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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

95 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This organization helped my Missy! I am unable to work due to illness. And my cat Missy needed 2 teeth pulled, she had been getting infections.I am so grateful for the generosity of this organization. You saved my Missy
Thank you

Client Served

Rating: 5

My experience with this organization was great. Our dog Mocha got an infection of oral warts, Canine Oral Papilloma Virus. This is a common occurance in young dogs and older dogs. Well she caught a strain of if that was vicious. We tried to wait it out as all the info on it says they go away on their own. Well we waited a few weeks. During the last week before taking her in the warts grew in size and in quantity. They spread all in the inside of her mouth. They started to affect her eating and breathing. We finally said enough.

We took her into a vet who looked at her honestly 2 minutes or so. Didn’t even look inside her mouth, just to estimate us 1300 dollar surgery to remove them. We were shook. I had just recently taken a job after being unemployed for 6 months. Debt was piled up already that we had to get to first. We didn’t know what to do. We searched everywhere for organizations and came across Actors and Others for Animals. I filed an application Friday. Received a phone call by Monday.

They referred me to a vet who they had worked with in the past closer to my area. That vet estimated their cost to 1/3 of the first vet and this great organization also helped with a pledge. I think if it wasn’t for them things could’ve got way worse even deadly if they had not helped me. I see my dog happy again. Acting herself and I am super grateful to them for giving me that. Thank you. Please help and donate. They really are an amazing company.

Client Served

Rating: 5

My dog had gotten out of the yard a few months back but when I got home she was waiting for me in the front yard so even though she got out, I didn’t think much of it. So has the days went by I notice her getting fat but again didn’t think to much into it until one day I come home from work around 11pm to see her in her bed with a little puppy. This whole time she was pregnant. I stayed up with Ariel, my dog, till 3AM waiting for another puppy but nothing came. At this point I was worried so I found a 24 hour clinic that answered and told me that at my dogs age it’s not to uncommon to only have one to two puppies but i’ve Seen her give birth and every time she had like 7 puppies. The vet told to Waite a few more hours and if nothing bring her in. At 6AM I went to this clinic and they took her in and to be honest don’t know what they did but before anything hit me with a bill of about 500 dollars and said to me that this was just to see if something was wrong and at that moment I was like and if she needs surgery? They said it would be in the thousands. My heart feel cuz I have my dog, her puppy and no thousands to pay. I asked if they would work out a payment plan but said sorry they would need money up front. Then they said that there’s a clinic a town away that would possibly be better for me if money was the issue. I still ended up paying this place 100 dollars just for the visit that ticked me off since they did nothing but kick me out. I then went to this other clinic in where I waited outside till 10am when the vets got there and at this point I was so scared for my dog cuz I could see she was in pain. The clinic finally saw me but they said pretty much the same thing but they did help me with one thing. They got me in touch with Actors and Others for Animals, at first I was here filling out different applications online and leaving voice mails on different organizations pleading for help but within an hour a rep from Actors and Others for Animals gave me a call and told me they would help. After that one phone call, that clinic took my dog and fixed her right up. I owe Ariel’s life to Actors and Others for Animals and truly thank God that you guys do what you guys do. Thank you from me and my family who are all happy that Ariel is still with us and alive.

Client Served

Rating: 5

my Bella cut her back open and needed stitches and we didn't have the funds but thank God for people like you all who blessed our family by paying for the emergency she's 100% better and we can't thank y'all enough may God continue to bless you all

Client Served

Rating: 5

My little guy, Donut, needed some dental work done. He is 15 years old and was suffering terribly from abscesses in his mouth. The surgery cost was estimated to be around $500. I am disabled and could not afford the entire amount. I reached out to Actors and Others for Animals and they helped pay for Donut’s surgery. It brought tears to my eyes to know that there are people out there that would help with an elderly dog. Donut is doing great and I love watching him socialize at the dog park every morning. Thank you so much Actors and Others for Animals!

Client Served

Rating: 5

My six year old cat decided for the first time ever to jump off our balcony. I thought he was okay but he did hurt himself. It caused eating and drinking issues, he wouldn't and he was not peeing or pooping. I am a senior citizen on a very limited budget and not one vet in Houston would let me make payments so they would not treat him. I was hysterical. I saw Betty White on a game show rerun and remembered she had helped to found a group to help animals. I tracked them down. They don't do out of state funding but they had contacts here and guess what? Sparrow got into see a vet. If I ever have any funds that I can spare I will donate to this group. My kitty will be okay and he is never again going on the balcony by himself.

