I have to say that Actors in Other's surpassed my expectations than many when asking for help in a situation where I had almost given up. I contacted them on a Saturday after going to the Humane Society who surprisingly was very expensive for surgery and meds for my mom's dog Precious. . I received a call early Monday morning from Beverly who was so compassionate and understanding she quickly gave me another veterinarian for a second opinion & assured me their prices were very reasonable. Before I can even secure an appointment for the surgery Beverly had already got her very kind donors to provide me with $309 dollars for the surgery which was greatly appreciated by my entire family and precious siblings. Thank you actors & o from the bottom of our hearts♥♥♥♥♥! ( so sorry about resubmitting this, your website is a challenge on a mobile phone!)
I'm a psychologist/artist used to helping other people. However, after I was partially downsized, chronically ill and my employer dumped all of my benefits including health insurance, I was the one who needed to reach out for help. I have a 16 yo rescue dog with bad liver values. Cookie needed an expensive liver ultrasound. This group helped fund the cost for this diagnostic procedure. Actors and Others came through for Cookie when I really didn't think anyone would! This may seem silly, but this dog is my BFF. Sometimes, pets are the best therapy. Sometimes, agencies like A and O are invaluable.
Bless ALL of the people who have donated to this organization. It's so important to help those who otherwise couldn't afford to help their pets. My dog, Toby, got sick and I couldn't afford to take him to a vet. He was 11, and I'd had him since he was a pup. It was killing me that he was suffering and I couldn't afford to do anything about it. I was helpless, distraught, truly tortured by his pain. Finally I realized that I would have to try to give him up, to someone who could afford to care for him. I started calling for advice, looking for some humanitarian group who might be able to help my poor animal in his time of pain and crisis. Actors and Others for Animals stepped right up to help. They paid for a vet to evaluate him, and for a shot, his last chance. The drugs gave him one last good week of life, for which we'll always be grateful. Finally, when it was time, they saw to the cost of euthanization and disposal. I can't say enough how important their help was. It was truly life changing. I was so stressed that I almost collapsed when I heard the reassuring voice on the phone that I could take him to a vet and they would cover the costs. On top of it all, the vet they referred me to was so good, that I've already been sending him clients. Great service, great organization, great people. Thank you SO MUCH!!!
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In June 2012, I contacted Actors & Others for Animals when my twelve year old dog Duste needed to have his teeth cleaned. I am a senior citizen on a fixed income, and I live alone with my dog who had bladder stones removed the month before. I was told that his urinary tract infection may have led to the stone formation, and that teeth in need of cleaning can be a source of this infection. Having no other resources, I reached out, and thanks to their willingness to help, I was able to have the teeth cleaning done. Duste's teeth look healthy now, and he is able to chew more easily. I thank Actors & Others for Animals for their dedication to the welfare of animals.
I feed, vaccinate and take care of anyone's pet that needs it. Including spaying/neutering. I normally only have one or 2 animals fixed at a time, so, I don't ask for financial assistance because I go to the local humane society because they don't cost as much. This time I'm fixing 7 dogs at a time and I'll be fixing a cat in the near future. I had all the dates set, but I just didn't think I could do the nearly $600 it was going to cost. That included surgery, rabies shot and expected extra costs for one of them. I of course cannot administer rabies because that has to be done by a licensed veterinarian. Anyway, I just didn't think June would be a month I could afford it and called to reschedule the appts. and the receptionist suggested three charities that could help. I figured if I could just get $10 per dog from each charity I'd cut my cost in half. So, I emailed actors and others and then called Monday because I know they've got to be swamped all the time, most animal organizations are, and the lady I spoke to was very nice. I didn't give her a chance to offer more than $10 per dog and she was nice to give it to me. Later the same day Beverly called me in response to my email and I told her I'd already spoke to someone and she'd pledge $10 per dog for me. Beverly and I argued for a few minutes about why I wasn't asking for more than that since they weren't my own pets and because on top of their medical needs I typically take care of daily needs for these animals. In the end she pledged $30 per dog. I could't believe! I told her starting in July I will return the favor by setting up a monthly donation of my own.
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We had just lost our home to foreclosure and we have a cat who has diabetes that was raging out of control. We spent every dime we had on her, and we maxed out every form of credit we could get our hands on, but her hospitalization and treatment added up very quickly. We asked all the cat sanctuaries and one of their first recommendations was Actors and Others. I contacted them and got a response almost immediately, and the women I spoke to were kind, understanding, and reassuring when I was panicking. They sent me to a wonderful vet who I will always bring my cat to, and they gave us hope and support when we needed it most. Thank god for organizations like Actors and Others.
