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Shadows Fund Incorporated

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Causes: Animal Protection & Welfare, Animal-Related, Animal Training, Animals

Mission: Shadow's Fund is dedicated to the rescue, rehabilitation and re-homing of dogs who are passed up for adoption based on their age, breed label or appearance. Through rescue, sanctuary, education and outreach, we work to bring hope and 2nd chances to the most vulnerable shelter dogs.

Results: We have helped some 600 dogs to date.

Direct beneficiaries per year: over 200 dogs

Geographic areas served: Central and Southern California

Programs: Rescue, Sanctuary, Bright Beginnings Puppy Ambassador Program and the Take Me Home Transport program.

Community Stories

21 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Cliff K.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

In addition to rescuing pit bulls, senior dogs, and other dogs in need, Shadow's Fund has also initiated a program to ensure that puppies are properly socialized and trained. Another program initiated by them is to transport dogs from Southern CA, which has a high density of pit bulls in the shelters to the Pacific North-West, where the shelters do not have enough pit bulls to meet demand. It is so satisfying to see pictures of dogs transported from Southern CA to Washington, meeting their forever family for the first time.

I have adopted two pit bulls from Shadow's Fund. Jill and Cody spent the time necessary to make sure my dogs were a good fit for me and that I was a good fit for them. My dogs, Charlee and Chaplin are part of my family, thanks to Shadow's Fund.

Finally, I like Shadow's Fund so much, I volunteer for them. The amount of work they do each day, including weekends, is both inspiring and tiring.

Shadow's Fund is a great nonprofit and Jill and Cody deserve recognition for how hard they work and the effectiveness of their programs.

Bruce47

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Great place. They go the extra mile to save animal's including our dog Sampson

Brandy16

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The team at Shadow's Fund are knowledgeable and caring. Their approach to sensitive dogs creates trust and comfort in such a short amount of time. They are an inspiration to all who want to enrich their lives with their incredible dogs.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My daughter & I have been volunteering for almost a year now. I can't get enough of these dogs! These are the most well taken care of and loved dogs that don't have permanent homes that I've ever known. Jill & Cody have done and are still doing an amazing job at caring for the needs of these dogs and even the dogs in our local shelters. I am so lucky to be part of this dog pack!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Jill and Cody are 2 of the most caring, compassionate souls I've ever had the pleasure of meeting. They work tirelessly to give these dogs a wonderful life while they are waiting for their forever home, and if for some reason they never find their match, they are loved on and cared for until their time comes by some of the most caring people I've met. The volunteers at Shadow"s fund are amazing! Most of them have ended up adopting a dog from the sanctuary- myself included! Jill and Cody sacrifice so much of themselves for the ranch and the animals lucky enough to call it home.

Rita T.

Donor

Rating: 5

This absolutely the best rescue for seniors and pit bull type dogs. Shadow's Fund will always have our support.

Sylvia K.

Donor

Rating: 5

Jill and Cody and their dedicated group of volunteers seem to have made it their life's mission, to help so many of these unfortunate animals, who have lost their homes. They work hard at socializing them, to make them easier adoptable, go way out of their way, to make sure that prospective adopters are suitable to the animal. I believe that because of their dedication, they have made many friends in our little community, who are willing to help their cause, but the need seems never ending. They seem to always find a way, to help one more of these unfortunate creatures, who would otherwise be on death row, through no fault of their own!
I applaud them all!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Before my daughter became involved with Shadows Fund I was a bit leery regarding pits. Since that time I have learned that they are very loving and loyal pets. I now have one of my own. Jill and Cody do an amazing job of providing a loving environment for so many lost, abused, neglected and unwanted animals. I am amazed at the dedication these two have and the hours that they put in to make sure these animals find good loving homes. i would give then a 10 star rating.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

9 years I became a pitbull owner and realized what great living dogs they are. I found shadows fund over five years ago and have been volunteering ever since. If it weren't for this rescue I don't know where I would be. They are an inspiration to all of us. Their drive and determination to save love and place this breed is above and beyond

Client Served

Rating: 5

Last October 2015 Shadows Fund listed Snowball as a dog in need. She was in a local shelter with medical issues. They hated the idea of her staying on cold cement with all her tumors. She had a not so glamorous past with humans etc. I said I would foster her. Wasn't sure how it would be. I had lost my bull mastiff in march 2015. Was in a bad depression. But her story broke my heart. She came October 3 2015. And is still here with us. I believe she has saved me emotionally! I will go back to Shadows Fund when the time comes again. They gave me a reason to smile & get out of bed again. I am forever grateful for their compassion & love for all the dogs. Thank you♡

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a volunteer and supporter of Shadow's Fund for over 5 years. I also adopted my dog Canelo from this rescue. I am proud to be a small part of this organization. Jill and Cody's 24/7 dedication goes above and beyond. These two co-founders are the drive, passion and devotion to the cause. There is an over whelming and never ending need for this rescue. Shadow's Fund is not just a dog rescue but a sanctuary for horses, sheep, pigs and all wild life. These animals thrive and get second chances. Of course the main objective is to find loving forever homes for the dogs. Hundreds of dogs have been adopted, not only in our area of Central California but also in Oregon and Washington. This is not an easy under taking by any means. It takes very special people to take this on and devote their lives to it. Jill and Cody definitely deserve the recognition.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a volunteer at Shadow's Fund for the past 5 years. I am there 5-6 days a week cleaning the dogs rooms, dog bowls, feeding and helping in any way needed. The animals here are shown so much love and have rooms that make them feel as if they are in a home , not in a shelter. They are walked daily, take turns going to one of the parks at the rescue and go to play groups for interaction with other dogs. We even have volunteers that take the dogs for car rides and one volunteer takes a different dog home on Thursdays for the night to give them a night out. Jill and Cody make this feel like a home and the animals and volunteers are one big family. They give so much of their selves to save the dogs and find forever homes for each and everyone of them. That may require them to drive a dog ( or 5 dogs) to Oregon or Washington or where ever a forever home may be waiting. They even have an entertainment room where a dog can come in with a volunteer and spend a couple hours watching a movie and getting Human Interaction. It is such a pleasure working with such loving and dedicated people. Shadow's Fund is such an asset to our community and such a God send for the animals that are rescued.

