The group was started as a group of volunteers calling themselves the "Non-Profit Friends of the Shelter". It was started by a former supervisor for the Redlands Animal Shelter, Gayle Lipes. The group was created to help the shelter by assisting with adoption of the animals. In 2010, the name was changed to Redlands Friends of Shelter Animals (REDFOSA), and in 2014 we received our 501(c)(3). The main activity was to put on outside adoption events and we were successful. Then we took on medical cases that exceeded the city budget and hinder the animals from successful adoption. Member of REDFOSA became active as volunteers at the shelter. We also made connections with rescue groups in the community. Since 2021 REDFOSA has expanded to the community at large. Our role is to provide funds for medical interventions, vaccines, spay/neuter, TNR, and to help animals get adopted through our "Crystal Project". The organization continues to be all volunteer driven with a board of directors and members.
Redfosa is an all-volunteer non-profit group in the City of Redands, CA. The specific purpose of this group is to save the lives of homeless pets in and around Redlands through coordination with Inland Empire animal shelters, regional shelter partners, animal rescue groups, veterinarians and trainers; through community education and awareness campaigns supporting pet adoptions, pet fostering, pet reunification, adoption counseling and adoption support, and the importance of spay/neuter; and through volunteer assistance to support offsite adoption events and fundraising campaigns that benefit animals in need.