Friends of the Animal Shelter (FOTAS) is a non-profit organization formed in 1990 to support the programs of the Jackson County Animal Shelter. Our mission is to:
- increase pet adoption
- improve the quality of life for Shelter animals
- promote spay and neuter
- participate in outreach and educational activities regarding responsible pet guardianship and animal welfare.
The animals at the Shelter usually come from one of two sources: they are given up by guardians who cannot or will not keep them, or they are rescued strays. Our shelter is the only public shelter in Jackson County and it has an open-door admission policy.
FOTAS volunteers help the Shelter search for qualified homes through several Shelter-based and community outreach programs. We also help keep the animals healthy until a good home can be found.
In addition to direct care and adoption promotion, FOTAS volunteers provide a host of administrative, fundraising and outreach services. The Shelter staff rely on volunteers to help with these critical functions so that they have more time for direct care of the animals.
FOTAS and the Shelter are working together toward the day when every adoptable cat and dog finds a good home. We come a little closer to our goal with each new volunteer who shares their time, talent, and energy.
FOTAS also recruits foster parents who provide a temporary sanctuary and help find the perfect permanent home for a cat, kitten, dog or puppy.
If you are interested in getting involved or learning more about general FOTAS programs or our Board of Directors, please view our shelter video, or call 541.944.2021, or E-mail us for more information.
Adopt a Loving Animal Companion
The Shelter's adoption program has pets of every size, shape, color and age ready to join your family. Adoption fees are $85 for dogs and $70 for cats. The fee includes pet selection service, some vaccinations, a free veterinary check-up, a cat carrier for cats, and spay/neuter surgery.