August, 2014: DO YOU SHOP ON AMAZON.COM? If you shop on Amazon.com you could help Friends Of The Animals in an easy way that would cost you nothing and take very little time! We are signed up as a non-profit that is eligible for their AmazonSmile Foundation program. Please go to smile.amazon.com and register your name with our organization as the non profit group you have selected to receive donations and with any purchase you make on their website, the foundation will send Friends a portion of your purchase price...at no cost to you! You place your orders EXACTLY as you would with Amazon.com but instead, be sure to go to the smile.amazon.com site instead. You only need to register once and then all purchases you make from that site will have a small credit go to us. Please help us to help the animals! Thank you.
July, 2014: Our Pets For Veterans campaign was the best one yet! A total of 10 dogs and 7 cats from the Jackson County Animal Shelter were adopted by local veterans. Thirty-day vouchers were issued to an additional four veterans who plan to come back in the next month and possibly adopt a new best friend. (Vouchers are issued when a veteran doesn't find a perfect match during our two-week period. They can continue to come back 30 days after the campaign until they find a pet that is just right for them.) We're delighted that so many adoptions took place during our program. PLEASE CHECK OUT OUR PHOTO SECTION FOR PICTURES OF SOME OF THE VETERANS AND THEIR NEW BEST FRIENDS.
July, 2014: Thank you to the Jackson Host Lions Club for inviting one of our board members in to a meeting and allowing their members to learn about "Friends." We also greatly appreciate their monetary donation. We'd also like to thank the First Congregational Church in downtown Jackson for asking one of our board members to speak about Friends during their Blessing of The Animals service. We are always happy when the opportunity arises for us to share information on our non profit organization with groups in our community.
JUNE 26, 2014: We are pleased to announce that Friends has just added a new fundraising event. On September 13th Friends will be the nonprofit sponsoring a golf outing at Ella Sharp Golf Course in Jackson. Please go to our "events" tab and read more about our new event that will benefit the animals at the Jackson County Animal Shelter.
JUNE 2014: We would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to Kroger and their Community Rewards Program. We recently received a check for $157.34 thanks to 30 families who have registered Friends as their organization of choice in the Kroger rewards program. If you shop at Kroger and would like to help Friends, please read the instructions on how to sign up under our "Programs" section. It costs you nothing to participate and Kroger will donate a portion of your total purchase price of your shopping trip(s) at one of their stores.
MAY, 2014: Friends would like to thank the Consumers Energy Foundation for their recent "Caring for Community" grant of $250.00. This grant was supporting Friends by recognizing volunteer service provided by Consumers Energy employees and retirees at our bowling event. Our five dedicated volunteers can be seen in the "Photos" section on this website. Thank you again to Consumers and our wonderful volunteers!
MAY, 2014: We had over 300 participants in our annual bowling event on April 26th and 90 guests at our annual wine tasting/food pairing party on May 2nd! We're thrilled with the attendance at our events as well as the donors who contributed to their success. This year we were fortunate to have Don Stevenson taking photos at our bowling event as well as Marilyn from Ell Dwe Koda Animal Sanctuary snapping photos at our wine event. Please check out our "Photos" section for pictures from our 4th annual wine tasting party in addition to photos from our annual bowling event.
HERE'S SOME TERRIFIC NEWS!!!!! In Feb. "Friends" found out that the Jackson County Animal Shelter was in desperate need of a new washer and dryer. They were having trouble keeping up with the massive amount of towels and comforters that needed to be cleaned for their furry residents and they came to Friends to see if we could assist them. One of our board members decided to research the cost of a commercial set because the shelter was just limping along with a residential set that they had been using for years. Shocked to find that a new set could cost upwards of $21,000, and reconditioned ones slightly less, it looked as if Friends was out of their league and not able to help the county shelter. Sometimes when things look bleak, something wonderful can happen. Our board member found an anonymous donor willing to cover the cost of a commercial washer AND dryer for the shelter and even have them installed! How fantastic was that!? It has taken a while for the magic to happen as the shelter had to prepare for the installation and knock out a partial wall because the appliances are too large to fit through a standard doorway. After some rearranging at the shelter, on April 28th their commercial dryer was installed and running!!!! Their new commercial washer will be installed in the near future and everyone is anticipating it's arrival. There sure are wonderful, generous people out there..... we're so pleased that we found one willing to make such a positive difference for the staff and furries at our local shelter! UPDATE: On Sat., May 17th, MLive featured the above story about the washer/dryer donation and Friends on the computer. The story also ran in the Jackson Citizen Patriot newspaper on Sunday, May 18th, page two.
April, 2014: Kroger has agreed to continue our participation in their Kroger Community Rewards program for the next fiscal year. If you registered prior to April 1, 2014, please re-enroll so we will continue to receive their quarterly donations. If you have not registered, please help the animals and register now. Go to www.krogercommunityrewards.com to register. More information on this program and how to enroll can be found under our PROGRAMS tab above. Thank you!
Please go to our events section for more information on our upcoming fundraisers.
March, 2014: Please take a peek at our "photos" section to see the addition of two sweet doggies who have recently benefited from medicines purchased by Friends. Maggie a red coon hound, and Roscoe the friendly pit bill have both recovered from heart worm disease (they both were infected and subsequently treated when they entered our local shelter) and are now residing in their new homes with families who love them!
March, 2014: We recently held a board meeting and decisions were made on some of the donations we plan to make using funds from our bowling event in April. We will be purchasing a new autoclave for the Jackson County Animal Shelter. This will be used to sterilize surgical tools after each surgery performed. The one they have now is not adequate and this will increase their ability to perform more surgeries on any given day. We also plan to contribute a sizable amount to the voluntary spay/neuter program for animals which are high breeding risks within the community. This will help pet owners who can not afford the cost of spay/neuter surgery but want to make sure unwanted litters of animals are not conceived. We have also allocated money to purchase 6 live traps for feral animals which will be used by the PAWS organization as well as our local county shelter. In addition we are in the process of discussing the needs of the Jackson City Police Department in providing equipment to be used in police cars to capture loose animals. Now that we no longer have animal control officers, our local officers do not have what they need to help with animal capture. We plan to supply many of the patrol cars with the necessary equipment to assist the officers. We hope to make a lot of money at our bowl for the animals fundraiser so we can make all of the above a reality.
January, 2014: The board members of Friends would like to thank Meijer for their generous donation of $250 to support the animals. We thank you and the animals who will benefit thank you too!
January, 2014: Thank you to Consumers Energy and their Volunteer Investment Program. Due to this wonderful program, which honors Consumers employees and retirees for their volunteerism, we received $350 in grant money from Consumers Energy. We appreciate the support from our loyal volunteers and and wish to thank Consumers for their VIP program!
We would like to express our heartfelt thanks to Kroger and to all of you who have helped us with their Community Rewards Program. Just by registering our non-profit with your Kroger Card and showing it whenever you purchase groceries at their store, our organization benefits quarterly from a donation made by Kroger. We recently received a check in the amount of $181.00! Thank you for your participation! (To learn more about the program, please read about it under the "Programs" section of this website.
Photos from "Pets For Veterans."