Client Served

Rating: 5

My dog Cami had been sick with infections all over her body for almost 2 yrs. We thought we would have to put her down. We found out she had severe staph infection.
I could not afford the shots for 10 days that were 100.00 a day to save my baby's life. Thank you for assisting me and saving Cami's life. She is now free of any signs of staph.




General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

A&O helped us with our 7 year old Lab Shepherd mix Tux when she had a tumor under her eye lid. We took her to our usual vet but they wanted over 1,200.00 to do the surgery. My wife and I are both self employed and did not have that kind of money to shell out for her. I looked for assistance all over the Internet, submitted several requests for assistance, and the first to reply was A&O. After explaining our situation they recommended that we get a second opinion and referred us to a different vet. Not as close but not too far. After they examined her they quoted us 458.00! That's a huge difference! We were so happy that they steered us in the right direction. But that was not all they did for us. After receiving the new estimate A&O told us that they would pitch in 250.00! Our portion was only 208! WOW! INCREDIBLE! We are so glad for the support and hard work that A&O did for us we have recommended them to all of our pet owner friends and I would recommend them to ANYONE! Thank you A&O! And Tux is now doing great and she thanks you too! WOOF WOOF!

Client Served

Rating: 5

I truly and wholeheartedly believe that Actors & Others For Animals is the best, most caring nonprofit in the world. The intention behind their program is solid - they help those who cannot afford to help themselves. Very rarely do I come across such kindness and devotion to helping those in need, but I've found it with them.

Kona had broken her leg suddenly and I was unable to afford the necessary surgery at such short notice. Vets were charging me over 5k, some even offered around 2k. I simply could not afford it and was heartbroken at the thought of giving Kona up to a non-kill shelter and to someone who could eventually see her surgery through. I had asked many vet clinics if they could assist me with payments/billing, but they would not. Fortunately, Laura called just in time and provided me with a low-cost clinic who would work with my income. I would pay for whatever I could afford (which at that point was very little) and AOA would cover the rest.

Not only was I able to help Kona, but my other two pups were spayed at their expenses. Covered. Kona is happier than ever and it's all thanks to AOA. I am so incredibly thankful for Laura and AOA.

All the love and thanks,
Hazel & Kona

Client Served

Rating: 5

I have an 11 year old kitty, Annie She has always been in great health until this past winter she needed dental surgery The quotes ran from $315-well over $700. I had no idea how I would pay for this.I prayed. A freind told me about organizations that pitch in to help pay for high vet bills.
I called my vet. They said they work with Actors and Others Fro Animals, so I filled out the paperwork on-line exactly as the vet listed the charges. I received a a phone call within maybe a week or a little more that Actors and Others was going to contribute a healthy sum of money to Annie's surgery. I was shocked with delight! Now, it was possible to get her treated and she is doing great! Thank God for people like this organization that work so hard at helping others.

Ashley Brett F.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Actors and Others saved Leo’s life...about 2 months ago I noticed that my (4 year old male cat) Leo was clearly bothered by something, he was lethargic and appeared to be so sad so i really kept a close eye on him, especially when he went potty to see if he was having any tummy issues, etc. By the end of the day it was obvious he was having trouble urinating so I did my research and learned about crystals and FLUTD and I took him to a clinic for X-rays that same day and sure enough the vet told me that this was an emergency situation and I needed to get him to an animal hospital ASAP so they could unblock his bladder, which was so swollen and full in the X-rays, it was like 5 times larger than it should be! I was panicking! I didn’t have $1000 for this procedure so I began googling nonprofit organizations and I called Actors and Others and left a detailed message left. BEVERLY called me back and the information she gave me and the vet she recommended saved Leo’s life. Huntington Pet Vet charged me $500 for a $1000 procedure and they are angels on earth. I only had $200 when I took him and when I picked him up 4 days later I owed nothing which meant that Actors and Others donated $300 as well. I can’t thank you enough Beverly, this little guy is my best buddy and I can’t imagine life without him.

