Sarah Fitzgerald is the president and Founder of Designer Dog Rescue. In 2018 she decided it was the best to merge with The Little Angels Project in order to save more lives. Since merging, we have saved 3 times as many lives as we would by ourselves.
Her love for animals started really young. She grew up wanting to be a veterinarian and perused her ideal career in college at California State University, Fresno. She graduated in 2010 with a Bachelors of Science in Animal Science. Before trotting off to veterinary school, she decided to really think about what path she wanted to make.
In that time she was introduced to the Facebook page, San Fernando valley lost and found pets. With her free time, she helped reunited lost and found pets within the valley and started to realize that her local shelter needed help. They are a large intake shelter, with great volunteers, but without help, dogs were dying. So she decided to volunteer her time to take pictures of the dogs at her local shelter to help them get adopted or rescued. When networking animals in need, you often have to personally ask rescues to take in animals. It was after several months of begging other rescues, who were full and had no more room for more dogs, that she decided to start Designer Dog Rescue.
In January 2015, the first “designer dog” was rescued from the East Valley animal shelter. She was determined to help as much as possible, even if it was just one dog at a time. She fostered all the dogs herself, and all medical costs came out of her pocket. With each new dog rescued and adopted, Designer Dog Rescue’s following became stronger.
In the summer of 2015, Sarah applied for 501(c) non-profit status… A dream for most “Indy” rescues. And within a couple of months, she received the best letter ever! She was approved! By that time she had other key members on board, and several other fosters available. Still new to the rescue world, it was still slow going, and little donations came in. As the rescue became larger, she was able to help more and more animals. Each chance she got, she applied for partnerships with other rescues, shelters, and programs. In the first year, Designer Dog Rescue helped around 100 dogs! And in the next years to come, more and more dogs will be in happy loving homes thanks to her and her wonderful team!
Hard work and dedication is what it takes, and this girl will not stop until Designer Dog Rescue is no longer needed!