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Operation Blankets of Love

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Causes: Animal Protection & Welfare, Animals

Mission: OBOL’s mission is to improve the health of homeless animals and increase their chances for survival and adoption. Our ultimate aim is to eliminate animal homelessness and euthanasia. We believe that no animal should be abused, neglected or abandoned, spending its existence in fear, pain and hunger, but instead have the right to live a life filled with love and compassion. We Fulfill Our Mission By: AT NO COST since 2008, OBOL has provided aid and comfort pet items to shelters, rescue groups, pets of the homeless, pets of low-income seniors and veterans, animal transports, fosters and wildlife sanctuaries Every month, we reach more than 1,000 homeless animals to provide life-saving pet items such as pet food, treats, blankets, pet beds, towels, toys, carriers, leashes, collars, grooming supplies, etc..... Advocating for animal welfare through service-oriented humane education to thousands of children each year. Promoting "Adoption as the Best Option". Raising awareness of the growing population of homeless animals being euthanized in overcrowded shelter systems. During natural disasters like fires and floods we donate food, blankets, crates, bowls, x-pens and other pet items to displaced dogs and cats who were in shelters, rescue groups and for the pet owners. We also impact people who care about animals. This year we donated food and other items to 100's and 100's of homeless people that include: veterans, disabled, families, all ages and backgrounds and low income seniors and veterans to keep their pets safe and healthy.

Results: Since 2008, we have reached thousands of homeless animals, plus people who care about animals. The need never stops... neither do we! We have helped: 702 animal rescue groups 80 animal shelters 126 fosters 13,011 students learning humane education 10,651 homeless people with pets OBOL is the Hub for animal welfare. We are like the Red Cross to the animal rescue world. We donate pet items to shelters, rescue groups, pets of the homeless and wildlife sanctuaries: pet food, treats, blankets, pet beds, towels, collars, stainless steel bowls, leashes, toys, crates, pet clothes and more...

Target demographics: The goal of OBOL is to continue and expand donating food and life-saving supplies at NO COST to rescue groups, shelters and pets of the homeless.

Direct beneficiaries per year: Over 12,000 homeless animals!

Geographic areas served: California, throughout the US and Mexico.

Programs: We Rescue the Rescuers Program We donate food and pet supplies to animal rescues, shelters, sanctuaries and for natural disasters. Pets of the Homeless Program- We bring crucial supplies directly to the homeless to help their pets' well-being. Pets of Low-Income Seniors & Vets Program- We help the elderly and veterans with food and comfort items for their pets. Animal Relocation- We help groups save pets from death row with transport crates and comfort items. Education Outreach- Our Humane Education Learning Programs (HELP) reaches students in K-12. Anti-Cruelty Campaign- We help raise awareness about animal abuse and neglect through advocacy. Compassion Workshops- Our workshops promote compassion toward animals and advocate for pet adoption.

Community Stories

16 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Donor

Rating: 5

I've supported Operation Blankets of Love for at least 7-8 years. Over the years I've seen them grow from serving local shelters and rescue groups to giving aid to national and international emergency efforts. OBOL is a remarkable, small non-profit that uses boundless energy & hard work to steadfastly provide tons and tons of material support to hundreds of rescue groups and shelters working in the trenches to fill the tremendous need of caring for the world's homeless animal population. OBOL is grassroots with an incredibly gigantic heart and mighty energy! This group is the absolute definition of what selfless service is all about!

Volunteer

Rating: 5


I first learned about Operation Blankets of Love in 2016 when I asked for help with a Homeless Event in Santa Clarita. I visited their facility and was impressed with what they provide for dogs and cats of homeless people, shelters and recuses. They were at our event with open arms giving them everything they needed from food, dog beds, crates, leashes, collars, bowls and blankets (blankets good enough for people too). Also, whenever or wherever there's a need (hurricanes, fires, earthquakes in different parts of our county, OBOL is there helping out. I was so impressed that I've became a volunteer helping at Homeless Connect Days and hope to continue volunteering for many years to come. Thank you Eileen and Brad.

Donor

Rating: 5

I donate both money and used blankets/towels. They are a great organization bringing happiness and hope to animals.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I had signed up for an email list with Best Friends Animal Society at a street fair and later on got an email about a Drag Show to benefit Operation Blankets of Love. Seeing that they were based in my neighborhood, I decided to reach out to see if there was some way I could get involved. My rescue, Clyde, changed my life for the better in countless ways and so I wanted to do whatever I could to help other pups realize that for their human pets. Since then, I have volunteered with OBOL at least once a month, I help spread the word of the great work they do for our animal community and I've made some great friends. A great organization, run by amazing, caring people that I am proud to be a part of.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

