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About Us - Through the Years

Friends of Placer County Animal Shelter

In 1998, Friends of Placer County Animal Shelter (also known as Friends of Auburn/Tahoe Vista Placer County Animal Shelter) was created to assist Placer County Animal Services find homes for shelter animals and provide resources where the County's funding fell short of necessities such as vaccines, medical supplies, veterinary care, equipment and most important, created a foster program to care for animals at risk of euthanasia because of treatable illness or lack of space. 

The Cat HouseFrom 2000 until 2011 our flagship program was The Cat House where we operated a cat shelter and adoption center.  

Some of our contributions to Placer County Animal Shelter:
  • Six-hundred square foot Animal Medical Trailer, complete with surgery room, diagnostic equipment and recovery room.
  • Commercial dishwasher
  • Holding kennels for processing dogs at intake.
  • Retrofitted kennel doors on dog runs
  • Animal grooming equipment
  • Hand painted wall murals
  • Start-up costs to originate a microchip identification program for animals adopted at Placer County Animal Services.
  • 2000-2005, operated the County's weekly off-site mobile adoption program.
  • Administered county's spay/neuter voucher program in 2007 and 2008.
  • Reduced euthanasia of adoptable and unadoptable (treatable) animals at the county shelter.

At the beginning of 2011, FRIENDS relocated to Lincoln Way, Auburn and scaled-down its shelter operations.  The volunteers focus on fundraising projects and caring for the abused and neglected animals brought into our program by our sister organization, Humane Society of the Sierra Foothills.


Humane Society of the Sierra Foothills, a Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals

Established in 2008, HSSF's Law Enforcement Division's humane officer's are dedicated to investigating animal abuse and cruelty cases and working with the district attorney's office and law enforcement to prosecute individuals.  HSSF's Humane Officers are highly trained, sworn personnel appointed by the Superior Court.  These officers have all the powers of a peace officer with authority to investigate animal abuse, neglect and cruelty.  Humane Officers also have the power to issue citations, make arrests and conduct searches - if necessary, to prevent animal abuse anywhere in the state of California.

Together with volunteers from other non-profit animal rescue organizations as well as local veterinarians, the HSSF investigations team is committed to promoting and protecting the health, safety, and welfare of animals and people.  

Prevent Animal Cruelty


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