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We want to thank our dear friend, Victoria A. Kochergin, a tireless worker for animal rights, for inspiring this section on Wine Country Welcome.

Our goal at Wine Country Welcome is to include all organizations in California who bring solace to our brother/sister sentient creatures who are in distress. Please send us five paragraphs or so of text about your organization as well as your logo and your favorite photo. We want to put your organization in the spotlight you deserve. Thank you for what you do. 

Note from

"Ever since the ASPCA began to aggressively fundraise several years ago, humane societies and SPCAs throughout the country have suffered. Our member humane societies and SPCAs frequently report hearing from people who gave to the ASPCA believing they were giving to their local shelter. These shelters believe they are missing out on funds that were intended for them."

Countless Americans also confuse the Humane Society of the United States with their local humane societies, sending donations to HSUS with the belief that their money will trickle down to the pet shelters in their own communities.

"HSUS doesn’t run a single pet shelter, but aggressively pursues an animal rights agenda. Most of the public confusion, as you might guess, is driven by its name. "

It's likely your local humane society or SPCA will not receive even a trickle. Please send your donations to your local humane organizations.

Humane Organizations


Herd U Needed A Home is a Border Collie and herding dog rescue and adoption program located in Bend, Oregon. We accept rescues from almost anywhere, and place dogs for adoption throughout the Pacific Northwest. HUNAH strives to find the right loving home for every herding dog that comes to its attention.

We were officially founded in the spring of 2014, and are a fully-accredited non-profit corporation under IRS section 501 (c) (3). Our rescue program is run by Flora Steffan. When Flora was 8 years old a Border Collie came into her life and it forever changed her world. As an adult she is passionate about finding the right dog for the right owner.

Our dogs come from everywhere! Some are happy, healthy pets that come from homes that just couldn’t handle the high energy and exercise demands of a typical herding dog. Others have stories of neglect and abuse that are quite sad. Every dog has their own story.

When we accept a dog, the first thing we do is a full examination with a local veterinarian. We ensure that they are spayed or neutered, and are brought to current on all of their shots.

If we find the dog has physical or health concerns, we ensure those problems are addressed before we make the dog available for adoption. We want to be sure that the dog you adopt is ready and rarin’ to go from day one! For those who feel they need some special support, we also offer training assistance for adopters.

California Humane Organizations

Physical Therapy for Pets (Link sent to us from Sara. Thank you, Sara.)

Our pets take care of us in many capacities. Humans who have a companion animal generally have better cardiovascular health, a decreased likelihood of depression, reduced stress, and more social interactions.

Pets have a tangible impact on our overall well-being. In recent years, doctors and physical therapists have even used pets to help humans rehabilitate in what's called animal-assisted therapy, or AAT. They are now a staple for many therapies and treatments. Dogs, cats, horses, and other animals tend to be very good for our well-being, but what about them? Sometimes, our pets need the rehabilitation services that humans have the luxury to have access to.

Berkeley Animal Care ServicesBerkeley Animal Care Services
1 Bolivar Drive,
Berkeley, CA 94710

The City of Berkeley’s Animal Care Services (BACS) is a division of the Office of the City Manager. We provide a wide range of services to our cities’ residents and their pets. We provide field services, seven days a week, to the cities of Berkeley and Albany. Offers dogs, cats, rabbits, chickens, kittens, and puppies for adoption. Also has a mobile adoption unit and a free spay and neuter program for feral cats. Information on city dog regulations, volunteer needs, and photographs of pets... read more

California Animal RescueCalifornia Animal Rescue
P O Box 2179
Healdsburg, CA 95448

California Animal Rescue is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit rescue group. We are dedicated to the rescue of homeless animals from county shelters, and out on the streets We are controlling the population through diligent spaying and neutering. We consist of a group of volunteers who rescue animals, foster them in our homes and put them up for adoption.. read more

California Potbellied Pig AssociationCalifornia Potbellied Pig Association
P.O.Box 23955
Pleasant Hill, CA 94523

CPPA is a non-profit organization dedicated to the support of the companion potbellied pig. We strive to share ideas, experiences and information which will benefit pigs and their guardians so they may live happy and satisfying lives together... read more

Contra Costa Humane SocietyContra Costa Humane Society
171 Mayhew Way
Pleasant Hill, CA 94523

The mission of Contra Costa Humane Society is to empower our community to improve the quality of life for animals and decrease euthanasia rates. Through our programs and services we connect with individuals and private and public organizations to adopt pets, reduce the number of unwanted animals, and educate the public to foster compassion, responsibility, and respect toward animals. Contra Costa Humane Society is a 501c3 non-profit, private corporation formed in 1991 to combat the homeless animal problem in Contra Costa County. Since then CCHS serves to empower our community to improve the quality of life for animals and decrease euthanasia rates... read more

East Bay SPCAEast Bay SPCA Founded in Oakland, CA in 1874
Oakland Tel: 510.569.0702
Dublin Tel: 925.479.9670

The East Bay SPCA is a nonprofit organization committed to the welfare of cats and dogs in the communities we serve. We strive to eliminate animal cruelty, neglect and overpopulation by providing programs and education that support people and companion animals. East Bay SPCA is an independent nonprofit proudly serving Alameda and Contra Costa Counties! Visit us to see adoptable animals and learn about our medical, training and humane education services.

