adopted5Saving Precious Lives

We’re an all-volunteer, 501c3, non-profit organization based in Mission Viejo, California. Our four Board Members and more than 30 Volunteers are dedicated to saving abandoned dogs and cats in overcrowded shelters throughout California. Many of the animals we rescue have a slim chance of getting out alive due to sickness, injury or lack of kennel space.

We Don’t Take Pets From Owners — Our focus is on rescuing animals abandoned in shelters so we don’t have the resources to also take pets from owners who can no longer keep them.

However, we are happy to help network a pet in need of re-homing, though the owner is responsible for fielding inquiries, screening, home checking, and adopting their pet to a good home. Please email us at for more information.

Rescued pets are the best!

Each animal we rescue is examined by a licensed veterinarian, vaccinated, spayed/neutered, bathed/groomed, flea treated and AVID microchipped. Our rescues are either fostered by families or boarded with veterinarians until they can be adopted into permanent, loving homes. All new homes are screened and home checked, and we’re committed to the welfare of our rescued animals for the rest of their lives. We evaluate every animal’s temperament and work with professional trainers to correct any behavioral issues. If for any reason an adoption doesn’t work out, we require that the animal be returned to us.

New Beginnings for Animals doesn’t discriminate against any animal based on breed, size or age–all dogs and cats are created equal in our eyes!

Meet Our Board Members

Diane Klein

Lorie Armbruster
Vice President

Dianne Doyle

Hana Butter
Cat Adoption Coordinator

Since 2000, New Beginnings for Animals has rescued, rehabilitated, and adopted out over 4,000 dogs and cats from shelters throughout California.