Bella and Sunshine Rescue
Who we are and what we do.
Bella and Sunshine Rescue is a 501(c)(3) non-profit rescue based in sunny Southern California focused on assisting homeless and shelter Doberman Pinschers.
Our organization’s first priority is to save Dobermans and Doberman mixes that are in shelters and are in danger of euthanasia if no one steps up to help them. We also assist with taking in and rehoming strays that have not been claimed by an owner and have nowhere to go. (Some shelters are currently overwhelmed or experiencing disease outbreak, and will not take in strays unless the stray is injured or dead.)
We occasionally assist private owners rehome their Dobermans 1) that were inherited from a relative who passed away, or 2) whose owner(s) can no longer care for the Doberman due to circumstances beyond the owner’s control (loss of job, housing, etc.).
Owner surrenders for “convenience” are the lowest on our priority list (pro tip: make the time for your dog, be patient with your dog, and hire a trainer to help with your dog’s behavior – it is your responsibility as their owner).
We are volunteer-operated and volunteer-managed. In other words, no one in this organization takes home any income from their work with the organization. 100% of donations received go straight to helping shelter and homeless pets. Overhead and operations cost is paid for via a special grant specifically for that purpose from one of our corporate benefactors.
How it started
It all started when founding member Anna (dobermom to rescue Doberman Bella) started to adopt and then privately rehoming shelter dogs that have no adoption interest, with intention to save their lives from the fast-track euthanasia schedule brought on by the COVID puppy crisis (overcrowded shelters after COVID restrictions were lifted). She would, on her own dime, take the adopted pet to a private vet for a comprehensive exam and vaccines, and for treatment of any injuries or illnesses. Once the dog was healthy, she would find it a loving home where it would spend the rest of its life. The first dog she ever picked up from the shelter was Sunshine (you can read Sunshine’s history in the Alumni page).
Somehow word must have gotten around, because others in the Doberman community started to reach out to our founder for help and advice regarding fundraising to help stray pets. She quickly realized that she could help more pets by giving up her private one-woman show and setting up a non-profit rescue organization: an avenue where the community could step in and contribute to help shelter and homeless pets. She was joined by 3 other women with the same mission.
And that is why we are called Bella and Sunshine (with Doberman Bosworth, the last private rescue, as the honorary little brother to Bella and Sunshine).
“Saving one dog will not change the world, but surely for that one dog, the world will change forever.”
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