The Friends of the Santa Monica Animal Shelter was formed in 2017 to support and enhance the City Animal Shelter.

Our mission to is to provide support and resources beyond the basic and minimal housing and feeding the City provides. This will include improved spaces for the animals, access to onsite veterinary care, community education and participation.

We are an all volunteer board, the proceeds of all fundraising goes directly to the programs for the animals at the Shelter.


Board of Directors: Friends of the Santa Monica Animal Shelter


Cynthia Fruchtman

Founding Member; Board Secretary

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Shana Gross, DVM

Founding Member; Board Member,Professional Advisory Committee

Cynthia Lauren

Founding Member; Chair of the Board, AGAS Committee, Fundraising


Tim Rush

Board Member; Art/Content Committee, PR/Media, AGAS Committees


Carolynn LaRocca

Board Treasurer


Alex Mendoza

Our FearlessLeader, Shelter Administrator