Share Your Story: The Burton Fletcher Foundation for Animals, Inc.

Share Your Story: The Burton Fletcher Foundation for Animals, Inc.

Burton Fletcher, an emeritus attorney with the State Bar of Georgia and a retired full professor of business administration, had successful legal and academic careers in California and Georgia before his retirement. In September 2021, he formed the nonprofit Burton Fletcher Foundation for Animals, Inc.

Burton founded the animal rescue organization not only to bring attention to the plight of unwanted animals but to save and find homes for as many as possible. Other goals are to promote the importance of spaying and neutering animals and to support other nonprofit rescue groups.

Burton is no stranger to the hard work required to rescue and care for animals. He grew up on a farm in McAlpin, Florida, surrounded by chickens, cats, dogs, and horses. His childhood years on the farm instilled a lifelong love of animals. Once he retired, he refocused his energy and attention on his concern for animals.
Why start a foundation for animals? When he settled in South Georgia, Burton quickly saw the needs of the local animal welfare community. Shelters were overwhelmed by far too many homeless, abandoned, and unwanted animals, with unacceptable, heartbreaking euthanasia rates.

Over the years, Burton had donated to animal rescue organizations and adopted animals from a local shelter. This time his idea to help became full-time labor of love that has had a real impact on fostering, adoption, community awareness, and euthanasia rates. His foundation has helped save the lives of countless innocent animals and made South Georgia residents more aware of local animal welfare issues and how they can help.

Burton is dedicated to community education and publicity regarding homeless, abandoned, abused, and unwanted animals and the need to stop the cycle of endless litters of unwanted puppies and kittens. Unaware, poor, or irresponsible pet owners continue the tragedy of animal overpopulation by not spaying and neutering their animals or abandoning unaltered pets. Though more animal shelters are needed, the solution requires more than more shelters. The answer is fewer unwanted animals.

The public may be unaware that animal welfare rescuers and workers make constant sacrifices. The most formidable challenge they face is funding animal rescue. They routinely donate their own time, energy, and money to save, care for or provide veterinarian services for unwanted animals.

These unsung heroes, quietly saving the lives of countless homeless, innocent animals and helping the community, receive little in return. Burton Fletcher is changing that by finding and recognizing these animal welfare heroes. Burton’s foundation hosts annual contests to acknowledge and thank animal rescue workers, fosters, adopters, and volunteers in South Georgia, who give so much.

Burton and the Burton Fletcher Foundation work to create synergy between animal rescue organizations, the business community, and citizens for the benefit of all. When residents realize that they need help with their pets or stray animals, they can contact the foundation or other nonprofit animal rescue organizations for advice and assistance.

Like many communities, South Georgia has several independent animal rescue organizations spread across multiple counties. Burton Fletcher’s goal is for the foundation to work cooperatively with these organizations to strengthen their shared network and resources. Together, they can respond more effectively to animal welfare issues, save South Georgia’s homeless animals, and reduce high euthanasia rates.

The foundation publicizes animal welfare issues and promotes nonprofit animal rescue organizations, adopters, fosters, volunteers, and supporters by sponsoring South Georgia and national competitions. Contests include the successful Happy Holidays! Animal Rescue Photo Contest in 2021 and the Animal Welfare Heroes 2022 contest.

The Animal Welfare Heroes Contest winners were awarded checks for their nonprofit organizations. The biographies of the animal rescue contestants are listed on the foundation website for added community recognition and publicity. The foundation has a new contest in June 2022 called, The Patriotic Rescue Pets Photo Contest.
Fletcher believes that animal rescue organizations should not hide their light under a bushel basket. Numerous events are one way to remind the public to adopt and save the life of a homeless animal rather than shop for a pet.

These newsworthy community animal welfare events also help spread the importance of animal rescue to local business owners, who can help sponsor future contests. Such events may also prompt the city and county governments to increase their funding for animal rescue, which benefits the entire community.

Plans are for the foundation to expand its contests and animal welfare publicity and seek more opportunities to network locally, regionally, and nationally with nonprofit animal welfare organizations. The goal is to increase the live outcome rates for all the animals in animal shelters to 95% by 2025.

Too ambitious? Not for Burton. The foundation’s inspirational slogan perfectly sums up its purpose and the dedication of the man who chooses to use his voice to speak for and work to save those animals most in need.

The Burton Fletcher Foundation for Animals, Inc.

“We are a little charity, doing big things
with great heart!” TM

Email to Chamber of Commerce Valdosta/Lowndes Community.

The Burton Fletcher Foundation for Animals, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt, non-profit corporation dedicated to improving the plight of abused, injured, abandoned, and feral animals in South Georgia, with the purpose of finding them the forever homes they deserve. Our foundation does this by uniting the hearts of the community to provide services, affection, dignity, and respect to these deserving animals.

Hello, South Georgia!

We appeal to anyone who cares about local animals and wants to help them. If you love and care about local animals, you can work with the Burton Fletcher Foundation for Animals, Inc. to help save as many as possible by donating any amount, one-time or monthly. It is also possible to become a sponsor, volunteer, or foster, and we welcome you to share our mission to save animals.

