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Guardians for Animals

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Animal Protection & Welfare, Animal Services, Animals

Mission: To aid small rescue groups in need through emergency funding, networking support, education and animal placement. GFA wants to ensure no rescue closes it's doors due to lack of funding.

Results: GFA has helped our affiliate rescues to save over 34,000 animals from shelters 'death row" (euthanasia). GFA is there whenever needed.

Target demographics: rescue groups save death row shelter animals

Direct beneficiaries per year: 16 rescue affiliates

Geographic areas served: S.E Michigan

Programs: We provide support for over 20 rescues who focus on death row shelter animals. Support includes food, supplies, spay/neuter, emergency medical,special events and adoption venues. Last year we helped to save over 3,000 animals in peril. To date over 34,000.

Community Stories

27 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Kaitlyn M.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This organization has helped countless animal shelters and is constantly striving to help as many animals as possible. The organization’s fearless leader, Alex Whitney, is one of the most dedicated and passionate people I have ever met.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Guardians for Animals is a very good organization helping animals in need

2 Brent S.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have worked with Guardians for Animals and its affiliated rescues for over six years. When I was a manager at PETCO and Dog Trainer I witnessed first-hand the compassion with which these wonderful volunteers helped animals that otherwise would have been euthanized. They have saved thousands of animals lives and that is why I shall continue to help GFA whenever I am able.

2 Ceree M.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am a volunteer for a rescue group that Guardians for Animals helps. The events that they do every year helps us so very much. We just recently had one of our most successful events yet hosted by them. It is so nice to have someone that cares for and helps small rescue groups. We appreciate all their efforts more than words can say.

2

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

We are a Veterinary clinic who helps one of the rescues that umbrella under Guardians For Animals. We also volunteer our time Microchipping animals, at events, for Guardians for Animals. We are all amazed at all the hard work that Alex puts into raising money for all these rescue. It is a joy to work with her and hope to work with her for a long time.

2

Donor

Rating: 5

Guardians for Animals is more about helping "Rescue" organizations than "rescuing" itself. The amount of time, energy, and creativity expended by its founder, Alex Whitney, is a testament to her dedication to helping ALL animals in need. She is committed to working with everyone in order to get as many dogs and cats placed in loving and forever homes. Alex goes beyond the ordinary with her ideas for fundraisers - look no farther than the Kiwi and Belle-Tire connections. GFA is dedicated to helping those who cannot help themselves, the animals!

2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a volunteer with Guardians for Animals (GFA) for 5 years and Alex has shown me the true meaning of being selfless. She is an amazing person with a big heart who will help any animal in need. I am very fortunate to be able to work along side of her with the fundraising events we have every year. I cant imagine a world without GFA, there would be so many empty homes and hearts without the help she has provided to all of the affiliate rescues.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I am a board member of MotorCity Greyhound Rescue. We are an affiliate of GFA and participate in their adoption events. The group is very helpful and dedicated to the rescue and adoption of animals. Alex is professional and helpful in every way.

2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Alex does everything she can to help rescues do their work. She is always available to answer questions and solve any problems. She is dedicated to the mission of saving the lives of animals.


2

Donor

Rating: 5

Guardian for Animals (GFA) has helped countless animals. If it were not for GFA, I shutter to think of the fate of all these poor animals. We need GFA to provide the link and means to support the smaller rescues who cannot do it on their own. Alex Whitney has a insight and ability to help in ways most would not think of or even go out of their way to do, even if they had the means or insight. She is a jewel in the animal rescue community. For the animals welfare and for all Alex does, I support GFA wholeheartedly and with passion. She has a passion that she puts into full action for the animals in a very positive way. What would the little animals do without GFA and Alex? I profoundly feel that GFA needs to be supported and continue on so Alex and GFA can continue their good work for all the animals. Put ourselves in the animals place.....wouldn't we want a wonderful advocate like this if we were in need. We would cherish it for our survival. It is such for the animals now.

2

Donor

Rating: 5

Alexandria Whitney is a miracle. She has helped save many animals that would not have lived without her guidance to the many rescues she serves. As I believe so sternly in her mission and the positive benefit I see, in support, I have offered my company's services pro bono to Alex.

Amy_172

Donor

Rating: 5

Alex and her team have a unique concept in the rescue world and their enthusiasm for their mission is evident in all they do. Our company has supported GFA for several years now and we couldn't be more proud to be a small part of what they do.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Alex Whitney is the force behind Guardians For Animals.
Her desire is to see all good rescue groups succeed.
Alex puts on fundraisers to raise money for animals in need, and provides dog food to rescues that need it. Alex has creditability, and is honorable.
It's all about helping homeless animals.
Guardians For Animals is always there if you need help.
Thank you for all you do!!!




Volunteer

Rating: 5

Without Guardians for Animals, we would not have been able to start our rescue. Alex Whitney gave us the encouragement and the knowledge that we needed in order to get started. They helped with supplies such as crates, food, etc., which we so badly needed in order to start saving animals. They helped us to help ourselves by giving us opportunities to fund raise, and got us started with Petco so that we could have a nice place to hold adoption events.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Guardian for Animals is a wonderful group. The passion that Alex Whitley and her team show towards rescue work is beyond amazing. As a volunteer for Safari Animal Rescue, I have had the pleasure of a first hand affiliation with GFA. Alex has provided us not only with assistence in funding, but has shared her knowledge (which I must say is vast). GFA is an organization where the animals come first. There is no glamor, no weekly news coverage of the great things that they do. Alex and GFA are a true blessing to amimals in need.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am a volunteer for Safari Animal Rescue and I am so grateful for all of the aid we get from Guardians for Animals. Without Alex Whitney and her organization there would be a lot more animals in danger. Alex Whitney, the creator and driving force of Guardians for Animals, has worked tirelessly to insure that our rescue (and many others) are provided with the resources we need so that we can save as many animals as we possibly can. Thank you GFA for all you do!

