Animal related

Humane Society of The Sierra Foothills Inc

aka Humane Society of the Sierra Foothills, a Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, Inc.

Auburn, CA


The mission of the Humane Society of the Sierra Foothills, is to provide an effective means for the prevention of cruelty to animals throughout the state of California.

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Administration 0%
Fundraising: 1%
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Executive Director

Rosemary Frieborn

Main Address

2945 Bell Road #175

Auburn, CA 95603 USA


animal welfare, animal protection, animal abuse, animal neglect, SPCA, humane society, animals, anti-cruelty, farm animals, dogs, cats





Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Animal Protection and Welfare (includes Humane Societies and SPCAs) (D20)

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As an all-volunteer nonprofit, since 2008, we have prevented and investigated animal abuse and neglect incidents, enforced the anti-cruelty laws of the State of California, and promoted the well-being of animals.

Instilling a sense of respect and compassion for all living things through education. Supporting legislation that strengthens animal cruelty laws.

Anti-Cruelty Program: HSSF has two court-certified humane officers that respond to public complaints of animal abuse and neglect and work with animal owners to remedy situations. Animal Rehabilitation and Adoption Program: Once animals are rehabilitated and legal proceedings completed, HSSF continues to care for them until new homes are found. While in our care, they are provided with necessary medical attention and in many cases, re-trained to improve their chances to find a forever family. Education: Teaching respect for animals through printed literature, social media and community outreach events.

Shaping moral development and compassion to break the cycle of violence between domestic violence, elder abuse, child abuse and animal abuse. Helping prosecutors understand the importance of crimes against animals and their individual role in the legal process.

For an all-volunteer animal welfare nonprofit organization that focuses on enforcement of animal laws, 2014 was a year filled with action for the Humane Society of the Sierra Foothills (HSSF)—both on the ground and in the courts. Each situation proved that with professional diligence, animal cruelty, neglect, and/or abuse can be halted, and that most animal owners will cooperate to correct unacceptable conditions once they understand the laws. However, if an owner refuses to obey a lawful correction notice, HSSF will not walk away and allow animal suffering to continue.

HSSF started the year having to appeal a wrongful hearing officer’s decision regarding HSSF’s lawful seizure of 29 horses whose owner was not properly caring for them. In the hearing officer’s conclusion she wrote, “hopefully he [the owner of the horses] will have learned how to better care for [the animals] and will follow through with “thinning out” his herd,” yet she required them to be returned. When our appeal was finally heard, the judge agreed with HSSF and ruled that the hearing officer had indeed made an error in the original decision (!) and that HSSF’s seizure was lawful. On a positive note, during the four months that HSSF was caring for the 29 horses, their conditions improved dramatically due to professional attention and nourishment (by the truckload!) which brought them back to normal weight.

In 2013, after rescuing two “abandoned” Thoroughbreds, and after a year and a half of investigative work, our Humane Officer exposed a scam artist who would place his high-maintenance race horses in various boarding facilities and then stop paying. When the boarding facilities would try to collect what was owed, among other court filings, he (and his wife) would declare bankruptcy. This would put all his “assets” in a legal holding pattern. Eventually, his bad-faith bankruptcy filings would not be granted, but he’d file again (as allowed), leaving the boarding facilities to literally hold the feed bag.

Finally, on November 18, 2014, the judge ruled in favor of HSSF on the motions, one of which included the purchase of 30 thoroughbreds that the perpetrators wanted to keep. You can read more about this on our website or see “Saga of Rescuing by Purchasing 30 Horses” in the HSSF newsletter. Now begins the work of taking possession, rehabbing, and adopting out these horses.

There were many other diverse complaints that our Humane Officer responded to. Some cases were closed because the animal owners complied and resolved the problems. Other cases are still pending.

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Humane Society of The Sierra Foothills Inc

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