Named after founder Sasha Abelson’s late rescue pit bull, Leo, Love Leo Rescue is committed to rescuing and rehabilitating abused, abandoned, injured or sick dogs and helping them get the medical attention and training they need before placing them in homes.
“A dog that has a broken leg and needs a $3,000 to $4,000 surgery might not be high on a member of the public’s list of adoptable dogs. So we want to give those dogs an extra chance of getting out of the shelter,” says Abelson, who gave up her career in environmental policy to focus on the non-profit’s rescue efforts and spay and neuter clinic, which has taken in more than 500 cats and dogs to date.
Ellen Pompeo of Grey’s Anatomy and The Newsroom’s Olivia Munn have both adopted dogs from the organization, as has Younger’s Hilary Duff, who adopted two pooches, Momo and Lucy, after discovering the rescue on Instagram, where dogs with medical conditions are often featured. “I’m the last person on earth to join Venmo,” says Duff. “But, weekly, I find myself donating to cover costly surgeries.” loveleorescue.org.