About Us

What's your Superpaw-er?


We are the SoCal Animal Rescue Squad (S.C.A.R.S.). We are a united group of dedicated volunteers committed to saving dogs and other pets from unfortunate circumstances.  We are a Nonprofit 501(c)(3) charitable organization functioning solely on donations, fundraising campaigns and sponsors. 

Our desire is to be a beacon of hope and light for Animals in need. Their inability to call out for a hero is the fuel that drives us to bind together as a squad of individuals that will rise to their call for help. Though we don’t have superhuman powers, we possess the ability to love, nurture, educate and serve. Animals gift us unconditional love, companionship, healing and happiness. Our hope is to advocate for their welfare through rescue efforts, education, art, support groups, community outreach programs and fostering placements. 

Most of our squad calls focus on dogs; however, we have been able to help other pets including turtles, rabbits, birds and even reptiles. We help rescue many dogs from hi-kill shelters and owner surrenders; helping them with needed medical services, ensure they are vaccinated, spayed or neutered, and secure them in a safe loving foster home where they will transition and sometimes heal until they are adopted into their new fur-ever family. 

Each of us at SCARS have been touched and transformed by rescue animals. The irony is that in most cases we thought we were the heroes saving them from death and harm, and yet they rescued or alleviated us from sadness, loneliness, depression and other challenges that only their pure love and magic can heal. They ARE heroes too! Like superheroes, they each possess a special Superpaw-er. Some mend broken hearts with their affection and cuddles, others will challenge the athlete in you and help train you to become a better hiker or runner and then there’s those that with their eyes can turn any frown into a smile. 

The definition of a Hero is someone who does good and courageous things for other people without being asked to do them; someone who has a strong sense of justice and goodness and acts upon that sense. We the SCARS are committed to speaking for them, helping them and will passionately take a stand to ensure their welfare. Be their hero! Adopt a Hero! What’s your Superpaw-er? Join the SCARS!

Animals Are Our Mission


Animals are our mission! We strive to serve as partners within the Animal rescue community through advocacy, education, networking, community outreach, shelter rescue, rehabilitation, fostering placements and Animal welfare campaigns. 

We focus on making the maximum positive effort. Our team of volunteers provide the momentum that helps us do good work. Using community driven models, we take actions that make a long-lasting difference.

Our Vision


We envision more individuals and communities committed to lending their voice for voiceless animals in need; believing they hold the power to make an impact and increase animal welfare... Heroes helping Heroes!

In due course, increasing animal justice, education on proper animal/pet welfare and striving to end the mistreatment of Animals and Pets; ultimately empty shelters and happy homes filled with fur-ever love. 

Pet Holidays for October 2019



  • National Animal Safety and Protection Month
  • Adopt a Dog Month  / Adopt a Shelter Dog
  • National Pet Wellness Month
  • National Pitbull Awareness Month
  • October 1: National Fire Pup Day
  • October 1: National Black Dog Day
  • October 1–6: National Walk Your Dog Week
  • October 4: World Animal Day
  • October 4: World Pets Day
  • October 7–13: Animal Welfare Week
  • October 9: Pet Obesity Awareness Day
  • October 14–20: Veterinary Technician Week
  • October 16: National Feral Cat Day
  • October 26: National Pit Bull Awareness Day
  • October 29: National Cat Day



October 26, 2019 at Exposition Park

Every day, nearly 2,200 dogs and cats are killed in America's  shelters simply because they don't have safe places to call home. That  number should be zero. That’s why our team is participating in Best  Friends Animal Society’s Annual Strut Your Mutt event to raise money for  animals. But we need your help, too. 

Please join us either by registering for our team or donating to one  of our team members. Your donation is tax deductible and each  participating animal welfare organization keeps 100 percent of the money  raised after transaction fees. And the best part? That money will help  save the lives of homeless pets.

We look forward to this amazing event each year! Besides participating in a great cause, children, families and packs of all types enjoy the fun booths and entertainment. 

  • Free Pawticures
  • Free Doggie Yoga Sessions
  • Free event photo booth
  • Free goodies from Vendors
  • Obstacle Courses for pups to show off their tricks and talents
  • Tons of vendors (they give freebies too)
  • And more!

Together, we can Save Them All.  Thank you for your support!

P.S. Don't forget to wear your cape! #jointhescars #strutyourmutt



Help The SCARS

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We are a Nonprofit 501(c)(3) charitable organization functioning solely on donations, fundraising campaigns and sponsors.