Advocates 4 Animals, Inc.

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Leadership

Advocates 4 Animals, Inc.

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Contact Information:
Advocates 4 Animals, Inc.
PO Box 13
Xenia, OH 45385

Stacey Ritz, M.Ed.
Executive Director & Co-Founder

Stacey Ritz, M.Ed. is the Executive Director and co-founder of a 501c3 non-profit organization – Advocates 4 Animals, Inc.- benefiting animals in need. Stacey is a nationally recognized expert in the human-animal bond and in the social/emotional rehabilitation of companion animals.

An alumni of The Op Ed Project’s – Write to Change the World, Ritz is an award-winning freelance writer, author and blogger and photographer. Ritz’s publications on animal welfare issues appear frequently in: CAT FANCY Magazine, Rescue Me Magazine, Dog Living Magazine, Yahoo!, American Pet Magazine, Chicken Soup for the Soul books – and many more. Her bestselling book, Covered in Pet Fur (Rockville Publishing) is written in collaboration with A4A Co-Founder Amy Beatty. The book details the ins and outs of founding and operating a non-profit animal welfare organization, in addition to providing information on how to start your own animal rescue and help animals in need in your local community. Ritz’s books are enjoyed around the globe and can be found at Amazon, iTunes, Audible, Barnes & Noble, and more. Find more on Ritz’s fiction and non-fiction books, here.

 

Amy Beatty
Chief Financial Officer & Co-Founder

AMYa Amy Beatty is the CFO and co-founder of Advocates 4 Animals, Inc.- a 501c3 non-profit volunteer-based organization, benefiting animals in need. Beatty is an expert in TNRM (Trap-Neuter-Return-Manage) techniques, assisting feral cat colony caretakers and the feral cats themselves. A leader in the No Kill Movement, Beatty works tirelessly to educate, promote and inspire animal shelters, county pounds and communities to embrace life-saving, humane techniques of rescuing, rehabilitating, altering and ultimately adopting pets into well-matched forever homes.

Beatty is an enthusiastic member of Team A4A in our annual 5k and Half marathon running event fundraisers, helping to raise much needed funds for a plethora of programs that benefit local animals in need- including but not limited to: Dayton Pet Food Pantry, Spay It Forward Program, Seniors to Seniors Adoption Program, Feral Cat Program and more. In addition to her work with A4A, Beatty is the co-author of Covered in Pet Fur and is a L1 Crossfit Trainer.

 

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Featured Success Story

Featured Success Story: Pearl

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Sweet little Pearl was being kept in a tiny cramped bird cage at a high-kill shelter- with several other adult cats. With no room to stand and laying on the hard metal wires that lined the bottom of the cage- Pearl continued to purr and wish for help to come. Help came when A4A stepped up and rescued every cat inside of the cramped cage- pulling them all to safety with just moments to spare. All cats from this rescue, including Pearl- have since been adopted into individual loving homes to call their very own. (Photo: Volunteer Denise holds Pearl when they first arrive to her A4A foster home- the very day Pearl was pulled from the shelter by A4A).