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The Animal Pad

Cause Area

  • Advocacy & Human Rights
  • Animals
  • Community


4620 Avocado BlvdLa Mesa, CA 91941 United States

Organization Information

Mission Statement

The Animal Pad is a nonprofit, all-breed dog rescue based in San Diego, California. We are 100% volunteer run and funded solely by donations, and we rescue dogs primarily from the streets of Mexico.


Here at TAP, we give voice to the voiceless and our mission is to rescue, rehabilitate and find them the best homes possible.

The Animal Pad was founded in 2010 and we are 100% volunteer run and donation based. We rescue dogs primarily off the streets of Mexico, and provide them full medical care and a loving foster home to heal in before they head to their adoptive home. In addition to rescuing, we have an activism arm called TAPACT where we bring the community together to tackle issues that affect dogs in hopes to evoke permanent change.
If you are interested in any of our Volunteer Opportunities, please head over to our website and fill out an online Volunteer Application:


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by Dani L. from San Marcos, CA (Administrator for this Organization) (April 2, 2022)
While The Animal Pad is operated solely by volunteers & funded entirely by donations from the community – lovingly dubbed our “TAP Tribe” – we all dedicate our lives to the dogs. I initially joined just to fulfill my comm. service. What I found was SO much more – a tight-knit family & nothing but support & inclusivity. I found a greater calling, & I found purpose. Now, 4+ yrs later and TAP’s Volunteer Director, I feel like things have come full circle & can genuinely say my life is forever changed. We’ve seen some of the most horrific cases imaginable, but from that pain something beautiful is born. Watching a completely shut down dog become who they were always meant to be is hands down the most rewarding experience I’ll ever know. The fulfillment that TAP gives is unparalleled to anything I’ve ever felt, & being part of something so much bigger than any of us is literally second to none. I’ll always love something our Director of Operations once said – “TAP saves us humans, too."

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