About our Rescue
ARE Animal Rescue continues our important work to save animals from euthanasia at overcrowded shelters. We rescue both cats and dogs, kittens and puppies, giving them necessary basics of food, shelter, water and providing for their medical care. Ultimately we give them something they didn’t have before, exposure to the public through adoption events and cattery partnerships, which allows these sweet animals a greater chance to find their forever homes.
Our core vision is to continue to save at-risk animals from shelters, find foster homes for them and eventually adopt them out into our communities. We have targeted Hemet, Menifee, Lake Elsinore and Oceanside with adoption events and partners. Our next goal for the future is to help shelters in the Riverside, CA areas make the shift to 100% no-kill as soon as possible.
Our 3 year vision is to move into a space that is adequate for ARE Animals where we can offer foster training and support, education on animal behavior, health, wellness and nutrition, specialized animal training, low cost spay/neuter service, transportation hub and community events. We plan to create an environment that fundamentally changes how animals experience the shelter system. We will do this by giving them more chances to live a full life through effective partnerships with our volunteers, donors, fosters, pet retail partners and communities. Join with us by donating, fostering, volunteering or adopting today!
How ARE Animal Rescue Started
One day, while at work Amber received an unexpected phone call. One of her neighbors wanted to let her know that an injured animal had been seen in front of her house. Like many of us, she quickly rushed home to make sure everything was ok. Upon arriving at her home, she found a sick cat needing medical attention. Wanting to ensure this animal would receive care, Amber transported the animal to her local animal shelter. It was during this visit that Amber learned the unfortunate truth about what happens to animals in the shelter system every day.
While in the waiting area, she overheard a conversation that would change her life. A young woman had also come to the shelter to give away a litter of young kittens. The shelter worker behind the counter quietly asked the woman to keep her cat’s litter until they were 8 weeks old. She explained that if the shelter took kittens that day, they would be required to euthanize the litter as they were too young and the shelter was over crowded with many unwanted animals.
Amber couldn’t bear hearing about a young litter of innocent kittens being put to sleep and asked what she could do to help. The shelter workers helpfully directed her to a local rescue coordinator who ran a program with the shelter. That day, she signed up as a volunteer with the rescue and took her first “foster cat” home with her.
During her time fostering animals, she saw the reality of hundreds of litters of kittens coming through the program, looking for fosters to take them in. Seeing this need, Amber began to volunteer more of her time and recruited many foster families. Soon Amber was leading the foster program at the shelter and sending hundreds of animals that would have been euthanized to foster homes. She knew the program was a success.
Amber didn’t realize how successful the program was until she was called to meet with the shelter and rescue managers who informed her that her program was too large to continue for their shelter. They only had 96 kennels and Amber had 654 animals in foster homes. If the fosters needed to give the animals back and there wasn’t room at the shelter, the shelter would be required to euthanize them as they wouldn’t have space to accommodate them. So, Amber’s foster program was discontinued.
Having experienced the reality of what happens to animals in the shelter system and seeing the sheer number of animals that deserve a chance at life, Amber knew that she couldn’t resume her life without making a difference. She shared this with her husband that evening.
A short time later Amber’s husband made the decision to support her passion for these animals. He filed and created a nonprofit animal rescue for her. Thus, ARE Animal Rescue was formed. Armed with this startup nonprofit, Amber got to work right away. She started by visiting the local shelter. She saw another sick cat that was scheduled to be euthanized that day. Amber knew she could save that cat, and she did - taking her home and naming her “Monday” after the first day of the week. Monday was the first animal officially rescued by ARE Animal Rescue and the first of many lives saved since that day.