Behind the scenes at a Baldwin Park Shelter Glamour Shoot

Our volunteers are at the shelter rain or shine to photograph forgotten and discarded animals in the hopes of finding them new homes. Oftentimes there is very little time for this to happen so we try to get them as much exposure as possible.

Enjoy some of the wonderful photos from volunteer photographer Dan Cuadra. Now, view the results of volunteer efforts in the List of Adoptable Animals from the Baldwin Park Shelter, which is updated regularly.


Volunteer video

One of our volunteers, Tobi, did a great video of the hardworking volunteers at the Baldwin Park Shelter. Enjoy!


With gratitude, from the dogsThe dogs at the shelter told me they wanted to say thank you to the volunteers for their unyielding commitment, devotion, love, care, compassion and determination to help find them homes and save their lives. So, I helped them make this little video. With gratitude, we love you! —Tobi Sackheim

Raised Dog Beds Needed

If you have ever visited an animal shelter, you know that traditionally they have been made of cement and metal grating, not the most comfortable arrangement for a dog, but practical for the shelter worker hosing off the surface. Although this is a convenient way to keep the surface free from debris and contaminents (namely, “poo” and “pee”), it’s an unforgiving surface for a dog that might be underweight, cold and stressed.

One of the biggest challenges for a shelter like this is to keep illness from spreading, especially those that are airborne, such as kennel cough, which is pretty much guaranteed to be present in the air at most shelters. The longer a dog stays at the shelter, the more likely he or she is to contract this commonly transmitted “doggie flu.” Dogs with strong immune systems are able to fight it off, but for the weak and fragile, it can been a long, uncomfortable struggle, or even a death sentence in some cases.

The Baldwin Park Animal Care Center is no exception. They are one of the older shelters in the LA County shelter system, and must contend with the regular challenges of the LA County shelter system, namely  not having enough bedding to go around. Because it is so easy for beds or blankets that are directly on concrete to get fouled or dirty, the best and most useful kinds of dog beds are raised off the ground. 


United Hope for Animals  would love to be able to provide the shelter with all the raised beds it needs, but alas, at $57 each (including shipping), we do not have the budget for all 90 beds that the Baldwin Park Animal Care Center needs. We need your  help! If you are able to contribute a bed or two (or more!), please visit and select “California” under “choose your state” and then “Baldwin Park Shelter.” The shelter is most in need of the medium sized beds.

In the comments section at checkout, let them know that you heard about this program through United Hope for Animals, and send us an email and let us know you donated a bed! 🙂 

Doggie Treasure Hunt!

No one can deny that companion dogs make us happy. In turn, we strive to give them good lives, providing food, shelter affection, and companionship in return. Despite the seeming closeness of the relationship I have with my dogs, I’m still all too aware that snuggling on the couch, taking rides in the car are very human activities, and the dog is happily fitting in to that. The daily “walk”, which rarely miss, is more balanced, in that we feel natural strolling along, and the dog gets to to what is instinctively natural: sniff.

My dogs, like most dogs, live for the “walk.” If they had to choose between that and a treat, I think they would choose the walk every time. This is my projection, of course. I enjoying “seeing” everything and everybody we encounter on the walk, and they enjoy smelling it all. Their nose is, of course, their most important of the five senses we share, and magnitudes more sensitive.

Close up photo of dog sniffing

Photo by Liz West

Just how much more sensitive might blow your mind. BBC entertainment recently aired a program about this and demonstrated a dog on a boat being able to pinpoint exactly the location of a can stuffed with treats that had been dropped to the bottom of a lake and weighted down so they knew it hit bottom. The dog sniffed and sniffed the air and alerted in the direction of where it had been dropped, and their sensors told them it was precisely where the treat had been submerged.

Now I’m not saying that the dog could smell underwater, but perhaps molecules in the air just above where the can was lowered were still concentrated enough to let the dog know it was there. Either way, it boggles the mind to think about the scent abilities of dogs. It’s a dimension we can only try to imagine.

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