All About ASHA:
We help animals that are in dire and extreme situations such as: Running up and down high ways or living in sewer systems. We work in areas that are too dangerous for original TNR programs, such as beside highways, in the center of the city or in a building planed to be demolished. We go the extra mile that other people and groups wont. We have many years of experience with domestic, stray, feral, abused & abandoned pets. Also; we have volunteers and board members with experience with small animals, farm animals, wild animals and exotic animals. We are dedicated to bettering the lives of any animal that is unwanted or homeless. Through rescue, rehab, spay and neuter, and adoption; we strive to lessen the number of animals that suffer from abuse and neglect. We treat every and any animal as family from the moment it comes in to our care and forever more. Any Animal once rescued by us is welcome back any time later in the future no matter what.
ASHA does NOT have a facility. We are a foster system that relies on volunteers like you to help care for and foster the rescued kitties in their homes. In doing so the kitties receive more one on one attention and thus we are better able to pair families with rescued kitties knowing the behaviors, attitudes, and personalities of each of them. We are always in need of more foster families! We prefer to have kitties fostered out independently; unless they are still under 8 weeks, or part of a bonded pair. Let us know what your living situation is like and what pets you already have and we will be able to match you with a foster kitty!
To search the IRS database for our submitted 990-N form filings:
Once at the web page irs.gov go to Charities and Nonprofits, then click "Tax-Exempt Organization Search", once on that page scroll down and click the "Tax Exempt Organization Search", fill out the search form and enter our EIN # 46-4251348 into the search box then click "Search".
That will bring up our filing records!
The Development of ASHA:
2000: My family and I began helping the homeless animals in our little corner of the world in about 2000; Just an animal here, an animal there. Then as word began to spread, by 2002 my family and I had begun to made a name for our selves; "the family that helps rescue animals." And as things happen, our weekend animal projects became our every day chores. - Jessica Kratz; Founder and President.
2008: Local rescues began to take notice of how much good we have done in the community and started suggesting we strike out and become an incorporated and registered nonprofit. This is when the research began.
2014: Our first step of the new year was to open a bank account for ASHA so that we could finally deposit the checks, donations and other payments made out to "Animal Safe Haven and Adoptions." PNC was the bank of choice since they are a local bank that offer a great savings and checking account for small businesses.
2015: We finally found time! Finished the balance sheets and other financial papers, and submitted it, as well as the $400 filing fee to the IRS. We received our official letter from the IRS July 29th 2015 with our EIN #, our Public Charity Status of 509(a)(2) and our effective date of exemption of December 12th 2013.
Patapsco Valley Veterinary Hospital
8525 Baltimore National Pike # 5, Ellicott City, MD 21043 (410) 461-2235
Spay Now - Laurel
7401 Van Dusen Rd. Laurel MD 20707
Freetown Animal Hospital
6470 Freetown Rd Ste 240,
Columbia, MD 21044 410-531-8070
Meet our Board of Directors:
Born and raised in the heart of North-Central Pennsylvania, I moved to Maryland in 2000. I reside in Baltimore with my 2 adopted kitties (from ASHA) and pup. I’ve worked in the medical industry for over 14 years but my passion is advocating for companion animals. I volunteered and worked with The Animal Welfare Society of Howard County Maryland for many years. I also support and volunteer with Reform Baltimore County Animal Services, CAPA and Maryland Votes for Animals. I love seeing the love, excitement and trust of the animals when they realize they are finally rescued, safe and loved. That is one of the best moments you can ever witness and one of my life goals is to continue to help create that magical moment.
Ever since I was in High School I knew what I wanted to be. I graduated Summa Cum Laude from the University of Maryland, College Park, with a Bachelor's degree in Accounting. I currently work full time in the core audit line of service at PriceWaterhouse Coopers, LLP. In my time at PwC, I have participated in the audit of a multi-million dollar not-for-profit organization. Prior to starting with PwC, I worked as an Accountant's Assistant at Temple Isaiah, a not-for-profit organization, for 7 years and worked as a bookkeeper at the Town Center Community Association, a not-for-profit organization, for over 2 years. I have always had a special place in my heart for animals and our community, and I am very excited for the opportunity to be part of an organization that is dedicated to helping animals in need.
I was born and raised in the Netherlands Antilles and later came to the U.S. for schooling opportunities. I am now a wife and mother of four little ones, two being my Boxers and also my young son and daughter. I currently work full time at Howard Community College. I have over ten years of office and registration experience with extensive experience in all aspects of the student enrollment processes. I am very proficient in Microsoft Office, and database management, multi-tasking in a fast-paced environment, able to work effectively with multiple supervisors & fluent in Spanish.
Born in Texas and raised in Minnesota and Maryland, I currently live in Baltimore. I earned my BA in Art History and Museum Studies at University of Maryland, Baltimore County, and shortly after I began a retail management career. I've always had love and compassion for animals from a young age exploring the woods behind my grandparents' house in Minnesota, which has led to a position managing a Pet Valu store in the DC-Metro area. It was at this store that I met Jessica and the rest of ASHA. Starting as a cage-cleaning volunteer, I was able to see firsthand the good work being done to help animals in need, and eventually found myself spending more and more of my free time helping out where I could within the organization. It's been an honor to be able to help out finding loving and caring homes for so many animals where they can thrive, and I look forward to growing alongside ASHA in the years to come.
Born in New Jersey, I served 4.5 years in the military until settling down in Maryland and recently being honorably discharged. Strong animal advocate and equally active in animal welfare, I have always made time to see to helping the animals that have crossed my path, even if I have to go out of my way to do so. I have many years of personal and professional experience working with, and caring for, animals of all sizes and temperaments. I have many furr-god babies and friends. I own 3 furr-baby currently and I foster frequently to help provide a loving, caring home and socialization to animals in need; giving them a better chance at finding a forever family. My future career plans include working to change legislation to help support healthy rescues and better the lives of rescued animals.
Animal Safe Haven and Adoptions, Inc. (ASHA) works to help rescue as many stray, feral, abandoned, homeless and abused animals from our community, the cities and the counties; as possible. We work to end the suffering of overpopulation and unwanted animals, to effectively reduce the number of animals abandoned and abused by supporting spay/neuter programs. Provide temporary foster care for pets of people in a crisis who want their animals back. Catching, vetting & relocating feral colonies from dangerous areas in order to eventually end the suffering of all feral cats. We take in and adopt out cats, dogs, small animals and farm pets from all of Maryland. We provide food, shelter and vet care to the animals no matter what their age, breed or sex. With us they have no time limit to find the perfect forever family.