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A letter to Hadlee, my dog for 9 weeks

August 30, 2015

You can’t see me on Facebook.  You aren’t on Instagram, and you don’t have a cell phone, so I can’t call you or text you right now.  You don’t read emails.  But I’d like very much for you to know…

-For the past week, I dreaded dropping you off at your new adoptive home this afternoon.  Not because I don’t think your adoptive parents are as good as it gets (they are), but because I don’t want you to think I have abandoned you.

-I don’t know where you came from, or how you ended up at the Los Angeles city shelter where we found you with a broken leg and two broken teeth, but I assume that you’ve been through heartache before, even in your short life thus far of only a little over a year.

-I didn’t give you up to your new home because I didn’t love you enough to keep you.  Quite the contrary – I couldn’t love you any more than I do.  Same goes for your foster dad and your doggie foster siblings – Nessie, Maple, Fergus, and Ellie.  We love you more than you know.

-I didn’t abandon you today at your new home.  It took every ounce of courage I had to say goodbye to you and to walk out of that door today, especially as I saw the confusion in your eyes before I was about to leave you there.  I am here for you now, as I will continue to be every day of the rest of your life – whenever you and your adoptive family needs me.

-You were my foster dog, but more accurately, you were MY dog for those 9 weeks that you lived with us.  I love you as much as I love my adoptive dogs, and I will continue to do so, for as long as I am capable of loving anyone.

To those of you who question the long application process, the home visits, and the “hoops” you have to jump through to adopt a rescue dog – too bad.  We have invested in them, loved them, and have given them up, even when our hearts don’t want to.  We love them as our own, and we will do so for the rest of their lives.

My love to you, Hadlee, always.


Hadlee just out of the shelter

Hadlee just out of the shelter 

Hadlee's new home

Hadlee’s new home

May was aMAYzing

May 18, 2015

12 dogs were adopted in May!    Let’s take a look at some of those happy faces!

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quinn and AlexiKate family


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February 1, 2015
It’s been a great start in the New Year for Dawg Squad, with Minnie, Duvel, Birthday, Rooster, and Pearl finding their fabulous forever families!
Minnie with her new family

Minnie with her new family

Duvel with his new friends and family

Duvel with his new friends and family

Birthday with her new parents

Birthday with her new parents

And have you met our fabulous little family from Arkansas?


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This is Qiana and her pups Becca Sue and Opie!  When a family member of our Founder heard about the plight of Qiana and her pups, they drove all the way from LA to Arkansas to rescue them from a terrible fate!
Qiana is a young Great Dane and Plott Hound mix, and is extremely friendly and loving! Becca Sue and Opie’s father is a purebred Catahoula. The pups, born 11/24/14, will be huge and both have spunky little personalities! Becca Sue has that beautiful gray Catahoula coloring and Opie is black with a spot of white.
You can meet Quiana, her pups, and our other Dawgs at Unleashed By Petco in Ladera Center Saturday between 10:00 and 1:30.  Hope to see you there!
And when Hollywood calls, Dawg Squad listens!    Our boy Ricky got a call to appear in a video shoot with Hip Hop Star 7 Crownz.   He had a blast and we think the cast and crew of the video fell in love with our handsome Rottweiler
Are you thinking about adopting a dog, but are unsure about making a lifetime commitment? Are you afraid that you cannot afford a dog? Are you interested in helping The Squad in a way that we need most?
Well, please consider fostering!
Our ability to rescue dogs from the streets and high-kill shelters is limited by our ability to find foster homes. Fostering helps the dogs by giving them love and socialization while giving our fosters the opportunity to become familiar with having a dog, or add a dog to their pack, without a long-term committment. We provide the dog with their food, bed, leash, collar, and vet care–all you have to do is provide love and agree to bring your foster to adoption events! If you are interested in fostering, please let us know!
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Oleg needs a foster

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Sonia needs a foster


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Honey needs a foster. Should be an only dog


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Ricky needs a foster


Helen – Dawg Squad Volunteer


So much to tell……

December 11, 2014

Last weekend we had a stellar adoption and if all goes as planned, FIVE dogs will have found their forever homes.

The ever popular Rooster received an awesome application.    The couple is going out of town but will be back 12/22 and Rooster will be on his way to Sherman Oaks.    It really makes us sad since Rooster is our “teacher” dog – he helps the shy dogs go on walks and learn how to have some fun.   rooster

lady sitLady is going to meet her new (hopefully) English Cocker sister this week.    Her new guardian has lots of experience with English Cocker Spaniels so Lady will feel right at home.







