Doggie Bonez Rescue is a 501(c)(3) non-profit, no-kill, volunteer dog rescue organization committed to rescuing dogs that are left homeless and abandoned in high kill Orange County animal shelters, where euthanasia rates are staggering, and placing them in loving, responsible, permanent homes. Although we take in all dogs, regardless of age, breed or physical needs, we focus our efforts on saving those that are overlooked, left behind and generally considered “less adoptable,” i.e., seniors, those with medical issues, and those that have a negative stigma tied to their breed, such as pit bulls.
Doggie Bonez as a non profit began in August 2016 by Jacqueline Del Canto Rivera (“Jackie”), who had been single-handedly rescuing dogs from high-kill shelters in Orange County and personally funding all of the fees, boarding and vet bills for years. She pulled one dog out at a time and boarded them independently. She hand-made flyers and found these dogs permanent loving homes. Eventually, with the help of her supportive husband, she turned her passion and mission into a 501(c)(3) non-profit rescue organization
Currently, Doggie Bonez has three Board members: Jackie (President), Samantha Levinson Zone (Secretary) and Debbie Lowinger (Member). Jackie, who owns and operates a packaging company, provides the funds and operational support to Doggie Bonez. Samantha, a Physical Therapist, handles Doggie Bonez's community outreach efforts including marketing, website development, content creation and social media. Debbie, who owns a dog sitting and transportation business, is hands-on in the entire rescue effort, personally going to high kill shelters to rescue dogs and transporting them to adopters All three Board Members also enjoy walking and caring for our rescue dogs while they are awaiting adoption. Also, although we do not employ any staff, we are fortunate to have the assistance of 10-14 passionate and committed volunteers who help with everything from performing rescues to transporting dogs to vet appointments, adoption events and meet and greets, to fostering, caring for and walking dogs, to performing home evaluations, to creating and maintaining a social media presence to get the word out about adoptable dogs.
Since the inception of our organization almost 2 years ago, Doggie Bonez has rescued and successfully re-homed more 250- 300 dogs. To date, our efforts have been funded by the personal contributions of our President, donations from forever families and the occasional assistance of private donors. Our work is costly, but priceless. Every dollar we receive allows us to continue saving lives.
In addition to our hands-on rescue work, Doggie Bonez is also actively engaged in public outreach efforts aimed at reducing the number of unwanted dogs in our community at large, thereby reducing the overcrowding and euthanasia rates in our shelters. By educating the public about our work, explaining the importance of altering and responsibly caring for their dogs, and promoting the message that owning a pet is a lifelong commitment, we can help reduce the number of dogs euthanized in Orange County shelters every year.