Happy Tails Pet SanctuaryHappy Tails Pet Sanctuary No Kill, All Volunteer, Cage Free
6001 Folsom Boulevard
Sacramento, CA 95819

Founded in 1993, Happy Tails Pet Sanctuary is a no-kill animal rescue group dedicated to protecting and improving the lives of homeless and abused animals throughout the Sacramento area. Needy animals are rescued, nurtured, and provided shelter and medical care (including spaying and neutering) before being placed in safe, loving, permanent homes. After adoption, Happy Tails animals may be returned at any time, no questions asked... read more

Palo Alto Humane SocietyPalo Alto Humane Society
P.O. Box 60715
Palo Alto, California 94306

The Palo Alto Humane Society is a 501(c) 3 nonprofit, charitable, volunteer-supported organization. PAHS is one of the few humane societies nationwide with no animal shelter. Instead of managing animals inside a shelter, we work to keep animals out of the shelter through humane programs in intervention, advocacy, and education. For a century, our mission has been to alleviate the suffering of animals, increase public sensitivity to animal issues, and elevate the status of animals in our society.

P. O. Box 849
Galt, CA 95632

The Performing Animal Welfare Society
30 Years of Vision and Leadership - Protection. Rescue. Education. Sanctuary.
PAWS is dedicated to the protection of performing animals, to providing sanctuary to abused, abandoned and retired captive wildlife, to enforcing the best standards of care for all captive wildlife, to the preservation of wild species and their habitat and to promoting public education about captive wildlife issues. Founded in 1984, by former Hollywood animal trainer and author, Pat Derby, and her partner, Ed Stewart, PAWS maintains three sanctuaries for captive wildlife in Northern California... read more

Penninsula Humane SocietyPeninsula Humane Society 1450 Rollins Road
Burlingame, CA 94010

The Peninsula Humane Society & SPCA is a private non-profit, open-admission animal welfare organization situated in San Mateo County, though some programs and services extend beyond the County borders. We have been our area's only humane society for 62 years. In September of 2011, Peninsula Humane Society & SPCA opened its brand new, state-of-the-art Center for Compassion in Burlingame. This LEED-certified green building houses our adoption program, education programs, obedience classes, a small retail space, wildlife rehabilitation facilities, an interactive learning space for schoolchildren and administration... read more

Petaluma Animal Services FoundationPetaluma Animal Services Foundation
840 Hopper Street
Petaluma, CA 94952

PASF provides spay/neuter services, adoptions, dog training, humane education and field animal control services for dogs, cats and wildlife. We are a nonprofit open admission animal shelter, serving Petaluma, Healdsburg and Cloverdale. We provide animal care and control, and sheltering services. We believe animal shelters exist to help animals find new homes, to provide medical and behavioral care for homeless pets, as well as serve the people in our community! We entered into a partnership with Sonoma Humane, to provide sheltering and animal control services for the City of Healdsburg, set to begin April 1, 2014... read more

San Diego Hmane Society and SPCASan Diego Humane Society and SPCA
5500 Gaines Street,
San Diego, CA 92110

The San Diego Humane Society and SPCA's mission is to promote the humane treatment of animals, prevent cruelty to animals and provide education to enhance the human-animal bond. Serving San Diego County since 1880, the San Diego Humane Society and SPCA's scope of social responsibility goes beyond adopting animals. The Humane Society offers San Diegans a wide range of programs and services that strengthen the human-animal bond, prevent cruelty/neglect, provide medical care and educate the community on the humane treatment of more

San Francisco SPCASan Francisco SPCA
201 Alabama Street
San Francisco CA 94103

The San Francisco SPCA is a community-supported, non-profit animal welfare organization dedicated to saving, protecting and providing immediate care for cats and dogs who are homeless, ill or in need of an advocate. The SF SPCA also works long-term to educate the community, reduce the number of unwanted kittens and puppies through spaying and neutering, and improve the quality of life for animals and their human companions. The San Francisco SPCA found homes for over 4,000 cats and dogs last year. With your support we can save even more... read more

Second Chance at Love Humane SocietySecond Chance at Love Humane Society
P.O. Box 396
Templeton CA 93465

We are a no-kill animal welfare organization, was founded in 1994 for our society's dog outcasts: Pit Bulls, Rottweilers, and other strong-willed breeds; "widowed" senior citizen dogs; dogs without leaders or advocates; dogs trained to fear and fight. Few humans have a heart for sick, old, troubled or intimidating dogs. Few dare to take on the challenge these animals present. Few realize that, if given the chance, there is certain hope for these tragically misunderstood animals... read more

Sunrise Horse RescueSunrise Horse Rescue, saving endangered horses and providing a 'forever home' in St. Helena.
P.O. Box 143
St. Helena, CA 94574
(707) 320-3120
Facebook Link:

Every year, countless horses go without enough food, shelter or love. Sunrise Horse Rescue is the only non-profit organization in Napa County dedicated to saving such horses and providing them with forever homes. Children and adults in the community gain life-skills by assisting in the rehabilitation of these horses and provide them with the loving attention they so deserve... read more

Sunrise Horse Rescue was founded in November of 2007 as a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. We are located in the heart of the Napa Valley, in beautiful Saint Helena, California.

