If you’re on the fence about fostering then Foster the 4th is a program you MUST hear more about. No long term commitment and you’ll be able to impact the life of at least one animal – something you’ll never forget! Listen in as Emily talks with us about their wonderful programs and how their relationships with other organizations is key. Emily also gives us a sneak peek into what she wants their future to look like, a can’t miss episode!
Live Love Animal Rescue’s mission is to save homeless animals by providing them a lifelong commitment to their well-being.
Welcome to the ARPA Animal Rescue of the week podcast, featuring outstanding organizations around the country that are helping animals & the people who rescue them. This podcast is proudly sponsored by Doobert.com. Doobert is a free website designed to connect volunteers with rescues & shelters, and the only site that automates rescue relay transport. Let’s meet this week’s featured animal rescue. Live Love Animal Rescue is located in Long Beach, California and there, dedicated to each dog that comes into their care. While the dogs are in their temporary foster home, they receive the care they need before moving on to their forever home. Whether it be some medical attention, behavior training or some good old fashioned love in the dedicated folks of live love Animal rescue are there to support the animals in their care. Working with local rescues and shelters to develop, a network of volunteers and supporters will help transform Long Beach into a no kill city for all animals. Hey, Emily, Welcome to the show. Hi, Rachel. Thanks for having me. Yeah, of course. I’m really excited to have you. And you are from live love Animal rescue on and that’s in California. So why don’t you start us off and tell us a little bit about how you guys got started and maybe a little bit of your background? Sure. Be happy to, eh? So I started live love pet care in Long Beach, California about 10 years ago Now and live love animal rescue is subsidy area of the pet care business. It’s set up like a social enterprise, and the rescue side of our organization really came organically because the community needed help for homeless dogs and we had the know how and built a community around this effort to really be of service to Long Beach. Yeah, that is pretty cool that you started off with live love, pet care and that, you know, just over time, based on the community and the needs, you were able to start live love animal rescue. So tell us, why don’t you just give us a a quick background on really what the difference is and what you get what you guys do on the pet care side of this And then what? You’re focuses on the animal rescue side. So the peck your side we do dog walking pet sitting overnight Care on DH were very pet parent friendly because we don’t charge per pet. So we really encourage people that have multiple pets to use our services Way put great emphasis on no respect and unconditional love and safety for the pets that we care for. And a lot of our adopters end up becoming petcare clients and a lot of our pet care clients end up becoming fosters the doctors and donors. So it’s really a nice symbiotic partnerships between the two organisations in the two cos it really is an all encompassing programme, right that you have which for me, that’s something that right off the bat really makes you guys unique. So I know you have a little bit of an interesting history and backstory and how you got involved in animal rescue an animal welfare. Why don’t you share with us a little bit about what that looks like for you? So I grew up in New Hampshire on a farm and you know, very early on new that I preferred the company of animals. Not that I don’t like people unless it’s the mud. But, you know, you’d find me in the barn more often than not. And that just became such a comfort to me throughout a difficult family. Lee life. You know, growing up in things like that was a little bit rough for me. So the animals were my consistent love and my unconditional love, and I really cherished that bond. So when I left New Hampshire and moved to Tennessee, I was really young. I was about 17 when I left home, and I started immediately working at veterinary hospitals on I worked my way up from, you know, candle attendant Teo being a veterinary technician. And through that work, I got involved with not only companion animal rescue and pet sitting and dog walking, but also wildlife rescue. So it really just enhanced my education, an animal, pear and welfare and encouraged me, Tio, start my own thing once I moved out to California, which has been almost 11 years now. Yeah, that’s definitely a a really cool background. And, you know, there’s always kind of two groups and animal welfare, right? There’s those people that have kind of known from a very, very young age that this is what they want to do when you definitely fall into that bucket, right? Yeah. Yeah. And then there’s And then there’s others who you know, either don’t realize, or they don’t get that calling until much, much later in life. So I like that you kind of started in the in the wildlife side of things in Tennessee and you’ve kind of transitioned, you know, into companion animals in California. I want to learn a little bit more about what the community is like in Long Beach and where you guys are located. So what? Tell me what kind of challenges that you are seeing