Animal related


Quick Facts

aka PIN

Redwood City, CA


Founded in 1965, Pets In Need is Northern California's first no-kill animal shelter. Pets In Need's mission is to advance the no-kill movement, reduce pet homelessness, and find every dog and cat a loving home.

Ruling Year


Executive Director

Al Mollica

Main Address

871 Fifth Ave

Redwood City, CA 94063 USA


no kill, rescue, dogs, cats, adoption, animals





Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Animal Protection and Welfare (includes Humane Societies and SPCAs) (D20)

Other Services (D60)

Veterinary Services (D40)

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Respect and Compassion: Showing by example that every life matters by providing each animal we rescue with the highest quality of care until we find them a forever home, no matter how long it takes

Leadership: Advancing the no-kill model by example, collaboration, and education

Community Involvement: Being a leader in educating the public about animal welfare issues, and in providing free spaying and neutering services for the pets of all California residents

Integrity: Honoring our obligation to our donors—past, present and future—to be the best possible stewards of the organization's resources

Free spay and neuter services - We provide our low cost services at our Redwood City shelter and free services on our mobile surgical van, which travels throughout the Bay Area to targeted communities where animal homelessness and abandonment is a chronic issue.

Save our Seniors – We provide lifetime medical care, medicine and special food for animals adopted from PIN over the age of seven.

Crockett Memorial Fund – PIN provides financial support and free medical care for the pets of senior citizens on a fixed income. The Crockett Fund was established by current PIN board member and co-founder, Pat Sinclair.

Humane Education – Our Camp PIN Pals program runs through the summer, on school breaks and during holidays. The aim of the program is to teach kids ages 8-12 compassion for animals, how to care for pets, and the role of shelters in rescuing homeless, abused and neglected animals.

Fostering – Foster families open their homes on a temporary basis by caring for litters of puppies/kittens or adult cats/dogs that have medical issues or require additional care. Fostered animals stay with their families until they are old enough or well enough to be adopted. Pets In Need furnishes food and medical care and the foster family provides the love and socialization.

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