OBOL is an amazing organization which works tirelessly to support homeless animals. Eileen and Brad are extraordinary individuals.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a volunteer for Operation Blankets of Love for about two years. This is an organization that is very close to my heart because the mission of the founders, Eileen and Brad Smulson, is to save shelter and homeless animals. They do this by providing all types of supplies (blankets, beds, crates, food, leashes, collars etc.) to shelters and animal rescue groups that do not have the resources for many of these items. A dog or cat who can sleep on a blanket or pet bed instead of a cement slab becomes a happier animal and a happier animal is often more "adoptable" than one who isn't. In addition they provide supplies to pets of the homeless and are responders for providing these supplies to hurricane, flood and/or fire victims. I have worked with and observed Eileen and Brad as they work tirelessly to save these precious animals. When a call comes in to them from someone saying they need assistance OBOL is there to help! Their dedication and love for the voiceless ones is truly inspirational. In addition, a very important aspect of their work is to provide humane education to children of all ages. I have been involved with this program and have visited schools with Eileen where children are given information on caring for pets in an interactive and fun way. They have made a fabulous English-Spanish coloring and activity book called "How to Care for Our Pet Pals" which is distributed to schools and is a wonderful tool for teaching children how to respect and care for all types of pets. It truly is an honor for me to volunteer for Operation Blankets of Love and to be a part of Eileen and Brad's honorable mission.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Operation Blankets of Love is an organization with a heartfelt mission, run by the most selfless of people. Giving so generously to any who ask or are in need, OBOL provides lifesaving support to various shelters, rescues, and pets of both veterans and the homeless. The world is a little brighter each day because of their dedication to animals in need. I am proud to be an OBOL Volunteer!

Donor

Rating: 5

Eileen & Brad are so dedicated to helping comfort all animals in need. They go above and beyond in every way possible. Everyone at OBOL is dedicated and passionate about education and comfort to all animals. It's an honor to help them.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Operation Blankets of Love is an organization with a heartfelt mission, run by the most selfless of people. Giving so generously to any who ask or are in need, OBOL provides lifesaving support to various shelters, rescues, and pets of both veterans and the homeless. The world is a little brighter each day because of their dedication to animals in need.

David R.6

Donor

Rating: 5

One of the very best animal rescue and support groups that you will ever find. They even give help and support to other rescue groups throughout the country. These people that run OBOL are the greatest. I have researched dozens of animal rescue/humane organizations, and this is only one of about four groups that I donate to.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Operation Blankets of Love always goes above and beyond when it comes to providing comfort and survival items to homeless animals. When a beloved rescue I have adopted from (Dobies and Little Paws) found themselves in evacuation due to the SoCal fires last winter, OBOL made multiple trips out to the evacuation site with blankets and food for the dogs. But the help didn't stop there! They are continuing to support this rescue and countless others with the donated items they procure and distribute. Hats off to them!

Client Served

Rating: 5

OBOL has been there for sooo many nonprofits, shelters and rescuers in times of crisis and on an ongoing basis helping comfort homeless pets. Their generosity is endless - they provide blankets, towels, food, toys, cages, carriers, leashes, collars, etc. that keep costs low for those caring for animals in need. Their education programs for children have helped spread compassion to the next generation. Shelters rely on them on an ongoing basis for animals who need fresh bedding and comfort during their stay - it makes them more adoptable too! Rescues who have little to no funds can call OBOL day or night (practically) with request for carriers during fires, major rescues, or when their supplies run low. The public loves giving to OBOL to take their gently used items and convert them to life-saving products for rescued pets. I can't speak highly enough of Eileen and Brad Smulson and their volunteer team who always have the animals first in their heart. It's truly a labor of love and they need more support for gas for all the thousands of miles they rack up driving needed goods to shelters, rescues, etc. all over the state of CA. They also need to disburse information at their drop-off sites, in schools and for the general public. I will always support the work of Operation Blankets of Love - won't you?

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Operation Blankets of Love has given me hundreds of dollars worth of pet food and supplies. This allows me to foster cats and save them from being euthanized in overcrowded shelters. Without them, I couldn't afford to do it!

Review from Guidestar

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I met Eileen and Brad Smulson about 2 years ago because of my work with Animal Rescue here in Northern Baja MX (CA). They started this wonderful non-profit when Eileen, who worked in the corporate world, visited a animal shelter and saw the many dogs shivering and afraid as they laid on cold metal in their cages. That was the genesis and from their Eileen quit her job and began her work to collect and distribute as many blankets, blankets and beds to the hundreds of thousand dogs in need. They in turn give selflessly to other rescues like our little entire volunteer organization, VIVA, here in San Felipe. They have donated many blankets, towels, toys and food to help us help other animals in need. I think this non-profit should be one selected by your organization for consideration. We are working on establishing our own 5013-C here so that we too might be able to apply for help. The need is tremendous and the drain on our limited finances constant. Thank You for your consideration of "Operation Blankets of Love"

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I first heard of Operation Blankets of Love through a co-worker who was collecting blankets at the time. Being the proud parent of a shelter cat that I adopted over four years ago, I immediately gathered whatever I could from storage and friends, washed them all up, and brought them into work for my friend to donate to the cause. I have even contacted Eileen via email and she responded very quickly and was very nice.

2 1sarah

Donor

Rating: 5

This organization is amazing. It donates blankets to animals in the pound. The pounds have no budget for any type of floor coverings. The animals are put on cold cemet floors. They are already scared, and some sick. The little warmth these blankets bring can turn a cold scare animal into one that can be rehomed. Please dontat your old balnkets, washclothes, and sheets to this organiztion. It makes a big difference to these poor animals.