within the community and what you guys are doing to kind of help with those problems. What solutions are you coming up with to help? Sure, so we live in a unique community because there’s a lot of wealth and there’s also a lot of poverty and homelessness and that, you know, start contrasts. You know, there’s pets all all involved in all sides of that, and our local shelter, Long Beach Animal Care Services, to whom we are a stakeholder. An apartment with they are attached to S P. C. A. L ray, though when animals get turned in are brought into our local shelter S P C A l A takes the most highly adoptable animals, which leaves the, you know, I called him lovingly. I called him Project Animals Project Doctor bugs at the city shelter where they could be euthanized. So our rescue really focuses on a few things. One is taking in the animals that the general public can’tjust go adopt. You know, whether they have extreme medical or behavior issues that need to be rehabilitated, healed. We put a larger emphasis on killing the pet bull physically and emotionally and doing that through foster homes before adoption. And we also put a large emphasis. There’s some of our programs that will talk about after and keeping pets in their homes. So you’re doing whatever we can to support the pet parent and keeping their beloved pet with them and not being challenged with having to turn them into the shelter. Yeah, I’m excited to learn a little bit more about the programs that you guys have and what you’re what you’re focused on. That is a unique situation, right? Being in a community that that has both wealth and poverty and tear point. Of course, there’s animals involved on both sides of that. So talk to me a little bit. About what is that that challenge? Having such that that wide split? What are you seen on both sides of that? Now It’s always, you know, I like to say we strive to educate, empower and engage people to be a part of the solution. So it’s, you know, there’s a lot of education that goes with every class of people, whether they’re wealthy or homeless, about properly caring for their animals and socializing them and providing health care for them and then also on the side of the shelter. You know what’s happening at our shelter? Love? Ah, lot of our city Because the S P C A is attached, they don’t understand. The animals are needlessly dying due to space and time at our local shelter. So we do a lot of education from a very loving place. You know, we don’t emphasize guilt and shame. It’s just we want to educate you so that we can empower you to do something and be a part of the solution here in our city. Yeah, I definitely think that that’s key and I think more and more organizations are really focusing on the educational part. It’s not something that happens overnight, right? We didn’t get into this position overnight, and it certainly takes a long time to come out of that. An education is one of the major pieces that’s needed, you know, to pull us out. So it definitely takes a team, right? Not just a team at your organization, but you know, a team across animal welfare. Teo kind of spread that message, right? And hair people understand what’s really going on in organizations across the country. So I love that. That’s one of your one of your main pieces. So I think with that, I definitely just want to jump into the programs that you guys have, and and maybe out of those programs, which one makes you the most proud. So Well, speaking of education, I’ll go right into talking about another thing. One thing that makes me very proud about our organizations. We always want to collaborate with other nonprofits and other animal welfare agencies, and one of our partnerships is with lucky dog humane education. So talk about, you know, getting right on the ground floor. We go into schools with rescue dogs on DH Thanks to the Lucky Dog human education curriculum, we helped to educate kids in local elementary schools about you know how to safely approach a dog to minimize dog bites. What to do If you find a stray dog, you know what fostering and adopting is and why you should always adopt rather than by a dog when you are looking for a new family member. So that’s something I’m really proud of is our ability to collaborate with other groups and our efforts to educate our communities children about not being a part of the overall picture and ending animal homelessness? Another one of our programs that we actually just started is called families forever. And that is, you know, we’ve always worked to intervene pets that are at risk of being surrendered to the shelter, whether they need training or they medical care that their family can provide. We step in to provide that to keep the pet in their home, and we’ve just recently this year created a program in official program around that which is called families forever. And that’s something that is really needed in our community and you know, right now we’re in the early stages of developing it and fundraising for it and everything in applying for grants. So you know, of course, we’re promoting the program and we’re getting many more needs from the community than we are donations right now. So that’s a really cool program that I would love to see more people get involved with, to make sure it’s successful. One of our longer programs is our forever fosters and that Is that why I have so many dogs at my