Friends of Newport Beach Animal Shelter (FONBAS) is happy to announce the acquisition of a property on Riverside Drive where a new state-of-the-art facility will be built and donated to the City for use as a permanent animal shelter.  The property is an existing kennel very close to the leased site the City is using today.  We have already raised over $2,000,000 in private donations to purchase the property, have developed a design concept with the help of City staff, and submitted plans to the City for approval.

FONBAS conducted a three-year campaign to raise capital for this acquisition and continues to raise funds for construction of the new facility as well as special care for the animals.  “We are extremely thankful for the generous support of the community and several major benefactors” said President Jon Langford.  “With the extraordinary gift of a major challenge grant from Newport residents Doug and Eva Le Bon, and a matching gift from an anonymous donor, we were able to purchase the property and begin planning the shelter of our dreams.  An additional $250,000 challenge from the Le Bons brings us close to our goal to upgrade the basic building to the finest quality available.”

Evelyn Hart, FONBAS Board member and former Newport Beach Mayor added that, “Like the Friends of OASIS and Friends of the Library, our mission is to build on the excellent work the City does to help each animal put its best paw forward.”

FONBAS is dedicated to serving the needs of animals to restore their well-being and reunite them with their owners or find new forever homes.  Our Board’s Facilities Committee is working with the City planners and Shelter staff to design a facility that will provide the highest quality spaces for the animals to live, thrive and be available for adoption by new owners,

You now have the opportunity to be part of this exciting project by donating to the building fund that will help us reach our goal.  A gift of any size is welcome and all donors will be permanently recognized in the new shelter.

If you have any questions, please send us an Email.


All donors of $1,000 or more will be permanently recognized at the shelter.

What will your donation buy? Examples are: 

$250,000    EVERYTHING to complete the building!

$200,000    Lobby and Reception Area

$100,000    Play yards, Kennels, and Dog Houses

$50,000      Cat Community Room and Cat Cages

$25,000      State-of-the-Art HVAC System

$10,000      Dog Play Yard

$5,000        Laundry Room, Grooming Room

$1,000        Dog Houses, Cages, Crates, Cat Beds


Please show your support by making a
tax-deductible donation!

Donate online or write a check

Make checks payable to
Friends of Newport Beach Animal Shelter
and mail to
PO Box 10791
Newport Beach, CA 92658