Friends of Upland Animal Shelter

Dedicated to finding

every adoptable animal

a loving home...

Maya Found Her Forever Home in October 2016

About Us

Friends of Upland Animal Shelter (Friends) is a non-profit 501(c)(3) public benefit charitable organization dedicated to helping every adoptable dog or cat at the Upland Animal Shelter find a loving home.

Friends operates the Upland Animal Shelter in partnership with the City of Upland's four Animal Control Officers and is responsible for sheltering and finding homes for all animals that are available for adoption. As a non-profit organization, Friends relies on private funding and support to care for Upland’s abandoned animals.  We also operate 2nd Chance Thrift Shop, which provides necessary funding for our shelter operation.

We believe in the dignity of every life, and that every adoptable animal should receive the care and patience that is necessary to find a loving home.   We offer a number of programs and initiatives to improve the lives of abandoned animals, reunite them with their owners, or find them new, forever homes, including:

  • Low-cost adoptions
  • Quality medical care for shelter animals
  • Training for new pet owners
  • Educational programs
  • Trap and return (TNR) spay/neuter programs for community cats

With your help, we can give abandoned animals a second chance and expand the number of programs and services we offer to the community.  Please consider becoming a member, making a donation, or volunteering your time.

See Our Brochure

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Our History

Friends of Upland Animal Shelter began as a group of volunteers who were committed to supporting Upland Animal Services with time, talent, and fund-raising activities.  Friends created positive relationships with shelter staff and spent thousands of hours assisting at the shelter or at off-site events.

In August 2011, Friends was recognized as a member organization of the Upland Community Foundation. Friends formally incorporated as a non-profit organization and obtained tax-exempt status [Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code] in 2013. 

In October 2015, Friends began operating 2nd Chance Thrift Shop to provide funding for all of our endeavors.

In May 2016, Friends was selected by the Upland City Council to expand our role in the shelter to include direct responsibility for all animal sheltering and adoptions at the Upland Animal Shelter, located at 1275 San Bernardino Road in Upland.  

Friends now operates the shelter and works in partnership with the City’s Animal Control Officers to make sure every adoptable animal finds a new, forever home.

Friends of Upland Animal Shelter operates with 24 employees and several volunteers in three main areas of focus: Shelter Operations, Development, and 2nd Chance Thrift Shop. 

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