About the San Diego Animal Support Foundation

The San Diego Animal Support Foundation is a private, volunteer dependent, nonprofit (501c3) organization dedicated to improving the welfare of animals in overburdened, underfunded local shelters and rescues.

Our mission is to promote the adoption of animals and encourage responsible pet care, by working with the public and a network of respected local animal welfare agencies. Our mission is accomplished via daily TV Adopt-A-Pet Segments, hosting huge multi-organizational adoption events, providing spay/neuter funding to pet owners, maintaining a closely-knit network of approximately 40 local rescue agencies and animal shelters, and working on any projects that ultimately benefit the homeless animals of San Diego. The San Diego Animal Support Foundation receives no government funding or grants, and relies entirely on tax-deductible contributions from private donors to continue our life-saving mission.


Visit our success stories to see just a few of the local pets helped by our medical fund donation program.

*The SDASF does NOT operate a shelter of our own, rather we act as an umbrella organization assisting already existing shelters and foster agencies that need help. If you are adopting or relinquishing a pet, we highly recommend you contact one of our "recommended organizations" indicated by a . We use our resources to:

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Encourage the adoption of shelter/rescue pets through media campaigns and daily television pet segments featuring the entire rescue community.
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Promote education and the proper care of animals through pet segments, press releases and articles.
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Help local rescue organizations and the community pay for spay/neuter surgeries to prevent pet overpopulation.
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Fund imperative animal welfare projects.
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Work with the public to provide emergency medical treatment for animals that may otherwise die.
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Host annual adoption events bringing together dozens of local adoption agencies to help hundreds of animals.
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Operate a car donation program that helps not one, but dozens of local organizations.

Your generous financial and car donations are critical in helping the Foundation in its effort to support the needs of the local animal welfare community. Here are just a few of the ways your donations have been used to help our local animals in need:
  • Every year, the SDASF organizes and hosts the Annual Cupids & Canines Valentine's animal adoption event bringing together the local rescues and shelters to feature hundreds of animals for adoption in one place. (the SDASF does not collect any of the adoption fees, nor do we charge the local rescue community to attend the event)
  • Every year, the SDASF organizes and hosts the Annual Big Dogs Rock adoption event, bringing together the local rescues and shelters to feature hundreds of large-breed dogs for adoption on Fiesta Island. (the SDASF does not collect any of the adoption fees, nor do we charge the local rescue community to attend the event)
  • Host the Annual Holiday Pet Food & Toy Drive, distributing THOUSANDS of pounds of dog food to needy families and foster homes throughout the community
  • Provided funds for an HSTJ Itchy Scratchy Clinic in Tijuana to spay/neuter, vaccinate and provide immediate care to animals brought to the clinic for help
  • In the 2007 wildfires, worked around the clock to bring together thousands of temporary foster homes, transporters, and volunteers with individuals needing immediate evacuation assistance for domestic pets, as well as livestock.
  • Sponsored a SNAP Neuter Scooter Day for Local Rescue Groups
  • Help shelters and rescues promote events like Super Senior Adoption Day, North County Puppy Love Party, El Cajon Animal Shelter Cookout for Critters, World's Ugliest Dog Contest, in addition to sending ongoing press releases to the media promoting adoption events and animal care issues.
  • Distribution of 45,000 pounds of dog food to 19 Pet Rescue Groups
  • Helped starving homeless pets in Mexico
  • Raised THOUSANDS of dollars for medical expenses for various pets needing emergency vet care.
  • Raised $5,000 from YAPPY HOUR 2006 at Hotel Solamar (Gave all $5,000 away the next week to local organizations, in addition to $3,000 more).
  • Recruit volunteers and fosters for ALL shelters and rescue organizations in San Diego County.
  • 2005 - Provided $11,000 for Free Spay Neuter Coupons
  • 1-800-Save-A-Pet.Com, Fund For Web Adoption Program, $16,000
  • Cat Beds To North, Central and South Shelters, $1,500 Commercial Washing Machine, Rancho Coastal Humane $885
  • Dog Beds To North, Central and South Shelters, $27,984
  • Dog Bowls - Various Shelters, $738
  • Dog Food Distribution, $650
  • Kong Toys To North, Central and South Shelters, $2,310
  • Local Rescue Medical Fund, $588
  • Paint Camp Pendleton Shelter, $280
  • PAWS - The Landry Company, $1,185
  • San Diego Co. Shelters, Anesthology Equip., $2,424
  • San Diego Co. Shelters Bank of Kennels, $7,759
  • San Diego Co. Shelters Centrifuge/Autoclave, $5,941
  • San Diego Co. Shelters, Hematology Equip., $16,097
  • San Diego Co. Shelters Surgery Light, $2,365
  • SNAP, Spay/Neuter Coupon Program, $5,000
  • Take Adoptable Pets on Television Every Weekday from Local Shelters/Rescues
  • Whelping Beds to Shelters and Rescue Groups, $2.750