VFTA prides itself on its excellence, significance and leadership in the community. They are founded on a belief in the sacredness of all life and seek to eliminate situations where animals are neglected or destroyed. The Commendation of Excellence we received from the City of Los Angeles in 2010 stated, “Through its steadfast ways and caring deeds, VFTA has helped make our world a better home for all living things.” We also have received a Certificate of Appreciation from the City Council (1996) for VFTA’s “tireless work on behalf of the animals in the city of Los Angeles.”
Voice For The Animals was founded by Melyá Kaplan in 1999, who has been a longtime member of Co-opportunity Market. Melyá was inspired to start Voice For The Animals when she realized that, although there were many great rescuers, there was a dire need for a new type of animal protection organization with programs to empower people to help more animals. VFTA has formed many programs that cover a wide variety of needs including an animal help hotline, fostering connections, humane education, animal abuse prevention and many more.