Got Spots Etc. was founded by Kathy Hynes over 12 years ago and recently got recognized as a non -profit by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. We are an active 501(c3) and have federal tax exempt status. It is a volunteer powered group of individuals that believe all dogs deserve an opportunity for health, happiness, and a loving family. The group has a Board of Directors that consist of a President, Secretary, and Treasurer. The group believes that spaying and neutering is paramount in curbing the over population of dogs thus the route to lower the killing of adoptable dogs in shelters. The group believes that as individuals we have the ability as well as the responsibility to advocate for stronger laws/ regulations to prevent cruelty and neglect. Further, to speak up against situations where potential neglect or cruelty is occurring. This organization is mainly dedicated to dogs that are older, have some physical disability, or in need of more medical care than the average shelter dog. The group, under the guidance of Kathy Hynes RN BSN, is also dedicated to Providing Optimal Wellness Through the Human Animal Bond by offering and delivering seminars and lectures. In addition, Kathy writes a monthly column on that topic in Creatures Corner News. Kathy has had extensive experience in using her credentialed dogs in working with patients in many settings.