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The ASTRO Foundation is excited to announce that we have purchased the building located at 611 East E St. in downtown Oakdale, CA (corner of E and 5th Ave.). After a bit of remodeling, this building will provide a much-needed ASTRO Foundation Adoption Center and office. This building will provide space from which to hold regular adoption events for dogs and puppies, although they won’t be able to live there 24/7. The building will house cats and kittens ‘round the clock and allow for volunteers to provide for their daily care. We are hoping to be ready for business by early spring.

THANK YOU to Oak Valley Community Bank and Danielle Sanders of PMZ Realty for making this purchase possible!  (learn more below)

This year has been one of tremendous challenges for all of us. Your local pet rescues have experienced an exceptional burden as many municipal shelters were not taking pets for much of the year. The calls for help have been constant and dire. We have responded as best we can given our limited volunteers and resources.

In 2020, we adopted out approximately 1,000 pets (a new record)! You have all stepped up to help us with additional monetary and product donations, along with a willingness to foster and adopt homeless pets.

Our incredible ASTRO Thrift & Gift Shop continues to support these efforts by generating funds through your generous donations and shopping efforts. Thank you City of Oakdale for your support of ASTRO Thrift & Gift Shop!

As you may know, the ASTRO Foundation purchased a one-acre lot on Wakefield Court in 2018 on which to ultimately build a 4,800 sf no-kill shelter. We had planned to initiate a capital campaign in 2020 to raise the funds to build. Unfortunately, COVID has forced us to delay that plan and pivot to a project which can be implemented more immediately. While our long-term plan remains to find ways to save as many homeless pets as possible, our rescue operation has grown to the point where our band of volunteers can no longer continue to operate out of their homes.

We extend our deepest gratitude to you for your donations, your patronage, your assistance, and your ongoing love and support for our mission to save as many of these fur-babies as possible. If you have not done so already, please consider joining our PAW IT FORWARD club as a recurring donor. Your tax-deductible donation will automatically be deducted every month. These donations go a long way in helping us sustain our work year-round. To join, click on the DONATE button at the top of our website.  

If you would like to pledge a larger amount to go toward the pay-off of the new ASTRO Foundation Adoption Center, please contact us at We will be structuring a building recognition and sponsorship program very soon.  Stay tuned!

Nothing we do would be possible without YOU! We appreciate all of you and wish you a safe, joyous holiday season.


The ASTRO Foundation Board of Directors

Jaydeen Vicente, Chairperson
Scott Hicks, Vice Chairperson
Kimberly Sullivan Gray, Treasurer
Cassandra Sparks, Secretary
Louise Sanders, Director at Large
Audrey Paddack, Director at Large

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A huge THANK YOU to Oak Valley Community Bank for your generosity and support in helping us finance this new adoption center!

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THANK YOU to Danielle Sanders at PMZ Realty for finding us the perfect building for our new adoption center!