Mom and I joined Ashley Oelsen, President and Founder of SOL (Sharing our Love) Foundation at the Los Angeles East Valley Animal Shelter in the San Fernando Valley. The recently relocated and upgraded East Valley Shelter is one of the busiest facilities in the Los Angeles Animals Services Department with 165 dog kennels and one of the largest shelter community rooms that has hosted a number of celebrity pet causes and provided canine adoptions for Hollywood A-listers like Drew Barrymore and Hilary Swank.
|Ashley and her Weimereimer, Sol|
|This silky terrior has a good chance of finding a home|
|A beautiful Siberian Husky hoping to be adopted.|
Ashley Oelsen, referred to as the “Harriet Tubman” of the dog world, had recently returned from transporting 6 canines from the East Valley Shelter to a Canadian rescue group, Adopt a Paw, Pethaven, in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. The East Valley Shelter has had a very successful adoption relationship with this Canadian rescue organization-particularly for Chihuahuas-which are seen as exotic as well as with Pitbulls-no bans here on “bully breeds.”
Ashley is an amazing young woman who also devotes her time to teaching inner city school children about caring and respect for animals. Studies have shown that child neglect and abuse and animal abuse are both elements of a family violence system. Animal abuse has been found in 99% of families that
were under state supervision for the physical abuse of their children.