The Mafia Monroe Foundation
PO Box 3143
Organization Specializes In: Rescuing petite pups in the heart of Hollywood... The Mafia Monroe Foundation is a Non-Profit Rescue Organization dedicated to saving neglected small dogs in Hollywood, California.
Year founded: 2010
Interviewee: Dorie Devari, President
Does your organization help place homeless animals? If so, how many animals are usually available at any given time? How long is their average stay with you? If no, what do you do?: Yes, we usually have 10-15 pups at any given time. They all live with foster homes until we can adopt them out to forever homes. The average time in foster care can be anywhere from a few weeks to several months.
What's the biggest challenge facing your organization?: Being such a new organization (est. early 2010) probably PR.
What kinds of things do you do to raise awareness about your organization in your community?: We have adoption events in Malibu and various businesses in Hollywood, California.
How does your organization help educate people about animal rescue? Do you offer classes/training or education materials for people who adopt animals from you?: No, but all of our pups come home micro-chipped and spayed or neutered. We also are firmly for adoption and against puppy mills and pet stores that sell puppy mill doggies.
Do you support purebred adoption? How often does your organization rescue purebred dogs? We get alot of purebred Chihuahuas, sometimes Yorkies and small breeds are our main focus due to the heartbreaking and alarmingly high euthanasia rates in the LA area. We support all dog adoptions, purebred or not.
What is one tip you would give a first time dog owner?: Don't adopt a pup unless you are prepared for another relationship in your life. A dog just like a friend, needs your time, love and attention.
What is one myth about dog rescue that you'd like to prove wrong?:: It really doesn't take much effort to make a huge difference and save a life.
What's your take on big dogs living in the city? Do you think it's wrong or is it a myth that bigger dogs need more space?:Myth. Each dog has a unique energy requirement, and as long as those needs are met, any dog can have an enriched life in the city. In fact, cities often offer more amenities such as dog parks and dog walkers than many suburbs.
Why do you think there is such a divide between purebred and rescue dog people? What needs to change?: We feel especially in Hollywood people unfortunatly want to have what celebrity's have and if a certain breeds seems to be more popular and then not. Some people feel an animal is a disposable thing. A pup is not a handbag and should go in or out of style.
What's your take on big dogs living in the city? Do you think it's wrong or is it a myth that bigger dogs need more space?:: We feel that a big pup can be a great living in the city but obviously require more walks and trips to the park. Big or small, all dogs need alot of love and attention.
Do you support a no-kill nation? Why or why not?: YES. " In a perfect world every dog would have a home and every home would have a dog. "
What makes working for a rescue so rewarding? What keeps you going?: We rely on great people in the LA are to foster pups, every dog that gets adopted allows us to save the next pup in need!