Our Founders

Diane Scripps ~ Virginia M. Haley ~ Lorraine Neikirk


A native of Los Angeles, Ms. Haley graduated from Marlborough and USC, where she spent the rest of her life maintaining lifelong friendships made there. She volunteered with various charities in Los Angeles and in 1973 she co-founded with Diane Scripps, Pet Orphans of Southern California which remained her passion. Virginia M. Haley died at her home surrounded by loved ones. Always known as a caring, positive, and fun person among family and friends. Her memory will always shine at Pet Orphans. Gone but Never Forgotten.

DIANE SCRIPPS: 1928 – 2015

Born and raised in Detroit, Michigan, Ms. Scripps moved to California in 1952. She made an indelible mark on the Los Angeles community through her tireless efforts in service to animals. In 1962, she and her dear friend Virginia Haley began Pet Orphans, with rescues and adoptions in their homes. Pet Orphans was incorporated as a 501(c)(3) in 1973 and moved to its permanent home in Van Nuys in 1982. The organization has saved the lives of more than 27,000 animals since its inception and continues to develop its programs and services to ensure animal, health, happiness, and well-being. Diane Scripps died peacefully at home after a year-long battle with cancer in 2015. Ms. Scripps also left behind, a host of loving friends and her own “kids” – devoted rescue dogs, George, and Petunia. Gone but Never Forgotten.


Lorraine was a great animal lover and served on the board of Pet Orphans of Southern California for 20 years. She was committed and dedicated to the pets and worked tirelessly alongside with Diane and Virginia. Together, there was no stopping the three of them.
Lorraine died, on January 6, 2002. Gone but Never Forgotten.

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