Downtown Dog Rescue (DDR) believes in second chances for both dogs and people. Founded in 1996, the group was originally brought together to aid homeless people with dogs. Today – with the belief that they can save more lives by helping to keep pets in their first forever homes – DDR assists low-income families with pets living in some of the most underserved communities in Los Angeles County.
As a dedicated member of NKLA, DDR is focused on helping to reduce the number of pets entering L.A. city shelters. They do that by helping to keep pets in their homes, and by running a shelter prevention program, which prevents more than 2,000 pets from entering the South Los Angeles Animal Shelter every year. Since 2006, DDR has also been providing resources to spay and neuter 1,000 dogs every year who live in the Compton community, as well as free dog training.