Who We Help
BAPBR works directly and indirectly with many animal welfare organizations in Oregon, Washington and California. Directly, we transfer dogs in need out of the kennel environment and place them into our foster care program (“Pit Stop” program). Indirectly, we work to write up new animal profiles and increase a dog’s chances of exposure to potential adopters by listing a “courtesy” posting on our website and Petfinder.com. We also send out email blasts to our network of animal welfare contacts to cross-post and network the dog in hopes that someone may be able to transfer a dog to their organization. Sometimes new foot traffic through a different organization, or at a different location, is all a dog needs to find that perfect forever Home.
What organizations does BAPBR typically work with to take dogs from?
Portland Metro Area:
- Multnomah County Animal Services (Portland, OR)
- Oregon Humane Society (Portland, OR)
- Clackamas County Dog Services (Clackamas, OR)
- Bonnie L. Hayes Animal Shelter (Hillsboro, OR)
- Willamette Humane Society (Salem, OR)
- Jefferson County Dog Control (Madras, OR)
- Southwest Washington Humane Society (Vancouver, WA)
- Hopes Haven (Salem, OR)
- OFOSA (Aloha, OR)
- Del Norte County Pound (Crescent City, CA)
Los Angeles Area:
- We receive grant monies from foundations in Los Angeles for taking a California dog once in a while – which helps sustain our organization
California Dogs Program
We definitely focus on our local area, but when it comes down to it, southern California animal facilities are each, on average, euthanizing 700-1,000 animals per week, which is not the situation here. Click here to see the eye-opening adoption and euthanasia statistics of one of the many Los Angeles area animal organizations.
The small number of dogs we take from LA-area animal organizations come with donations raised by local volunteers and activists in that area, who work with a particular dog—they work to raise donations and pledges that then go to whichever animal organization in the northwest steps forward to rescue that dog (this generally goes to spay or neuter costs, microchip, food—whatever the dog doesn't come with). We also work with a non-profit animal transport group that brings the dog's up to us directly at no cost to us. Ultimately, BAPBR doesn't spend any money at all on these dogs—they come with funding for their care.
Ultimately, our focus is to try to save as many of our local dogs as we can, but when it comes down to brass tacks—we view a life as a life no matter where it's at, and if one is presented to us that fits our current foster families' requirements, we have a home open at that time and someone is literally going to be euthanized in a matter of a couple of days, then we will jump in to try to help save that life.
How dogs get from California to Oregon
When BAPBR receives dogs from California facilities, they typically arrive on animal transports conducted through Shelter Transportation Animal Rescue Team (S.T.A.R.T.), a 501(c)(3) Non-Profit. www.startrescue.org
S.T.A.R.T. was formed in May 2011, by Steve Spiro, Suzanna Urszuly, Rene Ruston and Adam Tarshis. They began raising money and transporting dogs from high-kill areas in Los Angeles, at no cost to the organizations that take them, and sending them via their van or plane to Oregon, Washington and Canada, where they go to reputable no-kill organizations or foster homes.
Since May 2011, they have transported over 1600 doomed death row dogs who where ultimately placed into loving homes. Their reputation is growing as is their demand from groups in the northwest who know how critical the animal situation in Los Angeles is and want to get involved and receive their dogs/cats.