Ace of Hearts, a private dog rescue in Los Angeles, is keeping its doors open amid the coronavirus pandemic.
Despite the global health crisis, the 501(c)(3) organization, founded by Kari Whitman, continues to rescue pups with the goal of finding them a loving home.
Over the weekend, Whitman spoke to TMZ about her rescue, which she says is booming because people social distancing at home are realizing that having a pet could improve their lives.
In fact, Whitman says she is taking in and housing up to 31 pooches in a span of three days — the number she would normally see in 10 weeks — and is getting up to 40 foster/adoption applications per day.
When it comes to pairing a pup with a potential parent, Whitman and her team interview prospective owners and do virtual house checks. The owners then visit the rescue to see the dog while wearing masks and gloves for protection.
Despite Whitman’s efforts, she says that some shelters — including one in San Bernardino County — are allegedly more inclined to euthanize dogs than to send them to a rescue like hers.
However, Whitman is working hard to protect the furry creatures of Southern California. Per its Facebook page, Ace of Hearts does “NOT take dogs in ... we rescue only from shelters.”
Whitman launched the nonprofit in 2001 after her American bulldog Ace — who she rescued from a death-row shelter in 1990 — sadly passed away.