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About Us


Our aim is a world where people and animals coexist in an ethical and sustainable ecosystem. We are an Animal Welfare Organization bringing together a community that wants to build awareness and promote effective initiatives that protect animals and ensure their welfare.

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Our Story

K&L Animal Rescue, Inc. was founded by Jessie Virga, a dedicated military veteran and a lifetime advocate for animal rights. The inspiration for our name and mission stems from two remarkable souls, King and Legend, Jessie's beloved Dogo Argentino mixes. Their story began in 2016 when Jessie rescued them along with their entire litter from a breeding operation in Chula Vista, CA.

King and Legend quickly became more than just rescued pets; they transformed into Jessie's emotional support animals, providing her with a profound sense of purpose and companionship during the toughest times. Jessie often says, "I owe them my life." Their impact on her life inspired the creation of K&L Animal Rescue, driven by a mission to rescue, rehabilitate, and rehome animals in need, providing them with the love and safety they deserve.

Our journey is fueled by the belief that every animal deserves a second chance at life. Through advocacy, education, and community support, we strive to create a better world for animals and the people who love them. Join us as we continue to make a difference in the lives of countless animals, guided by the legacy of King and Legend.

King & Legend

The two rescue dogs that inspired K&L (King & Legend) Animal Rescue Inc.

"I owe them my life"

- Jessie, Founder of K&L Animal Rescue, Inc.


Mission & Vision

Our Mission is to reduce shelter overcrowding and animal euthanasia, promote spaying/neutering, support legislation for animal rights, and end unethical breeding.

Our Vision is to develop a compassionate society where every pet finds a loving home and the rights of animals are universally respected.

Meet The Team

“We can judge the heart of a man by his treatment of animals”

- Emmanuel Kant

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