2015 Accomplishments


Close to 1,400 animals found new fur-ever home in 2015:

  • 621 Adult Dogs
  • 105 Puppies
  • 361 Adult Cats
  • 301 Kittens


With the dedication and help of Shelter staff and FOTAS volunteers, the Shelter has increased the live release rate for both cats and dogs.
  • For cats the live release rate increased from 16% in 2011 to 55.6% in 2015 (and climbing)
    • The euthanasia rate has decreased by 35% for cats.
  • The live release rate for dogs climbed from 57% in 2011 to over 87.5% in 2015.


  • FOTAS volunteers donated 55,000 of their valuable time to help save more lives!
  • New initiatives and  new committees continue to ‘grow’ the organization and help the animals.
  • The bulk of our work falls to the over 300 volunteers who give of their time, resources, skills and ‘heart’ to make the lives of the animals entering the Shelter better and prepare them for a new permanent and loving home.
  • Our volunteers are the heart of FOTAS and we thank each of you for all you do.


  • Increased FOTAS contribution to SNYP (Spay Neuter Your Pet – www.spayneuter.org) to $13,000 for their Seasonal Campaigns and fixing “street dogs/cats”
  • Gave the Jackson County Animal Shelter a total of approximately $52,000, of which:
    • $33,000 was used to supplement the Shelter’s Medical Fund to provide both preventative and rehabilitative medical care
    • $8,000 was used to pay the second adoption fee for cat and kitten “2-Fur-1” adoption, greatly increasing the number and speed of cats/kittens adopted from the Shelter
    • $8,700 was used to improve and maintain physical structures for the safety, comfort and entertainment of the animals
    • $2,000 was used to pay the difference between a “discounted” adoption fee and the full County fee for “special” cats and dogs


  • Project Street Dogs/Cats began in August 2013 and offers free spay/neuter to dogs and cats of the homeless, scheduling appointments, transportation to the vet, pick up after surgery and pet food packets for post-op care.
  • This coordinated effort with FOTAS, Spay Neuter Your Pet (SNYP), Animal Medical Hospital and other local organizations and vets has spayed and neutered over 150 animals since its inception, including facilitating 62 spay/neuters in 2015 and instituting our first free vaccination clinic and checkup for the animals of the homeless providing checkups and vaccinations for 32 animals.
  • As of December, this program is responsible for altering over 150 animals, reducing future animals coming into the Shelter—thanks to the partnerships with local Vets and other animal organizations.


We have expanded and integrated our dog and cat enrichment activities in a number of areas, helping to keep the animals entertained, calm and social.
  • ALEX SHEPHERD CAT ADOPTION ROOM – In late 2014, we converted a storage room to the Alex Shepherd Cat Room which is being used to facilitate potential adoptions and allow potential adopters a private cuddle with the kitties.
  • WHISKERVILLE – In late 2014, created a free roaming cat room where up to 17 cats can roam kennel-free, socialize with each other and the Public.  This in addition to our Indoor-Outdoor Kitty Korner.  That means that two of the three cat “rooms” are now free-roaming!
  • BOTTLE FEEDERS – Established a Bottle Feeders group for kittens not yet placed in foster care.
  • HOLDING CREW – Established a Dog Holding Crew to help animals with behavioral issues that prevent them from being ready for adoption.
  • MORNING TREATS AND SNIFFS DOG ENRICHMENT – Provide daily treats and smells to all dogs in holding and adoption, which keeps them entertained while in their kennels.
  • TRAIN-TO-ADOPT TRAINING AND DOG CUDDLE ROOM – Maintained our core calming exercise training for shelter dogs in the home-like dog cuddle room, and increased our Train-to-Adopt facilitators providing volunteer training.
  • DOGS PLAYING FOR LIFE PLAY GROUPS – After conducting a four day Dogs Playing for Life workshop and training with Aimee Sadler for volunteers and staff,  instituted dog play groups six days a week for dogs in adoption and holding. This program has assisted the Shelter in increasing its live release rate. Phase two of this training program with Aimee Sadler is scheduled for May 2016.
  • R & R DAY TRIPS AND OVERNIGHTS – Increased the number of volunteers working directly with Shelter animals, seven days a week which includes expanded off site R & R day trips and overnight stays for dogs.
  • FOSTER HOMES – Expanded the number of families participating in the Foster Program, increasing life-saving opportunities for kittens, puppies, animals recovering from illness or surgeries, and the Shelter-shocked.


  • Participated in 175 outreach activities/events, including a regular presence at PetSmart Dog Adoption Events.  Showcase kittens at PetSmart and provide volunteers to care for kittens at PetSmart.
  • Continued our outreach and adoption opportunities at Grange Co-op Pet Country in Medford and Ace Hardware in Ashland.


  •  Expanded our presence on social media. We now have 4,000 friends on Facebook.  We hope you’ll like us too: www.facebook.com/fotas


  • Developed stronger partnerships with other animal welfare organizations, particularly Southern Oregon Humane Society Sanctuary One, Oregon Humane Society (Portland) and some breed-specific rescue groups.


As Friends of the Animal Shelter continues to increase outreach into Jackson County, so do our fun and fundraising activities:

  • FOTAS held our first annual “Paws for a Cause” Dog Walk in Medford with 68 dogs and walkers exploring the newly opened Hawthorne Park and downtown Medford
  • Worked with Opposition brewery for the second year at the Golf Tournament, raising almost $5,000
  • Continued to reap the benefits of the “Chi Races” (really, small dog races) at Howiee’s on Front – held on Cinco de Mayo weekend, Saturday, May 7, 2016 – don’t miss it!
  • Increased the net revenue from Paws to Celebrate 5% ($45,000) – we hope you’ll join us on Friday, June 24, 2016.
  • Increase the net revenue from  Puss ‘n Boots Costume Ball & Auction by about 10% – we hope you’ll join in on the fun on Saturday, October 22, 2016.
  • Initiated an annual pledge program (10,000 Friends) that resulted in 163 donors and an additional $15,200 in 2015.
  • We are always looking for business partners to sponsor fundraising events for FOTAS!