Advocates 4 Animals, Inc. began in 2003 when founders Amy Beatty and Stacey Ritz decided to dedicate their lives to enhancing the welfare of companion animals. As first hand witnesses to the tragedies of the American Shelter and County Pound systems, Amy and Stacey knew that there was a better way, a No Kill way. This spurred the founders of A4A to begin transforming both the public and the shelter systems perception of the No Kill Movement and the many undeniable benefits it brings- both to the animals and to our local communities.
Co-Founders Amy Beatty and Stacey Ritz
Inspired by the individual stories of so many shelter animals in need of help, Princess became one of the first felines successfully pulled from a high-kill city shelter by Advocates 4 Animals, Inc. Princess weighed 4 lbs, had little hair and was very ill. She was labeled a “Senior Cat”. In addition, before Princess had been picked up as a “stray” by the shelter, her left eye had been gouged, leaving a severe wound and blindness, left untreated by the shelter staff. In addition, Princess had tooth decay (causing her inability to eat) and she had a severe internal infection that required life-saving surgery. Shelter staff didn’t expect Princess to survive the week, once rescued by A4A. Against all odds, Princess proved everyone wrong- as she lived ten wonderful, healthy, happy years following her rescue by A4A in 2002.
Our Advocates 4 Animals, Inc. logo is inspired by Princess and her strong will and her undeniable trust in the human race. Our logo is taken from a photo of Princess, as she represents the animals that Advocates 4 Animals, Inc. strives to protect. Princess will forever be remembered by A4A, as she showed us all what is possible when you give a pet in need an opportunity for hope, for love and for a lifetime of health and happiness.
Advocates 4 Animals, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) non-profit, all-volunteer organization. Our mission is to eliminate euthanasia as a means of population control for displaced companion animals within our local and regional animal shelters by providing no-kill alternative solutions such as low-cost spay/neuter programs, Pet Food Pantry programs, and the rescue, rehabilitation, and adoption of death row shelter pets.
We work to educate, inspire and enhance shelter programs- to give them the tools, resources and education needed to become true No Kill shelters. We work tirelessly to promote No Kill communities and we expose the truths about high-kill county pounds and shelters, in an effort to involve the public in the movement to becoming true No Kill, compassionate communities.
If you are interested in becoming a volunteer foster home for A4A, please contact us.
To mail a donation to Advocates 4 Animals, Inc. please send to:
Advocates 4 Animals, Inc.
P.O. Box 13
Xenia, OH 45385
If you have items to donate to Advocates 4 Animals, Inc., please contact us to arrange a date/time for and A4A volunteer to pick-up.
ALL donations are 100% tax-deductible!
Princess, one of the first felines rescued by A4A
Grandma was deemed “vicious and unadoptable” at a high-kill shelter- A4A was the only rescue who would step up to save her. Fully rehabilitated, Grandma now has a wonderful life in a forever home!