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Meet Pops!

What a story with this guy!

His owner was a young woman living in San Bernardino, California. After a domestic dispute she fled, with Pops, in her car and her boyfriend chased her in his car. They ended up in an accident, and sadly the young woman did not survive. Pops was admitted to the San Bernardino animal shelter on August 17th, technically as an owner surrender. He was chipped and neutered… and seemed well taken care of. He is about 8 years old.

After 2 weeks in the shelter, he still wasn’t adopted, so we took him in… got him a good trim and bath, and he has been on a few of our FAD Hikes.  Unfortunately we don’t know he real name, our kennel staff took to calling him pops because of his beard and he is a bit older with one cloudy eye. He is a very mellow, good natured guy, and we think house-trained and well socialized. He does great in the kennel and on hikes with other dogs and people. Perhaps he could find a home with you?


Abby is available for adoption!

You don’t need a mouse, when you have a dog!

Abby just had dental surgery (September 12th) and is doing very well! She was surrendered by her owners to the Los Angeles animal shelter last month. She was a house dog, and knows her name, is house-trained, and good with other animals. Here she is with Sam (Free Animal Doctor board member, and dog lover) at his office.

Abby is very calm, and sweet. She is quiet, and would be a great dog for an apartment, and someone who spends a lot of time at home. She is 8 years old, about 10 pounds. She is available for adoption now, but has not yet been spayed. –Dental surgery can release a lot of bacteria into the body and the vet recommended to do the dental surgery first, then spay later. We will have her spayed or arrange it with you if you adopt her!–

We have eight dogs available for adoption, so if Abby is not your style, we have more! But we can’t imagine anyone who wouldn’t love this friendly, happy little girl!!! Interested? email for more information and to arrange a visit. She is in Sierra Madre, CA (near Pasadena).

Adoptable Dogs Go Hiking Every Week!

Run or Volunteer at a Rescue? Join us!

Free Animal Doctor hikes Runyon Canyon in West Hollywood every Monday, Thursday and Sunday at 9AM. It is about a two hour hike. We have partnered with Airbnb to offer the public, many Airbnb customers, the chance to experience Runyon Canyon while helping rescue dogs!

How does it help? Our plan is threefold:

  1. Exercise
  2. Socialize
  3. Publicize

Rescue dogs that are staying in a kennel, or in a foster home where they do not get a lot of attention, often get stressed from their environment. Add in that many rescue dogs have “issues” as a result of their previous treatment, and when someone comes to visit a dog for adoption, the dog may not behave well in the meeting! The dog may be over excited, urinate, bite, hide, etc…. Our hope is that by providing such dogs with regular outside exercise where they hike in a “pack” of other dogs, and people, they can get the exercise they need, combined with socialization to get them used to dealing with strange dogs and people.

Also, we take lots of pictures, and ask the participants to take their own photos, and share them on social media! Many of the participants are young people who love to share pictures and video of the hike on their personal social media accounts, like Instagram and Snapchat, where a lot of rescues do not have a strong presence. Our hope is that this publicizing of the dogs helps in getting them adopted in the long run! And, Runyon Canyon is full of dog lovers and dog walkers! Every hike we meet people who ask about the dogs we have, and the adoption process!

How to get involved

We would love to have your rescue dogs join us on a hike! We can arrange to take them with us, with or without one or more of your rescue volunteers present, though we prefer if you have at least one person attend. We have a couple of solutions available for transporting the dogs too and from Runyon Canyon. The details vary based on your location and other specifics, so please email us at and let’s discuss how we can get your dogs to join the pack, and Exercise, Socialize and Publicize! WOOOF!

Naming Contest Winners!

We Have a Winner!

Toffee and Butter, by Krissy DeCesare

Our honorable mentions are 2nd place: Winston and Bentley by Joanne Hunter; 3rd place: Gizmo and Tucker by Margret Britt!

All three receive a FAD T-shirt and sticker by mail as a prize! Krissy, Joanne and Margret we have messaged you on Facebook for the address we should ship to, and the size you want. If you did not receive a message, please email me at and I will sort it out for you!

Thank you everyone who participated! These two still need donations for their care, you can donate on their page HERE!

Naming Contest!

Meet Huey and Dewey, a pair running stray on railroad tracks behind a strip mall in Fontana, CA:

These two still need vet care and treatment before they will be available for adoption. If you can help with their vet bills please make a donation on their donation page HERE. Or you can send a donation directly through PayPal to

Help us re-name them and win a T-Shirt and Sticker! WHOOT!

When Faith Easdale rescued these two she and her volunteers quickly gave them the names Huey and Dewey, from the Disney Ducktales, but it was just to name them something as they had to be admitted to the vet (Huey especially has some bad skin issues and an infection). Now we want to give them more fitting names! So here is the contest, go to the Facebook post HERE and in a comment put in your name choices for both of them. We will review the comments by the end of the week and pick our first, second and third choices. Each choice will get a FREE T-shirt and a sticker! (Mailed to you from us, we will contact you via Facebook Messenger for your shipping address). Then we will let Faith Easdale pick her favorite from the top three, and announce the ultimate winner! All three top picks will win!

