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We pride ourselves in taking discarded Lives into our own – Healing them – and righting the wrongs heaped upon those innocents.

We are Humans. We are flawed. And that is why we rely on each other. We are at our Finest as a Collective…and that is the place we serve THEM best. We know that THEY need Our Help – Just like we need YOUR Help. That is why we are Community Faced. To Educate, Negotiate, Support, Empower, and Enable individuals to Help their own…and then Assist Others.

THAT is the way we GROW. THAT is the way we Save MORE Lives. We will not adopt our way out of pet overpopulation in L.A. This NOT a shell game, nor a shuffle. We must go Wider. Deeper.



The REAL Bark is a registered 501c3 non-profit dog rescue group in Los Angeles.


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Cookie fell from a 4th story window - SURVIVED - and earned the name Cookie Wonder. She was brought into the Shelter, and we knew we had to help. She fights so hard in Therapy to regain use of her little, broken body, but NOTHING will slow her Happy, Determined self down.

TODAY is Giving Tuesday. Please consider any size donation for Cookie, and our other special pups at The REAL Bark, who remind us daily: Never Give Up. NEVER.

Your GIVING will gift Cookie with BETTER LIVING.

Donate here:
Thank You kindly.
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2 weeks ago  ·  

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As you know, Life is a Gift, but not always Fair, Kind, or Easy.
This is Carlos and his beloved pup Nacho. Seven years together, since Nacho was only five-weeks-old. The only human Nacho has ever Known, Loved, or Needed. Times shift, and circumstances took a brutal turn. Carlos lost his business, next his house, and then became homeless. Both Carlos and Nacho had nothing but each other. And Carlos made the ultimate sacrifice to assure that his best friend and companion would not suffer on the streets, or in a shelter - and asked for our help.
Carlos knew it would be a long road until he had a place to live with Nacho again, and when he was offered a room to live in, off the streets - that did not allow pets - to try and rebuild his life - he asked us that Nacho please be re-homed with a Loving Family.
These pics were their GOODBYE.
This poor gentleman was devastated, and Nacho did not know what was about to happen. We tried to explore options that would allow them to be together one day, but Carlos felt his decision was for the best - and did not wish to further confuse Nacho.
So, these final, captured moments are where their paths separated.

Nacho was confused in the beginning. To be sure, the entire Team at The REAL Bark surrounded this SWEET senior kid with so much Affection and Warmth during this transition.
We knew what needed to happen next, and kept ourselves open to Fate's Guidance. We had made a Promise to Carlos, and another to Nacho. And we will show you what happened - in our next post - that Honored those promises.

Thank You Everybody.
Shout out to Paula Maxwell for these Beautiful, Powerful, and Profound pics, and to Chela: For always knowing.

Stay Strong. Stay Kind. And Help Others When You Can.
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4 weeks ago  ·  

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{[ DUGGIE'S NEW DIRECTION ]} This especially handsome boy has come so far, so quickly. He was found over a month ago digging in a trash heap scavenging for food. The poor guy was skinny, and uncared for, skin in bad shape, no collar, no tag, no neuter, ears cropped off, lost or dumped - and terrified. Fortunately the awesome Carla - who was in Watts for a mentoring program she helps in - was able to get this boy out of the streets and to safety. It was not shocking that no one stepped forward to claim this kid, so Carla, her husband Geoff, and a couple of the Team here stepped up to help.
Now Duggie is doing SO WELL. Would you look at that face? He gained weight, got neutered & chipped, worked with a trainer, is exercised daily and is being LOVED on, while his New Home is being looked for. Duggie is still a bit shy, but super chill. He is quiet, just learned Sit and Shake, and he SO enjoys his daily walks and hikes. Duggie will totally thrive in his right-fit home.
If you are interested in meeting this young good-looking' guy, just send an email to
Big Kudos and Gratitude from all of us at The REAL Bark to Carla and Geoff: Thank You for stepping in, stepping up, and Advocating for this sweet boy.
Here is to your Bright New Future Duggie!
Have a Great Day, Everyone. Stay Strong & Stay Kind.
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1 month ago  ·  

