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Fighting For Fido Inc

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Causes: Animal Protection & Welfare, Animal Training, Animals

Mission: Fighting For Fido Inc is a 501c3 nonprofit organization located in NW Arkansas for the purpose of rescue, rehabilitation & placement of unwanted canines. We are also an animal advocacy group - educating pet owners in the responsibilities of proper nutrition, spaying/neutering, vaccinations, microchipping for identification, socialization, obedience/ behavioral training and more. The pets we take into "Fido" come from a variety of backgrounds. Sometimes they come from storm-stricken areas like south Texas where many owners are surrendering pets (following Hurricane Harvey) because they have had to uproot their lives and have found pet-friendly housing hard to obtain. Others come from shelters who are consistently over-capacity with abandoned/ unclaimed strays. By accepting these dogs into our care, many lives have been saved from unnecessary euthanasia. We help pets from all over the states of Arkansas, Texas, Oklahoma, and Missouri. We take in healthy pets, as well as blind, deaf, paralyzed, those needing dental extractions, surgery, and dogs with a variety of illnesses. We have given sanctuary to pets freed from puppy mills and hoarding situations, fostering adult dogs who have never felt anything but wire between their toes and the horror of being bred over and over like livestock and sold to the next breeder to start up his operation. Many go without any veterinary treatment and suffer eye disease, broken limbs, severe skin infections, heartworms, cancer, and nails grown around into the pads of their feet. We've watched these dogs wander onto soft grass for the first time, come to accept the touch of a kind hand without cowering, and eventually experience the joy of a family. Many pets come to us locally due to life changes that can't be helped. Often times it's because an owner has passed on or their health is failing. We receive dogs from those who have moved into permanent assisted living where they have strict rules about pets on the premises. Loss of jobs cause pets to be surrendered as future finances are uncertain. We have also had deployed military individuals and ex-pats approach us for help finding new homes for pets they can't take overseas.

Results: Our organization researches adoption and foster applicants thoroughly, interviews all members of the family and the dogs in each home. We maintain the premise that particular safety requirements must be met for approval to adopt and a home inspection must be permitted. If life changes happen to the adopting family and a pet we have placed is no longer wanted or his environment becomes unsafe, our contract states that the pet comes back to us for future placement. (We are pleased to report that only 1-2% of adoptions have returned pets for further placement.) By doing what we do, these dogs who have already suffered so much don't have to worry about being abandoned ever again. We see so much devastation, and it's often hard to hold back the tears, but for us there's little in life that's better than the joy of placing a rehabilitated pet in a loving forever home. Our biggest needs are money to pay for veterinary costs and microchips, food, leashes/collars, beds, toys, and laundry/cleaning supplies. We also are always looking for volunteers to foster pets, attend adoption events, and bathe/walk dogs. Whatever your gift is, at Fighting For Fido, you are helping to secure a future of love for companion animals who otherwise don't have hope or an advocate.

Target demographics: Displaced and abandoned dogs to reach their best potential health and connect with foster homes and forever families

Geographic areas served: Arkansas, Missouri, Oklahoma & Texas

Programs: Rescue, Rehabilitation, Adoption, and Education about respect for and proper care of pets.

Community Stories

24 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

One organization that truly cares about animals. These ladies and gents truly rise to the occasion!! You can rest assured that if you are looking to adopt, these guys are first class!! Your new paw pup will be healthy and well socialized!! They are the best at matching you with your new companion!!!!

1

Board Member

Rating: 5

Rescue organizations are a blessing and gift to our country. Three of my dogs are Fighting for Fido rescues and are precious souls. I’ll continue to rescue, foster and transport till the day I die. If you can’t adopt, please foster, if you can’t foster, volunteer.

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

We adopted our Benny from Fighting for Fido. We are not sure what his life was like before he was rescued, but one thing for sure he was one lucky dog to end up with Fighting for Fido. Mostly likely he was abused, but because of their care and Freda’s love and determination, he has a better life.

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

The ladies at Fighting for Fido do an outstanding job at assuring the proper medical and grooming needs of the dogs they care for. Their dedication is above and beyond.

1 Nikki Pinto C.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Local rescue that does a lot for the animals and community

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

Amazing work that they do. My dog was rescued by them When nobody else would take her in. They are angels in disguise.

1 Angela Burrows- D.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

These wonderful people drove over and hour to visit our overcrowded shelter in Ft Smith, Ar. The volunteers were so friendly and obviously cared about helping us with the numerous issues our No Kill shelter faces due to no spay/neuter laws and lack of education in our community. They even rescued a dog from our shelter and took it back to NW Ar to be fostered and find a loving home. These people care about the well being of all animals and are truly an asset to the rescue community!

