~From Associated Press
Nearly 35 years ago, Leo Grillo thought he could get people to stop dumping dogs and cats in the forests and deserts of Southern California.
He discovered quickly that wasn’t going to happen. There seems to be no end to the number of animals he finds discarded on the side of the road.
“It sucks the life out of me. It’s very, very painful,” he said.
Grillo promised every unwanted animal that crossed his path that he would keep it safe and do all he could to keep it happy and healthy for life. He set up DELTA (Dedication & Everlasting Love to Animals) Rescue to keep that promise, and today, with 1,500 dogs, cats and horses, it is the largest no-kill, care-for-life sanctuary in the nation for abandoned pets.
The sanctuary sits on 115 hilltop acres in western Los Angeles County and has an annual budget of $8 million and about 50 employees. On the grounds are a state-of-the-art hospital, a full-time veterinarian and its own fire department.
The sanctuary, which was founded in 1979, was and still is one of the few care-for-life sanctuaries for domestic animals in the United States.
Grillo, an actor, was driving through the Angeles National Forest in 1979 when he found the first dog he would save — an abandoned, malnourished Doberman-Labrador he named Delta. The two were on a hike in the forest later that year when they found 35 abandoned dogs. Thousands would follow.
Dr. Gaylord Brown met Grillo in 1985 when the actor brought in a dog that had been hit by a car. Brown said he told Grillo how much it would cost to treat the dog.
“I was shocked by his readiness to say ‘Go ahead, go ahead. [Read more...]
~From MSN News
Nearly 35 years ago, actor Leo Grillo thought he could get people to stop dumping dogs and cats in the forests and deserts of Southern California. After more than three decades, there is no end to the number of animals he finds discarded on the side of the road. DELTA Rescue is now the largest no-kill, care-for-life sanctuary in the nation for abandoned pets.
~From Greenstyle Italy
Leo Grillo, attore di Los Angels, non avrebbe mai immaginato che il suo amore per gli animali lo potesse condurre fino alla creazione di un santuario. L’uomo, da sempre attivo nella difesa dei randagi, era turbato dai continui abbandoni nelle foreste e nel deserto a sud della California. Nonostante cercasse di sensibilizzare amici, vicini e sconosciuti, non riusciva modificare il comportamento negativo. Ben presto si rese conto del numero spropositato di cani e gatti in fuga lungo le carreggiate delle strade, e per questo decise di dare una svolta al tutto.
~From Life With Dogs
Leo Grillo used to believe that he could get people to stop abandoning their unwanted pets near the deserts of southern California, but he can’t. Instead, he has created an animal sanctuary that has saved the lives of over 1,500 critters.
The actor’s inspiration to do so came after he saved his first emaciated Doberman-Labrador mix named Delta in the Angeles National Forest almost 35 years ago. A year later while on a walk, he and Delta stumbled upon a group of three dozen abandoned dogs. Grillo started traveling along the same stretch of highway, looking for more dumped pets.