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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 nearly 1000 dogs to date.

Target demographics: the most vulnerable shelter dogs: pit bull type dogs, senior dogs and dogs with treatable injuries or illnesses

Direct beneficiaries per year: Over 100 dogs

Geographic areas served: Central Coast of California

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

Community Stories

51 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Shadow's Fund is, hand's down, one of the best rescues in California. They treat all the animals in their rescue as if they were their own family members, not only providing food and shelter, but medical care, training, abundant exercise, social opportunities with people and other animals, and tons of enrichment. They go above and beyond the Five Freedoms to ensure that their rescue animals are happy and stress-free, and should be a model for rescues throughout the US. And they do it all on a shoestring, with the support of the community and an small army of dedicated volunteers.I discovered Shadow's Fund when I was looking to adopt a new dog after a disastrous adoption that ended in a tragic behavioral euthanization. I was heartbroken, and severely doubting myself, and knew I would need to find just the right dog. A friend of mine told me about Shadow's Fund and their amazing match-making skills, and they found me just the right dog, and his best friend as well! To ensure that the integration into our family went well (traumatized dog from previous rescue attack, autisitc daughter). We live 1.5 hours away from the rescue, and they still brought Tigger and Piglet to our house for acclimation visits at least twice a week for over 2 months! Talk about commitment!!!! As a result, we have the perfect pair to add to our family -- they have made us whole again.

1 Rebecca S. G.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I became familiar with Shadows Fund while volunteering for another dog rescue in the Santa Barbara area. One day when I popped on to Facebook for a few minutes I saw a post from Shadow's Fund seeking a foster for a senior pitbull they had rescued from the Carson shelter in LA. His name was Debo. They had pulled this senior boy along with another senior who was believed to be either his mother or sister. Sadly, the night they pulled them and placed them in boarding for one night before making the trip to Lompoc, the female pittie Lil Mama passed away next to Debo after they were reunited and resting that evening. SF needed a hospice foster for Debo. At the time I really didn't know anything about him other than I wanted to help him. I have a soft spot in my heart for the seniors and for the hospice dogs. I have cared for many over the years.

Debo spent a little over a year living his best life with me and my other senior dogs before passing away of cancer. He was such a special soul and and touched my heart so deeply and enriched my life more than I could have ever imagined. I am so grateful for having the opportunity to be his foster mom.

I now volunteer at Shadows Fund where they care for not only dogs, but pigs, horses and a sheep. They have rescued many dogs over the last 10 years and given them a second chance that otherwise they would not have had. They also educate people to help them gain an understanding of dog behavior and how to overcome various challenges they may be having with their dogs.

Thank you Jill and Cody and to the volunteers who impact the lives of so many animals with love and compassion.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I can not begin to express how amazing Jill, Cody and the Shadow’s Fund team are. They devote their lives to the animals on the ranch and go to the greatest extent to ensure the animals have the best lives possible. Everything about the organization and the people who make it go round everyday are beyond admirable. We are lucky enough to have found 2 Shadows fund dogs in our lives and be their forever family and for that WE are eternally grateful. Thank you for all you do! ❤️

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I volunteered at this nonprofit for a couple of years, and truly enjoyed and honored their dedication for the well being of all animals, especially the pit bull terriers. They give it all 24'7 to keep the rescues safe, exercised, feed, and socially active. I would still volunteer there if I had remained in the area.

1 Mara Bodary D.

Client Served

Rating: 5

We adopted Buddy in 2013, he had been at Shadow's Fund for a while before us and was a great help to many other pups there. Then he blessed our home by becoming an emotional support animal to myself and my autistic son. If it wasn't for Jill and Cody taking him from the shelter he was in before (he was put as unadoptable because of kennel cough) we would not have our little hero. Jill and Cody with the team at Shadow's Fund are an amazing group of people who give these pups a second chance at life. We are eternally grateful to them.

1 Dianne J.1

Client Served

Rating: 5

Having been adopted by Klifford as his forever home, Shadows Fund worked diligently to be sure we were the perfect match for him. Driving HOURS, to enable him to spend time with us and his new siblings. Not just once but 5 times!!
The thing that is most impressive is that they treat every single one of the dogs as individuals with an instinctual understanding of the dogs personal needs, be it physical, emotional or mental. They want only for the dogs to shine in love and become who they really were before this world left it’s sometimes ugly handprint on them.
Shadows Fund has set the standard for all rescues. We are honored to be a part of the Shadows Fund family.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Shadow's Fund has been a great blessing in my life. Along with the countless lives of dogs and other animals Shadow's Fund has saved, Shadow's Fund has helped me with almost every dog i have helped to get out of the shelters. In particular they have opened their hearts to help save two dogs from the shelter that are close to my heart who would not have had a good fate had Shadow's Fund not stepped in. For other dogs I've been involved with, they have created or supported programs to get animals who have been in the shelters for a long time out of the shelter, i.e., From Kennels to Couches.

