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Animal Compassion Team of California

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Nonprofit Overview

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

27 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Client Served

Rating: 1

Brenda is a very rude person ..she had a Small Chihhuaha that was up for adoption my daughter fell in love with her ..one lady gave my daughter the dog to hold then Brenda says oh no she is for an adult home only there wasn't any sign she had special needs or needed an adult home .my daughter thought we could have her then Brenda who was extremely rude to my daughter when she tried to go back to ask why because she felt rejected and she Is only fifteen ..why do these non profits take their dogs out when they really don't have intention on adopting Them out ..she is the president if she is rude to peoples how is she with animals ..feeling prejudice against poor customer service

1 Linda301

Client Served

Rating: 5

We adopted Clark, a yellow Lab/German Shepherd mix, in May following the loss of our beloved Corgi a few months before. Clark came to us very well trained, neutered, and in perfect health. He has never tried to mark the house, gets along perfectly with our other dog, and has all of us wrapped around his little paw. He's now the love of our lives!

ACT provided a wonderful dog park for the two dogs to become acquainted, and a canine behavior expert also observed their interactions and gave us words of wisdom to help him adjust to our forever family. They followed up with contact to make sure all is going well. A free vet health exam came long with the adoption fee.

I whole heartedly recommend ACT for anyone wanting to add a furbaby to their family. I used to breed and show Shelties, so I have more than the average layman's knowledge of dogs, and I respect their care standards for each animal. In the future, I will always go to ACT for any future adoptions.

Sherry43

Client Served

Rating: 5

I found the love of my life thru ACT. They worked with me to find the perfect dog for me. I wanted a dog that I could use in Therapy Dog work. They match me with Ruby an Australian Shepard. She was perfect and was able to pass the certification test within 3 weeks of me adopting her. The really help me in finding the most wonderful dog and I love their program that allows people to take home an animal to make sure it is a good match. I think this shows that they are more concerned about find permanent homes for the animals rather then just cycling them though the system.

Nicole102

Client Served

Rating: 5

Back in March my best friend adopted a dog from ACT when it came time for my parents to get a cat ACT was the place I took them to and even found a lovely cat for myself.
They are kind and loving people who work hard to take care of many dogs and cats. Their cat rooms are clean and taken care of, all of their dogs are happy and in clean areas. A VERY nice place! I know if I’m ever looking for another pet I will be returning to them.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Animal Compassion Team is an amazing organiztion. They go above and beyond to care for the animals at there shelter. I always refer people to ACT when asking of a great no kill shelter. I have adopted one of my dogs through ACT and I look foward to adopting many more through ACT.

Kate82

Client Served

Rating: 5

We highly recommend ACT for your next adoption! They are a fantastic group to work with. Extremely knowledgeable & caring people who obviously love animals. We drove 3-1/2 hours from Los Angeles to Fresno to adopt one of their puppies & it was definitely worth the trip! We were super-impressed with ACT in how organized & responsive they were in their Adoption Process. We can't thank ACT enough for all they did for our puppy, Jimmy (aka General Motors Camshaft), along with Jimmy's 5 siblings & their mother when the pups were barely 3 weeks old. ACT found all The General Motors great homes along with thousands of other homeless animals that they have rescued. We LOVE ACT & we're sure you will too.

Cara13

Client Served

Rating: 5

We adopted our dog buddy two years ago. They helped us get the perfect dog for our family. Our dog has been amazing with my autistic child.

