Providing Hope & Healing for Animals
When a little kitten named Pirate came down with an eye infection, a Los Angeles shelter placed it on the “red list” to be euthanized. Lucky for Pirate, animal rescue organization FixNation saved the suffering kitten just in time, calling on Darlene Geekie, RVT, and Dr. Gary Latos, DVM, at Veterinary Angels Medical Center in Agoura Hills to help treat Pirate’s eye, which had to be removed.
Similarly, Canela, a pocket pit bull, was scheduled to be euthanized due to his cough and breed. This time, Love that Dog Hollywood swooped in to save Canela, again relying on Darlene’s program to treat his cough, which turned out to be a simple and easy-to-cure kennel cough.
Thanks to dedicated rescue organizations, Pirate and Canela were treated and placed in forever homes, saving them from the fate of some 2.7 million animals that are euthanized annually in California. Sadly, some 1.2 million dogs and 1.4 million cats are put to death each year because of a lack of resources to house and care for them in shelters. Animals suffering from a medical condition are often euthanized before healthier animals who may have more of a chance to be adopted.
It is for this reason that Darlene, owner of Veterinary Angels Medical Center, established The Little Angels Project, a 501c3 nonprofit organization with the mission to reduce euthanasia rates of animals by providing surgical and medical treatment. For the past 16 years, Darlene has been partnering with area animal welfare organizations and leading education efforts to aid animals in need.
“Nothing great can be done alone,” says Darlene. “We collaborate with other organizations by providing the medical care for pets they have rescued. It’s kind of like a synergy,” she explains. “One of the biggest problems with rescues is most of their funds go toward paying for expensive medical care, leaving them with less money to pay for shelter pull fees, food, care and events for adoptions.” By providing low-to-no-cost medical care for these animals in need, The Little Angels Project saves rescue organizations money they can use to save more animals’ lives.
From primary care to more complex surgical procedures and emergency treatment, The Little Angels Project treats all types of animals, from dogs and cats to farm animals and exotics. Darlene and her team recently helped diagnose and provide hospice care for Malika the elephant who had cancer and operated on Evan the alpaca’s ACL.
“We feel this much-needed help will contribute to making our community a better place for people and animals alike,” says Darlene. Her organization also works with an RVT college program that helps hold her rescue wellness clinics once a quarter.
“We want to help our veterinary community while spreading awareness,” she says. The Little Angels Project provides care exclusively for 501c3 rescues.
It Takes a Village
The Little Angels Project depends on donations and community support to help in its mission to save animals who are desperately in need of aid while waiting in shelters and animal sanctuaries.
“Monthly donations provide three times the impact by allowing us to plan ahead and provide the much-needed help, hope and healing all year long for these animals in need,” says Darlene.
In addition to financial assistance, people can get involved by volunteering their time, helping with various tasks from caring for animals to raising awareness through social media, event planning and fundraising. Donations of supplies, such as clean towels and blankets, cots for dogs, dog beds, leashes and toys, are also welcome.
Located at Veterinary Angels Medical Center, 29348 Roadside Drive Unit B in Agoura Hills, The Little Angels Project operates two to four days a week.
To help meet its fundraising goal of $100,000 by year’s end or to learn more about volunteering, visit LittleAngelsProject.com or call 818.865.1800.