Southeast Alaska Organization for Animals (SOFA) is an animal welfare and rescue organization based in Juneau, Ketchikan and Sitka Alaska, with a mission to serve communities throughout Southeast Alaska by providing animal rescue and adoption services, affordable vaccination and sterilization clinics, and supporting official and unofficial local groups with rescue and rehabilitation efforts.
Southeast Alaska Organization for Animals, Ltd. was founded in December 2012 as a nonprofit organization in the State of Alaska and is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. We bring together a strong core of individuals who have been involved in animal welfare and rescue for many years, and we have set our sights on some ambitious short-, mid-, and long-term goals.
SOFA commits to ending homelessness, abandonment, abuse and neglect of companion animals in Southeast Alaska through education, advocacy, community services, and improved access to veterinary services.
- Demonstrate respect and compassion for all people at all times
- Be proactive in identifying the underlying causes of animal welfare concerns
- Be creative in finding solutions to identified problems
Our success depends entirely on the support and participation of individuals, businesses, and organizations in the communities we serve. We aim to have a positive impact in all Southeast Alaska communities and inspire, support and partner with local individuals, groups of pet-lovers, and law enforcement - especially where there are no rescue organizations established.
What do we do?
What SOFA has accomplished and continues to work towards:
Outlying Community Outreach.
- Bring spay and neuter clinics (such as MASH-style clinics) and vaccination programs to outlying SE Alaska communities
- Provide education to pet owners about humane care, diet and treatment of pets
- discount vaccination clinics in February and April 2013 vaccinated over 100 dogs and cats against rabies and common, highly-contagious, and often fatal diseases
- MASH-style discount spay/neuter clinic in June 2013 sterilized 35 dogs & cats in just two days, with one veterinarian!
- Vaccination clinic in May 2017 vaccinated 83 pets to help with an outbreak of Parvo on the island, assisting the newly-formed Metlakatla Humane Society and getting them started with a base for continuing vaccination clinics on-island.
At-risk Animal Rescue.
- Target “free to good home” and other high-risk litters of puppies and kittens with the aim of spaying the mothers and offspring to end the cycle of reproduction and place the offspring in loving forever homes
- Target critically at-risk pets held by law enforcement and other agencies in outlying SE Alaska communities
- Transport adoptable pets from areas with severe pet overpopulation problems to areas with greater placement potential
- Always be open to any needs we see
Future highlighted activities include:
- Further vaccination and Spay/Neuter clinics in Southeast Alaskan communities in need.