Animal Compassion Team of California

Rating: 4.71 stars   63 reviews


PO Box 763 Squaw Valley CA 93675 USA


To provide a safe haven for domestic animals, regardless of breed or species; through rescue, rehabilitation, adoption and sanctuary. To advocate for the humane treatment of animals, and promote the human-animal bond. To educate the public about the importance of kindness, compassion, and responsible pet ownership with an emphasis on spaying and neutering. To cooperate and work with other animal rescues and shelters towards the goal of becoming a no-kill nation. 


To date we have successfully re-homed approximately 1800 animals, provided spay/neuter for 150 feral cats and have provided an alternative option to dumping in our already overcrowded shelters. We have spent countless hours providing counseling services to our community about alternative ways to keep pets instead of surrendering their furry friend.

Target demographics:

Entire community, depending on need, all ages.

Geographic areas served:

Central California, specifically San Joaquin Valley


Animal Compassion Team has a volunteer program for people interested in becoming involved in the organization.  Volunteers attend an orientation where they learn about ACT, spaying/neutering pets, volunteer opportunities, and what they are expected to do when they volunteer.  Volunteer opportunities include: marketing, adoption agent, dog walker, cat cuddler, foster parent, rescue transport, and HOPE transport. 

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Rating: 5 stars  

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Okay, I'm biased--I live and breathe ACT. But let me just say from "behind the scenes" that this organization is driven 150% by love, faith, sweat, and determination (with a healthy dose of dog poop tossed in!). NO one gets paid, but EVERYone who makes up the Animal Compassion TEAM works HARD on a daily basis. We work hard to pull animals out of death-row situations in the Central Valley, we work hard to keep them healthy and happy at our center and in our foster homes, and we work hard to match them up with just the right families across California. In a world that can sometimes seem hopeless for homeless animals, WE make a difference! I'm proud to be a part of something so amazing.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I first learned about ACT through volunteering with some of ACT's founders. I was amazed by their drive, commitment, and passion for helping the valley's homeless animals. I quickly saw the limits of what I could do as a volunteer in the high kill shelter I was fostering/volunteering in at the time, but I was eager to help the valley's animals. I started volunteering with ACT as they were working to open their first adoption center in the Sierra Vista Mall. I quickly realized I was on the right team- the knowledge, dedication, heart, and vision was apparent from the start. Since then I have become a foster, volunteer, board member, and the volunteer coordinator for ACT. I am happy to say that over 1700 animals have found new homes through ACT over the past two years. Most of these animals were scheduled to be euthanized at local shelters, and are now living wonderful lives in loving homes. ACT set out to be more then an adoption center though and is continuing to work on education, pet retention, and TNR. We have BIG dreams, and many more ideas for the future. ACT is an organization that I am proud to be a part of and feel lucky to have found.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

finding a cause/organization I believe in/support 110%, seeing animals lives changed, volunteering, fostering, and much more. I also have a wonderful dog, my foster failure, who was a demodex puppy that was scheduled to be killed at the local shelter, and now is a sweet healthy girl that I can't imagine my life without.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

There is always lots of room to grow and improve. One of the main way is in improving funding sources for programs to benefit the valley's animals. Another major dream is to eventually have our own property.

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