The Kris Kelly Foundation was founded by Kris Kelly after many years of dreaming of her own Non-Profit to save animals from abuse, slaughter, and neglect. The Foundation is taking an approach to not only work for animals but work for people also.
When Kris Kelly was in 5th grade she read a book for a book report about an old lady and an old horse. They were friends and spent a lot of time together. Kris remembers her teacher asking her over and over "Why do you think they are such good friends"....as Kris was talking her teacher kept saying "Keep talking...keep talking". Kris finally said "Because they are BOTH lonely and need each other". The teacher gave her a big smile and then an A on her oral book report.
That scene has run through Kris's mind over the years. She didn't know what would come of this memory that she couldn't shake. As she grew older she developed a yearning to have the elderly, animals, and children work together.
The Kris Kelly Foundation is an animal rescue organization that embraces the elderly and children (that includes teenagers).
People have to understand that they have to live with the animals and animals NEED people. We all need each other. We are all one and together we can all help the ones in need heal.
There are a lot of lonely souls that are in need of healing and The Kris Kelly Foundation is here to find those souls and then heal them. Souls come in all ages, sizes, skin colors, fur, skin, and races. We embrace everyon e. Whatever costume you wear on your journey in this life underneath the costume is a being that is full of love.
We at The Kris Kelly Foundation embrace "Humanity" and we give dignity and a voice to the animals that need someone to do it for them.
If anyone is interested in fostering for The Kris Kelly Foundation please Contact Us
The Joy of Fostering
Willing to turn your home into a halfway house for a homeless dog? Shelters need more people like you!
Are you missing the company of a dog but reluctant to take on the full responsibility? Maybe you live in a smallish apartment or are worried about the burden of unexpected veterinary bills. Or perhaps you recently lost your dog but aren't ready for a full-time dog. Well, there is a way to enjoy doggie companionship and help a dog in need on a temporary basis; it's called fostering. Fostering a dog is one of the most rewarding ways to get that sublime dog love without having the full responsibility of life-long guardianship.
Here's how it works:
- You give: a temporary crash pad, some food, water, a little exercise and love.
- You get: lots of tail wags, wet nose kisses, dog hugs and that emotionally satisfying feeling of having saved a life.
Sadly, every year, four million companion animals are killed in our nation's shelter system. The lucky ones who survive are saved by a network of rescue organizations that bail dogs out of the pound. Until those dogs are placed in their forever homes, they need a safe and emotionally supportive place to recover from their ordeal of anguish, abandonment and sometimes, injuries. That haven, where a lonely dog can heal his broken heart and learn to trust humans again, could be your home for as little as a couple of days. Sometimes it takes a few months for a harder-to-place dog like a pit bull mix or a senior dog.
Rescue organizations usually have a website and a location where they show the dogs and conduct interviews with potential guardians. A foster dog is usually picked up by volunteers every weekend for appointments and returned in the evening until a suitable home is secured. Rescue organizations could not function without foster homes - fosters are special people who are an integral part of the rescue system. It's simple: if there were more reliable foster guardians, more dogs could be saved from the pound.
An advantage of fostering is that you can choose the kind of doggie experience that suits you best. A good rescue organization will tailor your foster experience to your (and the dog's) particular needs. For example; if you are a high-energy person who wants to jog or likes to take long walks, you can arrange to foster an active, athletic dog. If you are the type of person who likes to stay home in the evenings and watch TV, you can arrange to foster a senior dog or an injured dog who will be happy to sit with you by the fire. If you have more free time and love puppies, you can arrange for that too. There is a perfect dog for every foster mom or dad.
Yet another advantage of fostering is that if you are looking for your dog of a lifetime, this is a smart way to meet different dogs, helping them along into their new homes until that magic moment happens. One night, you'll be lying next to each other in bed and your foster dog will look deep into your eyes and sigh sweetly. You'll return his gaze and reach out to him. You'll feel a surge in your heart. You'll know. You'll tell yourself, no one else is good enough for this dog. You'll hold him close and you'll tell him the magic words, "you're mine forever. I love you."
At that moment, you will join an exclusive club, the elite corps of failed foster parents. I'll tell you a secret: failure never felt so good.
And To My Family I Bequeath My Beloved Pets
by Kris Kelly
What would happen to your beloved pets if you died tomorrow?
That is a question that runs through all of our minds quite often. What would happen if I died tomorrow. Would my friends and family follow through on their promises they gave me when I asked them to take care of my pets if I die?
As an animal rescuer I have heard so many stories of children dumping pets at the shelters after their parents pass away. Did I say "many stories"? Let me correct myself, "many many many stories."
