Love. Protect. Adopt.
The purpose of the Love. Protect. Adopt. Campaign is to showcase people from different lifestyles and backgrounds who all pledge to do their part to love, protect, and adopt animals. We aim to inspire people to take action by volunteering or donating, but overall we want to encourage people to adopt, rather than shop. The galleries, videos, and testimonies are from people who participate and support in the Love.Protect.Adopt. campaign.
Earlier this year in an animal shelter not so far away…
It is a period of great need for homeless animals. The Rebel Legion, some striking from the Sunrider Base and the 501st, have won their first victory in bringing awareness to the Love.Protect.Adopt. Campaign. During the effort, VBAS volunteers and CTE students from the tri-city area were enamored by the Rebels as they comforted the shelter animals, taught them tricks, and told them of the perils of the dark side. However, the Evil Galactic Empire made a great showing and began to recruit impressionable puppies and kittens. Darth Vader and the Storm Troopers took a particular liking to the shelter kittens.
The Rebels invite you to take a look at the full collection of photos as they have dedicated their lives to using the force for good, bringing attention to worthy causes across the galaxy. For more about the Rebel Legion Sunrider Base visit them on Facebook at www.facebook.com/SunriderBase/
Special thanks to Lisa Curtis Saunders and Chris de Zorzi for making this visit possible!
You’d think this actress, model, and Gamebreaker.tv host would want everything with a designer name, but Kat Andrusco stopped by the Burbank Animal Shelter to promote adoptions over what she calls “designer” animals. Kat says “it makes me so sad to think that people are more interested in designer animals as some sort of status symbol, as opposed to finding a friend and new family member that is just waiting to be found at the shelter.” We couldn’t agree with Kat more! Kat has wonderful role models in her parents, sister, and brother-in-law who have a combined total of 7 rescue cats in their respective households. To learn more about Kat visit her social media accounts and her IMDB page.
|Vicky, a current volunteer and member of the management team shares her story of meeting and rescuing Rosie, a blind, senior kitty who was surrendered to the shelter.|
Bruno O’Hara has worked in film and television since 1997, then became a professional photographer in 2007. In between all of his projects, Bruno donates his skills to the residents of the Burbank Animal Shelter because he believes animals in shelters “are survivors beyond our understanding; they need and deserved love…now.”
Bruno notes that his style is “Just Be; nothing contrived because he believes “people need to see how beautiful they truly are”; bringing that style to our Happy Tails Hikes and around the shelter has definitely produced some wonderful shots. For more photos, or to have Bruno shoot your event visit http://brunoohara.com/.
Representatives from the World Dodgeball Society came down to the Burbank Animal Shelter to exercise some of the shelter pups and cuddle the kittens. This group was on their way to the LA: Poinsettia Open Gym, which happens almost every Sunday from 12pm-2pm at the Poinsettia Recreation Center, but wanted to donate their time to the Love.Protect.Adopt Campaign before enjoying an afternoon of fun! We want to extend our thanks to those who stopped by and provided our pups with some exercise and our kittens with some love! Check out this phenomenal group of people here: http://dodgeball4ever.com/.
This month we’re featuring our VBAS Volunteers! These are the people who donate their free time to help bring awareness to animal welfare and homelessness by supporting the Burbank Animal Shelter and surrounding communities. Our volunteers contribute in so many ways, from walking dogs in Stough Canyon; fostering kittens through the Kitten Foster Program; tending to sick animals in the Medical program, to planning events for fundraising, and creating campaigns to promote the shelter and animal adoptions throughout Southern California. We want to feature the hardworking men and women of the VBAS this September and we look forward to recruiting and training many more VBASers in the future!
Luke Massy stopped by the Burbank Animal Shelter in between filming! Aside from being an accomplished and internationally recognized actor, Luke donates his time and talent to helping animals in need:
“Please give a caring home for one, two or three of the beautiful loving dogs, cats or rabbits from the Burbank Animal Shelter. Being homeless as a youth on the streets of London, I know how important it is to be given a chance and to have a safe place you can call home. I can assure you that in return you will have the most unconditional love from a very grateful four legged friend. If you have some love to share take a visit to the Burbank Animal Shelter, let your heart lead you and and your new pet will find you.”
