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"We can judge the heart of a man by his treatment of animals" ... -Immanual Kant

Gelson's is supportive of a respectful and collaborative environment that encourages approaches to finding homes for our furry friends. There is a place for all of us in the animal welfare field and a value to the work that we all do. But at Gelson's Markets, we can not do it alone. Working with our partners, we set our sights on a future where every adoptable animal is given a loving and life-long home and through education, reduce the number of unwanted pets through effective spay and neuter programs.

Our partners are all volunteer organizations and are no kill zones—meaning when a dog or cat are saved, they are protected and placed in a safe environment until adoption, never to return to a shelter, or worse, euthanasia. But it doesn’t stop there… our partners will take back any adopted pet and place it in a foster home until it can be re-adopted.

Although our partners share different mission statements and strategies, the core of the intended outcome is united: working together to achieve a permanent safe haven for animals.

    Amanda Foundation: In Latin the name "Amanda" means worthy of love. This charity is named not for a personamandaLogo but for a philosophy towards our Dog and Cat companions. They are worthy of our love and protection. For over 30 years, Amanda Foundation's mission has been to rescue as many loyal pals from the shelters and then find them loving new homes regardless of breed, age, gender or disability. At the same time, endeavor to educate the public about the importance of spay/neuter in order to reduce pet overpopulation.

    Best Friends: Best Friends Animal Society is guided by a simple BestFriendsLogophilosophy: kindness to animals builds a better world for all of us. In the late 1980s, when Best Friends was in its early days, roughly 17 million dogs and cats were being killed in shelters every year. Since then, the number of dogs and cats being destroyed in shelters has fallen to approximately 5 million a year. There has been much progress, but there is still much more to do. As the flagship of a grassroots network of people and organizations that care about animals, Best Friends continues to lead the way towards this future. And that's why their purpose remains: A better world through kindness to animals.

    Bill Foundation: was founded because of Bill... a 10-month-old Golden Retriever and Lab mix BillFoundationLogofound starving and filthy, foraging in a trash can in August 1988. For ten years, Bill was a part of a family bringing laughter, joy and the kind of wonderful companionship that only a dog can provide. When Bill was lost to cancer in 1998, a resolution was made to honor his memory by working to save other dogs like Bill who deserve a second chance at life. Shortly after that the Bill Foundation was born.

    DAWG: provides a safe and loving environment for dogs awaiting permanent adoption, and promotes their adoption throughDAWGLogooutreach programs in the Santa Barbara community. Most of the dogs in thier care come from Santa Barbara county shelters. Since DAWG's inception in 1991, they have worked hard to bring out the best in thier dogs, improving their quality of life during their stay at the shelter, and placing healthy, well-behaved dogs back into the community. 

    THE HAUTE DOG organization (pronounced "HOT") is a diverse and growing network of dog owners, lovers, educators, rescuers and HauteDogs_logosupporters. Our common bond has resulted in a unique and lively community of folks who share some qualities of our favorite dogs: devotion, spirit and tenacity. Through educational outreach and events, we hope to help inspire a better understanding and appreciation of dogs, dispel damaging myths, encourage responsible ownership practices, and offer practical adoption and rescue opportunities. Serving the Long Beach community and beyond.

    Pet Orphans of Southern California (POSC): a nonprofit 501(c)3 animal welfare organization, is dedicated to combating the nationalPOLogocrisis of overpopulation, abandonment, and euthanasia through extensive education programs. While focusing on this universal concern, POSC is committed to serving its community by rescuing and rehabilitating adoptable homeless dogs and cats, providing them with exceptional care and then carefully matching them with suitable adoptive families. In addition to education and rescue, POSC provides broad community support by offering a wide range of services including medical/financial, spay/neuter and training assistance, encouraging responsible pet guardianship thus reducing abandonment and other consequences that deepen the national crisis. 

    Rescue Train: is a unique organization supported by hundreds of creative and dedicated volunteers. Together, a mission RescueTrainLogoto reduce the number of animals entering shelters by doing hands-on rescue work and creating unique programs and solutions; including the highly successful "Trained for Life" program where shelters dogs are completely obedience trained prior to adoption, and the annual "Race for the Rescues" which funds and supports many other important animal welfare organizations. Rescue Train is committed to educating our community about responsible pet ownership and the importance of spaying and neutering.

    West Coast Animal Rescue (WeCARe) is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization that encompasses animal rescuewecare_logogroups, including Sparky and the Gang in Long Beach, CA. Contributions/donations are tax-deductible (as permitted by law). Since 1989, from their kennel in Long Beach, and with the help of a network of friends, professionals, volunteers and local organizations, Sparky & the Gang helps to spay and neuter animals, give them medical care, and find them homes. Volunteers help to walk the dogs and socialize them. To learn more and to see all the dogs available for adoption from WeCARe, visit WestCoastAnimalRescue.orgor go to

    Eastwood Ranch Foundation provides support and financial assistance to animal sanctuaries, rescue groups and no-kill shelters responsible for the lifetime or temporary care of animals who need homes. Our goal is to help animal victims eastwoodRanch_logoof abuse or neglect with a second chance at life through fundraising and education. Founded by Alison Eastwood, actress, film director and producer but most importantly an animal advocate. She is an active member of several animal welfare organizations and donates her time fundraising and volunteering to help save animals. Alison has been actively involved in trying to ban the killing of wild horses in Nevada and is also the spokesperson for Marine Animal Rescue of Los Angeles. She is spearheading their fundraising efforts to build a new marine mammal care center. She has also been involved in fundraising for Chimp Haven, Farm Sanctuary, and Born Free. For more information

    The Forgotten Dog: Dedicated to rescuing dogs of all shapes, sizes, breeds and ages forgottendog_logoin the greater Los Angeles area and beyond, The Forgotten Dog team rescues dogs from the streets, shelters, foreclosures and owner relinquished. To date, our team of dedicated animal lovers have saved literally hundreds of dogs and we have placed them all in loving forever homes. Being in the trenches of animal rescue is gut wrenching, exhausting, heart breaking and draining, both financially and emotionally. But it is also exhilarating, extraordinary and rewarding beyond words. There is no greater joy for those of us in rescue than uniting a shelter, street, abused, or abandoned dog with a wonderful new forever owner. The dogs that we save are big and small, purebreds and mutts. For more information

    Ken-Mar Rescue: Ken-Mar Rescue is a 501c3, non-profit, Los Angeles-based, kenmarlogosmall dog rescue that is foster-based, cage-free, and 100% volunteer and donor supported. Ken-Mar Rescue rehabilitates and re-homes "last day" dogs that would otherwise be euthanized. Ken-Mar Rescue's mission is to save neglected dogs and introduce them to their "furever" families. Founded in 2007, Ken-Mar Rescue has saved hundreds of dogs' lives by cultivating a network of foster parents to care for the orphans as they wait to be adopted. To learn more about Ken-Mar Rescue


You have the opportunity to help any of our no kill zone pet partner’s quest to rescue animals from being put down at local shelters, aide in awareness of the cruelty of puppy mills, rescue animals from disasters, and save animals from dog fighting and other forms of animal cruelty. Your gift is 100% tax deductible and you really are making a difference!

Thank you for your compassion and generous support. Together we can make the world a kinder place for animals in need.

If you are an animal agency interested in being an animal welfare partner with Gelson's Markets please contact us