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
What We Do
The Animals in Need Fund continues to grow and add new programs every year. When we began in 2008, our main mission was to intercept stray cats and dogs brought to us by Good Samaritans and San Luis Obispo County Animal Services. We still provide this service, but have become so much more. We are proud to say that we offer $20 copay feline spays and neuters to everyone regardless of financial standing. We are able to schedule both during the week and the third Sunday of every month when we hold our monthly high volume spay/neuter clinic. In addition to cats, we are able to offer low cost spay/neuter services for most canines though financial hardship must be proven to qualify. We were however able to secure a grant specific to the two breeds representing the highest occupancy of the local shelters, Pit bulls and Chihuahua's. We are thankful that we are able to offer low/or no cost assistance in the altering of these breeds. Through a partnership with the 5 cities homeless coalition, the AINF is able to reach the pets of our underserved community. We participate in 4 events a year where homeless owners can bring their canine companions for health exams, vaccinations, flea treatment, and receive a spay/neuter voucher. By altering and vaccinating the companions of homeless individuals we are insuring the safety of the community, while protecting and providing security for both pet and owner. In addition to our community programs, we provide individual loans for people who's pets are facing a catastrophic health crisis. These are no interest loans that can be paid back at a rate that is within the individuals financial means. This offers owners an option other than surrender or euthanasia of a beloved furry family member. We are always growing and on the lookout for ways that we can further solidify the human-animal bond. It is after all our mission.
The dedication of volunteers and the staff at the Nipomo Dog & Cat Hospital are the heart of our organization. We are looking for passionate volunteers and accept applications on an ongoing basis. To become a part of our efforts, contact info@AINFund.org.
In March of 2013, Animals In Need Fund began pursuing grants to support our innovative programs, meeting a tremendous need in south San Luis Obispo County. 2016 Grant Awards
Animal Charitable Foundation of Santa Barbara County- $5000
Woods Family Foundation- $20,000
Mayo Newhall Foundation- $10,000
Coast Hills Bank- $500
Miossi Foundation- $1000
Thelma Doelger Trust- $5000
On Shore Fund- $1000
2014 Grant Awards ASPCA $5000 Glide Foundation $9000 Ethel Frends Foundation $2000 Woods Family Foundation $10,000 Mayo Newhall Foundation $10,000 Pedigree Grant $700 Bernice Barbour Grant$ 5000 Santa Barbara Charitable Trust Grant $4000