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Who we are and what we do

Hopalong Animal Rescue is the largest, all-foster animal rescue group in the SF Bay Area with 620 foster homes, 580 volunteers and 36,000 shelter animals rescued to date. Founded 27 years ago, Hopalong’s mission is to rescue, rehabilitate and rehome neglected and homeless animals from Bay Area shelters with an average of 1600 shelter animals rescued from euthanasia lists a year. All of our animals are vaccinated, spayed/neutered, micro-chipped, and placed in foster care until adoption takes place.

During their foster stay, many animals receive much needed medical treatment through our network of vets, and receive basic training in order to make them better life partners for the people who will ultimately take them home. Because of this, we have one of the lowest return rates in the State of California at just 2%.

Hopalong pulls animals from 15 different animal shelters in Central and Northern California, works with a total of 21 different veterinary practices in the Bay Area, and maintains 22 adoption sites throughout the East Bay, San Francisco and Marin County.

For the third year in a row, Hopalong responded on a large scale to Californian forest fires and other natural disasters. Last year, we were one of the leading organizations taking in animals during the fires. In 2018, we took in more animals than any other rescue group in the immediate San Francisco area, and came in second behind ARF in Walnut in the entire
Bay Area during the Carr and Lake County Fires. Hopalong remains a major force in emergency relief rescue work due to our extensive foster program.

To view our 2018 year in review magazine click here!

To view a video synopsis of our work, click here!