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Friends of Animals is a non-profit, international animal advocacy organization, incorporated in the state of New York since 1957. Friends of Animals works to cultivate a respectful view of nonhuman animals, free-living and domestic. Our goal is to free animals from cruelty and institutionalized exploitation around the world.

Friends of Animal's President is Priscilla Feral, who works out of FoA's International Headquarters in Darien, Connecticut.

The projects and services provided by Friends of Animals are entirely supported by membership contributions, bequests, and grants. Our continued strength depends upon the generosity of our members and donors.

We inform members about animal advocacy issues and our progress in addressing them through our magazine, Act•ionLine, our Web site and other reports. We encourage our members to get involved in their own communities as volunteer activists and as representatives of our spay/neuter project.

With the loyal support of our members and friends from all walks of life throughout the world, each year we actively meet the needs of more animals on more fronts than any animal advocacy group of our kind.

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National Headquarters

777 Post Road Suite 205
Darien, CT 06820
Phone: 203-656-1522
Fax: 203-656-0267


New York Office

1841 Broadway Suite 350
New York, NY 10023
Phone: 212-247-8120
North Carolina Office
34 Kendall Street 
Asheville, NC 28806
Phone: 202-906-0210
Western Office
7500 E. Arapahoe Rd., Ste. 385
Centennial, CO 80112
Phone: 720-949-7791

Key Staff:

Priscilla Feral, President
Dianne Forthman, VP Administration
Bob Orabona, Director of Operations
Edita Birnkrant, Campaigns Director
Dustin Rhodes, Development Director

Philip LaDestro, Accountant
Donna Thigpen, Assistant to President
Shelly Scott, Secretary to President 
Paula Santo, Spay Volunteers/Vet Director
Belveley Russell, Bookkeeper 
Meghan McIntire, Social Media Editor
Nicole Rivard, Correspondent
Alice Langley, Receptionist
Veronika Johnson, Membership
Maria Lagonigro, Membership

Michael Harris, Wildlife Law Program Director
Jenni Barnes, Staff Attorney
Kaylee Dolen, Office Administrator


Equal Employment Opportunity 


Friends of Animals is committed to equal employment opportunity.



Financial Information

Friends of Animals, Inc.

Federal ID # (EIN): 13-6018549

Financial Statement fy 2014

IRS 990 fy 2014


Friends of Animals Board of Directors:

Priscilla Feral, President
Sally Malanga, Secretary/Treasurer
Carol Fleischmann, Chairperson
Cody Donahue, Director
Bray Creech, Director