A Bit About Us

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Working Towards a Better Tomorrow

Here at SGV Animal Advocates, we see the value in every life. Since our beginnings in 2011, we’ve been driven by the same ideas we initially founded our non-profit organization on. We create positive change through education, community cat sterilization, and responsible pet ownership. Learn more about our mission, our vision, and how we go about making the changes we want to see.

Our Mission

The goal of San Gabriel Valley Animal Advocates (SGVAA) is to assist in the animal welfare needs in the San Gabriel Valley. As a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization we provide a list of services including pet food for low-income families, low cost spay and neuter and Trap-Neuter-Release for feral cat colonies. We help with the transportation of animals to and from the veterinary hospital or clinic, adopt out healthy friendly strays into good homes, educate the community about animal welfare needs and the importance of spay and neuter of cats and dogs.

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Serina Ortiz, PhD

Serina co founded SGV Animal Advocates in 2011 after noticing a vast need for wellness clinic services for small rescues with limited resources, yet large goals. With a PhD in Biological Sciences and a decade of experience as a veterinary technician, Serina brings years of hands on knowledge to the forefront in helping SGVAA grow and succeed.

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Sarscha Johansson

Sarscha has been a dedicated and vital part of the SGVAA crew since the clinic opened its doors. Her knowledge, persistence and attention to detail in the fields of animal wellness and emergency care allows the clinic to treat up to 60 cats per day. She has treated over 5,000 cats and kittens during her time at SGVAA. Her mission driven philosophies play a role in every moment of her work.  

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