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Founded in 1993, Hopalong Animal Rescue in Mill Valley, California is the largest all-foster animal rescue group in the San Francisco Bay Area with 620 foster homes, 580 volunteers, and 36,000 shelter animals rescued to date. Hopalong’s mission is to rescue, rehabilitate, and rehome neglected and homeless animals from Bay Area high-kill animal shelters. They save an average of 1,600 shelter animals from euthanasia each year. All of these rescued animals are placed in foster care until they’re adopted.
The organization has responded on a large scale to the Californian forest fires and other natural disasters. It remains a significant force in emergency relief rescue work due to their extensive foster program.
In 2006, Hopalong Animal Rescue and Second Chance Rescue merged after many years of working together. The merger has provided much-needed infrastructure to both organizations and allows both to save even more deserving animals. Together, the two organizations now offer rescue, placement, prevention, and outreach programs to the community throughout the Bay Area, as well as Sonoma and Napa counties.
Hopalong Animal Rescue's adoption process for dogs can be found below:
Hopalong Animal Rescue's adoption process for cats can be found below:
Adoption fees at Hopalong Animal Rescue are as follows:
Your adoption fee covers spay/neutering, microchipping, and age-appropriate vaccinations.
Our writing team is hard at work researching this shelter's adoption process and fees, so this page will be updated soon!
In the meantime, below you'll find some nice-to-know info that applies to nearly every animal shelter, humane society, and rescue.
Because shelter dogs are full of love!
Is it because they know you saved them and love you harder for it?
I can't say for certain, but yes.
Jokes aside, there are three things all shelter dogs need to thrive in their new home:
Older shelter dogs, generally 1+ years old, may have experienced a lot of trauma, which often results in one of 8 common behavioral issues:
These issues are correctable! Your dog isn't broken, they're just damaged. You can fix them with enough love, patience, and a good training plan.
You can learn a lot about an animal welfare organization just by looking at their name.
Adoption processes vary drastically from organization to organization, but here are some general tips that apply in most instances. Note that we'll use the term "shelters" here for simplicity but it includes all types of rescue organizations.
If you have any questions about adopting an animal (what you'll need, what to expect, etc.) feel free to contact the PetLists team!
If you're looking to adopt a new dog, our Dog Adoption Guide is a must-read. It has everything you need to know about bringing a shelter dog home:
And we're adding new guides all the time.