Meet the man who has rescued 1,500 dogs and cats from the wild

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They’re dreaming of a toy-filled Christmas and that’s exactly what the 1,500 animals at D.E.L.T.A. Rescue Lanee will get thanks to Leo Grillo, who is taking on the guise of Santa Claus.

Grillo, an actor, passionate conservationist and animal advocate, has single-handedly rescue 1500 abandoned dogs and cats and did all this by forming the nonprofit organization DELTA Rescue in 1979. It is the first no-kill, care-for-life organization in the world that rescues, houses and feeds only animals that are abandoned in the wilderness. The dog and cat residents of the Delta, were all personally rescued in the wild by Grillo who serves as president of D.E.L.T.A. Rescue. Abandoned, sick and slowly starving, they were days away from certain death.

Located in the high desert area of Los Angeles, this 115-acre mountain top ranch is surrounded by rolling hills and is beautifully landscaped. It is truly a haven for the animals. 800 dogs of all breeds, shapes and sizes live in huge yards that feature straw bale houses and a wading pool for those hot summer months. The insulating quality of the straw bale houses keep the dogs cozy warm in the winter and nice and cool in the summer. Specially trained attendants look after the dogs, feed them the finest quality dog foods and provide them with fresh water, healthy food, treats, toys and affection.

The cats at D.E.L.T.A. Rescue live in houses with indoor/outdoor play areas. While outdoors they travel from perched “condo” to perched “condo” on a series of suspended walkways, able to enjoy the fresh air and sunshine without the threat of predators.
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Delta boasts two veterinary hospitals and a full-time veterinary staff on the premises. The state of the art equipment allows them to give the finest care possible to all the residents of the supersanctuary.

The supersanctuary is not a shelter. The animals are not taken from the public nor are they adopted to the public nor do they adopt to the public. All the animals are rescued from the forest and desert. D.E.L.T.A. Rescue is the only organization that absolutely refuses to accept animals from the public.

The movie actor, who is considered an expert in the field of animal rescue by US county, state and federal agencies was living with three cats in Hollywood when in March of 1979, he spotted a Doberman off to the side of the road in the Angeles National Forest. Realizing the dog had been abandoned, Leo performed his first rescue, not yet fully aware how this action would affect his life for many years to come. He named the dog Delta, which means change and change is what he brought to Grillo.
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On Christmas morning D.E.L.T.A. hopes that every animal who calls this super-sanctuary their home will be blessed with stockings full of toys and treats to make it a holly jolly Christmas this year. In order to get this Christmas wish, Grillo, aka Santa, needs help from his elves to deck D.E.L.T.A.’s halls.

“We rescue and provide a forever home to dogs and cats who were abandoned or born in the wilderness, and who have no place to go,” Grillo tells CelebZter. “At Christmas time each one gets a stocking from Santa, full of treats, and your donation of $8.35 can buy one of our 1500 animals a Christmas love-stocking.”

The rescue needs your help and to do so, click here.

In a televised profile of Grillo and D.E.L.T.A. last month on CNN’s Anderson Cooper 360, it was said that, “in many ways, Grillo helped pioneer the idea of a ‘no-kill’ rescue center.”

The whole CNN segment can be found viewed here.

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Melissa Myers has worked as an entertainment journalist for ten years, both in London and New York. She has done a daily gossip column on British newspaper the Daily Star where she interviewed everyone from Tom Cruise and George Clooney to Simon Cowell and Jennifer Lopez. She also worked as the News Director of In Touch in New York for the past six years, before launching her own site www.celebzter.com, which aims to provide smart content for smart women.
Melissa Myers has worked as an entertainment journalist for ten years, both in London and New York. She has done a daily gossip column on British newspaper the Daily Star where she interviewed everyone from Tom Cruise and George Clooney to Simon Cowell and Jennifer Lopez. She also worked as the News Director of In Touch in New York for the past six years, before launching her own site www.celebzter.com, which aims to provide smart content for smart women.
  • Up the Coast

    God Bless Leo Grillo….back in the mid 80′s, I worked for the propane company that delivered to DELTA. It’s nice to know they are still there and going strong!

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    • http://www.celebzter.com Melissa

      Leo is simply an awesome guy!

  • Melissa Myers

    i know, right!

  • Molly Keefe Nicoletta

    Isn’t this the dream of every animal-lover? How lucky for all the animals rescued by Leo Grillo – they are well fed & loved, and cared for. All animals should be so lucky.

  • SP111

    God Bless this man and anyone who works to help save lives. It’s sickening that shelters punish victims by killing them for the crime of being born.

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