The Friends of the Yonkers Animal Shelter is a non-for-profit (501.3C) organization that initally was formed to help the Yonkers Animal Shelter and the animals of the city. A core of volunteers was established to assist in whatever capacity was deamed helpful by the Friends of YAS organization. We introduced volunteers into the shelter to aid and assist the shelter staff, and to walk and help socialize the animals.
We encouraged adoptions at the shelter and at our Insistence we received the city’s approval and they set up an account PETFINDER.COM., a website that was maintained by us for 4 yrs. This consisted of countless hours of picture taking, updating the site (which resulted in the adoption of well over 300 animals). We’ve worked with many rescue groups, which is an integral part of animal welfare, who helped find permanent “forever” homes. We have also transported numerous animals to rescues and hospice at our own expense.
FYAS held adopt-a-thons, and the group, in conjunction with another organization held several adoption days in Northern and Southern Westchester County.
Several fundraisers were held and the monies raised was used to help defer the costs of some medical expenses and purchase grooming supplies, bedding, leashes, treats, etc.
We are working on legislation, and numerous other projects, which will be beneficial to the city and it’s animals.
As we have done in the past, our mission is to continue to intercept animals prior to entering any shelter by working with rescue groups and individuals to help find permanent homes for these unfortunate throw-a-ways.