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Meet Nes Gutman of Angels Bark Dog Rescue in Beverly Hills

Today we’d like to introduce you to Nes Gutman.

Nes is the founder of Angels Bark Dog Rescue. In many ways, starting the rescue was the natural result of a lifetime of helping homeless dogs.

Born and raised in Istanbul, with its large population of stray dogs, her affinity with dogs and passion for saving homeless dogs developed at an early age. For as long as she can remember, she was always comfortable around all types of dogs.

Her bond with man’s best friend was probably forever cemented during one childhood experience she recalls from a trip she took with her family when she was 8 years old.

Nes’ father was a cliffhanger and would often take the family out to the mountains. On one of those excursions, while her father and his fellow mountain climbers, as well as Nes and several other people were at the bottom of the mountain, the group was suddenly and unexpectedly surrounded by a pack of 10 wild shepherds. The dogs circled around the group in a menacing fashion, showed their teeth and appeared ready to attack. Her father and the other men immediately assembled in a tight formation around Nes to prevent the dogs from getting near her. But Nes did not view the dogs as dangerous at all. To the contrary, she had always been comfortable with all the dogs she had encountered.

Before anyone realized what was happening, Nes darted out from the group and went directly to one of the dogs and proceeded to hug the dog. All the dogs backed down. What had appeared to be a potentially dangerous situation was instantly defused as all the dogs started wagging their tails. They apparently were startled just like her family and friends; they needed a little love. Since then, thousands of dogs have experienced the love that she has for them.

Nes started a career as a flight attendant in 1991 at age 19 for a Turkish carrier, eventually moving to the United States and taking a position with Delta Airlines in 1999. The flexibility with her schedule working for the airline makes it possible for her to run Angels Bark Dog Rescue with a wonderful group of volunteers. Most importantly, her passion and love for helping dogs has never ended, it has only become stronger.

Has it been a smooth road?
It has been smoothing some ways but some not. Hardest part of rescuing, seeing so many not making it out alive. Rescues try to save as much as they can but we cannot keep up with number of dying

I always say, saving dogs from shelters easy part. Hard part of rescuing is dealing with people, .
I find that a lot of people seem like they want to help but when it comes to serious help , they make excuses..
It is very hard to find people that has the passion to help and has the dedication. Adopters they think they want to help a dog by rescuing but they also looking for perfect dog, In my opinion , if you really want to help a dog by rescuing , take the dog as it is and train if needed, give medical if needed , just make it work.. If you are looking for perfect dog, you heart is not in to rescuing.

We’d love to hear more about your business.
Angels Bark Dog Rescue is a boutique 501(c)(3) non-profit tax-exempt organization which was established by me in 2014. While ABDR focuses on rescuing purebred and mixed German Shepherds as well as a variety of other breeds from high kill shelters in the Los Angeles, CA area. ABDR is committed to saving dogs before they are put down, many on their very last day. ABDR often saves seniors, dogs with special needs, and dogs with behavioral issues. All ABDR’s rescues initially go to foster homes to help them adjust and transition from shelters to a household environment. They receive medical care and training as needed. The rescue has been enormously successful, saving dozens of incredible dogs, as a result of its dedicated network of volunteers, who share in ABDR’s commitment to rescue these amazing animals.

Most rescues tries to save the most adoptable dogs at the shelters, if a dog has issue they won’t have those dogs,, with ABDR we save the dogs no one gives a second chance, we don’t care of dog has an issue, we send them training and try to fix the issue. ABDR is a high end rescue, we try do everything best, give them the best care, we save less dogs than many other rescues but we give them the best life once they become ABDR dogs.

Is our city a good place to do what you do?
Los Angeles area has the worst shelters in USA, CA kills way too many pets, shelters overload because so many people dump the dogs. Yes, Los Angeles needs more rescues to save more. Lives.

Running a rescue takes a lot from the person who is running and definitely not something just anyone can do because they love animals. It needs dedication, passion and strong personality, this is something you don’t get paid so person needs to do it from their heart.

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  1. Isabella Miram

    March 20, 2018 at 16:32

    Awe .. Nes … I love this story of your love and passion for all dogs, primarily, German Shepherds. I grew up with them and like you I had no fear of them. Would crawl into Shepherds dog house, who was feared . even by the owner. They searched for me everywhere .. I was sound asleep (age 4) and guarded by this wonderful dog, a female, who allowed my mother to come near and call me, instinctively felt that I was with the dog. We do what we do because we have a true love and respect for animals .. Your work is exceptional and I support your rescue …

    • Nes

      March 27, 2018 at 18:29

      Thank you Isabel ❤️

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