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Friends of the Animals Foundation

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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 6,000 cats and kittens into safe and loving homes. Visit our website to read more of our accomplishments throughout the years. http://fafseattle.org/accomplishments With your help, in 2017, we were able to find homes for 108 cats and kittens! 16% of the adoptions were adult cats, some were older or with medical issues. In addition to finding homes, we were able to spay/neuter many feral cats and cats of people living on fixed incomes or without permanent housing…and we were also able to keep many of them fed and sheltered. To our volunteers—fostering, cleaning cages, helping at adoption events, maintaining our web site/social media, donating supplies/money, and hanging out with Santa—THANK YOU so much for all that you do. We are also extremely grateful for our partners at Petco West Seattle, Mud Bay—Uptown, Burien, Admiral, and Broadway at Thomas—for housing our cats, letting us hold adoption events, and their generosity with reaching out to us as Giving Tree recipients. We are also very fortunate to be part of many employee matching programs. The list could go on... It is often difficult, messy, emotional work that we do. But as we close 2017 with so many fond memories, we know that the work will—and must—go on. We are so very grateful for your ongoing support to make what we do possible!

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.

Direct beneficiaries per year: A few of our recent challenges… (1) We were able to help 11 feral and friendly cats, left behind when their owner/caretaker died.  With the help of a friend of their owner, we were able to get the ones that weren't altered, fixed.  We were able to send some to a barn home, others to SAFe, and two found homes through FAF. (2) KD is getting help for his chronic sinus issues because of the generosity of many.  Cascade Heights Veterinary Center provided discounted service for KD's initial tests.  They then referred us to Animal Medical Center, who also provided a rescue discount and offered major dental work for only the cost of the supplies.  KD's very expensive treatment plan is being funded by a very generous donor who wishes to remain anonymous, but donated in honor of one of our incredible volunteers.

Geographic areas served: West Seattle and surrounding areas

Programs: TNR, Foster Care, Adoption

Community Stories

79 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Client Served

Rating: 5

The friends at FAF made it easy to get to know our kittens, they educated us, and insured that we were a good fit for their forever home. I am forever grateful that we connected with them through a friend, I had a great experience, and now I have opened a loving home to our two beautiful kittens, Gabriella and Oliver. my young son is very happy and we highly respect this organization.

1 Drew M.2

Client Served

Rating: 5

We adopted our beautiful kitty from this rescue about 9 years ago and she is a beloved member of our family. The work that they do from rescue to trap and neuter to helping find cats that are lost is incredible.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This is a great charity to support! For years I was feeding a group of abandoned cats at my old apartment building. FAF was called by a neighbor because the mama cat had another litter. They were able to trap, neuter/ spay and release the cats that were too feral to be adopted. Those cats trusted me after years of feeding them. So much to the point where they jumped in my car when I got home from work. I'm not kidding when I say it took years to get them close to me. FAF helped by delivering food for them on occasion so I wasn't paying too much out of pocket. Their love for these cats is beyond measure.

2 HammonDa B.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Thank you for everything you do for kitties! Because of your compassion, caring and love you were able to find a "feral cat" a home. I just love Gozer (previously Harvey) to the moon and back. From day one he has been my best buddy and my little snuggle bug. Thank you!

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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!

2 Marianne13

Board Member

Rating: 5

Friends of the Animals Foundation is fortunate to have the most dedicated and passionate volunteers around. Most of our volunteers have been with us for many years. Our volunteers foster, clean cages, pick up/wash/dry/return laundry, donate, transport, trap, enter data, manage our website/social media, help at adoption events, help potential adopters and cats meet, and simply love our rescued cats and kittens. We simply could not do the work we do without our incredible volunteers

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Board Member

Rating: 5

Friends of the Animals Foundation has the most amazingly dedicated volunteers around! Many of our volunteers have been with us for years. Some come in weekly or bi-weekly to clean cages, medicate, and socialize our rescued cats and kittens. Others wash laundry, help at adoption events, return phone calls, or help with technology. Without our volunteers, FAF would not exist. Because of our incredible volunteers we were able to find homes for 160 homeless cats and kittens in 2014.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I found a kitten in a parking lot. This kitten was desperately trying to get human attention. He was so cute. I picked him up and purring started. He was so social, I knew he wasn't ferrel, I figured he must be lost, as the area I found him in had lots of appartments. But first I had to get him some water and some food. I took him home, knowing I couldn't keep him (I had an ederly cat with health issues). I spent 2 days looking for lost kitten notices

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have volunteered with Friends of the Animals Foundation for a short time but for years have supported their mission. They help so many deserving cats and especially the feral cat community. Marianne is the unsung hero of West Seattle!

