Frequently Asked Questions

Handsome Mushroom, looking out for his ball to be thrown

I need to re-home my dog. Can you take Him or Her into your rescue?

Maybe. We have limited space and can only take in dogs when we have foster homes available. You should check out the website below which helps owners list and re-home their pups to potential adopters in a manner much safer than a “free to a good home” listing.

I want to adopt/learn more about/meet one of your dogs. What should I do?

Awesome! You can start by fill out an adoption application. Our adoption team will reach out to talk about the pup you’re interested in.

How much is it to adopt one of your dogs?

You can check out our adoption fee schedule to learn more.

Do you have adoption events where I can meet your dogs?

Yes! Please follow our Facebook page for regular event updates or check the list of upcoming events on our homepage.

Adoptable best friends Dexter the chihuahua and Dutch the black lab hanging out on the beach

I found an “abandoned” or lost dog. What do I do? Can you take it?

The most important thing to remember is that not all lost dogs are abandoned. You can’t tell just by how the dog looks (you know how icky you get after 2-3 days camping!). We need to give the pup’s family a chance to find their loved one and help them prevent this from happening again.

First, take pictures of the pup and note where the pup was found. You can post about this found dog on Facebook at the Lakewood and Long Beach Lost and Found Pets and the Lost & Found Pets of Long Beach Ca. Don't forget about Nextdoor and Pawboost. Make a note of the location, gender and any other information you have. Most importantly, take the dog to your local shelter to have the staff scan for a microchip and check the dog for any medical care needed.

The animal shelter is the FIRST place a distraught owner will look. The shelters are full of lovely, hard working staff and volunteers who care about the animals. It is not a bad place to take the dog and they will keep the animal safe!

The dog will be placed on a 5 day stray hold to give the owner time to find them, and if the dog is chipped and/or licensed the owner will be contacted immediately. You can put yourself down for “first rights” so that you can be there to adopt the dog as soon as it becomes available. You can ask the shelter staff for the Animal ID so you can keep track of the animal either on the shelter website or by calling.

Dogs are not euthanized immediately upon availability. This is a myth. Most dogs leave the shelter spayed/neutered, vaccinated and microchipped. Taking a lost dog to the shelter is the right thing to do!

If you live in Long Beach, Cerritos, Seal Beach, Los Alamitos, and Signal Hill, your local shelter is Long Beach Animal Care Services (LBACS).

If you live in Bell Gardens, Bellflower, Buena Park, Downey, Lakewood, La Palma, Montebello, Norwalk, Paramount, Pico Rivera, Santa Fe Springs, South El Monte, South Gate, and Vernon, your local shelter is Southeast Area Animal Control Authority (SEAACA).

We love our dog but cannot afford the medical care needed. Can you help?

Maybe! Please check out all the different resources available to you at our Resources for Pet Owners Page. This includes training resources, financial aid, vet care financing and low cost vet clinics. If none of these can help, please check out our Families Forever program.

Our dog is digging out of the yard, barking, etc. and our landlord wants them out. Can you help?

Check out our list of online training resources and local trainers and training classes here. If these don't meet your needs, we would love to partner with you to help solve your issues so that you can keep your family member at home because that is where they belong.  You can reach out to us by email to brainstorm. 

Adapted from the FAQ at the wonderful A Purposeful Rescue