Here is Huey:

And Dewey:

Don’t forget to help with their vet bills!

These two still need vet care and treatment before they will be available for adoption. If you can help with their vet bills please make a donation on their donation page HERE. Or you can send a donation directly through PayPal to

Lotus: Possible abuse at the shelter

First the good news

Lotus is doing very well after we took her from the South LA City Shelter Wednesday, May 10th. The manager of the Shabby Dog Boutique and Kennel, Hannah, has been working with her, and has totally transformed her. More on this later, though here is a video from the weekend of Hannah playing with her:

Now, about that abuse

When I picked up Lotus on Wednesday she had just been spayed, and her hair was covering her eyes somewhat. She was very scared, and forcefully snapped at and attacked if you tried to touch her, especially her face. She was difficult even to get into the cage for transport. However, even then I noticed her right eye seemed a bit swollen, both around the eye and the eye itself.

When I got her to the Shabby dog, it managed to look a bit closer, though not that close, and I could not wipe her hair back, but I did consider it bad enough that it would need to be looked at by a vet, and I mentioned it in the video below, and to the staff of Shabby Dog:

Here are three stills taken from the videos that show the bruising around her right eye, click on the photos to enlarge them:

We didn’t think of trauma at the time

At the time when I dropped her off I thought the eye (and also rear leg) were probably something chronic and would need to be looked at by a vet later. We were also working on how to get her seen by a vet. The shelter had told us they had not examined her (though they did spay her!) because they said the only way to examine her would be under anesthesia. Our hope was to socialize and calm her over a some days, so that she could then go to the vet and be examined with out having to be under anesthesia. And Hannah has been able to get her much much calmer! So that part of our plan as worked so far.

Lotus on May 10th leaving the shelter, totally scared:

Lotus videoed at the shelter (from her Facebook post):

Over the weekend Hannah told us that she had been able to look at the eye closely, since Lotus was now behaving normally, at least with Hannah. To Hannah it looked similar to a black eye a person would have if they had been hit in the face. Hannah said it looked better than it had Friday and was looking better. Unfortunately Hannah did not get a picture at that time.

On Monday I went to visit Lotus, and her eye has healed, as far as we can see there is no more sign of trauma. Remember, we picked her up Wednesday, it is now Monday, six days later. Lotus has an appointment to see the vet, but since it is not urgent, and she still needs some time to really calm down, we haven’t been pushing it. The slight limp, and the eye both seem fine now.

So what does it mean?

So here is my thought. Lotus had an injury to her eye like a black eye, swelling around the eye, and some red vessels in the eye. She was admitted to the shelter April 21st. We took her May 10th. The eye was healed by May 15th (at least visually). To me this is consistent with being hit or kicked in the head, getting a bruise, and it healing up in about 5-10 days. Which means, if that happened, she was hit sometime after April 21st, probably a with a few days of when we took her from the shelter.

When you combine this with how the shelter staff told me she was excessively aggressive and would need to be anesthetized to be examined by a vet, and that she was letting Hannah touch her the next day, and playing with Hannah and others on the second day, I become suspicious that she was abused by someone in the shelter. If I had to guess, I might guess she bit someone and they hit or kicked her. Certainly the injury, it’s timeline of healing, and her dramatic behavior change would be consistent with that.

Can we say for sure what happened? Of course not. The bottom line though is this little girl has been through a lot, but she still has a good heart and Havanese/Maltese type personality to shine through. She will need an understanding home, but she will be a great dog. Please help spread the word about Lotus, and help us find her the forever home she deserves! You can contact us about adoption on our Facebook page or at


Meet Lotus! Also, what we do…

Lotus is a rescue from the South Los Angeles City Shelter. She was not adoptable due to behavior issues. She was surrendered by her owners, who stated she is a 2 year-old Havanese mix. According to the statement recording by the animal shelter the owners stated she would hide from them, and bite if they tried to touch her or pick her up. The shelter did not do a vet examination of her, due to her aggression, though they did spay her. Make of that what you will.Here is her post on Facebook looking for rescue.

Based on the owner’s statement, and without a proper vet examination, our concern was that she was injured… but it appears that is not the case. Based on our observation today she is just very very scared. She does not attack, but if touched or approached with no exit, she goes into fight mode. Our thought is most likely she has been abused. She is supposed to be 2 years-old and I could see some damage on her right eye (lots of hair covering it) that might be glaucoma, but might be from a trauma. We are going to have her examined by a vet, of course, and will know more. We cannot bathe or groom her yet because of her stitches from spaying (uggggg, why can’t we get a waiver and spay her ourselves after grooming and cleaning her!!!??? Hello! Shelter?).

What we do

At Free Animal Doctor we provide a verified crowdfunding platform to help people raise money for their pets when they cannot afford some or all of the bill. We only pay the donations to the vet, so donors can donate to people they do not know, confident that the animal will receive the treatment. We are not a rescue.

