About Found Animals

Found Animals is a privately-funded nonprofit dedicated to reversing the outcome for the three to four million animals euthanized each year in the United States. We work alongside the animal well-being community to achieve one goal: find the big ideas that advance the safety of animals in our homes, our shelters, and everywhere in between.

Our primary mission is the happiness and safety of animals. From microchips and registration, to responsible adoption initiatives and low-cost spay and neuter, we are committed to delivering practical solutions that will ensure the health and safety of dogs and cats everywhere.

Support for Found Animals and its initiatives comes from the generous contributions of Dr. Gary Michelson and Alya Michelson. The Michelson family also supports forward thinking initiatives in medical science. Since its inception in 1995, the Michelson Medical Research Foundation has been a key player in advancing convergent medical research.

At Found Animals, we’re on the animal’s side.


Since inception, Found Animals programs have helped over 500,000 pets and their people through adoption, spay and neuter, microchipping and other initiatives… Provided more than $12 million in funding for dozens of research projects worldwide in pursuit of nonsurgical sterilization technology… Granted over $9 million to animal welfare organizations to support low-cost spay and neuter initiatives and pet reunification technology… More than 15,000 shelter animals have found homes through our adoption promotions and Adopt & Shop retail stores… Received the support of over 400 volunteers who donated in excess of 45,000 hours of work. 

Why do we do it?  We’re on the animal’s side.

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