Mickey stole the heart of a wonderful couple.    They do have a cat so in the cat’s best interest, we are letting them foster for awhile to see if everyone loves each other.     Our paws are crossed!???????????????????????????????





And Fergie and Eloise…..well, we are pretty sure they are adopted.    Who wouldn’t want these two adorable little doxie mixes.     We’ll know for sure at the end of this week!    from kelley


Dawg Squad has partnered with The Guy On Motor At Venice

Donate your items to Rick’s store, tell them you are a Dawg Squad supporter and a % of the sales with come to the Squad.   OR go shopping….buy something amazing and tell him you’re with Dawg Squad and the Squad will get a % of the sale.   Just in case you can’t find the store (it’s on Motor at Venice), here’s the link


There’s a new pet sitting service in town that is unique – 5% of all services goes back to dog rescue.    No dog is too tough, too old, to silly…..We Will Walk You is at your service!   Call today for a quote.

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Long time no write

November 12, 2014

We really have to get our act together and blog more frequently.  It’s just been so busy!

NINE puppies all named after the LA Kings have all found their homes.    They had us all coming and going but with patience, they found amazing forever homes.   And some of them even got to keep their hockey names.

cartier aka kopi     Bucky and Clay both got adopted as did our giant Rottie mix Johnny.

claybucky great face???????????????????????????????So really this blog is just to say HI we still exist and we promise we will be more in touch.     But gotta run.   Taking Abby out to Morongo Valley to see if she’d like to live on a ranch with horses!    I’m pretty sure she’s going to say YES!

A letter to Francis Battista of Best Friends

August 8, 2014

On July 17th, Francis Battista of Best Friends published the blog found at this link.

I’ve read it three times and gotten angrier each time.  Angrier and more offended.  And sad.  Yes, sad.

And now I’m standing by my fellow smaller LA rescues and writing a response because I just have to.   Because I am proud of Dawg Squad and its volunteers, sponsors, supporters and adopters.   Because we didn’t deserve his blog.


Dear Francis,

I am deeply offended by your blog post regarding LA rescues.

Yes, not all rescues are perfect, but to generalize and paint a broad picture is not only unjust, it is inaccurate. It is a huge slap in the face to the little rescues in Los Angeles like Dawg Squad whose volunteers work full time jobs every day, go home and take care of their fosters and spend their weekends sitting in a pet store hoping that this will be the day a fabulous family comes to adopt the 5 year old, 3 legged Rottweiler who likes to chase cats.

Your words hurt those that give a damn and are trying to make Los Angeles a better place for the animals one animal at a time.

The small rescues in Los Angeles work hard day and night to help animals Best Friends won’t even look at.   Old dogs, black dogs, big dogs, sick dogs, dogs that need rehab.   We don’t cherry pick and ship dogs out of state to get the euthanasia rate down and the “adoption” rate up. We work with quality not quantity.

We don’t have millions of dollars.   We have lots of small donors who stand by us as we inch our way through the medical bills, the training, the rehab.

You bet we’re going to vet our adopters.   These dogs live with us, spend every day with us and we want to make sure that they are going to be taken care of.   We don’t care if a potential adopter lives in a motor home in Pacoima….just as long as that motor home exists and isn’t some address someone made up. And if we don’t think it’s a good fit we will look elsewhere for that dog and suggest another dog for them.   We do our best to work with potential adopters and you know what….NOT ONE PERSON HAS OBJECTED TO A HOME VISIT.   NOT ONE.

Giving dogs away isn’t our thing.   May as well stand on the Strand at Venice Beach and hand them out.

We RESCUE.   We LOVE our animals. They are not INVENTORY .   We do not MOVE PRODUCT.   We RESCUE and REHOME.   So if our methods are draconian, so be it. And to say that these policies protect the rescuer and not the animal is highly offensive.

Our “outdated” methods protect our dogs.   They go into a home that is suited for them.   We know our dogs because we spend time with them.   We know who should go with cats, who hates small dogs, who will not be suited for children.   It’s a process we all love and love to do because we know when we close that door and leave our dog behind, we KNOW that we have done everything we could possibly do to make a great placement.

We’ve known each other a really long time Francis.   You know the work Dawg Squad does. You’ve sent people with disabled dogs to us.   If you didn’t approve of how we worked, why recommend us to people in need?

Carole Pearson

Proud Founder of Dawg Squad




Come to Poker for Puppies in Santa Monica and win a trip to South Africa

March 1, 2014


This package includes 6 days and 6 nights luxury accommodation for two people at Zulu Nyala Safari Game Lodge, Heritage SafariLodge & Luxury Tent Camp,   These luxury facilities are situated in the heartof Zululand and St. Lucia/Sodwana Bay Marine reserve – one of the richest wildlife conservation regions in Africa namely Hluhluwe, and Kwa Zulu Natal.

