Long Beach is the rescue hub, but as a network it spans the California coastal area and into Mexico, often connecting with other rescues and organizations that help homeless animals. Ally and the other volunteers locate pets that have been neglected, abused, run over by cars, and unceremoniously dumped outside. Just Food for Dogs, a fresh pet food company where Ally works, fully supports her project and has offered her initial financial sponsorship.
Unsurprisingly, Ally has been a lifelong animal lover. She comes from a family tradition of bringing home stray animals and helping them.
“My mother was always helping an animal in need,” she said.
The network itself grew out of Ally’s unfortunate animal rescues. After successfully posting the animals on social media and finding homes for them, she discovered that she had also acquired a group of foster parents and other rescuers.
“It turned into something beautiful,” Ally said. “I’ve made many connections and have a huge support system, that’s what you need. Now we’re helping animals all over Southern California and parts of Baja California.
A mission to protect anyone from danger or need, human or animal, knows no physical or emotional boundaries. Although Ally continually sees the ongoing need for rescue and education in the local community, she said there is a much greater lack of resources in Mexico, where there are fewer pet welfare organizations than in the United States and welfare issues are greater.
“I feel a connection to Mexico and pets – once I saw the need there, I felt a call,” she said.
“It’s not like here. The dogs are basically on the verge of death and don’t stand a chance – many are dying in the streets as people pass by. Sometimes they stay there for days. I like to hope that I can be their only saving grace.
Ally hopes to go further with her network by launching a sterilization campaign. For this, the rescue will need more volunteers, and donations would be welcome so Ally’s Animal Rescue Network can transport more cats and dogs to the alleys and wherever they may be.
“I would say my goal is to be the change I want to see in the world, one animal at a time,” Ally said. “I believe there’s a reason I’m here to do what I do, to save and stand up for the voiceless who can’t speak for themselves. It’s incredibly difficult and can get you down at times. But nothing beats the feeling of watching these animals thrive and live their best lives.I live my passion and am so grateful to the people who believe in me.
Want to help save animals one animal at a time? Or two? Adopt one of the lovers on this page or at the rescue site. Click on the pink adoption button for an adoption request. If you are interested in a host family, applications are available here.
And, of course, donate or volunteer. You can do it here.
Big fun furballs!
Long Beach Animal Care Services“Adoption Waggin” will take place at this neat pet supply store! Choose your cat or dog, then take them shopping for everything they’ll need and more!
A helping paw
Council District 8 Announces 60-Day Amnesty for New or Late Pet License Fees for Designated Residents
A resolution presented by Councilman Al Austin and passed by City Council provides for a temporary amnesty program that waives first-time pet license fees and late penalty fees for an expired pet license for residents of areas designated by The Long Beach Community Development Block Grant may apply to a HUD Grant Program which will waive fees for new and late pet licenses through August 23. Access this map to determine if you live in a CDBG area, or call 562-570-1326 or email [email protected].
12 months of pets!
Pet calendars start early! Enter your own grrrls or calendar purrs and help fund the rescues and their good works!
Show us your kittens!, Helen Sanders CatPAWS, votes $5 each, reserved days $15 each, closes Aug 20
To help Helen Sanders raise funds to save cats from public shelters! Submit a photo of your cat or vote for your favorite feline in the contest. You can also submit a kitty photo for a special day on the calendar. The winner of the best vote at the end of the contest will have the choice of the month to present his cat as a pin-up on the calendar. The next 12 top vote recipients will become the Helen Sanders CatPAWS Calendar Cats for each of the remaining calendar months between January 2023 and January 2024. Up to six finalist photos after the top 13 vote recipients will be featured with larger photos and a name on the front cover! Come in now on this link!
Foster for a while or forever!
If you’ve always wanted a pet, but aren’t sure if you’re ready for a lifetime commitment (the pet), or if you’re past the time of roommates for some reason, the Foster care can be a great solution. , especially with one or more of the kittens popping up during kitten season. Each of the organizations listed below is in desperate need of foster families who will socialize them and help save their little lives. Who knows, maybe one of these lifetimes will change your mind about not being ready for a roommate!
These non-profit organizations also regularly offer cat, dog and rabbit adoptions. Now, adoptions are mostly by appointment. Click on the links for each rescue in case of updates or changes. These organizations operate on donations and grants, and anything you can give would be appreciated. Please suggest rescues in the Long Beach area to add to the list.