Learn more about Luke Massy here
Erik Reyes is a proud military veteran and VBAS volunteer. You can often find Erik socializing and bathing the dogs or taking them out on Happy Tails Hikes! Read more about Erik!
Willam Belli is a multi-talented internationally-known singer, actor, and performer. As the unforgettable queen who gave us Jessica Simpson-Realness and “Rupologize” on Season 4 of RuPaul’s Drag Race, Willam is now using international fame to bring attention to those in need. Willam stopped by the Burbank Shelter to help us publicize our adoptable animals, hoping our residents will find homes as good as his, just ask his spoiled St. Bernard, Warner. Check out Willam Belli’s Facebook page for performance dates and adorable pictures/videos of Warner.
Paulina Logan is a Los Angeles-based singer/songwriter who creates and performs an eclectic mix of folk/pop/rock music. Her songs are featured in many films, including Broken Roads, Leaving Limbo, and Secrets in the Snow. She also contributed music to the award-winning documentary Citizen Mayor. Paulina has also been featured in a variety of magazines and blogs, including Awaken Music, Guitar Living, and Indie Update.
Paulina donates a lot of her free time to volunteering with the VBAS, recently being awarded Volunteer of the Month!
Jasmine Dustin is best known for being featured inside magazines like: GQ, Teen, Femme Fatale, FHM, and Cosmopolitan, but Jasmine’s greatest passion is animal advocacy. Jasmine uses her notoriety to bring attention to homeless pets across Southern California through her own non-profit Cause4Paws. Jasmin Dustin supports the Love. Protect. Adopt. Campaign because her organization’s mission is to bring visibility to small independent shelters and rescue groups to help foster growth. Learn more about Jasmine and how she is helping homeless pets at www.cause-4-paws.com.
Mr. Tarca brought students from Jordan Middle School’s ‘Stop It’ program to the Burbank Animal Shelter for an educational day with the volunteers. The students used the skills they learn in their Anti-Bullying/Leadership Program to organize a donation drive for the VBAS Kitten Foster Program.
During the event parents and students were taught about the VBAS PR Campaigns, Medical Program, Bunny Team, Pit Bull Positive Booth, & Kitten Foster Program.
Nicole and Andy adopted Kona from the Burbank Animal Shelter, and later rescued a cat, Matata, to join their family. Nicole answers some questions here about what the Love. Protect. Adopt campaign means to her.
The Unknown Artists is a local theatre company, who’s mission is to provide opportunities for talented, unknown individuals to thrive on a stage, enabling them to show off their gifts of music, acting, dance, comedy, film, and all categories of art. The Unknown Artists support the efforts of the Love. Protect. Adopt. Campaign because all the company members with pets have rescued their animals from local SoCal shelters. Be sure to follow The Unknown Artists on Facebook to see the animals they’ve rescued and learn more about supporting the arts!
Vinita, an up and coming Indian-American singer-song writer, took time out from her SoCal performances to help promote adoption and the residents of the Burbank Animal Shelter. Since Vinita once aspired to be a vet, she now tries to incorporate her passion for helping animals with her passion to become the first huge Indian-American pop star. Vinita uses her social media accounts to help promote the Love.Protect.Adopt. campaign and we couldn’t be more grateful!
Dawn North, a trainer at City of Angels Boxing & Gracie Barra Burbank stopped by with her rescue dog, Foxboy, to support the Love.Protect.Adopt campaign!
Actors Kim Coates, Theo Rossi, and Ryan Hurst (Sons of Anarchy), and actress Sarah Jones (Alcatraz), came in to help promote the launch of the Love.Protect.Adopt campaign and discuss how rescue animals have been a part of their lives!