1 Chloe Ann M.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I was so impressed by the volunteers, fosters, organization, facilities and mission of Animal Compassion Team that I donate monthly to their cause. I appreciate the outreach and education they provide for the community. I drove all the way from Monterey County to adopt my little Milly from ACT. She's been with me for 10 months and I'm so grateful that they saved her at the last minute; a reprieve from a high kill shelter. I subscribe to their Facebook page and so enjoy the pictures of happy cats and dogs finding their forever families. This is a WONDERFUl organization that deserves our support.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

My husband and I adopted our first dog together from ACT. We could hardly wait to get home from our honeymoon to visit this place we had already grown to love just from viewing the website. Upon finally getting to visit ACT, we fell in love. We expected to love the dogs, but we did not expect to be so moved by the experience. The facility is completely run by volunteers and there is no denying each person found there is there because they love animals. The property is beautiful and the dogs are so well cared for despite the challenge of being completely supported by donations. It is a sad reality that there are places that "save" animals only to give up on them shortly after, but ACT is different. Each animal is able to call ACT home for as long as they need to and no animal is turned away. This sanctuary serves as a home for each of its residents and is full of smiles and new beginnings.

The little dogs act as the welcoming committee as you enter the gates. Sweet Earl greets you once you enter the building with a full-body wiggle inspired by a pure love of all guests. Angel runs the front desk under the supervision of Fowler's Babe and makes sure to help Earl let the humans know visitors have come. Once you get into the hallway, Romeo, the gentle giant, escorts you to your next destination. The entire facility is colored with murals of happy animals and success stories. You can look into the rooms and see perfectly content animals everywhere. One of my favorite rooms is the senior citizen lounge. There you can find some of the older tenants enjoying their age while watching the same video cassette tape all day and finding comfort on an old couch. If you ask the volunteers why they leave a television on for them they will probably tell you, "They seem to like it that way. It makes them happy."

Once we got outside to see the bigger dogs, we realized that we were in trouble because we were falling in love with each of them as we toured their spaces. I am someone who has to engage with all of them so our visit was lengthy, but no one there ever rushed us. We were able to bond with the potential new family members in a beautiful play yard and the volunteers helped us along the whole process. They were supportive and well-informed because they knew each individual detail of each dog, and they cared. Even the response of the dogs made it evident that the love shared at ACT is mutual.

Baron was added to our family in June and has been such a blessing to our lives. We had such a wonderful experience the first time, we ended up adopting our second ACT family member, Boomey, in August. We have been given the gift of coming home to our sweet boys every day, but there has yet to be a day that I don't think about the welcoming committee and Earl, Angel and Babe, Romeo and the senior citizens...

I can personally guarantee that your life will be so positively changed if you even just visit this place, getting to take one (or two) of its residents home with you will only serve as a constant reminder that you are forever a member of the ACT family, and you, just like Brenda and Brian and Katie and all of the other wonderful blessings do every day, have had two hands in saving an animal that deserves a forever home.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I adopted my pup Izzy ( formerly McBree) at the end of July 2014. ACT was so responsive as soon as I filled out an application. I began this process not knowing what dog I wanted, but more so the characteristics of what I was looking for, fit my lifestyle and was suitable for apartment life. Within 48 hours, once my application was approved, I heard from ACT. They had a few dogs that met what I was looking for. I fell in love with a litter of 3 puppies, pug x terriers. I was in conctact with the Foster mom until the day I drove 3.5 hours to ACT Everyone was so welcoming when i arrived, it was within 2 minutes, we were placed in a room to meet the 3 puppies. Fell in love with the small female of the group, and after we reviewed her information, medical papers etc. I was determined to take her home that day- and that is what I did. One of the best decisions I have made. The shy little puppy I picked out is coming into her own every day. She is the sweetest dog. She is excelling in obedience training, and has caused class to end eaely twice - since she is such a quick learner! I will be returning to ACT when I am able to add anther furbaby into my life!

