Our Rescue Story (Part 1)

In honor of #AdoptAShelterPetDay, we wanted to take a moment to share the story of how Eazy-E came to us here at Puggletown. What’s your #rescuestory?

Eazy-E’s first profile pic (when he was still named Falafel)

Eazy-E’s first profile pic (when he was still named Falafel)

In September 2015, two tiny puppies were dropped off at the Baldwin Park shelter in Los Angeles. At just over 4 weeks old, the brothers were immediately taken to the medical ward of the overcrowded shelter and an uncertain fate.

What few people realize about shelters is that when an animal is dropped off very young (or ill/injured) the resources required to keep the animal alive and potentially adoptable are often too much for the shelter to spare. Each time a dog is surrendered they are up against a ticking clock as the shelter staff tries to determine how best to allocate their incredibly limited resources to do the most good. As is the case for so many abandoned dogs, it was likely the two puppies, with their pushed-in noses and pot bellies, could be put down in a matter of days...

But then … in walked an amazing volunteer named Trang. She took one look at the little puggles and knew what she needed to do. In addition to volunteering at the shelter, Trang was a foster mom for a local rescue named Love Leo. Based in Santa Monica, CA, Love Leo has “a soft spot for dogs that need special medical care in order to make it out of the shelter.” They frequently pull dogs from shelters who are too young or too sick to survive the system and give them a second chance.

Trang got permission to pull the puppies, gave them their first names (Falafel and Hummus respectively) and brought them home where she fostered them until they were old enough to go to their forever homes.

A few weeks later, Falafel became Eazy-E, my apartment became Puggletown, and we became a family. We’ve been snacking together ever since!


Everyday, hundreds of rescue organizations across the United States are saving dogs and creating rescue stories like ours, so remember…

If you can’t adopt, foster. If you can’t foster, sponsor. If you can’t sponsor, volunteer. If you can’t volunteer, donate. If you can’t donate, EDUCATE.

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