About Us

Our History

Four Paws to Love was established in 2014 by seven close friends who had been part of several different animal welfare organizations over the years.  These friends felt that there was a need for another rescue group, that not only focuses on the importance of helping save animals' lives, but also focuses on how the love of a pet in our everyday lives affects each one of us.  We work hard to give each adopter and animal the personal touch that is needed to make a lifelong match.  We are 100% foster-home based, which gives us more freedom to allow adopters to visit animals in home environments, especially those animals that have special needs or who don't do well at our weekly adoption events.  We rescue animals from all over Central California, including the counties of Santa Cruz, Santa Clara, Monterey, and kings.

Our Mission Statement:

     Four Paws to Love is an all-volunteer non-profit, 501(c)(3) animal rescue group. Our mission is to rescue homeless and at-risk pets from overcrowded shelters, thereby reducing euthanasia. We value the bond between humans and animals, and appreciate the important role that pets play in our everyday lives. Our goal is not only to help animals, but to help people whose lives are greatly enriched by adopting animals in need. Four Paws to Love is run by volunteers who generously give their time, homes and hearts in order to save lives. Through our Foster Care program, animals have a safe, healthy place to be until loving homes can be found for them. We ensure that all of our rescued animals are spayed or neutered, and we provide education to the community about the importance of spaying and neutering in order to reduce the homeless animal population. 

Meet Our Staff


Annette Hogue

Annette is a founding member of Four Paws to Love, is on the Board of Directors and is currently acting as President and Foster Care Coordinator. She also heads up our adoption fairs at the Santa Cruz city PetSmart.


Christine Kiuchi

Christine is a founding member of Four Paws to Love, is on the Board of Directors and is currently acting as Executive Director. She is at the Petsmart adoption fair most Saturdays and is also our animal transport and all around errand girl.


Terry Marino

Terry is a founding member of Four Paws to Love and is the Assistant Foster Care Coordinator. She is also heading up our adoption fairs at Cabrillo College Farmers Market and is our representative for south county.

Contact Us

Email: info@fourpawstolove.org

P.O. Box 7865

Santa Cruz, CA 95061

Phone: 831.216.8987