As a child I never said, "When I grow up I want to run an animal rescue." So how did I end up dedicating my adult life to saving dogs and cats from euthanasia, and placing them into loving homes? It started when I visited a Los Angeles city animal shelter. A shelter worker informed me that a large number of adoptable dogs and cats were euthanized every week because they had too many animals and not enough homes. I remember standing in the loud, overcrowded kennel looking into all the dogs' scared eyes and my heart just broke. Their faces haunted me and I could not turn my back on them.
By the year 2000 I was running a small animal rescue. Every day I would get phone calls from Good Samaritans who had found lost or stray animals. Little did I know that one day when I picked up the phone and heard a voice on the end of the line say "Hi, this is Delilah Loud" that my life was forever changed. Not only did Delilah find two animals that needed help but she also offered TO help. That's the day The Rescue Train rolled onto the tracks. She became my partner in rescue and friend for life.
Delilah and I used our strengths to build The Rescue Train into a unique, non-profit 501(c) 3, no kill organization supported by hundreds of creative and dedicated volunteers. Together it is our mission to reduce the number of animals entering shelters by doing hands-on rescue work and creating unique programs and solutions; including our highly successful "Trained for Life" program where shelters dogs are completely obedience trained prior to adoption, and our annual "Race for the Rescues" which funds and supports many other important animal welfare organizations. Our organization is committed to educating our community about responsible pet ownership and the importance of spaying and neutering.
In 2015 we launched a shelter intervention program at Los Angeles Animal Services East Valley Shelter. This program's goal is to prevent animals from entering the East Valley Shelter by empowering pet owners with other options then surrendering their family pet. By providing free spay/neuter, vaccines, low cost referrals, dog or cat food, paying a pet deposit or paying license or redemption fees we will be cutting down on the number of animals entering the shelter and reducing the suffering caused by pet overpopulation. Through education, awareness and support guardians will have resources to keep their pets.
We do it because pet overpopulation is a national crisis that affects our communities and our hearts. Each year millions of adoptable animals are killed in the United States. How we live with animals is a reflection of our country as a whole. .. "The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated." Ghandi.
We do it with love, sacrifice and the knowledge that in a sophisticated and affluent city such as Los Angeles, with so many animal lovers, there is no need for this great amount of suffering these animals face each day.
As rescuers we know that every time we save an animal there is the possibility that it can make a profound impact on one person's life. We dream of a day when our services won't be needed, where there is a loving home waiting for every dog and cat in the world.
We believe that not only in our own "City of Angels," but across the country, there is an army of animal lovers. We are run 100% on your tax deductible donations and can only continue to do this life saving work with your help. Your volunteer work, your compassion and your open hearts keep this train full speed ahead!
To rescue dogs and cats off the streets and from city shelters before euthanasia and to find them loving homes.
To provide veterinary care for animals with medical conditions and rehabilitate them prior to adoption.
To obedience train dogs to set them up for successful adoptions.
Helping families keep their pets.
To promote and educate the public about the importance of spay/neuter and the role it plays in ending pet overpopulation.