are times when I feel down or depressed and Scruffy always makes my day brighter.

Thank you again, A & O

Client Served

Rating: 5

I am so grateful for this foundation. My Katie has had a bad time with her teeth. I myself have been bogged down with bills and necessary scans for myself due to having Cancer twice. I couldn't afford to pay for her treatment in full. I was even Recomended a Vet from them. I Bet was wonderful. He even addressed her allergies and gave her medication for that. She had stopped her itching completely. I want to thank you so much h cor the help you provided.

Jim R.2

Client Served

Rating: 5

My 10 year old Chihuahua mix, Nacho, was diagnosed with Bladder Stones. After a 4-5 hour surgery to remove 100-120 variously sized stones which completely blocked him up making it impossible for him to pass any urine, he had to stay in the hospital for a full week under observation. Without this surgery he would have surely died.
But after a week, the bill was going higher quickly. What I thought was going to be $800-$900 in charges was quickly approaching the $3000 mark.
Most of the many agencies I contacted for help said they had no funds available to help with a bill that high. The Veterinarian's office wanted payment in full, but there was no way I could pay a bill that high at one time.
Fortunately, the folks at Actors and Others for Animals stepped up and found funding to pay Nacho's bill.
Today, one month later, Nacho is back to energetic self, running and jumping and enjoying several walks a day with his Daddy.
If it weren't for the timely caring and kindness of Actors and Others for Animals, I don't know what Nacho's fate would have been.
Thank you, Actors and Others for Animals, for bringing Nacho home!

Client Served

Rating: 5

My little mini Pekingese Coco needed an invasive dental cleaning, as I was struggling to get a vet to accept her. This review is long overdue, as I wanted to offer my immense appreciation to Beverly, several years ago. Unfortunately my dog has reoccurring dental issues again, even though I have tried to be astute in her care. Short nosed breeds are more challenging. I wanted to say thank you so very much, as I had initially wanted to send a card expressing my thanks to Beverly and to the vet in Fullerton, in regards to a different situation which arose previously with my little dog, some time ago., which Actors also very graciously and patiently, assisted me with. This acknowledgment is long overdue, as I’m so sorry. I’ve just had a lot of things come up in my life over the last few years. I cannot thank you enough for the kindness and generosity you offered towards myself and my little dog. Actors and Others is a top notch organization. I thank you so overwhelmingly much for what you did for me.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Hello,

We are Scott and Laura Johnson, the very happy and grateful owners of a five year old healthy Dachshund named Lola thanks to Beverly and the wonderful people at Actors and Others.

Back in December, 2018, we noticed a mass on her under belly near one of her nipples that had grown quickly to the size of a golf ball and turned red and we became very concerned. We took her to a local Vet in Upland, and she was diagnosed with a mammoth mass of unknown origin. The Vet told us she required a number of tests as well as surgery totaling nearly $2,000 including spaying her. We were in shock and had no idea what do, as we are retired on fixed income mostly from social security.

One of the staff members at the Vet office told us about “Actors and Others”, a charity that helps pet owners with these these kinds of situations. She helped us fill out the paperwork for help and to send it out for consideration. Within hours, we received a call from Beverly at Actors and Others and she explained clearly and compassionately how the program worked. Beverly immediately made a pledge of $500 toward the costs of treatment. Beverly also counseled us on exactly what we could do to make the cost of treatment more affordable by selecting only the most effective parts of the total estimate.

We were able come up with some of our own money as well as some money from another charity and an affordable financing program called CareCredit and scheduled the surgery for the following week.

Everything went very well and the treatment was successful! Lola recovered quickly and today is a happy, healthy and fully recovered spoiled little girl.

None of this would have been possible without Beverly and the folks at Actors and Others!

Scott, Laura & Lola

Lisa O.4

Client Served

Rating: 5

I had nowhere to turn, this organization was there for me. I don't know what I would have done without actors and others assistance they are by far one of the best non-profit organizations out there, that help animals. Thank you guys so much!!:)

Client Served

Rating: 5

If it wasn’t for Actors and Others, I would have lost my beloved Lucky. Lucky became very ill and needed xrays desperately. I am a disabled senior and was frantic with worry ... and empty pockets. Thank you so much for helping to save Lucky’s life. God Bless you!