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:
  • Nora Braska, President
  • Debbie Williams, Vice President
  • Sue Desmarais, Treasurer
  • Donna Taylor
  • Sarah Murphy
  • Michael Potito
  • Heather Heeb
  • Heather Clark
  • Kelvin Molina-Brantley, Executive Director
  • Jill Carra, Communications & Marketing Manager

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! in May, Ride Like an Animal Motorcycle Run and Car Show in September and the Pawzaar holiday 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.

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.

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