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Causes: Animal Protection & Welfare, Animals

Mission: Our mission is rescuing vulnerable at-risk companion animals from animal control facilities and placing them in caring foster homes until they can be placed in forever homes. A key requirement is raising funds to support medical/behavioral treatment, vaccinations, microchips, food, supplies, and spay/neuter surgeries.

Programs: Rescuing vulnerable at-risk companion animals from animal control facilities and placing them in caring foster homes until they can be placed in forever homes.

Community Stories

45 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Foster Army Animal Rescue has a mission to save the lives of those animals who, without their intervention, would not be here sharing their love. They rescue the old, sick, injured who get overlooked, isolated, and deemed 'not adoptable'. They work with volunteers and fosters who care for and love the fur babies. When ready, they are adopted into loving and carefully screened homes, so they have a chance to live the life they deserve - happy, healthy and loved! I have fostered many of their rescued pups - who have gone on to get adopted into devoted and caring homes. Great organization who puts the animals first and thinks outside the stigma of the general definition of 'adoptable' pets and realizes that they are all in fact, adoptable - with their help, dedication and commitment.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

OMG there isn’t enough space to write all the wonderful things that FAAR does! Every single animal That lives there gets the best care. Every animal is treated as an individual w/unique needs. Their mental & emotional health is treated as just as important as physical health. FAAR is the best place on earth for homeless pets other than a furever home. The staff is wonderful and so caring and attentive. Fundraisers are an absolute joy to attend. Our community is very lucky to have them and anyone who is looking for a pet or a place to donate time or financially should really consider them. They are very deserving!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Great rescue! They have such great, helpful and very friendly staff♥️ I’ve been to many of their fundraisers and have enjoyed each one. And having fur babies there to adopt of just make you feel good is always a crowd pleaser m. The staff gives 100% in all the do for the recuses ‍⬛‍

Emily P.11

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Since day one, FAAR has been doing incredible work for animals in need.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am a foster for this organization of dedicated, caring pet people. They cover all of the expenses required to get the animals healthy and keep them that way until we can find the right forever homes.

If you’ve ever thought about fostering, give it a try. The rewards far outweigh the heartbreak when your beloved foster goes home for good.

Kim F.10

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've been volunteering with FAAR since just before "the shutdown." All throughout the pandemic, the fosters have been taking in animals to be rehabbed/raised, the store volunteers have been taking in donations and began an online-store to continue a revenue stream, and everyone involved with Foster Army Animal Rescue has worked just as hard, if not harder, than ever to save as many animals as possible. The thrift store is clean and well organized. The fosters take great care of all the animals. I enjoy being able to help out where I can and to spread the good word about FAAR's good work!!

Client Served

Rating: 5

I adopted a hamster from this rescue and was very pleased with how well taken care of she was. She had been to the vet, and had a proper diet and home in foster care. They made sure we had an appropriate hamster habitat ready (not one of those tiny cages from the pet store) to make sure all their hammies go to enriching forever homes. Easy adoption process - filled out an app online, did an email interview, met the hammie the next day, and fell in love.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've been with Foster Army Animal Rescue since the first day they started. I'm a long time foster first time poster. Years ago I fostered two sister puppies, one smooth coat and one wired haired. Once they were healthy and ready for adoption the smooth coat sister got adopted at her debut adoption day. Her wired haired sister ended up staying with us for over 5 months before she got adopted. We loved the wired haired sister and having her so long we naturally bonded with her, but we knew we couldn't keep her as we wanted to continuing fostering. Two years went by and I got a call that the wired haired sister is being returned and If I'd be willing to foster her again. This is why I love Foster Army Animal Rescue because they are committed to every pet they take in and take back any pet no questions asked. Of corse I fostered my wired haired former foster and after two weeks of having her back, I filled out an adoption application and became a foster failure.

Erin Lane H.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

We got our sweet Ganon as a Foster from Foster Army, and we foster failed! I love this organization so much. They go above and beyond to rescue animals, and definitely do their due diligence to make sure they go to a good home. I love the fact that all these animals go to loving, caring fosters, and don’t just spend their lives in cages waiting for adoption. We plan to be a part of the Foster Army family as long as we can!

Robin L.5

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I absolutely love Foster Army’s mission of helping the animals most in need - the misfits, seniors, sick, injured, and special needs. I adopted my 2 furbabies from them, I have fostered and volunteered for years. I have met the most kind, caring, supporters of animals through this organization. They truly care about every animal. I would highly recommend checking out their thrift store!!