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The woman I just spoke to was very rude and not helpful when I told her there was a cat in need that had been abandoned by it's owner. She said it was my responsibility to NOT take it to the animal shelter, and then she hung up on me! Sorry, but that is not charity for me! I had called to help this cat, to see if there was any other way other than the shelter. Maybe she was having a very bad day, but it looks bad for their "charity." If they are not helping the public like me, then where is their money going?
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I am disabled, and live on a very limited income. My apartment was flooded by my upstairs neighbor and my companion pet, got VERY sick. He is my best friend, the only other I speak to on a regular basis. My illness confines me to my room, from a brain injury that occured from chemo therapy many years ago,I am AGORAPHOBIC. When my unusual companion, an Umbrella Cockatoo needed medical help, I reached out to Actors and Others for Animals. They made many calls on our behalf, and found a vet and technician to come to our room to help him. He had gotten a fungal infection in his lungs from the mold after the flood...Without their help, TUTU woiuld have died! I could not help him, I could barely speak and going outside almost impossible, but I did for TU!
Actors and others for Animals helped financially as well as with their continued support I recieve from them, There are no words that can express what my heart feels.
they were very responsive and prompt in helping out with a major surgery expense on one of my pets. There help financially softened the blow for myself and allowed my special pet to be herself finally. Thank you so much Actors and others for your caring and generous donation towards the surgery, it is greatly appreciated. Dennis
Over the years, I have personally hosted several presentations offered by this organization at my library. By incorporating an entertaining educational approach, a representative shares with children information about dogs, cats and safety around animals. Audience members come away with life-saving information. For example, children learn safety tips when approaching strange dogs. I recommend this presentation for any organization committed to educating the public about proper pet care and safety.
Thank you Actors and Others for Animals for 40 years of advocacy for animals! You provide guidance, resources, financial aid for low-income animal lovers, humane education for youth and coordinate pet therapy animals into care facilities where a wagging tail and a few woofs provide valuable comfort. You have greatly helped my efforts for Trap, Neuter and Release of feral cats throughout the years.
My Mother, Dr. Joyce Miller and I have many times benefited from the support and guidance of your wonderful office staff. We believe in Actors and Others for Animals- so much so we have helped raise funds for your continuous efforts for many years.
You recently launched www.spaycalifornia.org which supplies a state-wide referral network/database that provides low cost spay/neuter info - you are always on the front lines.
There are a lot of grateful animals and their humans who send woofs and meows in praise of Actors and Others for Animals!
Page Miller and Dr. Joyce Miller
Well, I could go on and on but I'll try to make this short. I live up here in Lancaster and am probably known as "that house" on the block because we're the family who feeds the stray cats who come and go. There is always a bowl of food on the patio for them and, once I get them to trust me, I snatch'em up to get them fixed!! I don't have the money for this, but I just feel like SOMEONE has to. Since I DO have a giant back yard, I'd rather seem them feed, fixed, and safe than wandering the streets making more babies. The people at Actors and Others have been SO SUPER GREAT in providing me with vouchers to make the animal clinic visits affordable to me. I seriously could never have helped as many cats as I have without them. Not only that, Pitsa hooked me up with some local phone numbers of people who can help me trap the ones who are just too ferral to bait with food. There are three cats in the yard now whose turn is coming. I wouldn't even be able to consider fixing all three of these newbies without this nonprofit sending the clinic vouchers. Vouchers that more than cuts the cost in half. I wish there was some way that I could pay them back with money, but all I can do is feel blessed to have found them and do what I can to let people know how special they are to us "not so rich" families who really do need assistance and are trying to do the right thing. Thanks for reading! - Kelly and Michele, Lancaster
This wonderful organization was started way back in the early 70's as a result of a horrific incident on a Freeway in Los Angeles when actor Richard Basehart and his wife witnessed a dog being thrown out of a car window into the traffic. Then and there, they decided that something had to be done within the Hollywood community to ensure that this would never happen again and there would be a place for animal rescue, training, neutering, etc. I/we have been donors, volunteers, witnesses, and supporters of AOA for over 30 years. The staff and volunteers of Actors and Others have provided every service possible to the Los Angeles community and the surrounding areas with unquestionable dedication. They are the epitome of dedication for the welfare of our pets. Susan Taylor, Executive Director and Jo Anne Worley the existing President, with all staff, volunteers and wonderful Board Members continue the caring tradition of Actors and Others for Animals. I/we are so very proud to be a part of this organization. We are Mark Blonstein and Don Faircloth
MY Shiih Tzu was extremerly ill 8/22/2011. I am single parent that is out of a job. My animal has come down with a sever case of sickness he was vomitting,would not eat his doggie food, and bleeding from his rectal. I started to panicThen i starting praying that he would not die,every hospital i call, they would no see my Benjamin unless i had some type of down payment.I search the web site to some orginzation that feel my pain as well as my need.I came across" Actors And Others for Animals"I fill out the form, that same week i recieve a respond,Benjamin was able to see aVet,His doctor report was Good,I can not thank them enough for the love and support they gave for my little man(Benjamin),This orginzation do care,was able to meet my need, Thank You So Much!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I work as an animal trainer for television and film. I had heard of this organization and the wonderful work they do to provide funds for pet owners that may not have the money to pay for their pets surgeries. I also learned about the pet therapy program and got three retired movie dogs certified to do visitations at the Veterans Hospital.
