"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.

We are proud to work with the following pet partners!

Best Friends Animal Society

Best Friends Animal Society is guided by a simple philosophy: 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.

The Real Bark

The Real Bark: Responsible. Ethical. Animal. League.

Loving All Animals

Loving All Animals' mission is to join with other local and national Animal Welfare Organizations to maximize programs intended to stop the killing of adoptable animals.

Long Beach: Spay & Neuter

West Coast Animal Rescue (WeCARe)

West Coast Animal Rescue (WeCARe) is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization that encompasses animal rescue groups, 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,

Ken-Mar Rescue

Ken-Mar Rescue is a 501c3, non-profit, Los Angeles-based, 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 visit www.kenmarrescue.org/

Helen Woodward Animal Center

Helen Woodward Animal Center is not just another San Diego no kill animal shelter. They are a non-profit organization dedicated to saving the lives of animals.


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 at pets@gelsons.com.