house, The Rescue h Q. Because we’ve found that when we’re rescuing extreme medical on behavior cases, they’re, you know, undeniably are dogs that are not really fit for adoption, whether that be ongoing medical conditions, chronic severe medical conditions like heart failure, renal failure, cancer or whether that be that they’re not really able to be rehabilitated behaviorally, and they’re more of a management case. And we feel that they would be safer with our foster team and our rescue team on going then, you know, just out as an adoption. Yeah, so the Forever Foster program is very near and dear to my heart. It was our first program and It’s truly the best system in place for us to be able to continue taking in dogs with extreme medical and behavior issues so that we know we have that safety net as you know, making them forever. Foster if they don’t result in an adoption with a family and then the final program that I’ll talk about is coming up in July and this is by far the program I’m most proud of. We started this in Long Beach and it’s a really amazing program with a huge lifesaving impact. And that is our Foster. The fourth programme master The fourth is a partnership of Long Beach Animal Care Services and that’s where we recruit temporary Foster’s to take dogs out of the shelter for 2 to 4 weeks during the month of July. And we take on the shelter’s role of promoting those dogs for adoption. And in 2,017 we didn’t do the program in 2,018 unfortunately going to down the 17 we took 30 animals out and only three were returned. Though that programme is huge and has a massive lifesaving impact, and we also are working to during that that program to do a lot of community intervention. We actually set up tables at the shelter. We’ve promote fostering like crazy. We promote adoption like crazy, and we have a lot of great lifesaving results for the dogs have been taken during July. Let’s just talk about the Foster. The fourth. How did how did something like this come about and give us a little bit more of that, that history and how that how that program actually works? Well, this is something that I’ve seen done in other shelters in L. A. Usually it’s like a 48 hour program. July is the highest intake month of the year at our shelter, and it’s also the highest euthanasia there, you know, I like to call it killing. You know what’s happening? You know, the animals are being killed unnecessarily just due to space and time, and it’s really devastating. So just like every programs for organization, we saw a need within our community, and we stepped up to meet that need. And I’m very proud of our team because it’s a It’s a huge team effort for the month of July, and I’m really proud of our shelter for collaborating with us on this because you know, we’ve had pushed back in the past on this program because the shelter, you know, they get scared. It’s it’s a big undertaking for them to It’s a big risk for them because if we’re taking you know, 30 dogs out and we don’t get them adopted, then where is the space gonna be to bring those 30 dogs back after the four week program? But we’ve proven how hard we could hustle rescue. And so they trust us. Now that you know we’re taking 30 dogs out, a very small percentage are going to be returned. So that program really has a huge impact and is very much so become on, you know, kind of like a tradition in our community. Now it’s becoming a tradition that foster, the fourth is coming, and everyone needs to step up and do their part to save shelter dogs that month. Yeah, so what do you guys do then? When you take in those 30 animals, are you looking for additional Foster’s or do your existing Foster’s help and take in maybe more than one or two animals that they currently have because 30 dogs is So how many foster homes, Right? I’m struggling for words, but how many foster homes do you currently have outside of the month of July? Yes, and we’re foster based rescue and we have about 40 foster homes, and it’s a little bit of everything. Rachel, You know, our our existing Fosters will step up to help more. And, you know, we always closed in take so we don’t take a new dogs. The month of June, we focus on getting the dogs we currently have adopted in preparation for July. Okay, andare existing fosters, even if their dog hasn’t been adopted, usually will take one more dog in that fits in with their pack. Sure, and definitely heavily recruit New Foster’s. OK, and I think that’s why the reason I’m so proud of the program is because a lot of people are scared to take that leap and make the commitment to foster, you know, and we actually just created a foster video education. Siri’s around this in partnership with Maddie’s Fund because there’s a lot of like Well, what if I fall in love with them? What a mania. Well, yeah, there’s a lot of questions that prevent them from signing up. But most people, if they’re on the fence about fostering, they’re like, Yeah, I could do 2 to 4 weeks. I could make that work And then ultimately, we have people who just keep fostering afterward. They just become Foster’s, ongoing. So by providing that opportunity for temporary foster relief and really educating the community about why that’s needed, we end up with, you know, at least a handful out of it of people who say, Hey, this was fun. I want to keep doing it, Yeah, Sometimes the hardest part is really just getting them inside