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Bark Avenue Foundation

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Animal Protection & Welfare, Animal Services, Animals

Mission: Bark Avenue Foundation’s mission is to empower pet owners and local communities to reduce abandoned animal populations through spay/neuter, pet retention and reclamation, and education.

Results: Bark Avenue Foundation has helped thousands of pets since its formation in 2004 by offering innovative programs including unique adoption venues, animal transports, the formation of a humane pet store, and education events. Through it all, BAF has maintained a strong commitment to spay/neuter. Beginning in 2013, the foundation has committed most of its resources to free spay/neuter in Los Angeles County, specifically East LA. To date, more than 400 pets have been sterilized in this community, with many hundreds more awaiting service.

Target demographics: Pets, Pet Owners and Shelter Animals

Direct beneficiaries per year: hundreds of pet owners and their pets.

Geographic areas served: Los Angeles and Surrounding Communities

Programs: Low-Cost Spay/Neuter, Humane Education, Vaccinations, Emergency Medical Care, Pet Tags, and other resources to help keep pets in their homes.

Community Stories

25 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Donor

Rating: 5

I have been a volunteer and donor for 3 years. This organization is well run, fun and extremely organized. It’s programs really are all about keeping pets from ever entering shelters. I strongly recommend it to anyone who wants to give back.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Bark Avenue Foundation and LA'sBEST have collaborated in over 95 presentations for over 30 elementary school sites in the LAUSD afterschool program. We will be continuing to collaborate, developing more curriculum and more ways to reach more of LAsBEST 200 sites in the coming school year. In addition for LAsBEST understanding the shelter support and spay and neuter aspect of Bark Avenue, our collaboration is helping our students and their families practice kindness, compassion and understanding of the shelter animals especially if students and families are considering adoption. The students hear stories and see pictures of real animals and they make toys for the shelter animals. They have an opportunity to visit the shelters in their community to distribute the toys and consider adoption. The values of LAsBEST and the values of Bark Ave are directly alighnned. We believe in the importance of social / emotional learning and working with shelter animals brings this learning into focus. The volunteer presenters make great connections with our students and their presentations are clear and impactful. We will continue to collaborate and grow our relationship in the future.

Bill C.1

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Bark Avenue Foundation does important work in the community in many ways. Their education program is making sure future generations will have understanding and compassion for animals. Their free spay/neuter clinics lower the number of unwanted/homeless cats and dogs thus saving lives. All Bark Avenue does is efficiently done.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Bark Avenue is an amazing organization helping animals (and their people) make connections for homes and education to reduce the number of stray and abandoned animals.
My family has helped at volunteer and community events sponsored by Bark Avenue and their partners.

Donor

Rating: 5

Dynamite organization!! Two years ago, I didn't even know about this organization and now it as amazing! They have taught "humane education" to some 10,000 children. (Kids who abuse animals often grow up abusing humans). They are working with other organizations to help the homeless to be able to keep their "best friends" by offering resources, food, supplies and spay and neuter clinics for free or very discounted prices. Love this organization!!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Bark Avenue Foundation gave our residents experiencing homelessness the opportunity to give their pets the care that they needed. They made it very simple by bringing the services directly to the people, which helps immensely.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Bark Avenue Foundation has brought necessary services to LA Family Housing in the form of Vet care, assessments, vaccinations, deworming, flea treatment, and additional services. Participants can also pick up pet food, treats, toys, beds, blankets, collars, leashes, crates/carriers, and additional supplies from BAF when they visit our site monthly! Bark Avenue Foundation ALSO provides referrals to spay/neuter surgeries, emotional support documentation, and urgent life saving and/or preserving procedures. BAF has provided a rich set of support services at our LA Family Housing Campus, for our participants in need! Thank you for all you do!

Board Member

Rating: 5

Bark Avenue Foundation is a marvelous, hands on group that works tirelessly with local residents. With food, flea/tick medicine, or spat and neuter programs, Bark Avenue Foundation provides low cost care for animals in need who might, otherwise, not receive it.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Bark Avenue Foundation is so exceptionally dedicated to saving dogs and cats in Southern California. They work tirelessly to provide services for those who need help in caring for their animals and in providing free and low-cost spay/neuter clinics to ensure that every pet is spayed or neutered, which prevents future animals from winding up in the already overcrowded shelters. BAF also provides an excellent Humane Education program, reaching out to the young people in the community and helping to create responsible and caring pet-owners of the future!

