Branson Area animals have some new friends. Last Sunday a group called the Animal Advocates of the Ozarks held their first meeting. The small group of dedicated and determined individuals discussed the groups future and transition from lofty objectives to quantifiable action items. Having filed as a non-profit corporation the Animal Advocates are moving quickly in hopes that donations made by the end of the year can be deducted from 2006 taxes. Financial discussions conducted by the board included recommendations by members regarding what businesses in the area have shown good will and a desire to contribute to the community in a positive way.
The Animal Advocates are more than a philosophy oriented organization. Many of the members currently dedicate personal time, energy and resources to helping the condition of animals in Taney County. A group called the "Pound Pals", which represent the core of the Animal Advocates, provide a form of auxiliary support - getting down and dirty -cleaning cages and helping taking care of animals at the Taney County Pound.
The ultimate goal of the organization involves building a new animal shelter in the Branson Area - Mission Statement as follows:
To aid in the alleviation of distress and suffering of animals and promote their humane treatment through protection, placement and public education. To achieve this mission, it is intended that this organization will operate a shelter for animals in need of care, provide adoption programs for lost/abandoned animals, provide a lost and found pet service, promote spaying/neutering of all animals and conduct educational programs for children and adults.
We are committed to responsible pet ownership and solving the catastrophic problems of pet overpopulation. We will promote the welfare of animals by any legal means.
The group is meeting again on Tuesday, January 2nd 6:30PM. The group can be reached at 417-334-1523.