D.E.L.T.A. Shelta’

Happy Tuesday, folks! Well, here in the Boston area (yes, that’s why we can say “Shelta’ ” in the title) we are buried behind, under, and in between walls of piled up snow after the second week in a row of blizzards. We figured now would be a great time to take a break from all this and “think warm thoughts,” so we’ll be bringing you a story about a very special place in sunny California.

The place is D.E.L.T.A. Rescue’s Super Sanctuary, the world’s largest care for life, no-kill animal sanctuary. We recently connected with the kind folks there and learned more about the amazing work they are doing for abandoned and feral animals. D.E.L.T.A. stands for Dedication & Everlasting Love to Animals.

The shelter now houses over 1500 dogs, cats and horses rescued from the wilderness by the Rescue’s founder, Leo Grillo. These animals are housed in specially-built living environments within the shelter’s unique complex nestled in a valley in the high desert area of Los Angeles.

The generous support of donors to the Shelter, founded in 1979 and growing since, means that their expert veterinary team enjoys state-of-the-art medical technology, and does not need to spare expenses for the care of the resident animals, where other shelters would need to make the unfortunate decision to decline a medical procedure for an animal.

The below video shows a bit more information and a firsthand glimpse into D.E.L.T.A.

Learn more about D.E.L.T.A. by visiting their web page at http://www.deltarescue.org/

Current Initiatives at D.E.L.T.A.:

A Real Rainbow Bridge – *Call for Stories* About the Deep Spiritual Connection We Share with Our Pets

D.E.L.T.A. is currently seeking story submissions for a publication that Mr. Grillo is preparing that will explore the deep connection we form with our pets, and the notion that we will be reunited with them across the “Rainbow Bridge” leading to the afterlife. Regardless of your spiritual beliefs, perhaps you have a story about the deep connection you’ve shared with a beloved pet who has now passed. If so, submit your story or simply learn more about this initiative and call for submissions by visiting the official press release.

“Ask the Vet” Service

D.E.L.T.A.’s dedication to proper animal care is demonstrated by a FREE service they offer which will respond to your pet health questions online. This section of their website allows you to contact D.E.L.T.A. Rescue veterinarian, Dr. Gaylord Brown to get individualized feedback and answers to questions about your pet. Of course there are some items for which in-person work and testing must be done, but this is a superb resource if you are looking for a vet’s opinion and guidance at zero cost to you.

Learn more about this service by visiting D.E.L.T.A.’s information page here.

The Rescuer – Full-Length Feature

The below movie brings you through the story of the founding of D.E.L.T.A. by Leo Grillo.

All photos and videos appear courtesy of D.E.L.T.A. Rescue.


Special thanks to  Dogs N Pawz and Talking Dogs for hosting this Tuesday’s Tails blog hop. This is the blog hop that features shelter pets. Find a pet at your local animal shelter or rescue and join us!

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13 thoughts on “D.E.L.T.A. Shelta’

    1. Yeah, that’s the one item that is a little different. I don’t know if I would call it “sad” so much as unconventional. It is like finding yourself lost in the wilderness, and then being rescued and sent to a really cool community living center with a cool apartment to live in for the rest of your days where you’re really well taken care of and have top-notch medical staff.

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      1. Dogs need human companionship or are they wild? I don’t know I just do not think it is a good thing for dogs to live that way. If you asked any dog I bet they would rather have a person of their own rather than a vet to visit them once in a while.

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      2. The dogs do get the care of the staff on the facility every day, playing with them and such. Also, keep in mind many of these dogs had abusive experiences with humans, and all were abandoned in the wilderness, and some of them are classified as “feral.” The site mentions that these animals were days away from starvation and death when they were rescued. I might tend to agree that a human home situation is preferable in general, but the dogs in this facility span a numbers of types of special case. D.E.L.T.A. definitely agrees that finding homes for rescued animals is generally the answer; you can find out more about their stance in general on the FAQ page of their site (http://deltarescue.org/frequently-asked-questions/find-home-beloved-pet-rescued-animal/) and learn a bit more about the animals in the Super Sanctuary itself on the About page (http://deltarescue.org/about/).

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    1. Yes, well my impression is they started from humble beginnings that must have just looked like Leo Grillo, the founder, going around and starting to take in and care these animals, and then create a newsletter and donation network under a 501-c. In the video he mentions he still writes all of the letters personally. Pretty incredible what you can achieve with focus and determination, huh?

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