Friends of Oakland Animal Services is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to improving the quality of life for Oakland’s shelter animals. It funds veterinary care for injured animals, shelter housing and facility improvements, adoption and fostering outreach and supplies, and volunteer program support. These funds are necessary to support the shelter’s efforts to better care for thousands of animals each year in the face of Oakland’s ongoing budgetary challenges.
FOAS was established nine years ago by shelter volunteers and has always been a volunteer-led organization committed to supporting the medical needs, welfare, and adoption of pets at Oakland Animal Services. The shelter is not set up for emergency or overnight treatment of animals in critical need, so FOAS steps in to pay for that level of care at local vet hospitals. FOAS dollars and volunteers promote the adoption of animals at the shelter by coordinating adoption events and underwriting transfers to rescue organizations. Funding from FOAS also helps enhance the quality of life for animals living in the shelter, such as construction of new fencing and buying new beds for kennels.