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. Ritz discovered her love of helping animals at an early age. (Photo: Stacey’s childhood photo with her first two rescue cats)
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.
Chief Financial Officer & Co-Founder
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. (Photo: Amy’s childhood photo with her first cat, Blacky)
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 Crossfit Trainer.