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NEW LEASH ON LIFE RESCUE FOUNDATION
Saving the lives of homeless animals and improving the lives of people
After years of observing the shelter system deteriorate and countless pets die, a
vision of how to be more effective began to take shape. In 1997 New Leash On
Life Animal Rescue Foundation was formed and in March of 2002 the organization
moved to a thirteen acre facility in the Santa Clarita Valley and established the
E.R.A. Center for Education, Rehabilitation and Adoption which serves as a safe
haven for many companion animals, and a learning resource for children and
adults facilitating New Leash On Life’s vision of making Los Angeles a no-kill city.
Since its inception, New Leash On Life has been responsible for spaying and
neutering thousands of pets, rescuing and placing over 5,000 dogs, and making a
determined effort to educate the community on responsible pet ownership. We also
have a rich history of Search & Rescue efforts in disaster relief throughout the
nation including Hurricanes Gustov , Katrina, Rita and the wild fires of 2008 in
Operation Rescue, Rehab and Re-Home is our foundational program of rescuing
dogs from the shelter system, taking them through a rehabilitation program by
providing housing, necessary medical care, basic obedience training, behavioral
adjustments and socialization; and placing them in their forever home.
The Training Program provides basic obedience training as a part of our
rehabilitation process prior to adoption. We believe that properly trained dogs,
when given the proper behavioral skills in a home environment, are more
adoptable and have a very high probability of remaining in their permanent home
as a valued family member.
Our adoption contract stipulates obedience training after adoption as a condition;
however, most adopters do not comply with this condition. Typically, they do
not recognize or choose to ignore continuous behavioral issues until they reach
unbearable frustration and then resort to abuse, return or abandonment of their
dog. This contradictory cycle yields an older and un-adoptable dog in need of
extensive behavioral modification training and a low probability of adoption.
The Training Program allows NLOL to proactively address these issues by first providing
the dog with the proper quality of training and then providing the adopters with
the necessary knowledge, skills and tools to achieve success with their new best
The Lend A Paw (LAP) Program provides trained and certified assistance and therapy
dogs to enhance the lives of individuals experiencing physical, mental, emotional or
life challenges. Additionally, Lend a Paw volunteer handler and Therapy Dog teams
regularly visit special needs schools, nursing homes and other care facilities to
provide healing for the patients and students. This program also offers a benefit
to the animal overpopulation problem by utilizing mixed breed dogs rescued from
local shelters instead of relying on additional breeding to produce certified therapy dogs.
The Pet Education Trainers (PETS) Program is dedicated to humane education
and focuses on teaching children about animal awareness, care and safety, and
includes a literacy assistance program where children build their reading skills and
confidence by reading to our dogs. Early education directly lends itself to saving the
lives of animals as children are made aware of the pet overpopulation problem and
how they can be a part of solving that problem. The PETS program was relaunched in
2014 and now offers schools one time or scheduled field trips to the NLOL ranch
where children expierience first hand the concept of animal rescue and interact with
rescue dogs and ceritiied Therapy Dogs.
The Mobile Pet Adoption (MPA) Program seeks to expand community awareness
of New Leash on Life and the dogs we have available for adoption. Each week
dogs and volunteer handlers visit various locations throughout the area, and we
often collaborate with other rescue groups for greater impact. The MPA Program
allows NLOL to place more dogs with adoptive families which in turn allows us to
rescue more from the shelters.
The Senior Sanctuary Program provides permanent housing, care and necessary
medical monitoring for senior canines who are highly unlikely to be placed in an
adoptive home. NLOL does not discriminate in its rescue efforts. We do not seek
to only rescue those dogs who seem the most highly adoptable, but also those
that have been deemed “hard to place” due to their age, medical conditions or
behavioral issues. Sometimes these precious pets need special medical care,
experienced handling or simply are seniors. Some of our seniors have been
fortunate to be adopted or to be placed in foster homes and their foster families
have graciously decided to incur the cost of their medical treatment.