Friends of the Animal Community

Dedicated to improving the long-term welfare
of the shelter animals in our community.



Mission Statement: Friends of the Animal Community (FOAC) is a non-profit, all volunteer organization dedicated to meeting the medical and social needs of adoptable pets, providing the path to a loving forever home.


We are a small organization dedicated to relieving over-crowding at Tuolumne County Animal Control (AC); promoting the health of abused and abandoned animals; reducing unnecessary euthanasia; and ultimately expediting movement of homeless dogs into permanent, loving homes. As its name denotes, FOAC also provides assistance in meeting the needs of pets belonging to people in our community. These needs include re-homing a pet whose owner must relinquish it, or who can no longer care for it, and, in extreme emergencies, we have helped with financial assistance for medical issues or boarding and feeding. We are the only dog rescue group in Tuolumne County that offers this free service. Essentially, we give animals another chance for a better life.

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FOAC has NO paid employees and NO facility or premises to maintain. We work out of our homes. Foster families are the heart and soul of FOAC. They provide a loving, transitional setting for pets as they await their new forever home. FOAC keeps overhead costs to a minimum, ensuring money received goes towards helping more animals.

Since its formation in 2001, FOAC has re-homed over 1000 dogs and 400 cats. According to Animal Control, FOAC has “provided an additional option for Animal Control dogs, lowering the euthanasia rate from 50% in 2000 to less than 25% in 2012.”

Our Scope of Operations:

  • Assist Tuolumne County Animal Control in placing adoptable pets that would otherwise be euthanized due to overcrowding and/or the medical status of the animals.
  • Assist individuals and families within the community to rehome their pets when family circumstances change and they can no longer care for their pets.
  • Work with homeless dogs and cats of all breeds
  • Provide medical care, foster homes and placement screening for all animals in our care.
  • Work with the community to promote, teach and model positive pet-human relationships for life.
  • Use Petfinder (a national pet placement website), Facebook, Craig’s List, all available media to facilitate our adoptions and recruit foster families.
  • Assist community members in who need help in caring for their pets during times of emergency.
  • Provide medical care, training, or additional services needed to render a dog more adoptable.
  • Work with Meals on Wheels to place (and care for) pets with senior citizens wanting to add a pet to their lives.

Find out more about FOAC on the following pages:

History & Operations | FOAC Sources & Uses of Funds
Volunteer Profiles | Board of Directors