In 2007, a group of concerned individuals formed the 501 (c) (3) called River Valley Animal Welfare Coalition, now calledFriends of Kitties & Kanines, out of the concern for pet overpopulation in the River Valley community. This group saw the need to stop the cycle of the millions of unwanted births and euthanasia of cats and dogs in the community. They realized that the main reason people do not spay/neuter their pets is due to the high cost or having no access to spay/neuter services. Friends of Kitties & Kanines works to fund Kitties & Kanines Veterinary Clinic to provide the community with high-quality, low-cost spay/neuter services, as well as vaccinations and microchipping. This would only be possible through the generous grants, fundraisers and donations from the community.