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Nonprofit Overview

Mission: Shelter Animal Resource Alliance (S.A.R.A.) is a nonprofit organization located in Eugene, OR, dedicated to removing animals from shelters where they might otherwise face euthanasia. While in our care, we provide these cats and dogs with a comfortable environment to live in, all necessary medical care, high-quality food and treats, and plenty of love and attention until we are able to find them their forever homes.

Results: Since 2001, S.A.R.A. has rescued nearly 800 cats and 970 dogs who would have faced euthanasia in local shelters. We regularly have between 20 and 40 'resident' cats available for adoption at S.A.R.A.'s Treasures. New animals are made available for adoption after they have been spayed/neutered, vaccinated, tested for common feline diseases, given a health check, treated for any parasites, and socialized with people and other animals. Additionally, any cat adopted from S.A.R.A. is always accepted back into our program if their owners are no longer able to care for him or her, ensuring that that cat will not have to be placed back into a shelter environment. S.A.R.A. collects pet food and supplies to distribute to other groups and caretakers in need and sponsors spay/neuter surgeries when financially able.

Target demographics: Shelter animals facing euthanasia in the Lane County area.

Direct beneficiaries per year: 100s of shelter animals per year directly benefit from S.A.R.A.'s life-saving programs.

Geographic areas served: Eugene, Oregon & Lane County

Programs: S.A.R.A. rescues cats local animal control shelters and other rescue situations, while providing a high level of care for rescued resident cats awaiting adoption. S.A.R.A. ensured that each animal is health checked, spayed/neutered, vaccinated, microchipped, and socialized with people and other cats and dogs before finding loving, responsible forever homes. Occasionally, cats are also provided with health checks and medical care before being transferred to other adoption programs. S.A.R.A. also focuses on keeping cats and dogs out of overcrowded shelters. S.A.R.A. is occasionally able to assist pet owners by providing food, supplies, and advice to help them retain the pets they would otherwise be relinquishing to shelters due to financial constraints or behavioral issues. S.A.R.A. staff and volunteers answer a variety of questions and provide educational materials and referrals on a wide variety of animal welfare topics to members of the public. Staff and volunteers also attend community meetings and events to provide information and to network with others regarding local animal rescue and welfare issues. S.A.R.A. assists a number of local animal welfare organizations and individual rescuers with donations of cat/dog food, cat litter, expertise and advice, financial sponsorship of spay/neuter surgeries, publicity, medical expenses, plus donations of food and supplies to wildlife rescuers. Additionally, S.A.R.A. funds a number of spay/neuter surgeries for managed feral colonies and provides necessary food, blankets, flea treatment, and supplies to feral colony caretakers.

Community Stories

6 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

1 Sheree F.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The folks who volunteer at S.A.R.A's really go above and beyond. As a local business owner dedicated to the ethical treatment of animals, I greatly appreciate what they do - they really go above and beyond. My family donates all of our gently used items that we no longer want to S.A.R.A.'s. Please support them!



Rating: 4

I volunteered with S.A.R.A's last winter at their booth at the Holiday Market, and shortly thereafter visited their store on River Road. Everyone who ran the store was kind to both me and the animals in their care, knowledgeable about all aspects of their cat's lives and willing to help and answer any questions. Their store is clean and well-run despite the 10+ cats living in the store at any given time. All the furry friends there seem happy and healthy despite some having serious health issues (such as asthma), and my desire to adopt them all was through the roof!


Client Served

Rating: 5

As an adopter, I have seen first hand just how much the people at S.A.R.A. care about the animals they rescue. They take the time to explain everything they know: from a cat's medical and behavioral history to their favorite foods and toys. Before adopting, the staff helps guide you to find a cat that's compatible with what you're looking for in a pet (lap cat? playmate for your younger cat? dog friendly?), and then you sit down for an interview so you can learn everything you can about the animal you are interested in. They also provide support after you take the kitty home, calling after a few days to make sure everyone is settling in/eating okay/etc. All of their cats are obviously well cared for, and they run a thrift store (where the cats live) that raises money for their medical treatment. They even sell all of the food and supplies you need to keep your new cat happy. A great organization!


General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The animals are the best cared for animals in oregon. The animal's welfare always comes first. The store is very cute and has great merchandise. The store is clean as well as the area for the animals. The expense to care for these animals is very high as some require medical treatment and special food. If you want to adopt a cat, this is the place to do it!



Rating: 5

Shelter Animal Resource Alliance (S.A.R.A.) does amazing work in our community! I have been donating to them for almost 10 years now and they work tirelessly to raise money to care for the animals the rescue from death at the shelters. They have many cats up for adoption in the thrift store and many others in foster care. I will continue to donate to them as I can directly see where my money goes by the great care they give the animals there. They are open everyday unlike most other non-profits so their animals get lots of love and attention! If you are looking for a great place to shop and donate S.A.R.A.'s is the best choice!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

This appears to be a for profit business posing as a non profit. They take donations, and run a thrift store, but by their own admission, they adopt out and care for less than 20 animals a year. Does it take over $200,000 each year to care for 20 cats? If you care about animals, I'd advise donating somewhere else.