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I waited nearly three years before I even thought of adopting dogs after I put my precious Bandit to sleep at almost 18 years of age.I got a call from one of my best friends who said Elle had two terrier poodle mixes – they come as a set. I got her number and called her. She came over to “check me out” while I checked the pups out.

Long story short, it’s been a match made in Heaven. I’ve had them for a little over three years and feel so blessed.

Elle is one of the most amazing people I’ve met in the rescue world and she’s relentless and passionate about the work that is her life. I’m ever grateful to her for rescuing my babies and bringing them to me.

Reva Kussmaul

When we adopted our dog Ollie from Elle at Strangest Angels, we had no idea what we were getting ourselves into. It was our first dog. And we were cat people. We can only describe what has come over us as “dog fever”. Ollie is the sweetest, kindest, silliest, smartest little dog ever. Elle rescued Ollie from Delano, CA which is above Bakersfield – quite a distance from LA. We will forever be in her debt for that act of kindness. Ollie had a severe case of mange and an infection that covered his eyes and nose. Surely this sweet dog had only days to live before they “put him down”. We fell in love with what was truly a “mangy dog”. He has become such a loved and important part of our family. Even the cat likes him. We needed a dog that was good with children and, of course, cats. Elle really knows her rescues and she knew that Ollie, who is a really docile guy, would be a good family dog. He exceeds that. He’s a good family member. Our “dog fever” grows as the years pass. He has enhanced our family in ways that are immeasurable.

-Judith Hoag


It’s been just about a year now that you brought Ellie into our lives. I thought I’d give you one last update. She has become a confident little dog who loves to sniff and explore everywhere and anywhere. As much as we love having her on our laps when we are watching television at night, she had a mind of her own and sometimes just paddles off to her little bed next to ours. We’ve developed a new tradition of bringing her into bed with us in the morning and she burrows under the covers until we’re ready to get up.

Ellie could not be more perfect for us. Every week she reveals a new side of herself we hadn’t seen before and we chalk that up to feeling safe and secure with us. We thank you again for the privilege of being Moms to Ellie. She fills our hearts and our home with so much love.

Lois P. Frankel, Ph.D.