SASHA ABELSON | PRESIDENT

Sasha has been involved in rescue for 7 years. When she first moved to Southern California she had no idea about the serious pet overpopulation crisis that plagues this region (and in fact – most of the country – and the world). She started volunteering once a week for another rescue group and soon felt it was her obligation to do more. That is when Love Leo Rescue came to be.

Sasha has been involved in rescue for 7 years. When she first moved to Southern California she had no idea about the serious pet overpopulation crisis that plagues this region (and in fact – most of the country – and the world). She started volunteering once a week for another rescue group and soon felt it was her obligation to do more. That is when Love Leo Rescue came to be.

Sasha has always had a soft spot for the sick, injured, abused and neglected dogs. She knows these dogs need a little (or a lot) of extra help to make it out of the shelter alive. It is not often that a member of the public will walk into a shelter and choose to adopt the sickest, most broken animal. That is where Sasha and Love Leo Rescue come in. Over the years – she has rescued dogs used as “bait dogs” in fighting rings, a dog that had been dragged behind a car, dogs with broken legs, dogs with missing eyes, dogs that have been staved nearly to death, dogs rejected by breeders due to birth defects, sickly puppies… the list goes on.

After all these years of working in rescue – she realized there was something else that needed to be done. The urgent need for preventative programs became very obvious. That is why Sasha and her team launched her spay and neuter program. The city and county of LA have very few spay and neuter programs. The ones they do offer are usually hard to connect with and are almost always booked. Sasha and Love Leo chose to target the low income and underserved area of South El Monte. South El Monte is well known for the number of stray animals roaming the streets. With the help of her project coordinator, Evelia Ramos, and the spay4LA spay and neuter trucks – they have spayed and neutered over 124 dogs and cats (to date: September, 2016). That is 124 animals that will not be having “unwanted” litters which may eventually find their way to our overcrowded shelters.

Sasha plans to continue her rescue program and hopes to expand her spay and neuter program to surrounding areas.