mollysmutts One of the keys to a community’s success rate in helping their homeless animals is for local rescue groups to work together and support one another’s efforts. Los Angeles-based Molly’s Mutts & Meows was actually founded on this principle, so much so that it is inked into their mission statement.

Molly Wootton, founder of Molly’s Mutts & Meows, goes to great lengths to offer support and guidance to anyone in the community who wishes to help animals. Like many rescue groups, Molly’s Mutts & Meows does not have a physical facility, but instead relies on those willing to provide foster homes for animals until permanent homes are found. Molly attributes her tremendous success rate to her innovative methods of engaging volunteers; she allows foster home providers to go with her to the city shelters to pick out the animal they wish to care for.

Molly believes that including the volunteer in this manner fosters dedication, loyalty and a real commitment to the animal in their care. Molly’s dedication and can-do attitude are truly infectious, “We can save lives. People need to make adoption the first option,” says Molly, “We all need to get out there and educate our peer group. Those who have an adopted pet need to make it known and spread the message.” Check out all of Molly’s adoptable pets, or to find out how you can help, visit