In San Diego, there are many non-profits which are transforming the lives of pets and the humans who love them. Here are four organizations which are improving the lives of animals in a meaningful manner.

SNAP San Diego is a purpose-driven non-profit offering Low-No cost spay/neuter services to the San Diego community. Founded in 1990 by a group of woman volunteering at the local municipal shelter realizing that to reduce the number of animals euthanized in shelters every year, it would be necessary to reduce the numbers of homeless animals coming into the shelters. The Neuter Scooter, a mobile surgery bus launched, and primarily serving low-income neighborhoods, providing affordable spay/neuter services right where they are most needed. www.snap-sandiego.org

Lionel’s Legacy is a senior dog rescue and humane education program for elementary school children. The dedicated team advocate for senior dogs in need. In the rescue world, it is an extreme gamble as adoption rates for seniors are low and medical costs often high. As a result, many senior dogs are left behind at the shelter to live out their final days in confusion and discomfort. It is their goal to save and advocate for ONE senior dog at a time, and support anyone who is willing to do the same. www.lionelslegacy.org

Open Arms Rescue focuses on smaller breed dogs. They rescue dogs from shelters across Southern California and all the way down to Ensenada. Volunteers visit Baja California on a regular basis to help with feeding, cleaning, and finding dogs to bring into the rescue program. They select dogs that are adoptable, quarantine them at a vet in Baja, monitor them, vaccinate them and then transport them to the US straight into volunteers’ homes for fostering until they become adopted giving dogs a new start at a happy life. www.openarmsrescue.org

San Diego House Rabbit Society rescues abandoned domestic rabbits within the community and finds them new homes, supports local shelters in the care of their rabbits, and educates the community on the proper and responsible care of domestic rabbit companions. They support the general community through a hotline, Bunny Supply Store, and educational seminars to help people care for their rabbit companions. Providing a “rabbit community” environment of social activities and volunteer opportunities for those interested in rabbits as indoor family companions. www.sandiegorabbits.org