the door, right? It’s It’s opening their eyes to a new opportunity. And like you said, sometimes it’s easier for people to digest. Yeah, I can take an animal for 2 to 4 weeks versus while How long am I going to have this dog right? If they don’t get adopted, it could be three months, four months, five months seconds. And that’s the scary for the scary part for people. So I think that shorter time frame that you guys are doing for this program really works to your benefit. You know, before I was, I was kind of worried that taking on those 30 dogs, you I was going to say you’re doubling your foster, your foster homes, and in a sense, you were almost doubling right. Or you would have had to have almost doubled s o all. Our goal for Foster the fourth is to impact 52 dogs, so Okay, well, he very well could be taking in more than 30. It just depends on how many fosters we recruit. And then, you know, we have atleast 0 52 30 10 to 15 reunions. So we’re impacting those dogs. Not by taking them into rescue, but by keeping them safe so they don’t have to enter the shelter. It doesn’t displace another shelter animal, and they get them back to their families. Yeah, the other thing that really stood out for me is that July is the highest month for you guys, right in in taken euthanasia. And so for me, that’s that’s fascinating. Why? Why is that the highest month? Is it because of Fourth of July, or is there something else going on in the community? Yeah, it’s a little bit of both, but only you know, Long Beach gets pretty rowdy for Fourth of July fireworks. Fireworks are illegal, but it sounds like a war zone. And not just on 4th July july 4th. It’s that whole week, you know, especially if the fourth lands on a weekend, which I believe it does this week. It’s pretty intense, and a lot of dogs are scared out of their yards. They’re picked up by animal control there, found a strays and they’re brought to the shelter because that’s what you’re supposed to do when you find a dog before so that you know the animals. The existing dogs Michelle for that have been there for sometimes months that are waiting to find homes. They are at risk of being euthanized when there’s an influx of bounds dogs being turned into the shelter. And that’s really what it comes down to. We also, unfortunately see this. As you know, a lot of people move in the summer, and it’s in between school years. As you know, people are going on vacation that there’s a lot of family things that happened in the summer, and July is the peak of that. So unfortunately, we do see quite a few owner surrenders and things like that that we part of the program is we take 20 dogs directly from kennels at the shelter, and then we anticipate intercepting at least 15 dogs from ever entering the shelter and placing them in foster care. A Zone ER surrenders things like that and then the rest of the dogs that we expected impact, we hope, will be re unions. But overall, we anticipate finding foster homes for 50 dogs in the month of July. Yeah, so the program starts in July. So somewhere around I’m guessing now, right in June. You are really starting that push for Foster’s Tell me, Tell me what you guys are doing to find a new foster home. Volunteers. So we are running ads in local newspapers because, you know, not everyone is on social media and the huge social media pushed, and that was part of our our grant to, you know, received a grant from Matty’s funds. They’re an amazing organization to create the Foster I foster LB video, Siri’s. So it’s a five part video. Siri’s with different fosters and their pets highlighted, and it addresses some of those concerns that they be brought up before another one. I didn’t touch on with a lot of people have concerns that the rescue won’t support them. So we create a really strong infrastructure of support so that our fosters no, we’re here to help them and they feel supported and appreciated. And that really keeps the morale up, which keeps the Foster’s going so social media, print media, all of those things. You know, a lot of just networking personally. You know, we have a great group of volunteers well over 150 volunteers that are all, you know, collaborating with us to recruit friends and family and neighbors and on and everyone it’s foster. So it’s just a huge community effort. I can imagine. That’s a that’s a nonstop thing and even more in in June and July, right, as you’re really gearing up for this this program, but really all throughout the year, it just has to be one of those things that is always in the forefront, right? You’re always talking about your always. You know, every new foster you bring in is a volunteer is another opportunity to reach more people, right? Like you said, if you can engage them and support them, right, they kind of help you do some of that work. So volunteers in animal rescues are really the life blood that keep them going. Absolutely, absolutely. And, you know, it’s kind of a running joke. We have a lot of game of thrones fans within our team never played. Winter is coming close to the fourth is coming. It is something we talk about your you know, like even if it’s, you know, August after we’ve just done it. We’re like, Well, foster the force that’s coming and get out of here So what it is that the, you know, it makes just such a huge impact. And it’s something that’s very important to us to get people involved with, because it’s