Circle of Friends Animal Societyinc

Greensboro, GA   |  www.cofas.org

Mission

Circle of Friends Animal Society was founded in February 2007 by a small group of experienced rescuers who wanted to do things a little different. We wanted to be able to help animals that other rescue groups couldn't or wouldn't take because they had a health condition or because they might take a little longer to adopt out because of their breed, age, etc. We did not want to walk away from a dog because he was heartworm positive or from a cat because she had an eye infection. Nor did we want to rescue only puppies or kittens or only small purebred dogs or take a litter of puppies or kittens but leave the mother behind at animal control. There were eight of us originally – hence the 8 hearts in the circle of the logo. We started with a very small budget, doing adoptions on Sundays at Pet Supplies Plus in Athens.

Today we have adoption teams every Saturday at PetSmarts in Loganville and Macon, every Sunday at PetSmart in Macon, as well as every Saturday at either Pet Supplies Plus or PetSmart in Athens. We still operate on an incredibly small budget with no salaried employees and staffed solely with volunteers. We do not receive funding from any government or national humane society or animal welfare organizations. We are financed entirely by our supporters and 100% of the money raised goes toward helping animals. Through the generous hearts of people like you, we can rescue animals from the fear and pain of homelessness, neglect and abuse, and give them the safe, happy lives all pets deserve. In 2015, we rescued 1,015. Since 2007, we have rescued over 5,000 homeless animals.

Ruling year info

2007

Chairman

Cathy Wood

Main address

PO Box 1235

Greensboro, GA 30642 USA

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EIN

20-8346787

NTEE code info

Animal Protection and Welfare (includes Humane Societies and SPCAs) (D20)

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Emergency Medical Fund

Helping low-income pet owners through our Emergency Medical program has always been a part of our mission, so you can imagine the flood of requests for help we’ve received lately. When low-income pet owners are faced with a pet’s medical emergency, a small amount of money can literally mean the difference between life and death. The cost of treating simple illnesses and injuries can be a real hardship for someone just barely getting by, and finding the money to repair something like a broken leg can seem impossible. No one should be faced with the agonizing decision to have to euthanize a beloved pet because there isn’t enough money for lifesaving medical care.

If a pet already has a loving home, and a little help during an emergency will keep the pet in that home, we want to help. When people are struggling financially, they need the comfort of their pets more than ever. By helping pet owners through a temporary emergency, we also keep their pets out of already overcrowded animal shelters. Our local vets pre-screen clients for us to make sure that the financial need is genuine. Most pet owners pay part of the cost at the time of the emergency, others repay us over time, and others can’t contribute financially but help in other ways. They are all genuinely grateful and we’ve gotten some heartwarming thank yous over the years.

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Our local animal control officers often come across owned dogs who have no shelter or who have primitive, unsafe dog houses that do not protect them from the elements. Circle of Friends would like to continue our mission to assist low-income pet owners by providing dog houses for outdoor dogs whose owners can’t afford to buy them.

Dog houses are as necessary in warm weather as in cold. They provide shade from the hot summer sun, protection from rain and storms, and a comfortable place to sleep. A dog house with a floor gives a dog a sanitary place to rest when the ground is wet and helps keep parasites that live in the ground from attacking the dog. Plastic dog houses are easily cleaned and cannot be infested by fleas.

The doghouses cost approximately $40-60 each, depending on their size, and Circle of Friends is always looking for them at discounted prices. Please consider making a donation to Circle of Friends so we can meet this most basic need for dogs. We are also happy to accept donations of dog houses of any size, either new or gently used.

No dog should have to live its life exposed to the elements without shelter. Please help us provide dog houses in our community this year!

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Circle of Friends Animal Societyinc

Board of directors
as of 1/31/2017
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Cathy Wood