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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Animal Protection & Welfare, Animals

Mission: Our mission is to provide life long shelter, medical treatment and loving care to healthy, unwanted animals, whether juvenile, geriatric or disabled, to promote a responsible and humane attitude toward all creatures, to encourage spay/neuter as population control, and to end animal neglect and cruelty in any form.

Target demographics: give these unfortunate animals a loving place to live out their lives if not adopted.

Direct beneficiaries per year: 43 animals

Geographic areas served: Saving unwanted, juvenile, geriatric or disabled cats and dogs

Programs: -

Community Stories

29 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Board Member

Rating: 5

AFA is the only sanctuary around here, for long term hospice care and a retirement center for old, neglected, special needs (including FIV cats), and just unadoptable cats and dogs. All cats and dogs brought into AFA, are spayed, neutered, vaccinated and tested. Any that do not get adopted, will live out their lives being cared for here. Betsy Haas has a huge heart, and treats all of these animals equally, & gives them everything she has! AFA works with a very, very small group of volunteers, and with limited donations, but the cats and dogs here are the #1 priority. It's rare to find someone like Betsy, who's whole life revolves around these animals. I'm so grateful for the chance to volunteer with such an amazing group, and for the help AFA has given me with animals.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Aide for Animals is such a wonderful rescue and sanctuary! Betsy devotes every minute of her days to the needs of all of the cats and dogs there. I am so blessed to have met Betsy when she took in some kittens that I found, and I've been volunteering weekly ever since. I've never met a more kind, caring, compassionate and dedicated person in my life! I'm proud to say that I'm a volunteer and donor at AFA, and plan to be for the rest of my life. With that being said, AFA can always use additional volunteers in many capacities and always needs donations to help with the continued (sometimes forever) care of the cats and dogs. There are also many beautiful, sweet, loving cats, that would love to be adopted, but if that doesn't happen, they have a forever home at AFA. Betsy treats every single animal like a family member! Please show your support for AFA!!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The president Betsy Haas, runs a great organization for the animals in need! She is a selfless person who has a heart as big as Texas. We need more programs like this. Aide for Animals does not get the recognition it deserves in this area (Mobile AL). I hope this group receives more coverage and donations for the wonderful work it does.

Grassroots organizations are the best! No paid staff or board members made up just of people who care!! No frills no ego just help for the pets in need!

Jane97

Donor

Rating: 5

I have known Betsy and AFA for many, many years now and what a wonderful job they do rescuing critter's and literally saving their lives. It doesn't matter if you are blind or 3 legged you at still welcome. Everyone of the residents have been tested and vaccinated, neutered or spayed and given loving accommodations for as long as they need to stay, even if that is forever. They work tirelessly 24/7 feeding and maintaining the over 100 they take care of. Expenses are really high and the vet bills are as well but somehow they keep on going. Anyone who has ever met Betsy Haas adores her as I do. I fully support this organization with a 5 star rating!!!!

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Donor

Rating: 5

I have known Betsy Haas and Aide for Animals for over ten years and I have never known a more dedicated organization. She and husband Tom have saved hundred of cats and dogs and for that matter - rabbits and baby animals as well. Her cat colony is simpatico. They feed together side by side and there is nothing but harmony. She is their Pied Piper for sure! They rely totally on donations and money is always tight. She needs volunteers as much as donations so anyone local who can spend some time with her and her cats and dogs is sorely needed. Imagine doing all that yourself? There are so many chores I can't imagine how they do it. So if you are able bodied, have a checkbook or need to adopt, this is best place on earth!!!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

When I needed help finding homes for some of my kitties, Aide for Animals was the only group that would help me. They are very kind and caring and take excellent care of all the cats and dogs that they take in. They helped me...and other people that I know...so I try to help when I can with monetary donations, food and sometimes handmade cat beds.

Sharon A.1

Client Served

Rating: 5

We are an older couple and we have older dogs. We were at a loss as to what to do when we found 4 new born kittens in our shed. The mother was nowhere to be found. We had no idea what to do. My son called Aide for Animals and got instructions on how to tend to them and when we were able, they were transferred to Aide for Animals. We were so worried that our dog would hurt the kittens and we did not want them to go to a kill facility or to get into the "wrong" hands. Aide to Animals took all 4 kittens and took fantastic care of them until they were adopted. I cannot say enough good things about this wonderful, caring organization.

