Adoption Coordinators Needed

Are you a people person and love to help animals? We may have a great volunteer opportunity for you. United Hope for Animals helped set up “Glamour” Photoshoots at the Downey and Carson shelters in addition to their regular Baldwin Park Shelter shoots, and is now in urgent need of volunteers to help with getting the animals placed into adoptive homes.

What are the requirements?

Adoption Coordinators should be over 18 and be within easy driving distance of either the Baldwin Park or Downey Shelter, and be available during some daytime hours during the week and/or weekends. This volunteer’s job is to field phone calls from potential adopters and arrange for them to fill out an application and then do a phone interview and meet them at the shelter to do a “meet & greet” with the dog they are interested in.

It’s very important that Adoption Coordinators be able to respond to all calls, even if it’s just to say you will get back with them at a particular time. Adoption coordinators are an extremely important part of the our rescue efforts. The sooner we can help the dogs we photograph get adopted, the faster we can focus on and help the next dog that is in danger.

 Online Listing Managers Needed

If you are only able to work from home, UHA also needs someone who is able to add listings of available dogs to Petfinder, Adopt-a-Pet and other areas, and to keep them updated when the dogs get adopted. For this volunteer position, you just need availability on a Sunday and/or Monday after each photoshoot to post the new dogs or cats online. This person should also be comfortable uploading photos and logging in and out of a website. This is a regular, ongoing commitment that requires someone to be organized and responsible to keep the information current without regular oversight.

If you are interested in becoming a volunteer Adoption Coordinator for the Downey or Carson shelter, or an Online Listing Manager, please fill out a Volunteer Application. If you are already a UHA volunteers, email


Shelter Support Program Success

The numbers are in! UHA is proud to present the numbers that back up the hard work our volunteers have been doing at the shelter for Glamour Shoot Day, and in networking the dogs and other pets that need homes.

The Glamour Shoot Days at both the Baldwin Park Shelter and the Downey Shelter have produced adoption rates in excess of 96% for the animals we photographed. We have also trained volunteers with the Carson and North Central Shelters in the Los Angeles County Shelter system to do their own Glamour Shoot Days to help with adoption. 

Baldwin Park

Pets Networked: 1,810
Pets Adopted/Rescued: 1,744
Pets Euthanized: 66
Adoption Rate: 96.3%

Downey Shelter

Dogs Networked: 1,858
Pets Adopted/Rescued: 1,788
Pets Euthanized: 70
Adoption Rate: 96.2%

Without our efforts, approximately half of the dogs entering the shelter may end up euthanized. 

Shelter Support Program Video

To learn more about our Shelter Support Program, you can watch this video that was recently made about us through one of our dedicated volunteers, Marissa de la Torre. Thanks, Marissa! 

Global Network Magazine

The support United Hope for Animals provides to spay and neuter clinics in Mexico is highlighted in a recent issue of the WSPCA’s Global Network Magazine.

Tica: Lost and Found Again

Story by Kerry Oldridge

As anyone who as been doing animal rescue for any length of time can tell you, everywhere you look an animal is in need of rescue. Certain areas, just south of the Mexican border, have so many homeless dogs, that people stop paying attention. When there are so many, only the most desperate stand out, and, fortunately for one little Chihuahua, someone finally paid attention to her suffering.

A woman living in an apartment building in Ensenada called 4 PAWS, an area animal rescue, to report an abandoned dog. She told 4 Paws that the people who had owned the dog (and who used to live in the building) moved away and left this dog behind, and the dog had been outside wandering around the area fending for herself for a very long time.

Little Tica had barely survived this long by eating any bit of food scrap that fell from trashcans around the apartment building, or what she found on the street. However, the woman caller told 4 PAWS that she did not think the little dog would last much longer. 4 Paws immediately drove to the address, found the dog outside the building, wrapped her in a blanket, and took her to a foster home for treatment.

Tica had a broken leg, a very painful eye infection, and mange so extensive that in some areas her skin was gone and her flesh exposed. Although she was only 2 years old when she was rescued, it was clear that she had already had many puppies, and, had recently given birth. Although the rescue volunteers searched for the puppies, sadly they were never found. It took months of treatment and care before little Tica would even lift her head.

She was not only near death due to the neglect and injures, but she was depressed and withdrawn. Tica eventually responded to her care, was ready to be spayed, and was taken to the spay and neuter clinic preformed by 4 PAWS, sponsored by UHA and a few other individual donors. She was then taken to Julie Meager in San Diego to complete her fostering, and post her for adoption.

Julie Meagher who has, over the years, fostered many rescued pups for both UHA and AAUS, decided that little Tica had in fact found her forever home. After many months of caring for her, Julie and her family decided that they wanted to adopt Tica. Julie said, “we want to make it up to her, to erase all the suffering she had to endure by giving her love and comfort each and every day.

“She may look like just another ordinary, little brown Chihuahua, but she is special,” Meagher said. “Tica is so very grateful; she is one of the most loving dogs we have met. All she want is to give and receive love, she fills our home with joy, and we feel lucky to have her.”

Although Tica’s condition was extreme, in Mexico, this is the typical condition of the homeless dogs, and sadly there are many thousands of dogs like her struggling to survive.

Every month, United Hope for Animals, (UHA), teams up with Animal Advocates of the United States, (AAUS), 4 Paws, and other individual sponsors, to hold a spay and neuter clinic in Tijuana, Ensenada and other areas in Baja, California. As well as offering this much needed service to pets owners that would otherwise not be able to afford it, the long standing relationship between UHA, AAUS and 4 PAWS also enables us to help owners find lost or stolen dogs, rescue abandon dogs, and ensure that they are spayed, neutered, and find safe, loving, permanent homes.

These clinics provide this very important service to the public, who would not otherwise be able to afford it, and as well, to local rescue groups working to help the abandon street dogs. Please help us get the abandon dogs and cats off the street, and into loving homes, and help us ensure that each pet is safely spayed and neutered. Together, with your help, we can end this tragic cycle of suffering.

Tica was one of the many fortunate recipients of the critical link between UHA, AAUS and 4 PAWS.