just such a unique opportunity for them to take a chance and save a life. And, you know, if you can’t foster than we ask that you donate or volunteer transport, there’s so many ways that we can plug you in to help during that time. So it’s it’s really huge. Yeah, it’s a it’s a pretty interesting programme and I know you said that. You know, there are other organizations in and around Ali that are kind of doing something similar, but I honestly haven’t really heard of anything like that in other regions across the U. S. So for me, that’s a pretty unique thing for you guys. And I appreciate the undertaking and the relationship building that has to go into that right. Like you said, to take that many dogs out there is a fear of not being able to adopt them and then return them when that space is already filled. So I think your communication in your relationship building is really a key. Tio tio, what you’ve been able to do with that, Yeah, you know, with your shelters. Yeah, I have two mantra is that I remind myself, especially during the month of July, where there’s a will, there’s a way a risk comes no reward show. It’s like you just, you know, have some radical faith that we will be supported in this program and in our efforts, and so far that’s always happened. I mean, that’s literally how organization has been built and has grown. So we have a lot of faith in our community. Yeah, I mean, you definitely have Teo. So again, I love that, and you do have to remind yourself because nothing is ever really easy, right? So you’re always going to encounter those those challenges. So one of the other things I really want to talk about is your family’s forever program. This is your newest When I think you said right. Yeah. Hot. This one come about. Was it because you were getting people from the community coming to you? Saying this is a problem that I have? I need a solution. Did you hear that? Same thing over and over again or how? How did you guys actually come to this program? Yes, well, it’s kind of to fold. So one of our largest partners is the veterinary hospital that sees, you know, 95% of all of our animals unless they have to see a specialist in rescue. So they take care of well over 180 animals for us a year. And so part of it was they would contact us and say we have this family here. They’re committed to their dog. This dog is needs this emergency surgery. Will you guys help? Fundraising is can we partner with you on it? So that was part of it. And then, of course, we were always, you know, getting emails and phone calls from pet parents, you know, expressing extreme distress that I’m gonna have to surrender my dog. But I can’t get help with this. You know everything from bladder stones to mass removal to, you know, intestinal blockages to broken femurs. We just did one on last week for a dog named Gemma. Her dad accidentally closed her leg and the car door. And goodness ad. I know. And it’s like, how many of us that transport dogs like I’ve definitely closed a dog’s tail in door before? Yeah, well about it. But accidents really do happen. And then it’s a $3,000 surgery. And this gentleman Anthony hurt her dad was just beside himself. I mean, you know, so families forever really came out of our partnership with Primary Care Animal Hospital and once again, ah, seeing a need within the community and stepping up to meet that need. Yeah, I think it’s, You know, I think that’s one of the hardest things is when you get into animal Rescue, you think I’m just going to save the dogs. I can write, and then you find out that the need of the community is so much greater. And I think sometimes people can get lost in that. It’s almost like they become a deer in headlights, right, Because they went into this. You know what? Almost like tunnel vision, right? Thinking I’m going to do just this. And then when you get all of these questions, you know from the community, you almost don’t know what to do next. And so, luckily, you guys had several years behind you, right? And you had some success and you made some relationships that kind of helped with this program. But, you know, when organizations are are getting started and they have the community asking questions like that and coming to them for help, I’m just curious. What would you say to, ah, fairly new rescue that maybe has that situation where the community’s coming to them and maybe they weren’t prepared for that. And they need to start a program like this. What would you tell them? Well, that’s a great question. And first thing I would tell them is don’t become jaded on people because I I see that very often in the rescue community where, you know, we all have a huge heart for dogs, but we start hating other humans. Yeah, I’m going to become, really, you know, impatient and dismissive. And, you know, because if not everyone has the same commitment level that you personally have to your dogs or the same means that you personally have to provide for your animals, that’s the first step. I think is, you know, show compassion for the people in your community as well as the animals. And then there are a lot of national resource is which is what we did. We created a resource list that we would email to people like you think, Sam Simon Foundation and just different groups that are more established that we are that have the infrastructure to support pet parents when they have outstanding medical