Dog Lover Coordinates ‘Operation Goldie’ To Help Cool Shelter Animals

Dog lover helps keep animal shelter pets cool

A self-described dog lover, who also happens to be the founder of a non-profit rescue organization (Balooja’s Foundation), has worked hard to make life a lot better for hundreds of homeless animals in Southern California – that dog lover is Sal Valdepeña and he has coordinated a mission to help keep shelter dogs in the Los Angeles County area cool during the extreme California summer heat.

Valdepeña created “Operation Goldie,” in memory of a sweet, senior dog who was unable to survive the extreme heat inside of a California animal shelter. Valdepeña told Shelter Me:

I started “operation Goldie” a way to keep her memory alive. Her death would save others in need. I initially just worked the Downey Shelter because it’s hard going to all of them (emotionally). Then I did just that lol. So as it started getting hotter I just saw the need for fans/misters/pools for the shelters.

As word about Operation Goldie spread, generous individuals donated funds and Valdepeña coordinated the effort and did the legwork – in the end, the Downey, Carson, Baldwin Park and Lancaster animal shelters all were gifted industrial sized fans to help keep the kennel areas cool.

On July 9, Valdepeña alerted Facebook followers about the new fans at one of the California shelters:

Carson Animal Care Center

Each kennel now has two fans. The cat barn also has a new fan to cool the left side of building.

On July 12 – misters were installed. Valdepeña shared the good news in a Facebook post:

Yahooooo the misters are in 🎉🎉🎉

Pick up this weekend ❤️❤️❤️❤️

The new fans and misters will help keep these homeless pets comfortable until they can find their forever homes – take a peek at a video of Sal’s good work below.

Everyone is capable of making a difference in the life of a homeless animal. Be creative – volunteer, take photos, visit with the animals. Everyone has the power to be part of a change for the better.

Thank you Sal Valdepeña!

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Penny Eims

Penny is a freelance writer who provided content to her National Dog News column at for 8 years. She is a current contributor to Fido Friendly Magazine, as well as a newly formed website, Pet Rescue Report. Penny is married and she has two rescued German shepherds and two kids.