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Animals in Need Fund

The mission of the Animals In Need Fund is to:

  • Provide shelter and veterinary care to dogs and cats who come to us with no owner, to reunite the pet with its owner if possible or to place the pet in a caring adoptive home.
  • Promote and subsidize sterilization of all dogs and cats.
  • Enhance the human-animal bond for underserved pets and their owners through education, accessible care, and strict spay/neuter requirements.

There aren’t many things in life as heart wrenching as an injured, unkempt, and unwanted animal. One of the first places people look to for help when they have found a stray animal is their veterinarian. San Luis Obispo Animal Services is very generous with the limited funds they have however only basic life-saving costs are covered. Animals In Need was founded in 2008 and incorporated in 2011 to fill the gap.

Animals In Need Fund has developed a four-fold approach to help animals in our community: subsidize veterinary care, support sterilization, collaborate with community animal interest groups, and rehome through our Petco Adoption Partnership and Animals In Need Fund adoption program.

In March of 2013, Animals In Need Fund began pursuing grants to support these programs that are successfully meeting the tremendous need in south San Luis Obispo County.

This year we are thankful for the support from the Ethel Frends Foundation grant of $2000 towards canine care and education, and the Edwin and Jeanne Wood Family Foundation and Henry Mayo Newhall Foundation who both awarded the Animals In Need Fund with $10,000. These monies will be used to provide subsidized spay, neuter, and life-saving surgeries for companion animals owned by low-income families towards their goal to reduce animal shelter intake.

The Animals In Need Fund is grateful for the ASPCA’s continued support with the 2014 ASPCA Grant award of $5000.


The Animals In Need Fund is a non-profit 501(c)(3) corporation. All funds are used to care for dogs and cats so they can be adopted into loving homes rather than euthanized. Donations are tax deductible.