Friends of the Shelter, Inc. is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that currently manages the Vinton/Benton County Animal Shelter. After being founded in 2005, FOTSI’s board and volunteers have proudly made several much needed improvements to the shelter and continue to improve the welfare of the relinquished and homeless pets of the county. FOTSI strives to find animals loving, lifelong homes, educate the public on spay/neuter clinics and help reunite lost and found pets with their owners. While the majority of our animals live at the shelter, we also have cat adoption cages at PetSmart in Waterloo, wonderful foster homes, and most recently, an adoption center in downtown Vinton! This location houses many of our adoptable cats as well as offering information about low cost spay/neuter clinics in the area. Recently we have also begun selling pet merchandise to help recoup some of our expenses. Our downtown location is currently open by appointment only.