Thursday Rescue Interview – Advocates 4 Animals Inc.

thursday*Who is filling out this interview?
Stacey Ritz

*What is your position for your Animal Rescue/Shelter?
Executive Director & Co-Founder

*What is the name of your Animal Rescue/Shelter?
Advocates 4 Animals Inc.
A4ALogoCoversmall                            (Photo Credit:

*Where are you located?
Xenia, Ohio (green co) however our volunteer foster homes are located throughout Cincinnati & Dayton, Ohio

*Do you offer any awareness programs to your community?
Yes, Advocates 4 Animals offers multiple programs:
1) Seniors to Seniors:

2) Pet Food Pantry: (providing temporary pet food assistance to those in need): Available to dog and cat guardians in Greene Co., OH:

3) Rescue/Adoption Program: Adopt a pet today- save a life! Learn more here:

4) Spay It Forward (feline spay/neuter assistance in Greene Co., OH):

5) Foster a pet in need: -For anyone interested in becoming a volunteer foster home for a feline(s)- with Advocates 4 Animals, Inc., please complete our foster application, here: (We accept qualified foster homes in the Dayton, Cincinnati and Columbus, OH areas and everywhere in between!):
Ruby                                          Ruby (senior special needs cat @ A4A)
                                 Photo Credit: Stacey Ritz, Advocates 4 Animals, Inc.

*How long has your Animal Rescue/Shelter been around for?
Founded in 2003

*What types of animals do you have at your Animal Rescue/Shelter?
Our focus is on cats & kittens for our rescue/rehab/adopt programs

*If someone wanted to become a volunteer, how could they?
Yes! we always need additional volunteer foster homes in the Dayton & Cincinnati, Ohio areas

For anyone interested in becoming a volunteer foster home for a feline(s)- with Advocates 4 Animals, Inc., please complete our foster application, here: (We accept qualified foster homes in the Dayton, Cincinnati and Columbus, OH areas- and everywhere in between!):

-For a FAQ on fostering with Advocates 4 Animals, please click here:
FosterHomesNeeded                           (Photo Credit:

*What types of items do you take as donations?
 monetary donations, cat food (dry or canned/wet food), new pet blankets/beds, cat scratching posts, feral cat huts (for our TNR projects)— all can be found on our amazon wish list link here:

-A link to make a monetary donation (no amount is too small, even $5 helps us save a life!):

-A link to our WISH LIST:

-A great way to help animals in need is to SPONSOR A PET, learn more here:
8kittens8 foster kittens @ A4A (all were bottle-fed and all have now been adopted)
(Photo Credit: Nancy Stroble, Advocates 4 Animals)

*Do you have any fundraisers coming up that you want my viewers to know about?
Yes! Our annual Spay It Forward Silent Auction/Dinner event.

-For more info on our annual SPAY IT FORWARD Silent Auction/Dinner Fundraiser (date: Saturday, 10/11 @ 6pm, Xenia, OH), click here:

*What is the adoption process like?
Complete our online adoption application via out website; A reply is provided within 48 hours. Once the adoption application is approved, we schedule for the adopter to meet the pet in their foster home or we bring the pet to their home for the meet and greet session/adoption. Our goal is to help find the best match for both the pets and adopters!
Abigal1                        Abigail (current adoptable rescue kitten @ A4A)
Photo Credit:  Stacey Ritz, Advocates 4 Animals, Inc.
adoption photos/info here:

*What does your shelter/rescue hope to achieve in 2014?
Add additional volunteer foster homes & Increase adoptions!

*Anything else you want to add?
PAWSITIVE CONNECTION (Rockville Publishing – 2014) will be published and available on Amazon (Kindle) – October 1st, 2014 (written by our Executive Director and Co-Founder, Stacey Ritz). The book is a collection of heartwarming stories (from Advocates 4 Animals).

Please purchase your own copy of the book, here is the link to do so: )

*A portion of the proceeds from this books sales benefit animal rescue efforts at Advocates 4 Animals.

See the book’s description, below:
Adopting or saving the life of a pet in need brings great rewards. Often the rescued pets save us, when we thought we were really saving them. In more than a decade of helping rescued dogs and cats, Advocates 4 Animals has saved thousands of lives. Now, the co-founder and Executive Director of Advocates 4 Animals has gathered more than a dozen stories of rescue in an e-book you can call your own. Pawsitive Connection is a collection of short stories demonstrating the mystical ways rescue animals find us when we need them the most.

PawsitiveConnectionCover2014                                                 Pawsitive Connection BOOK COVER
(Photo Credit: Rockville Publishing – 2014)

*Social Media Contacts:
Twitter: @A4A

*Do I have permission to copy this to my blog? Yes
*Do I have permission to post photos you have provided me with? Yes, please note the credit of the photos to advocates 4 animals inc (

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