Friends of Animals
777 Post Rd
Suite 205
Darien CT 06820-4721
Contact Information
Address 777 Post Rd
Suite 205
Darien, CT 06820-4721
Telephone (203) 656-1522 x
Fax 203-656-0267
E-mail contact@friendsofanimals.org
Web and Social Media
Mission

Friends of Animals works to cultivate a respectful view of nonhuman animals, free-living and domestic. Our goal is to free animals from cruelty and institutionalized exploitation around the world.

At A Glance
Year of Incorporation 1957
Organization's type of tax exempt status Public Supported Charity
Organization received a competitive grant from the community foundation in the past five years No
Leadership
CEO/Executive Director Priscilla Feral
Board Chair
Board Chair Company Affiliation
Financial Summary
 
Projected Revenue $4,733,087.00
Projected Expenses $4,733,087.00
Statements
Mission

Friends of Animals works to cultivate a respectful view of nonhuman animals, free-living and domestic. Our goal is to free animals from cruelty and institutionalized exploitation around the world.

Background
 Friends of Animals has long been a leading force for preventing the births of too many dogs and cats and their mass killings in shelters. From its beginnings, FoA has administered a unique nationwide spay-neuter program to reduce overpopulation of cats and dogs, facilitating more than 2.7 million procedures.
      FoA’s record of protecting free-living animals spans six decades. FoA helped African wildlife agencies with needed equipment to resist poachers who target elephants and other wildlife for bushmeat and commercial trade. FoA also supports field surveys, conflict resolutions, and educational programs which aim to ensure a secure future for non-human apes throughout West Africa.  In the U.S., we campaign on behalf of wild horses, furbearers, wolves, deer, swans, monk parakeets and many other free-living animals.
     Animals should be seen as individuals and as communities with an interest in living on their own terms. That interest should be respected, which means preserving the land and habitat they need for survival.
     Friends of Animals advocates a plant-based vegetarian diet to benefit other animals, one’s health and the environment. Reasons for becoming vegetarian extend beyond the logistics of factory farming; they involve broadening our moral consideration beyond humanity.
     Aside from exposing a wide range of animal exploitation issues to public view, our achievements range from helping implement the landmark Marine Mammal Protection Act of 1972, to successfully campaigning to ban the ivory trade in 1989, halting the commercial destruction of Alaska’s northern fur seals, prompting the cancellation of Alaska’s official wolf snaring program in 1994, the halt of Alaska’s wolf bounty program in 2007, and ending other coyote-killing efforts in the Northwest.
    Our successful lawsuit against the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service challenged the legitimacy of allowing the hunting of three endangered African antelope species at fenced hunting ranches known as “canned hunts.”  Texas has thousands of these commercial operations. On June 22, 2009, the court ruled in Friends of Animals' favor, which prohibits hunting ranches or anyone else from harming or killing scimitar-horned oryxes, dama gazelles and addax antelopes. The hunting lobby appealed the verdict and lost, so this is a substantial victory for these antelopes who deserve the right to thrive in their African homelands.
Impact    Friends of Animals has administered more than 2.7 MILLION spay/neuter procedures via our low-cost program to reduce the over-population of cats and dogs. We continue to spay and neuter 24,000 annually.  Our Wildlife Law Program focuses on the defense of wildlife and their habitats throughout the world.  Staff attorneys with the Wildlife Law Program utilize a variety of environmental laws to promote the rights of wildlife, including the Endangered Species Act, the National Environmental Policy Act, the Administrative Procedure Act, and international treaties like the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES). FoA supports a plant-based vegetarian diet. 
Needs
1) Funds needed to subsidize the cost of Spay/Neuter for pet-owners in need - $50,000. 
2) Donations to assist Primarily Primates sanctuary - $300,000.  
3) Funding for Chimpanzee Rehabilitation Project in Gambia - $70,000.
4) Funding to hire new staff attorney for our Wildlife Law Program office in Denver - $75K.
5) Funding for new Spay/Neuter Sales program - $150K.
Service Categories
Primary Organization Category Animal Related / Animal Protection & Welfare
Secondary Organization Category Animal Related / Wildlife Preservation & Protection
Tertiary Organization Category Animal Related / Wildlife Sanctuaries
Areas Served
Throughout the United States
Ansonia
Bethany
Branford
Cheshire
Derby
East Haven
Guilford
Hamden
Lower Naugatuck Valley
Madison
Milford
New Haven
North Branford
North Haven
Orange
Oxford
Seymour
Shelton
Shoreline
State wide
Wallingford
West Haven
Woodbridge
National
International
Other

Our low-cost spay/neuter program works to eliminate cat and dog over population. Pet-owners may purchase certificates for spay/neuter at our website www.friendsofanimals.org or by calling 800-321-7387 for information about this program.

Programs
Description

Although there are an estimated 100 million cats and dogs kept by responsible and caring people in the United States, there is also a tragic number of these companion animals who suffer horrid cruelties associated with abandonment.