2 deharo70

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have adopted a few cats and dogs from the Foster Army Animal Rescue. The Foster Army has been there for me regardless of the time that has passed since a pets adoption. They have answered questions I have about behavior and nutrition. This continued help and education is the main reason I have adopted again and again.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

They are a group of people who really care. Endless hours. Around the clock. Always there for a foster. Their dedication to the animals is above and beyond. They give the term compassion for animals a whole new meaning.

1 Jill Tabor H.

Client Served

Rating: 5

What an amazing group of people! So passionate and dedicated to the work they do for the most vulnerable animals. I adopted my sweet girl from here and they were helpful and informative.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Great pet rescue! I adopted two kittens at two separate times from them. They provided great education with my first kitten as far as behavior and training tips. With my second kitty, they followed up with communication on how to introduce them, and what to do if they aren’t getting along. Both kittens were healthy and could tell they were well-loved by their foster families.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I’ve been involved with FAAR since its beginnings, as an adopter, a volunteer and most often, a foster. They are amazingly positive, supportive of both people and animals, and just a wonderful force in our community. I’ve interacted with other rescues, but none have measured up.

Samantha  L.

Donor

Rating: 5

Foster Army have saved hundreds of lives of the innocent babies they rescue! They deserve to be recognized and if enough people contribute they can save many more lives of overlooked animals in need. All the kuddos to the animal heroes!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Foster Army Animal Rescue is a shining example of what a non-profit organization should be. Everyone involved has a true understanding of its goals and objectives and is committed to making them happen. The thrift store is so very well-run; it's a pleasure to shop there and to donate items to it knowing they will be sold for such an important purpose. Events are creative, and the organization always presents itself well. As a volunteer, I know my time is appreciated, which has not always been the case with other groups I've volunteered with in the past. FAAR is a wonderfully successful organization that is saving animals' lives every single day.

Andrea V.2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

In the past, we've fostered close to 10 dogs for Foster Army, and each time we were amazed at how these dogs blossomed. These were dogs that came matted, injured, diseased, disfigured, and in all-around pitiable condition. These dogs were all given a second chance at life and love, and being part of and watching each of them heal and find forever homes touched the heart.

The team at FAAR are also dedicated and passionate people. Even with wanting to find a home for each animal, it's about finding the RIGHT home for each animal. I'm impressed with the level of screening and follow up that goes into making sure the pet and the adopting family are right for each other. And, not to mention, none of them are in this line of work to make money. They do this because they have a calling to care for animals who would otherwise be euthanized or left to die. They also help educate on responsible pet ownership.

The thrift store is also quite fun. It's always fun to see what people donate. I've found some very nice items there for reasonable prices. The store is clean and well-organized. Treasure hunters paradise! And they hold fun sales often--my favorite is the poker chip discount sale.

And, of course, we ended up foster failing. Oliver came to us at 8 weeks old--abandoned at the shelter drop box with two broken front legs. We fostered him through Foster Army...and we couldn't let him go. We love him to the moon and back. Every day I look at him and know that if it hadn't been for Foster Army, Oliver would have been euthanized.

We appreciate Foster Army and the work they do to help save more dogs (and other animals!) like Oliver. They are an extraordinary organization.




1 Karen R.6

Board Member

Rating: 5

I’ve been with this amazing organization since it’s inception. We take in “at risk”, treatable animals that just need a chance to become healthy companion pets. This includes the neonates, the old, the sick and the injured. As you can imagine our vet bills are pretty hefty so the Thrift Store and donations from our generous supporters help offset the expenses. I personally foster and help in the store so I’ve had the chance to work alongside many of our incredible volunteers who make all this happen. Another aspect to Foster Army is their goal to spread humane education to as many people as possible. Involvement in community affairs is key to spreading the word about responsible pet ownership, someday making Riverside a no-kill community.

Heather C.12

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Foster Army has changed my families life in so many ways. We began with them about 5 years ago fostering two bottle baby kitties. We were hooked! We have fostered puppies, kitties, cats, digs, hamsters and even a gorgeous tortoise. They specialize in special needs animals which makes the experience that much more rewarding. Along with all the joys the animals bring us we also have gained a family of like minded animal loving friends! Thank you Foster Army!

