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October 16, 2012

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1 previous review
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.

February 25, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 25, 2011

What a great organization! The dedication that the staff and volunteers to all of the animals is amazing. I have just recently started volunteeering at FOA, and am excited to be a part of this great cause.

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

I have been meaning to start volunteering at FOA for some time, and finally just did it. I am looking forward to volunteering regularly in the future!

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

More money and fewer homeless pets would be the only thing I would change about this awesome cause.

February 22, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 22, 2011

Friends of Animals is an organization that helps you see the humanity that still exists in our chaotic world. I have been a volunteer in years past, as well as a client more recently. I have seen the passion that the people of the FOA have for animals as they sacrifice many hours of hard work to care and rehabilitate the Dogs, Cats, Horses, etc. that are fortunate enough to become a part of the FOA family. I have also seen the tears and frustration that come with such an awesome struggle to save lives. Cathy Clark of the Utah chapter of FOA is a personal hero of mine. I volunteered many hours with Cathy at their adoption center Furburbia. I learned about dedication and perseverance from Cathy. On many occasions, when Cathy was helping a particularly sick or emaciated animal, tears would flow from her eyes, letting you know just how much she cares about what she is doing. You can see this dedication throughout the FOA organization. And this is why I am writing this review to say Thank You to the Friends of Animals! Thank you for your love and your daily struggle to help the animals! The FOA is an ultimate example of courage and strength!! -

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

I've watched the FOA change the lives of animals through rehabilitation and adoption.

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

There is not much I would change about the FOA. It would be great if they were given more donations to help support their cause!

February 19, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 19, 2011

FOA is amazing, I have volunteered ther several times in the last few years, and everytime I was there and I saw the dogs, I found that I wanted to help these animals too. I believe that their's is a good cause and I would like them to get the reward due to all their hard work and excellence.

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

everything

Ways to make it better...

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

make bigger stalls

February 18, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 18, 2011

I have fostered many dogs through Friends of Animals and also adopted our dog Danny from Friends of Animals after fostering him.
FOA does an amazing job of helping to place dogs and cats in permanent homes.

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

We adopted our dog Danny through Friends of Animals

Ways to make it better...

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

Help to provide them with more resources.

February 18, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 18, 2011

FOAU brings out the very best in people. In giving humans the opportunity to help animals in great need, FOAU ends up helping both. They are so organized and energetic in their efforts to save dogs and cats in our community. I am fostering a puppy who could not go to the shelter (there was parvo there) but wasn't vaccinated yet to be taken in by FOAU. The director mobilized vaolunteers to take these 5 week old pups and provide their care for 2 weeks until FOA could adopt them out.

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

having a safe and trustworthy place to refer people to to adopt and volunteer

Ways to make it better...

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

get them into the media more

February 15, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 15, 2011

I started volunteering with Friends of Animals Utah (at the Heber Valley Animal Shelter) several weeks ago and am already tremendously impressed with the level of dedication and selfless service exhibited by everyone I have come in contact with. The volunteer staff works with me to accomodate a crazy work/travel schedule so that I have this opportunity to give back, the site manager there calmly and professiionally takes excellent care of the animals while at the same time encouraging and guiding the volunteers. For an animal lover, its always hard to see energetic pets in cages. But these animals clearly get a great deal more attention and love as a result of the well-organized nature of Friends of Utah. Volunteers are lined up several days of every week, which I know means these deserving animals get some respite from their cages and encouragement to remain the loving, healthy animals that will make great adoptees when the time is right.

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

seeing how the animlas, despite having to be stuck in cages so much, are loving and playful and socialized, due to the frequency with which they are handled, cared for, played with, cuddled. The caring nature of the staff and volunteers means that these animals really are given some dignity and a second chance.

Ways to make it better...

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

change the rules so that donors can specifiy that money donated can be specifically routed to the Heber Shelter. Local donors, like me, would like to support the local facility particularly.

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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?

Some

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Quite well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

What one change could this group make that would improve your volunteer experience?

Perhaps keep a list of items that need doanting, chores or longer term fioxes that need to be done/made so that we can make the greatest impact on our own without a lot of hand holding.

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

I juststarted but already I certianly feel like I will meet friends through this association. The immediate effect is simply one of inner peace, feeling good about giving soem porion of my time and energy to those in greater need (the animals!).

How did this volunteer experience make you feel?

Useful, compassionate.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

February 15, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 15, 2011

I have been so impressed with The Friends of Animals Utah organization and the extraordinary progress they have made in Summit and Wasatch counties. I started volunteering with them about a year ago, and in that short time they have worked continually to forge an agreement with the city of Heber that resulted in changing their animal shelter to a 'no-kill' shelter. We have adopted and saved hundreds of dogs and cats and increased public awareness of pet responsibility through neuter and spay programs and the trap and release program of feral cats. We are attracting more and more volunteers who are inspired to work for a common goal: that no animal should have to put down simply for existing.

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

Seeing that more and more animals have a shorter stay at the animal shelter, are more comfortable when they are there and are adopted quickly.

Ways to make it better...

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

work harder to increase funds and try to spread to surrounding counties.

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