Advocates 4 Animals, Inc.

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Advocates 4 Animals, Inc.


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 latest 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. Be sure to check out her blog: Kitties in the City.


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: Greene County 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 the co-founder/operator of Greene County Pet Sitting & Dog Walking Service.


Featured Success Story

Featured Success Story: Sasha


Sasha was an owner surrender at a high-kill shelter with just moments to live. As a pit-bull mix Sasha wasn't given much time at the shelter. When A4A learned about Sasha we immediately arranged transport to bring her safe and sound to an A4A volunteer foster home. Upon entering the rescue Sasha was timid and scared the first night...but after that her true personality showed through! Sasha loves to play, go for runs, go for walks (she was perfect on a leash), she can give "high-5's" upon request, she loves to snuggle....she dazzles everyone who meets her. After just a short time with A4A Sasha was adopted into a loving family to call her very own. Sasha found her dream home- and the family found their dream dog. It was a perfect match indeed!