Zoe Odien H.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I’ve adopted 3 of my animals from this rescue. I love that they help the animals that are most in need. I began fostering for them a few years back and ive made so many friends through this organization. The people behind it are truly amazing!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Foster army brought 3 of my furry babies into my life and took care of them by fostering them and loving them before I got the chance to meet them! I could tell how much Foster army loved what they were doing and the impact they were making so I decided to volunteer and foster with them! Best decision I made and I was lucky to work along side such wonderful and caring people who made such a huge difference in the lives of these animals.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Proud to volunteer for FAAR. They take in the most vulnerable animals. Fellow volunteers are so dedicated that they do everything they can for the agency: fostering the animals, working at the thrift store, and helping at the fundraisers and adoption events. There are so many ways to help the agency with their animal rescue mission, don't hesitate to ask how you can help. Every donation helps as well. There is an online shop on the website for those local to pickup, and an Amazon wishlist to help with necessary for the care of the animals.

Board Member

Rating: 5

If you have a soft spot for the most at risk animals in our Riverside community, and a willingness to volunteer, this is an excellent non profit organization to choose!
After retiring from public school teaching, I joined FAAR to volunteer in their thrift store raising funds for the animals. I quickly found a spot behind the register and from there joined their sewing circle, began fostering pets, twirled signs when FAAR had a booth at Market Night, and joined their board!
Now I encourage others to volunteer, foster pets or shop to help Foster Army Animal Rescue!

Board Member

Rating: 5

Foster Army Animal Rescue is an incredible non-profit organization. In essence, they rescue the underdogs...the animals that are not perfect...that are either underage, or have a treatable and/or costly treatment plan...and need longer term care. Volunteers are so dedicated, friendly and helpful...all with caring hearts. Overall, a great organization that is well managed and really makes a difference in saving animals.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My family and I love fostering for FAAR! The best thing is that they take in mostly special needs and senior animals, a demograph of animals that is often overlooked by other rescues and adopters.... and yet, they make the best pets!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This group has nothing but the welfare of the animals at heart. Great fosters are associated with them attempting to give all the babies in their care a chance at life and a chance for a “forever” family.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

FAAR was founded with sacrifice, animals in need come first over everything else. I know that any time or money donated to FAAR is well spent and directly makes a difference in the lives of the animals.

3 Lynella Raye J.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Without realizing it, I shopped at FAAR's previous store, in a completely different location, without knowing who they were and what they did. Spring forward 4 years, I found them again and slowly got involved with their vision to save pets that just need some TLC to become adoptable. I have been working at the store for 2 years now. I am not able to foster any pets in my current living situation, so I volunteer my time to help pets. This store, visibility and leadership have risen to the challenge over the last 2 years from what I have seen and we are now ready to move into, hopefully, our forever home in the next month. We can always use new volunteers, whether for a few hours or all day, every day we are open. I encourage and greatly expect that after we move, we will be gathering more store volunteers to keep the ship sailing into brighter waters. Come and join us for our new adventure, in the old Marcy Library building!!!

1

Advisor

Rating: 5

I have worked with this team almost since their beginning and share their passion for helping that most vulnerable category of treatable animals. There are almost 5000 euthanized per year and with a relatively small investment in their medical treatment the majority can and should be saved. They serve a role in this community that others don’t and I am proud to be a part of the solution as both a foster and an adopter.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The folks here are very special. They show they care and belief in FAAR by volunteering and giving the most important thing any person can give...their time. I love coming here to see the many wonderful treasures people have donated so they can be purchased at unbelievably great prices to support this important lifesaving effort . I'd rather spend my dollars here than buying China trifles. Without FAAR, all the life connections (peeps to peeps & peeps to pets) could not happen and the world would indeed be sadder. Stop by with donations, purchase treasures, volunteer if you can or help in any way to keep this dream going. It saves little creatures whom without your help, will die.

2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am a passionate volunteer working with this rescue. The reason I chose this rescue to give my resources of time and money is simply their mission and its people!! This rescue is all about taking those animals that are sick and/or injured and saving their lives!! Where I formally volunteered, they only accepted "highly adoptable" animals. I began to view their motives more about how they looked versus what was best for the animal. Foster Army Animal Rescue (FAAR) takes those animals that are about to lose their lives TODAY! If they are sick or injured, the organization embraces the animal and gets them the treatment they need. Fosters nurse the animals back to help while showering them with the much deserved love they need. When they are better, they then work to find the forever homes for these beautiful creatures. The leaders of the organization have their own skill and beauty of seeing the love in each animals eyes and looking beyond the judgement of sometimes initial behaviors and stories. Every soul means something and they do not shy working away with each of these beautiful souls. They also appreciate their volunteers beyond belief because they value the volunteers as the heart of helping the animals. A class organization, an amazing mission and a priceless experience for all humans and animals involved!

