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Animal Compassion Team of California

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Causes: Animal Protection & Welfare, Animal Services, Animals

Mission:

To provide a safe haven for domestic animals, regardless of breed or species; through rescue, rehabilitation, adoption and sanctuary. To advocate for the humane treatment of animals, and promote the human-animal bond. To educate the public about the importance of kindness, compassion, and responsible pet ownership with an emphasis on spaying and neutering. To cooperate and work with other animal rescues and shelters towards the goal of becoming a no-kill nation. 

Results: To date we have successfully re-homed approximately 1800 animals, provided spay/neuter for 150 feral cats and have provided an alternative option to dumping in our already overcrowded shelters. We have spent countless hours providing counseling services to our community about alternative ways to keep pets instead of surrendering their furry friend.

Target demographics: Entire community, depending on need, all ages.

Geographic areas served: Central California, specifically San Joaquin Valley

Programs: Animal Compassion Team has a volunteer program for people interested in becoming involved in the organization.  Volunteers attend an orientation where they learn about ACT, spaying/neutering pets, volunteer opportunities, and what they are expected to do when they volunteer.  Volunteer opportunities include: marketing, adoption agent, dog walker, cat cuddler, foster parent, rescue transport, and HOPE transport. 

Community Stories

18 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Nikki V.

Donor

Rating: 5

Okay, I just wanted to say that this is one of the best animal rescue groups out there. I am a supporter/donor, have adopted two dogs and volunteered for ACT. I have been involved since the summer of 2013 and have found them to be very consistent in their caring and compassionate mission towards animal rescue. Anyone who really wants to know the truth has only to visit their center and maybe volunteer, the more time you spend, the more you'll know that they truly make a difference. I have not received any compensation for this review, nor would I ever accept any, people should not take opinions too seriously, go and check it out for yourself, that's what I did, visited more than a few rescue groups before choosing this one to support (not that there aren't other fantastic groups out there). It's easy to criticize when you're not the one doing the work!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I think that this organization is hands down, one of the best. They have all personally sacrificed much to bring their vision into reality. It is easy to criticize like "nice?girl" did in her review, but they are in the trenches making a difference every day. After volunteering for a few months to evaluate just what kind of shelter this was, I ended up adopting two dogs from ACT in 2013. They had both been rescued from being put to death at one of the county shelters and they both had severe health issues, which didn't stop ACT from taking them in. They are extremely compassionate and do their very best with every animal in their care. I realize no one organization is perfect, but the ones run by individuals that are passionate about their vision will stand for the long haul. In contrast to "nicegirl" I have to say that I for one am encouraged to see a nonprofit organization that embraces faith in God for help, direction and hope for a better future. ACT is worth your time, check them out for yourself, you'll be glad that you did.

Angie Meigs M.

Volunteer

Rating: 4

I have never met more caring people than the ones that run A.C.T. They are people that truly live up to their name. I have been involved with this organization for 21/2 years. Their facility is so clean. The animals do not want for anything. If you are thinking about getting involved this is the group.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

ACT is a class act compassionate organization who takes GREAT pride in saving as many homeless animals as possible...even if it means sacrificing everything you have...and they do! :)

Tawnya K.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Animal Compassion Team is a wonderful organization that gives so much to the homeless animals of the Central Valley. I have adopted two dogs from them and will never go any where else. The animals there are so loved and we'll cared for, exactly what they need for that second chance at a loving home.

As a volunteer I can say that the facility is well run, clean and cared for. We strive to have adopters not see us as a shelter, but a rescue facility and adoption center. I am so passionate about what we do there I tell everyone I can.

Melissa221

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Animal Compassion Team is one of the best Rescues I've ever encountered. The entire team has a deep love for animals, regardless of how hopeless a single case may seem. I've adopted from ACT and am sooo pleased with our furry family member. Had ACT not stepped in to save her, our dog Beverly surely would've died. If you're wondering if this is a good place to donate to or volunteer, I'd say absolutely!!!!

1 Shannon76

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This Organization does an incredible job on a very small budget. Not only do they save animals that are destined to be euthanized at our Central Valley animal shelters but they educate the public, they've created an amazing facility that is welcoming and they are just all around nice people

1 Kristin48

Volunteer

Rating: 5

ACT works non stop saving lives and providing the best environment for the animals until they can find their forever homes. The main people know every dog by name. As a volunteer I have no idea how they do it, except they truly treat each animal with the love they so desperately need and provide a home atmosphere. The animals all get play time outside and plenty of hugs and kisses. Medical needs are met at a huge cost to the center. My volunteer hours are immensely appreciated. I'm not sure when the main people at ACT sleep. But I know when ever I leave ACT I'm in complete awe of what they are doing for our community's animals everyday. Act is an inspiring place to be....

Jennifer382

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I love ACT and everything they stand for. Not only am I a volunteer along with my daughter but I also foster for them and have adopted twice. I have never been around a better group who truly is in this for the animals.

