Sisters Animal Sanctuary

Our mission is to assist animals by providing a safe and healthy place of refuge and protection, and to arrange for permanent loving homes when possible. Through trap/neuter/relocate to sanctuary or adopt, we are committed to helping those animals that have been abused, abandoned, and generally treated as disposable. Our mission and passion is to help stop the animal overpopulation while working toward our goal of having no more homeless animals in our community.

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Address: 11480 Fogg Road
Elk Grove, CA 95757
County or Parish: Sacramento
Primary NTEE: Animal Related 
Sub NTEE: Animal Protection & Welfare 
Executive Director: Kathy Monahan
Contact Email:
Primary Phone: 916-684-3313
SAS is a no-kill sanctuary that began in 2003 as a result of two sisters finding a single stray black cat on the side of a freeway. Her name is Freeway and sadly we lost Freeway in 2016 after 13 years of taking care of her. We cannot live with the fact that millions of innocent animals are being killed in U.S. shelters every year, which includes approximately 500,000 in California. We have a passion for animals and are committed to saving as many as we can given the funds we receive through donations and using our own personal resources. We were approved for our nonprofit 501(c)(3) status in August 2005. Since that time we have been following our passion and keeping our commitment to all the animals that we rescue.
January, 2017, started out with levee breaches and breaks in Sacramento county which put our sanctuary under water for 4 days. We were able to ensure that our cats were safe and dry and once that happened we were left to deal with all the major issues flooding brings. Our well was contaminated, our septic was compromised and the overall general flood cleanup is ongoing. It took 2 weeks before our well was decontaminated and we were somewhat back to normal. Then in February the floods came again worse than the January flood and we had to start all over. Needless to say our year started out with many challenges and they have warned us that May will most likely bring another flood due to the melting snow. We will be ready to the best of our ability.

Our most pressing needs include dedicated volunteers to work our day shift since we do not have an administrative budget to hire personnel. We also need volunteers that have expertise in carpentry and related building skills since we need to rebuild some of our interior rooms. Donations to make changes to our well and pump house to ensure that our water supply will not be contaminated and related repairs in that area. Donations toward dental procedures for our aging kitties, assistance with our very high monthly utility bills, and general supplies.
Our top needs:
  1. Volunteers - Our most pressing needs include dedicated volunteers to work our day shift during the hours of 9:30AM to 3:30PM. A 2-hour minimum is most helpful. Volunteers who have special skills who are able to build additional rooms and rebuild existing rooms and/or to help with general repairs.
  2. Funding: Program - Our aging kitties need dental procedures to ensure they are not in pain and to maintain their general overall health. Donations toward dental procedures for our aging kitties ($800-$1200 per procedure).
  3. Funding: Unrestricted - Flood cleanup and repair including changes to our well and pump house, grading and gravel for drainage and driveway repair $2500-$3000.
  4. Funding: Other - Help with propane and utility bills, our monthly utility bills cost $500-$1000 depending on the time of year.
  5. In-Kind Donations - General supplies like cat litter, paper towels, laundry detergent, new beds and any other supplies related to our rescue efforts, and any supplies related to our rescue efforts are greatly appreciated.
In 2014, we were voted Best of Elk Grove and featured in Sacramento News and Review ( We are a small, no-kill organization who rescues both social and unsocialized cats and those cats that do not have a high adoption rate. Our adoptable cats are usually a result of being abandoned or dumped and they find us. We do not take in companion cats and basically rescue from the streets. Our adoptable cats are sweet and wonderful but may not be the prettiest of cats and therefore do not seem to grab the public's interest. We are very unique in that we have built a feral cat habitat for those cats that are unsocialized (also known as feral) who cannot be placed in homes. They live out their lives with us in a safe, clean, and loving environment even though they may not want the love. We imprint newbies for a two month period to ensure every one gets to know each other and are comfortable before they are let out into the general population. To date we have had no bad blood among our feral cats.