Work in progress

Introducing the dogs we’ve rescued, but are not yet adoptable. Stay tuned as we continue to assess and address their needs. If you’re interested in learning more about any one of our dogs, please reach out:


Meet Ace. He, along with his littermate Lyla, came to us by way of OC Animal Care Shelter. They arrived at their doorstep at eight weeks old as “strays,” both very sweet and friendly. They were deemed “rescue only” because Ace has a physical disability and Lyla was underweight and underdeveloped.


It was reported by the shelter medical staff that Ace had a congenital defect and most likely would need surgery to correct it. They initially and incorrectly diagnosed him with a condition commonly known as “swimmer’s hindlimbs,” which makes walking difficult at best. We would come to learn that it was something altogether different.


Finding a foster for Lyla proved easier than for Ace, but we lucked out: A former adopter and dedicated foster stepped forward. Because of her generosity in agreeing to care for a pup with special needs, we were able to take Ace into rescue and schedule him for an MRI after he grew large enough for imaging to be effective. It was then that we would learn Ace was suffering from spina bifida. This condition is rare in breeds his size and is further complicated by his fecal and urinary incontinence. We’re uncertain what his future looks like, but we’re going to give him the best we can, day by day. We’re amazed all the time by his foster who truly excels at his care.


With an intake date of 10/26/22 at Baldwin Park Animal Care Center and the fate of having to spend the next fourteen months on evidence hold, Charlie’s world has been very small. On 1/20/24, we were thrilled to announce that Charlie walked out of the shelter, never to return again. This sweet man has a pack again.


His foster parents say Charlie has been the perfect house guest. He enjoys several short walks a day and loves to nap on the couch. He’s made some new human friends, has been on a couple of adventures and is enjoying getting to know his two furry, foster siblings. Charlie also recently went for his wellness check-up. As expected, our vet confirmed Charlie needs to lose some weight and desperately needs a dental cleaning (and likely a few extractions). He also found a suspicious growth on his leg that needs to be removed and sent out for biopsy. Thankfully, Charlie’s bloodwork looks fantastic so he’s been cleared for surgery. We are thrilled to see Charlie thriving in his foster home and are excited to get him the medical support he’s been needing.

Copper & Chuck

Taking on three dogs in one week (Charlie, Chuck, and Copper) is no easy feat. Luckily, our friends at The Dank Dog Ranch were able to give Chuck and Copper a place to escape the stress of living in a high-kill shelter where there was no adoption interest on the horizon. With an intake date of 10/26/22 at Baldwin Park Animal Care Center, they had suffered enough. They are currently living on a beautiful ranch where they are being given the opportunity to settle in and decompress before beginning a training regimen. They will be given the guidance and consistency needed to be the highly adoptable dogs we know they can be.


Our Long Beach Animal Care Services alum, Cowboy, is currently going through a health scare that needs to be addressed before we can send him home to an adopter.


If you want to know more about him, think lap dog trapped in a 90-pounder’s body. Out of sheer practicality, what ends up happening is that he settles for resting his head anywhere he can fit it. The closer to you, the better. He melts people’s hearts on a regular basis because his love language involves gentle physical contact: On walks and jogs, he’ll nudge his fosters’ hands to let them know he’s having fun, he gives the politest kisses, and when he takes treats, it’s in the softest way possible. Although he seems to thrive around company (people and dogs alike), he’s also quite content at home alone where he can enjoy his squeaky toys and long, guilt-free naps stretched out on his back. In fact, sleeping through the morning might be up there on his list of favorite things to do. His dreams must be amazing because even a morning pee can usually take a back seat to his hardcore dedication to the Zzz’s.


Desi (FKA: Pigmy #A714598 at LBACS) was picked up as a stray in Long Beach, California, earlier this month. Desi came in with a microchip that was traced back to an out-of-state hobby breeder specializing in dwarf size staffies, but when the shelter reached out to them, no one responded. At 25 pounds and only 15″ tall, Desi is a teeny tiny little boo. We don’t know exactly what she experienced over the first four years of her short life, but based on the scabbing and scarring covering her face and muzzle, we assume she’s had at least a few rough days.


On February 3rd, a family purchased eight-week-old Dottie from a man they met at a Starbucks in Long Beach, California. The following day, Dottie had a grand mal seizure. The family reports she was seizure-free for the next two weeks. Then, on Sunday, Dottie started having cluster seizures. Her family took her to the vet, but they couldn’t afford treatment. They brought her home and started making calls, hoping to find someone who could help. One of those calls was to us.

On 2/20/24, the family brought Dottie in to see our vet. She was exhausted, disoriented, and unable to stand on her own. Her family reported that she has been eating, drinking, and pottying normally. She’s not currently experiencing vomiting, diarrhea, or signs of respiratory issues. Her temperature is normal, she tested negative for parvo, and her glucose levels looked good. She didn’t present with traditional symptoms of distemper, but our vet did a PCR test to be sure. Those results have since come back as negative. We also sent a blood and a fecal sample out to the lab for testing.

Like most rescues in Southern California, we have been at (or above) capacity for the better part of two years now. We offered Dottie’s family financial assistance through our Amigos Program, however, we were told they still didn’t think they could manage her care. Something in us knew we had to find a way.

Dottie is settling into her temp-foster home and has an appointment with the neurologist. We don’t know what the future holds for little Dottie beyond that just yet, but we will be here to hold her paw every step of the way, one day at a time.


After spending 693 days in the shelter system, Minnie finally got to take her freedom walk. This rescue was a team effort, so we’d like to give a few heartfelt shoutouts to some folks who helped make this happen:


• The amazing shelter volunteers and staff at Long Beach, Harbor, and West Valley animal shelters who cared for, loved, and promoted Minnie (where she was known as #A642417 and #A2031988).

• Our friend Jill Dyche and the team at Outta the Cage who shared Minnie’s story and helped us bust her outta of the shelter system for good!

• Minnie’s buddy who helped her take her freedom walk this morning and transported her to Long Beach.

• Most importantly, to Minnie’s new foster, who is waiting for her with open arms.