Creating a compassionate society that provides safety, refuge and protection for all animals.

Mission Statement

Karma Rescue is a non-profit organization dedicated to saving animals in need by finding them permanent homes and providing the resources for successful companionship. Through education, we instill the critical need for spay/neuter and offer guidance to strengthen the animal-human bond. Our vision is to help create a compassionate society which provides safety, refuge and protection for all animals. Watch our story here.

History

I started loving animals the day I was born. My mom always let me have pets growing up: birds, hamsters, rats, cats, dogs, and even a chicken. To me of course, these were not my pets but were my babies. If I could have put a diaper on my chicken, I would have. When I was in college, I adopted my first dog, a Beagle named Rufus. Everyone thought I was crazy to get a dog at such an inopportune time of my life. Raising Rufus on my own was one of the greatest experiences of my life. It humbled me and taught me to give unconditionally.

Rande & Rufus

I am a native Angeleno, and you can’t live here long without at some point realizing how difficult life is for most animals in this city. Every day in this city, approximately 200 American Pit Bull Terriers are killed in over-populated shelters. Rufus taught me about the profound and unconditional love a dog can have for his human; out of gratitude for what he gave me, I decided to start pulling dogs from shelters and finding them new homes.

Having been involved in rescue since 2001 in Los Angeles, I have seen first hand how the suffering and ignorance of humans take their toll on animals in our community: the devastating effects of the recent recession meant that thousands of people could no longer afford to feed, house, or take proper medical care of their pets. Widespread ignorance about the long-term harm of breeding means that thousands more dogs end up in shelters, sentenced to die.

In the scars, wounds, and sad eyes of our community’s animals, we can sometimes see the worst side of humanity come out. But animals also bring out the best in us: our education program regularly visits juvenile prisons and second-chance schools where we see children who have been otherwise oppositional or discarded by society open up while embracing one of our volunteer-dogs. Project Coco gives food to homeless dog owners and helps ameliorate living conditions for pets whose owners are struggling to make ends meet in these tough economic times. Our spay/neuter program has been enormously successful, helping to stymie rampant
overpopulation and dispel myths about the simple procedure.

One day, I know that we will be able to help turn around the plight of animals in our city. It is my greatest aspiration that we at Karma Rescue can live up to the unconditional love our dogs so eagerly provide us. One dog, one human at a time.

Rande Levine
Founder of Karma Rescue

Board of Directors

Kelli Branstetter

David Eagle

Dean Gebroe, DVM

Rande LevinePresident

Susie YooSecretary

Scott Fennel

Tom Sheehy

Debbie Kaste

Dan Shapiro

Advisory Board

Kristina Kirk

Pamela Shackelford

Sam Zamir

Jasmine RassekhPresident

Danielle DoscherSecretary

Carole Ellis

Samanthika De Silva

Stephanie Todd

Teri Jones

Honorary Board

Jesse Creed

Tiffanei Reese

Kathy Reese

Craig Winchester

Team

Robin M. Keefe CEO

Kristy Frese Operations and Program Coordinator

Darren Passarello Social Media

Alex Tonner Director of Operations & Paws For Life

Davina Wong Volunteer Manager

Betsy Gunter Paws For Life Manager

Kati Garrido Program Director

Mercedes Colon Courtesy Postings