1 Callie Ann P.

Client Served

Rating: 5

If it weren’t for Fighting for Fido, Willy wouldn’t be here today. Willy suffered a spinal injury causing immobility in his back legs. He also had a fear aggressive disposition. He was minutes away from euthanasia when Fighting For Fido stepped in and saved his life. After several months of rehabilitation, Willy was not only walking with his backs legs, he was running. He also learned to love and trust again because of Fighting for Fido. We are so thankful to Fighting for Fido for saving our Willy and can’t imagine our lives without him!

1 Marion S.2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I began as a volunteer, became a foster parent, and then a foster failure- adopting two of my fosters,

Yes, dogs are also my passion and keeping them safe, healthy and taking them to new homes is Fighting for Fido's passion and heart.

I have one of the Texas rescues who is a senior and deaf and is now happy and healthy because of Fighting for Fido, their foster system, and final placement.

My second rescue is an eighteen month old border collie mix born with a hole in her heart. Fighting for Fido provided medical evaluation and treatment so she can become all she can be until the heart wears down.

Fighting for Fido provides a chance for their rescues to be loved and rehomed to become all they can be and for their new parents to be the best they can be for their dogs.


2 Aileen Dipert W.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I got my dog Rocky from them 2.5 years ago. Best dog we could ever get, excellent match with our family.

1 Benny2014

Client Served

Rating: 5

I adopted a shelter dog in 2014 and, with Phenomadog’s help, groomed him into the wonderful therapy dog that he is. I knew nothing about therapy dogs except I wanted one... and Freda King took me under her wind and taught me the ropes. I will be forever greatful. About a year later I adopted a dog through Phenomadog. He had been a stray and was roaming the streets of town. They took him in, posted him on all of the list Dog websites, but he wasn’t claimed. So one day Freda introduced us and it was love at first sight. So I have now groomed my second dog into being a therapy dog and both of my dogs are very happy doing the work they do during the day and sharing each other’s company at night.

I have seen Fighting for Fido take in dogs from near and far. They seek out dogs who need them and spent Labor Day 2017 traveling to Houston in the aftermath of hurricane Harvey to bring dogs back from overcrowded shelters. They are the real deal.

Previous Stories
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Client Served

Rating: 5

Fighting for Fido is the real deal when it comes to animal rescue and advocacy. This group has a big heart and caring spirit and put both into action in the real world to make a difference. This group has my undying admiration and support.

1 Dorothy S.1

Client Served

Rating: 5

The team at F4F are some of the most caring and dedicated people I have the privilege to know. Their integrity & dignity is awe inspiring. I adopted my angel Ziggy from F4F and he is a source of never ending joy. The attention to detail shown by the team during the adoption process was outstanding.

1 jwalsh5539

Volunteer

Rating: 5

We have been working with Fighting for Fido for many months now. We presently have 2 foster dogs through them :) Our experience has been fantastic. They answer questions and concerns in a timely manner. They even help us with our other 2 dogs - behavior and health related. One of our dogs was adopted through Phenomadog.
Their love and respect for rescues and and all dogs is absolute love and concern.They don't give up !!
Adoptions are made through applications that are verified. Their goal is to place a pet with their forever homes. This takes time and effort and done on the behalf of the dogs and families involved.
My husband and I stay involved in adoption events and any other means we are able to. The staff welcomes our help and we get excited with upcoming events.
Thank you Fighting for Fido for making a difference in the lives of otherwise helpless, homeless dogs

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I follow Fighting for Fido on social media. I am so impressed with and touched by the many dogs they rescued from recent natural disasters! A wonderful organization!!

1 Sara Doster G.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

We have recently started fostering for this organization. I cannot say enough about what they do for these sweet babies looking for fosters and homes. The amount of time and compassion that goes into this program is immeasurable. I am proud to be a part of something so wonderful in Northwest Arkansas. Every dog needs a chance, and I truly believe in their vision and mission.

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

Such an amazing organization ran by some truly awesome ladies! Deonne and friends thank you for all you do!!

Deonne has helped take in a couple of abandoned dogs left behind by their owners. Not only did Phenom-a-dog help by taking them in but also ensured they got nothing but the best of homes!

4 Miriam E.

Client Served

Rating: 5

We adopted our Todd and Copper with the help of fighting for Fido. You can tell they love animals and they want to make sure they go to a good home. They were helpful every step of the way. I would recommend them to anyone.

2

Client Served

Rating: 5

My family had been without a dog for close to 3 years, when my neighbor told us of dogs available for adoption through Fighting for Fido. Their animals are very clean, well kept, and our adopted dog, Buddy, already knew basic commands because of their time and commitment. Very clean establishment with the animals' welfare as a top priority!

2

Client Served

Rating: 5

This organization is fabulous! They're all so loving toward all the dogs and I especially am thankful they do such a good background check when placing them in their forever homes. They go above and beyond to care for fur babies. Great organization if you're Looking to donate to a charity. We got our Samson from these sweet ladies

2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Wonderful charity with great, caring people! They all take such excellent care of the animals!!!!

2 Dena M.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

They do an amazing job taking care of and doing what's best for our 4 legged friends. They are a first class rescue organization our community is so blessed to have.