Previous Stories

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have had the great pleasure of having Bark Avenue Foundation present their Humane Education program to my college students to offer them an opportunity to become humane educators themselves and change the future for both domestic animals and people by demonstrating the power and importance of kindness, respect and responsibility. BAF also offers my students opportunities to help out in spay/neuter clinics and the reviews I get from my students are always raves. Giving students the experience of knowing they've made a difference as well as the difference they've made is the best of every world--and gives me the confidence to believe we will have a much more compassionate world in the future. The care and dedication of those who work with and volunteer for Bark Avenue Foundation is absolutely inspiring!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I first was introduced to Bark Avenue Foundation in 2008 when I moved to LA. Having worked in veterinary medicine and with animal welfare organizations back east, I began to volunteer with them right away, and subsequently ended up adopting our two precious pups whom they had saved. I love the compassion and kindness with which Christy, the executive director, serves all of the communities the organization touches - regardless of circumstances, she goes above and beyond to help both pets AND their people, whether it’s providing spay/neuter, vaccines, or other, more complex (and expensive!) veterinary services, providing humane education in schools and communities around LA, distributing food and supplies, or finding a temporary or permanent home for a pet. Whenever and wherever there’s a need, Bark Avenue Foundation will step up and help. The volunteers take their lead from the top and serve with kindness and compassion as well. BAF is a fabulous group of caring, respectful, dedicated folks who are passionate about their mission and whose work is truly helping to alter the future!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Bark Avenue Foundation does amazing work to decrease the abandoned, neglected and abused pet population and keep pets with their families. Seeing the humane education program firsthand was incredible - the way kids respond to the lessons and the multiple areas of their lives that are impacted, beyond just how to interact with and keep animals, but also dealing with people and how to be great citizens. BAF advocates for a mission that will have lasting impacts for the entire pet population, not just individual animals right now today. They They work tirelessly and are professional, knowledgeable, and caring. They're really invested in the cause.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Bark Avenue is an exceptional organization. They provide free spay and neuter to pet owners in some of the poorest areas of LA. They help homeless people care for their animals and even provide free dog and cat food to people living in shelters, many times they pick up the vet bills for sick or injured animals.
They are also working with schools in LA City to teach children the importance of caring for their pets and keeping them forever. The children learn about the importance of being kind to pets and the importance of spay and neuter. Bark Ave feels strongly that teaching the next generations can help reduce the pet homelessness problem that we currently struggle with.

Angie G.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Fabulous Foundation which helps folks over a vast area to improve the lives of their pets. Tirelessly and excellently run by their wonderful ED, Christy Schilling.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Bark Avenue's humane education program is stellar. We teach the children about overpopulation in the shelters and we talk about the solutions. We provide children with free spay and neuter certificates. We also problem solve about common pet issues, such as chewing, potty training, and lost dogs, so they can learn to keep their own pet forever. We have positive feedback from the children and the staff. Children have told me that their parents have agreed to get their own pets fixed. Humane education works!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Bark Avenue is a wonderful organization that truly goes above and beyond helping the community with it's free and low cost spay/neuter program, vaccinations, providing free pet food and even microchips. Additionally the Humane Education program teaches children the importance of pets being a life-time commitment. Their focus on prevention helps keep animals out of the shelter and in loving forever homes.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Every time I attend and event for this Charity I know I am helping a good cause. Since 2014 they have been giving out free spay/neutering in Los Angeles County to over 400 pets. That is an amazing thing. It helps many pets from being abandoned due to extra cost many pet owners can not afford. It makes me feel good knowing a I am helping a great cause.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Bark Avenue is a unique organization. It's doesn't just provide spay and neuter services; it reaches out to the next generation to make change directly within the community. Their after school Humane Education Program has been presented to thousands of kids, molding the minds of young people. I can still remember those assemblies when I was kid that had a huge impact on me--ones about the environment and endangered species. They helped shape me to become the eco-conscious, animal rights activist I am today. As I look around the room at these kids who grow up in homes where their cat has kittens every spring, or the kids who have lost more than one dog who has gotten out and wasn't licensed or micro-chipped, I realize how the information Bark Avenue provides is needed to not just help animals, but the people who share their lives with them. The ripples of this education go not just home to the dinner table, but forward in time, as these children grow to be kind, gentle, and educated members of society. When we help shape the minds and hearts of children, we shape the future. And Bark Avenue makes the future a whole lot brighter.

Advisor

Rating: 5

Bark Avenue is a wonderful organization that seeks to educate potential pet owners to ensure they understand the responsibilities of ownership and provide spay and neuter services at no cost to prevent pets from being abandoned and needing re-homing. Their focus on prevention and proactive teaching works to help animals before they are subject to the lifelong anxiety and pain mistreatment causes.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Wonderful organization making an impact and making the world a better place.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This charity is run by people who love and respect animals in a way that makes my heart sing. They are a hard working, considerate, sensible team who always go the extra mile to help as many animals as they possibly can. They are very appreciative of everyone who goes the extra mile to help them care for those in so much need.