We Care Animal RescueWe Care Animal Rescue Shelter in St. Helena serves as a refuge for homeless cats and dogs in the Napa Valley. Newsletter and adoption information. We Care Animal Rescue is a private non-profit organization established in 1982.

Our shelter serves as a refuge for homeless cats and dogs in the Napa Valley.

We foster and promote the general welfare of animals by caring for homeless cats and dogs, finding homes for them and educating the public on animal welfare in the Napa Valley.

We are funded entirely by private donations and fundraising efforts. Our refuge in St. Helena provides nurturing care for over 250 animals... read more

Sonoma County Wildlife RescueSonoma County Wildlife Rescue
403 Mecham Rd
Petaluma Ca 94952

Sonoma County Wildlife Rescue is a 501c3 nonprofit organization dedicated to the rescue, rehabilitation, and release of sick, injured, and orphaned wildlife, and the promotion of understanding and appreciation of wildlife through our Education Outreach Program. We operate a Wildlife Hotline (707) 526-9453 for the public to call if they find a wild animal in need. Every Saturday, at 2 PM, we have a tour of our non-releasable educational wildlife community, and welcome children on the tour. We also run A Wildlife Exclusion Service which helps the community deal humanely with nuisance wildlife... read more

All About Pitbulls 824 Branciforte Street  Vallejo, CA 94590 Tel. 770-3881218  or 707-338-1182
Rescue and Foster Adoptions for Pit Bulls.

All Creatures P. O. Box 3664 / San Rafael, California 94912, Tel: 415-456-1941.
Focused on rescue, adoption and education. Animals stay in volunteer foster homes.  All our animals are shown by appointment only:

The Amanda Foundation Beverly Hills, CA.
Dedicated to rescuing dogs and cats from the local shelters on their "last day" and finding them homes. The Amanda Foundation was founded in 1976, and has since placed thousands of homeless animals. If you would like to adopt please call 1-310-278-2935.

Animal Abuse Prevention Agency Tel: 310-364-2030 / 6475 E. Pacific Coast Highway #337, Long Beach CA 90803
Takes a pro-active approach in preventing cruelty to animals. Services include pet adoptions, pet rescue, spay neuter program, temporary care for pets without a home, enforcement of animal rights, and pet education. This Agency is dedicated to the memory of all the animals who were caged, hunted, beaten, tortured, starved, chained, exploited, or simply ignored. We love them all but, sadly, they never knew it!

Animal Friends Connection Humane Society P.O. Box 2314, Lodi, CA 95241-2314
Foster home network with a listing of adoptable pets. Offering spay/neuter program, educational programs, and volunteer opportunities. Calendar of events, information on adopting a pet, and schedule for mobile adoption unit. Serving San Joaquin County and the surrounding areas. AFCHS needs Volunteers to help on fundraising committees, work in our office, or become a foster home for our cats/dogs. We also need exercise Dog Walkers to walk dogs seven days a week mornings or late afternoons or cat lovers to socialize, cuddle and brush cats.

Animal Match Rescue Team 6475 E. Pacific Coast Highway, #199, Long Beach, CA 90803
Assists potential pet owners in finding a shelter or rescued pet in the southern part of the state. Photographs of shelter animals as well as pets available for private adoptions, frequently asked questions, and happy ending stories.

AnimalSavers Berkeley and Sacramento, CA
Nonprofit organization dedicated to eliminating pet overpopulation through free spay/neuter outreach programs. Also places rescued dogs and cats. Pictures of available animals and news..

Association to Save Abandoned Pets Liz Fox Rescue, 8548 Vine Valley Dr, Sun Valley, CA 91352
Our goal is to rescue as many cats, dogs and other pets as possible that end up in one of the Los Angeles animal shelters and find them safe and happy homes. Currently 37,000 loving, innocent pets are euthanized each year because they were abandoned by their owners and a new owner didn't step up to take them home. This is a tragic end for so many loving animals that depend on us for their survival.

Bakersfield SPCA 3000 Gibson Street, Bakersfield, CA 93308, Tel:(661) 323-8353
The Bakersfield SPCA, an independent, non-profit organization founded in 1949, advocates the general welfare and humane treatment of animals through shelter, prevention of pet overpopulation and adoption. Adoption gallery, upcoming events, and information on how to adopt and licensing an animal.

