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BAM was founded in March 2006 by J Schilling after she recognized a need in the community for an animal welfare organization. BAM serves Southwest Utah and beyond as a resource for many companion-animal-related issues. All BAM programs and services are fully funded by donations, wills, and bequests, and through the dedication of volunteers. We do not receive any state or federal funding, nor are we a United Way agency. BAM operates a small adoption and community outreach center in addition to a network of foster homes to assist pets in need of finding their forever homes. BAM functions as a network of volunteers supporting community programs that focus on building strong humane relationships between people and their pets. 

The future of Because Animals Matter​

BAM took big leaps for a small organization when hiring its first Adoption Center Manager, Aggie Smith. A couple of years later and after a short stint without a manager in place, we have had the honor to be supported by Julie Simiskey in the role after receiving multiple generous donations that enabled the role to be put in place once again. These two women came to BAM with both experience and endless heart for all pets in need. Recently we welcomed our third manager, Wendy Davis, into the role and, though we will miss Julie at That BAM Place, we are thrilled to have the chance to evolve our organization once again.

Because Animals Matter hopes to build on the tremendous work of Aggie, Julie, and dozens of dedicated volunteers who aim to support pets in our care and the community as a whole.

While things get settled into new routines at That BAM Place, please be patient while training is completed and routines are established. Should you have any questions about meeting any pets in either foster care or at the adoption center on State Street, or you're seeking to start your journey as a volunteer or foster family, feel free to reach out by phone or email — or 435.773.5209.

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Because Animals Matter is dedicated to assisting pets in need through fostering, adoption, and community outreach.

Because Animals Matter is a registered 501(c)(3)       non-profit organization.
Tax ID: 87-0772587

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