A Dog’s Life Rescue doesn’t have offices or shelter facilities. Founders Julia Pennington and Allison Lange, along with their volunteers, work out of their own homes or cars — “anywhere we get cell reception,” says Lange.
The grassroots organization focuses on “street rescue,” which means working with some of the most difficult populations of abandoned dogs and cats. The group scoops them up from freeways, foreclosed houses, hoarders, and even apartment crawlspaces (see stirring video of one rescue). Pennington says, “Most of these animals have been through a lot so it often involves days of befriending the animal, feeding, waiting, gaining its trust.”
Cats and dogs are sheltered in foster homes or rented boarding facilities until someone adopts them. The founders admit that boarding facilities are often booked and always pricey, so they’re hoping to secure a building for their own no-kill shelter one day.