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Frequently Asked Questions about VIDA Rescue

Volunteers in Defense of Animals is a Southern California based rescue that saves dogs and cats from other rescues, high-kill animal control centers, Mexico, and from the streets. Our adoption center is located in Rowland Heights (also known as La Puente, CA), but we adopt out to many areas in the Los Angeles, San Diego, and San Bernardino areas. We even go to San Diego on a weekly basis to bring animals to their prospective families. Dogs and cats can even be adopted out of state, and we'll send the pup or kitty by air to you if you've got the perfect home!

Our rescue was started up in 2015 and we've been increasing the scope of our rescue more and more. Our shelter opened in April of 2017, and we're continually finding ways to improve our shelter and the animals we care for! We are not government funded, so we depend greatly on your help! 


Our Shelter

1.) How many animals do you have at the shelter? 

We're almost always at full capacity and will keep the pups and cats until we find a perfect forever home. We have around 50 dogs and 10-20 cats and kittens in our care! Some are in foster homes, and if you'd like to foster, we'll be able to rescue even more!

2.) How often are animals adopted?

We often get about 3-10 adoptions a week and anywhere from 20-40 adoptions per month. We also send some eligible dogs and cats home on trial periods if their adopters want to see how they do at home. We want to ensure that we place our rescues in the best homes possible, so we always wait for a perfect application to come along. 

3.) Where do the animals come from? 

We rescue many dogs and cats from our network partners, from the streets of Mexico, hoarding situations, backyard breeders, high-kill animal control centers, other local rescues, and some from people who simply can't keep their pets any more. 

4.) What happens to animals when they're taken in at the shelter?

We provide lots of care and love for all dogs and cats until they can find their forever homes. We may not be gifted with a beautiful, large adoption center, but the space that we have for these animals can save lives! We're a little different than other shelters because we want to see these dogs happy before they go to their new homes, so we allow volunteers to take them out into the world and explore new places (see our dog day trip program)! We have a large team of volunteers that take dogs out on walks, day trips, feed them, bathe them, brush them, keep their areas clean, and are given lots of love. The cats stay in the Cattery, where there's a big bed and everything looks like a home environment, and they get lots of love, toys, and attention from our volunteers. We're also lucky to be able to feed our dogs and cats high quality dog foods like Blue Buffalo and I And Love And You, thanks to our donors!

5.) What can I do to help? 

There are many ways to help and support us! Even something as simple as coming in for a day to walk a dog or posting something on social media could attract more potential and adopters to our rescue. We also have many volunteer opportunities and ways to give, which can be found in the other tabs at the top of the page. Supply donations are always welcome as well!

6.) What if I have a pet or have found an animal that needs a home?

At times, we're able to take in your pet or an abandoned animal as long as we have space. However, we encourage you to foster your animal while we find homes for them. All you need to do is bring them in for photos, vaccinations, and microchips at one time, and you'll need to bring your pet back to us again when we've found a home for him or her!