Advocates 4 Animals, Inc. began in 2002
It was while volunteering at the local city animal shelter that Advocates 4 Animals founder, Stacey Ritz shared her vision of opening Advocates 4 Animals, with the mission to help underserved felines in need. Advocates 4 Animals began in 2002 and has continued saving the lives of thousands of felines since that time.
Prior to opening Advocates 4 Animals, Ritz spent countless hours volunteering in both city and rural animal shelters and pounds, at animal sanctuaries, working at veterinary hospitals/clinics, working directly with special needs and senior pets, operating a professional pet sitting business, working as a pet photographer, and working in pet kennels. She is a best-selling, award-winning writer with many articles featured in CAT FANCY magazine, Chicken Soup for the Soul books, and many other national publications. The author of several animal welfare books, Ritz is nationally recognized by the CWA as an expert on the human-animal bond.
Advocates 4 Animals is funded solely by donations, grants and bequests from generous people like you. Without your support, we would be unable to continue to fulfill our mission.
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 just 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, which had been left untreated by the shelter staff. In addition, Princess had tooth decay (which prevented her from eating, causing malnourishment) and she had a severe internal infection that required life-saving surgery. When rescued by A4A, shelter staff didn’t expect Princess to survive the week. 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 for 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 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.
Princess, one of the first felines rescued by Advocates 4 Animals.
Advocates 4 Animals, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) Ohio non-profit organization. Our mission is to reduce feline homelessness by providing low cost spay/neuter options to Ohio residents (Ohio Spay & Neuter). We also help special needs and senior felines through our Special Needs (Sponsor-a-Rescue pet) program by providing long term care to a set number of special needs animals. In addition, Advocates 4 Animals is passionate about providing Humane Education.
All donations are tax-deductible. Every dollar donated truly makes a difference in helping to save lives. We believe that every life matters. Thank you for your kindness, compassion and support. We could not continue our lifesaving work without your support!
Did you know? 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, shy cats, and cats who have endured severe neglect and/or abuse suffer the highest casualties in U.S. shelters/pounds. Advocates 4 Animals primary focus is to implement programs to end feline homelessness.
To mail a donation to Advocates 4 Animals, Inc. please send to:
Advocates 4 Animals, Inc.
P.O. Box 13
Xenia, OH 45385
ALL donations are 100% tax-deductible.
Meet the Dogs Who Help!
(Former) SENIOR PAWJECT MANAGER
Senior canine Zoey prefers to nap most of the time. She also enjoys riding along and keeping us company on various rescue projects. (We miss her very much!)
CURRENT BARKETING MANAGER
Special needs senior canine, Blair is always nearby to provide her input on fundraising efforts. She also loves endless belly rubs and snuggling with A4A felines.
(Former) CHIEF CANINE OFFICER
Special needs and senior canine "Grandma" is Advocates 4 Animals former Chief Canine Officer. She loved being the center of attention and voicing her opinion. (We miss her very much!)
(Former) CHIEF HAPPINESS OFFICERS
Lady & Daisy loved the role they played at A4A for many years - they were in charge of bringing smiles to everyone, even on the hardest days. They loved everything and everyone.
(We miss them very much!)