So why did we rescue Lotus? Well…… we do rescue a little. One of our board members, Sandy, owns The Shabby Dog Boutique and Kennel in the city of Sierra Madre, CA. She donates kennel space to us for rescuing a small number of dogs. We generally take dogs like Lotus, those that cannot get adopted by the public and are not being pulled by rescues. We watch and wait, and if it becomes clear no one is going to take the dog, we will step in. We can only do this on a very limited basis because of the available space at The Shabby Dog.

We depend on the help of many people to make these rescues possible, including the people that arrange for the dog to get out of the shelter, people who transport like Cat Ku and Alexandra Bonvicini who helps us coordinate the whole thing and who collects pledges. It would not be possible without all of these people working hard to save these dogs!


Lotus is not aggressive, she is scared. She doesn’t attack, she defends. With the right home, love and patience, she will be a great dog… but she needs someone understanding and caring with patience. If you would be interested in making a real difference in Lotus’s life, and probably being the only loving human she has ever known, drop me a line at or message us at our Facebook Page. Thank you!

What is Cherry Eye? An explanation at Eye Care for Animals in Pasadena

Princess has Cherry Eye in both of her eyes

Rescued from South LA Shelter, she was severely neglected and probably abused

Princess will be available for adoption once she recovers from Cherry Eye surgery, which she is scheduled for May 9th, 2017. What is Cherry Eye? In short part of the eyelid prolapses, sort of turns “inside out”, on the inside part of the eye near the nose, causing a red bubble of tissue to protrude out of the eye, perhaps looking like a little cherry. Dr. Kricket Konrade of Eye Care for Animals in Pasadena explains Cherry Eye and the surgical repair:

The cost of surgery and helping Princess

Cherry Eye can sometimes be healed without surgery. If surgery is necessary, you might be able to arrange it for about $500-750 per eye. In Princess’s case she has had the condition for a long time, and it is quite bad, so we decided to take her to an eye specialist (Eye Care for Animals in Pasadena) to see a board certified ophthalmologist. This is not necessary for Cherry Eye, and is more expensive, but we feel it best in this case. The standard cost for Princess at Eye Care for Animals would be over $3000 including her initial consultation. However, they do offer a substantial discount for animal welfare non-profits, like us, and our consultation fee was lowered from $167 to $125 and the surgery down to $2200. Basically a 30% discount, which is very generous and much appreciated!

You can help us keep helping dogs like Princess

She was un-adoptable at the shelter, and would have been put-to-sleep. Her medical condition was only part of the problem, as she was also listed as aggressive — she weighs 6 pounds! But a dog with medical problems, listed as aggressive just doesn’t get adopted. We are able to save dogs like Princess, get them healed, socialized and adopted to great homes with your help. If you can, please consider a donation here:

Photo and video of Princess at the shelter:

3 Dog Save!

Cookie, Foca and Princess!

Thanks to Alexandra Bonvicini, Cat Ku, Piper Wood, Janie Mudrick and Sandy Lewis-Duvall of The Shabby Dog Boutique and Kennel we have been able to SAVE THREE GIRLS THIS WEEK! First we got Cookie, and today we got Foca and Princess. Cookie is doing great! She is really fitting in at the kennel, where they just love her she is so fun and happy! She does need a biopsy for tumors, but once that is sorted out she will be a great dog for adoption, check her out in this pic with one of our board members, Sam:

Foca and Princess came in today!

Today Cat brought us two more! Foca should be really adoptable, she was owner surrendered due to personal issues, nothing to do with Foca, who is well socialized and house trained. Here is a picture:

Princess though is a little bit more difficult. This poor little 8 pound girl has clearly had some abuse in her past. She has two cherry eyes (Read about cherry eye here), and something is wrong with her back legs too. In this photo you can clearly see the eye issue:

Here is video of when they were dropped off, you can see some of what we are talking about regarding Princess’s rear legs in this video:

Honoring Pledges and Donations

If you have a pledge to honor or would just like to donate, THANK YOU! We appreciate that! Just use this link to send money by PayPal (you do not need a PayPal account): HONOR PLEDGES AND DONATE HERE

You can also mail to: FAD, 70 E. Montecito Ave., Sierra Madre, CA 91024

We will have fundraisers for Cookie and Princess, if needed in the future as well.

More video and photos from today:

It’s Cookie Time!

Meet Cookie! She’s five years-old, sweet as can be, 10lbs Terrier/Yorkie mix.

She was stuck at the West Los Angles shelter for nearly a month. They really liked her there, but they had discovered mammary tumors and thus it was very hard to get her adopted. Thanks to some generous donations, and a big assist from The Shabby Dog Boutique and Kennel in Sierra Madre, we were able to take her in! Here is video of her at the shelter:

We have gotten her to the vet, and a biopsy will be performed. Other than the tumors she is perfectly healthy. Please keep a thought out for Cookie! We are not raising any money for her now, because the generous donors who helped us get her out of the shelter have donated enough for her initial care and biopsies. If she needs further care we will be doing a fundraiser, but let’s all hope that won’t be necessary!

Cookie’s freedom ride thanks to Kat Cu!!:

Pictures from at the vet today: