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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Animal Protection & Welfare, Animals

Mission: Our mission is to foster greater compassion for animals by example and through education. Our primary goals are: 1) To reduce the number of animals abandoned, homeless, or killed until they all have a loving forever home. 2) To educate the community by providing information concerning • The right of animals to a life free of abuse or neglect • The resources that are available to those with a limited income • Volunteer opportunities to rescue, care for, and foster pets • The sad realities of failing to spay/neuter pets, and the plight of shelters • The steps to take BEFORE bringing a pet into your life

Results: Since FAF began in 1997, we have placed over 4,000 cats and kittens into safe and loving homes. 2014: We adopted out 98 cats in 2014, down from 2013, but adult cat numbers were up. Over 25% of our adoptions were adult cats. We ended the year by adopting out two very special ones, Midge and John. There were fewer kittens in 2013 and they came later. Hopefully the focus on spaying and neutering is finally paying off. 2012: FAF was able to help at two adjoining addresses in the Highland Park area of West Seattle this spring. A total of five feral female cats, all nursing were TNR'd. One male cat was also altered. 11 kittens were trapped and put into foster care. The kittens were all able to find new homes after they were spayed/neutered. FAF and FCAT trapped 12 feral and one friendly cat living on the property of a home in Skyway. All were spayed/neutered and returned. FAF delivers 50 lbs of cat food monthly so the family is able to feed the cats healthy food, not rice as they had been eating. FCAT provided a huge Dogloo for shelter. We received a call about hungry kittens at a property in Burien. We were able to TNR four adult cats on the property. Seven very sick kittens were put into foster care first with FCAT and then an FAF foster home. All seven are now healthy, altered, and looking for new homes. FAF and FCAT were able to provide shelter to the remaining four cats. The elderly, disabled caretaker was very thankful. 2011: Our goal for 2011 was 150 adoptions. We came just shy of that goal with 123 adoptions. We were also busy with TNR—about 120 ferals TNR’d. 2010: In 2010 we had a total of 125 adoptions! Visit our website to read more of our accomplishments throughout the years.

Target demographics: place cats and kittens into safe and loving homes and work with caretakers to trap/neuter/return cats and place the feral kittens into foster care for adoption once tamed.

Geographic areas served: West Seattle and surrounding areas

Programs: TNR, Foster Care, Adoption

Community Stories

54 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Matty H.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Finding loving homes for cats is what they do, while other groups can be exceedingly judgmental or employ two kitten rule. FAF worked with me after others turned me away. My cat and I are now living happy and healthy together. I am eternally grateful.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Recently adopted a very silly young cat from FAF Seattle. Thanks for bringing us together!

Client Served

Rating: 5

Bordeaux was an adult Manx with be hair and an attitude problem when I met her. But given the chance, she was the sweetest cat, mellow of disposition and wise beyond her years. FAR brought us together, and my life the better for it.
Thank you.

Client Served

Rating: 5

My cat Aya and I were meant to be together. He's not an easy kitty to interact with, as difficult a personality as I am quite frankly, even after many years of growing together in trust, affection, and understanding. FAF brought us together and I am thankful for the great work they do. Aya was already an adult, and with his emotional needs, I think he would have been "unadoptable" if he had been from a city or county shelter. Because this wonderful, caring organization exists, Aya has a home with me.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I adopted my first 2 kittens from FAF in 2005 and one additional cat since then. I am also a volunteer, helping keep our adoption location clean, assisting at adoption events and fostering kittens.
This is an exemplary organization. The Executive Director, Marianne, is selfless and committed, focusing on the best-ever outcomes for the kittens and cats.
I am grateful for the opportunity to work with other volunteers to assist FAF in meeting its goals.

1 Carolyn105

Volunteer

Rating: 5

They provide top notch care for all the animals they take in. I foster for them, and all kittens are vetted, flea treated and if they need any further care, I'm provided with proper instructions. They also provide all the food and supplies I need if I want them. :) It's just a great rescue to work with.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

FAF are a bunch of good people. Pure and simple. They care and they try to do the best they can for the animals. Not only that, they are professional and organized. I've been fostering for them for four years and will continue to do so.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

From rescuing and fostering kittens until adoption to placing adult cats, FAF does an amazing job!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

This is the best nonprofit of the rescue and rehabilitation of animals. I started volunteering taking in stray kittens both healthy and sick. I was given everything I needed to get them better and guidance on kittens that may need a little extra care becoming social. They do everything they can to get these animals adopted into purrfect forever homes!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

FAF has been a huge asset to the community for years. We adopted our first cat from them 20 years ago! Maybe 6-7 years back, I started volunteering. As a former fundraiser, I love that FAF makes every penny count and always has the cats' best interest at heart. They just do it right. I'm proud to be a small part of such a dedicated group of volunteers.

Donor

Rating: 5

Used to volunteer for this organization. Top notch veterinary care, donated food, and clean environment is provided both at the pet food store Next to Nature where some adoptable cats are living and in foster care. The adopters are well screened so that the cats are not placed in homes that are not a good fit.

