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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 6,000 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

35 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I really can’t say enough about Bark Ave Foundation. I work for PATH (People Assisting the Homeless) and Bark has been providing our guests with high quality food for years. Every time I have reached out to Christy, she has been more than generous with food and treats and toys. I had a guest that was unable to go into a drug treatment program bc he had a dog. Bark Ave Foundation did not hesitate to help me find a foster home for his beloved pet until he was out of treatment. The people at Bark Ave Foundation are a true blessing. I know I can reach out to them if I need them, and I am so lucky to know about this organization.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Bark Ave Foundation has been critical for LA Family Housing to meet the needs of our participants with pets. Every month we receive food, treats, and toys to distribute to people experiencing homelessness for their pets, but even more important is the monthly pet clinic we are able to hold (pre-covid) to meet the veterinary needs of the animals are participants love and depend on for emotional support. Not only that, but they are always quick to respond when we have an emergency need, like for a stroller for a dog that recently underwent surgery. We are so grateful for the partnership of Bark Ave!

Margaret M.6

Client Served

Rating: 5

My name is Margaret,
And I was W/o permanent roof for quite some time.

Ah hem. Imagine my surprise when a shelter's regional manager said, in response to my asking if I could feed the stray cats, told me I could keep a cat.
I chose Baby Kitty. She was the one who would follow me around, everywhere I went in the Shelter's parking lot. Curl up in my lap all day into the night.

I named her "Baby Kitty" because the registration desk at the vet's asked me what her name was.
Again, gobsmacked. I just blurted out "Baby Kitty". Why?
No clue. I am normally much more cynical than that.
Point being. NONE of that would've been possible W/o
bark Avenue found\tion.

Spellcheck is driving me to the point of severely exasperated, so I'm out.

Christy Schilling in an Angel of Mercy.

Darlene91206

Donor

Rating: 5

Bark Avenue Foundation is an amazing organization with top notch leadership! They are on the front line assisting communities who need help in keeping their furry friends safe and healthy! They are the best at educating the public about how important it is to spay/neuter their pets and treat them as a family member. Bark Avenue Foundation is definitely a top-rated nonprofit!

Advisor

Rating: 5

Bark Avenue provides education and spay/neuter services for those is need. They do a wonderful job of teaching why these services are so critical for not just the community and stopping the over-breeding of animals but also in helping people understand why this simple surgery is good for their pet's well being, both mentally and physically. Bark Avenue has recently moved into working closely with helping those who need support taking care of (and sometimes being able to keep) their animal while in vulnerable situations, which is often a key to the owner's mental health. Animals are so much more than pets and Bark Avenue truly supports that mission.

mydarlingtheo

Client Served

Rating: 5

Can you imagine how it feels to find yourself "homeless? How resourceful are you? Who can you call on to help you, and shelter and care for your beloved pets? With the help of Bark Avenue Foundation, my cancer ridden pup lived longer with her BFF while I was able to concentrate on getting back to my "new normal". Through no fault of my own I found myself without a home and when you have no place to call home your animals are homeless too. Bark Avenue Foundation owed me nothing. Yet, they saw something in me and continued without question to help me get back to self sufficiency and a life with my pets. Bark Avenue Foundation could not save my beloved Mrs. P from cancer but without Bark Avenue Foundation she would have died sooner, and my other pup would have surely met an uncertain fate. Call it luck/fate or chance the truth is that Melanie Pozez and Christy Schilling believed I would one day have the chutzpah to overcome homelessness and get back on my feet. I'm living proof that one can do it. No one is an island, everyone is equal only under the law. They know that and understand we are a community which supports each other. Are you one paycheck from homelessness? I hope after you seriously take a look at the folks at Bark Avenue Foundation you support them with whatever resources you have to offer. I'm not an actor, have never committed a crime, am not on public assistance nor do I have an addiction, my story is real. I survived 10 months homeless in LA in 2018 my only connection with my animals was to visit them when I could. Los Angeles county needs Bark Avenue Foundation, you can help BAF. Stop procrastinating, please - support people who will help you. Not everyone is born with boot straps with which to pull themselves up Bark knows this, Yes I was determined to "make a comeback" I am - without that one. phone call from Christy offering to help me when I was 4 weeks homeless, who knows what would have happened:). Love it? Then BARK!! (show your support) for Bark Avenue Foundation (they will do it for you thank you:)! Pictured is the late great Mrs. P ( R) and her BFF L.J. Fricke (L) 2018 shortly before she died of cancer in Los Angeles.

Deborah93

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Bark Avenue is a fantastic group that does so much to promote spay/neuter. BA organizes and runs spay/neuter clinics where people can take their pets for low-cost services. BA also promotes adoption and responsible pet ownership. They are very involved in community outreach and provide many resources for people regarding companion animals.

Lindsay R.1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

What a great organization this is! They not just care about animals, but people as well. They help in the under-served communities in LA by providing pet care, food, education free spay and neuter, and other resources, LA needs organizations like Bark Avenue.

Angie G.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Bark Avenue continues to be at the top of its field, helping our canine and feline friends, the homeless and their pets to be cared for and supported. Their fearless and tireless leader,Christy Schilling, is second to none!

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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.

Jose S.1

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Bark Avenue Foundation is awesome! They care about the pets they serve. Its a great organization that help many families in need.

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!

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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.

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.

Donor

Rating: 5

Bark Ave. Foundation focuses not only on the love and care of animals in need but also the underlying issues of humane education and spay/neuter. There are many organizations that dedicate their time and resources to pulling animals from shelters and placing them in great homes (which is important) but this great organization also dedicates their energy to serving the community by assisting the homeless and their pets, educating children about the importance of treating animals well, and involving themselves in cases that others would likely ignore. The truth is, we must treat the root of the issues if we ever truly want to see change occur and Bark Ave. understands that and has made it their mission.

Advisor

Rating: 5

Bark Avenue Foundation’s core purpose and their motivation is to help alleviate the dog and cat overpopulation crisis, a crisis that results in millions of dogs and cats being euthanized every year. They provide access to high-quality, free or low-cost spay and neuter services and free, innovative educational programs to underserved communities throughout LA. Their compassion, energy, and commitment to this important issue is amazing to behold.

Client Served

Rating: 5

After a stray cat gave birth in our house while we were away on a camping trip we had not idea how to deal with this. The mother and her kittens eventually made their way out of our kitchen and into our backyard. I found the bark ave. foundation online and called them up they offered to help us spay and neuter these cats and in doing so prevent more stray cats from being born. Most of the kittens have since left. The mother grew attached to us and when she hears us feed our indoor cat she runs up to the door to be fed. we have in some sort of way adopted this black beauty. I couldn't be more thankful to the org. and its work. being an animal lover and pet owner I understand the importance in avoiding over population of animals. The staff is wonderful you can feel their love for animals and their care. They were great at answering all of my questions.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This organization is exceptional in the scope of services it offers. It is one of the few that provides assistance to homeless people as well as those who live in poorer neighborhoods for spay/neuter and vaccination clinics. In addition, it sponsors an innovative program in which animals from local high-kill shelters are transported to areas of the country where they will find adoptive homes. Although not their main focus, they will never turn away a homeless animal, and will provide safe shelter for them
until an adoptive home can be found. Bark Avenue Foundation finds new and innovative ways to raise money for their programs and is very worthy charity to support.