Animal shelters in the U.S. kill about 3-4 million such abandoned pets each year. And uncounted millions more suffer sickness, exposure, starvation and death on the streets of the nation’s cities and towns, and in the fields and forests of the countryside.

From its beginning in 1957, FoA has assumed a leadership role in advocating low-cost spaying and altering as the most effective means of preventing the births of unwanted dogs and cats, and their subsequent abandonment, suffering and mass killing. For more than five decades, we have operated the only nationwide breeding control program in the United States facilitating more than 2.7 million spay/neuter procedures, and we continue at a pace of about 24,000 annually.

Population Served Other Named Groups / US / General/Unspecified
Program is linked to organization’s mission and strategy Yes
Program is frequently assessed based on predetermined program goals Yes
Short Term SuccessHelpOrganizations describe near term achievement(s) or improvement(s) that will result from this program. This may represent immediate outcomes occurring as a result of the end of a session or service.
For fiscal 2016, we administered more than 24,000 spay/neuter surgeries.  In addition, we subsidized hundreds of  procedures for pet-owners who could not afford our already reduced prices.
Long Term SuccessHelpOrganizations describe the ultimate change(s) that will result from this program. This may be far into the future and represent an ideal state. Our goal is that no dog or cat is left without a caring family.  While over the past few years, statictics show a decrease in the number of homeless animals killed, the annual killing of 3 - 4 million animals remains a tragedy.
Program Success Monitored ByHelpOrganizations describe the tools used to measure or track program impact.
The number of homeless animals continues to decline, and we attribute that to spay/neuter and educational efforts.  We count the number of spay/neuter procedures performed by our participating veterinarians annually.  In addition we see the number of referrals provided to other agencies providing spay/neuter services.
Examples of Program SuccessHelpOrganization's site specific examples of changes in clients' behaviors or testimonies of client's changes to demonstrate program success. In 2016, over 35,000 phone calls and internet requests were handled,  and 24,000 spay/neuter certificates were issued.
Description Friends of Animals program supports Primarily Primates,  a non-profit sanctuary in San Antonio, Texas that operates to house, protect, and rehabilitate various non-native animals. The private refuge currently houses several hundred nonhuman animals, and, as the name implies, focuses primarily on caring for apes and monkeys. Many are cast-offs from the pet trade and biomedical research institutions. Individuals who have been accepted into the refuge include chimpanzees once used in space training and testing protocols by the United States Air Force, and those used in movies.
Population Served / /
Program is linked to organization’s mission and strategy Yes
Program is frequently assessed based on predetermined program goals Yes
Short Term SuccessHelpOrganizations describe near term achievement(s) or improvement(s) that will result from this program. This may represent immediate outcomes occurring as a result of the end of a session or service. Since 2006, Friends of Animals has supported the PPI program with about $3,000,000 which has allowed for infrastructure upgrades and repairs.
Long Term SuccessHelpOrganizations describe the ultimate change(s) that will result from this program. This may be far into the future and represent an ideal state. While Friends of Animals hopes Primarily Primates will eventually be supported by public funds, our real hope is that animals be allowed to live their lives on their own terms so there would not be a need for an animal sanctuary.
Program Success Monitored ByHelpOrganizations describe the tools used to measure or track program impact. Many Friends of Animals personnel work directly with Primarily Primates and assist them with administrative functions, allowing Primarily Primates staff to deal directly with the animals. There is still a need for funding, as our animal population has reached 450.
Examples of Program SuccessHelpOrganization's site specific examples of changes in clients' behaviors or testimonies of client's changes to demonstrate program success. Funds have allowed: Building of 40 new night sleeping areas for monkeys; individual heating needs, group spaces with cooling systems, refrigeration, lighting and security needs; a  full-time veterinarian is now on-site; aviaries have all been renovated -- the settings are very large and natural, with lots of open space and room for birds to fly freely; installation of a 50-foot wind turbine to offset the rising financial and environmental impact of electricity and fossil fuels.
Description
FoA works with primatologist Janis Carter in West Africa on educational efforts to secure a future for free-living chimpanzees, and to promote the protection of chimpanzees in their natural homelands:
 
- One such practical project involves the digging of wells as a solution to the competition between humans and chimpanzees over access to water in Southern Senegal.
 
- In The Gambia, West Africa, we're funding a unique chimpanzee refuge on three forested islands in the River Gambia National Park that are home to about 100 chimpanzees. Project staff monitors chimpanzees and provide protection, extra food, and other care when needed.  The park also supports animals including manatees, hippos, baboons, monkeys and birds.
Population Served Other Named Groups / Other Named Groups / Other Named Groups
Description
Our society created a legal system to resolve disputes and declare rights. While the system is designed to give humans an opportunity to be heard, it often neglects the lives of animals, especially wildlife.  Friends of Animals seeks to utilize and develop laws in a way that offers animals representation too.  Some cases that Friends of Animals is pursing are:
Fighting an unethical Barred owl removal plan: Friends of Animals intends to fight the FWS on their unnecessary and unethical record of decision approving a Barred owl removal plan that once again extends the government's growing commitment to shooting animals as a misguided attempt to save them from extinction.