bills that they can’t afford. So, you know, we kind of created like an info sheet for people that we would send to them. And then we would also offer to courtesy post, you know, we felt like, Hey, we’re okay on our fundraising right now. And you know, if some of our donors can share the love and help this individual, then we would courtesy post that situation and, you know, much to our delight, we found that our supporters really did want to help those people. And that’s a huge reason why I started families forever because we feel in those courtesy post we saw that, you know? Okay, people are stepping up to help $5 at a time. So if we create a program, they’re definitely going to step up to donate to us. If they’re donate. Donating to this perfect stranger, you know, write those would be some ways I would suggest going about it courtesy posts and gathering. Some resource is in your area that you can share with those parents. I think compassion is is one of the key pieces. So I’m glad you you brought that up and, you know, we do live in a in a tech driven world rights. We have to remember that the internet is our friend, right? There are so many resource is out there in so many different ways to connect with people. And you have to you have to be able to use that right. You don’t have to reach out to a Maddie’s fund. Necessarily. They’re great. I agree with you. But Sometimes it’s your local relationships that can have the most impact. Whether it’s another rescue, another shelter, a local business, you have to be able to reach out to them right and ask for help and see if you can find a way to partner together for a common cause. So I think you gave some really, really good feedback on those. Actually, one of my favorite parts of this entire conversation is memorable stories, and you’ve obviously been in the industry for quite a while. So I’m wondering if you have one or two stories that you want to share with us. Yeah, yeah. Oh, man. How do I pick which one? I, uh I’ve got to that air on the top of my mind because they are a little more recent. We do. A lot of part of a partnership with Long Beach Animal Care Services is I personally go there with some of our partners, and we network the dogs that are at risk for adoption or her Foster’s or whatever the case may be. I’m a huge fan of Senior Shepherd’s. Personally, I have two of them lying at my feet right now, and I pulled that Agnes, who’s a forever foster and a senior shepherd from the Long Beach shelter a couple months ago after watching him sit in the kennel for six months and hoping and networking him and hoping someone would take him. And so I finally said, Okay, I can’t get him off my mind. I’m taking him home. You know, the sad part about rescue and what could be excused be really discouraging is literally. The day after I pulled him out of the shelter, two senior shepherds were brought in. A bonded mother and son were brought him. And so then I watched them sit in the kennels for months and network them. And nothing, nothing, nothing. And it can be really discouraging, right? You know it. Compassion fatigue goes hand in hand with compact and the more compassion you feel, the more fatigued you feel from it. And that’s definitely something that needs to be lovingly addressed within the rescue community to So because I do address my compassion between I want is to find a way around that and really problem solve and come up with innovative life saving ideas. So I remember that one of our so you know, I got to know Abby, Gia and Jesse. Those were the dog’s names. I got another story there. Their owner moved. He couldn’t keep them. They were kind of neglected medically as senior shepherds. But the shelter did a great job treating them and caring for them. You know, we’re kind of all losing hope and the rescue had we’ve closed and take for the month of June, and preparation proposed the fourth. And these dogs were on the Eastern Asia list to be chilled. And so I kind of went into my brain and thought, What am I going to do to get them out? And I thought of a previous adopter of ours. They adopted a dog that we rescued from the train tracks a couple of years ago, and he was a senior shepherd. And I remember that they’ve reached out to me to find a female senior shepherd to adopt, and so I sent them this bonded pair. You know, we’re kind of like a with the wing and a prayer and thought I know that you want just a female, but would you be open to both of these guys and so sure enough. I was able to find a solution for them. A home for them, with Mary and Sandy. And I visited Abuja and Jessie yesterday, and they’re so loved and cared for and comfortable in their new home. And that’s just one of my most favorite memorable stories now that you know, even though we couldn’t take them in to rescue, that didn’t stop me from networking them and finding some type of lifesaving option for them. And that’s, you know, goes back to that where there’s a will. There’s a way, though I really believe in setting your intention on and being an ambassador for certain animals that need help. Just takes one person setting their intention there and working toward that. And it can really make a big difference. Yeah, before you go into your your 2nd 1 You know, one of the things that I really like about this and we mentioned it before is you have to have the relationships right? When then animal rescue. And