Our volunteers are forging ahead in their fight for animals who cannot speak for themselves.
We won’t give up until every animal has been taken home.
If you would like to join our cause come volunteer with us.
If you’re interested in pushing for better animal protection laws and energizing the animal rescue community as a unified force, you can join our social action committee.
If you would like to volunteer to work directly with our four legged friends, we have many opportunities available.
Every time I look at my dogs, I know that they are saying "thank you" for saving my life. A rescued animal forms an intense bond with its new family. The bond is difficult to explain, but the experience for both the rescuer and the animal is one you both cherish forever! I hope you will adopt an animal or come volunteer with us, and share your joy with others.
I started rescue work back in 2003 after an eye opening visit to the Orange County Pet Expo. Having never been to an animal rescue event before, I was alarmed at the number of homeless animals in need of good homes. Everywhere I turned there were booths full of dogs and cats desperate for a family to call their own. That experience made a permanent impact on me and from that day forward, I have felt a calling to educate the public on the astonishing number of homeless animals that lose their lives every day only because there was no one to take them home. From that day forward, I began devoting all of my extra time to fundraising and adoptions of homeless dogs. I began volunteering for Take Me Home in 2004; raising funds to sponsor training camp for dogs that had been overlooked at rescue shelters as well as medical funds for dogs that would otherwise be euthanized if not for TMH's sponsorship.
A year into my rescue work, my husband and I adopted Metro, a Boxer mix that was rescued after being thrown off a freeway overpass and sustaining unthinkable trauma. Left for dead on the side of the road, Metro had no hope for a future if not for the efforts of the rescue community. Metro has been my inspiration to always be a voice for the underdog. He showed me that it's never too late for second chances and that rescue groups like Take Me Home can make miracles happen even when we're only left with hours or minutes to do so. He taught me that some of the greatest rewards in life don't come easy; they take work, and commitment, and sacrifice. Metro passed away in 2008 and on his final day, licking my face with thankfulness even in his last moments, he taught me to be grateful for each and every day.
It has been one of life's greatest blessings to be part of a group like Take Me Home where we have been given the opportunity to save lives each and every day as well the responsibility to help educate the public on such critical issues such as spaying and neutering your pets and choosing adoption when it's time to add a pet to your family. For each of us at Take Me Home, rescue work is not a hobby; it's a calling and a purpose that each of us were given. We are committed to speaking up for those animals that do not have a voice and rely on groups like ours to spread the words, "Take Me Home."
I grew up helping and loving all animals. I was the kid who brought home all the stray dogs, cats, mice and salamanders. My parents love animals as much as I do and so our door and hearts were always open. I’ve been surrounded by love from animals all my life and it was only natural that I parlayed that love into the rescue work I do today. There isn’t an animal out there I wouldn’t help. I am very lucky to have a husband who loves animals as much as I do. Together we help where we can and our door and hearts are always open. I am also very lucky to have found such a unique group of people within Take Me Home who understand my passion and share in my goal to find forever homes for animals who have no voice. Take Me Home is more than just a rescue. We are a family and we love and cherish every animal that comes through our door as if they were our own. When you work with us you will see all of our endless love, dedication and compassion. We believe there is no greater gift than finding a helpless animal a loving family and we won’t stop until every last one is taken home!
One day my Sister Julie (on the left in the picture) and I were happily grooming away at our shop when in walked one of my clients with a dog she had recently rescued. She asked if I would mind giving this dog named Lily a bath instead of her personal dog so that she smelled nice for whomever she could find to foster her. Of course I agreed so I said, "let's go put her in the tub." As the dog walked into my shop she immediately started coughing and wheezing. The client explained that she was getting over Pneumonia (70 percent of her lungs were involved). We put her in the tub and as I washed Lily my client told me her story... she had been rescued along with 23 other dogs, six of which had to be immediately put down and Lily was rushed to emergency where she spent a month fighting for her life. She was extremely emaciated, had been kept in a cage that was too small for all of her four years, and on top of all of that had been beaten by the very workers that were hired to take care of her and feed her. By the time I was done bathing her I had heard all about her horrible story and tears were running down my face. I wouldn’t even think about putting her in another cage so I laid down a bunch of towels on the floor and sat down with her to get her dry. Little by little she inched closer to me as I talked sweetly to her until she was hip to hip. Then she looked over at me with such love in her eyes as if to say, "Thank you for being so kind to me." I lost it. Before I knew what I was doing I blurted can I foster her?! I want to kiss all her hurt and fear away and nurse her back to health. I did just that for ten months. It was a steep hill to climb.. but NOTHING has been more rewarding in my life. To see a dog go from scared and taking eight MONTHS to finally start playing and give the belly to rub, to gaining all her weight and health back was truly a life changing experience. I knew from that moment on that I was good at this and I needed to help more.