Includes: Full board, which is three delicious meals per day, prepared by amazing chefs – with an African flavour of course.

Two Game Viewing activities per day, guided by professional game rangers in open gameviewing vehicles, on Zulu Nyala Game Reserve. (The filming location of “I dreamed of Africa” starring KimBasinger)

This donation is valid for two years from the auction date.
This package isvalued at US $5,950 for 2 people per safari package.

Does not include airfare, transfers, side trips, personal beverages, gratuities or phonecalls.

Bids must go up in increments of $50.00

We will continue to take bids at the event up to the Final Table at POKER FOR PUPPIES.

Email your opening bid and the maximum amount you want to bid to


March 1, 2014

At the Squad, of course we love all of our Dawgs and ignore all their faults but some are, well, just perfect!

Meet Cedar and Rusty – our two perfect Dawgs!

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These two are just plain good, kind and gentle, get along with most other dogs, walk well on a leash, ride well in cars.

cedar and marty

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Rusty will lean into you for hugs and roll over for belly rubs. Cedar will gaze at you with knowing eyes that make you wish she could tell you her story.

Both have gorgeous coats;  Cedar is blue/grey with white blaze and Rusty looks striking in various blended shades of light brown and beige.  They are only about 2 years old but seem to be “old souls.”

What isn’t there to love about Cedar and Rusty? Nothing! Either would be a perfect addition to any family!

Please come meet them Saturday between 10:00 and 1:30 at Unleased by Petco in Ladera Center where Centinela, La Cienega, and LaTijera Blvds cross.

A Big Red Dog

January 29, 2014

It seems like we all have a certain type of dog that we are attracted to–some like little fluffy purse dogs, some like the show dogs, some love the bullies, and, well, the list goes on…

What type are you?   Do you love the children’s books about Clifford the Big Red Dog?    Is one of your favorite books or movie Marley and Me?

Well, then we have the dog for you! Meet Brody!

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Brody is a big red dog with a personality to match! Full of energy and with a heart of gold, Brody didn’t know his own strength, nor did he know his manners. But thanks to the wonderful people at K9’s OnlyWest in West Los Angeles, we were able to send Brody to “finishing school” where he learned to be quite a gentleman. Well, most of the time, anyway!

brody at k9

Yes, Brody now knows how to sit, stay, and walk nicely on a leash, but he still is full of energy and has so much love to give. It just breaks our hearts that he doesn’t have a home yet!

Is Brody your kind of dog?

brody great look up

Then, please come meet him Saturday, February 8th at Unleashed by Petco in Ladera Center where Centinela, LaTijera, and LaCienega Blvds meet.

He’ll be there from 10:00 until 1:30 and would be thrilled to meet you!




Bobby Speaks

January 2, 2014

Hello.    I’m Bobby.bobby sit

In August of 2012 I was feeling kinda down in the dumps.   I’d been at the WLA shelter for quite awhile and it was getting old.

And then this lady came to see me.   I wasn’t very nice to her.   I growled and had attitude and then I ignored her when she tried to talk to me.    But for some reason, she took me out of the shelter and took me to her vet.

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Yea…that was a BLAST.  Let me be clear….I DO NOT LIKE VETS!    But no one gave up on me, no matter how bad I was.

See, these people, called Dawg Squad, just don’t put up with attitude.   They give you this look and you know they mean business.     I learned to walk on a leash nicely and let SOME people hug me…not everyone…just some people.

I even got adopted!   But then I screwed up and chased the cat and was really mean to the pet sitter so I came back.   It wasn’t all my fault.   The people didn’t get me.    I’m my own man and I do things on my own time and you have to have some patience.

Dawg Squad wasn’t mad.   They just kept taking me to adoptions (I’m very quiet there…they like that) and taking me on hikes and stuff like that.

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That lady who took me out of the shelter decided that I’d been in the boarding kennel long enough and she took me home.     Now I have puppies to play with and there are two really pretty girlie Rotties there and one boy Rottie who doesn’t like me much but that’s OK.


And I’m learning more stuff.  I’m learning how to act in a house and to have patience and take turns getting walks and I’m learning that letting someone boss me around can be kinda nice.    I don’t have to worry; this lady tells me what to do and I do it and she tells me I’m a good boy and says “thank you”.

So NOW maybe I can be adopted by someone who will get me like this lady gets me.

I’m actually a pretty cool guy.bobbyCome see me at Dawg Squad adoptions.
Unleashed by Petco
5325 W Centinela Ave
Los Angeles,90045
10 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.