I love that you I remembered that and I love that. You said You know what? I’m just going to take a shot. These guys adopted from us before I know what they’re looking for, right? If you don’t ask, you don’t know. But you have to maintain those relationships even after somebody has adopted from you. It doesn’t mean that you close the door, right. You have to constantly keep that open to not only make sure that they know you’re there to help them, But there’s always other ways that too, can help each other, right, no matter what it is. So I love that you were able to reach out, Tio Ah, Prior adopter, you know, kind of socialize that idea. And luckily for them, right, it worked out. So it did very well. Very well. And you know how it originally happened was they adopted Jesse the female, but then they fostered Abuja throughout. You know, we’ve pulled him and they were going to foster fire my meeting yesterday. They’re like they’re not going anywhere. They’re both here. They’re both home. That’s their effect. Yeah. Yeah, it’s really great. Yeah, And so I know you said you had one more story. So Loretta may well be our most famous dog we’ve ever rescued. She’s passed now, but she was just a happenstance rescue. So last fall I had just picked up another dog because I get those calls. Two, like a dog is roaming the street. Emily, can you come help? So I had just responded to one of those calls, and I picked up this big, beautiful black lab mix who we later reunited with his parents. And as I’m driving to the veterinary hospital to get him checked over and scanned for a chip, I get a call from this couple who just picked up a really neglected, over bred, sick female pitiful who we later named Loretta. And I said, You know, I can’t I’m so sorry. Because here’s another lesson and rescue. Know your limits and your boundaries, right? You know, I was like, I have a dog in my car right now. I’m sorry. I cannot help you right now, but this is what I suggest you do. Go to a vet, scanned for a microchip. Send me pictures. I will network and you know, we’ll keep I’ll keep you posted. I’ll help by networking, but I can’t physically come get the dog. So you know I’m after that with Cohen. This black lab who’s with his family now without his humans and the vet team comes into the room and says, Emily, you need to come to the lobby and see this dog And sure enough, it was Loretta. The people went to on the phone happened to come to the same that I was literally act. But And when I saw her, I just thought, There’s no way that, you know, she’s just staying with me It was like There’s no way I’m not taking her It was just so kismet that it was She was just meant to be a part of our rescue family. And I get a little emotional thinking about her because she’s just very special dog, really bad shape. And, you know, the conversation was had. Should we let her go here and now? But we decided she was strong enough and out like you. This strong enough toe through it. Though she had a double mastectomy, we knew the cancer was still there because we couldn’t get all of it. And she had a really great run. She had sixth once with the most loving foster family. She has her own Instagram pages you want walked the red carpet at stand up for pits. Rebecca Corey. You know, it was a national celebrity for pimples. She saw her story and sponsored her medical and invited her to that. And we’re about to be making up merchandise with Loretta’s picture because we still have people that, like I love her and want T shirts native her. And she was just, you know, it was one of those situations where I felt proud that I acknowledged my boundaries and said, You know, Hey, I can’t help here. Some resource is on I also felt proud that I recognized, you know, that when she just timed out that she was in the same place. Same time is me that I could, you know, once again, where there’s a will, there’s a way that’s like, Okay, seeing this dog and connecting with her soul, the soul There’s no way another you go anywhere else and we really rally together and give her an amazing six months. So she was an example of our forever Foster. You know, a dog that we rescue that we know is terminally sick just needs to be lavished with love and care while we have them with us. And that was Loretta It’s a beautiful story, and I definitely commend you on a knowing your limits. That is a hard thing to dio in this in, you know, in this industry and you laid eyes on her and you just knew. And I think animals just have that power. Six months of the best possible life right and the impact that you were able to make and not only the impact you made on her, but to your point, the impact that Loretta had on people. And even after she’s gone on a legacy within our organization at this point in time and connected us with standup for pits and now you know, they’re actually one of the people that were pitching grants to her family’s forever and things like that. So she really opened a lot of doors for us on. Very just feel very blessed to have her as a little level of angel watching over and all of our all of our new refuge. Oh, yeah, that’s a very, very sweet story. One of the things that I’m always curious about is your future. So you’ve been around for a while and I want to know what kind of what your what your future looks like. Um, and maybe what events you guys have coming up. So our immediate future all kind