Volunteer for Animals

Animal Refugee Response, a strictly NO-KILL 501(c)(3) non-profit animal welfare organization is looking for volunteers to help in the daily care of our dogs and cats. Animal lovers, students, retirees, those seeking community service hours are all encouraged to join us in providing a great environment for homeless animals.

We have shifts seven days a week. An orientation and safety training are required. Must be at least 12 years old, dependable, able to follow instructions, and work well as part of a team. For more information, call 707/330-3747.

Our New Home

Our time in Lake County has come to an end. We have moved to Solano County where our animals will continue to have a safe place, loving care, lots of room, and more adoption prospects.

Our new facility is totally accessible, making caring for the animals much more efficient for their main caretaker, and easier to navigate for mobiliy-impaired visitors.

Our mission has not changed. We are a strictly NO-KILL organization dedicated to providing a safe place for dogs and cats in dire circumstances through shelter and sanctuary, adoptions, community education and assistance.

Just an hour and a half from Lake County, and forty minutes from our original San Pablo neighborhood, we will still assist these dogs and cats as a part of our commitment to the most at-risk animals.

We look forward to continuing our life-saving work from Solano County. We hope you stop by and say hello! Our new address is: 4770 McEathron Lane, in the Allendale area of Vacaville.

Disc Golf Community to Hold Second Benefit for Animal Refugee Response

We are very honored to have been selected as the non profit chosen to be the recipient of the upcoming “Fur the Love” disc golf tournament and benefit happening on January 21, 2023. The outdoor event, to be held at Caudle’s Canyon, near Lakeport will feature skilled players of all ages from all over California and beyond, competing in this exciting sport throughout the day.

Last year’s animal-loving participants donated generously with food and supplies for our shelter animals. The entry fees were also presented to Animal Refugee Response after the awards ceremony.

This inspiring group of athletes not only has fun competing in their sport, but they show how to give back by supporting the animals and the work of Animal Refugee Response. We are looking forward to attending this year’s event where competitive skill, mutual encouragement and community spirit are at their finest.

Like Sunrise

One of the most difficult consequences of the pandemic, with its scary unknowns has been the distinct slowing of volunteer participation (with the exception of our youth volunteers). 

But now, as if the sun is rising again, we are fortunate to have a core group of dedicated, sharp, reasonable, animal-centered people coming in to help us care for our animals and maintain their environments. They work on priority tasks that must be done daily, for the good of the animals. It is a lot of work, but very rewarding. 

We are grateful to these volunteers who really understand our mission. We appreciate them giving their time and energy to our animals and organization.

If you are interested in volunteering for Animal Refugee Response, we have morning and afternoon shifts available seven days a week. The animals really love our volunteers! For more information, call 707/330-3747.

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