Schwartz Family Foundation is Changing the Lives of Vets and Animals

Schwartz Family Foundation is Changing the Lives of Vets and Animals

LLS3There is a saying about dogs that goes like this, “Saving one dog will not change the world, but surely for that one dog, the world will change forever.” Lorree Levy Schwartz has changed the world for thousands of dogs, and she is someone you should definitely get to know. Loree, along with her veterinarian husband Monte, has worked countless hours, donated numerous supplies and changed the world forever for rescue dogs.

Rescuing dogs since 1978, Loree is the Director of Toy Breeds Rescue out of San Jose, CA, USA, where she and Dr. Schwartz also run The Boulevard Pet Hospital. The Schwartz’s dedicate nearly every waking hour to helping animals. “Being brought up in Brooklyn, in city housing, we were not allowed to have dogs or cats. Of course I did sneak my cat in and brought her to California when I moved here in 1978,” Loree recalls as she relayed how she became involved in animal rescues. “At that time there was a Shih Tzu named CoCo who needed a home and I was in the position to take her so she was my first dog.”

LLSLoree is a Shih Tzu lover and a lot of what she does through her rescue benefits Shih Tzu’s and all toy breeds. In addition to her other duties, Loree is the coordinator for the Bay Area Shih Tzu Rescue, and the Chairman of The American Shih Tzu Club’s rescue committee. Through all of her connections, Loree is often called upon by other rescuers wanting to collaborate, and receives calls from people who, for whatever reason, can no longer care for their animal. “This year alone we’ve taken in many individual rescues. We’ve also saved 17 Shih Tzus from a hoarder situation and within two weeks we went to 24 because three were pregnant,” offered Loree when asked for the number of dogs she’s rescued. “The numbers of rescues have varied over the years but even one rescue is too many!”

Taking care of the dogs post rescue is, in part, what makes the Schwartz’s a unique and powerful twosome. Dr. Schwartz using his advanced schooling to provide care for each and every rescue dog that Loree, and the vast number of Toy Breed Rescue volunteers, save. The goal is to ensure that each dog receives the proper healthcare, vaccines, identification chip, dental, grooming and spay and neutering; and yes, even pregnancy care. Re-homing all rescued dogs, in good health, is the goal for Loree.

LLS_MonteBut with rescue volumes of between 200 and 400 dogs a year, the need for veterinary care can be quite daunting. That’s why Loree and Dr. Schwartz decided to create the Schwartz Family Foundation. “When we were doing our estate planning,” said Loree, “we decided we wanted to be able to enjoy the rewards of giving while we were here and set up a guideline for how we’d like our foundation run when we are gone. Since Monte is a veterinarian and the cost of schooling has risen, he wanted to assist future veterinarians to realize their dreams. This approach incorporates both of our passions, rescue and vet care, and it equals success for animals and people alike!”

The Schwartz Family Foundation, is a 501C3 charity established to provide financial assistance to future veterinarians and assist with the care and needs of animals and animal welfare groups. By creating this tax deductible arm, the Schwartz’s are able to stay focused on creating a future generation of veterinarians and caring for dogs, that are in many cases considered less than ideal. Loree accepts some medically challenged dogs whose needs extend from orthopedic surgery to liver shunt surgery and more; and senior dogs are also received into the rescue program. Loree, her team of rescue and foster volunteers along with Dr. Schwartz’s selfless clinical treatment, transforms the dogs in their care and gets them ready for “the best rest of their lives!”

LLSLogoAfter all these years of helping dogs, Loree is clear on her fondest rescue memory, “My favorite placement is all placements. Any dogs that we can rehabilitate and re-home give me such a warm feeling. One of the best is actually the story about Mai Tai. His owner came in with two Shih Tzu to surrender. Mai Tai was, at 14, the older of the two and the more medically challenged. Mai Tai was deaf, had limited vision, was overweight, had a heart condition, chronic infections and needed a lot of care. Out of nowhere I received a telephone call from two ‘angels’ from Seattle. They wanted to adopt him! They gave him the absolute best rest of his life. His picture hangs above my desk and I smile at him daily.” The little dog Loree calls Mai Tai changed my world. Why? Because we adopted him–my parents took Mai Tai in and renamed him OD. He lived another three years and was such a big blessing in our lives. You can read about OD here.