1 Max N Cori H.

Client Served

Rating: 5

My Husband and I had been hearing a lot about the Animal Compassion Team and all the magnificent work they do in our community. We would often see them at our Veterinarians' office bringing in their adoptables for treatment and all the staff there raved about them as well. When we lost our 17 year old Cocker Spaniel, it took over a year before we felt ready to open our hearts to another dog. We had two rescue cats and finally started looking for a dog over the course of many, many months...checking the various rescue groups' adoption events and web pages. One day Animal Compassion Team posted a picture and description of a new rescue they had pulled from an area shelter and we just knew he was the boy for us!!! We contacted Brenda and expressed our interest...there was only one catch...our cats had now taken over the house so,. any new family member had to be "cat friendly". Brenda was so patient and understanding and promptly set about "cat testing" our new little furbaby,,,,he passed with flying colors and we quickly filled out an adoption application and made arrangements to meet him and take him home! We were impressed by the very thorough application and vetting process they used...after all, our precious baby couldn't be allowed to go home with just anybody!!! We were approved and adopted our new little one immediately. We could not be more thrilled with Animal Compassion Team and our newest little "Son". We've even made a provision for a donation to this wonderful, caring organization in our will. They are simply Angels on earth!

Client Served

Rating: 5

My husband and I were looking for a second dog for our family after adopting our first one in October, 2013. Using Petfinder I would search daily for small terrier mixes, as we wanted a similar breed and size. In early July, I saw a listing for Lucas, a dog rescued by ACT. Despite living three hours away in SF, I reached out to learn more about him as he sounded like a good fit for us. Within 20 minutes of inquiring, his foster mom had emailed me back! She was so responsive and sent along so many pictures and videos. We decided we had to meet this little guy, so we drove to Fresno that weekend.

When we first met Lucas, I must admit I was uncertain. He was a shy little dog who didn't seem to like me or my husband much. He did, however, get along great with our dog. Still, I didn't want to take Lucas if he wasn't a good fit, something his foster mom recognized. She graciously let us spend two hours at her house and then suggested that we do a "sleep over". She said if a Lucas wasn't a good fit, we could bring him back.

Well, within 20 minutes of leaving Fresno it was clear to is that Lucas was not going back. He took a few days to fully warm up to us, but now he is loving and affectionate all the time. He is such a sweet dog, but he's a shy one and I can understand that he never would have shown well at a noisy, crowded, scary shelter. He was scheduled to be euthanized and if the great people of ACT hadn't swooped it and rescued him, he wouldn't be here today. It would be a huge loss for our family and I can't thank the people of ACT enough for saving him so that we could find him and give him a wonderful, loving home.

Every person you encounter at ACT is volunteering their time, giving their resources and money to ensure that dogs and cats are not euthanized. They are saving lives daily and changing the lives of both the animals they rescue and the families that adopt their pets. My husband and I are so in love with Lucas and he and our other dog are best friends. He is the perfect addition to our family and I cannot thank ACT enough for saving such a great little animal. We will be supporters for life. If you are looking to adopt a dog or cat, or looking to donate to an organization that truly saves animals' lives, look no further than ACT. Their foster network pulls animals from high-kill shelters and literally saves lives every day. They are nothing short of incredible.

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Client Served

Rating: 4

I'm a first time pet parent, before adopting Noah (a lab retriever mix) I didn't see myself in becoming one. But one Saturday morning I looked up puppies for adoptions and saw Noah's profile and it was love at first sight. I talked with my family and decided to fill out an application, I didn't even know they had to interview possible pet parents before proceeding with the adoption process. Anyway ACT was prompt, courteous and really take the animals best interest as a top priority. I met Noah's foster mom and she was very accommodating and waited for us so we can have the opportunity to meet and eventually take Noah home. And even after we took Noah home I was able to keep in touch with her and ask questions to help me become a good pet parent to Noah. Now Noah is a lil over 6 mos and we love him so dearly and vice versa. It was a great first time experience in pet adoption and will definitely adopt from them again in the future.