The energy of Shadow's Fund is Heart, From the Heart, and From their Heart to each and every Dog's Heart every step of the way. They provide the most amazing care, Love, dedication, and rehabilitation for these dogs who have not done well in a shelter environment or who have had problems or issues. If a dog is found and ill, Shadow's Fund will dive with hugely open hearts into nursing the dog back to health, gathering a whole support team - an amazingly dedicated support team - to help. Every detail is important and addressed in their impeccable care. They have created a whole community of friends who are totally dedicated to and grateful for these amazing models of selflessness, Jill and Cody. To the community of friends, aside from helping with networking, Shadow's Fund provides information for people to help their pets, providing information they have discovered through their good works about diet and communication, and so many other things to help people's pets.

The political energies seen at shelters when we try to save dogs is not present here. No politics. Shadow's Fund always finds a way to help. Always. Every being is unique there and is treated like Royalty. Seriously.

Shadow's Funds saves animals through their immense heart energy, passion for, and dedication to helping animals. They Live with the consciousness that we are all connected and deserve a good life. That is it.

Shadow's Fund depends totally on donations, grants, and I cannot imagine a more worthy organization for any animal lover than this organization built upon the bricks and mortar of Love. Cody and Jill always rise above any situation and with Loving hearts create Good for the animals from it. Every animal there feels Loved and cared about which is obvious in the meticulous way they are Conscious and attentive to the needs and unique interests and desires of each dog and see this is implemented every day 7 days a week.

As I mentioned, they have saved two dogs that i have personally be involved in helping, i.e., one in which Jill took the dog and me on a 54 hour rescue mission to secure the right home for the dog, and a second in which Jill and Cody created a home Full of Love there specially designed for an amazingly sweet and joyful dog who Loves people but does not get along with other dogs. They saved this dog who otherwise would not have had a good fate. They have created a very happy home for her with friends and neighbors, and movie night partners.

Jill and Cody have also helped me help another dog with separation anxiety to find an amazing home because they cared and offered guidance from their experience of how to make it work for the dog. With their guidance, the dog found a wonderful home. They are wise, intuitive, Loving, and sensitive to each animals needs and wants and they create that for the animals.

As an animal Lover and shelter volunteer, my connection with Shadow's Fund has totally changed my life. This is a difficult business saving animals, but Jill and Cody have done so and i know will continue to do so with Grace, Compassion, and full dedication of mind, body, and spirit. Thank you for your continuous support for Shadow's Fund.

1 Mimi Applegate E.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I’ve been a follower and supporter of Shadow’s Fund since their inception many years ago.

I first got to know Jill while working as a volunteer under her guidance for another Rescue. Her staunch love of animals and passion for ethical rescue became obvious to my little groups of teen and young adult volunteers who so looked forward to their volunteer experience. When Jill and Cody began Sheltering Oaks Sanctuary/Shadow’s Fund Incorporated, I helped financially as much as I could, as it was obvious that this place was going to be very special indeed.

And so over the years it has proven to be. From the elderly abandoned to the abused, to those in abject misery at the end of their days, to pregnant Pitbulls whose puppies would never have even had a chance in the public shelter system, all who could be taken into the sheltering arms of Shadows Fund have been saved in every sense of the word. Even animals otherwise unadoptable because of behaviors borne of abuse find acceptance, understanding, love, and a HOME here. The volunteers go to incredible lengths to find amazing and well-matched homes for the dogs (and others) who have been saved; their creativity and outreach are boundless.

In later years, as a 501.c.3 Director/Rescue Coordinator (of a different organization) myself, I became further in awe of the efficiency, broad involvement of the community, numbers of animals helped, and even the advocacy within the criminal justice system on behalf of tortured animals displayed by the Founders and by their incredible cadre of dedicated volunteers. Shadow’s Fund, to me, exemplifies all that a Rescue Organization can and should be—but this is a level which is actualized by only a very, very few.

On a recent night, an appeal for near-immediate help in a dog crisis was published on Facebook. Literally within moments, folks from near and far were scrambling over themselves to help; “over-volunteering” if you will! Not many organizations have such a broad network of folks who love and are loved BY the rescue group to whom they choose to volunteer their invaluable time. Shadow’s Fund does, and this is why they are so special.

Please support the mission of Shadow’s Fund. All of us in the physical and Rescue communities NEED THEM to continue to do their great work, and also to inspire and teach other Rescue organizations, their volunteers and their staff to “reach further”. As I have. As others have, and will, with your help. Thank you so kindly.

1 Marsha M.5

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

What an amazing organization. Made this my birthday fund last year and will do so every year.

2 Allysa De W.

Client Served

Rating: 5

My wife and I have two dogs from Shadow's Fund. Jill and Cody are amazing and go above and beyond to help dogs in need. We have volunteered with them, donated, and even gotten married on the property...we love this organization so much! They are a model for how other rescues can work. We continue to give when we can and remain loyal supporters even living out of state. They are truly an incredible place that has saved so many dogs lives...and humans lives in the process.

