The concept of a community based non-profit shelter was born over lunch in June, 2011. The only condition sought by the initial committee members was that the new shelter would be “no kill”…meaning it would NOT euthanize animals on the basis of overcrowding.
SPARC (Santa Paula Animal Rescue Center) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization and is the first and only no-kill animal shelter in Ventura County. SPARC is a place where homeless animals are brought for humane care without risk of being killed due to lack of space, illness or injury. SPARC is actively saving lives by rehabilitating and re-homing animals, at the same time partnering with the community to educate on the importance of spay/neuter and vaccination programs. To truly deliver on our no-kill mission, SPARC relies on generous contributions from other passionate animal lovers and advocates.
SPARC is a unique partnership between public and private resources with a shared goal of creating a more humane, no-kill system for saving the homeless and abandoned animals of our community. When successful, this prototype can be recreated in other cities. In the long run, we strive to show that smaller, local shelters can attract a larger volunteer and foster corps, make reclamation of lost pets easier for residents, and provide a more convenient location for license renewals and adoptions.