Finding Shelter is an all-volunteer animal rescue organization dedicated to saving the lives of homeless animals.

MEET OUR FOUNDERS

Finding Shelter provides the most loving care for the animals who need their help finding a permanent home. We are an organization based on love and respect for animals, supported by an incredible group of volunteers who work together to give these animals a quality life and the best chance for adoption.

GRACE KELLY HERBERT
GRACE KELLY HERBERTCo-founder, President
Grace has been an active leader in the animal rescue field since 2007 when she was hired as the executive director for a local animal shelter. Her passion and commitment to the animals in her care led her to co-found Finding Shelter in 2010. Grace is the face and selfless leader of our organization.
STEVE HERBERT
STEVE HERBERTCo-founder, Vice President, Treasurer
Following in his wife’s footsteps, Steve became active in animal rescue when Grace began her initial work at a local animal shelter. Helping co-found Finding Shelter, he is the art behind our marketing and website.
LINDA SCHATZLE
LINDA SCHATZLECo-founder, Secretary
For years, Linda was on the board of another local animal rescue. When given the opportunity to co-found Finding Shelter with Grace and Steve, she jumped! Linda brings her years of experience to our group and offers a treasure trove of ideas and insights to our organization.

Inspiration

Finding Shelter was inspired by Sprout, a little, blind chihuahua who was found as a stray and was in great need of rescue. Founders Grace and Steve Herbert knew they had to do something to help the 3 pound dog who was found on the side of the road and taken to a county shelter. They took him in as a foster with plans to get to a point where he could find a forever family. But Sprout was very underweight, afraid and sick. After an initial visit to the vet, it seemed that Sprout’s future was looking grim. He had a gran mal seizure and it was suggested that Sprout be euthanized as he was expected to live only two weeks. In their hearts, Grace and Steve knew that the little dog with a healthy appetite had lots of fight in him. He needed a chance and they decided to give him one. So they started hospice care for Sprout and a miracle began to unfold. Sprout began to gain weight, learn commands, walk on a leash and even play. His personality began to shape and the smallest of milestones like drinking out of a water bowl, wagging his tail and playing with another family dog were celebrated. Sprout was adopted by Grace and Steve and had far surpassed the two weeks that he was expected to live.

Grace and Steve were no strangers to animal rescue. Previously, Grace was the Executive Director of another no-kill animal shelter and all of their pets came from shelters or rescues. It seemed only fitting that the Herberts begin an animal rescue as a no-kill, safe haven for adoptable pets like Sprout who just needed a chance.

On February 1, 2012, Sprout lost his battle with hydrocephalus. He was and will continue to be our inspiration and we will continue to honor and celebrate his life.

Who Is Finding Shelter?

Finding Shelter is a no-kill animal rescue committed to the saving, rehabilitation, training and permanent placement of dogs and cats in need.
A strong commitment to animals and the people in the community allows us the opportunity to assist and educate humans and save and protect animals. Our goal is to raise public awareness to the plight of animals and the beauty of adopting a homeless animal in need of forever loving care.
We carefully screen all of our potential adopters, allowing the best match possible between animal and adopter. All of our animals are spayed or neutered, fully vaccinated and medically treated. We do not discriminate based on breed, age or health status of the animal.
Our animals come from shelters that frequently euthanize for space, from owners who can no longer care for them or when an owner is terminally ill and needs the peace of mind to know their beloved pet will be safe and loved. We also accept and place companion animals who are unwanted, neglected and released from puppy mills and need a second chance at a full and happy life.
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RESULTS

Our screening process has allowed us to record a 98% adoption retention rate. That means only 2% of our adoptions result in returns!