Advocates 4 Animals, Inc.

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About

History

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.

A special thank you to our Board of Directors at Advocates 4 Animals, as well as our countless individual supporters, donors, business sponsors and to our veterinarians and medical staff. In addition, we would like to thank our amazing volunteer foster parents and adopters for their continued commitment to supporting A4A!

Mission Statement

Advocates 4 Animals, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) non-profit, all-volunteer organization. Our mission is to rescue, rehabilitate and adopt mother cats and their newborn kittens, orphaned kittens and cats in need of extensive social/emotional rehabilitation. We strive to create No Kill communities and end shelter euthanasia.

Cats are the number one breed/pet killed in U.S. shelters. More cats die of shelter euthanasia than any disease. Mother cats and their newborn kittens, orphaned kittens and cats who have endured severe neglect and/or abuse suffer the highest casualties in U.S. shelters/pounds. Through implementing a variety of programs, Advocates 4 Animals primary focus is on the rescue, rehabilitation and adoption of cats/kittens requiring specialized care (i.e. bottle feeding, rehabilitation services).

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!

Advocates 4 Animals, Inc. does NOT have a physical shelter or location where all adoptable pets are located.
We operate with individual volunteer foster homes for each adoptable pet, throughout the Dayton and Northern Cincinnati areas. Working with foster homes instead of having a physical shelter/building, allows us to provide the very best in veterinary/medical treatment/care as well as providing lots of daily love and attention. We get to know each pet’s personality- if they have a favorite toy, if they get along well with others – and because of this, we can help make the best adoption matches- for both the humans and the animals. Please note, we specifically work with animals rescued from high-kill shelters, that would otherwise not survive without our intervention.