Every donation makes a difference, whether made online through our website, by PayPal, credit card, or mailed check. All donations help fund our programs that directly benefit animals in need, provide them safe refuge, and help find adoptable animals forever homes.

We ask you to partner with us and our supporters in raising ongoing, needed funds to continue our mission to:

  • Assist the Animal Shelter and Animal Rescue organizations across South Georgia.
  • Rescue injured, abused, abandoned, and feral animals in South Georgia.
  • Promote spay and neuter programs.
  • End animal overpopulation and euthanasia of shelter animals.

The foundation strongly encourages the adoption of homeless pets from animal shelters and rescue organizations instead of purchasing animals from pet shops or breeders. Your contributions will also help support other worthy organizations we assist, whose efforts demonstrate their commitment to our mission; together, we can do much more.

We strive to cooperate with many other animal welfare organizations and our community to recognize and end the tragic cycle of uncontrolled animal reproduction. Affordable, accessible spay and neuter services are the only compassionate solution to stop overcrowding in the shelters, and the resulting high rates of euthanasia, or homeless, suffering animals wandering outdoors.

County Commissioner Scott Orenstein, Burton Fletcher, Lowndes County Manager Paige Dukes

We congratulate Ms. Linda Patelski, the Lowndes County Animal Shelter Director, for her work, in conjunction with animal rescue organizations, that increased the “live outcome” rate to 88% in March 2022. Please encourage those positive efforts with an email to her below and voice your support for the national goal of a 90% no-kill shelter by 2025.

As an active animal welfare charity in South Georgia, we have held several successful events, including a Winter 2021 “Happy Holidays” Photo Contest that encouraged fostering and adoption from animal shelters and rescue organizations. Please take a look at our winner above!

We donated $2,500 in dog and cat supplies to Lowndes County Animal Shelter during the past year. Our foundation donated ten beds and repair kits to improve the comfort of the kennels for dogs awaiting adoption at the shelter. Another ten beds were donated to Paws Furever Home, Inc. in Tifton, GA. Animal behaviorists state that when dogs are comfortable and relaxed, they are more friendly, outgoing, and adoptable!

The foundation was pleased to be able to donate to and build a website for Echols Animal Rescue in Statenville, GA. We also donated $1,300 to the Humane Society of Valdosta/Lowndes County. Other donations went to multiple local animal rescue organizations as funds were available.

Our Animal Welfare Heroes 2022 Contest recently awarded $3,250 to seven leaders in animal rescue efforts across South Georgia to help their organizations continue outstanding work. These tireless animal advocates, and others, had never been recognized for their essential contributions. The Valdosta Daily Times published an excellent article on April 6, 2022, regarding the contest.

It is with gratitude that we take this opportunity to thank our dedicated sponsors:

  • April Mathis, DVM, and Dr. Michael A. Delaney, DVM of Azalea City Animal Hospital
  • Clarence Spires of ReMax Realty
  • Attorney Tim Conlon of the Conlon Law Group, a law firm, provides mobile loan closing services throughout Georgia.

As a 501(c)(3) non-profit charity, the Burton Fletcher Foundation for Animals, Inc. receives no government funding but relies on donations and sponsorships. All donations and sponsorships are fully tax-deductible. Please visit our website for complete and extensive additional information. Call or email us with any questions you may have so we can work together. We thank you in advance for your love of animals, your support of our mission, and your generosity as we look toward the future and work together to help and save as many innocent animals as possible.

Please help us save the lives of innocent animals! Every tax-deductible dollar you give will make a difference. Your support is critical to saving the lives of animals in South Georgia in our quest to reduce euthanasia rates.

“We are a little charity, doing big things, with great heart!” ™️

Burton Fletcher
Prof. Burton Fletcher, J.D., MBA (Ret.)
President, Burton Fletcher Foundation for Animals, Inc.
Emeritus Attorney, State Bar of Georgia
3533 Cherry Creek Road
Valdosta, GA 31605-5842
Cell: (229) 560-8180

Nominations sought

VALDOSTA — The Animal Welfare Heroes 2022 hosted by the Burton Fletcher Foundation for Animals seeks nominations for animal welfare heroes in South Georgia.

The Burton Fletcher Foundation for Animals is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, according to foundation representatives in a statement. “It wishes to recognize individuals and organizations for their outstanding contributions to animal welfare, including volunteerism, fostering, adoption, donations, spaying and neutering, while giving local animal welfare organizations donations,” they added.

The competition’s three winners will choose which animal welfare organizations will receive their portion of the awarded competition money donation, which will be $2,500 in total, representatives said. Nominating and voting for a favorite person and the listed organization will take place on the official Burton Fletcher Foundation for Animals website.

People can nominate and vote up to five times, representatives said.

The competition is open to nominees in South Georgia. The voting deadline is March 1.

More information: Visit http://www.BurtonFletcherFoundation. org