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Causes: Animal Protection & Welfare, Animals

Mission: PAF has a three-fold mission to: - Rescue homeless dogs and cats from city & county shelters, as well as dogs and cats who are abandoned, and those whose guardians can no longer care for them. - Place the homeless dogs and cats we rescue in loving, adoptive homes. - Educate the public about the importance of spaying/neutering companion animals in order to reduce the overpopulation of stray and unwanted dogs and cats in our communities.

Results: Rescued and rehomed thousands of dogs and cats since inception in 1983. LIKE us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/petadoptionfund.org Follow us on Twitter: https://www.twitter.com/petadoptionfund

Target demographics: Homeless Animals

Direct beneficiaries per year: hundreds of dogs and cats.

Geographic areas served: Canoga Park, CA.

Programs: food, shelter, medical care, spay/neuter, rehabilitation, adoptions.

Community Stories

14 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Client Served

Rating: 5

I adopted a puppy 20 years ago and he was the greatest pet ever.

Two weeks ago, I adopted another dog from Pet Adoption Fund and they were helpful, concerned and caring.

They want to guarantee that any pet they place is in a secure and loving environment. They perform a home check before the adoption is complete. They review both the house and the yard to make sure the animal will not dig out or jump the fence.

The cages are large and the animals are kept clean. Each day volunteers take the dogs for walks outside of their cages.

The Pet Adoption Fund is providing a valuable service for the community and the animals they have rescued.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I got a rescue pup earlier this year. I found his picture on Petfinder.com and visited the facility. Everyone there was friendly and allowed me to come back a couple of times to walk, spend time and observing the dog.

The adoption process was smooth and easy and I ended up with the exactly perfect pup for me. Pet Adoption fund made certain I was aware of his challenges, shared as much information as they knew and equipped me to care for my new family member.

The people here care about each and every animal. They devote their time to getting a perfect match and work hard to run a great facility.

This is the best experience I have had adopting a pup. I also got the sweetest, best cared for dog that has acclimated well and is the brightest part of my life.

I highly recommend!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

PET ADOPTION FUND is the greatest ... this is my 2nd dog from them ... they have volunteer that come week ends or everyday that give the dogs and cats such love ... that it is wonderful to watch ... I use to live in West Hills, CA., when I got my 1st dog from them and a year or so later I moved to Carlsbad, CA., but when I wanted another dog I took a 2 1/2 hour drive to find Rusty ... because I know that he was given such love at Pet Adoption Fund where else would I go for a dog ...

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am so proud to be a team member of this large, caring organization which saves animals from near, far and in-between. Absolutely every dog and cat that becomes a "resident" no matter how long or short their stay before or whether getting adopted/placed, gets thorough attention from staff and volunteers, from important and ongoing basics like food/shelter/love to medicines/vaccines needed to vet check-ups, emergency treatment, playtime, exercise, even baths and grooming. The goal is always to make the best match for clients' lifestyles, environment and desires. After all, pets getting a second chance deserve the best, too. This rescue has impressive numbers of longtime supporters as well as new clients who were disappointed by other groups but have been very pleased with Pet Adoption Fund. No surprise--its mission, efforts, selection and compassion are superior!!!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Pet Adoption Fund is the soul of what animal rescue is all about - giving animals - dogs, cats, puppies, kittens - another chance. No animal is ever euthanized unless their medical condition doesn't respond to all the love and medical attention they get. Thousands of animals have found new homes through this group, and there is almost always room for a few more. Over the past weekend, two puppies were brought in. The first was found nearly unconscious and very sick. Though he could not be saved, one of our volunteers asked to name him. She named him Daniel, after the vet who examined him. The other puppy was brought in by someone who had seen her tied to a post at a local school. This little one, about 5 months old, is still in shock, I think, not knowing what's happening next. She will be going to the vet today to be examined. I held her in my arms for an hour or so, as had another volunteer most of the afternoon. Her name is Aubree. I do believe that people can help animals heal. Not sure how that works, but it is always worth trying. Bless Pet Adoption Fund for helping those who cannot survive on their own, and for giving us volunteers room to help.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Pet Adoption Fund is an amazing rescue ! I have been a part of this organization for 9 years now and have seen literally hundreds of animals saved and adopted to loving families. It is very meaningful to be part of this organization. When people have to give away their pets due to unfortunate life situations, Pet Adoption Fund is a life saver !!! Thank goodness it exists for both people and animals to rely on.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

