Compassion. Awareness. Responsibility. Education.

 a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization ID# 46-3226620 


Through CARE we try to emphasize Compassion for all animals, raise Awareness about animals in need, encourage people to take more Responsibility for their pets, and help Educate them before they take on a new animal. 

Not only are we a 501(c)(3) rescue that helps to save animals in need, but we also want to try to prevent more animals from ending up on the streets or in the shelter through knowledge. By educating people on what goes into taking care of pets, the difference in breeds and how one breed can be a better fit for a certain lifestyle than another, and about how many amazing animals are in the shelters, we hope we can start to lower the number of pets that are killed every day. It is important for people to know how many great animals are euthanized each year because of irresponsible people and bad pet owners, not bad pets.  By helping to change one person at a time, we can save one animal at a time. If you CARE, we can all make a difference.

Though we are small, we are mighty. With no facility and just being able to save animals with fosters and limited space, we have rescued hundreds upon hundreds of in need companion animals. We depend on fosters to make this all possible, so we welcome any and all people who are interested in helping to ask us about our foster program and learn how you can make a huge difference as well as save a life.   One day, we hope to have a facility and have the capacity to create a sanctuary for animals in need, but in the mean time, we will continue to do what we can to help as many as we can.

We also depend heavily on donations from our fellow animal lovers. Every animal requires vet visits, food, supplies, and more. There is no way we could do what we do without the help of our donation angels. If you feel like helping, we take checks or you can also donate through PayPal at EVERY SINGLE DOLLAR goes to the animals. We do this because we want to make a difference and all the payment we need is seeing the happy faces of the animals we have saved. (As well as the humans saved by finding their new best friends) 

Thank you for taking the time to learn a little bit about us and what we do. You can follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. We always appreciate help by sharing our posts on social media!

If you can’t adopt, foster. If you can’t foster, donate. If you can’t donate, share. Sharing is caring and it all makes a difference!!

Meet Our CARE rescue la team

Kelle King, Founder

Kelle grew up on a ranch and has always been surrounded by animals. She started rescuing them at the age of 4 when she would bring home sick, injured, or stray creatures, and she and her mom would help them and rehome them. She always dreamed of having her own rescue one day but never imagined it wouldbe at the age of 30. She started with rescuing one dog from North Central Animal Shelter and finding it a home and then just kept going, one dog at a time. Kelle is also a photographer and works with a company called NightWatch that helps to save the lives of horses. She lives between Nashville and LA and has horses, dogs and cats of her own. She's always fostering animals and hopes to one day live on a ranch where she can take in  as many animals as she can. 

 Photo Credit:  Mitya Ku

Rebecca Kuzma, Co-Founder & Vice President

Rebecca worked as a makeup artist for the Lion King on broadway for years in New York before moving to LA to pursue her dream of doing makeup for television and movies. She grew up an avid animal lover and would help everything from earthworms to hermit crabs. 

Rebecca started joining Kelle on her dog rescue missions early on just for fun. Now, as best friends, they have worked together to build CARE Rescue into something bigger than they ever dreamed. Rebecca has a heart of gold and is someone who is there to always help a friend or an animal in need. While CARE Rescue started as a dog rescue, Rebecca quickly established her role on the CARE board as the “cat lady” and dedicates most of her time to helping cats.

She lives here in LA with her 3 rescue cats. 

 Photo Credit:  dimnikolov

Ava Gaudet, Co-Founder 

Ava is an animal lover from way back. She has always had a desire to help animals and began her charity efforts as a child when she would host yard sales, set lemonade stands & hot chocolate stands then donate all the earnings to the ASPCA. As an adult she began fostering rescue dogs and learned how fulfilling it is to open your heart and home to the little souls who need another chance at life! 

Now, she's continuing to help our furry friends in need with CARE Rescue LA, and is more fulfilled than ever!

She is currently raising a rescue pup named Rocky, and continues to save lives in honor of her dog, Java, who became the love of her life and was saved from death row in a high kill LA shelter.

Kerry Feirman, President

Kerry has been an animal fanatic ever since she was born.  Growing up her home was always filled with dogs, rabbits, guinea pigs, mice, and even frogs!  Kerry grew up in the Bay Area, and starting at a young age would volunteer at the local animal rescue groups. From the experience she gained by doing this it became a dream of her’s early on to create something bigger in order to help animals in need. 

Now as an adult Kerry is able to recognize this childhood dream through CARE Rescue LA. Currently Kerry lives with 2 wonderful rescue cats, and 2 amazing rescue dogs, and constant fosters come through her house as well.  Basically her house is filled with animal fur all over everything, all of the time ;) But nothing is more fulfilling to Kerry than being able to save an innocent furry life, and see them go on to thrive. One day Kerry hopes to see CARE Rescue recognize their goal of owning and running a prosperous animal rescue facility.

Joey Tuccio, Board of Directors

Joey is the president of Roadmap Writers. The first time Joey walked into a kill shelter it was just to drop off blankets. Twenty four hours later, he adopted a pit bull who was in the shelter for over a month. Eight months later he adopted another pit that was deemed “aggressive”. This couldn’t have been further from the truth. Through Roadmap Writers, Joey is able to help raise pledges for dogs in kill shelters. CareRescueLa hopes to raise awareness and to educate people that feel like turning in their pet is the last resort. 



Kelly Kemp, Treasurer

Kelly Kemp is an Actress, Producer, and Project Developer who was born and raised in Albuquerque, New Mexico with a strong will and desire to spend the rest of her life creating for an audience. While growing up Kelly had many different pets and a strong love for any living creature. Her family was always of the mind that pets were family members that should be adopted or saved. The most influential animal in her life was her childhood cat, Oreo, who was rescued in front of a popular restaurant when Kelly,10 years old, begged her father all evening to take the little kitten home. He finally acquiesced and Oreo grew old with a loving family. Oreo taught Kelly how wonderful it was to save a life and impressed upon her how important it was to give and receive unconditional love. 

While working in Los Angeles she has aligned herself with CARE Rescue LA in order to spread awareness about the increasingly desperate situation many pets find themselves in. Kelly's goal as Treasure is to acquire and maintain the much needed funds for the non profit so we can continue helping save lives and educating the Los Angeles population about the shelter and animal care systems. She is honored to be working so closely with the most hard working beautiful ladies in the Los Angeles rescue scene.

shira scott astrof,  board of directors

Shira, who grew up on Long Island, New York, has been an animal rescuer almost her entire life. In elementary school she found a 3 week old almost lifeless kitten in her back yard and nursed him back to health. Of course, she and her family kept the kitten, named him Booties, and from then on Shira began rescuing and finding homes for hundreds of stray and abandoned cats. She became a vegetarian at age 12 (now Vegan) and moved to Los Angeles at age 17 to attend the University of Southern California and pursue a career in acting. In LA she founded and participated in various cat and dog rescue and animal rights organizations. It was fortuitous that she met Rebecca and Kelle, the founding members of Care Rescue LA -- two women with a passion for animal rights and work ethics similar to hers.  She recently combined her smaller organization into Care Rescue LA and became an active member of the Board of Directors of Care Rescue LA. Shira lives in LA with her two rescue cats and she also fosters dogs.  She hopes that one day soon, breeding will be a thing of the past, pounds will be empty, and all dogs and cats will have forever loving homes.