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Animal Friends Of The Valleys Picked As CA Nonprofit Of The Year

Patch logo Patch 6/23/2021 Toni McAllister
a close up of a cat: “Animal companions bring joy and comfort to so many individuals and families, and Animal Friends of the Valleys provides an invaluable service by helping them find their forever home," said Assemblymember Kelly Seyarto. © D’Ann Lawrence White/Patch “Animal companions bring joy and comfort to so many individuals and families, and Animal Friends of the Valleys provides an invaluable service by helping them find their forever home," said Assemblymember Kelly Seyarto.

WILDOMAR, CA — Every year, legislators from across the state select a nonprofit from within their district to spotlight as part of California Nonprofits Day. Assemblymember Kelly Seyarto (R-Murrieta) announced Wednesday that he has selected Animal Friends of the Valleys as the 2021 California Nonprofit of the Year in the 67th Assembly District.

AFV was recognized on June 23 as part of California Nonprofits Day because the organization provides exemplary service to the community, according to Seyarto.

“The employees and volunteers at Animals Friends of the Valleys are dedicated to promoting the humane and compassionate care of animals through education and proactive animal services programs,” Seyarto said. “Animal companions bring joy and comfort to so many individuals and families, and Animal Friends of the Valleys provides an invaluable service by helping them find their forever home.”

Originally formed in 1987 under the name Lake Elsinore Animal Friends (LEAF), AVF is a nonprofit animal shelter that now serves the cities of Canyon Lake, Lake Elsinore, Menifee, Murrieta, Temecula and Wildomar.

AFV provides a safe haven for all small animals and has worked to provide full-service, affordable animal care. Last year, AFV opened its doors to over 8,500 animals and reported the highest adoption rate in the organization's 30-year history, according to Seyarto's office.

“Animal Friends of the Valleys board of directors, staff, and animal control officers are thrilled with this outstanding award,” said Beth Soltysiak, AVF director of development. “Animals bring comfort and laughter, which has been so important this past year. Thank you to all of our cities, chambers, and community members that help support Animals Friends of the Valleys and especially Assemblymember Kelly Seyarto for this award.”

Are you looking to provide a forever home to an animal in need? Check out AVF's adoptable pets here. AVF is located at 33751 Mission Trail in Wildomar. See the hours of operation here.

Seyarto's 67th Assembly District includes the cities and communities of Canyon Lake, East Hemet, El Sobrante, French Valley, Good Hope, Hemet, Homeland, La Cresta, Lake Elsinore, Lake Mathews, Lakeland Village, Menifee, Murrieta, Nuevo, Temescal Valley, Wildomar, Winchester, and Woodcrest.

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