Through expert-led training, grants, and a network of shelter teams passionate about implementing best practices that serve pets and their people, we’re creating a humane-hearted California powered by kind communities, with deep respect for the diversity of the human and animal experience.

California for All Animals exists to unite and amplify the work of California animal shelters to achieve our shared goal of matching every animal in need with the right outcome through the right care, delivered in the right place and at the right time.

We dream different to do different.

We believe in learning and doing, making space for continuous discovery and always weighing impact along with intent. We’re driven by connections, not transactions. Virtuous cycles, not vicious circles. We believe that homes are more than places; they’re built in the bond between people and animals and rooted in our sense of belonging to each other. Where others see problems, we dream possibilities—and we put them into action.

Whether you’re an animal shelter, an organization devoted to strengthening the safety net for people and pets, or a Californian who believes in fierce compassion for animals and people, we hope you’ll join us.

Read about the history of the program.

Our Principles

Work with stakeholders statewide; develop criteria, procedures, and accountability measures

Equal access and opportunity to all local governments and nonprofit shelters that are contracted to provide animal care services

Leverage this initiative to attract other support (e.g., community, philanthropic, local government, corporate)

Address the needs of marginalized communities, urban and rural areas and low-income communities, understanding the impact of structural racism on animal welfare

An open, competitive—and voluntary—process that assures objectivity, fairness, and sustainability

Meet the state’s goal that no healthy or treatable dog or cat is euthanized in an animal shelter

(Photo courtesy Len Wood/Santa Maria Times)