Animals Rule Rescue has 4 working community outreach programs: Our statistics have changed during the 2014 fiscal year. Prior to this financial year, our average intake was 70% - 75% financial crisis intakes. Families were loosing their homes right and left when the market crashed in 2009. Rescue groups where inindated with dogs as families fled their homes, sometimes leaving their pets behind locked in an empty house. Now, about 50% of our intakes are financial crisis intakes. These numbers are decreasing as the economy improves. In 2014 we received a number of owner surrendered dogs displaced due to a baby in the family, allergies, job relocations etc. Families are still loosing their homes due to foreclosures and evictions, but we are happy to see this less and less these days. People are still having to relocate into a pet unfriendly rental market where their animals are loosing their homes and families. The rising cost of Veterinary care has made it hard for some families to keep their pets, vaccinate them and spay/neuter them while they are struggling to pay the rent or the mortgage. Desperate times have created the need for community outreach and networking programs to keep pets in their homes.
Pet Food Distribution to low income families: Animals Rule will provide dog/cat food for low income families (who meet certain criteria) that can not afford to feed their dogs or cats. Free food to families allows animals to keep their homes and not be relinquished to city or county shelters where they will be euthanized. Animals Rule Rescue has also collaborated with Basic Needs Foundation, Inc. to help assist local low income residents with pet food and human food resources. We both work with the Pet Food Bank as an additional source of pet food for families in financial crisis during this deep recession. In 2014 Animals Rule routinely provided dog food for 7 low income/homeless families for a total of 12 dogs in multiple households.
Spay/Neuter for the homeless or low income families: Animals Rule assists low income families (who meet certain criteria) in spaying/neutering their pets. Animals Rule Rescue works specifically with the Spay Neuter Project of Los Angeles (SNP-LA). Low income families who dont have the funds to fix their pets and are forced to surrender them, can now rest assure that their pets will be able to stay in their homes. In 2014 Animals Rule Rescue assisted 5 families in the spay/neuter of their personal pets thus keeping them in their current homes.
Military Assistance Program: A soldier pledges his honor to protect our Country. What happens when a soldier is deployed over seas and no family member can take care of their beloved pets? With the Fort MacArthur Naval Base down the street, Animals Rule Rescue assists deployed military personal in either providing food for or finding a new home for their pet. Should funds become low while family is away serving in the military, Animals Rule Rescue steps in to provide food for family pets until the military family can get back on their feet again. If a dog needs to be rehomed because the owner has been deployed, Animals Rule Rescue steps in to take the dog into our rescue to re-home it or find long term foster care until our soldiers return from deployment. We try to help all the military dogs from our local base at Fort McArthur so none are relinquished to city or county shelters where they will die if they are not adopted. In 2014 we rehomed 2 pets from Military families.
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