Atrisha L.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have watched Ms. Haas and her family and friends take care of every animal that they were blessed to receive. I have been her mail lady for 30 years and I can tell you every dime they have goes to those animals. We use the same veterinarian and those animals do not go without. Aid for Animals is a great cause and I’m proud to know them.

Client Served

Rating: 5

A few years back a lady in a weekly group I go had died and we had to find a home for her older cat. We had tried to home the cat with several of our friend group but for various reasons the rehoming with our group did not work out. Aid for Animals was able to care for our friend's cat and give it the love and care it deserved.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Mrs. Betsy and the volunteers at Aide For Animals are awesome. We adopted little Nicki from them. He was rescued in the median of a very busy traffic intersection and likely would have been killed that day if it had not been for his rescuers. The love and care given to all of the animals there is amazing.

Sherry Lynn P.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My name is Sherry Pinkston and we have a cat name rosco.In june of this year rosco got caught in the fan of our car,he lost two toes on his back foot and sliced open his leg. we didn't know what to do or how to save him. i called everyone i could find for help and nobody would help us. i called aide for animals and Betsy Haas answered. she did more than answer a phone call that day. she saved rosco's life. they had to amputate the rest of his toes that were left on his foot but the doctors were able to save his leg. he would have died if not for Aide for Animals and Betsy Haas. we are grateful everyday. we watch rosco play and live his life everyday and he is our blessing.the first photo is right after surgery. we were not sure if the stitches would hold, if the stitches had failed they would have had to remove his whole leg, we were lucky they held. the second is him now all healed and happy today. i can't thank aide for animals and Betsy Haas enough for saving our baby. we pray for them everyday. i wish i had the money to fix what need. i hope this letter helps. i love Betsy Haas and Aide for Animals, they are our blessings.

Lee C.

Board Member

Rating: 5

Aide for Animals has been a part of my life for as long as it's been up and running! I started as a volunteer, then later became a board member. I now am proud to say that I'm one of the 24/7 caregivers for these precious little lives, and I can't say enough about this wonderful organization!

Over the ten+ years that AFA has existed, hundreds of lives have been saved! We care for approximately 100 cats and dogs at any given time, most of which will live out their lives in comfort here because they are elderly or infirm or are otherwise unadoptable for whatever reason.

That being said, we do have an adoption unit here, and we have rehomed many animals over the years. These are pictures of just a few of our fur babies that have been adopted!

I cannot imagine not being involved with Aide for Animals. This organization is Mobile, Alabama's ONLY limited admission, NO KILL, 501 (c)(3) animal sanctuary, where unadoptable fur babies are allowed to live out their lives in comfort and with dignity. AFA,, and all involved in its success, is so important to our area! It brings people and animals together for the greater good of all concerned!

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Board Member

Rating: 5

There are so many great things about Aide for Animals that I could take pages to tell you about them. I will hit on the main functions of this rescue organization in this review. We are the only animal rescue group in this area that not only takes stray cats and dogs and gets them ready for adoption , but also is a retirement home for unadoptable pets, such as the old, disabled, or chronically ill.

I have been on the board of Aide for Animals for several years, and in that capacity, I get to see the struggle that we go through every day, trying to bring in enough donations to keep these animals vetted, fed, and comfortable. We have had several fund raisers since I have been involved, and although they help immensely, we still work tirelessly to put out newsletters, brochures and use word of mouth to get our name further into the community than it already is.

I share the added honor of being an Adoption Coordinator and Critical Care Unit with one of our other volunteers, Rachel Nowlin Jones. As Adoption Coordinators, we make sure that the pets that are up for adoption on our website or on Petfinder go to homes that suit them as individuals and not just another cat or dog. We go into the homes and interview the prospective owners, and in most cases, there is a perfect match between animal and proud owner.

Our critical care units are just that: A place in our individual homes where we take gravely ill pets that need a lot of special attention, such as daily medication, fluids, constant monitoring, etc. When they are well and eating good, we take them back to Aide for Animals and put them up for adoption.