All the employees and volunteers at Pet Adoption Fund (PAF) really care about their animals. They have a strict adoption process to make sure that the homes where animals will be are safe and secure, and that the animals will be treated as part of the family. It's the animals' best interest that is first consideration, as it should be. Also, they are the largest no-kill shelter in southern California. I don't know where these animals would be without Pet Adoption Fund and their dedicated volunteers.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

pet adoption fund saves so many animals and provides them with new loving homes. I have seen the shyest and sometimes aggressive dogs transformed with the love and attention of the volunteers

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

It's the only place that I know of that truly believes in no-kill. Animals are not discriminated against, and the organization goes a great length to help as many pets as possible, regardless of breed, age, temperament.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

For a Cal State University Northridge Club Fundraiser, I had the pleasure to work with The Pet Adoption Fund. The organization impressed me to how thankful they were that my group devoted our time and energy to helping their cause. I was also greatly impressed by how driven the workers are, in which many are not paid! It's amazing the passion these people have.

Also, they are happy to take anything they can get to help the animals - blankets, food, and especially newspaper! So if you have anything lying around and live in the San Fernando Valley or Los Angeles Area, please take the time to stop by and donate anything you have.

Thank you for a wonderful experience Pet Adoption Fund and I plan to donate to you again.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I adopted my best buddy from Pet Adoption Fund many years ago. Several years later I decided to volunteer for the organization as I wanted to help the other dogs there get the forever homes that we were able to provide our guy. I had a great appreciation for the work everyone at PAF did, but that is nothing compared to being part of it - my appreciation is far greater now. Volunteering and being able to work with dogs that have social issues and watching them turn from being afraid to accepting & giving love is amazing. These are dogs noone else wants and would be euthanized anywhere else. PAF provides them shelter, food, love from the staff & volunteers, and the opportunity to find the perfect home. I think what people need to remember is that rescue is very stressful for both the animals and the people involved. It may not always be easy to get a volunteer to provide "service with a smile" when they just helped take in a wonderful dog whose only problem is he doesn't match the new furniture.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I read Marie Bennett's review with amazement. I question how much she knows about The Pet Adoption Fund by her comments or if she has actually been to the kennel. First of all most of the cats are not in small cages. There are several large cat rooms where the cats can play and freely move around. Obviously young kittens are kept separate or any that are sick and need to be isolated. There are large play yards and all the dogs are let out several times a day. Every day you can find volunteers at the kennel walking the dogs on leashes. Other than a few kennel workers and the kennel manager the organization is manned by volunteers who give up their free time out of the love for these homeless pets. Unfortunately, dogs who live in a kennel do not have the luxuries of living in a private home and moving them into a home is the ultimate goal of everyone you will find at the organization.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

The variety of personalities, sizes, looks, ages and breeds/types of available dogs and cats is amazing at Pet Adoption Fund. It's the L.A. area's largest no-kill rescue yet individual attention is given to all intakes including exercise, socialization and medical help--no matter how long their stay. It's rewarding witnessing so many animals benefit from supportive interaction. I often see challenging behaviors improve, and hardship cases become happy. Thanks to steady adoptions, shelter saves arrive regularly. It's disappointing when visitors don't seem to realize or appreciate the huge commitment and tons of money involved in the animals' continual care, feeding, clean-up, etc. I can understand that the noise level or "kennel smells" may be noticeable, but I think people should recognize such things aren't abnormal given the size and responsibilities of the place.

Client Served

Rating: 1

overcrowded and unsanitary - many cats and dogs are locked in small cages all day - rude, gossipy and unhelpful manager and office staff - they kept yelling at people - somehow charity navigator gave this place 3 out of 4 stars but that must be based only on what this organization has told them - wonder how bad a place has to be before it only gets one or two stars - should all the animals be dead?

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admin 06/23/2014

PAF is one of the largest no-kill shelters in S.CA., so it takes a truly dedicated team of staff and volunteers to keep the place running and the animals cared for. Unless you are part of this behind-the-scenes group helping achieve these important goals, it is premature and unfair to judge the place based only on what you see during a short visit or may experience during the inquiry process. Furthermore, PAF dogs do go on daily walks by the dedicated and devoted volunteers, as well as spend one-on-one time socializing and bonding. The PAF cats have their bonding time too. So for Marie Bennett to make a claim that the animals are confined all day...is preposterous.

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admin 06/23/2014

PAF is one of the largest no-kill shelters in S.CA., so it takes a truly dedicated team of staff and volunteers to keep the place running and the animals cared for. Unless you are part of this behind-the-scenes group helping achieve these important goals, it is premature and unfair to judge the place based only on what you see during a short visit or may experience during the inquiry process. Furthermore, PAF dogs do go on daily walks by the dedicated and devoted volunteers, as well as spend one-on-one time socializing and bonding. The PAF cats have their bonding time too. So for Marie Bennett to make a claim that the animals are confined all day...is preposterous.

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