Shelby6

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I absolute love Animal Compassion Team! I volunteer with their cats and even adopted one of my own! The people that run ACT are amazing and passionate about what they do. Because of them, I have been inspired to open my own shelter some day!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Two of my three furbabies are from ACT. Our first dog was one of there first few rescues. He is a GSD who along with his brother was an owner surrender. They were suppose to have been aggressive. We met with him and fell immediately fell in love with him. ACT wanted to make sure we were a perfect fit so we spent about 3 hours getting to know each other. We called it our " you have our hearts " meeting. He is the most kind hearted big baby!

Janet102

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Animal Compassion Team has so many ways to volunteer and donate that virtually anyone can find a way to help valley animals.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

ACT is awesome. I was going through cancer and just staying at home doing nothing, but feeling sorry for myself. My husband brought home a cat for me and it just opened my world. My husband and son then each got dogs, but they came down with Parvo. At the time Brenda Mitchell, the president of ACT, worked at the SPCA, ut she would take home Parvo babies and get them healthy. One of ours didn't even make it to Brenda's. The other one did and when she was ready to go home Brenda told my husband she had another one she just nursed through Parvo. Hubby took that one home. Shortly after, Brenda left the SPCA to start ACT with other committed, compassionate friends. We happened to run into her and she told us what she was doing and we offered to take a dog to foster. Well at one point we had 24 fosters some kittens and some were Mommies with litters. ACT was so helpful through the whole process. We even ended up keeping 2 of our fosters and adopting them. There were many tears shed when my fosters went to their foster homes, but they were tears of happiness. I love that I met the adopters. All their animals are raised to be inside dogs or some are raised to be working dogs with experience fosters. I love the Mommas with their new litters and I so miss doing that. I moved back East and I am trying to hook up with another rescue, but not found one like ACT. I love and miss you guys. Pat and John Harley

DMM1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have fostered for two years now and like that I have a choice in who can adopt my fosters. I know their personality. I had one request for a busy little dog I had. He didn't like to be left more than about 3 hours or would start getting into things and tearing stuff up. One person wanted him that said he was at work for 10 hours, so when I explained this wasn't the dog for him, he became beligerant. He had never met the dog, only saw his picture and thought this was the only dog for him. If I had allowed him to adopt this dog, both the dog and the man would have been very unhappy with the arrangement and I hate to think what might have happened. Please take the time to talk to the foster parent and have ideas of what personality of dog you would like, not looks. Be willing to look at other dogs that are suggested if the one you want doesn't seem to fit your lifestyle/or you fit its. This is a LIFETIME committment as a new family member, not a fashion accessory.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

ACT is a grass-roots non profit that started with a few people wanting to help animals in need. I have watched it grow, become official as a non-profit organization and blossom. I have been fortunate to be able to volunteer in a few small ways. On a rare day off several months ago, I read a post on Facebook that ACT needed a driver to take 2 Dalmations to a rescue organization in Turlock specifically for Dalmations. I called and said that I was available. I met Brenda, the volunteer coordinator for ACT at the house of a man I didn't know. He was surrendering these 2 dogs in hopes of giving them better homes. The dogs were unsocialized, untrained, hadn't ever been on leashes, and very wary of us. This was my first experience helping any animal in this way. It was heartbreaking to see the man give them up, but, heartwarming knowing they would get the care they truly needed. With Brenda and her daughter's help, we loaded them into my small SUV and I drove my precious cargo from Fresno to the meeting point in Turlock. The woman from the Dalmation rescue was waiting, and it was a bit challenging to transfer them to her vehicle. They were scared but she knew how to handle it. Overall, it was a very rewarding experience for me to be able to help transport these dogs. I hope to be able to volunteer more in the future at this wonderful organization!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have really enjoyed my experiences working with Animal Compassion Team!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

ACT is amazing! My husband and I both are volunteer foster parents and have adopted from ACT as well. They take wonderful care of the animals they rescue, going above and beyond what others might do.
Without ACT we would never have met some amazing people, taken care and helped find homes for cats and dogs or have our sweet puppy love.
ACT ROCKS!!

Susie M.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have opened my home and become a foster home for ACT. This rescue team is amazing. Every need of the animal is met in a very timely manner. The compassion and support of the Board of Directors and other volunteers really keep you up beat and positive in some very difficult times. I have volunteered with many "rescue groups" and they have been great, but there is a difference with ACT. They never give up in their battle to make our Valley a safe place for the many homeless animals. The sacrafice many of the Board members make in their very own personal lives is beyond words. I have never met a group that takes every challenge head on like ACT does. Fostering for this group has given me so many joyous moments. Watching a dog find a new life after being beaten, starved, sick, and scared is life changing. I am happy that ACT has allowed me the pleasure of helping them with their mission.

Mindy2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Animal Compassion Team runs completely based on the generosity of the community and volunteers. They do so much with what little resources they have and in their short existence have already become one of the biggest rescues in the Central Valley, if not the biggest, in terms of rescuing and adopting animals. Not only do they work hard to help get animals out of local kill-shelters and into loving foster and forever homes, but they work to help fight the pet overpopulation problems with TNR (trap, neuter, release) programs for feral cats. Such a great group of people who will do anything they can to help improve the lives of our animals.