She has spent most of her life surrounded by animals. Growing up her parents owned German Shepherds and Cocker Spaniels. Other pets included hamsters, fish, birds, and horses.
Living in California, she was able work as an administrative assistant with topnotch entertainment studios, such as Disney, Warner Brothers, and Universal City Studios. After ten years, Laurie decided she needed a career change and wanted to focus her time working more closely with animals and people and their pets on a more personal level.
Laurie directed this love for animals toward volunteering at South Los Angeles Shelter and Harbor Animal Shelter as an approved foster and has also offered community service hours at the Carson Shelter as well. She has assisted in pet placement, rescuing pets from shelters as well as personally rescuing animals off the streets, and gets them vetted and nursed back to health before trying to find fosters and or adoptive parents.
In 1999, she founded Critter Care, a pet-sitting business which provides house visits, dog park visits, daycare services, pet transportation, and boarding. She is also experienced in working with pets with illnesses, disabilities, pets with separation anxiety, and also works with rescued pets lacking socialization skills, newborns, and seniors. Critter Care is a proud member of Pet Sitters International since 2002.
Recently she stopped to help a male Pomeranian who was limping in and out of traffic on a very busy street. She picked him up and immediately drove him to her veterinarian, Jansen’s Animal Hospital in Torrance, CA. There he was vaccinated and an estimate was determined on possible surgery to correct a damaged eye. The vet believes that he still has sight in his damaged eye. The little Pomeranian is about 2 years old. Laurie was able to capture him on video at the vet: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cWxjgp-6Ifo.
She named the little guy Taco and he is currently being boarded until a foster or adopter can be found.
Laurie has also taken on another hardship case; a small dog named Chula, who was found running loose on a busy street and was suffering from a severe skin condition called mange, as well as a yeast infection within his skin, with a low immune system, thus accruing very high medical bills, along with Taco.
Donations have been coming in, but Laurie still has not even raised half of what is owed and more expenses are accruing for both dogs. She has admitted that times are tough and it is often difficult to make ends meet while caring for special needs dogs, as well as her own. However, when she is contacted by a shelter or any person requesting help with a pet, she cannot say “no”. She finds a way through her own compassion and passion for rescuing to make it happen and gets the animals the help they need.
This past weekend she opened her home to three more dogs from the Carson Shelter. View the slide show to see the newest fosters needing rescue.
Laurie’s efforts have not gone unnoticed. She has appeared on Channel 11’s morning show “Good Day LA on their “Adopt a Pet” segment. This enabled her to reach out to the community and share some of her rescue pets to improve their chances of adoption.
When we read or hear of people like Laurie Bershin, we appreciate rescue workers even more as we see how difficult their work really is. We see how they give up their own luxuries in life for the sake of another. They are totally selfless and think that one small life is significant enough to be worth saving, often at their own expense. With people like Laurie Bershin and countless others like her, we see miracles happen every single day. They are truly the unsung heroes in our society.
“Each one must give as he has decided in his heart, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.” – 2 Corinthians 9:6-7
Please help Laurie continue her important work helping the defenseless and the voiceless. No amount is too small.
About the Author
Denise Carey-Costa has been a lifelong advocate for animals. She has written numerous children`s books promoting kindness and compassion for all creatures and raising awareness for the plight of unwanted animals. Denise tours with her books to schools and libraries teaching the importance of spaying and neutering your pets, adopting a shelter pet and how to report animal cruelty. Visit Amazon.com and all other book retailers to see books written by Denise Carey-Costa.