photos by Meghan Simon and Ian Meyers

Local Animal Groups Advocate for Rescue Dogs

Animal Synergy, Lionel’s Legacy, and KIRA: K9 International Rescue Association recently held their 2nd Annual Surf ‘n Paws collaborative event at Tsavo’s Canine Rehabilitation Center in Del Mar. More than 300 participants attended the event, which included underwater dog photography, swimming lessons, a doggie splash zone, music, vegan food, drinks, art, raffles, a silent auction, and more than 18 participating vendors. The purpose of the event was to draw attention to the world of rescue beyond shelters. The three host organizations seek to raise awareness of the critical role they play in rescuing the community’s most vulnerable animals. The event raised over $10,000 to support the organizations’ efforts.


Animal Synergy is a nonprofit rescue, rehabilitation, and sanctuary for senior, special needs, and terminally ill animals who have run out of time at animal control. The organization’s goal is to provide respect and dignity to all beings, no matter their age, appearance, or health status, and increase the save rate of animals at shelters. Lionel’s Legacy is a San Diego-based senior dog rescue that is also actively working to educate elementary school children about humane treatment of animals. KIRA rescues dogs from extreme cases of abuse and neglect, rehabilitating them, and finding them loving homes once they are healthy again. KIRA works with other like-minded organizations, like Animal Synergy and Lionel’s Legacy, to serve as advocates for dogs and become united in the fight for animal welfare. Learn more about these groups at,, and