Renee H.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have volunteered with SAFARI rescue for about a year and have had the pleasure of meeting GFAs director. We have attended events hosted by GFA and been able to network to help other animals because of them. The goal of GFA has been to put animals first. Without their help, SAFARI would not have been able to help as many animals over the years. They are wonderful!

Safari R.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Guardians for Animals (GFA) is an incredible group. They helped Special Animal Friends and Rescue, Inc. (SAFARI) get our start up. GFA helped us with establishing a relationship with Petco where we show our animals, as well as providing assistance in getting additional crates, leashes, and food for our animals. GFA also puts on numerous fund raising events throughout the year, which helps newer rescues generate fund raising dollars, without having to put in the time and have the expertise to put on your own events. Alex Whitney, the founder of GFA provides invaluable experience to the affiliate rescues. Allowing new rescues to learn from someone with experience about fund raising, marketing, and acquiring grants. SAFARI would not be in the position we are today without the assistance of GFA. We love the organization and it's founder Alex Whitney! GFA has helped in the rescue and rehoming of many thousands of animals and as they grow, so does the number of saved animals. Jim

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Guardians For Animals is an organization dedicated to helping small rescues. GFA, founded by Alex Whitney, is a stellar animal rescue organization. This is a group that will help any way they can, covering all breeds and species across the board. It is important that we keep GFA in our thoughts, especially for charitable contributions. They help those rescues keep on rescuing.

Geraldine3

Client Served

Rating: 5

GFA and Alex Whitney are a wonderful organization.
I have for 15 years privided food and shelter spay and neuter for many many feral cats,
I felt overwhelmed financially at times.
GFA helped me so much with cat food donations. and introduced me to some other people that were care givers for the homeless animals,.
I really am glad there is a helping hand such as GFA .
Gerry Campbell

Chrissie J.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Guardians for Animals has provided wonderful assistance to several rescue organizations. When we started our own rescue called Semper Fidelis Pet Rescue Guardians for Animals helped us with getting supplies we needed along with creating wonderful relationships with Petco's in Oakland County Michigan. Without their wonderful support and drive to make a difference we would have never made it as a rescue. We are so grateful to be associated with them and thankful that with both of our combined efforts we are making a difference. Guardians for Animals represents one of the most effective ways to truly make a difference in animals lives and keeping them out of danger.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Best Buddy Pet Rescue has been affiliated with Guardians For Animals for about 4 years. We met Alex Whitney through Petco. Guardians For Animals has provided us with food, leashes, toys and probably the most important thing is the publicity and recognition we have gotten. We are a small group trying to compete with larger groups. We have about 10 volunteers who work extremely hard trying to find good homes for dogs and cats. Without being invited to GFA sponsored events this would not have been possible.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Guardians For Animals is a wonderful organization that does amazing things for so many animals in need. The volunteers truly have the animals well being and best interest at heart. It is a pleasure to know such caring people.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Loveabull Paws Rescue has been a GFA affiliate for two years now and with out GFA we would not have been able to save all the dogs we have. Guardians For Animals has assisted us with donations of crates, help with vetting, partnership with Petco to show our animals, support, supplies, and most important hope! We would not be the rescue we are today with out the support and encouragement of GFA and for that we will be forever grateful! They are an amazing organization!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Nearly 5 years ago today, GFA helped us get our start as a foster based rescue. We were a group of 5 very passionate women for doing rescue the "right way". GFA, sharing our compassion for animals in need, gave us the chance we needed to get our feet off the ground. GFA was (and still is!) always willing to help when we need it. We continue to participate in various annual events and fundraiser, as well as our monthly adoptions at Petco - another valued relationship that GFA helped us establish. Being a non-profit animal rescue, financials can be a constant battle. Our partnership with GFA has played a big role in helping us to keep our heads above water so we can continue to save fur babies in need! We are proud to be able to say that we have saved over 1,000 canines and felines that may have otherwise faced a much different fate. Thank you GFA!! You helped us start and continue to support something that we think is pretty darn special : )

Client Served

Rating: 5

MotorCity Greyhound Rescue has been affiliated with Guardians for almost two years. We participate in adoption events organized by Guardians. On every occasion we've found them to be professional and devoted to seeing that every animal receives the care and kindness they deserve.

Melanie W.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Three years ago I began my very own rescue. To be honest it was not much of a rescue, we had two dogs and four cats. As a rescue just starting out there are so many start up expenses that you do not even realize and if I had to do it all alone A Hopeful Heart Animal Rescue would not exist today. GFA was able to help our rescue organization by providing us with cages and crates to use during our adoption events, they helped us pay for our start up vet expenses so that our animals would be ready to go home, and she provided us with much needed food and flea preventative for our rescued animals. Often times I have spent hours on the phone with the head of GFA and she has counseled me and advised me on critical rescue issues. I know that if there is a time that I have a need GFA will do everything in their power to fulfill that need. GFA helped our rescue go from those two dogs and four cats to a rescue organization that has between 35-50 dogs and 50-60 cats at any time. With GFA's help we have taken over 250 animals a year from high kill animal shelters and turned them into loving family pets. If GFA did not exist those loving animals would have never left the shelter. We will for ever be eternally grateful for GFA and so will our rescued pets!