How to Help

License your Pet!
A surprisingly simple and inexpensive way that you can help the shelter is to license your animals! (and hey, its the law too). The current county licensing fee is $8 for spayed/neutered dogs and $50 for unaltered dogs, pricing applies to everyone. Full compliance with the licensing law could contribute as much as a million dollars to the shelter and fully fund the shelter’s operation! Click here for the downloadable licensing application. It can be mailed to the address listed on this page, which also has all the info you need about animal licensing in Madera County.


Donate to the Madera Shelter via Paypal
Donate to the shelter via PayPal
You may also mail a check or money order to:
Friends of Madera Animal Shelter
PO Box 923
Madera, CA 93639
(559) 363-5106



Volunteer with us!
Volunteers are ALWAYS needed! We have PetSmart Teams that take dogs from our shelter to various PetSmarts on weekends, Petfinder teams that meet once a month and photograph and write bios for the dogs to be posted online, and of course volunteers are always needed to help load and transport the animals.
VOLUNTEERS ARE ALWAYS NEEDED FOR THESE ON-GOING ROLES. These are the most important & effective ways to save our animals.
25-100 animals are dropped off daily at our shelter and the shelter only holds 300 animals!
Visit the “Contact Us” page to email our volunteer coordinator and join us for a fun and rewarding experience!



Donate a BedDonate a dog bed
Keep our dogs off the cold hard cement floor! Donate a chewproof, washable and sturdy Kuranda dog bed to one of our dogs. You can also donate it in the name of a friend or family member and a personalized Gift Card will be mailed to them. Donate a Kuranda dog bed.



Donate supplies from our wish list
Wish list items can be dropped off at the shelter during office hours. 14269 Road 28, Madera, CA 93638


  • Toys that are Durable/washable (i.e. Kongs, hard bones, nylabones, etc)
  • Towels – bath size, cotton
  • Blankets – cotton or wool, small to medium size, washable
  • Leashes and collars – regular, slip leads
  • Treats – no raw hides please
  • Stainless steel bowls all sizes
  • Puppy replacement milk and nursing bottles
  • Kuranda beds (see the link to donate a bed above)
  • Paper towels
  • Laundry detergent
  • Dish detergent
  • Bleach
  • Latex gloves
  • Heavy duty trash bags
  • Q-tips
  • Cotton balls
  • Crates/carriers
  • Grooming equipment (Shavers, brushes, scissors, shampoo, nail clippers, flea combs, etc)
  • Dust pans and brushes/brooms
  • Copy paper (white and other colors)
  • Pens
  • Staplers/staples
  • Heaters and fans
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Lint rollers and refills




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