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Welcome to the Friends of Madera Animal Shelter's website.

Friends of Madera Animal Shelter is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization, run by dedicated volunteers working tirelessly to support the education of responsible pet ownership. Through donations, we spay and neuter pets in our community, reducing the number of animals being euthanized. We are sworn to saving animals in crisis, working with our rescue partners, finding qualified and loving forever homes through our adoption events

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About Us...

We are a nonprofit, independent, animal welfare organization dedicated to improving animal health and welfare in Madera County.


  • Support the practice of humane attitudes
  • Promote the altering of pets
  • Work toward improving the general well being of animals through community education and outreach.

Our organization supports Madera County residents. We lessen the county's financial burden associated with animal over-population. Our resources, although limited, help support Animal Services activities and programs beyond those that can be afforded by the county. 

  • We help make low cost spaying and neutering programs available to the community. These important procedures are the only proven method for successfully reducing the suffering and expense of animal over population. They also serve animals and pet owners directly by minimizing health problems and providing behavioral benefits. 
  • We assist Madera County Animal Services toward its goal of eventually becoming a no kill shelter through the altering of pets and adoption of companion animals into caring homes. 
  • We provide educational and outreach programs to promote the compassionate treatment of animals. 



The shelter is currently over loaded with very nice pitties and large dogs and regular rescue efforts will not be able to keep up.

Out of the blue, Oregon Humane Society came to the RESCUE!!! Over and above their regular weekly pick ups, OHS offered to take a van full of these large dogs. We just need to get them there.


FMAS will provide the van, the fuel and one night's lodging. All that's needed to save a truck load of dog lives is a driver, or two, with clean DMV records.

Trip can either be tomorrow (Thursday) or Sunday the 19th.

So if you love animals and like to drive, please think about fitting this trip into your busy lives. Or maybe you know a friend who might?

Pictures are just a few of the fabulous dogs who will be saved!

And, if you can't help this time, drivers are needed for our regularly scheduled once a month trip to OHS. Typically it is the first Sunday of the month.

Rescue numbers total over 1000 since October 2015

May 24th, 2016 FMAS President Velvet Rhoads and other volunteers loaded another 20 animals into the FMAS van for the first leg of rescue trip to Oregon Humane. This trip is a milestone in FMAS/MCAS partnership with Oregon Humane and other rescues as it represents over 1,000 animals rescued since October 2015! Robin Bell has Been coordinating rescues to receive MCAS animals and often drives the long distances herself with her husband in tow. There is an amazing. Numbers ...of animals getting rescued and adopted from Madera Animal Shelter making sure they have a future. Live release rates have soared since Robin started volunteering for FMAS.
Our goal this year in terms of rescue is 2,000 animals! With Robin Bell coordinating this effort we can only assume that this goal is very achievable. Rescue Dogs cost FMAS about $20 each to prep and transport. Please help FMAS rescue efforts and donate to this incredible effort!!! Our animals are depending on us to help them. A big thank you to Oregon Human Society for taking all of our animals along with a few other rescues and we can't forget our shelter director. A huge thank you to her for making it possible for these animals to get out of the shelter and for getting up at 3am to volunteer before a fulls days work. Thank you to everyone involed in this trimedous accomplishment.  

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Contact FMAS

We can be reached at:

or via P.O. Box 923
Madera, CA  93639

Shelter Adoption Hours

Monday 10:00 - 4:00
Tuesday 10:00 - 4:00
Wednesday 10:00 - 4:00
Thursday 10:00 - 4:00
Friday 10:00 - 4:00
Saturday 10:00 - 02:00

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