1 Debbie143

Client Served

Rating: 5

We have gotten 2 of our three dogs from Act, they are amazing! I have sever stories I
Could share but the most important one to our family would to the story of Joey. Joey was my granddaughter s first dog, she picked him out and taught him everything from potty training him to playing nice to the babies in the family. One day he had some bad cesers then more he was not in a good place , Joey could not even stand up by himself. We decided to put him asleep, but what we did not know is that the animal control called ACT and they picked Joey up. Our family was grieving the lose of a wonderful kind dog. But wait I received a call staying that they were from ACT and they had Joey and he was doing title better and gave us a choice to take him back, which we did! They even took it apond themselves to reach out and help us with Joey in getting medical care to include a surgery we could not of funded without their great help, after his surgery they actually took care of him for our family was unable to. We were very blessed and pray for their organization always. We still can not repay their staff for all they have done for us. We appreciate there support and act of kindness to this day. Love all of you at Act, I can not thank you all enough for your love of pets and especially Joey . The Cerda family

Client Served

Rating: 5

We love ACT. We got our little Cocker spaniel mix from them in 2011. Since we already had a dog they allowed us to take her home for a sleepover to see how they would get along. It ended up being a three week sleepover before we could actually say they were going to be okay together. ACT was great. They checked in with us every few days and let us take the time we needed. So glad we adopted from them and have recommended them many times.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

The staff, volunteers and fosters are the most caring and dedicated that I have ever seen! They truly get to know all of their animals, and match them with the right homes. I have rescued 2 dogs in the last year (one from another great Fresno rescue), and they are amazing! ACT really cares and I admire all of them!

Brenda66

Client Served

Rating: 5

I am a two time adopter and also foster and volunteer for Animal compassion team. I love the way this group is run. The animals come first and we as foster parents get to be the voice for the voiceless. We take in the animals that need us most. Often requiring extra care to be ready for adoption. ACT'S support system for fosters and adopters is a huge part of our success.

Roxanne K.

Client Served

Rating: 5

ACT is a wonderful animal rescue group. I first heard about them when I was feeding the feral cat colony at my work place. A member of ACT was trapping some of the ferals for their TNR project downtown when she told me about their group. Prior to this, I had never heard of the group ACT. Several years later, after our old dog Dixie crossed the Rainbow Bridge, we decided to adopt another dog. We tried looking at several rescue shelters but couldn't find a dog that would fit in our household that included 3 cats. We decided to try ACT. Brenda at ACT was extremely helpful in helping us find our perfect canine companion. Sadie, our shepherd-husky mix, has been a wonderful addition to our family.
We couldn't have found a more perfect dog. Thank you ACT!

Client Served

Rating: 5

ACT saved the day when we discovered 3 tiny pups that had been abandoned in a friend's pool yard a number of years ago. As a brand new Animal Rescue, they patiently took us through the Fostering process step-by-step as this was all new to us. They checked out the pups, got them shots, spay/neuter and we posted our 'Painter Pups' on their website. Once the puppies were old enough, it was only another 3 weeks before we found perfect homes.
The second time was with a female pittie/boxer I had found when I was out running. Again, PATIENT with me and helping me get her shots, spay, and posting on their website. I found the perfect family for our gal Maxie.
We continue to supply newspaper and extras that we can gather together to donate to ACT. They are so well respected in our Community. Their corp of Volunteers are pure GOLD. They are beyond GREAT!
I recommend my friends use ACT for either adopting and/or fostering ALWAYS.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

We have adopted a female shepherd mix through ACT, who formally went by the name of Misty. When we went to look at adoptable pets, we brought our other dog with us. The volunteers at ACT knew exactly which dog might be a good match for our family and our dog Jeff. They let Jeff and Misty play together in the yard as long as we needed in order for us to decide to try her out on an "overnight". They let us keep Misty for four days before we decided definitively that she belonged with our family. It was the amount of time we needed to determine if we could handle two large dogs.

Misty had previously been found by someone at the age of four months. When she was found, she had demodectic mange. A volunteer nursed her slowly back to health. It took her a year to find us, her "forever home". We will always be grateful to ACT for their patience and generosity towards our wonderful Misty!

ACT is an extremely caring and professional volunteer organization! They take wonderful care of their rescue animals. We will continue to adopt through ACT.