Skid Row Rescues

Skid Row Rescues

From Diana Simon

A non profit that will not only rescue animals but also provide a safe environment for those who have been bullied to rebuild trust & hope for their future

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Update #4

about 1 year ago

I hope everyone is doing great! I have decided to have a fundraiser in an effort to raise funds. I have 3 new babies that are from Anaheim. Three boys that are approximately 6 week old. They have had their first deworming but have more to come. This adds to funds needed and I have unfortunately, maxed out my resources so I am going to tackle it from every angle. It will be September 16 at Cooks Corner and since it is me, I want to try and make it special. I am getting calls about other animals needing to be rescued and hate having to turn say no. If you can make a donation to the event for the raffle/auction, it would be greatly appreciated. I am actively working on a band. I will keep everyone up to date. Thank you always for everyone's support.

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Diana Simon posted a new update:
about 1 year ago

Update #5

I hope everyone is doing great! I have decided to have a fundraiser in an effort to raise funds. I have 3 new babies that are from Anaheim. Three boys that are approximately 6 week old. They have had their first deworming but have more to come. This adds to funds needed and I have unfortunately, maxed out my resources so I am going to tackle it from every angle. It will be September 16 at Cooks Corner and since it is me, I want to try and make it special. I am getting calls about other animals needing to be rescued and hate having to turn say no. If you can make a donation to the event for the raffle/auction, it would be greatly appreciated. I am actively working on a band. I will keep everyone up to date. Thank you always for everyone's support.

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Diana Simon posted a new update:
about 1 year ago

Update #4

Bullying is an epidemic. It permanently changed my kids. It changed who I am. It pushes many over the edge. Kids that are 11 are killing themselves. Talk to any gay or trans person and ask if they were bullied. Ask what they went through and continue to go through. See that quiet kid in the corner keeping to himself? He is the one they will go after. He will go home and not say a word. Slowly he will lose sight of any future. He won’t be able to make the pain go away. Have you ever had your kid tell you they want to die? I have. Have you encouraged them to talk to teachers at their school? Of course. What you don’t know is the school will do nothing and because you encouraged your child to go to these adults for help and they have just swatted him to the side, he doesn’t feel like talking to you about it will do any good. I pulled my youngest from school. See those girls who love to pole dance? No..they aren’t strippers. They are empowered women who have probably at some point been judged and insulted. Look at all those tattoos. She must be someone who gets into lots of fights. He is probably just getting out of jail. Wrong again! It is a form of art and something they love. Even as adults we are bullied. It is crazy and no one is talking about it enough. Go into a mental health unit and you will probably find many who were bullied when they were younger, possibly diagnosed but it doesn’t stop the teasing. Bullying made my sweet, kind son totally defensive. Bullying made my other son hate people. Seeing adults do nothing, seeing kids being picked on. He could pretend to not let it bother him but he saw how it was hurting kids.

Bullying takes the trust in others away from many of our youth. They will go into seclusion. They stop having things to look forward to. Most won’t even talk to their parents about it. I want them to learn to trust again and feel safe, loved. That they can contribute to the world and are needed. Animals, I believe is the key. I want an animal rescue where kids who have been bullied, have been mentally beat down, can come and get built back up. They will work with these animals who are also a bit lost, form a bond, build confidence and be ready to face the world. I also want the people who are “employed’ there to be those who are disabled yet high functioning. There is no place for them in the world. They can’t find jobs. They can’t live on their own. Their parents live in fear something might happen to them because there is no one to take their kid. I want to find their niche and use it at the rescue. They could have their own little houses on the property. In addition, have others come in to work with them on life skills. How to shave. How to do laundry. How to make a bed. How to clean a tub. These are the things that will help them survive in the future. Could even work on socializing skills. Especially with the bullied kids who come in. The more difficult kids, put with the more difficult animals. They will be able to relate. Obviously I do not want anyone to get hurt. That is a given. I am aware also that this is a big dream. I figure if I can atleast create one of these mini towns, then maybe we can make two. Working closely with the parents/parent so that they are a part of it. Encouraging them to not be embarrassed by their child’s behavior. To be okay if they were diagnosed as bi-polar. To help them and their child be who they are and not try to “fit in”. Make it okay to be different.

I have also thought about doing 3 day trips. There are animal rescues that are desperate for volunteers and could use the help. Am I insane? Probably but it can start out as just a few. The point is helping everyone move forward. Right now is the filing for tax free status and I am told I can start soliciting for donations. I have a couple people with me who already have a few animals they have rescued. I am working closely with them on what we can do.

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Diana Simon posted a new update:
about 1 year ago

Update #2

Proud and thankful for my first donation. Every little bit helps!
www.FOABAR.org

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Diana Simon posted a new update:
over 1 year ago

Update #1

My goal is Forge Onward Anti-Bullying Animal Rescue. A non profit that will not only help rescue animals but also have high functioning individuals as employees where youth who have been bullied can come and work on rebuilding trust. Show them that being different is cool and to be proud of who they are. They have a purpose, they have a future and they can make a difference. That starts with the animals. Being an over-achieving masochist, it took me a bit to get all the proper paperwork and IRS approvals in order. Naturally, I did as much of it by myself, along with day to day care of my boys, medical appointments, planning for events, doing orders, working on my websites, social media, suing Social Services, going after SSI, and trying to be aware of any battles my kids were having. Needless to say, when I got the call from LA skid row to do some rescues, I had not reached the point of getting donations or grants for my non profit. Knowing that these babies could die, this mama cat was in severe distress, etc. I went and did what I needed to do. Not thinking about the details when it came to caring for them. This involved baby bottles, formula, spay/neuter, shots, deworming, cat food, bird food (also have a parrot that needed a home), cat litter, etc would add up to a significant amount of money owed to my charge cards. I am thrilled about the animals that have been adopted. I am receiving pictures and continue to communicate with the adopters if they have any questions or concerns. Homes are still needed but I am getting calls from people who have abandoned babies and want them to be saved. I have been trying to assist them the best I can but have maxed out my credit. This is why I am trying to raise these funds. This is a fundraiser for FOABAR, Forge Onward Anti-Bullying Animal Rescue. The donations are tax deductible. I am just trying to get to a fresh starting point and then from then (and now) on, work on attaining grants, having fundraisers and events to get FOABAR going

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