About Us

Friends of Long Beach Animals, formerly established as Friends of Long Beach Animal Shelter is a nonprofit organization dedicated to responsible pet ownership, education and humane treatment of all animals.

FOLBA is committed to reducing the population of shelter animals in the Long Beach and Signal Hill area. We accomplish this through humane education in local schools and in the community, as well as by working closely with local rescue groups.

Since its inception in 1998, FOLBA has sponsored the spaying or neutering of over 18,000 animals, thus preventing millions of pets from being born, only to be euthanized or subjected to cruelty. Our Humane Education Program, started in 2001, has provided humane education classes to over 100,000 students at no cost to the school or organization. During the current pandemic FOLBA is focusing on bringing these education classes to an online platform.

FOLBA also works to promote the adoption of animals from the Long Beach Animal Care Services (LBACS) animal shelter and other trusted local rescues.  FOLBA has assisted in the adoption of more than 500 animals from the shelter and local rescues.

We also fund and help injured or sick animals in our community under special circumstances.   We have provided life saving surgeries to dozens of animals in need.

During the coronavirus pandemic, FOLBA organized a Pet Food Drive where they distributed more than 9 tons of free pet food to the local community.

FOLBA also supports FIX Long Beach and has funded a surgery suite at their upcoming spay and neuter clinic that will be opening soon. In addition we support the Little Paws Project of Long Beach from the Little Lion Foundation, a kitten nursery that has rescued over 1,000 kittens since inception.

FOLBA is currently working on a community outreach program through PAWZ TV, an online television program designed to increase awareness of the organization and the needs and care of our local animals.  The project has been delayed due to the current pandemic.

Friends of Long Beach Animals strives to live up to its name. We hope that you’ll join us in our endeavor. FOLBA is an all volunteer organization run by a dedicated team of Executive Board Members.

EXECUTIVE BOARD MEMBERS

LAUREN CAMPELL

LAUREN CAMPELL, President

Lauren Campbell is the President of Friends of Long Beach Animals and has been a resident of the City of Long Beach for over 25 years after having emigrated here from Scotland. She has over 25 years of experience in the animal healthcare industry and has held various positions in animal health and well being including working in veterinary clinics, veterinary laboratories, veterinary Pharmaceutical companies and The ASPCA.
MARISA STRANGE

MARISA STRANGE, Secretary

As a lover of all sentient beings and this city, I know firsthand what it takes to keep our community animals safe, healthy, and out of the shelter. I have worked on the frontlines as a field assistant for a local community cat program, as a foster for various local partner rescues, and as a volunteer at a local shelter satellite cat adoption center. I will always be there for those in need and be the voice for those who can't speak for themselves.
LARRY BLUNDEN

LARRY BLUNDEN, Treasurer

Originally from Detroit Michigan, Larry moved to California in 1972, then to Long Beach in 1978. With his partner, they started a business designing gifts and novelty items for tourism industry. It was there he met Nona Daly and Shirley Vaughn who were looking for ways to promote FOLBA. After 28 years of building the company, Larry and his partner sold the business but continued to work with FOLBA. Retiring at 57, Larry began to be a full time volunteer. He was appointed, then elected as City Treasurer for the City of Signal Hill for 5 years. It was then that he was asked if he could help temporarily to help FOLBA replace their retiring treasurer.
GREG COVEY

GREG COVEY, Director

Greg Covey spent the first half of his career in the printing and graphics industry, and the second half in software development. He brings skills from both of these pursuits to the FOLBA Board. Greg studied English at CSULB. He has lived in the Long Beach area his entire life, and currently resides in Signal Hill with his wife of 25 years and six rescue cats.
TOM HANBERG

TOM HANBERG, Director

Tom Hanberg has worked with FOLBA as a volunteer and vendor partner since 2005 before joining the board in 2019. He became involved with the organization through his website development business he founded in Long Beach in 1998. Tom currently works with animal hospitals nationwide for his companies offering of veterinary practice management software. As a serial entrepreneur, he enjoys bringing his business and marketing experience to help the animals.
ANDREA N. THOMPSON

ANDREA N. THOMPSON, Director

Andrea Thompson is the owner of a boutique interior design firm in Long Beach where she has lived since 2004. She is very passionate about design and attention to detail and is just as passionate about animals. Andrea and her husband currently have three rescue dogs that are a huge part of their family.
NON VOTING MEMBERS

Staycee Dains

BOARD MEMBER EMERITUS

Shirley Vaughn

Margo Carter

Nona Daly

EDUCATION COORDINATOR

Deborah Turner