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Hilarey Benda, Founder & President of Beople's Buddies Animal Rescue



Founder & President


I truly believe that love is what makes the world go round.  Without our connection to animals, mother nature, and one another, we are not fully capable of embracing this wonderful gift of life.  What fuels my spirit most is the desire to help make the world a better place so to speak. Beople's Buddies started as a seedling of a concept, a specific niche, where all forms of life are viewed as equal, where everybody deserve love… "Every Buddy Deserves Love!" It is such a privilege to rescue abandoned animals and unite them with the most amazing forever homes where they are cherished as family for their many days to come. We complete the circle of life by planting a tree in each buddy's honor. To witness my vision become a reality has been a dream come true and I look forward to continuing to build our buddy community.

Melanie Ammerman




Ever since I can remember, I have loved animals. My earliest memories are of playing with the dogs, cats, and even the beloved cow named Gobbler on my aunt and uncle’s farm, and getting my first pets: two gerbils named Jasmin and Lucky. Snuggle time with the family cats and teaching new tricks or even playing hide-and-seek with the family dogs will always be such great memories for me. Now, I have my own wonderful dog, Kishi, and a sweet kitty named Track.  My little fur babies. :o)  When the opportunity arose to help build Beople’s Buddies Animal Rescue, there wasn’t a question in my mind.  I’m proud to be a part of such great advocacy for animals, humans and the environment. I couldn’t be happier to be involved with bettering the lives of the wonderful animals in the Los Angeles area and I am excited to see all the change that Beople's Buddies will do!

Genevieve Will



Animals have been a loving part of my life since before I can remember. I grew up with rescue animals as a constant in my family, from adopting dogs from shelters to rescuing feral kittens, even taking in abandoned pet mice. They have taught me a compassion and love for all living creatures that has influenced every part of my life. I am so glad to be a part of Beople's Buddies Animal Rescue, the work that is done and the vision of the organization are truly admirable. It has been an amazing experience for me to see the animals we have rescued transform from hopeless and abandoned to happy and being placed into loving forever homes. Beople's Buddies has done so much to help the homeless pet population in Los Angeles, and I look forward to all the great work we will continue to do. 

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