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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Animals, Veterinary Services

Mission: California Animal Shelter Friends, Inc. is dedicated to providing veterinary care and foster care to animals who will otherwise be put to sleep in animal shelters. This includes puppies and kittens who are too young for adoption at the time they are abandoned at the shelter as well as those who are sick or injured and require medical care. We give them the medical care and time they need to become adoptable and then find them permanent homes.

Community Stories

5 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

1 Laura74

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Since 2009, we've adopted two dogs from CASF. At each visit, we were impressed with the cleanliness of the environment and the health and well-being of the animals. The staff was thorough and attentive, and worked to ensure we brought home a dog that would match well as a companion for our existing dogs. When we brought home our latest adoptee (in 2011), introductions didn't go as well as expected, but Jaleh stayed on the phone (after hours) and talked us through the process. Much patience and persistence later and the dogs were running wild and playing together. CASF takes on some of the most challenging rescues. These are animals that the shelters don't have the resources to take care of. Not only do they provide exceptional care for these animals, they adopt out pets who are healthy and well-adjusted. The dogs we've adopted from CASF have integrated well into our household, without many of the behavior issues we've experienced with animals adopted from public shelters.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My first experience with California Animal Shelter Friends was in 2009. One of my two 12-year-old dogs died very suddenly, leaving his lifelong pal without a buddy. I wanted to get a new friend for him right away and adopted a three-month old puppy from CASF. Since then I have adopted two more puppies and volunteer regularly at the shelter. They have adopted out more than 5000 pets to permanent homes...and all of those were rescued from a situation where they would have been euthanized. The owners of the shelter drop everything else they are doing when an animal is in need of being rescued and often travel on short notice to do so. The rescues I have seen range from litters of kittens without moms that can't be cared for at public shelters, to parvo puppies, to a Mastiff that needed emergency surgery. The list is endless, and every animal that enters the shelter receives the tender loving care and medical attention needed to prepare it for adoption. The facility is beautiful and welcoming to both the animals and potential adopters. Adoption applications are carefully screened and the shelter will keep an animal for as long as needed to find the right match. Potential adopters are encouraged to find the animal that best fits their situation, and when a good match is found they are sent home with educational materials about caring for their new best friend. All animals are microchipped, spayed or neutered, and up-to-date on vaccines. I have never seen a more pleasant atmosphere at a shelter, for both rescues and adopters, than at CASF. When you go there to adopt your next pet, you will see the heart-felt compassion given to each animal there.

Review from Guidestar

Danna J.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Cleanest, most caring shelter I've ever seen. Dedicated staff and volunteers. Every animal has a complete medical record and, after an adopter gets acquainted with their charge, there is wonderful education and written instructions provided. Toys are in abundance, music tapes, tv, air-conditioning and lots of loving care. I've adopted 3 cats and 2 dogs over the last 10 years. Check-out their website - the happy stories are many.

Review from Guidestar

Donor

Rating: 5

The care and dedication offered at CASF makes me know there's still true goodness in the world.

Review from Guidestar

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My understanding is that CASF accepts animals with special needs (medical conditions or pregnancy) from public shelters where lack of resources might mandate euthanasia. The CASF staff provide veterinary and husbandry care in a spotlessly clean and pleasant environment. It is a no-kill shelter where each animal is valued and forever home placement is carefully managed. I have been privileged to adopt two dogs from this wonderful shelter.

Review from Guidestar