North County Humane Society

Cat Adoption Center, Atascadero, California

Founded in 1977 by Atascadero residents Daphne Fahsing and Kate Johns as “Action for Animals’ Rights, the organization’s first goals were to address local animal over-population and homelessness. They began the first local spay/neuter program which worked so well they later received generous county funding to manage and distribute spay/neuter vouchers for that purpose.

In 1993 our first cat rescue and adoption center was opened in a store-front office in downtown Atascadero which included a shelter, general office and thrift store. Its first project was a hoarding case including almost 40 cats which were rescued, treated, and eventually adopted into new, loving homes.

Then in 1997 we purchased the famous Dome House on 3 acres north of town, and our rescue and adoption numbers soared with the addition of full-time staff and larger quarters.

We currently have six caring and well-trained staff members who manage our office, adoption center, intake, sanctuary, and Dome centers. Our Board of Directors manage the affairs of the organization, most having received NPO training from the Spokes Non-Profit Support Center in San Luis Obispo. And our wonderful volunteers perform both on- and off-site functions toward achieving our daily and long-term goals.

We gratefully depend upon the monetary, time, and in-kind support of donors, members, sponsors, and affiliates for our funding and look forward to continued success and community support for the future well-being of this community’s felines.

Cats Eye View of the North County Shelter

Video provided by Tom Lott

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