2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Foster Army Animal Rescue is a wonderful group! Its dedicated members save numerous lives of animals who are most at risk of dying in shelters. I have known some of the board members for 20 years. They have remained steadfast in their incredible efforts to prove that every life is precious and worth saving.

1

Donor

Rating: 5

From the thrift store, to the adoption events, to the fundraising... Everyone involved has one goal in mind and that is to save animals. They save the animals that would otherwise be euthanized. This rescue goes out of their way to make sure that these animals go to foster homes and are raised with people while waiting for their forever home. I have donated to many other animal rescues and have never come across such loving caring people. Please support them in any way you can.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Foster Army Animal Rescue is a wonderful organization that works hard to save the "treatable" pets...the underage, the sick, the injured, the disabled. The foster volunteers take care of these sweet animals until they are ready for adoption. The Thrift Store generates much needed funds for the medical treatments and surgeries. Thank you FAAR!!!

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This organization has such an intense love for animals and feel a need to do everything they can to help. I am very pleased to know that there is a group out there that is saving animals on a daily basis. These animals are so lucky to be in the hands of these wonderful people. Thank you for all your great work!

Cindy Ingram

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a volunteer with FAAR since 2015 and have enjoyed every minute.
They are the only Riverside non-profit who is committed to the Riverside Community becoming no-kill. FAAR is totally transparent with all their data and practices the Golden Rule to all their volunteers, donors, friends, etc.
They are a stellar example of human kindness and unsurpassed animal compassion.
Please consider volunteering, they are always in need of foster volunteers to help with their life saving mission.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

Foster Army Animal Rescue (FAAR) is a foster only non-profit whose mission is to rescue at risk pets from animal control facilities and placing them in caring foster homes until they can be adopted into loving homes. A key requirement is raising funds to support medical/behavioral treatment, vaccinations, microchips, food, supplies, and spay/neuter surgeries. FAAR's goal is to partner with other animal welfare organizations to help Riverside become a no kill community. Since its inception FAAR has successfully rescued 457 pets.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

My son and I are beneficiaries of the adoption services provided by FAAR. The newest member of our family is a 4-legged bundle of fun and love we call "Sidekick." His lovely Papillon-mix mother delivered him into the world last November. We were privileged to foster her and her 4 precious puppies over the holidays. At the end of that time, we knew we couldn't part with Sidekick. He was the only boy and the runt of the litter. We went through a very thorough adoption process with FAAR and once Sidekick had completed the appropriate shots, neutering and micro-chipping, he was returned to us. He has been a wonderful addition to our home. I can't say enough about the outstanding quality of treatment Sidekick received from FAAR and their dedication to the well-being of all the animals in their care. Thank you, FAAR.

5 miles71

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My wife volunteers and fosters for this organization. I've come home to a litter of abandoned kittens. Another time to a dozen newborn puppies left in a box out in the middle of nowhere. I will never understand how people can be so cruel but I find comfort in knowing the Foster Army is dedicated to making a difference. Together we really can save them all.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I adopted Leo and Luna (formerly purrcy and willow) through FAAR. They are the sweetest and smartest cats I have ever had. You know that the were well taken care of and loved by their foster parents. I'm very thankful they were saved from the shelter by FAAR. I feel good donating to this group.

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Donor

Rating: 5

What this organization does...what these people do is nothing short of miraculous. The neglected, the sick, abused, the needy are all taken care of and given their deserved second chances for a forever family. I have assisted in small ways and donated. The most compassionate, loving and hardworking group of volunteers I have ever had the honor to work with .

5 maas75

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I don't get to volunteer as often as I would like but when I can there's no place I would rather be. The organization has volunteers of all ages and backgrounds. I've never been involved with such a diverse group of people all working towards the same goal. The top priority is the animals and the events are complete fun. The animals in this organization are well taken care of.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I used to work at a selected-entry kill shelter. It always made me sad to see them competing with other rescues and even adopters, to take in the cutest, fluffiest animals and purebred-looking dogs. Then if they got sick or showed behavioral problems, they would quietly "disappear." Working with Foster Army, it is the exact opposite. We take in the "uglies" and the misfits, sick, and injured. And the amazing thing is - these animals turn out to be the most perfect pets. I am grateful to be a part of this organization, and encourage others to help volunteer or donate.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

They have the best stuff here! Awesome selection and they're always having some kind of sale. Everyone is so nice and best of all the poceeds benefits the most vulnerable animals. Love this place!