Friends of Butler County Animals
Friends of Butler County Animals (FOBCA) is the organization that now runs the Butler County Animal Shelter. The organization was formed on October 10, 2018.
The purpose of FOBCA is to:
1. Encourage Butler County Residents to spay/neuter their pets or cats and dogs on or near their property.
2. Promote and advance public education concerning spay/neuter needs to help reduce the unwanted pet overpopulation.
3. Support the Butler County Animal Shelter.
4. Improve the quality of life for Butler County animals.
FOBCA entered into a contract with the Butler County Fiscal Court to operate the shelter and apply for grants and hold fundraisers.
Ruby Fooks is the shelter director, and the two employees ate Kayla Avans and Melinie Richards.
Susan Meredith and Tammy are daily volunteers.
FOBCA’s goals are:
- Purchase property to facilitate a new state of the art shelter.
- Education rooms will be a part of the new shelter where kids from schools can come; we feel kids are our future rescuers.
- Host Birthday Parties
- Offer to the community low-cost spay and neuter.
- Walking trails for pet owners
Meet the Board of Directors:
My name is Rhonda Vaughn, I live in the Dunbar community with my husband, Michael and two fur babies, Max and Yellar, Max is a ten year old mini- golden doodle and Yellar is a dog we rescued in our community, We have one daughter, Ashley Runion and one precious grandson, Benjamin Henry,Ben recently turned four years old and is following in his Nana's footsteps with a love for animals.
I enjoy walking, working out, reading and traveling with my family, especially to the beach and Disney! Animals have long been a love of mine but as I got older I found that helping them was a true passion, it breaks my heart to see a neglected animal or a stray with nowhere to go so often I find myself stopping along a road to help rescue one or being an advocate for an animal who is being neglected in a yard, although I've been told many times you can't save them all but if I can save one or a hundred I know I've done something or at least tried too.
Being a part of FOBCA is an honor for me, we are an impassioned group of people looking to better the lives of all animals in our community, we want to be known as a community who looks out for our animals and makes a difference for them each and every day!
Tristan has worked in local government for over a decade, and she is currently the Assistant City Clerk for the City of Morgantown. In addition to serving as a board member on the FOBCA board, Tristan is the president of the Morgantown Butler County Chamber of Commerce and is on both the Morgantown Tourism Board and the Butler County Drug
Free Board. Tristan married her husband, Jacob, last September, and together they have two adored dogs, Rowan and Juniper, and a sweet cat named Remus.
Derek moved to Butler county in 2018 with his wife Melinie. They reside in the county with one of their two sons Ryan, 4 dogs, five cats, and chickens. Derek is currently the Controller for Active Sports, Inc. (a subsidiary of Camping World) and responsible for the finance and accounting functions of the company. Prior to this Derek worked for a large non-profit health system where he oversaw the non-profit tax reporting, financial reporting and financial forecasting.
Michele Duvall-VP and Secretary
My name is Michele Duvall. I have been a board member for FOBCA since 2019, and I currently serve as Vice President and Secretary. I am an Assistant Commonwealth Attorney in Butler County and live in Butler County with my husband, Cody, rescue dog Bryson, and our two cats Carolina and Trace. I have always been really passionate about animals and getting to work with FOBCA to help improve the lives of dogs and cats in Butler County has been an amazing experience. Cody and I really enjoyed fostering a puppy and a momma cat and her four kittens last year. In my free time, I enjoy hiking/backpacking, kayaking, trail running, traveling, and spending time with my family.
My name is Robin Johnson, I have been a resident of Butler County for 10 years. I am a new member to the FOBCA board. In the past I have served on the Morgantown/Butler County Chamber of Commerce, past GRCF Chairperson, and currently I sit on the BCMS site base committee as a parent representative. Growing up showing horses, having cattle and several dogs has drown me to this organization and I look forward to the future of the shelter not only for the animals but for the people of butler county as well. My 2 daughters, Cheani and Skylar Schroeder also share the love of animals by volunteering at the shelter. My husband Chad, and I own and farm corn and soy beans, raise and breed black angus cattle and own other businesses in Butler County where we love serving our community and the people of Butler County.
I am 27 and have 3 children with my husband of 8 years. We have 3 shelter dogs, 2 rescue ferrets, 2 shelter cats, fish, and chickens. I attended school to become a vet tech, graduated with an associates degree. After working at several different vet clinics, as well as spay/neuter clinics out of college, even though I loved the surgical setting I quickly realized my passion was for Shelter/Rescue life, and I felt as though that is where I was needed most. I’ve been at the BC Shelter for 2 years and with the help of volunteer’s and the new FOBCA Board of Directors look forward to establishing a state of the art shelter as well as community based programs for all family pets and those pets in need.
Mike and Kathy Porter
Mike & Kathy are native Butler countians living in Rochester. Mike is a retired welder and Kathy is a United States Postal Service Employee. They have 2 daughters and are blessed with 2 grandchildren. They love and care for 7 dogs which are all rescues other than 1, and also have 7 cats. Mike previously served on the “Saving Butler County Animals” board. They have been life long supports of the Shelter and animals of Butler County. They are fully vested in FOBCA and look forward to the growth of this organization.