Jamie96

Client Served

Rating: 5

Shadows Fund is absolutely our favorite nonprofit. They go above and beyond with everything they do. We adopted our Gypsy girl from them and when she was diagnosed with some health issues, they went out of their way to help us. Sometimes it was giving us advise and helping us locate treatments and other times it was reaching out with a kind word to let us know they were thinking of our girl. When we were ready to expand our "furfamily" they put a lot of thought and time to ensure a successful match. The Shadows Fund crew truly love every animal that they help and are dedicated in make sure every home their furbabies go into is safe and loving.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Shadow's Fund is an amazing organization. While the primary function is to rescue high risk shelter dogs, they are also a sanctuary for pigs, horses and a sheep. They provide a safe, stimulating, happy life for all the animals in their care while attempting to find loving forever families for their adoptable dogs and provide assistance and education to the local community. I have been a volunteer for about 2.5 years and have somehow only managed to bring home one dog. The ranch on which the rescue and sanctuary are run is my happy place. I only wish there were more hours in the day and more days in the year so I could spend more time with the animals and people there. I have grown to love them all deeply and consider them my family and part of my tribe.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Shadows fund is quite simply a cut above the rest! The dedicated owners of this rescue for high risk dogs work 24/7, literally, to assist in the rehab of heartbroken, at risk shelter dogs and to build back hope and love for them. Once ready, a team of wonderful volunteers assists in matching these dogs to the appropriate owners so that they live a happy ever after promise. Honestly, these folks are angels on Earth!! There is no doubt in my mind that this non profit should headline your group of winners. They are definitely what's "right" in the Central Coast!!

Christi C.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Shadows Fund is an amazing rescue organization. My boyfriend began volunteering there because he wanted to make a difference in the dogs lives. Really, they made more a difference in his. I had the opportunity to visit a couple times and walk the dogs and it was a real pleasure. The dogs are so well cared for by Cody, Jill, and the volunteers. There stalls are large with indoor and outdoor space, furniture, beds, and blankets. They have food and treats and all of the animals are happy. They get to live in a nice environment around people who love them while they await their forever family. I donate to shadows fund whenever I can and would love for such a selfless organization to receive more attention and help from others who may not have heard of them yet.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I was the first volunteer for Shadow's Fund over 10 years ago. I wanted to help, and the first dog I walked was Mia, an abuse case out of Santa Barbara. I could not have met nicer people, more wonderful dogs and become involved with a more fulfilling cause. Their dedication and the size and scope of their mission has only grown year after year and not only crosses county lines but now reaches out to other states as well. They not only rescue dogs from Death's door but also from terrible living conditions. They restore the dogs health, their faith in people and the promise of 'no more bad days' is one they make and keep with each and every dog. They have a community outreach program that assists families who need help with veterinary care, dog food, fence fixing, training and they do everything they can to help families keep their dogs. I could write a book about all Shadows Fund has done for animals and people alike and still not feel like I covered it all. Jill, Cody and all the volunteers are a wonderful organization that truly deserves recognition and I hope they get it. Thank you.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This organization does so much for the homeless, abused, unwanted animals of Santa Barbara County. They have a true sanctuary with dogs, horses, pigs, etc. When other rescues won't step forward, SF often does. Many lives have been saved by them! Their Bright Beginnings Program takes in mothers and litters of pitties and socializes and trains the pups to become breed ambassadors. Their Take Me Home Project: Kennels to Couches takes dogs with no local options to loving homes in the PNW.

Michelle365

Client Served

Rating: 5


Shadows Fund goes above and beyond to safe the Dog's in desperate need for Sanctuary, Rehabilitation and Love. Our family dog Daddy is one of the Lucky dogs that got the infinite amount of love and Care from Jill, Cody and all the awesome Volunteers. Coming out of a cold riverbed scared, sick and abused not many people saw potential in him or would have made the effort to give him the care and love he truly needed to fully recover and turn into such a funny little bundle of awesome filled with so much love and happiness. Daddy is just one of the huge amount of dogs that got a 2nd chance at life because of Shadows Fund.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Shadows Fund fills my heart with pride everytime I speak their name. The founders had a vision of - and live each day a lifestyle of - wisdom and compassion for the "tough cases" that most cannot take on. This reveals the unusually profound depth of their commitment to helping dogs, even against the odds. For a number of years I have been organizing and running large fundraisers to benefit them, in fact I just completed one a couple of months ago. II am just a friend and volunteer, nothing more, but I have invested many hundreds of hours of my own time in fundraising because I believe in this organization and its mission so deeply. Their sanctuary/shelter is large, peaceful, and beautiful, their resident animals get excellent housing, care, and support, and those who know them are, like me, filled with respect for their intelligent programs, many successes, refusal to give up on dogs in need, and great personal integrity. I can't recommend them highly enough.