About Us

Friends of Animals (FoA) is a non-profit, international animal advocacy organization, incorporated in the state of New York since 1957. Friends of Animals advocates for the rights of nonhuman animals, free-living and domestic. Our goal is to free animals from cruelty and institutionalized exploitation around the world.

The organization has evolved from its beginnings as the most comprehensive low-cost spay neuter program in the country. Friends of Animals now places critical habitat, wildlife protection and veganism at the core of animal advocacy. We are constantly doing legislative outreach to get laws passed (some drafted by us) that will protect animals or to stop laws that harm animals in their tracks.

But FoA goes beyond advocacy with hands on work as well. We operate a San Antonio, Texas, animal sanctuary, Primarily Primates, which cares for more than 400 primates, birds and other animals. The primates are all victims of the exotic pet trade, research and the entertainment industry. And we also have two important projects in Africa. We sponsor the remarkable Chimpanzee Rehabilitation Project in The Gambia in Africa. This incredible project has been in existence for more than three decades and it’s Africa’s longest running chimp rehabilitation project. More than 100 chimpanzees live freely within their own family groups on three isolated, forested islands in the middle of the River Gambia set within the River Gambia National Park. In 1979 there were orphaned chimps whose parents had been poached, and a sanctuary was needed. This project provided as natural a life for them as possible.

Our second project in Africa funds the protection and recovery of three endangered African antelope species. FoA has been instrumental in establishing and maintaining a recovery program for the Scimitar-horned Oryx and Dama Gazelle in Senegal. FoA has worked with the Direction des Parcs Nationaux (Senegal’s National Park Agency) to restore the Scimitar-horned Oryx and Dama Gazelle to two reserves managed by the agency. Another project in Senegal involves digging wells to reduce competition between humans and chimpanzees over water. In return for leaving the natural water source for chimpanzees, villagers get a well and latrines.

We inform members about animal advocacy issues and our progress in addressing them through our magazine, Action Line, and our website.

The projects and services provided by Friends of Animals are entirely supported by membership contributions, bequests and grants. Our continued strength depends upon the generosity of our members and donors. We encourage our members to get involved in their own communities as volunteer activists and as representatives of our spay/neuter project. With the loyal support of our members and friends from all walks of life throughout the world, each year we actively meet the needs of more animals on more fronts than any animal advocacy group of our kind.

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National Headquarters

777 Post Road Suite 205
Darien, CT 06820
Phone: 203-656-1522
Fax: 203-656-0267

Western Law Office

 7500 E. Arapahoe Rd., Ste. 385

Centennial, CO 80112

Phone: 720-949-7791

Key Staff:

Priscilla Feral, President
Bob Orabona, Director of Operations
Dustin Rhodes, Vice President of Development
Michelle Hopson, Director of Administration
Jane Seymour, Creative Director
Fran Silverman, Communications Director
Bob Bock, Accountant
Donna Thigpen, Assistant to President
Shelly Scott, Secretary to President
Belveley Russell, Bookkeeper
Meghan McIntire, Social Media Editor
Nicole Rivard, Editor/Correspondent
Dana Visi, Receptionist
Veronika Johnson, Membership
Michael Harris,
Wildlife Law Program Director
Jenni Best, Asst. Legal Director
Stephen Hernick, Senior Attorney
Courtney McVean, Associate Attorney
Andreia Marcuccio, Staff Attorney
Liz Holland, Office Manager
Bill Clark, Senior Policy Advisor

Friends of Animals Board of Directors:

Priscilla Feral, President
Sally Malanga, Secretary/Treasurer
Pamela McKenna, Chairperson
Elizabeth Forel, Director
Teresa D’Amico, Director
Phyllis Hawkins, Director
Barbara Sitomer, Director

Equal Employment Opportunity 

Friends of Animals is committed to equal employment opportunity.

Financial Information

Friends of Animals, Inc.
Federal ID # (EIN): 13-6018549















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