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Who We Are

For the Love of Alex Inc. is a small 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Our tiny staff handles the administrative duties, application review, and communicates with owners and veterinarians to save the lives of pets from low-income families. But, YOU are also a huge part of our organization. The funding that is able to support these pets comes directly from generous and compassionate people like you. We bring the pets to you, and YOU do the magic.

Thank you.

Below is a little bit about our tiny staff. We are animal lovers like you. Thank you for making it possible for us to work with amazing pets and their families.

Elizabeth Hedges


Elizabeth Hedges was our amazing founder. In 2013 she founded For the Love of Alex Inc. (FTLOA) after she had a scary situation with her cat, Alex. It made her realize that here must be many people who cannot afford life-saving care for their pets, and she couldn’t let that happen. With a donation from her own bank account of $80,000, she started FTLOA and got to work. (The Board of Directors did eventually insist that she pay herself back in 2016—that’s who Elizabeth was—generous and kind to a fault.)

Sadly, Elizabeth passed away in February of 2018 at 60 years old. FTLOA was her passion and she continued working up until her illness made it impossible. She was stunningly beautiful and a former ballerina. She worked hard, maintaining a full-time job while still doing amazing work for FTLOA. The small staff at FTLOA keeps her close to our hearts and thinks about her often as we fulfill her mission of helping pets in need.

Alex sitting in for Elizabeth Hedges

Austin B. Meadows

President/Executive Director

Austin started helping people at a very young age, earning the Eagle Scout Award as a Boy Scout. This heartfelt desire to help others led Austin to a ten-year career in US Army Military Intelligence and to another career in law enforcement. After owning a service business, he developed an itch for multimedia and online marketing. He became a freelance online marketer and later worked for a gold-rated marketing agency. Austin also brings years of experience from working in a large-business sales environment at Apple, Inc.

Austin and his wife currently have a Shiloh Shepherd but have had other dogs, cats, and horses in the past. Each day, you’ll find Austin in the gym in the morning and interacting with his grandchildren as often as possible. He is the Committee Chairman of a local Boy Scout troop.

Two of his core beliefs:
The future can be better than the present.
I have the power to make it so.

Norma Fetherman sitting at desk

Holly Kennedy

Controller/Corporate Secretary

Abby Showalter sitting at desk

Marryann Moravek


H. Allen Baldree

Carla Isenberg

Program Manager

Erica Kennedy

Board Of Directors

Dennis Smith

Beth Smith

Lauren Garver

Austin Meadows
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For The Love Of Alex Inc. provides emergency funding for life-saving veterinary care of low-income families.
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