Assemblymember Seyarto Names Animal Friends of the Valleys as the 67th District’s Nonprofit of the Year for 2021

SACRAMENTO—Assemblymember Kelly Seyarto (R-Murrieta) is proud to announce he has selected Animal Friends of the Valleys as the 2021 California Non-Profit of the Year for the 67th Assembly District. Each year, in honor of California Nonprofits Day (ACR 80), Legislators from across the state highlight a nonprofit from their district that has provided exemplary service to their community.

“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,” said Seyarto. “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), Animal Friends of the Valleys (AFV) is a nonprofit animal shelter that now serves the cities of Temecula, Murrieta, Wildomar, Lake Elsinore, Canyon Lake, Menifee, and surrounding rural county areas. AFV provides a safe haven for all small animals while working to become a full service animal care facility that offers quality and affordable care. Last year, AFV opened its doors to over 8500 animals and is pleased to report the highest adoption rate in their 30-year history.

“Animal Friends of the Valleys Board of Directors, staff, and Animal Control Officers are thrilled with this outstanding award,” said Beth Soltysiak, Director of Development for AVF. “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.”