Have a cat I adopted from FAF and she's a sweet girl who I cherish.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

All the members of Friends of the Animals Foundation that I've met have been friendly, kind, and so helpful. I really love this organization and everything that they've done for all the kitties that they've helped.

1 lnsierra

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I adopted my Alice Kitty from FAF in 2006, got assistance with a neighborhood kitty I also ended up adopting (Spatz), and then was taught trapping in 2011 when we TNR'd a small kitten (that I ended up adopting) Lene...

Marianne (the pres of FAF) is dedicated & devoted! She somehow divides her time between a full-time teaching job, caring for her cats and fosters, and shouldering the organization responsibilities: teaching, returning phone calls to foster parents, potential adopters, and people needing help with strays, placing their cats, or feral colonies, taking cats to the veterinarian or to Lynnwood for spay and neuter services, doing adoptions and follow up phone calls, and checking on the cats available for adoption at the local PetCo (& cleaning their cages)...

This is an ALL VOLUNTEER organization, so she is supported by some pretty awesome volunteers that help with fostering, socializing, adoption events, cleaning, etc.

FAF is a hard working organization that brings joy to the animals they rescue and the people they are able to connect with these animals.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I adopted my cat Alice from FAF in 2006 and I began regularly volunteering with them in late 2009.

Knowing how hard Marianne works - the time, energy, and money she puts into this - moved me to want to help. (Marianne is President of the organization and also does TNR, and every role she asks volunteers to do Foster, Cleaning, etc. She also coordinates and runs adoption events, looks in on foster homes, and checks with care-givers of feral colonies.)

Also meeting Pam (FCAT) who Marianne often works with in rescues and TNR - it's the same thing. Both of these women hold down full-time jobs in addition to running these organizations. They work hard and tirelessly, and their passion for this cause is contagious - You can not know these two women and not be moved to join them.

They make the hard choices and see what no one wants to see or deal with in rescue - they daily deal with the good and bad - and continue to lead by example doing whatever needs to be done.

The warm fuzzy part - when forever homes are found - is what everyone works toward. FAF focuses on the task at hand - their mission: to foster greater compassion for animals by example and through education.

2 Diane164

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I love what this organization does and takes the welfare of the cats and their kittens into consideration. I am a foster volunteer and also adopted two of my fosters. I am very grateful to be a part of this group and the bigger picture in life.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I was a foster parent for FAF and they made it a very easy and wonderful experience. I did adopt the babies and continue to support the organization how I can. All the work that is put into rescuing cats and managing feral communities is huge and helps the community. Keep up the work!!

2 Kiki4

Client Served

Rating: 5

I adopted a feral kitten from FAF two and half years ago, and my life has never been the same. The volunteers at FAF take such excellent care of their fosters and put so much love into socializing them that Ezio came to us friendly and fearless, and integrated flawlessly into our home. He's been an amazing little brother to our older cat, and helped her to be less shy and neurotic around other creatures, and has been the absolute sweetest cat I've ever had--he's all cuddles all the time, with everyone, and rarely leaves my side when I am home. It's pretty gratifying to be greeted at the door with enthusiastic purrs by a gigantic fluffy cat who wants nothing more than to curl up in your lap for a couple hours. I'm so grateful for the work the FAF volunteers put into his early care, from rescuing him and his family from the house under which they were sleeping up through his fostering and socialization--without them, he could've been just another sad story of a trapped cat euthanized in a shelter. He's brought so much love and joy into our lives, and I can't thank FAF enough for making it possible.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

i adopted my cat Yoda from FAF and then became a foster Mom volunteer, This organization is truly devoted to helping vulnerable kittens and cats be well and find forever homes.
I am proud to be a volunteer!

Jeff109

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Friends of the Animals does some of the most needed and appreciated work there is (by critters and humans alike)!

All praise and good tidings to the rescuers of the world.

2 Julie239

Client Served

Rating: 5

I adopted my cat, Piper, just over 4 years ago. FAF had rescued her, her siblings, and the mother-cat, from a rooftop in Burien. I will always be grateful to FAF for performing this rescue, thereby ensuring a long and happy life for Piper, her siblings, and her mother. Thank you for all that you do, FAF. The world is a better place with you all in it!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This organization is wonderful. They nurture and homes for our most vulnerable critters. I can't say enough good things about the work that they do!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

They helped to take care of and place a momma cat that I had rescued. By the time I found them I had already found homes for all of the kittens. They still were able to meet with me to take the momma and get her fixed and everything else she needed. She was placed in a foster home until she went to the store and was found a forever home. I fully support their services and have recommended them to others.

2 HammonDa B.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I adopted my kitty Harvey, now known as Gozer almost two years ago. He had been a feral kitty and the nice people at FAF just knew he would love to have a home. Gozer's foster Mom teared up just a little bit at the adoption. I knew right then and there that FAF was a special group. All the kitties were lucky to have these wonderful volunteers in their lives doing their best to find them forever homes. Gozer is my best buddy, favorite cuddle bug, and such a good little boy. I am so lucky that we found each other. Thanks FAF!