Our Mission

To inspire compassion and responsibility for animals, in addition to rescuing, rehabilitating and finding homes for companion animals.

Our Profile

Forte Animal Rescue is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, seeking solutions for pet-overpopulation, as well as working together with the community to cultivate the human-animal bond through educational programs and activities.

Our Objectives

  • After years of work in animal rescue, we established this unique organization in January 2003 to function as a “hub” for people and the rescue community in order to help each other. We believe this is necessary in helping the rescue community to achieve its common goals of saving the lives of as many animals as possible.
  • Stop people from taking their animals to the pound through our Outreach Program by advising them of possible solutions, introducing them to appropriate trainers for their specific problems, or assisting them in finding new homes for their pets through our Adoption Program.

Our Founder

Marie Atake

Our founder, Marie Atake, was appointed by Mayor Villaraigosa to the Los Angeles Animal Services Commission where she served from 2005 to 2007. Following her service to the city, Marie and Forte Animal Rescue were each awarded a Certificate of Recognition by the Los Angeles City Council.

Forte Animal Rescue received an additional Commendation from the City Council in June 2008. Then the City Council appointed Marie to the city’s Spay/Neuter Advisory Committee, which oversaw the mandatory spay/neuter ordinance from 2008 to 2009 when the law became effective. On this Committee, Marie received another Certificate of Recognition from the City Council.

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Did You Know?

  1. Forte Animal Rescue started saving lives in 2002. To date, FAR has saved the lives of 1,300 dogs and counting!
  2. At any given time, Forte Animal Rescue typically has 30 to 40 animals in its care.
  3. Forte Animal Rescue does not have a facility, therefore the first month of care for an animal costs an average of $1,200 including spay or neuter. Thereafter, boarding alone is $900 per month, and medical care is additional.
  4. It is now the law in the city and county of Los Angeles, but Forte Animal Rescue has always urged people to alter their pets, for their health and to seek solutions for the pet overpopulation. The City Council appointed our founder Marie Atake to the city’s Spay/Neuter Advisory Committee, which oversaw the mandatory spay/neuter ordinance when the law became in effect. On this Committee, she received another Certificate of Recognition from the City Council.
  5. Foster parents are critical in rehabilitating and placing dogs. Although many people say they dread fostering because the thought of letting go is too much to bear, joy replaces that dread when the foster sees the dog that would have died goes into a permanent home. Many fosters stay in touch with the adopters and foster again!
  6. Forte Animal Rescue is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that survives solely on donations.
  7. Unlike some rescue organizations that won’t admit they euthanize “unadoptable” dogs, Forte Animal Rescue is 100% NO KILL.
  8. Forte Animal Rescue was named in honor of Forte, the founder’s Shiloh Shepherd (1992-1999) she saved from death row.
  9. Forte Animal Rescue is the only rescue organization in our community that offers a hands-on Junior Volunteer Program. FAR believes it’s imperative to invest in today’s youth and create well-rounded young adults that will serve their communities in the future.
  10. Forte Animal Rescue holds adoptions each Saturday, 12:30-3:30 pm, at Centinela Feed & Pet Supplies, 3860 S. Centinela Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90066, and holds monthly Play Date events at Healthy Spot, Marina del Rey on the third Sunday from 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm.
  11. Forte Animal Rescue is an all-breed rescue group. FAR rescues any breed or mix from poodles to pit bulls because FAR volunteers believe all animals deserve a chance at life.
  12. FAR volunteers are an invaluable resource. To learn more about how to become one, go to www.farescue.org/volunteer.