Benevolent Animal Rescue Committee Post Office Box CD, Cherry Valley, CA 92223, Tel: (951) 845-1513
Barc is a non-profit, animal-rescue organization that, through donations and a small group of volunteers, saves thousands of lives each year. But we need your help. We have recently opened a thrift store at 912 New York Street in Redlands, CA and are accepting new and 2nd hand items with proceeds going directly to save lives through our local, no-kill rescue programs.

Berkeley-East Bay Humane Society 2700 Ninth Street, Berkeley, CA 94710, Tel: (510) 845-3633
No-kill shelter. Photographs of available animals, information about training classes offered, and volunteer opportunities. Berkeley Humane believes in an adoption process that carefully matches the lifestyle and expectations of our customers with the needs of our animals to ensure pets adopted will remain in their new homes for the rest of their lives.

Butte Humane Society 2580 Fair St. Chico, California 95928 (530) 343-7917
We are one of the oldest non-profit agencies in Butte County, California, working since 1911 to bring humanitarian care to dogs, cats and other animals. We are a Limited Admission shelter that strives to make our animals as comfortable as possible during their stay with us.

Concerned People for Animals P.O. Box 632, Somis, CA 93066, Tel: 805-482-6587
CPA's primary focus is to provide spay/neuter assistance for cats and dogs. Our California branch also finds permanent homes for a limited number of stray and abandoned pets through our adoption program. We are a non-profit organization staffed entirely by unpaid volunteers. All donations go directly to help the animals in the community. CPA raises funds through individual donations and by selling a variety of products. CPA has branches in Idaho, and in Ventura County, Palmdale, and Porterville, California.

Dedicated Animal Welfare Group 27472 Capricho, Mission Viejo, CA 92692
We save lives by providing much needed medical care to dogs and cats who were abandoned, neglected or lost so that they may find happy homes and live full lives.

Four Paws Rescue 3735 East Castro Valley Boulevard, Castro Valley, CA 94552, Tel: 510-886-8925
We are a home-based volunteer group. Rather than maintaining a permanent housing facility, we keep rescued animals in foster care where they can experience a positive home environment. Their behaviors will be analyzed and any socialization/training issues will be worked on to prepare them for successful re-homing so that they won't be abandoned or neglected again.

Helen Woodward Animal Center 6461 El Apajo Road Rancho Santa Fe, CA 92067, Tel: (858) 756-4117
Helen Woodward Animal Center is a unique, private, non-profit organization in San Diego County that, for over 40 years, has been committed to the philosophy of people helping animals and animals helping people. Located on 12 acres in Rancho Santa Fe, our nationally recognized Center provides a variety of services that benefit the community through educational and therapeutic programs for people, and humane care and adoption for animals. We are a no-kill facility that receives no government funding and relies heavily on tax-deductible contributions from private donors to continue our life-saving mission.

Home At Last Animal Rescue P.O. Box 2261, Berkeley, CA 94702-0261, Tel: 510-981-0890
Over the past several years, significant strides have been made in reducing the rate of dog and cat euthanasia all across the nation. Home At Last Rescue (HAL) plays an active role in this "no-kill" movement by rescuing animals from city shelters, providing temporary foster care, and bringing these animals to the public for placement in high-quality, loving homes. Historically, HAL has operated primarily in the Berkeley area and has been instrumental in lowering the euthanasia rate in the Berkeley municipal shelter from over 60% three years ago, to under 20% this past year.

Homeless Animal Rescue Team 2638 Main Street Cambria California 93428, Tel: (805) 927-7377
As part of the Community Engagement Partnership offered through the California State University at Northridge, HART collaborated with Professor Sabina Magliocco who developed a capstone graduate course for her students; a unique curriculum based in service learning and focusing on the animal/human bond. The students worked together with HART volunteers to design a K–12 education program using HART’s principle belief that responsible and humane treatment of animals creates a more compassionate society. This program will be integrated into the local schools and other community organizations.

Hooves & Paws Animal Rescue A non-profit, all volunteer organization specializing in the rescue and adoption of dogs and farm animals as well as the promotion of vegetarianism and animal rights. Based in Littlerock, CA. PO Box 1469 / Littlerock, CA 93543 / Tel;:(661) 944-3740
Hooves & Paws Animal Rescue is not affiliated with or related to Hooves & Paws Rescue of the Heartland, Inc. of Glenwood, Iowa.

Humane Society Silicon Valley 901 Ames Ave. Milpitas, CA 95035, Tel: 408-262-2133
Humane Society Silicon Valley (HSSV) is an independent, 501(c)(3) non-profit animal shelter that has been serving people and pets for over 80 years. HSSV offers quality adoptions, affordable spaying/neutering, vaccinations and microchipping services, pet care services and education programs to enhance the human-animal bond. Established in 1929, HSSV has adopted more than 500,000 animals into permanent, loving homes. HSSV operates an open door shelter 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. We also operate multiple satellite adoption centers in PETCO in the El Paseo Shopping Center in San Jose and on El Camino Real in Sunnyvale. HSSV is the first Animal Community Center in the nation to receive Gold LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification from the U.S. Green Building Council.

