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Daily Inspiration: Meet Jasmine List

Today we’d like to introduce you to Jasmine List. 

Alright, so thank you so much for sharing your story and insight with our readers. To kick things off, can you tell us a bit about how you got started?
I’ve always loved animals growing up and would be moved to help them in any way I could. When I became a mother, I taught my children to love and respect animals, and my youngest daughter, Emily, especially felt drawn to helping animals. Our first pet was a black lab named Molly; then we added a yorkie named Maddie and a Pomeranian named Missy. Our family pets are cherished as important members of our family, and they have taught the children valuable lessons in responsibility and compassion with other beings. I was always researching the best pet items and care of pets when I stumbled upon some articles on social media pages about irresponsible breeding and puppy mills and that sent me down a rabbit hole of weeks of researching and reading everything I could find on the topic. This ultimately lead me to rescue work, and I fell in love with the idea of pulling animals from shelters that were “unadoptable” and rehabilitating them. I was already doing this on my own with limited resources, but the backing of a reputable rescue would allow me to do much more. My daughter, Emily, joined me, and we worked with a few rescues by fostering and we enjoyed helping others and being a part of a community of like-minded animal lovers. I have an entrepreneur spirit and wanted to do more in rescue by saving more dogs, provide more vetting and incorporate young adult volunteers that would bring in bright ideas with current social media trends and events, as well as provide tools to educate people on rescue work and responsible pet ownership. I fell in love with the Pomeranian breed and wanted to specialize and bring awareness to their curious, happy-go-lucky personalities as well as their common breed ailments such as collapsing trachea and luxating patellas. Today OC Pom Rescue is nearing 3 years of saving Pomeranians, with a board of directors consisting of 5 passionate women, over 100 hardworking volunteers, and the best community I could have ever dreamed of full of diversity and incredible work ethic. It’s truly a dream come true to partner with such amazing people and to save hundreds of dogs from abuse, neglect, pain, and homelessness. 

I’m sure you wouldn’t say it’s been obstacle free, but so far would you say the journey has been a fairly smooth road?
It certainly has not been a smooth road! The idea of starting a rescue seems like a simple act of saving a few dogs, but in reality, you need money, resources, time, and other volunteers. I’d say the most difficult task initially is balancing the rescue with life. It’s hard to say no to any dog and you want to save them all, but in reality, you can’t put all these dogs in your house and drain your personal bank account dry. I, along with my team, have worked to make a streamlined process by prioritizing our personal work and family lives and making an environment fun and safe for all the dogs and volunteers. Foster homes are the most important resource to have- they are the back bone to the rescue. Fosters put in the work caring for the dogs daily with training and caring for them while the dogs are healing from their vetting. Money is the other major factor. No vetting is free, and we pride ourselves on doing everything we can for the pup from the most basic services of spay/neuter, dentals, flea treatments, vaccines, and microchip to allergy shots and major surgeries on masses, bone breaks/repairs, and hernias. Every dog cost hundreds, if not thousands, of dollars, and the adoption fees never come close to covering the costs, so we rely on donations. We are transparent with what our dogs get and where the money goes, and luckily, we have built a wonderful community of volunteers, supporters, and donators. 

Thanks for sharing that. So, maybe next you can tell us a bit more about your work?
Outside of OC Pom Rescue, I am a veteran of the US Navy, have been married for 27 years, and have 2 daughters and 1 son. Both of my daughters are also volunteers in the rescue. Emily, my youngest, is the Co-Founder, and Karley, my oldest, is the Director of Marketing. I have a Bachelors of Art from the University of California, Irvine in Studio Art and am a freelance artist. My specialty is oil painting, which explores everyday items, nature, and the human body from unique perspectives. 

What sets me apart from others in rescue is my creativity and passion. I thrive on creating new ideas, meeting new people, and working with a diverse group of individuals. I have years of experience sitting on multiple board of directors and various committees; I enjoy thinking outside the box and delving into new ideas, questioning everything, and taking nothing at face value. I love leadership and building relationships with others, seeking out and nurturing their creativity and ideas, and this is what has pushed this rescue into success. This rescue started out with 3 people and has grown exponentially in just over 2 years. This rescue has been built on an idea, a love, and a passion for saving the vulnerable, and it has truly saved so many dogs, but it has also formed deep, genuine friendships and respect for other humans who push themselves to do more for their community. 

Any big plans?
My plans for the future are to continue to build the rescue. We hope to have a larger amount of consistent fosters and to get medical grants that will help cover major surgeries so then we can save more dogs. We’d love to have a facility someday and take in more severe medical and hospice dogs. 

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Carly Reed
Emily List

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