A seemingly classic scenario in Alaska where the state sponsors an aerial gunning and trapping assault on wolves to appease moose hunters knowing it’s all pointless.

Wild Horse Chaos -- Free-roaming horses in Nevada rounded up by federal agents to make room for grazing cattle.

Population Served / /
Program is linked to organization’s mission and strategy Yes
Program is frequently assessed based on predetermined program goals Yes
CEO/Executive Director
Priscilla Feral
Term Start Nov 2013
Email feral@friendsofanimals.org
Experience Priscilla Feral has been working at Friends of Animals since 1974. She became President in 1987.
Staff
Number of Full Time Staff 18
Number of Part Time Staff 1
Number of Volunteers 14
Staff Retention Rate 94%
Staff Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 3
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 16
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Staff Demographics - Gender
Male 4
Female 15
Unspecified 0
Senior Staff
Title Vice President, Director of Administration & Asst. Secy/Treasurer
Title Director of Operations
Title Wildlife Law Program Director
Formal Evaluations
CEO Formal Evaluation Yes
CEO/Executive Formal Evaluation Frequency Bi-Annually
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Yes
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
Non Management Formal Evaluation N/A
Non Management Formal Evaluation Frequency N/A
Collaborations
FoA provides administrative and fundraising support for the nation’s original primate sanctuary, Primarily Primates, to help ensure that the non-human residents are well cared for in a safe, stable environment.  
Board of Directors
NameAffiliation
Bray Creech Community Volunteer
Priscilla Feral Friends of Animals
Sally Malanga Community Volunteer
Pamela McKenna Community Volunteer
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 4
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 1
Female 3
CEO Comments
It has been a time of change on the board, first with the departure of Cody Donahue who was called by the United Nations to serve in Sudan.  In December 2015, we added Pamela McKenna to the Board.  Sadly, in February 2016, our beloved board member, Carol Fleischmann, died after a short illness -- we have yet to replace her as of 7/18/16 when this was written.
 
 
Financials
Fiscal Year Start May 01 2016
Fiscal Year End Apr 30 2017
Projected Revenue $4,733,087.00
Projected Expenses $4,733,087.00
Spending Policy N/A
Credit Line No
Reserve Fund Yes
Detailed Financials
Prior Three Years Revenue Sources ChartHelpThe financial analysis involves a comparison of the IRS Form 990 and the audit report (when available) and revenue sources may not sum to total based on reconciliation differences. Revenue from foundations and corporations may include individual contributions when not itemized separately.
Fiscal Year201620152014
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
$2,705,371$4,457,581$2,849,615
Government Contributions$0$0$0
Federal------
State------
Local------
Unspecified------
Individual Contributions------
------
$1,852,687$1,914,448$2,020,265
Investment Income, Net of Losses$31,117$74,371$36,345
Membership Dues------
Special Events------
Revenue In-Kind------
Other$52,407$83,074$15,399
Prior Three Years Expense Allocations Chart
Fiscal Year201620152014
Program Expense$4,402,919$4,477,047$4,494,828
Administration Expense$327,597$265,769$261,815
Fundraising Expense$195,168$240,778$139,157
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses0.941.311.01
Program Expense/Total Expenses89%90%92%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue7%5%5%
Prior Three Years Assets and Liabilities Chart
Fiscal Year201620152014
Total Assets$7,883,535$8,614,455$6,841,146
Current Assets$316,664$242,547$113,534
Long-Term Liabilities$414,742$501,913$513,468
Current Liabilities$80,693$130,509$95,340
Total Net Assets$7,388,100$7,982,033$6,232,338
Prior Three Years Top Three Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201620152014
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountRegina Frankenberg Foundation for Animal Welfare $100,000Regina Frankenberg Foundation for Animal Welfare $100,000Regina B. Frankenberg Foundation for Animal Welfare $100,000
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountIndependent Charities of America $24,013Independent Charities of America $36,244Combined Federal Campaign $51,664
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountHarold Larson Trust $23,869Harold Larson Trust $22,446Sandra Atlas Bass & Edythe & Sol G. Atlas Fund $16,500
Solvency
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities3.921.861.19
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets5%6%8%
Capitial Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? No
Comments
Foundation Staff Comments

This profile, including the financial summaries prepared and submitted by the organization based on its own independent and/or internal audit processes and regulatory submissions, has been read by the Foundation. Financial information is inputted by Foundation staff directly from the organization’s IRS Form 990, audited financial statements or other financial documents approved by the nonprofit’s board. The Foundation has not audited the organization’s financial statements or tax filings, and makes no representations or warranties thereon. The Community Foundation is continuing to receive information submitted by the organization and may periodically update the organization’s profile to reflect the most current financial and other information available. The organization has completed the fields required by The Community Foundation and updated their profile in the last year. To see if the organization has received a competitive grant from The Community Foundation in the last five years, please go to the General Information Tab of the profile.

Address 777 Post Rd
Suite 205
Darien, CT 068204721
Primary Phone 203 656-1522
CEO/Executive Director Priscilla Feral

 

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