How we became Adoption First

Founder Staci Ventura and her husband Eric Crespo began to develop the idea of Adoption First Animal Rescue in 2011 while working for a rescue in the San Diego, CA area. When Eric was stationed in North Carolina the two realized how much help the rural areas needed and decided to pursue the idea of Adoption First! The Rescue officially started on October 1, 2013 and received its 501c3 status as an official non profit organization in 2014. Since then the rescue has developed a great team of volunteers and established a board of directors who run the day to day operations. 


  • 2013- Formed all government documents needed to form a non-profit organization 
  • 2014- Rescued our first dog! Ended the year by saving over 100 dogs. Started to build our small team. 
  • 2015- Received our non profit status from the IRS. Started growing our team of volunteers and fosters. Began hosting community events. 
  • 2016- Continued our foster based program and started developing plans to open a public rescue center. Really focused on grants and community partnerships. 
  • 2017- Opened our first public Rescue Center and doubled our foster program and our volunteers! 
  • 2018- Increased our community reach, obtaining more volunteers than ever before. Rescued over 500 dogs for the year, and continued to make improvements to the Rescue Center. 



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