FREE Vaccinations!

Vaccinations are the best way to protect your pet from serious and deadly diseases. Thanks to a grant from Petco Love, we are able to offer FREE vaccinations to Lake County pet owners, while supply lasts. Dogs receive DA2PP (for parvo, distemper, etc.). Cats receive FVRCP (for Panleukopenia, Feline Respiratory Illness, etc.) Pets must be at least 8 weeks old and in good health.

Free vaccinations are now available on Saturdays from 1-3:30 pm at Animal Refugee Response, 11767 Candy Lane, Lower Lake. No appointment necessary.

Thank you to Petco Love for making this program possible.

ARR Receives Grant from Bissell Pet Foundation

We are grateful to Bissell Pet Foundation for their recent generosity to Animal Refugee Response.

Through their “Feed the Shelters” program, Bissell Pet Foundation is supporting our shelter cats with a grant for $500 for canned food. 

Our sincere thanks to Bissell Pet Foundation for helping our cats’ time with us be extra special. They look forward to their wet food each day, especially the elderly ones.

Cat Loft Mural Project Celebrated

The well-loved loft in our cat environment, built by Keith Anderson includes sleeping cubbies, backed by wood with cat-sized peep holes. When Keith fashioned cat ears to the top, those peep holes became eyes, and all that was left was to paint the cats he envisioned.

We were very lucky when two talented artists stepped forward. Susie Guyett began the painting with brilliant, happy colors. When Susie had to return to South Dakota before she finished, Olivia Guralas picked up the paint brushes. She continued the project with her own artistic flair. Now complete, the mural of happy cats welcomes all into our cat area.

ARR finds homes for 38 dogs from Contra Costa Animal Services

Dogs that find themselves at Animal Control with “behavior issues” or medical/age issues, are often the ones left behind when offered for adoption or rescue. Their time is limited.

In a partnership with Contra Costa Animal Services, Animal Refugee Response is taking these dogs and working with them until they are ready for adoption. Many of them just need to be held and talked to. Others need a home-like routine. And some, of course need medical care. It takes a lot of time and effort, but we are proud to say that as of mid June, 2020, we have found loving homes for 38 of these dogs so far.


In May, 2020, Animal Refugee Response received a generous grant from The Pedigree Foundation. The grant was given for the purposes of continuity of our efforts during the COVID-19 crisis, including veterinary needs, pet food and animal care.

The giving spirit of The Pedigree Foundation has helped us continue to provide a high quality of life for countless animals during this time of crisis when donations are way down, volunteering is way down, and animals in need are way up.

Thank you, Pedigree Foundation from all of us at Animal Refugee Response.


In May, 2020, Animal Refugee Response received a generous operations grant from Petfinder Foundation, the philanthropic arm of the Petfinder Adoption platform to use for pet food and vet care during the COVID-19 shutdown.

We appreciate the support from Petfinder Foundation during these times of crisis. They have a good understanding of the reality of homeless animals, and that grants to organizations like ours who are dedicated to saving animal lives is money well spent.

Thank you, Petfinder Foundation from all of us at Animal Refugee Response