Client Served

Rating: 5

My dog Biscuit had been attacked by another dog, and ge reqired some extensive surgery because of the wound and infection. I was not able to afford the total cost. Not only did this awesome charity pay for the amount I could not afford, but they also paid for my puppy to get fixed! This charity is so awesome and they were attentive to my concerns. They were able to find a place same day I contacted them for assistance. Biscuit got his surgery and he is a happy and healthy dog! I cant thank this charity enough for helping me to fix my dog/best friend. As soon as I get extra money I plan to donate to this cause. You guys are AWESOME! thank you so much for all the help. This picture is of my buddy a couple weeks after surgery :)

Client Served

Rating: 5

A friend let me know of Actors and Others for Animals when Romeo my cat became seriously ill. I spoke with Beverly at AOA and Cheryl at the San Gabriel Veterinary Hospital. Beverly was able to arrange to cover the fee for me at this very difficult time, as well as, extend support throughout the process of euthanasia. Repaying the amount of the veterinary fee is important to me. Next I will donate to this wonderful organization and spread the word of the humane work it does. Thank you to Actors and Others for Animals. Clare of Pasadena

Client Served

Rating: 5

I'm a senior on a fixed income and my girl, Stella had an abdominal tumor that had to be removed. I was frantic as to how I was going to be able to pay for it. I luckily found the Kinder 4 Care low income surgery center in North Hollywood but it still was too costly for it to be affordable for me. I discovered "Actor's & Others" and with only 1 phone call they were able to assist me with the expense. They were so lovely. I hope to be able to donate to them in the future. God Bless Them!!

Client Served

Rating: 5

I don't think I have to state the obvious which ultimately boils down to how much we love our pets! I’m a dog guy, specifically Boxers. I’m so taken by my dogs and the breed that I’ve spent just about every weekend for the past several years volunteering for Boxer Rescue LA. The joy my dogs bring me on a daily basis is endless!
Long story short, times are tough and one of my Boxers Cleo developed a few growths on her gum and tongue. My vet at Panorama Pet Hospital is a trusted ally and pointed me to Actors & Others For Animals for some help with this procedure.
Actors & Others For Animals was responsive, respectful and kind. I am blown away by the involvement they put forth on my behalf.
I have a healthy dog again with the help of Actors & Others For Animals. I am forever grateful for their kindness, generosity and care.
Respectfully,
Vince DonVito (& Cleo & Max)