Humane Society of Sonoma County 5345 Highway 12 West, Santa Rosa, CA 95407, Open 7 days a week noon to 6PM, Tel: 707.542.0882
Serving our community since 1931, the Sonoma Humane Society is a donor supported safe haven for animals. We’re dedicated to bringing people and companion animals together for a lifetime of love. The animals in our care receive medical treatment (including spay/neuter surgery), training services, and adoption assistance. We believe that no effort is too great when a life is at stake. With your help, we give hope to every animal. SHS is a no kill organization. Our Landmark Agreement with Sonoma County Animal Care and Control helps ensure a positive outcome for all healthy and curable animals in our community.

Humane Society of Ventura County 402 Bryant Street in Ojai — Mailing Address: PO Box 297, Ojai, CA 93024m 805-646-6505
The Humane Society of Ventura County is a non-profit, NO-KILL organization dedicated to the protection and adoption of homeless animals throughout Ventura County. Our mission statement is, The Humane Society of Ventura County is dedicated to promoting the health, safety, welfare, compassionate care and protection of all animals through education and community outreach programs.

Inland Valley Humane Society and SPCA 500 Humane Way, Pomona CA 91766 | Phone 909-623-9777
The doors to the Inland Valley Humane Society & S.P.C.A. are open to every animal in need. Because we are a "full access" shelter, no animal is ever turned away. Many other shelters, animal care facilities and sanctuaries define themselves as "no-kill" shelters. While we at the Inland Valley Humane Society & S.P.C.A. salute the work of animal welfare groups everywhere, we find the label of "no-kill" to be inaccurate. Organizations like these are better defined as "limited access" shelters because they have the option of turning away animals for health, behavior and in some instances cosmetic reasons.

Laguna Beach Animal Shelter 20612 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach, CA 92651-1184, Tel: (949) 497-3552
Dogs and cats which remain unclaimed are seen by a veterinarian, bathed and groomed, vaccinated, wormed, micro-chipped, and neutered/spayed, in addition to receiving any other needed medical treatment. For this reason, the animals put up for adoption are healthy and have no serious behavior problems. The aim of our adoption policy is to place our animals in the most compatible situations possible. To ensure the most appropriate match, the adoption procedure requires an application and a waiting period. The Adoption Committee meets semi-weekly on Wednesday and Saturday to review applications and decide on the most suitable placement, which results in the greatest chance of a permanent, rewarding and peaceful existence between animal and owner. This policy has kept our return rates at 5-10%, while the national average at other shelters is close to 50%.

Living Free P.O. Box 5, 54250 Keen Camp Rd., Mountain Center, CA 92561, Tel: (951) 659-4687, for placement assistance call (951) 659-4684
In 1980 Emily acquired 153 acres in the San Jacinto Mountains near Idyllwild and named it Living Free Animal Sanctuary — which is the only sanctuary founded by Emily. She devoted the rest of her life to providing refuge for orphaned cats and dogs. "We have an obligation to better the lives of the animals with whom we share the earth," said Emily.

Marin Humane Society 171 Bel Marin Keys Blvd, Novato, CA 94949, Tel: 415.883.4621
The Marin Humane Society offers refuge, rehabilitation, and support services to more than 10,000 domestic animals and wildlife each year through a myriad of community services, including adoptions, foster care, behavior and training, humane education, pet assistance for people in need, lost-and-found pet services, low-cost clinics, and more. We are a local, independent organization and do not receive operating funds from national organizations. Your support of the Marin Humane Society directly helps animals in your community.

Mariposa SPCA 5599 Hwy. 49 North, P.O. Box 671, Mariposa, CA 95338, Tel: 209-966-5275
Helping animals in Mariposa County for 38 years. Website includes information about the shelter, vet advice and a listing of animals available for adoption.

Mendocino Coast Humane Society 19691 Summers Lane, Fort Bragg CA 95437, Tel: 707-964-7729
We provide a secure environment for the animals with full medical care. The dogs are housed in comfortable indoor/outdoor kennels and the cats reside in condos with shelves and hide-outs. The floors are heated to keep out the winter chill and all dogs have a bed or blanket.

Milo Foundation 200 S Garrard Boulevard, Space 220, Point Richmond, CA 94801, Tel: 510-900-2275
The Milo Foundation is an established 501(c)(3) nonprofit, no-kill organization providing an alternative for homeless pets throughout Northern California, through education, adoption services, and providing sanctuary for animals until permanent homes can be found. Founded in August of 1994, The Milo Foundation is located on two hundred and eighty-three acres in Mendocino County - offering lots of room for the animals to run and play.

Modjeska Ranch Rescue 28102 Modjeska Grade Rd., Silverado, CA 92676, Tel: (714) 608-3119
Modjeska Ranch Rescue is a non-profit rescue organization based in south Orange County, California. It operates as an all-volunteer rescue dedicated to finding great homes for neglected and abandoned animals.