Everyone at Actors and Others for Animals is so supportive and committed to the pet therapy program, that I have recruited other pet owners to come on board.
I've volunteered at the Actors & Others benefits and events, and have been delighted at every turn by both the warmth and generosity of the people who staff and volunteer for them (including some FOUNDERS who are still dedicated to it decades later), and also by the great work they've done and continued to do.
Plus, the Hollywood celebrity connections make their events always surprising and engaging - last year's Betty White tribute was hilarious! And all the more poignant hearing the stories of Betty's dedication to her retriever, Pontiac.
After finding Bailey on the street in the winter of 2010, I quickly became aware of his gentle nature and effect on myself and everyone we met. One day at the dog park, I learned about Actors & Others For Animals and contacted Stephanie about Bailey possibly becoming a Therapy Dog. She was wonderful and informative! Bailey first had to pass a 6-week beginner dog training class, and after he completed that, he was brought to the Actors & Others For Animals office for an evaluation. They loved him! He has a great combination of energy and gentleness, so he's both energetic and calm. He is not bothered by loud noises or crutches/walkers, adapts well to new environments, and is very good with strangers. Stephanie got us in touch with the Sherman Oaks Hospital patient activity co-ordinator, and after I filled out the proper volunteer forms, and completed the other volunteer requirements, she and another Pet Therapy volunteer escorted Bailey and I around the hospital for our first visit. It was great! Among the many patients we visited, one that truly stood out was an elderly blind woman who laughed like a young girl when I picked Bailey up to meet her and he licked her nose! How sweet! Thank you Stephanie and Actors & Others For Animals for this opportunity to volunteer with your Pet Therapy program! ~ Monica & Bailey ~ : )
my name is yofi i am a Bernese mountain dog (4 years old, CGC and a TD). My moms name is Reviva. We wanted to do voluntary work. we contacted Actors and Others for Animals and were welcomed so graciously by Stephanie and . I passed my test and impressed everybody with my great personality. We are going to work at West Hills Hospital under the guldens of stephanei .We are looking forwards to continue working as volunteers and we want to thank this great organization for a wonderful experience and opportunity to learn and grow and contribute with much bark appreciation Yofi
"Actors and Others for Animals" has filled a need in my dog’s and in my own life, while allowing us to have a positive impact on the lives of others.
Their Pet Therapy Program and its skillful volunteer coordinator make volunteering easy and so fulfilling.
My dog, Perry, has a very strong work ethic and was constantly searching for his "job". I was perfectly happy with his companionship, but he needed more.
One day I stumbled upon information about the "Actors and Others for Animals" Pet Therapy Program. It was a perfect fit.
Perry delights in greeting his friends, collecting smiles, doing tricks and generally basking in attention but he never seems to forget that it’s about making the patients feel better. Sometimes that means just lying quietly with them or giving them a reason to stretch out their hand and pet him.
I’m grateful the Actors and Others for Animals Program lets us do this.
I have been volunteering for Actors and Others for Animals with my black lab, Jack. It is a wonderful organization in helping all animals and their owners. Jack was trained at Guide Dogs for the Blind in San Raphael, California. He did not pass because they said he was timid in traffic. He is a perfect dog, very well trained and loves EVERYBODY! He was "interviewed" at Actors and Others by Stephanie Park, who is a wonderful volunteer and has been with the organization for years. He passed their test with no problems. We have been visiting convalescent hospitals and this has been very gratifying. The patients love Jack and yesterday when we visited, a woman told Jack that he made her day! He has his regular fan club and some patients want a picture of him. They may not know my name, but they all know Jack.
Actors and others makes all this possible and I really can't begin to say what a wonderful organization this is.
Carole Cohen and Jack