People Behind the Animals

Meet the Foundation for TJO Animals

The Foundation for TJO Animals helps better the lives of TJO shelter animals by raising donations, encouraging adoptions, and engaging the community on behalf of TJO animals.

TJO Foundation Board Members:
Nora Braska (President)
Debbie Williams (Vice President)
Sue Desmarais (Treasurer)
Diane Gould
Donna Taylor
Melissa Hallock
Paul Zingarelli
Eva Schocken
Carla Potts
Nicole Rondeau
Scott Renius
Tonya Plumb (Executive Director)
Jill Carra (Foundation Administrator)

The Foundation for TJO Animals supports the animals at the TJO Animal Control and Adoption Center, which takes in homeless and stray animals from Springfield, Chicopee, and Holyoke. TJO's full-service adoption center has many wonderful temperament-tested, health-screened dogs and cats looking for forever homes.

If you are looking to ADOPT an animal, please visit the Adopt page.

What We Do

The Foundation for TJO Animals is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization committed to the health and welfare of the animals at the TJO Animal Control and Adoption Center. When animals need a little extra TLC, we pay for medical treatments and rehabilitation that would otherwise not be available. Sick and injured animals are given the best care that we can provide.In addition, we work with trainers and behavior specialists to help our animals be good citizens. We also support environmental enrichment, that is, activities and equipment that make the shelter a less stressful place to be for our residents. See some of the animals Foundation for TJO Animals has helped here.

The Foundation for TJO Animals holds fundraising events such as the Ride Like an Animal motorcycle run in August and the Pawzaar craft fair in December, as well as many smaller events throughout the year.

The Foundation for TJO Animals is supported by many donations, large and small, from schools, civic groups, individuals, and businesses throughout the Pioneer Valley, as well as grants from national foundations. But most of our funding comes from generous individuals like you who want a better life for our community's most needy animals. Donate to the Foundation for TJO Animals.