Los Angeles Resident Determined to Find Family for Homeless Dog

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Lola, a homeless dog on the streets of Los Angeles, fights to find her forever family, despite hard economic times. The 3-year-old, American Staffie mix was rescued in December by local resident, Tracy Garcia.

Lola, a homeless dog on the streets of Los Angeles, fights to find her forever family, despite hard economic times. The 3-year-old, American Staffie mix was rescued in December by local resident, Tracy Garcia.

Garcia found Lola as she drove up Western Avenue to work. Lola was crossing the street and nearly hit by a car. Garcia stopped her car and, without hesitation, Lola - who was without identification tags - walked up, licked her hand and immediately jumped in the car. Moments later, Lola collapsed in exhaustion and contentment in her back seat.

"That drive to work breaks my heart at least once a week," said Garcia, a 28-year-old public relations professional, who has two rescue dogs. "I often see stray dogs, and I always pull over to help them. Most are frightened, and despite my best efforts, usually run away. Lola, however, was friendly and instantly trusted me, which is why I knew I had to find her a home."

Garcia took Lola to a local shelter, while she called a rescue organization for help. Unfortunately, the rescue organization was unable to care for Lola unless she was financially sponsored.

"People wonder why I spend money to help dogs, given the current economic situation," added Garcia. "Pets can't help themselves or their situation, and they immediately become disposable in times of financial hardship. Pets aren't meant to be a status symbol; they're meant to be members of a family. We can't just dump animals on the street, especially when their unconditional love can only help in these disparaging times. There are so many organizations willing to help people with pets in tough situations. Putting more animals on the street is unacceptable."

After less than a month in the shelter, Garcia rescued Lola, just 24 hours before she was scheduled to be euthanized. According to the shelter, Lola was very friendly and had great behavior, but the shelter was overcrowded.

Throughout this ordeal, Lola never lost her spirit or playfulness. She is now fostered in a home with several other dogs, where she is thriving. She is healthy, happy and loves being outdoors. However, Lola still needs to find a permanent home, and Garcia is committed to making this happen. Lola's story and photos can be found at http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1390028398.

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