LLS2If you’d like to support the Schwartz Family Foundation and help create a safety net for animals, you can spread the word about the website, read and comment on their blog; and of course donations are always welcome and needed. If you are in the Northern CA area and want to help Loree either with rescuing, transporting, fostering or rehabilitating dogs please contact her. Also, Loree asks that you please spay and neuter your animals pets and to consider adopting a rescue dog instead of purchasing a puppy. Remember: it is saving one pet at a time that means the world to that animal!

If you are a veterinarian student in your second year of school you are invited to fill out a Schwartz Family Foundation application. For information simply click here, and good luck! To read the inspiring stories from current and former Schwartz Family Foundation veterinary student grant recipients, check out their website and be sure to read about Mehnaz Aziz and how he used the support that he received from the Foundation to address humane dog population control in Bhutan.

On behalf of Loree and Dr. Schwartz, a large thank you to all of their supporters, donors, adopters and to the students–without all of you the Schwartz Family Foundation could not do all that it does to address dog health and adoption.


Originally published in Anipal Times: October 2015, MattieDog’s Rescue Me column.

 

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17 Comments

  1. Wow, what an amazing organization.

    I love the way they focus on helping animals and the humans who help animals.

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  2. Sounds like a wonderful organization! Thanks for spotlighting them and telling us their story and mission.

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  3. Wow, I love all that Loree and Dr. Schwartz are doing for animals in need! I always enjoy hearing about organizations like this – born out of love whose mission is to help those who need it! Thanks for sharing about them.

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  4. This is such a wonderful thing Loree and Dr. Schwartz are doing for animals, especially those who need to be adopted from a rescue.

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  5. I had not heard of this, so thank you for the post for that reason alone. Veterinary students are highly skilled achievers but, like everyone they need a lot of $$$ to get through college and focus on the avenue that they can best serve.

    Thank you Schwartz family.
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  6. Wow. What an amazing woman and legacy. One dog, one woman. We can do this! Thanks for sharing her story and foundation.

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  7. Loree and Martin sound like wonderful people! What a wonderful foundation to start. I looked back and read OD’s story, very sweet! I’ m glad that he was able to find another home where he was treasured!

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  8. What an amazing couple not to mention starting a foundation to even give back more. Love Dolly

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  9. What a wonderful blessing to others to create a foundation (and a scholarship) from your work and personal passions. Both pups and students are given a gift towards a better life. Well done. Wish you continued success.

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  10. Great Organization thank you so much for what you do

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  11. It’s so awesome to hear about people like this who do so much to help animals!

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  12. What a wonderful organization. Loree and Dr. Schwartz sound like amazing, caring people who are passionate about their work. It just warms my heart to read about folks creating ways to help animals in need. So commendable. Thanks so much for highlighting this foundation! I’m sharing over on Pinterest on my “Bark About” board.

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  13. Vet school is so expensive so I love that they also founded the Schwartz Family Foundation for students. I’ll pass this along as I know folks that are reluctant to apply to any programs since the loans come rolling in so quickly and they can barely make ends meet with the first year’s salary – I’m also so inspired by the animals they save!

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  14. This was a fantastic read, Rebecca. I love seeing people take their love for animals and make a huge difference. This Wigglebutt Warrior is saluting her and you!

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  15. Great organization. They make such a big difference for animals! And we definitely need more talented vets in the world.

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  16. Wow, she’s been rescuing since 1978, that is amazing! They’ve saved a lot of lives over the years. What a great foundation, helping students fulfill their dreams of caring for animals and helping animal welfare organizations. These two are really dedicated, what an inspiration!
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