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Causes: Animal Protection & Welfare, Animals

Mission: We envision a humane and compassionate community for all animals. Our mission at The Animal Foundation is to save the lives of all healthy and treatable animals in the Las Vegas valley.

Results: The Animal Foundation is a non-profit, 501(c)3 organization operating Nevada’s largest open-admission animal shelter (Lied Animal Shelter) and pet adoption center. Founded in 1978 as a small, low-cost spay and neuter clinic, The Animal Foundation grew quickly and, soon after opening its doors, began offering adoption services. Over the past 35 years, growth has been a constant. Today, The Animal Foundation operates and manages an 8-acre Las Vegas campus that houses a multitude of services and provides a refuge for more than 30,000 lost, unwanted, neglected and abandoned animals every year.

Target demographics: abandoned, lost and neglected animals find loving, forever homes

Direct beneficiaries per year: almost 30,000 animals who came through our doors

Geographic areas served: the greater Las Vegas Valley

Programs: KEPPT (Keeping Every Person and Pet Together), PFL (Pets for Life), CARE Medical Fund, Adoptions, Lost and Found, Low Cost Spay/Neuter Clinic, Animal Rescue and Transport, Foster

Community Stories

12 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Donor

Rating: 5

The Animal Foundation is a stellar organization, from its dedicated volunteers to its hardworking and nurturing staff. They truly care about the animals who are entrusted to them and work diligently to find all of them loving homes. I donate each month to support their efforts and couldn't be happier with the work that they do!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have volunteered for a number of nonprofit organizations in Las Vegas over the years and these are the hardest working, most dedicated people I have ever seen, working with what appears to be a very lean budget. If I hadn't seen it with my own eyes, I wouldn't have believed that an organization could save as many lives as they do on the budget they have. Their volume is mind-boggling. They are one of the largest volume animal shelters in the United States and during them summer they take in as many as 100 animals a day! Yet they seem to care for each and every animal equally and a lot. Every dollar the organization gets, it spends well and focuses on its core mission, saving as many pets as possible.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

Not impressed, makes it difficult for other rescues to get animals out. With stellar organizations, such as Nevada Humane Society, in such close proximity, this group fails miserably at getting healthy and fixable animals out. Nevada Humane Society became no-kill with one remarkable person, who simply said "no more killing" and followed through.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Great charity helping animals in need. Yes, they are a kill shelter. They HAVE to be under contract with the government. They do not want to kill healthy animals. Every year their numbers go down. The more help they get, the less they will have to kill.

Volunteer

Rating: 2

The only reason I give the Animal Foundation two stars is because, despite all the killing, they do adopt out animals so some good is being done here. I agree with another reviewer that this 'shelter' is not a humane shelter. They needlessly kill animals and blame the County Commission for their regulations. They are a glorified animal control pound that kills perfectly adoptable animals because they are 'required to do so' under their contract with the County. If they are held to certain laws/regulations that are beyond their control, then call a spade a spade and stop touting themselves as a humane organization. They mislead the Las Vegas community and should be ashamed of that. The Volunteer Orientation Coordinator (a paid staff member of the Animal Foundation) blatantly lied to me and a room of at least 60 other would-be volunteers about the circumstances that require them to euthanize dogs. I only walked dogs at the Animal Foundation twice before I learned that a dog I had walked was killed. I know from personal experience that the dog wasn't vicious and didn't deserve to die. In my opinion, the Animal Foundation isn't a charitable organization and it doesn't deserve your hard-earned dollars.

Review from Guidestar

3 littleduck

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

Fake non-profit. They kill animals. They kill dogs and cats and other animals. They are a kill shelter. They sell dead dogs to the dog food manufactures. They get $100 per dead dog or cat, so the dogs are worth more dead than alive. Don't bring your dog, cat or other animal there and think somebody will adopt it. They are a kill shelter.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've volunteered at many events with The Animal Foundation and it is always a great time. The health and happiness of the animals and the families they are going to, is the priority of everyone involved. Making sure each animal has a good forever home, that the process is speedy, and that the animals feel loved, is what guides the foundation. I am so happy it exists.

Review from Guidestar

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I love volunnteering there! They make it fun and easy to volunteer and become active in finding homes for these furry friends!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

If you want to feel good by helping abused,neglected or surrended animals looking for love and be with wonderful people.....come here with me and volunteer.

Review from Guidestar

1 Cheryl O.

Volunteer

Rating: 4

I attended my first training session and I just want to commend the Animal Foundation for their skilled and well informed volunteer trainers in providing me with the knowledge I needed to learn to be an
integral part of such a wonderful organization!

I was also impressed with the cleanliness and attention to the security, well-being and safety of all
the animals in their care.

I left with the feeling that this is a compassionate and professionally run facility that truly inspires one to want to save a life whether its a dog, cat or other exotic animal.

I can't wait to return and get started with volunteering here and also taking as many training classes as I
can to improve my knowledge and feed my interest in understanding and caring for as many animals as possible to achieve the ultimate goal of getting them adopted out to good and loving homes.

Sincerely,

Cheryl O'Brien
Volunteer

Review from Guidestar

5

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

The Animal Foundation claims here on this page to have transparency, but in reality they are anything but transparent. They hide information from the public and won't answer questions about what happened to certain animals that "disappear" . They also fool the general public with overpopulation myth.. this is a proven myth. They kill healthy adoptable dogs daily. They profit plenty and won't even make simple repairs in the dog kennels that are safety hazards. This non profit is ALL ABOUT profit. Its despicable how they operate.

Review from Guidestar

4 Dawn56

Client Served

Rating: 1

What AF doesnt tell you is that they euthanize 63% - or over 24,000 animals - annually, despite a surplus of over 4.7 million dollars in 2011. Pet overpopulation is a myth. Seventeen million households add a pet every year, and 4 million healthy, adoptable animals are euthanized every year. The issue is not overpopulation or community failure to step up. The issue is that it is easier and more profitable for AF to kill than it is to work their butts off to find homes for the animals that end up in their facility.

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