1

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

As a former volunteer and Professional trainer, I have spent many hours at Shadow's Fund.
I have seen many a rescue, but none of them that give so much, to ensure the wellbeing of the animals in their care.
It's more than just housing a dog, pig, or horse.
It's about not only feeding them, but making sure all of their needs are met. From exercise to play, from love and affection, from
keeping their minds stimulated to understanding their feelings and special needs. All of this, and so much more, is carefully considered for each animal.
The love, compassion and endless hours of fulfilling needs, is of the highest priority to not only the founders of this amazing rescue, but also the many loving and caring volunteers.

1 Teala H.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I was able to get my family member Chica from shadows fund. I could not imagine our life without this fur baby!!!

1 Leah D.2

Client Served

Rating: 5

We adopted our last dog from Shadow's Fund in November of 2017 and couldn't be happier. Thanks to Jill, the co-owner/founder/mother of pits, and her excellent match making skills, we were paired with the perfect dog-our sweet Reba Mae. A new dog brings lots of challenges when adapting to your home and Shadow's Fund was there to help all of us have a positive loving experience. They provide a wonderful Facebook Group for all of us adopters and they check in to make sure all is well. We are now fostering an incredibly sweet pittie for Shadow's Fund and are so appreciative of all the support they give us with advice, training, boarding and coverage of the vet bills. Not to mention love and emotional support. They do everything they can to give their rescues /adopters/fosters the best chance of succeeding! Please consider donating to support all the wonderful work they do!

1 amazingrace926

Volunteer

Rating: 5

It’s hard to condense several years of wonderful moments into a single reason Shadow’s Fund should be recognized for this award, I guess the best word to use is love. Love for the forgotten, abused, abandoned dogs they rescue, rehome, mend, heal, train, never give up on and promise no more bad days to. Their hearts have been broken hundreds of times for those who were lost yet they continue to save every life humanly possible. Their love extended to inmates at the prison, pairing them with a special dog to love and train, saving two souls at a time. Against so many odds they persist, giving their all to save one dog at a time and in the process they’ve saved a few people, too. Shadow’s Fund isn’t just a place or group of people, it is an ideal, a place to heal and reestablish hope and joy in all living things, and they stand at their gate with open arms. They richly deserve this recognition and more.

Previous Stories
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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.

1

Donor

Rating: 5

Cody and crew are my idols! They never give up on any dog and when the time comes to cross the rainbow bridge, the dog knows it is loved!!
I've have always donated to animal charities, but with Shadow's Fund I am able to see the donation at work!

2 abellom

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My family has volunteered with Shadow’s Fund for years. Our kids grew up fostering dogs (especially moms and litters of pups) for them. They serve as the safety net for the abused, senior, misaligned and misunderstood unwanted dogs (and horses, pigs and sheep) in our county. It is a privilege to work with Jill and Cody and the SF Team. The world needs more humans and organizations like them.

Previous Stories
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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.

1 Dawn F.3

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Shadow's Fund does amazing work. I am in awe of the people that work hard making sure the dogs and other critters there have everything they need, and most of the things they want. They have done so much good in our community and elsewhere, saving animals that had no chance without their help.
I am a very proud and grateful supporter of this amazing non-profit.
Thank you! From the
Best Buddy Pet Svc family.

2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I adopted a pit bull and then another. I heard about shadows fund and decided to check it out. 8 years later I have been volunteering at shadows fund every weekend. This rescue saved me. I found my passion. I am so loved by all of our fur babies and a great group of friends and a new family. I do everything to help make the dogs feel loved. We all do.

Previous Stories
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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

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

Thanks to Shadow's Fund this beautiful boy is alive and living the good life with his mom. When Magic was at risk of being put to sleep I reached out to Jill for help. Without Shadow's Fund I would not have been able to foster him. The support I was given as a first time foster was beyond helpful. They were with me every step of the way with love and compassion. And he is just one success story. When i needed help with other dogs, even if they were unable to take on another dog Jill was there for me with support and encouragement. I can't say how many homeless dogs (and other animals) they have saved...but I know there a so so many. For the needy homeless dogs, the older, the sick, the Pit bulls no one wants somehow Shadow's Fund finds a way to help.
Their commitment and devotion to the Senior dogs is probably the most beautiful part of what they do. They give these dogs so much love, attention and comfort in their golden years. Jill and Cody are, in my opinion, Angels on earth.
One doesn't need to know them personally though. Just reading their posts on Facebook has gained them the admiration of so many people from all around the country because it is so clear how committed they are to the well being of all the animals at the sanctuary.
I have worked with many non profits and I can say without hesitation that one would be hard pressed to find a more worthy organization than Shadow's Fund. I adore these people!
Jamie VanSanten

3 pmason1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a volunteer at Shadows Fund for almost 10 years. What amazes me most is the fact that they have never faltered in their mission. The care, time, attention and love they give to all the animals never stops. I have seen tears of joy and tears of sadness. I have watched this nonprofit grow into a wonderful sanctuary for so many animals over the years. Their care and dedication continue to grow. The volunteers are family to Jill and Cody. They truly care and love each and every one of us. It is my honor to be a part of their team and help them realize their dream of saving those animals that so badly need their help.

Previous Stories
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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.