Southeast Alaska Organization for Animals (SOFA) is an animal welfare and rescue organization based in Ketchikan and Juneau, Alaska, with a mission to serve communities throughout Southeast Alaska by providing animal rescue and adoption services, affordable vaccination and sterilization clinics, and supporting official and unofficial local groups with rescue and rehabilitation efforts.
SOFA works to be a positive, effective force for communities throughout Southeast Alaska. SOFA was founded in the State of Alaska in December 2012 and is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Although we are young and relatively small, we operate with faith that the communities that we serve will support our efforts and that the lasting effects of our targeted programs will have a beneficial effect on the pet population of the entire Southeast Alaska region.
If you are interested in being part of a group that is passionate about animal welfare and rescue, here are a few ways that you can help:
We are always in need of donations including food, new and gently used pet supplies, monetary donations, or volunteer time. Our needs list is always growing!
We also need families to assist us as foster homes. SOFA does not operate a shelter facility, but we actively rescue and adopt pets in need throughout Southeast Alaska. To do this we need loving families to provide a temporary home both before pets are available for adoption (sometimes it takes up to a few weeks to make sure that a pet is health, spayed/neutered, and ready to go to a permanent home) and/or while they are waiting to be adopted (which may be a short or long wait, depending on differing circumstances).
Last, but certainly not least, we need your help finding responsible and loving forever homes for pets. Help us spread the word about the advantages of adoption and the amazing pets that are available through SOFA!
For more information on how you can help, check out our "How can I help" page.
We thank you for taking the time to visit our site. We hope we have inspired you in some small way!
Elaine O'Dell, the mother of one of our founding volunteers, passed away on January 10, 2015, surrounded by her children. Elaine was generous, compassionate, and never met a stranger. She passed her generous, loving spirit to her children: Deb, Danae, Dan and Donita. At the request of Elaine and her family, in lieu of flowers or cards, donations in her memory may be made to Southeast Alaska Organization for Animals (Mail to PO Box 33226, Juneau, AK 99803) or via PayPal below. This generous gesture reflects the loving heart Elaine and her family share. Although Elaine did not think of herself as a "pet lover," pets and pet rescue have been a huge part of the lives of several of her children/grandchildren. In recent years, Elaine fell in love with her "grand pups," Luka (a SOFA alum) and Maeby, and was very proud and supportive of the rescue work done by her daughters and granddaughter.
Southeast Alaska Organization for Animals wishes to extend our heartfelt sympathy during this time.
"What we have once enjoyed, we can never lose. All that we love deeply becomes part of us" - Helen Keller