New Beginnings for Animals P.O. Box 2444, Mission Viejo, CA 92690, Tel: 949-348-8057
Each animal we rescue is examined by a licensed veterinarian, vaccinated, spayed/neutered, bathed/groomed, flea treated and AVID microchipped. Our rescues are either fostered by families or boarded with veterinarians until they can be adopted into permanent, loving homes. All new homes are screened and home checked, and we're committed to the welfare of our rescued animals for the rest of their lives. We evaluate every animal's temperament and work with professional trainers to correct any behavioral issues. If for any reason an adoption doesn't work out, we require that the animal be returned to us.

Nike Animal Rescue Foundation P.O. Box 26587, San Jose, CA 95159, Tel: for dogs, (408) 224-6273 / Tel for cats: (408) 225-9545
NARF is dedicated to protecting dogs and cats. We strive to eliminate animal overpopulation through spay and neuter programs and public education. Our volunteers rescue and shelter cats and dogs in need. We provide medical care and locate quality, permanent homes for these animals. We are also a NO KILL shelter. The animals are fostered in our volunteers' homes allowing us to give adopters a more complete background about their personality and how they get along with other animals, children, etc.

Noah's Bark Pet Rescue Organization 1601 N. Sepulveda Blvd. #518, Manhattan Beach, CA 90266, Tel: 310-462-9943
Some dogs come to us as strays, but the majority come from LA area shelters, all of which are ALL HIGH KILL shelters. We often rescue the most broken and pitiful dogs from these shelters, the ones that would have little to no chance of being adopted by the public. We give these dogs a second chance at a new and loving life. We hold adoptions every Saturday from 12-3PM at the Torrance Petco at 24413 Crenshaw Blvd. Torrance, CA 90505

Noah's Wish P.O. Box 4288, El Dorado Hills, CA 95762, Tel: 916-939-9474
Noah’s Wish is a unique animal welfare organization dedicated exclusively to the care of animals in disasters throughout the United States.
Our singular mission is to mitigate the impact of disasters on animals through our educational and community outreach programs.

North County Humane Society 2300 Ramona Road, Atascadero, CA 93422, Tel: 805.466.5403
The North County Humane Society is a division of Action for Animals' Rights (AFAR), founded in 1977. We are a "no-kill" cat adoption center/shelter. Our mission is to reduce pet overpopulation and to promote responsible pet ownership through spay/neuter and trap, neuter and release programs; provide shelter, care and socialization opportunities for domestic cats awaiting permanent homes; and advocate for the welfare and humane treatment of all animals through education efforts in our communities.

Orange County Homeless Pets 21632 Newland Ave., Huntington Beach, CA, Tel: (714) 536-8480
Photographs and descriptions of available dogs and cats. Information on the adoption procedure and links to other rescues.

PAL Rescue and Adoption Gardena, CA
Nonprofit organization working to place abandoned and unwanted pets in safe, permanent homes. Includes photographs of available animals and volunteer needs. We are a 501c nonprofit organization located in the South Bay, working to places abandoned and unwanted dogs in safe and permanent homes. For the past 15 years, we have places over 3000 rescued dogs, cats and more. We have a very robust adoption program. We carefully screen each prospective "pet parents."

Palo Alto Animal Services 3281 E. Bayshore Road, Palo Alto, California 94303, Tel: 650-496-5971
Open: Monday - Saturday, 11:00am - 5:30pm, except holidays. Closed every other Friday. Offers pet adoptions, tips for those who have lost a pet, local ordinances, and articles on animal behavior.

Pasadena Humane Society 361 S. Raymond Ave. Pasadena, CA 91105, Tel: 626-792-7151
The Pasadena Humane Society & SPCA is an independent, donor-supported, non-profit agency that provides animal care for abandoned and homeless animals. An open door agency, PHS welcomes and cares for all animals in its service area regardless of age, medical condition, breed or any other criteria. The Society is responsible for animal control and welfare for seven area cities that include La Canada Flintridge, San Marino, Sierra Madre and Arcadia, Glendale, Pasadena and South Pasadena. We also license dogs for the cities of La Cañada Flintridge, Sierra Madre and Arcadia.

Peninsula Humane Society 1450 Rollins Road, Burlingame, CA 94010, Tel: 650.340.7022
PHS/SPCA is a private, independent, non-profit, and much more than a no-kill shelter. We’ve rehomed 100% of the healthy dogs and cats in our care since 2003 and promise to do this going forward. While rewarding, this isn’t our most challenging work and doesn’t define us. We accept our community’s sick, injured, abused, unwanted, stray, neglected and older animals; donations to our Hope Program enable us to help and rehome approximately 200 every month. (Sadly, private shelters in many communities never give them a chance). We rehabilitate wildlife, make spay/neuter free for our low or fixed-income residents, educate children, and investigate animal cruelty.

