A single mother and her children were reunited with their pets at the Carson Animal Shelter in Gardena last week after the community stepped in to help the family keep their beloved animals.
Volunteers at the shelter said it was heartbreaking to watch Marta and her two children come in last month to surrender their two dogs and a cat.
Marta was suddenly forced to move her children out of their abusive home and could only afford a tiny apartment that does not allow pets, according to a post on a YouCaring page.
The family had no choice but to bring 7-year-old German shepherd Bella, 10-year-old bichon frise Princess and a 6-year-old cat named Shanay to the shelter.
The family said the abuse was traumatic but losing their pets was worse, the page stated.
The shelter shared the family's heartbreaking story on Facebook and thousands of people responded, including Nycoel Stein who was moved to take action.
Stein found a foster home for the animals and started a fundraising drive on YouCaring aimed at helping the family move into a home that allows pets and get back on their feet.
"These children have been through enough abuse ... they shouldn't have to lose their pets," she stated.
A GoFundMe page has also been started for the family.
Correction: An earlier version of this story included a factual error about the family. It has been updated.