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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

15 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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!

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.

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.