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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Animal Protection & Welfare, Animals

Mission: Downtown Dog Rescue is an all volunteer run 501C3 non-profit organization that believes in second chances for both dogs and people. We rescue dogs and provide services for low income pet owners in under served communities in Los Angeles County.

Results: DDR is revolutionizing animal welfare with its Shelter Intervention Program in South Los Angeles which provides families with a more holistic approach to helping families keep their pets. Hundreds of dogs and cats have been kept out of shelters by providing pet owners who are living in poverty with the assistance needed to keep their cherished family pet. This support ranges from financial assistance to pay pet deposits, fix fences to keep pets safely in the yard, emergency medical care, or the cost of pet medication or food. The Shelter Intervention Program is addressing not only pet overpopulation, but the systemic poverty in the communities of South Los Angeles, Compton, and Watts, that prevents loving families from keeping their pets because of financial circumstances.

Target demographics: pets and people

Direct beneficiaries per year: thousands of pets stay in, or be adopted into loving homes.

Geographic areas served: Los Angeles County — specifically the communities of Compton, Watts, and South LA,

Programs: free and low-cost spay/neuter, vaccinations, dog training, and financial support to help keep pets in homes and out of shelters.

Community Stories

14 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am a volunteer with a coalition that involves Downtown Dogs, and I am so impressed with the amazing work they do. They are only a small organization, but their impact is large. They have created a shelter intervention program that helps prevent dogs going into shelters in the first place, by helping people with the problems that lead them to surrender their animals. This program by itself has saved many thousands of dogs, and kept families and their pets together. They also do incredible work with homeless people and their animals, and underserved communities. They provide spay and neutering, low cost vet care, provide assistance with training, all in addition to rescuing and rehoming dogs, including older and harder-to-place animals. I cannot say enough good about them. If you're looking for a non-profit to help reduce the killing of adoptable animals, Downtown Dogs is a great choice.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Downtown Dog Rescue goes right to the root, helping animals and the people who care for them. They walk the walk, and make a huge impact across communities that need support. This is an organization that does things differently, unafraid to be unique and bold in their approach. They don't care about fame or prestige - they care about making a difference.

Jennifer467

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've been volunteering with Downtown Dog Rescue since 2011. This is an amazing organization with a lot of volunteer opportunities such as fostering, transporting, volunteering at clinics and much more. DDR believes in second chances for both dogs and people and really gets down to the root of the problem. DDR mainly serves low income pet owners in under served communities in Los Angeles County.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Downtown Dog Rescue gets it right. I've been working in dog rescue for several years now but have never felt as happy and fulfilled as I do with this organization. Everything I give is appreciated, whether it be my time or my money, but I have never, EVER felt pressured or manipulated into giving more. All the volunteers at DDR are there because they truly believe they are making a difference, bringing change and helping families. There is no judgment, just compassion and a desire to help.

We have an overwhelming pet overpopulation problem here in Los Angeles and I started to feel that simply rehoming animals wasn't going to solve it. I connected with DDR just as the Shelter Intervention Program was getting off the ground and I saw a cause I could really get behind. Spay and neuter, keeping existing pets with their families..I truly feel that is what will bring change to our city. I am honored to volunteer with this amazing organization.

Client Served

Rating: 5

We met Lori, Sandy and crew 11 years ago when we were looking to adopt a sibling for our amazing street rescue mutt, Cooper. We called several rescues and really connected to DDR and went to see a puppy they thought would make a great sister for Cooper. We did adopt their pup, Violet. Over the years, we got to know DDR and all the amazing programs they run and we've volunteered at events, fostering dogs for them, etc. We had two kids a few years after Violet and they've grown up being DDR volunteers... the DDR group has been amazing about including the little ones and teaching them about animals, rescue and more. Last November, Cooper passed away. We were devastated as was Violet. Our daughter (7 years old) and her Girl Scout troop collected blankets for the shelter and DDR. When we went to drop them off, we met a new DDR rescue - Teddy - that Lori thought we should meet. Knowing Violet, Lori knew what kind of brother she needed now that Cooper was gone and Violet was older. Lori was right. We welcomed Teddy into our home that same day and it's almost a year later and ten years apart that we have adopted two DDR rescues - Teddy and Violet. Thank you DDR for all you do!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Lori Is an angel. I've volunteered for this rescue for a couple of years and not only do they help pets, but they intervene when pet owners are about to give their pets into shelters by offErin an array of help. This is truly a 5 star place and I love what they do with all their hearts day after day.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I highly recommend this organization for anyone looking to adopt a dog. When DDR found my dog, she was in bad condition and they nursed her back health. Not only did Lori prepare my dog Eva to be a great companion, the organization is always available for advice and to watch Eva when I go out of town. I can not imagine a better place to leave my pup when I am away. Since money is tight, I can't imagine raising my dog without the help of Downtown Dog Rescue and its volunteers. They make my life better and gave my dog an opportunity to live. thank you, DDR!!

Board Member

Rating: 5

I have been a proud volunteer with Downtown Dog Rescue for about 8 years and am also a board member. DDR first helped me when I had a problem with one of my own dogs and I knew right away that I wanted to work with Lori, the founder, and help Downtown Dog Rescue. There is something special about DDR. Their innovative programs help bring compassion and humanity to pets and the people who love them; regardless of economic status. The services offered to people who need it most is where DDR shines - where other groups often turn a blind eye to the human and only focus on the animal, DDR is there to help both with programs like Shelter Intervention, Free Spay/Neuter, and Free Vaccine Clinics. And they of course rescue dogs from high kill shelters where the dogs then have an opportunity to spend time at the DDR kennels, learning to socialize off-leash with other dogs before they are adopted into their forever homes. DDR has changed my life in more ways that I could have imagined and I've learned so much about compassion, tolerance, and acceptance. Downtown Dog Rescue truly is a GREAT Nonprofit!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

What I love most about this organization is that it changes the dynamic of traditional animal rescues. Most animal rescues (in my experience) focus on getting pets out of the shelters and rehoming them. This brilliant organization realized that most animals headed *into* the shelter already come from a safe, loving home, a home that wants them. Sadly, often a fine to retrieve your dog from the shelter, a pet deposit on a new apartment or unexpected vet bills can mean the family no longer has the funds to keep the animal in that safe, loving home. By working at the source - the local shelters - this organization becomes the bridge for families and pets in need. Providing assistance to cover the difference in funds to get the pet out of the shelter (say, if it escaped under a neighbor's watch); offering to negotiate with the landlord or find alternative foster care while a new apartment is found; negotiating with a vet to receive reduced bills for medical treatment - all of these things STOP THE FLOW of dogs entering the shelters to begin with. Many behavioral issues arise when dogs are surrendered and rehomed. This organization cuts off that possibility by keeping the pets with the families that want them. It's a simple yet brilliant concept and I'm thrilled to be a part of it. My hope is that other organizations will take note and emulate this philosophy.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

DDR shows empathy and compassion and unites people. I first learned of DDR through Dogman's class. Dogman was being featured on The Dog Whisperer. I went to the class to try to network 6 pitbulls that had been abandoned in a foreclosure house in Compton. Lori Weise, DDR founder- has a gift to unite people toward a common goal. I had witnessed rescue groups being nasty- publicly criticizing, and here was someone who got rescue groups to work TOGETHER, and WITH the shelter system. I live in SouthLA where there have been tons of strays, some of them pitbulls. After Lori helped me place several of them, I wanted to help her so I became a DDR volunteer. She is a wonderful role model and has taught me not to judge. She is changing the world and I am happy to play a very small part helping her.