This Site will close end of July 2014
It is with regret that I have decided to discontinue the AFA, for a number of reasons: 1) I cannot afford the $70 a month to run the website and database; 2) Family and work obligations make it impossible for me to commit the time necessary to run this organization; and 3) After working on this for a couple of years now, I simply do not feel that enough people in the furry fandom want a group like the AFA.
I appreciate those of you who have shown support. Perhaps, one day, someone else will feel they have the time and money to revive this group again. If it is to be done, it should be done correctly, and I cannot do it anymore. I will continue to write the "Ask Papabear" column, but that is about all I have time for for this community.
furry game in development (June 16, 2014)
Zaush and some other furries are working on creating a demo--and, hopefully, full videogame featuring furries called Beast's Fury. They are looking for people to help support this project. Right now, with the resources they have, it will take about 9 months just to get the demo done. They'd like to do it faster. Can you help?
new con in massachusetts (June 11, 2014)
It's just come to our attention that there is a new con in Boston: Maltese Furcon. It is held August 1-3 this year. Go here to learn more.
website issues resolved
We've been having some problems accessing the editing software for the AFA site, but those issues seem to be resolved now. Thanks for your patience.
List your furry business / meetups / cons
We want YOU to send us information about your furry businesses, websites, meetups, furcon news—everything furry! We want to build our resource listings for our members, which means YOU get FREE publicity for your furry ventures, including:
How do you do it? Get your FREE membership, which includes your free card and password and enewsletter, and then fill out the submission form. It's simple and, again, free!
new password (march 30, 2014)
The new monthly password will be sent out to all members of the AFA at the end of this month. The password allows you to get to all members-only pages. To get yours, all you have to do is fill out an easy form! Membership is FREE. CLICK HERE TO JOIN!
special announcement (March 17, 2014)
Things have been quiet here, I know. Nevertheless, I am still seeing people sign up for the newsletter, thank you. Here's the deal:
The AFA has undergone a major rethinking of its strategy and mission. We are no longer seeking nonprofit status, and our ambition to become a nationwide organization from the onset has been put aside. These goals were simply too ambitious to leap into from square one, I now realize.
Instead, we're going to start small and allow ourselves to grow organically, as, hopefully, interest in our group spreads and the needs of the furry community become increasingly apparent. Because this will not be a formal organization, for now there will be no board, no hierarchy, just me and the help of some furry friends. Very informal, just the way furries like it, I think *wink.*
As the author of the column "Ask Papabear," in recent months what that need is has become increasingly apparent to me. Initially, I was thinking of the AFA as a central resource for furries. Although it still can be (drawing on much of what is already out there and organizing it for easier access), I see now what we really need:
A place where ALL furries are accepted as family.
I have repeatedly received letters to my column in which furries, for various reasons, feel rejected by their local furry groups, or just plain alienated from the one place they thought they could be accepted. And that, my furiends, is unacceptable to me. The American Furry Association will therefore become a place where no one is rejected (except haters, of course, but no one reading this would be such, I'm sure).
Are you a therian? Great! Are you a Bronie? That's fine, too. Fursuiter? Not a fursuiter? Artist? Musician? Writer? Don't do anything but lurk around? Popufur or incredibly shy wall flower? Are you a parent interested in what your kids are up to? Go ahead and join us and get the newsletter. If your interest and heart are genuine, you are welcome here.
So, I will be seeking to make this website a place for all. Here are some points about that:
1. Membership will be free, but you do need to register to get a password to the members-only pages.
2. Members will get a nice membership card to display proudly.
3. We'll accept donations to help pay for expenses, but no pressure.
4. There will be no message boards on this site, no place for drama or anonymous posting (Trolls! You have no power here! Begone!)
5. How will furries interact? We will accept various articles and news items for furries, which will be reviewed and posted on appropriate pages for the gratification, education, and edification of all.
6. We'll be working on the reboot of the newsletter and "Tail Talk" (see below).
7. We will be accepting furry advertising (this will be the only thing for which there will be a very modest fee). There will be a lot of opportunity to get the word out about your furry business or other news item, including the usual banner ads, but also audio ads on "Tail Talk" and, I hope, a classifieds page.
8. A place to post want ads and even personals (in good taste, please).
9. There is already a calendar, but we will be soliciting for your smaller events, as well.
10. Oh! And check out the fursona registration page, too! It's free!
P.S. Just because we are the "American Furry Association" doesn't mean you can't join if you live elsewhere in the world. The reason for the name was twofold: one, because we incorporated in California, and two, because it seemed like enough hubris to say we covered all of America, let alone the world! But don't let that stop you from joining!
The AFA has been in a state of semi-existence for a couple years now. Mostly, it's been limping along for lack of resources and time. Again, I think this was caused by being overly ambitious in a misguided way. I am hopeful that starting small and modest is the key to moving forward once more.
Thank you all.
"Tail Talk" premiere podcast (January 3, 2014)
We're pleased to post our first AFA podcast, which we're calling "Tail Talk."
Whether or not you are an AFA member, we want to hear from the furry community. Tell us what YOU would like to see in a national organization that benefits furries everywhere!