Dedication & Everlasting Love To Animals (D.E.L.T.A. Rescue); founded by Leo Grillo in 1979, is a non-profit wilderness animal rescue organization.
The DELTA Rescue staff provides food, medical care, as well as everlasting love and dedication to animals that have been abandoned in the wilderness. On a daily basis animals are abandoned in the forests and deserts without any food or water.
For over 30 years now Leo has personally rescued thousands of animals that would have otherwise faced certain death. Once Leo has rescued one of these precious animals they are then taken to the D.E.L.T.A. Rescue Supersanctuary: the largest, no-kill, and care-for-life sanctuary in the world. The Supersanctuary sits on a 115-acre mountaintop and is currently home to 1,500 cats and dogs.
Each of our dogs is either spayed or neutered, and then “married” to another rescued dog of the opposite sex. The married couple lives in a huge yard with their own stuccoed straw bale doghouse. Our over 500 cats live in three dozen air-conditioned indoor and outdoor catteries where they each enjoy three meals a day. The formerly feral cats now have a cozy place to sleep, and climbing trees to play on!
At D.E.L.T.A. Rescue we are passionate about the safety and well being of our animals, but our care and concern does not stop there. DELTA Rescue has formed its Humane Investigations Unit to assure the taxpayers that government run “shelters” and pounds are treating the public ‘s animals humanely.
It was great to finally meet you on last month’s tour of our Super shelter! I still can’t get over how large and beautiful Delta Rescue is, and how happy all the animals are. Do you receive any help from the government?
EM, West Covina, CA
Not a dime! Our entire mission and all that it takes to run it and care for over 1,500 dogs & cats, is supported ONLY through donations from people just like you. Without your regular support, our “Camelot” would disappear forever.
How much of my donation goes to help the animals and how much goes into fund raising?
MV, New York City
If you check off the box on the enclosed reply card on how you would like your gift spent, we spend it exactly that way. Built into each amount is our fund raising cost of about 11% — one of the lowest in all of charitable giving. Itís like buying something with “tax included” in the price. And when you don’t check off a box, or when you say “spend where needed most,” it STILL goes into services for the animals and NOT into overhead or fund raising.
Why do we have to take a tour and why are you not open to the public for all to see what a great job you are doing?
DP, Dearborn Heights, MI
Being the largest no-kill shelter in the world, and the most renowned, when people are desperate to “get rid” of their pet, they call us – dozens of times a week! Unlike most groups, we will NOT contribute to the “disposable pet” problem, by letting these people think it is alright to give up their children. I let them know it’s a terrible thing, and that they MUST find another way to solve their problem.
But even being so outspoken on this issue, people still try to get our address so they can abandon their pets on our doorsteps. So tours are scheduled for members-only. In a perfect world we would be happy to let everyone see what weíre doing, but itís far from a perfect world.
Can I send you treats for the animals?
PE, New Brunswick
Yes, our kids love treats!
Each of our dogs gets rawhide chewies every day, so anything else would be a treat! We also go through lots of blankets and towels, stainless steel dog dishes, 5-gallon plastic water buckets, etc. To send them, please use UPS ONLY.
Send to our Package Acceptance Service, “for D.E.L.T.A. Rescue,” 6021 Shannon Valley Rd, Acton, CA 93510. They do not accept drop offs. If you want to personally deliver these gifts, please come on a members only tour of our SuperSanctuary – then I can thank you in person!
Is it true you have a retirement home for your elderly dogs? Would you consider taking in an elderly old lady too?
PS, Chicago Ridge, IL
Never lose your sense of humor! You must mean our “Dog town” It began in 1984, and in 1986 we built our first heated complex – for older, arthritic dogs at our shelter.
Do you participate in matching gifts programs from employers and can you automatically deduct donations from my checking account?
LC, Carmel, NY
Yes, we are in a few matching gift programs, but we could be in a lot more! It’s up to you though, to go to your personnel department and tell them about us. (This is also VERY GOOD FOR YOU because it singles you out as being civic-minded, and companies like that in their staff!)
But we do take credit cards! You can just drop me a note saying that you would like to talk about setting up an automatic monthly gift from your credit card. Then we will call you and work out the details.
How can I get some of your video tapes?
GJ, Los Angeles
Call us at 1-661-269-4010 and we will send you a free copy of Rescuer 1 or Rescuer 2. And if you want to build the best dog house for the least amount of money, you can ask for a copy of STRAW BALE DOGHOUSE.
The videos are free to anyone, member or not. We do ask for a $10 donation to cover duplicating costs and first class mail postage for each video.