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Meet Galit Reuben of Dogs Without Borders in Hollywood & San Fernando Valley

Today we’d like to introduce you to Galit Reuben.

Galit, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
I founded Dogs Without Borders in 2006 after being inspired to help displaced dogs from Hurricane Katrina. It opened up a whole new wold of the homeless dog population, especially in LA. when I reached out to a local group to help a homeless dog, an unexpected twist happened when they gave me a foster dog from Taiwan.

I then learned more about how dogs are treated around the world, especially in Asia, where most dogs are disregarded, tortured, abused, or eaten. I vowed to start my own rescue focusing on reducing the euthanasia rate in Los Angeles, and keeping my doors open to dogs in need from around the world. Dogs Without Borders has since placed more than 4000 dogs and counting, from the LA area, and countries such as Taiwan, Iran, Myanmar, Thailand, The Balkans, Iran, Turkey, Doha, and South Korea.

Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
It was never a smooth road, and still isn’t. Rescuing dogs is a business of the heart, but you must not let your heart run the business! There is still so much to learn, from medical issues, behavioral, funding, growing, and improving our systems. Rescuing the dogs has become pretty smooth, dogs come in, get the medical care they need, placed in foster care, and work on some behavioral modification, then get adopted.
the constant challenge is getting funded while keeping donors engaged in what we do. We try to stretch each dollar as far as we can to help as many dogs as possible

Please tell us about Dogs Without Borders.
Dogs Without Borders is not just a dog rescue, it’s also a wonderful adoption service. We pride ourselves on our vast network of volunteer foster homes, and also provide a foster-to-adopt option for all our applicants to ensure a dog is a right fit before making a commitment. We provide plenty of support during their foster period and training to ensure the dog is adjusting to its new environment successfully. The program is so successful in fact, that 80% of our fosters end up adopting our dogs.

If you had to go back in time and start over, would you have done anything differently?
I’d probably go into something more lucrative LOL. honestly, there is no money in dog rescue, but a lot of love. I sleep well at night knowing I’m making a difference.

Pricing:

  • and adult dog is $300 to adopt, puppies $400 all dogs are vaccinated and spayed/neutered, & chipped
  • All donations are tax deductible, You can donate one time, or monthly at www.dogswithoutborders.org/donate
  • You can become a volunteer foster parent. Fostering is free, supplies and medical care provided. apply at dwb.pw/foster-app

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Image Credit:

myself & Mazzy photo by Whitney Hartmann Photography, 2nd photo can have “Strut Your Mutt yearly fundraiser”

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1 Comment

  1. Karin Anderson

    May 16, 2018 at 19:25

    As a donor and volunteer at Dogs Without Borders, I can attest that Galit Reuben is an amazing individual, fully committed to bettering the lives of dogs! Follow this group on Facebook and Instagram for wonderful, feel good stories of dogs ending up with happily ever after lives.

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