Veterans Services

Contributing toward the support of our local veterans through the VSO General Fund is a great opportunity for the members of the community to give back and thank veterans for their services.

Suicide Prevention Task Force (SPTF)

SPTF envisions a county without suicide and aims to accomplish this by implementing a full range of strategies, starting from prevention and early intervention. Your donations to the SPTF will help increase prevention and early intervention services, and help our community members better understand and recognize the signs and symptoms of suicide risk.

Step Up

Your donations to the Step Up program will be used for collateral items (i.e., T-shirts, backpacks, etc.), venue rental, event food, printing, speakers' fees, awards, materials, and other items associated with Step Up—a movement to encourage youth to participate in extracurricular activities, foster positive associations, and connect to constructive social networks.

Homeless Fund

Donations to the Homeless Fund will help supply toiletries, clothing, identification card/application fees, furnishings, or cooking utensils/appliances, or may fund expenses like a utility bill or car repair for those experiencing, at risk for, or exiting homelessness.

Tulare County Parks–Lily Pond

For more than five decades the Lily Pond was a popular water feature in Mooney Grove Park. Due to the increasing cost of repair and maintenance over time, the Lily Pond is been non-functional for the past 15 years. To avoid demolition and to honor the history of the Lily Pond, the County is seeking donations from the community to help repair and restore the Lily Pond.

K/T AAA - Kings/Tulare Area Agency on Aging

The Kings/Tulare Area Agency on Aging helps provide programs and activities for local senior citizens, from arts and crafts to Medicare counseling, line dancing to home-delivered meals. Your donations to the Area Agency on Aging will help us continue to provide a wide range of services and activities to encourage older Americans to remain healthy, active, and involved in the community.

At-Risk Youth (Human Services)

The funds donated to the Human Services At-Risk Youth fund benefit youth who are participating in an employment program and working to make the transition to adulthood and self-sufficiency. This program helps youth in need of emergency monies for necessities such as transportation, work apparel, utilities, medical, dental, and prescription expenses.

TC Animal Services' New Surgery Building is Being Put to Good Use

Tulare County Animal Services (TCAS) has a new building dedicated to performing surgeries, including spay/neuter services. While the clinic will not officially be opening for a few more weeks due to the current COVID situation, they have been conducting a soft opening and will be opening to the public soon.

So far, they have been doing surgeries for animals currently housed at the shelter, along with surgeries for other animal shelters and rescues. As of January 7, there were 676 surgeries done at the new building (including 491 cats, 183 dogs, and 2 goats). They’ve also done some amputations and enucleations (eye removals). 

The staff are very excited about the new facility, and it enables shelter animals to get adopted quicker. The clinic gets very busy, sometimes performing 25 to 30 surgeries in one day.  TCAS looks forward to when it opens to the public; people can check their website for updates. Once it opens, people will be able to schedule their appointments online at www.tcanimalservices.org.

By providing accessible and affordable spay and neuter services, TCAS can reduce the population of unwanted animals in the county and assist families who love their pets but do not have the means to provide needed health care.

If you’d like to participate in protecting and serving animals in Tulare County, please consider donating to the new spay/neuter clinic via Friends of Tulare County (FTC), a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to promoting the safety, health, and well-being of all residents of Tulare County. FTC steps in to help fill the gaps for County programs when federal, state, and local funding runs out.

To donate, just send a check payable to:

FRIENDS OF TULARE COUNTY
5957 South Mooney Blvd.
Visalia, CA 93277
Please indicate Animal Services Spay/Neuter Clinic on the memo line of your check.

Donations may also be made here or the general public make make donations via electronic form as well as county employees may make donations through payroll deductions by filling out the Friends of Tulare County Payroll Deduction form.

For more information about Friends of Tulare County and how to donate, call (559) 624-8000 or send an email to FriendsTC@tularecounty.ca.gov.