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November 30, 2012

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February 18, 2011

What an incredible organization! We recently adopted our puppy from Friends of Animals and have had the best experience. The environment is very comfortable and clean for the animals and they are clea... more

November 30, 2012

I am always amazed at the wonderful work FOAU does saving so many animals every year. Our puppy came from Furburbia almost two years ago and we are so glad we could in some way be a part of this organization. I especially appreciate the foster network they have built, not only helping these animals but fostering community as well.

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Will you volunteer or donate to this organization?

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How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

A lot

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

February 18, 2011

What an incredible organization! We recently adopted our puppy from Friends of Animals and have had the best experience. The environment is very comfortable and clean for the animals and they are clearly well cared for. For humans, the adoption is low pressure and easy. The staff is helpful, knowledgable and truly wants each pet to go to a forever home. They do such a great job of finding fosters and socializing animals allowing them to transition into their new homes as best as possible. Also, the community loves Friends of Animals and that speaks volumes for me. I love that we were able to have our puppy on trial for a few days to be sure that we were the right match for him. It turns out we are and we are thrilled. Friends of Animals takes care of all puppy shots, provides a voucher for a spay/neuter, microchips your pet and sets you up with great tools to welcome your new pet into your home. Most importantly, Friends of Animals saves these wonderful creatures that may otherwise be euthanised in local shelters and provides not only a second chance for them, but an opportunity for us all to play a part in their mission.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Adopting an animal

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Not a thing!

October 16, 2012

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January 19, 2012

I have been with FOAU for more than a year working as a fundraiser and expanding the organization's voice through social media. I am thrilled to start this year as board president! FOAU has currentl... more

October 16, 2012

FOAU understands that being a rescue organization & an NPO starts with collaboration. To truly be effective animal welfare stewards & community leaders, we have to be as generous with others as our donors & supporters are to us. This means we assist other shelters as they strive to become no-kill. We reach out to other organizations creating programs like Purple Paw that serve victims of domestic violence & their pets. It is our responsibility to serve the animals in our care & my honor to be associated with an organization that values its mission so highly.

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Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

January 19, 2012
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I have been with FOAU for more than a year working as a fundraiser and expanding the organization's voice through social media. I am thrilled to start this year as board president! FOAU has currently found permanent, loving homes for more than 11 thousand dogs and cats. We ensure the safety of any pet that enters our embrace until a forever family match is made. It is exciting to be a part of our community by strengthening the human-animal bond through pet adoptions, but additionally with our many programs that facilitate humane education. We are considerably fortunate to have the many wonderful foster families and volunteers who give so generously of their time to the pets in our care. I am honored to be a part of this impactful organization and look forward to to a successful year.

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Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

October 16, 2012

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February 11, 2011

FOA Utah is an EXCEPTIONAL organization. I recently adopted a rescue Bengal cat from Furburbia in Park City Utah, after visiting many times and donating many cat items, over the last 5 years. Each tim... more

October 16, 2012

This organization truly saves lives. With over 1,000 cats and dogs rescued, and then placed in their loving new forever homes, all you have to do is spend a few minutes at the adoption center to see the daily miracles. This organization is supported by the community in an extraordinary way - from donations to the gift of time, Friends of Animals Utah is making a difference for not just the animals, but also for the people who choose to serve. We are lucky to have an organization like this to serve both our community, and the lives of those who need our guardianship.

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Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

February 11, 2011

FOA Utah is an EXCEPTIONAL organization. I recently adopted a rescue Bengal cat from Furburbia in Park City Utah, after visiting many times and donating many cat items, over the last 5 years. Each time I visit, I am astounded by the care that all staffers and volunteers provide to all of the "residents" - both cats and dogs. The facility is clean, well managed, and the resident cats/dogs are constantly receiving a high quality of attention and care. All staffers are kind, welcoming, and encouraging to all visitors. In addition, they have taken great care in providing full medical care for boarders/residents, and make the adoptions completely turn-key for clients. I have also observed innovation. They launched an innovative program with Petco, placing a permanent installation at Petco for 3 cats at a time. Adoptions have been quite good at our local Petco, and when I spoke with Petco management, they said the pilot program did so well at the Park City UT location that they were now rolling this out to other Petcos in the area. Fantastic! I have also seen great work in the community, in trying to place these cats and dogs. Everything from regular TV spots on PCTV, to running features in all of the Park Record Newspaper editions. They have also successfully created a Ranch Sanctuary nearby, made possible with the many fund-raisers they have driven, as well as the large donations that they have solicited to make this possible. FOA is simply the best run organization I have ever seen (and I have been exposed to several other large organizations in CA). I do not know what our community would do, without such an exceptional program. To this day, I have yet to run across a member of the community who has not adopted from FOA. This community wholeheartedly supports FOA.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