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Love working with this group. I take care of bottle babies and really enjoy raising them to the weaned stage. It is a very fulfilling and wonderful time. Marianne is a great leader. Hope to be able to help for a long time.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I really love working with this group for the past couple of years. I foster bottle babies and find it so rewarding to care for them and watch them grow. Marianne is such a great person to give so much of herself to this organization. I plan on continuing to help as long as I am able.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Two of the 5 cats we currently have we adopted through FAF. The two cats are wonderful: one picked me out (stuck a paw out of his cage and "yelled" at me), the other my husband took one look at and fell in love. The adoption process was easy, and we could tell the cats (who we adopted at different times) had been well cared for. I think FAF does an excellent job helping cats, both feral (with TNR programs) and adoptables.

1 Jeanette H.1

Client Served

Rating: 5

Adopted two 6-year-old sisters in 2008 from Friends of the Animals Foundation. They were the best cats and although they are both gone, they will never be forgotten. They were such a joy to have in our family so I will always be thankful to FAF.

1 Melissa E.1

Client Served

Rating: 5

I became overwhelmed with my foster kitties after a series of personal events happened. I reached out to FAF and they willingly came to my home to pick a couple of the kittens up to help find them fantastic home!!!!
They went above and beyond to help a fellow rescuer out and I am eternally grateful!

1 L.J. B.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I adopted my lovely girl Anyanka (I named her), a Tortie, 14.5 years ago from them! She was fostered through an upper respiratory infection, then went into heat and had her operation a couple of days before she came to live with me. Her foster parent wanted to interview me; she was well cared-for in the foster home and in the Next to Nature store the day I met and took her home. She is now a vibrant, affectionate, 15 1/2 year old lady.

This was in West Seattle, and in the years after I adopted Anya, I visited FAF's lovely cats regularly at Next to Nature, as well as the big Adoption buses that came by occasionally during West Seattle Junction street events. I continue to remain in contact with FAF after all these years, and in the future, when I am on my own again (after Anya), I plan to be a foster parent with them - if I pass the requirements for this position of trust.

1 Colleen K.1

Client Served

Rating: 5

The folks at FAF were so patient and kind as my partner and I looked for the right pair of cats. We wound up with two lovely, overlooked cats that would not have done great at a shelter. I'm grateful to FAF for being a resource to cats who might not shine in a shelter setting.

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

I had a great experience with Marianne at FAF, where I adopted my sweet baby, Louise. They are obviously caring people and they still ask how Louise is doing. I will adopt from them again!

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

I adopted my Fluffy four years ago from them and it was a wonderful experience. I am already planning to adopt one more in future

2 Kathleen Piilani S.

Client Served

Rating: 5

This little nugget of fur and love is ours thanks to FAF. They helped unite us and made sure she was the perfect fit in our family. Our hearts are full because of her! So happy for this group who united us

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I adopted my cat, Brian (formerly known as Sammy) from FAF.
They allowed me to take my time when I was meeting the available animals for adoption to make sure the decision was right for me, and for Brian. He was clearly treated well and very socialized.

1 Frank D. D.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I was first introduced to FAF some years ago when I had to have my cat Joey put down. His sister Rosie was still at home and I figured she would be lonely without her brother. I wandered into a pet store on California Street and saw all the cages set up with all the kitten in them. I totally fell in love with an 8 week old kitten named Roosevelt. I then spoke with Marianne Hudson at FAF and discussed adopting him. I came back the following day to get him and was surprised to find another couple had him in their hands but put him back in his cage saying they would have to think about it. I scooped him up and adopted him right away. However....I then saw another kitten ( Leon ) who had the same markings as Joey and decided to take them both. Marianne was very helpful. I live in a part of White Center that seems to have many strays. Marianne took the time to bring traps out to catch them and have them get shots, neuter or spay and get a clean bill of health on them before returning them to their neighborhood. To this day I feed my indoor cats and my outdoor strays named Big Boy, Smokey, Skittles, Turtle and Leo. Santa comes by in the form of Marianne and drops off a variety of dry and wet cat foods a few times per year. She even brought a cat bed for Turtle and Skittles to snuggle up in and in the cold months I place a heating pad over it and a towel over that.