of go into this in two parts are immediate future. Looks like, you know, really continuing to create these programs that are, you know, like the family’s forever program is just a fledgling and, you know, even the forever Foster’s program we’re still developing as we go and foster the fourth. You know, just sustaining and creating really meaningful programs that address the needs of animals and people in our community is our immediate future. And we’re also working thanks to our partners at Primary Care Animal Hospital to open an adoption center with them in partnership with them when they open their second hospital location. So that’s a huge honor to from, you know, from them to us that they want us to be a formal partner in the building with them and are going to help provide us that space because having adoption center will make adoptions much easier for us. You know, the animals will still be in foster homes, but we’ll have like a room Ah, central location where people can come and gather and meet adoptable dogs, which we really, really fun. And that’s kind of what, what? Shaken Right now we do have our largest fundraiser of the year in person called boats and barks. That’s on October 13 on. Then, of course, we’re gonna have, you know, giving Tuesday in November. That’s our largest social media fundraiser every year on Ben Foster before. But you’ve already touched on, which were literally gearing up for a full effect right now. And our long term goals and my personal goal is you know, there’s a reason that we’re called live love animal Rescue, even though we just rescue dogs right now, I would really I’m striving toward and intend to have a rescue sanctuary, a farm of land of some sort, so that we can have a space for specifically forever fosters, you know, like the old senior shepherds that I love like who have things. And we’d love to be able to rescue farm animals. I’m not sure he part of the gentle barn in California, but they’re Ellie Wakes is a huge inspiration to me, and what they do there with arm animals is just magical. And then also the wildlife component. So we would really like to be able to have the space and the ability to rescue more than just dogs and open our hearts and that sanctuary for them. And that’s also in a way that will impact people more because once again, you know, if we have our own space above and beyond the adoption center, we could have a lot more programming for children, for veterans, for former inmates or refugees. For you know, all kinds of different groups of people that you know, much like animals, are kind of voiceless at times and have struggled at times and have had a a challenging background, which I certainly relate to on a personal level. And, you know, I intend for that sanctuary to be just that, a sanctuary for animals and people who share that that, you know, struggled background but are willing. Teo live love and, you know, choose that to live their life with love and be a part of what we’re doing. Yeah, it’s actually beautiful Emily, the big picture that you have for the organization. And again, I just I love that. Of course it’s about the animals, but it’s just a cz much about the people, right? And making sure that people are happy and they have a safe space. And, you know, they’re again. There’s just something special about ah, human animal bond on DH. It heals, right? It just It has a way to heal you that no medicine can dio I just love the big picture idea on DH. I’m excited to follow you guys and really see where that where that road takes you and we’ll, of course, support you in any way we can. I love that. You have so many things going on s o many events. Where is the best place that people can find? That information is on your website. Is it following you on social media? Yeah, it’s all of it. We have the events posted on our website and we also have them posted on Facebook and Instagram. And one of the things that I did see on your on your website is today’s dio isat movies at the beach that I saw. Do you want to tell people about that? Sure. Yeah, we’re doing that this month with the community action partnerships with our friend Justin Road. And that’s a really fun opportunity. We’re excited to be there. It’s a great community gathering where families and all kinds of people come out and sit on the beach and watch a movie together. And we’ll have some adoptable pets there that people can snuggle up with during the movie. I love that. That’s the perfect evening in my books. Very cool. Why? No, we talked a little bit about a lot today. Is there anything else that we may have missed that you want to share before we wrap things up? Takes all of us to make a big impact And to fix this homeless population of pets. So appreciate you highlighting what we’re doing here in Long Beach? Yeah, it definitely does. Very nicely said. So we definitely appreciate the time that you took Teo to kind of jump on and share with us a little bit more about live love animal rescue, and we’ll definitely be following you in the future. Great. Thank you so much, Rachel. And thanks for all that. You guys do it. Animal rescue professionals. Thanks for tuning into today’s podcast. If you’re not already a member, join the ARPA to take advantage of all of the resources we have to offer. And don’t forget to sign-up with Doobert.com. It’s free and helps automate the most difficult tasks in animal rescue.