Mrs. Alice Hodges and Mrs. Jean Miller Mahoney, founded “Lost Animal Registry”.


Lost Animal Registry incorporated as a 501 (c) 3 animal shelter under the name of “Pets In Need”.


Services expanded to include financial assistance to pet owners interested in spaying/neutering their pets, adoptions, boarding of homeless pets, and emergency veterinary care.


Pets In Need moved to Whipple Avenue in Redwood City and opened a small animal rescue shelter.


The Crockett Memorial Fund was established by board member Pat Sinclair to assist low income seniors with the cost of animal care for their pets.


Pets In Need purchased a plumbing supply warehouse on Fifth Avenue in Redwood City, and retrofitted it to become an adoption shelter. By 1993, Pets In Need had rescued and found new, loving homes for 10,263 dogs, cats, puppies, and kittens.


The decision was made by the Pets In Need board to build a new shelter:

  • The shelter would be made more animal friendly and safer for animals awaiting a home

  • Dogs would be in open apartments, not be facing one another, there would be no bars to look through, and noise would be reduced, which would lead to improved behavior

  • Cats would be housed in a colony where they can stretch, play with toys and climb; cats that preferred to be alone would be placed in well-lighted, spacious and clean cat condos

  • New additions would include an outdoor terrace for quarantined dogs, a state-of-the-art medical area with rooms for adoptable dogs and cats in studios


The new LEED certified (Silver level) Pets In Need animal rescue shelter re-opened.


Pets In Need began offering free spaying/neutering services at the Redwood City facility and through a mobile surgical van that was purchased through gifts from the PIN board and others.


Pets In Need celebrated 50 years of service to the Northern California area.


Pets In Need began operating the Palo Alto Animal Shelter where we provide animal care services for residents of Palo Alto, Los Altos and Los Altos Hills and care for rescued animals from throughout California. This partnership is a national model for the humane treatment of animals in public shelters.