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THE FOLCAS STORY
FOLCAS was incorporated in May 2009 as Friends of the Lincoln County Animal Shelter, Inc., to help save the Shelter when it was threatened with closure after the national economic collapse. FOLCAS developed an interim plan for the County to keep the Shelter open for another year, then worked to put a local option tax measure on the November ballot to fund the Shelter and Animal Services for five years. That measure passed with nearly 72% of the vote.
Over the next three years, FOLCAS worked with the County and the local animal community to develop a permanent solution for the Shelter’s security while building a cash reserve to help sustain the Shelter in case property tax funding was not renewed. Our principal fundraising projects, then as now, is the Pick of the Litter thrift store (opened in July 2009).
A new era for LCAS and FOLCAS began in November 2012 when the voters replaced the five-year property tax with a permanent Animal Services Tax District. The Shelter’s basic operating budget assured, FOLCAS moved the money we had raised for LCAS (almost $241K) into separate accounts exclusively for Shelter purposes, and announced our new name—Friends of Lincoln County Animals, Inc. (still called FOLCAS)—and new mission statement reflecting our new ability to help local pets in addition to the animals in the county shelter. Those original funds were all spent by the end of 2017; since then, FOLCAS’s programs benefiting both LCAS and local pets have been funded entirely by thrift store revenue, community contributions & fundraising projects.
2020 threw us a curve as COVID forced us to close Pick of the Litter on March 17. Over the next 5 1/2 months, our manager and half a dozen intrepid volunteers (who will forever be celebrated as the Corona Six-Pack) executed the thirteenth labor of Hercules and got the store moved from our rented facility on the County Commons to the buildings we own at NE First & Fogarty, where Pick of the Litter reopened in late August. Thanks to a combination of public donations, charitable fundraising programs, expense reductions, rainy day reserves, federal, county and city grants, foundation support, and a generous bequest from a longtime supporter, we were able to maintain our full level of program services without reduction or interruption. At the new location, largely owing to better visibility from Highway 20, we have enjoyed increased sales—even though the store can be open only one-third the hours, it’s grossing nearly as much revenue—and as the pandemic recedes and more volunteers can return, we hope to surpass our pre-pandemic income in the coming year.
Shelter Animal Spay/Neuter
FOLCAS pays to have LCAS dogs and cats fixed before they go to new homes, enabling the Shelter to maintain its 100% pre-adoption spay/neuter policy, a key to breaking the cycle of pet overpopulation. We also pay for all the other services that are a necessary and normal part of a Shelter animal’s spay/neuter visit, including microchipping and vaccinations.
Support for Lincoln County Pets
FOLCAS funds spay/neuter subsidies and other vet care assistance for the pets of local families. Both of these programs are administered by the Central Coast Humane Society (541-265-3719). For details go to the FINANCIAL AID tab (menu above).
Support for Lincoln County Families
Through the Pick of the Litter thrift store, FOLCAS provides an essential service to the community by making quality goods available at affordable prices.
To support and advance the health and well-being of domesticated animals in Lincoln County, Oregon
Friends of Lincoln
Trevor Brittsan - Treasurer
Emily DeHuff - President
Erica Fruh - VP Policy/Planning
Linda Neigebauer - VP Opns & Secretary
FOLCAS | PO Box 2264 | Newport, OR 97365 | (541) 961-5852
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Friends of Lincoln County Animals (FOLCAS)
dba Pick of the Litter Thrift Store
PO Box 2264, Newport, OR 9365
541-961-5852 * www.folcas.com
The FOLCAS Mission: to support and advance the health and
well-being of domesticated animals in Lincoln County, Oregon
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