1). Observing that the entire community does not believe in going to breeders or Pet Stores for their Pets. FOA is our first and only source (Humane Society being the second). 2). I had an exceptional adoption process 3). I visit Petco every week, and the adoption rate there is exceptional (every week a new cat - as they have had adoptions). 4). Seeing the great outreach done to get donations, volunteers, and adoptions. 5). Witnessing the action taken when Congress is considering passing inhumane bills.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Change nothing - other than to improve local and state funding to benefit this fantastic organization.

February 22, 2012

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1 previous review
February 11, 2011

When my son-in-law was paralyzed in a bicycle accident, my daughter came to Furburbia and adopted "Cody" a Lab/Shepherd mix to keep him company. Through the years, Cody has been a constant companion ... more

February 22, 2012

Friends of Animals and Summit County work together to find loving partners for animals and people. Their benefit to all of us is incalculable.

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Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A little

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

February 11, 2011

When my son-in-law was paralyzed in a bicycle accident, my daughter came to Furburbia and adopted "Cody" a Lab/Shepherd mix to keep him company. Through the years, Cody has been a constant companion and "best friend" performing "fetch" tasks and keeping spirits high in low times.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Public/private partnerships with County Animal Control to increase public awareness of the need for humane treatment of animals

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Fund them at a higher level to increase their ability to impact the community of Summit County, Utah

February 12, 2012

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1 previous review
February 11, 2011

I have been a resident of Park City for 28 years. When I first came to town there were stray cats and dogs all over town...With an itinerant winter population that came to work at the resorts and res... more

February 12, 2012

In our town of Park City we have an extraordinary number of people that have adopted dogs from Friends of the Animals Utah. Not only have I adopted a dog, I have also fostered them. The Friends of the Animals Utah have established a great system of fostering animals of all ages and they have a great adoption success rate as a result. Adoption has become a given in our town thanks to FOA Utah's proactive approach to reaching out to the community to educate them in the benefits of adopting, volunteering and contributing to the organization.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Fostering and adopting

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Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

Did your volunteer experience have an effect on you? (teaching you a new skill, or introducing new friends, etc.)

Yes, I interacted with lots of wonderful people who shared an interest in the welfare of homeless animals.

How did this volunteer experience make you feel?

A feeling of satisfaction that I made a difference to the wellbeing of stressed animals that had been deserted.

February 11, 2011

I have been a resident of Park City for 28 years. When I first came to town there were stray cats and dogs all over town...With an itinerant winter population that came to work at the resorts and restaurants, came many "cute puppies and kittens" that were purchased or acquired during their stay for the winter, but once the spring came and the jobs ended, those folks returned to their countries but couldn't or didn't take their pets with them.
Since Friends of the Animals has been in town, many many formerly homeless pets have found homes...it is a rare occasion to see a stray cat or dog wandering through town.
I have had first hand experience with them since up until 6 years ago, I regularly fostered dogs at my home. I had 9 foster dogs and 1 litter of 3 puppies before I actually became the owner of a fostered dog that couldn't me adopted. Due to the nature of that dog, I couldn't foster any more.
What I find amazing is HOW MANY people in this town have dogs they have acquired from FOAU. Almost everyone you speak to walking a dog has a story to tell about how they found their pet through FOAU.
What's more...they take in and rehabilitate where necessary, and find homes for all sorts of other pets from turtles to horses.
The FOAU provides a huge service to our community in Summit County.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Fostering a number of dogs, and acquiring one through FOAU.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Provide them with more money for further outreach in our community and in the surrounding county.