Two months later I met some of the most amazing people I have ever known working at a Boxer rescue. Together we saved many lives, did adoptions every weekend together, celebrated our successes and shared in our loss, but NEVER did we ever forget why we were there... to help get as many dogs into warm soft beds as we possibly can. I fostered six more dogs; three got amazing homes and three... well they stayed with me (they are the boxers in my photo).
Recently those people and I broke away from that rescue and decided to build our own. I thought that I had experienced the best there could be in rescuing until I pulled my first dog from the shelter. My very first shelter pull was a one year old Boxer that had mange so badly, the shelter was going to put him down. I arrived hours before this happened and gave that sweet boy I named Austin "the walk of life." I walked him out of that shelter and into my arms, placed him in my truck and went straight to the vet. This little boy strutted out of that shelter like nobody's business he was so happy to be alive. Two days later I met his forever family and I walked him straight into their loving arms. For anyone who has not given "the walk of life" I will tell you that it will shake you to your core and drop you to your knees. You see I truly believe that dogs are a gift from God and with his help... I intend to save a whole lot more!!
I rescue for my son Wyatt. I believe that raising my young child with rescue in his heart, is the greatest gift that I can give him. The lessons of family, compassion, forgiveness, sharing, love and respect are best learned by living them. Nurturing my young child’s life with the love of animals teaches him acceptance and about the beauty that lies within each of us. I know that by making a difference in the lives of animals, I am making the world a better place for Wyatt.
I also rescue because these animals have no voice, they are innocent victims, many who have suffered atrociously, and yet they are so resilient, they are the first to give you a kiss, wiggle their bodies, come close for a soft touch, or show their love and gratitude for their life. I dare you to walk into a shelter and not walk out with an animal at the end of a leash. I call it the “Walk of Life.” Try it and see how destiny will be changed for both of you.
I frequent the shelters often, and no matter how many times I come and go, I cannot do it without crying, I promise that if I ever stop crying, I will stop rescuing. Rescue often makes me sad and I shed many a tear, but the depth of the joy in my life can only be measured against the depth of my sadness, and so I know a joy greater than most.
Rescue fills my heart and soul! You may think of it as my gift to the animals, I clearly see it as their gift to me. I am forever in awe of them, the animals, they are truly God’s gift.
I knew I wanted to give back to the world but I did not know how. I have done volunteer work for a lot of different causes but once I started rescuing Boxer dogs, I never looked back. Rescuing fills a space in my heart that is full of joy and at times sadness, but I will not stop saving dogs and teaching those who will listen the importance of rescuing. I am on my fourth Boxer and the happiness these animals have given me is indescribable.... They all had nothing but unconditional love no matter what they had gone through before me. That alone should teach us humans a thing or two!
George & Sharry Taylorson
We have had Boxers for more than 50 years and not one of them has ever let us down. They were and are our best friends. Upon seeing and hearing the staggering numbers of Boxers that Humane Societies and Rescues were obtaining, we knew we wanted to help find them homes. Thus, we have been volunteers, as well as financial supporters of Boxers for many years. We really had no choice other than to be volunteers because our two Boxers -- Buddy and Princess – ganged up on us said we had to do what we could to help. Go Boxers.
I have been involved in rescue efforts one way or the other for about the last 49 years, the last 34 with my wonderful partner, Jim, who has always helped without hesitation or complaint. We are so proud and privledged to be apart of the wonderful group of rescue volunteers of TMH.
"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed individuals can change the world." -- Margaret Mead