Our Story

Starting in 1995, a group of concerned animal lovers united to establish a no-kill, safe haven for homeless animals. Named after a much loved collie belonging to an original founder, The Buddy Foundation incorporated, gained charitable status, and established a dedicated board to oversee its activities.

Volunteers were recruited to pursue a variety of activities and donation-oriented programs and foster parents were solicited to house and care for our animals.

The original Buddy, our mascot and inspiration.
The original Buddy, our mascot and inspiration.

Our Purpose

Our mission is to provide immediate safety and care to stray, abused and abandoned animals. Once we are assured animals are medically sound, we place them in a secure, temporary, no-kill environment. This immediate placement provides all the love and comfort necessary for their well being and allows us to get to know them. 

Then, we look for "forever" homes that are committed to their health and happiness for the duration of their lives. When we match an animal with a caring person or family, Buddy is truly fulfilling our purpose of lighting the way home.

Our Goal

Sadly, 4 to 6 million animals are euthanized each year, the equivalent of 575 every hour. We work to reduce that number. We will continue our mission of saving those that cannot fend for themselves, those without a voice, and those who depend on the good will of humanity for their basic needs.

We also want to change the perception of an animal shelter by providing a safe haven for the animals in our care.  The shelter allows Buddy the ability to evaluate each animal’s needs and find a perfect home for as many as possible. If just the right home cannot be found, our animals will stay with us as long as they live.

We want our sanctuary to be thought of as a place of peace. God gives us the animals to share our lives and in return He expects us to protect them and keep them safe. At Buddy, we live by and spread this message, keeping the memory of one special Buddy alive forever.

Help Us Light the Way

You can help us accomplish our mission by adopting the wonderful animals we shelter, making donations, and giving your time through volunteering. Each person's time and effort contributes to provide the proper care that our animals deserve.