January 28, 2012

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January 28, 2012

If you are not familiar with the work of this no-kill rescue organization, I have one word to describe it: PHENOMENAL! The amount of caring, hard work and the number of hours dedicated by its board, staff and volunteers to finding forever homes to their locally-rescued pets is incredible! Next time you are think about getting a pet, please consider adopting one. Consider Furburbia! Next time you have a gift to give, whether for someone's birthday, Christmas, wedding, in memory of a friend, a loved one or someone's pet, please consider a donation to FOA Utah.

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How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

February 28, 2011
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Review from Guidestar
February 28, 2011
1 person found this review helpful

This wonderful organization has had an amazingly positive impact on my son Jaret who is autistic. He loves animals and a friend suggested that he volunteer there. This was almost 2 years ago and he looks forward to his time there as much today as when he started. In addition he met and adopted his adult cat Molly and she has changed his life!

Everyone associated with Friends of the Animals is kind, caring, capable and efficient. My son has created friendships and nurtured his love of animals in ways that I could not have imagined without discovering the many services and activities that Friends of Animals offers.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the positive effects that my son's volunteering have had on his life.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

be hard pressed to come up with any criticism of this fantastic organization. The new director sounds like she will be expanding educational outreach programs for seniors which will be great.

February 26, 2011
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Review from Guidestar
February 26, 2011
1 person found this review helpful

Friends of Animals helped a starving dog on the Indian reservation near Four Corners, far from FOA's location in Park City: We saw a stray black lab, mix bug-ridden, with ribs and spine sticking out, scavenging for food along the road across the reservation. I took a chance and loaded him in my car, where he went right to sleep. The next day I called FOA and they committed to helping him find a home, so Chief traveled to Park City with us - we already had dogs and couldn't keep him. After the obligatory stay at the shelter they took him in. He kept having medical issues and it took months to get him adopted - but finally Chief found a home. FOA was wonderful to take in a dog from so far out of its service area.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

... the wonderful way FOA was willing to take in a dog I found far from Park City, near Four Corners, NM.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I fostered a puppy mill rescue dog from Missouri for FOA, and ended up adopting him. I would like to see FOA run special educational campaigns against puppy mills, and hold fundraisers to support rescue groups in the main puppy mill states and collaborate with them to bring more rescues to FOA. These dogs need specific training. Rather than just offering advice such as "lots of patience" for new owners, I would like to see concrete training and the establishment of a puppy mill rescue adopter network.

February 25, 2011
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Review from Guidestar
February 25, 2011
1 person found this review helpful

I wanted to list "volunteer" and "donor" because I helped clear and burn the sagebrush off the land the new rescue center was built upon, and I donate a very small amount each month to this wonderful animal "no more homeless pets" program.
Living in Midway, I was especially excited when FOA
partnered with the Heber City animal shelter so that animals in that center could have a real chance at another loving family life.
I have suggested adoption through Furburbia to several people in search of a pet. Thanks to all who work for and support this much needed animal shelter.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

By reading the new articles about this center, I have seen many wonderful facets of this shelter's programs. I currently have 2 adopted dogs and 2 adopted cats from other organizations. These animals were adopted prior to the FOA facility being built. I have seen FOA animals at the Park City PetCo store.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

send information about the facility and its new programs to the Wasatch Wave (Midway and Heber Valley Newspaper) to keep that end of the geographical area informed and excited about the shelter.

February 25, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 25, 2011

Friends of Animals is a vital part of the Park City/Summit County community. This is a pet-friendly place and all of us, people and pets, are well-served by this wonderful organization.

We had a pet that did not fit into our current living situation. Shortly after our phone call, they
arrived and help us find a solution. In this case, we put our little dog up for adoption and he found a loving home within 24 hours.

Their new initiative to help the residents of Peace House who are temporarily without a home for their pets is an outstanding example of their willingness to jump in with both feet and four paws to solve a community need.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Learning more about the humane way to have and help pets.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Move Furbia to a location that is easier to access. The Tanger Mall is great, but Furbia's place is hard to find and does not have an easy area for volunteers to walk dogs.

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