Advocates 4 Animals, Inc.

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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: Dempsey

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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!