The Friends of Long Beach Animals

share this: recently spoke with Shirley Vaughan, President of Friends of Long Beach Animals, via email. They talked about the inspirations and challenges of running a nonprofit organization in Long Beach.

How long has Friends of Long Beach Animals been around? Did it start in Long Beach?

Our organization started in Long Beach as Friends of Long Beach Animal Shelter over 20 years ago.

Describe Friends of Long Beach Animals. Tell us a little about your nonprofit, your mission, the people you serve or your goals.

Our Mission Statement: Dedicated to responsible pet ownership, education and the humane treatment of all animals.

Friends of Long Beach Animals goals is to end the euthanasia of any healthy pet. There are far too many pets that enter our shelter system and not enough homes for them all. Our program SNIP’s goal is to reach people with vouchers for spaying and neutering that want or need to do the right thing but need financial assistance. We focus on ending pet overpopulation and education. Our Humane Education Program goes into the Long Beach Unified School District to teach kindness and respect for all life, safety around animals and animal care and treatment. We also focus on finding shelter animals homes and encourage people not to breed or buy pets from pet stores.

How is Friends of Long Beach Animals different from similar nonprofits?

We are not a rescue group and yet we have saved thousands of animals lives through SNIP and Humane Education.

How is Friends of Long Beach Animals involved with the community?

Teaching school children. Offering low or no cost vouchers for Long Beach residents. Speaking at local groups about pet responsibility.

What are some of the biggest successes Friends of Long Beach Animals has had?

The spaying and neutering of thousands of pets. Purchasing needed medical supplies for animals at the shelter as well as equipment for Animal Control Officers and shelter needs that the City did not furnish. Purchasing Pet Oxygen Masks for every Fire Station in Long Beach and Signal Hill. Furnishing books to every school and library in Long Beach and Signal Hill.

What is the most rewarding part of running Friends of Long Beach Animals?

Helping the animals and the people who need help with them. Each member of the board of directors receives no salary or compensation, we do what we do for love of the animals.

What are the challenges you face — as a nonprofit, as an advocacy group, or in your industry?

Raising enough funds to keep the non-profit going for many years to come.

What are the future plans for Friends of Long Beach Animals?

Growing a larger and stronger membership.

Do you have any special events or fundraisers you’d like to tell us about?

We are currently collecting recipes for a 2nd edition of a cookbook. In the fall we plan to do a “Shelter Cat Comfort Campaine.”

How can people get involved with Friends of Long Beach Animals? What do you need — volunteers, donations, etc?

Mostly donations.

What is the most inspiring advice that you received and who did it come from?

The truth of reality and how to accept it from Animal Shelter Officers and staff.

Contact the Friends of Long Beach Animals:

  • Address: 3815 Atlantic Ave. Suite 4 Long Beach CA 90807
  • Phone Number: 562-988-7647
  • Website:

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