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Mission Statement

Our mission is to protect and help dogs and cats from homelessness neglect, abuse, cruelty and abandonment. VIDA does not belong to any one person but instead to all of its volunteers. We adopt out about 4-5 dogs and cats each week and rescue dogs from high-kill shelters, low income neighborhoods, and even dogs from Mexico. We also have spay and neuter operations and have saved thousands of animals already.


Volunteers in Defense of Animals is a non-profit organization working to end the suffering and mistreatment of dogs and cats in Southern California. We bring spay and neuter services to areas where families cannot afford them; we facilitate the rescue, foster care, and adoption of animals whenever possible, and we offer education and support to those involved in the care of animals.

We have found forever homes for hundreds of dogs and cats, with around 4-5 new adoptions taking place each week. Many of our dogs come from local high-kill shelters before they are euthanized and on the streets of both the US and Mexico. We also have spay/neuter operations in low-income neighborhoods in the US and in Mexico and have spayed/neutered thousands of pets.


Average Review 3 reviews

Would you recommend Volunteers in Defense of Animals?

by Nakshatra G. from AE (August 24, 2020)
I would love other people to help these kittens and get a smile on their face when they know that they have helped a life!
by Haddadah M. (September 7, 2019)
This is a great organization, where people can add back to society
by Karin L. from Diamond Bar, CA (October 26, 2018)
The folks at VIDA were very thankful for our time and made it easy to pick up a rescue dog for an outing. Laura made sure to pair us with a dog that would be appropriate for the walk we had planned at a local park. They provided a crate and leash for simple transport.