Animal related

THATS WHAT FRIENDS ARE FOR INC

Augusta, GA

Mission

We recognize that dog and cat overpopulation is a major burden on our communities resulting in many uwanted animals. The most effective way to prevent this is sterilization; therefore, our goal is to spay and neuter as many animals as possible. We are a fundraising and networking organization, dedicated to raising funds for animal rescue work, including but not limited to the spay and neuter of dogs and cats. We promote camaraderie and networking among animal rescue groups and individuals involved in improving animal welfare. The funds we raise are used to assist animal rescue groups and individual pet owners with the expenses for sterilization, vaccines and extreme medical procedures needed to save or improve the quality of life for companion animals.

Notes from the Nonprofit

Our all volunteer non profit is engaged in improving lives and conditions for companion animals, specifically dogs and cats, and saving the lives of more dogs and cats every year, through more accessible low and no cost spay and neuter and assistance with medical veterinarian care. We believe that human lives are enriched with the companionship of dogs and cats, whether they are seniors living alone, military veterans with disabilities, or children that want to have a play mate, most people benefit from the companionship and responsiblility of pets.

The programs we provide to help people help animals are working. However, we can be a bigger part of the solution if we can grow our resources enough to provide more assistance for more people and their pets.

Thank you for caring!

Ruling Year

2009

Founder, Chairman

Mrs. Lorna Sunshine Barrett

Vice Chair

Mrs. Tara Ford-Romes

Main Address

P. O. Box 9490

Augusta, GA 30906 USA

Keywords

Fundraising, networking, promoting spay/neuter & rescue of companion animals

EIN

26-2223839

 Number

0754324189

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Fund Raising and/or Fund Distribution (D12)

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

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (D01)

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It is our goal to dramatically reduce the rate of euthanasia and the numbers of homeless animals in and around our local communities. We work to promote spay/neuter, responsible pet ownership, and kindness and generosity through our networking. Our fundraising events bring like minded people together and cause a domino effect, growing our impact on people and animals.

We hold fundraising events throughout the year, Augusta's Next Top Dog competition, a photo shoot with Santa, and many others, as well as accept donations from individuals that wish to support our work. We seek grant funding to help support our work. We pay for the expenses of spay/neuter and vaccines for individuals that cannot afford them, aswell as helping with the financial burden of medical/veterinarian procedures to save or improve the lives of pets. We use social media and other media to get our message out about the importance of spay/neuter. We network with many local and national animal rescue, welfare and advocacy organizations. We hope GuideStar will help us in our endeavors.

With more funding, we are capable of saving them all. So we work hard to get the message out through our work, articles we write for local newspapers. Our network is growing, but has the potential to grow to a point where we can save all the adoptable and treatable dogs and cats. We believe we can save them all.

The heartbreaking reality is that currently there are so many people that allow their pets to reproduce, and then abandon them or take them to the local animal control agency for euthanizing. Our work is truly an uphill battle in some parts of our communities. There is a large segment of society that believes in spay/neuter and responsible pet ownership, but there are still those that need to be reached. We are working on this.
The statistics are getting better, lower numbers of dogs and cats are being surrendered and euthanized. However, we will feel that we have made good progress when those numbers are drastically reduced and there is an atmosphere of hope in our local animal control agency.

We see our progress in the eyes of adults and children that are reunited with a lost pet, or are able to keep a furry family member because we paid for their medical expenses. We see it in the happy animals that are given a chance for a good life when they are adopted into a loving family. But we hope to see even stronger results as we move forward, in the statistical reports compiled by our local animal shelters.
The reported statistics show that over 70% of animals that enter the animal control facility do not leave alive. We hope to get that number down to 10-20%, through our spay/neuter program, our vet assist program and by spreading the word that compassion and creativity can solve many of the issues they encounter.

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BOARD ORIENTATION & EDUCATION

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Yes

CEO OVERSIGHT

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No

ETHICS & TRANSPARENCY

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Yes

BOARD COMPOSITION

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Yes

BOARD PERFORMANCE

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Yes

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Diversity notes from the nonprofit
We choose people for our all volunteer board of directors that love animals and that want to work with us on our programs and events to save more animals. We do not have a diverstiy plan, nor do we intend to have one.