I can't say enough about Aide for Animals. Even if I weren't so closely bonded with the people, animals, and overall good that we do for the community, such as teaching that pets are members of our families and that spaying or neutering is one of the most important things an owner can do for their pet, I would still be a volunteer and do what I could to make sure that this wonderful organization continues to help all of the animals that come into their care.

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B.j. A.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Aide for Animals is a wonderful organization that is passionate about their work! They have helped us out on numerous occasions by taking animals that needed a place to live and have a chance in life. If you can help by giving support monetarily, they are a well deserving operation that is well run and the animals are loved and taken care. Please help them if you can. BJ and Spencer Adams

Marcia G.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Betsy and her husband Tom have been helping animals of all kind for probably over at least 30 years now. I have known them for 40+ years. It was Betsy who helped me start rescuing. Tom and Betsy have devoted their lives to this and shared their home and personal resources to help 1000's of animals in need and people in need as well.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

Betsy and her organization really put the animals first, often taking on special-needs babies and getting dogs and cats that need extra TLC hale and hearty so they can go to their forever homes.

Donor

Rating: 5

Mrs. Betsy and her volunteer crew at Aide for Animals are some of the most kind and generous animal loving people I have ever had the pleasure to meet. Mrs. Betsy's love for animals is evident the second you step foot onto their beautiful property. It is a great place to be a cat or dog at Aide for Animals! The beautiful cat sanctuary in the backyard is a haven full of lush and colorful greenery, a few fountains, shady patios and kitty cat houses and hammocks everywhere. If I get to be a cat in my next life, I want to live in that sanctuary, Catnip Village. I imagine that the amount of work and dedication required to run a nonprofit animal rescue is at times bewildering and overwhelming, but Mrs. Betsy's love and determination to help abandoned and sometimes unadoptable animals shines through everyday, day in and day out, all 365 days of the year! I support her and appreciate her in every way that I can because she and the animals deserve it! We adopted our little Nicki from her and we love him so much!

Karen416

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Always a way, a loving caring, that is extended to all. I foster and aid for animals helps me with food, advice in emergencies, I will go pick up an animal in crisis, it's staggering what lengths Betsy and her team,will go to help. Please support and donate to aid for animals.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Betsy does a wonderful job in tough situations. She has such a big heart. Aide for Animals needs all the help it can get.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I have known the founder of this organization for about 15 years, through animal rescue work. she is one of the most generous-hearted, patient, loving people I've ever met. Her reverence and respect for life has given me so much respect for her. There just aren't many people like her. The same goes for her husband and family. I have not been in the local area for seven yrs, so don't know the other current volunteers, but I do know the work this group does is of a level of emotional and physical difficulty that most ppl would find it hard to imagine. They are absolutely tireless. They draw their strength from the tremendous need of the innocent creatures they rescue & care for. I know they truly believe what they do is so worth it every time they look into the eyes of one of the angels living at AFA. Thank you Betsy for what you do for them, day in and day out....for what you've done for me over the years and what you've taught me by your example. You (and AFA) are making such a difference.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Betsy haas with aide for animals is the best.. When our organization needed help with both fostering and for some wise influential advice she was there for us more than once. She has given it her all and
given us her all, for the welfare of the animals. She has put our needs first and for that, we can't thank her enough. Betsy I have learned from you and hope that I will be as compassionate and caring as you no matter what the situation is..

Laura264

Client Served

Rating: 5

i can never repay Betsy and Aide for Animals for taking in my Persian kitty, Kismet, when I needed to find her a new home. Eventually, she found her fur-ever home in Florida and although I will always miss her, I know that she's happy today thanks to Betsy. Thanks, Aide for Animals, for giving me priceless peace-of-mind!

Donor

Rating: 5

Betsy Haas, with Aide for Animals, helped us when no other rescue or sanctuary would. A while back, we found some stray kittens behind our office, and Betsy took them in when we could no longer care for them. And again, just last week, she helped us when we caught a male feral cat at our office. She helped set up the TNR (Trap, Neuter, Release) at her vet. The cat, now named Copper, has been successfully neutered, ear tipped and released back into his free roam environment, and gets fed at our shop! Betsy Haas and the volunteers at Aide for Animals truly do care about the well being of the animals, and do this work for the love of animals!