We recognize that dog and cat overpopulation is a major burden on our communities resulting in many unwanted 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.
That’s What Friends Are For, Inc. is an all-volunteer, non profit organization, that brings together caring and compassionate people in a network that is helping to fund animal rescue efforts in the CSRA. We are dedicated to raising funds for animal rescue work, including spay and neuter of dogs and cats, owned or stray, and so much more. We believe that together we can make a huge difference in the pet overpopulation crisis that currently results in so many abandoned, neglected, abused and euthanized dogs and cats. The funds we raise together are given to legitimate animal rescue organizations that are struggling to do great things for companion animals in our communities.
Our network helps to reunite lost pets with their families, as well as helping people find new pets to adopt into their homes. We promote adoptions at many sights, throughout the CSRA, including Augusta Animal Services, our municipal shelter on Mack Lane. The most important message we strive to convey, is the importance of spay/neuter, one of the components of responsible pet ownership. It is the only way to reduce the increasing population of companion animals. We always need more volunteers to expand our network, provide foster homes for animals in need, help with fundraising events and more.
We hold fundraising drives and events throughout the year, including our Santa Paws Photo Shoot, Augusta’s Next Top Dog competition and our Spay Neuter Challenge, to raise much needed funds for our lifesaving programs. We participate in events held by other groups and network to increase our reach and accomplishments. We encourage estate planning and memorial donations, and have been grateful to receive donations in this category. People have donated large items like cars and a commercial grill, and wonderful artwork for us to sell to benefit our fund. We use social media and letters to the editor to reach as large and divers an audience as possible. We have held gold tournaments and rummage sales, and are always looking for new ideas and more volunteers to help increase our funding and awareness of the importance of spay and neuter and responsible pet care in general.
We were recognized by the IRS as a 501c3, not for profit organization in 2009, in the state of Georgia. Contributions are fully deductible to the extent of the law. Every dollar goes directly towards helping the animals. There is no money spent on salaries, rent or professional fund raising. We accept tax deductible donations any day of the year. We stretch every dollar as far as possible, to help as many animals as we can, within the budget we have.
Our Spay/Neuter Program enables many families to have their pets altered who would otherwise be unable to do so for financial reasons. This program keeps pets in homes that would otherwise be surrendered to shelters. Our spay/neuter program is also provided for stray animals. Consequently, this reduces the number of unwanted animals that enter our already over burdened and over-populated shelters. Through our program, hundreds of animals are spayed/neutered each year, which greatly reduces the number of animals being born, and thus the number being destroyed.
We encourage the conversation about Estate Planning. Children are ideally supposed to outlive their parents. This dynamic is reversed in the situation of pet and pet owner. Pet owners, in their lifetime, generally own and bond with several companion animals. It is responsible to draft wills in cases where children are involved, but what if people were to die or become incapacitated, expectedly or unexpectedly? Veterinarians can advise clients that there are ways to deal with the situation of not surviving their animals. We recommend that you consider talking to your veterinarian and an attorney to plan for the future care of your family and your ‘extended family’ in such eventuality.
We would greatly appreciate memorial gifts given in honor of a loved person or pet that has passed away, to help other pets in need of a second chance at life.