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Pepperoni
We call him pep for short. He is a big part of our family. His best friends are a German Shepard and a Pit Bull..he honestly thinks he's a dog. Shhhhhhhhh, i don't have the heart to tell him. Pepperoni got a urinary tract infection,uti and couldn't urinate. We went to the vet, they had a coupon and since i have no income anything helped, as it was i was putting the visit of a friends carecredit card, i had no money. We paid $875 and we're back 2 days later, pepperonis condition worsened his bladder was about to burst. I prayed that God would prevent him from being in pain. Went back to the vet where they put a catheter on pep...but he was going down hill rapidly, I began reaching out to various places, I called 20 agencies, sent countless emails. Only 3 responded back, One of them was Actors and others for animals, Beverly...god bless you, I don't know how much sense i was making, i was beside myself, but Beverly said OK i will call you back, now mind you Pepperoni is now hanging on by a thread, so time is of the essence, Beverly was peps guardian angel that day within hours we got approval to do Pepperonis surgery. He is doing great, he misses his crunches, but very very grateful and happy to be alive. I can't even begin to tell you how grateful we are to Actors and Others for animals, not only did they save peps life they were very easy to work with. God Bless you.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I can't find words to say how thankful I am for everything you guys have done for me and my little daisy. I cry like a baby every time I remember the moment I was about to lose my little girl and I got the miracle call from BEVERLY, while sitting next to my dog crying like no tomorrow and praying for her. I lost her mother due to the same illness a year before but there was no way to save her so imagine what was happening to me the moment I noticed same thing is happening with my other precious girl. About 12am I notice out of nowhere (she was perfectly fine right before all this) she started crying and that second my heart dropped. I check her and noticed she's having the same symptoms as my other precious girl that passed away. I started bursting in tears and at that moment my budget wasn't enough remembering the costs of the surgery and hospital care... I started searching with absolutely no hope but something pushed me to it. I don't remember but somehow I ended up at actors and others site and all I remember is filling something out and sending email or I'm not sure but yet no hope. I took her to the ER and they said her tummy is about to burst but we're not able to do anything so take her to the vet as soon as they open which was few hours later. I was crying hopeless while holding her in my arms and seeing her slowly giving up, while she was looking at me with this super sad/weak look.. that crushed my heartttt and just made me die inside. I get home impatiently waiting for the vet to open while calling million other places to get an idea but I knew I couldn't afford it at the moment so I was slowly giving up as well. Out of nowhere I get a private call, but I had forgotten about actors and others or any sites I have asked help from. I answered and it was AMAZING BEVERLY. This is Gods help I believe. Some faith I have lost in the past, came right back the second she said I'm going to try and help. My prayers were heard. I rushed her to the vet, they ran some tests and said we need to rush the surgery, she might make it. Beverly calls and says she might be able to get me to SAM AND SIMON FOUNDATION to get the surgery going as soon as possible. I called them , left a voicemail (I'm shaking and still crying like a baby thinking they might not have room for an emergency surgery) they called and said "bring her in ASAP" I drove all the way to them rushing there. They took my dog in within 30 minutes (this is already afternoon, I haven't ate or drank a thing, nor slept). During surgery Beverly called me and said she might not make it it was already spread everywhere (the bacteria). I was just begging for them to save her. Hour or 2 later.. she comes out of the surgery ALIVE but super weak. But then I had to figure out how I'm going to afford the costs for the hospital care and if we didn't give her the hospital care, she would die. Again Beverly did everything she could of even it was out of her lead and their budget but she went all the way for my Daisy and to save her precious life. We went that far, we couldn't leave her like that. So she called me back with good news AGAIN!!! The world was mine, I was soooo happy yet weak and shocked because of the blessing and help I got. She stayed at the hospital about a week and then she was all mine again, ALIVE AND WELL. ALL THANKS TO THIS AMAZINGGGGGG Organization. This June will be 1 year. I still praise them for everything they have done and LOTS OF THANKS TO SAM AND SIMON FOUNDATION AS WELL. They saved my little girls life! I love you guys so much!

Client Served

Rating: 5

Actors and Others for Animals,

I'm not much of a writer, so I'll make this short and sweet.

I am single, in my late 60's and live alone with Sandy, my dog, who is a my constant companion.

When Sandy became very ill and required surgery and I was without the funds to pay for the required surgery, Actors and Others for Animals stepped up and helped significantly in paying my very fair invoice from my local and highly recommended Rimforest Animal Hospital in Rimforest, CA.

I cannot thank Actors and Others for Animals enough because Sandy is a very important to me. She is not a mere pet, she is my friend and constant companion.

I have benefited greatly by the assistance from Actors and Others for Animals and their benefactors should know how their donations have had such a positive result. It should also be noted that the request for help process was simple and the response time incredibly fast, which was also very important in my situation.

Thanks again Actors and Others for Animals for helping me keep Sandy well,

RJB

Client Served

Rating: 5

I thank the heavens for Actors & Others for without their financial help my Mary's gum infection would have quickly gotten worse. They truly care about animals and their desire to help care for them is amazing. God bless this organization for without their help so many of us would be unable to get our sick puppies well.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Picture below is Matthew with his puppy Buddy and Buddy's brother (our family's dog) Moose. Moose and Buddy are 10 y.o. Buddy had been needing some serious dental work. It had developed into an infection in need of urgent care. I do my best to foster Buddy whenever Matt needs help. Buddy spends the night with us at times and comes inside to eat/drink and rest at other times. We have an extended family of pets in need of constant booster shots and vet visits. We didn't have anything left for Matthew and Buddy. We heard about Actors and Others for Animals from two different sources and decided it might actually be worth a try. Funny how you can get into trouble for not treating your pets. But when you go to the shelters and ask for help they straight up turn you away. Though the Burbank shelter did tells us about this organization. For that we are forever grateful. Buddy received his care in a timely manner from when we applied for help. Buddy is doing great. He's so much happier being pain free. Matthew has been homeless almost 3 years. Buddy is the most important being in his life. Matthew, Buddy and I all thank Actors and Others for Animals for their phenomenal charity. Peace, Sherry S.

P.S. The great vet work was done by North Figueroa Animal Hospital