1 Carolyn105

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Kudos to FAF and all that they do - especially Marianne, the director. Not only do they take care of the cats and kittens, they make sure their volunteers are doing well too! So many of us will over-extend ourselves to care for the cats and kittens if allowed to, but Marianne makes sure we and our house-hold kitties get a break. I had some kittens I was fostering which got really sick and to give ME a break, Marianne, took the really sick one away for a couple of days. Six years fostering and still going strong. :)

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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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2 lnsierra

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am both a "client served" and a volunteer. All 3 of my rescues have come from FAF. Alice was adopted July 2006 (my friend adopted her brother). Spatz showed up at my house with an abscess Jan 2011 and FAF covered the vet costs to treat him (he became my first foster fail). Then Lene showed up Aug 2011 and FAF taught me to trap...but rather than TNR, she became my next foster fail. FAF also came to check on her when I expressed concern, and has always been helpful and supportive.

FAF's hard work and efforts with TNR, foster care/socializing, adoption, and the support they provide the community--helping caregivers with food & assistance, helping low income families get services, the list goes on & on--moves many of us that have adopted to volunteer our time or resources. FAF is an ALL VOLUNTEER organization, so they rely on donations and their wonderful team of volunteers to accomplish the work they do that so greatly impacts, not just the communities they serve, but the animals that benefit from the care they provide and the families that adopt them (or caregivers that look after them).

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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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1 Ray_10

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

FAF rescued two little Ferals in 2011. Chester was found with his sister, motherless and a very young kittie. FAF bottle fed both babies, and I adopted Chester July 3rd 2011 to keep my older kittie(Norman) company. Both Norman and Chester (orange tabbies) got on so well. Norman died suddenly in September. Chester and I were both distraught, but Chester cried and walked about the house, so I knew ready or not, Chester needed a bud, so I went back to FAF and found DC, who was about 4 months old, the same as Chester, but wasn't caught until she was around 7 weeks, and at this point still very skittish, but something about this little girl won my heart. 6 years later, these two own my heart. Chester is a very lovable little turkey, and DC is still skittish, but I am her person and I cherish that. Thank you FAF for saving my babies.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I adopted 2 rescue kittens about 2 years ago. The organization was absolutely wonderful to work with, the cats were converted from feral kittens to the best pets ever. after that experience I have become a foster mom to help feral kittens like my two. This experience showed me very quickly just how much work it takes to convert a wild kitten into a gentle house cat....hats off to FAF....they catch the kittens, tame them and get them adopted. These volunteers work tirelessly to make the life of kittens and cats a whole lot better

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Client Served

Rating: 5

My fiance noticed a really wonderful kitty at an adoption event. The cat was older with special needs (blind, deaf, FIV-positive), but he was very sweet. We set up an appointment with the kitty's foster mom and I became just as smitten.

Both the foster home and Marianne were incredibly communicative and kind as we figured out if our home was the right one. Marianne visited our home once to have us fill out paper work, and again to drop off our new cat!

Everything was so smooth and wonderful. A huge shout-out to everyone who worked to take one feral cat off the streets, give him extensive medical care, provide a loving foster home, and get him to two people who love him very much. We can't thank FAF enough!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

In 2005, I adopted 2 kittens from FAF. I followed FAF's posts and info - and in 2011, began fostering for them (after thorough vetting and training). I love my "job." From darling kittens to older cats to special needs cats...the work of FAF and their careful consideration of each adoption match is remarkable. And the team of volunteers support each other - whether filling in, helping learn a new skill or sharing stories.

2 Kiki4

Client Served

Rating: 5

In 2013, the folks at FAF rescued a wiry, spitting feral kitten from under a porch. After several months of attentive and loving foster care, he was not only in perfect health, but an incredibly outgoing, people-friendly kitty, who loved to be held and cuddled and got on great with other animals. We adopted him that summer, and he became the love of our lives; he greeted us at the door, curled up in our arms at night, followed us around the house chirping insistently until we picked him up for cuddles, and generally spent every moment showering us with affection. We are so grateful to FAF not only for rescuing this sweet baby, but also for volunteering their time and homes to foster him until he was ready for adoption. Feral cats have such unfairly negative reputations, but thanks to their efforts, he became the best animal companion we could ever have hoped to meet.

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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.

