Meet The Foundation

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:
  • Heather Heeb, President
  • Sarah Murphy, Vice President
  • Rose Westbrook, Treasurer
  • Janna Brown
  • Candy Lash
  • Debbie Williams
  • Mark Rosa
  • Ginny Webb
  • Jill Carra, Communications & Marketing Manager
  • James Martin, Foundation Administrative Assistant

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. We also support environmental enrichment, that is, activities and equipment that make the shelter a less stressful place to be for our residents.

The Foundation for TJO Animals holds fundraising events such as Pets Rock!, Ride Like an Animal Motorcycle Run, and the Pawzaar craft fair, 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.

See some of the animals Foundation for TJO Animals has helped here.

OUR MISSION: The Foundation for TJO Animals is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization serving local, homeless animals in Western Massachusetts.  We are dedicated to helping animals in shelter at the Thomas J. O’Connor Animal Control and Adoption Center receive the veterinary care they need to bring them to the adoption floor, and from there to their forever homes.  The Foundation supports and enhances the medical services and programs of the Thomas J. O’Connor Animal Control and Adoption Center through fundraising, special events, and donor appeals.

Thanks To Our Pawsitively Awesome Sponsors!

Gary Rome Hyundai
Western Mass News
GG Inks
Meridian Industrial Group
Whitcomb Family Foundation
Kitchen & Bath Design Center
Westfield Bank
Florence Bank
Fontaine Brothers
Teddy Bear Pools & Spas
Good Dog Spot
Blue Elephant
AlphaView Wealth Advisors - Ameriprise Financial Services, LLC
Springfield Thunderbirds Foundation
Borawski Insurance
Keller Williams Realty
Bacon Wilson
Smithland Pet Supply
Paragus Strategic I.T.
Dowd Insurance Agency
Vizsla Club
Allstate Insurance
Western Mass Collision
Greater Springfield Credit Union
Hazen Paper
Holyoke Mall
Sage Engineering
Antonacci Family Foundation
USA Recycle
Market Mentors
Dog Watch East Coast LLC
WF Young
Bottom Line Driven
Rock 102