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Hooves & Paws Animal Rescue

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Animal Protection & Welfare, Animals

Mission: We provide adoption services and lifelong sanctuary for abused, abandoned and neglected animals.

Target demographics: animals, people and the community.

Direct beneficiaries per year: over 150 dogs, horses and farm animals.

Geographic areas served: Based in Los Angeles, CA but we help animals across the U.S.

Programs: Adoption services and lifelong sanctuary to needy dogs, horses and farm animals.

Community Stories

26 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters


Rating: 5

What an amazing rescue!!! I donate each month and I know my money is going to a worthy cause and being used to help the animals and not administrative expenses. The volunteers who run Hooves and Paws are amazing with the animals and have dedicated their lives to better the lives of all of these needy animals who have been abused or neglected. I have visited the rescue several times and the animals all seem so well taken care of and happy. So many rescues nowadays are out for personal profit and yet the people who run Hooves and Paws do not take a dime. Complete and total self sacrifice for a greater cause. Who can ask for more from a rescue?


Rating: 5

This sanctuary is the best I've known! Michele & Joey are dedicated in helping & rescuing all animals. The compassion I've seen them give all of them is absolutely amazing!. I started volunteering at Hooves and Paws about 2 years ago and I fell in love with this place. I tell everyone about it and I encourage all my friends and family to help and volunteer or make a small or big donation anything will help this sanctuary help animals in need of food, shelter and medicine. Hooves and Paws have also helped my husband have 100% love and compassion for all animals, my husband Luis even became vegetarian and it's been one year already. I've been vegetarian for 3 years now but never thought I could convert my husband but Hooves and Paws did! I'm telling you peeps! this sanctuary is absolutely AMAZING AND THE VERY BEST!!
My heart will always be with this sanctuary and my drive to them is a little over an hour but I don't mind the drive I will always be dedicated to Hooves and Paws.


Client Served

Rating: 5

March 2015 Hooves and Paws helped rescue a stray goat that wandered into our canyon neighborhood. We live in a little canyon community and a neighbor approached me asking if I knew of anyone that was missing a goat. I didn't and after lots of inquires by many of us, asking our community and surrounding neighborhood the goat didn't seem to belong to anyone. My neighbor had found her on the hillside of his backyard. He did his best to feed her but she seemed to be ill or injured. She wasn't eating well, she was wild, afraid and unaproachable. There wasn't much shelter and she was vulnerable to predators as we have coyotes, bob cats and mountain lions here. I reached out to a local farm animal sanctuary only to be given a list of other sanctuaries to ask for help, one of which was Hooves and Paws. Hooves and Paws came out to rescue this wayward goat when no other sanctuary would. Hooves and Paws organized our community and together we worked to capture the goat (as she was wild and afraid) and they took her to live in safety and comfort at their sanctuary. As it turned out, she was pregnant and not too long after arriving at the sanctuary she gave birth to two beautiful baby goats. All are living happily and thriving at Hooves and Paws. I will never forget and will always be grateful for Hooves and Paws coming to the rescue when no one else would. They are doing wonderful work saving animals and deserve recognition and support so they can continue helping animals that wouldn't have help otherwise. Thank you Hooves and Paws with all my heart! - Rhiannon Barkemeijer de Wit


Rating: 5

We love Hooves and Paws. My daughter and I started volunteering here about 3 years ago and we love it. We liked it so much that my husband and other daughter soon joined us. All the animals are so sweet and friendly. So easy to love. Michelle and Joey who run the place are super nice, and you can tell they genuinely care about all the animals. It's amazing to see how giving they are, you can't help but be inspired. I always leave Hooves and Paws feeling happy, relaxed and fulfilled. Thank you Hooves and paws for allowing me to at least contribute a small part to your amazing organization.



Rating: 5

This is truly one of the best rescues I have ever come across. They really care about the animals they rescue and have a genuine love for each and every one. They work so hard and sacrifice so much for the lives of these animals to give them a better life.

1 Adik L D.


Rating: 5

I donate each month to this nonprofit organization, they are wonderful with the animals, they respect the animal lives. the animals are happy there. i wish the place is closer to my home and i can help out. very thankful to Michele the founder. thanks Michele for verything