• About Friends of the Animal Shelter




FOTAS relies heavily on close to 200 volunteers who generously and lovingly contribute more than 60,000 hours per year. We have a minimum of paid staff, full and part-time, to help organize the efforts of our volunteers.

The FOTAS office is located in the Jackson County Animal Shelter, 5595 S Pacific Hwy, Phoenix, OR 97535.

Our office is open Tuesday – Friday, 11 AM to 4 PM and Weekends, Noon to 4 PM.

Our mailing address is: PO Box 1013, Phoenix, OR 97535.

(541) 774-6651
Email the FOTAS office

Lisa James, Executive Director Email Lisa
Alex Spindler, Support Services Associate Email Alex
Liz Obelenus, Support Services Associate Email Liz
Michelle Fox, Foster Program Coordinator  Email Michelle
Eliza Kauder, Bookkeeper  (541) 261-6206  Email Eliza
Adopt from your local animal shelter

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Take home a new pet and make lasting memories

Volunteer at your local animal shelter

Volunteer Opportunities

There are many ways to volunteer with FOTAS

Donate to your local animal shelter

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Make a difference in our community

Spay/Neuter Your Pet

Spay/Neuter Services

Help stop overpopulation

Foster Opportunties

Foster Opportunities

Be a foster, save a life

Our Animal Shelter

Our Animal Shelter

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Friends of the Animal Shelter (FOTAS) is a non-profit organization that was formed in 1990 to support the programs of the Jackson County Animal Shelter. Our vision is for all adoptable animals at the Jackson Country Animal Shelter to find a loving home. Our mission is to recruit and train volunteers who will save lives by increasing pet adoptions at the Jackson Country Animal Shelter, improve the quality of life for the Shelter’s animals, promote spay and neuter, and facilitate outreach and educational activities about the humane treatment of companion animals throughout Jackson County. Our values are: Service, Compassion and Generosity.

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