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A little history

"Friends for Animals” dba South Coast Humane Society (SCHS) started in 1992 by 12-15 individuals who saw a need to help abandoned/lost pets. Friends for Animals filed Articles of Incorporation in December of that year and obtained the 501(c)(3) non-profit status. They first started by fostering animals in their homes and holding fundraisers of bake sales, yard sales, and auto raffles.

In August 1997 a building was leased and the first thrift store was opened at 620 Hemlock, Brookings. This provided funds for various services such as a Tom Cat Neuter Clinic where area veterinarians participated, Crisis/Emergency funds helping animals at the then County Shelter in Gold Beach, caring for and adopting homeless animals to new homes and more.


Through various Boards of Directors, the Shelter at 828 Railroad, Brookings was built in 2002 using funds from an anonymous donor. The Shelter has housed and re-homed many animals during this time and currently serves the community through a low-income, low-cost clinic housed in the medical room added to the Shelter.

If you would like to become involved in the success of a local Shelter and its growth in the community, please consider volunteering. The Shelter and the Thrift Store are always in need of individuals with a heart for animals and a desire to help.

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