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Friends of the Animal Shelter 

Providing 32 years of service to the Jackson County Animal Shelter

Friends of the Animal Shelter (FOTAS) is a non-profit organization that was formed in 1991 to help the animals housed at the Jackson County Animal Shelter (JCAS).

Each year, 200+ FOTAS volunteers donate an average (pre-COVID) of 50,000 hours of their time to supporting JCAS animals. Based on a recent study, this is the equivalent of 11 full-time employees, which saves Jackson County a significant amount in staffing costs.

Additionally, volunteers open their homes as foster parents to shelter animals. In 2022, more than 400 cats and dogs spent time in a loving FOTAS foster home for a variety of reasons: (1) animals experiencing kennel stress, (2) animals too young to be spayed/neutered, and (3) animals recovering from injuries/surgeries. Fostering saves lives!

Throughout the years, FOTAS has also provided significant financial support to JCAS. From 2011 to 2022, FOTAS donated more than $347,000 for animal medical expenses alone.

FOTAS also raises funds to provide supplies, food, and to subsidize low-cost adoption events.

Visit our Frequently Asked Questions page for current information regarding the transitions taking place at the Jackson County Animal Shelter

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FOTAS strives for a time when all cats and dogs in Jackson County have a responsible owner or caretaker.


FOTAS is dedicated to the well-being and adoptability of animals at the Jackson County Animal Shelter. It also supports programs promoting the humane treatment of homeless cats and dogs in the community.


Service ∙ Compassion ∙ Integrity


Adopt from your local animal shelter

Adopt Now!

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

Donate Now!

Help us, help them

Spay/Neuter Your Pet

Spay/Neuter Services

Help stop overpopulation

Foster Opportunties

Foster Opportunities

Be a foster, save a life

Our Animal Shelter

The 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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