FoA is a leader in battling pet homelessness, one animal at a time
Marie Samperi, of The Poor Animals of St. Francis, describes her purpose in life as being an advocate for homeless and unwanted animals in NYC. “Tears come to my eyes when I think of all the animals being born with no good homes to go to,” she explains. “However if it were not for Friends of Animals, there would be so many more.
Friends of Animals has been a God send to me and the people of New York.” Friends of Animals has been fortunate enough to work with compassionate animal advocates like Marie since our beginnings in 1957 to further our mission of ending pet homelessness.
The Poor Animals of St. Francis was established to provide responsible, permanent, loving homes to healthy pets and to maintain their health and well-being through vital procedures like spaying and neutering. One of our proudest achievements is that we have been a national leader in spay and neuter advocacy with our low-cost certificate program, which helps pet owners afford life-saving spay and neuter procedures.
To date, we’ve helped facilitate more than 2.7 million spay and neuter procedures across the country which has resulted in fewer unwanted cats and dogs filling already overcrowded shelters. “Friends of Animals performed miracles reaching out to vets to spay and neuter for such affordable prices,” Samperi said.
As Samperi and many other animal advocates know, it is all too often a pet’s unplanned pregnancy results in offspring being brought to shelters, where likelihood of euthanasia is high, or abandoned on the streets, where a dangerous life and early death are practically guaranteed. Most abandoned animals starve or freeze to death, contract disease through their contact with garbage or other ill animals, or get killed by a car. The best way to prevent these senseless cruelties is to prevent the cycle of reproduction, by neutering and spaying.
We have been fortunate enough to partner with a number of animal shelters and rescue organizations throughout the United States through our spay/neuter program and have highlighted a few of our favorites who are located near our headquarters in Connecticut. If you would like to learn more about our spay and neuter program or recommend our program to a veterinarian, please visit our website at www.FriendsofAnimals.org/programs/spaying-neutering
LONG ISLAND BULLDOG RESCUE This is a rescue group that is particularly near and dear to us. The mission of Long Island Bulldog Rescue (LIBR) is to provide education, prevention, intervention and adoption services to ensure that all English Bulldogs enjoy long, healthy lives in loving, safe, appropriate homes where they are provided the life-long care they require. Some of the great outreach programs they participate in include humane education for school-age youth, so children learn the practices involved in adding to the family by adopting an English Bulldog; conducting intake services to process and receive English Bulldogs that have been abused, abandoned at shelters, or released for adoption by owners who are unable to keep them; and providing foster care for English Bulldogs seeking permanent homes.
MAYOR’S ALLIANCE OF NYC The Mayor’s Alliance for NYC’s Animals is a non-profit that works with more than 150 partner rescue groups and shelters to offer important programs and services that save the lives of NYC’s homeless animals. Since its founding in 2003, this group has remained committed to transforming New York City into a community where no dogs or cats of reasonable health and temperament will be killed merely because they do not have homes. One program we’re particularly fond of is their Wheels of Hope initiative.
Every day of the year, the Mayor’s Alliance for NYC’s Animals’ fleet of six Wheels of Hope vans is on the road, transporting pets who are at risk of being euthanized from the city’s Animal Care Centers of NYC facilities to rescue groups and no-kill shelters with the resources to find them new homes. Since 2005, when the program began, they have carried more than 93,000 animals on Wheels of Hope to new lives and families.
CATHOLIC CONCERN FOR ANIMALS Catholic Concern for Animals provides Christian education, research, instruction and teaching concerning animal rights welfare, including the importance and necessity of spaying and neutering cats and dogs, through its publication The Ark. From a small group of laypeople, clergy and religious meeting for the first time in London in 1929, Catholic Concern for Animals has grown into a world-wide non-profit organization with branches in the USA, Australia and Cameroon.