People for Pets Tracy, CA, 209-933-6274
People for Pets is a 501(c) non-profit organization devoted to the rescue and adoption of dogs and cats in Tracy and the surrounding area. Our pets live in foster homes until they are adopted. We hold adoption fairs every Saturday from 11 am to 3 pm at the Tracy PetSmart. Our goal is to find loving new homes for as many pets as possible.

Pet Orphans Of Southern California 7720 Gloria Avenue Van Nuys, CA 91406, Tel: (818) 901 – 0190
Pet Orphans is a 501 (c) (3) charitable organization dedicated to the advancement of companion animal welfare and to combating overpopulation, abandonment and the need for euthanasia. We have been rescuing, rehabilitating and placing animals in loving "forever homes" for 40 years. Private no-kill shelter.

Pets in Need 871 5th Avenue, Redwood City, CA 94063, Tel: 650-367-1405
Pets In Need was founded in 1965 and is Northern California's first No Kill dog and cat rescue and adoptions shelter. We rescue dogs and cats who are in danger of being killed in public facilities, bring them back to our state-of-the-art shelter, get them all necessary medical care, get them current on their vaccinations appropriate to age, spay or neuter them, and then find them new homes..

Pets Lifeline 19686 8th Street East Sonoma, CA 95476, Tel: 707-996-4577
Small animal shelter committed to rescuing homeless dogs and cats in the Sonoma Valley, and adopting them into new families. Volunteer opportunities, newsletter, photographs of available pets, and information on our feral cat campaign.

Placer County Domestic Animal Services  Placer County, Tel: 530-886-5500
Animal Services' goal is to establish and maintain a safe and healthy environment shared between humans and animals. We strive to educate the public on responsible pet ownership, protect public health and safety, and ensure humane treatment of animals throughout Placer County.

Precious Paws 18034 Ventura Blvd. #430, Encino, CA 91316, Tel: 818-773-3336
Our primary purpose is to rescue abandoned and/or abused companion animals. These animals may be found on the streets, in shelters, or even relinquished by their owners. All animals will be spayed or neutered, vaccinated, tested and healthy before they are placed for adoption into new homes. This will be the main focus of all of our activities. It provides the public with the service of the humane rescue of animals and saves the lives of animals that are in need. These animals will be placed into the homes of our volunteers to be cared for until they are adopted and placed into their new permanent homes. These permanent homes will be found mainly through adoption events which will generally be held at pet stores.

Rancho Coastal Humane Society 389 Requeza Street Encinitas, CA 92024, Tel: (760) 753-6413
One of RCHS’ main goals is the adoption of animals to permanent, loving homes. RCHS’ adoption process is tailored to find the best match between pets and people. After finding the perfect match, we help prospective adopters learn about health care, nutrition requirements, grooming, exercise, responsible pet ownership, socialization and the importance of the human/animal bond.

Rancho Cucamonga Animal Shelter 11780 Arrow Route, Rancho Cucamonga, CA 91730, Tel: (909) 466–7387
As an open admission municipal Animal Center, we accept and care for nearly 5,800 animals a year. Regardless of their health, behavior or adoptability, no animal in our City that needs our assistance is turned away. Our mission and goal is to build a community in which every adoptable pet finds a home. Last year, 84% of all the dogs and cats that we cared for were placed into new homes, with rescue partners or were reunited with their owners..

Redlands Humane Society P.O Box 7946, Redlands, CA 92375, Tel: (909) 792-619
Animals can be seen every Thursday from 6 pm to 8 pm at Redlands Market Night in downtown Redlands at the corner of Orange & State Streets in front of the Redlands Mall. Some pets can also been seen at Katz Alley at 214 E. Redlands Blvd. in Redlands on Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Additional opportunities to meet individual pets can be arranged with the pets foster families.

Retrievers and Friends PO Box 1822, Temecula, CA 92593, (951) 696-2428
We are a full-service rescue, with dogs coming to us from all over the Southern California area for foster care services. Retrievers and Friends of Southern California not only provides care for dogs while they are waiting for adoption, but we provide follow-up assistance for the life of the dog.

Riverside Humane Society Pet Adoption Center 6165 Industrial Avenue, Riverside, CA 92504, Tel: (951) 688-4340
As a limited-entry companion adoption center, the Pet Adoption Center takes in healthy, adoptable cats and dogs from owners who can no longer care for them. As space allows, we also select healthy, adoptable cats and dogs from other local animal welfare agencies. Pets that are accepted into our center must pass health and behavior evaluations. All animals stay in our care until a good, loving home is found. No healthy, adoptable animal is ever destroyed. If space is not available to admit a pet, or if the pet cannot be accepted due to any other reason, owners are referred to other facilities and organizations.

