Stacey Ritz, M.Ed.
Executive Director & Co-Founder
Stacey Ritz, M.Ed. is an award-winning freelance writer/photographer, author and blogger. Ritz is a professional member of the CWA (Cat Writers Association), DWAA (Dog Writers), IWWG (International Women’s Writers Guild) and She Writes. In addition, Ritz is the Executive Director and co-founder of a 501c3 non-profit organization – Advocates 4 Animals, Inc.- benefiting animals in need. Stacey is a national expert in the human-animal bond and in the social/emotional rehabilitation of companion animals.
Ritz’s published articles appear in: Cat Fancy Magazine, Dog Living Magazine, Yahoo!- Voices, The Examiner, Care C2NN, The Dayton City Paper, Greene County Dailies, Animal Fair Magazine, Happy Tails Magazine, The Golden Rule – to name a few. As an author, she has been included in Chicken Soup for the Soul books, among others.
Stacey is a 2011 Merial Human-Animal Bond Winner, 2012 Muse Medallion Award Winner and 2012 Ceva Human-Animal Bond Winner. In addition Stacey earned 3 Certificates of Excellence for her writing/photography publications in 2012.
Ritz is also the founder of Youth WRITE Now, Inc. – a national writing initiative for today’s youth, striving to empower each child/teen to use their unique and powerful voice to develop self-confidence, imagination and creativity. Young writers are encouraged to use their words- their voice- to inspire positive change in today’s world.
Featured Success Story: Dempsey
Dempsey is a Shepherd-mix puppy that was hit by a car when he was approximately 5 weeks old. A bystander that saw the accident took Dempsey to a nearby high-kill shelter for help. It was apparent that he suffered a broken nose and road rash on his leg. It was decided that the best plan of action was to leave the nose alone and let it heal naturally. Dempsey was placed on "death row" after it was determined that there were no prospective adopters. Luckily, Advocates 4 Animals arranged transport and rescued him just in time! The very next day, he was adopted into his forever home! Today, Dempsey is close to 80 pounds and is a healthy, happy dog. However, his road has been slightly bumpy along the way. After his adoption, he was treated for roundworms, hookworms, an allergic skin reaction, and demodectic mange. Luckily, his adopters were more than willing to get him all fixed up and now he's almost as good as new! His broken nose healed, but it is crooked and he will probably "snort" the rest of his life. The road rash healed perfectly and there are no lasting scars. He enjoys his days hanging out with his canine sister, Molly, and his two feline siblings, Dusty and Yanu. He thinks he's a lap dog and loves to play tug-of-war and chew on rawhide bones. His adopters are so happy to have him!