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{[ THESE DAYS ARE OURS ]} You might remember Mrs. C., the SWEET senior Cocker Spaniel that was found in brutal shape: matted, filthy, eye and ear infections, and with mammary tumors. It was a LONG road back to wellness for this gentle soul. All that neglect, and being dumped, and still KIND as could be. Mrs C. was first thoughtfully Fostered by the awesome Lauren, Lex and their crew - and then post removal of tumors surgery, Mrs. C. had the good fortune to be Fostered by Kerry Lowe Armstrong and her incredible human and canine clan. And boy did Mrs. C heal up, and cheer up with all these great care-takers. It was just the medicine her broken-heart needed.
When imaging what her perfect home would be, we all said the same thing: Someone SO Loving, and Warm, that will continue the Nurturing this girl needed and deserved. Well, Fate was thankfully eavesdropping on that conversation, and sent Steve walking into our Rescue World. This exceptional human, had recently lost his beloved Spaniel, Sam, and was looking to Adopt a new partner and pal for his other pup Holly. Mrs C. fell quickly for Steve and Holly, just as they did for her, and quicker than you can sing "Sunday, Monday Happy Days," Mrs C. had found an AMAZING Family of her own!

Huge thanks to Mrs. C.'s brilliant Fosters for their time and commitment, and showing her how wonderful the world can be.
Steve: Congrats and Thank You for Adopting this little beauty. She is so fortunate to have such a Stellar Human - and companion Holly - looking after her Sweet Soul. The REAL Bark SO Appreciates you.
And to you Mrs. C. : Thank You for trusting what a group of strangers promised you. Despite what you lived through, there are still a lot of good people out there, and we KNEW there was someone that would Adore and Cherish you EVERY single day you are here.
Welcome HOME kiddo. You Made It.

Thanks Everyone. Have a GREAT Day.
Stay Strong and Stay Kind. #theREALbark
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1 month ago  ·  

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{[ DISCOVERING ELMIRA ]} When The REAL Bark last visited East Valley Shelter, we proceeded back to medical and found a very scared, sad, jumping-with-ticks, overweight five-year-old who had just been seized by animal control from a home with another dog. She had clearly been an outside dog, and with little socialization, and way too nervous and timid to make eye contact. In other words: She was Perfection in our eyes.
So she joined us, got named Elmira, got cleaned up, and put on a structured Diet, Exercise, and Affection program. Quicker than you can say "Look At Those Ears" emerged this ADORABLE Cattle-Corgi mix, who really just wanted permission to be her Sweet, Kind self.
Permission Granted.
Soon came along a Most Charming, Thoughtful, Nurturing couple who fell SO DEEPLY in LOVE with Elmira they knew it was time to grow the Family.
Congrats and Thanks to Melissa & Brandon for Adopting and Cherishing this gentle, beautiful Soul. We so Appreciate you both, and the focus you gift her with.
And to you Elmira: We are so Thankful we were there to lead you to the very thing you deserve, AND that your broken heart needed.
Welcome HOME, kid. Your Smile says it All.
Have a GREAT Day everyone. Stay Strong & Stay Kind.
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1 month ago  ·  

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Please Consider Helping Us SAVE More.
It Does Not Have To Be A Lot…It Just Means A Lot.


Date Event
1st Sat Weekly Adoption Event
Echo Bark Inc., Silverlake
2nd Sat Weekly Adoption Event
Burbank Pet Plaza
3rd Sat Weekly Adoption Event
Gelson’s Market, Silverlake
4th Sat Weekly Adoption Event
Pasadena Farmers Market

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If you’re interested in fostering / adopting, or would like to volunteer with us, please select from one of the following online applications below:

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