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Animal Friends Turns 80!

By Kathleen Beaver, President & CEO


Happy birthday to Animal Friends! This year, Animal Friends is proudly celebrating its 80th birthday.


First, a quick history lesson—Animal Friends was founded in 1943 at the height of World War II. Several kindhearted individuals came together to help the animals who were being left behind when their owners were called to serve in the war. In the simplest of terms, they were a matchmaking service with no shelter but plenty of energy and commitment to find these pets homes. This spark ignited a whole new way to support, care for and rescue homeless pets.


Now, 80 years later, Animal Friends has blossomed into a full-service community resource center focused on celebrating the important role that pets play in our lives while solving big challenges in our community like pet homelessness, lack of access to veterinary care and basic resources, combating animal abuse and neglect and supporting a greater understanding of pet behavior and health needs.