"They say my "Time is up", that they have to make room for yet another dog. My "Time" is up. I don't know what that means. I only know that my new friends are so sad, and the more I wag my tail---the harder I try to make them feel better-- -the sadder they become."

                                                                                                                         - Joan C. Fremo     


Our Mission

Our Vision


To create a Foster, Adoption & Rescue (FAR) network so that no owner-relinquished or stray animal has to be held in a municipal shelter awaiting adoption or potential euthanasia due to overcrowded conditions.

To see the day that municipal animal shelters no longer have to euthanize any adoptable companion animal.

Our Community

FAR Side Journey is a volunteer-driven 501(c)(3) nonprofit rescue organization, and we depend on the generosity and support of our donors, sponsors, affiliates, volunteers and foster caregivers.


We are dedicated to saving the lives of shelter animals through rescue, education and supporting other rescue organizations and municipal animal shelters so that all animals have a safe environment while awaiting adoption. Our commitment includes forever and Fospice fostering for animals with special needs and programs that contribute to the well-being of animals currently being housed/held in municipal shelters, such as enrichment activities and grooming.


100% of all donations are applied to maximizing the number of animals we can serve. We do not compensate anyone in our organization.


We never want to turn away any animal because we don’t have foster caregivers available or because of the animal’s medical needs, and we don’t want to be forced to end any medical treatment due to cost alone. We can only make this happen with your help!

Our commitment to our community can only be achieved with your support. Please consider donating, sponsoring or becoming a foster caregiver with FAR Side Journey.


India Griffin

India is the founder of FAR Side Journey. She holds a Law Degree and a Master's Degree in Public Administration. She is a volunteer with the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) as a District Leader which includes animal advocacy work. She is on the HSUS's Animal Rescue Team which helps save animals who are the victims of animal cruelty and natural disasters. India also volunteers with Los Angeles Animal Services.

Patricia Naughton

Patricia is a former police officer and retired federal agent with 27 years of law enforcement experience. While serving as a federal agent with the United States Drug Enforcement Administration she became the first female weapons instructor in the agency’s history, teaching both young FBI and DEA agents at the training center in Quantico, Virginia. She was also on the national formulation committee for the National Trauma Team, responding to shootings kidnappings and deaths during enforcement activity. While stationed in Detroit for 11 years, she was often exposed to abused and neglected animals during enforcement activity. Helping animals has been at the Forefront of her volunteer activity for almost 40 years. In addition to devoting her time to animal rescue, Patti is also in her second career as a screenwriter and has also done pro bono work defending the elderly from fraud and abuse.

Greg Griffin

Greg Griffin is retired after spending spent 30 years working for the Downey Police Department. Greg’s career included the roles of lead traffic investigator, field training officer, detective over juvenile crimes and fraud and forgery. He was a sergeant for field operations and the detective bureau. He also held the position of lieutenant in both administrative services and field operations. Greg holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Administration of Justice. Greg volunteers with Los Angeles Animal Services.

Rebecca Johnson

Rebecca started her career in the Animal Welfare industry in 1996 as an Animal Control Officer for the City of Long Beach. She wanted to protect animals through the enforcement of state and local laws. She picked up stray and injured animals and strongly promoted responsible pet ownership. Between 2009 -2018, Rebecca was Acting Sergeant and then Lieutenant of Investigations. Currently, she is the Special Projects Supervisor which has shifted her focus from enforcement to adoption and re-homing of animals in the care Long Beach Animal Services. Rebecca enjoys and is actively involved in fostering animals from Long Beach Animal Care Services.

Sierra Griffin

Sierra works for Wags and Wiggles Doggie Day Care and would like to become an animal control officer so that she can prevent dogs from roaming the streets, being abused or starving to death. Sierra is a volunteer with Los Angeles Animal Services.

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