I am going through a situation that is different but it has to do with an animal guardian who died this past Christmas Eve.
I met a woman named Cindy at meetings in Sherman Oaks for The Director of Animal Welfare meetings. She was a great lady and helped on a cat rescue from gang territory in East Los Angeles. After the rescue I did not hear from her for a while.
11 months ago I got a call from her and she told me that she was diagnosed with stomach cancer. I felt terrible. Bad people live long lives and this wonderful woman who helps so many feral cats is going to die. She swore she would beat it and continue to rescue cats. She told me she had some kittens that needed to be adopted out and she could not get to them in her other room. I told her I would come and get them but the communication was terrible because of her chemo treatments. Two months ago Cindy called me about a dog that we had rescued out together. The guardian died and his son brought him to Pasadena Humane Society. I was crushed because when we pulled him from Baldwin Park Shelter he was a scared little boy. I called Pasadena Humane Society for Cindy and they told me that the chi went to a rescue?which is great but they did not scan the dog to see that Cindy's rescue was listed as second contact on his AVID chip. I spoke with the manager of PHS and he said that when a dog is relinquished they do not scan the animal. I told him that that wasn't a good idea because many rescues are listed as 2nd contact and that is why because if an animal ends up at a shelter or a vets office that we will take the animal back into our rescue. I am presently in contact with PHS to see if they are planning on changing that policy.
On Christmas Eve Cindy died and asked her ex-husband to call Kris Kelly to save her babies? I got the dreaded call the day after Christmas. I met her ex-husband and her caretaker at the home in Northridge the next day. To my surprise there was a dog named Alfie? and 60 plus cats.
I asked the caretaker if any money was allocated towards the cats and he told me no?she gave him $500.00 but that all went to food which was running out. I am in the process of trying to save these cats. We have taken out 8 so far and Alfie is going to go into a foster home while a forever home is found. Alfie is a senior Sky Terrier who is so friendly and as can be expected LOVES CATS!
If I was not around to help Cindy's cats who would be able to help?
Animal Control would have to be called and we know the outcome of that. Most of these kittys are older and some have colds. We brought medication to the caretaker on Sunday. We medicated them on Sunday and he has taken over until we get to the home again.
So the moral of this story is to please everyone get organized. Write something in your will regarding your animals. Put aside money towards your animals. Find someone who will truly care for your pets. Do not rely on family unless you know they are true animal lovers? they may love you but they may not be fond of animals or they may not have the time to properly care for your beloved pets.
My goal is to help every single cat in Cindy's home? I will honor her by making sure her babies live a safe and loved life and I urge everybody who has a friend, colleague, parent etc to do the same.
Please contact me if you can help with the cats.
When giving is a way of life
May 16, 2012
Kris Kelly named her passion at a young age. She loved the animals and felt compelled to help them in whatever ways she could. This fire from within paved the way for her animal advocacy. Kris began rescuing and fostering animals before she moved to Los Angeles where her desire and compassion to make a difference became more formalized. As a volunteer at both the Amanda Foundation, and the Lange Foundation, Kris learned the best ways to care for the needy animals. She counts Gillian Lange as both her hero and mentor; this confidence spurred Kris on to start her own 5013c non-profit animal rescue- The Kris Kelly Foundation. www.thekriskellyfoundation.org
What makes this dynamic woman a force to be reckoned with? She gets things done. Essentially, her mission at her Foundation is to save animals from abuse, neglect and slaughter, as well as to find them safe, loving homes. Illegal backyard breeding, and selling dogs in stores, largely supplied by inhumane puppy mills, are areas that drive Kris into action. She participates in peaceful protests to help influence the minds and motives of those who can make a sea change by switching from selling bred dogs that have lived a tortured life in puppy mills, to adopting rescued animals. She petitions a multitude of sources, networks consistently on Facebook, and engages law enforcement to use the power they have been given to crack-down on illegal backyard breeding.
Besides utilizing carefully chosen foster homes to assist in caring for animals her Foundation rescues, Kris holds garage sales, conducts mobile adoptions and participates in fundraisers to help cover the impressive bills necessary to cover all of the intricacies of running her organization, as well as the formidable veterinary costs including shots, spay/neuter procedures, and medicines. Her dream of her owning a facility will no doubt materialize if tenacity and drive have anything to do with it.
Kris is as devoted to helping save a 500 pound pig from a concrete backyard, or relocating a dozen hens as she is to improving the life of an abandoned cat or dog; to her, all life is precious. She feels her own rescue animals, like so many others she has saved, are heaven sent. They are messengers that teach about the power of unconditional love. Kris has learned that lesson well.