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Pets In Need: Community and compassion

Compassion for animals is at the heart of Pets In Need. In fact, it’s one of the non-profit’s guiding principles. Based in Palo Alto and Redwood City, the organization was launched in 1965 by Alice Hodges and Jean Miller Mahoney as “Lost Animal Registry.” It was incorporated as a 501 (c) 3 animal shelter two years later, when it officially became “Pets In Need.” The group recently announced a partnership with Palo Alto and opened a shelter in the city in mid-February 2019.

“The mission of Pets In Need is to advance the no-kill movement, reduce pet homelessness, and find every dog and cat a loving home. We accomplish our mission by rescuing cats and dogs from public shelters in the Bay Area and beyond when they are in danger of being euthanized due to space or financial limitations,” the organization states on its website.

Among the guiding principles for Pets In Need are respect and compassion, leadership, community involvement and integrity. Pets In Need offers a range of programs and services, from its spay/neuter program to the Crockett Memorial Fund for seniors, which assists low-income seniors with veterinary costs for their animal companions. And, of course, Pets In Need offers adoptions for loving cats and dogs that need a home.

Visit the Pets In Need website if you would like to volunteer or donate, or you can sign up for their newsletter here.

Updated March 13, 2019

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