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About AFRP

Animal Friends Rescue Project (AFRP) is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization based in Pacific Grove, California. We are dedicated to finding good permanent homes for abandoned, stray, and abused companion animals and ending the pet overpopulation crisis through focused spay/neuter programs. Click here to read more.

AFRP is led by an active Board of Directors and a dedicated staff. We also rely on our incredible volunteers which now number over 300.

Board of Directors:
Leigh Jeter, President, Lisa McElmoy Vice President,
Robert Young, Treasurer

Meet Our Staff:

Kelly Lehrian
Executive Director
(with Myrtle)

Jill Gomon
Office Manager
(with Hope)

Kim Erlandson
Dog Adoption Manager/
Offsite Event Coordinator
(with Ronald)
Linda Wilsey
Adoptions Manager
(with Sterling)
Bob Tyson
Outreach Manager
(with Sealy)
Jane Roland
Treasure Shop Manager
(with Annie)
Shannon Galimba
Adoption Center Manager (withTank)

Daniel Eriksen
Adoption Center Manager
(with Marshall)

Sandy Benzor
Dog Intake Manager
(with Petey)

Julie Hengfoss
Cat Intake Manager
(with Bonnie)

Dr. Mako Matsuki
AFRP Veterinarian
(with Bailey)

Kaitie Beck
Vet Clinic Receptionist/Office Assistant
(with Mojito)

Kelly Tafy
Director of Animal Care and Adoption Programs
Cat Intake Manager
(with Avery)

Ofelia Lopez
Vet Technician
(with Felix)

Mary Anders
Registered Vet Tech
(with Indy)

Caitlin Meert
Vet Clinic Weekend Care
(with Margarita)

Deborah Ferguson
Treasure Shop Weekend Manager Assistant

Mariah Ciani
Volunteer Program Manager/
Weekday Cat Care
(with Duncan)

Animal Friends Rescue Project provides the following services:
placement of homeless animals into good permanent homes
Major and Minor medical care, including spay/neuter for the animals in our care
Education about the proper care of companion animals and education to promote compassion towards animals
Spay/neuter voucher program and education about the problems of overpopulation
Behavioral guidance and referrals

Founded in 1998, Animal Friends Rescue Project (AFRP) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit animal rescue organization based in Pacific Grove, CA. AFRP provides a safety net for approximately 1,200 dogs (through adoption and transport) and over 1000 cats each year.

Local animal shelters partner with AFRP by calling upon us to rescue animals that do not stand a chance of survival in the shelter, providing medical care (including spay/neuter) and behavior training when necessary, and finally, placing the animals in good permanent homes. These are typically shy animals, senior animals, underage or un-weaned animals, animals in need of minor and major medical attention, pregnant or nursing animals and those who have just been overlooked and been there too long. We work closely with the other animal welfare agencies in our tri-county area.

We rely on our community to provide these life saving services - volunteers, donors and local business sponsors.

Dogs and most of the cats we rescue from the shelters are housed in volunteer foster homes. Every animal coming into our adoption program receives all necessary medical care needed and when ready they are placed up for adoption. AFRP has approximately 400 active volunteers.

We have a lifetime commitment to every animal that comes into our care. We do not euthanize animals because they have been with us too long or for medical reasons. If an adopter is no longer able to keep their adopted animal we are committed to bringing it back into our adoption program. AFRP feels strongly about reducing the number of animals that enter our shelters and offers free/reduced cost spay/neuter vouchers for small dogs and cats. We also have a Community/Feral Cat Trap Neuter Release (TNR) Program.


Our main adoption center is located in Pacific Grove, CA. We also have satellite adoption sites at Pet Food Express in Carmel and Petco in Monterey. We hold regular Adoption Days throughout the community, advertise in local newspapers, show adoptables on our web site and newsletter, and work with other rescue groups and shelters to successfully find homes for many of our animals. All potential adopters go through a thorough screening to make sure that each companion animal finds the right home.

990 Forms

AFRP's most recent 990 tax returns are available to view online. A PDF version (you must have Adobe Acrobat Reader installed) is available for download.

Download 990 Form 2013-2014

Download 990 Form 2012-2013

Download 990 Form 2011-2012

Download 990 Form 2010-2011

If there is anything else you would like to know about Animal Friends Rescue Project, please email us at or call us at (831) 333-0722. Also, let us know if you are interested in joining our mailing list.

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