Rohnert Park Animal Shelter 301 J Rogers Lane, Rohnert Park CA 94928, Tel: 707-584-1582
As a municipal, open-admissions shelter we receive in animals that are found stray within our jurisdiction, animals that owners no longer can care for, as well as injured and abused animals. We also hold animals that are under bite quarantine for rabies control. Our annual intake averages about 1,200 animals – down from a high of 2,100 animals in 1999. Through our proactive monthly Fix-it Clinics we offer our residents FREE cat spays/neuters and very low-cost dog altering to reduce the number of kittens and puppies that come through our door. Our declining number of intakes show that this approach is paying off!

Sacramento SPCA 6201 Florin-Perkins Road, Sacramento 95828, Tel: (916) 383-7387
Since 1894, we’ve worked to reduce pet overpopulation through affordable spay/neuter services, promote the humane treatment of animals through education and outreach, and assist pet owners through a variety of programs and services designed to keep pets and their families together for life. Provides shelter for homeless, lost or abused pets, offers low-cost spay and neuter services, humane investigations, and public education. Photographs of available pets, volunteer positions, pet care tips, and a variety of ways to help.

San Diego County Animal Control San Diego Region: 5480 Gaines Street, San Diego, CA 92110-2887, Tel: 619-767-2675
Northern Region: 2481 Palomar Airport Road, Carlsbad, CA 92011-1531, Tel: 619-767-2675
Southern Region: 5821 Sweetwater Road, Bonita, CA 91902-2219, Tel: 619-767-2675
Hours at all County shelters are: Tuesday through Saturday 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Closed Sundays, Mondays and Holidays
Serving the unincorporated County and the Cities of Carlsbad, Del Mar, Encinitas, San diego, Santee and Solana Beach. Our vision is to become an animal services organization known for its transparency, and effectively promoting the humane and responsible care of companion animals, reducing the euthanasia of sheltered animals, and responding to the needs of the community.

Santa Barbara Animal Rescue P.O. Box 5343 Santa Barbara, 93150, Tel: 805-637-0134
Santa Barbara Animal Rescue helps homeless, abused and neglected dogs and cats in Santa Barbara County through rescue, a no-kill shelter, spay/neuter, foster care, feral cat colony care and community education. Since 2003, Santa Barbara Animal Rescue has helped over 250 dogs and 700 cats, many of whom still live in the Rescue's cattery and dog sanctuary or in foster care. The Rescue is run solely by volunteers and funded by individual donations and community support. Santa Barbara Animal Rescue is a registered 501c3 charity.

Santa Clara Animal Shelter Photographs of adoptable animals, adoption fee comparison chart, and a list of ways to help the shelter care for homeless pets.

Santa Ynez Valley Humane Society History of the organization, lost and found listings, pictures of available pets, and how to help.

Save-A-Life Cat Rescue and Adoptions Rescues cats from at risk situations or local animal control agencies. Driving directions, wish list, and pictures of available pets. Lomita.

Seal Beach Animal Care Center All-volunteer non-profit animal shelter finding homes for the dogs, cats, and occasional rabbits, lost within their city limits. Photographs of featured pets for adoption and hours of operation.

Sequoia Humane Society Society's purpose is the prevention of abuse, neglect or exploitation of animals, the promotion of kindness and community concern for animal welfare, and individual responsibility for the care and protection of animals. Eureka, CA

Silicon Valley Animal Control Authority News, information on animal ordinances, wish list, resources for pet owners, and how to help.

Our Mission: to provide a sanctuary for rescued abused and neglected horses in Napa and Sonoma Counties as well as provide students of all ages with life enhancing skills derived from the care and rehabilitation of the horses.

Tehachapi Humane Society Information on their many programs including spay/neuter assistance and a Christmas basket program providing pet supplies to low-income families. Wish list, dog licensing information, calendar of events, and volunteer needs.

Tony La Russa's Animal Rescue Foundation Rescuing and adopting animals in Contra Costa County. Online tour of facility and pictures of pets up for adoption.

Tri-Valley Animal Rescue Rescues animals at risk of destruction from the East County Animal Shelter.

Tuolumne County Humane Society Rescue working with animal control to find homes for cats and dogs. Photo listings of available pets, volunteer opportunities, and other ways to help.

Upland Animal Shelter Online listing of available cats and dogs. Runs a free micro-chipping program for pets inside the city.

Valley Humane Society No kill animal shelter and adoption services.

Valley Oak SPCA List of upcoming events, vaccination schedule and clinic times, licensing information, pets of the week listing, map to the shelter, tips for finding a lost pet, and suggestions for ways to help.

West End Shelter for Animals Non-profit, no-kill center for pet placement and adoption. Pictures of available pets, news, and directions to their facilities. Ontario.

Woods Humane Society Volunteer information, wish list, and list of upcoming events for the shelter in San Luis Obispo.

Worcester Animal Rescue League Includes newsletter, dog and cat training and health tips, volunteer needs, information on upcoming events, directions to the shelter, and featured pet for adoption.

Yolo County SPCA Offers dog, cat, and small animal adoptions. Volunteer opportunities, calendar of events, and pictures of pets available now.



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San Francisco SPCA

Second Chance at Love Humane Society

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We Care Animal Rescue

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