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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! 🙂 

The Heartbreak of Rescue: Remembering Digby

UPDATE: We are deeply saddened to announce that our Digby passed away last night after struggling over the last several days with unexplained internal bleeding. He seemed to lose blood as quickly as we transfused it into him, and he did not come back to us following surgery, which we hoped would explain the source of the bleeding. Digby’s loving foster moms were with Digby at the end, and told him that they adopt him – that he will always be theirs and they his.

Digby came to United Hope for Animals from the Baldwin Park Shelter, where he was suffering from Demodex mange. While a bald Pit Bull in a crowded shelter might normally be easy to overlook – Digby had unparalleled charisma and charm, winning the hearts of every volunteer and shelter employee he met. Over the last fourteen weeks, under the attentive eye of his foster family, Digby thrived and grew back a beautiful coat of fur that made him as handsome outside as he was beautiful inside.

Sweet face Digby, recovered

Sweet face Digby, recovered

Digby was an extraordinary dog – an ambassador for his often-misunderstood breed – who loved all people big and small, dogs, and cats. He was a cheerful boy who loved to swim, give kisses, and could always be enticed into a play session. Digby’s gentle soul will be deeply missed.
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