1 Margo W.1

Client Served

Rating: 5

We adopted Nick the senior cat a few years back. He has been a wonderful addition to our family!

1 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.

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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.

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!!

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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.

1 Thyrza H.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I fostered for them for years and they worked so hard to rescue as many cats as possible. I was constantly amazed to their dedication to these animals. If I could I still would be fostering for them. My own cat Hermoine comes from fostering. I love her to death, one of the best cats I have ever met. All thanks to these guys! Please support them.

4 Ruth T.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Since moving in to my old neighborhood, I started feeding a mama cat that was abandoned by a previous tenant at my apt. She was semi feral by the time I moved in. For years I fed her and every litter she had. If it hadn't been for MaryAnne from FAF, she would've continued having babies at an uncontrolled rate. MaryAnne got the mama & her adult babies fixed. And she rescued the new litter and found homes for them!!!
FAF also helped me with providing kibble/ canned food for the adult strays in the neighborhood. My interactions with them whether via social media or in person have always been great! I hope that they can continue all the great work they do for the neighborhood kitties!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

FAF has a great group of volunteers. MaryAnne set up the TNR for the strays in my neighborhood, then came back to check on them. They set up "feeding stations" to make sure the cats are taken care of. They even drop off food to those who help feed the stray cats.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

FAF works tirelessly to provide rescue, care, and re-homing of stray and unwanted cats and kittens. They assist with medical care for feral cats and cats of people on fixed incomes. As an ALL VOLUNTEER organization, without a "fixed" location, this is no easy task. They work with local pet stores to host adoption events, while a network of foster homes care for and socialize that cats & kittens they rescue...all from the heart, personal resources, and the donations of gracious and grateful folks that have "discovered" them.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have adopted from this agency twice and volunteered with them. It is a great organization. Marianne and many of the volunteers work tirelessly to find homes for so many homeless kitties. I am proud to have volunteered with this group. The cats I have adopted from them have been wonderful and well cared for.

1 Nell R.

Client Served

Rating: 5

They were so friendly and knowledgable. We found a new family member at FAF and we are so grateful. Thank you!

3 persimmon1859

Client Served

Rating: 5

I couldn't recommend FAF more highly. Incredible work on behalf of animals and the humans that love them. Marianne has helped us rescue, spay and neuter feral cats in our neighborhood (some we adopted) and in our broader community. We've gladly donated and will do so again. We are tremendously grateful for her tireless work.

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Donor

Rating: 5

If I could give to only one non-profit, it would be Friends of the Animals Foundation. Marianne works closely with Pamela and the Feral Cat Spay Neuter Project, and tirelessly gives her time , effort and heart to helping cats. Marianne has always been there for us when we needed traps or advice, and she's so knowledgeable, helpful and supportive. I can't say enough good things about the work she does through this great organization.

1 Lena E.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Amazing foundation that does such important work for the animals. I'd recommend them to anyone.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I adore this organization! Over the past 15 years I've adopted three cats from FAF. Each time I've been super impressed with the level of professionalism and dedication of the staff. The cats I've had the pleasure to raise are incredibly sweet, loving, and healthy. FAF has a real sense of mission: matching kittens/cats with their forever homes. As a new cat owner, I had questions about how my cats were (or were not) getting along and one kitty's cut ear. In each case Marianne was willing to talk with me and together we found solutions to the problems. I know of no other pet adoption agency that does as great a job as FAF does.

3 Lisa265

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My son and I took in one pregnant cat to foster, adopted her and two of her kittens... then fostered kitties for five years. Our favorites were the tiny bottle babies, motherless extremely young kittens who benefitted from tons of cuddling and mothering. I loved that I could speak for them detailing each personality on the card above the adoption cage. Whenever we had a bonded pair, two little ones that were extremely close, it was so reassuring to know that they would be adopted together. People would always ask me how I could possibly let them go to be adopted... it was easy when I knew how carefully they would be matched with their new forever family, so they would always be spoiled and loved.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

We fostered kittens in our home for five years and loved every minute of it... ended up adopting three of them. We had taken in a very pregnant mother, adopted her and two of her little babies, who were closely bonded siblings. People always ask me how do you possibly foster them if you have to let them go. It is easy when I know I have treated them with so much love and cuddling that I am confident they will be loved by their new family.
FAF is an amazing organization in our community.

3 Courtney40

Client Served

Rating: 5

Our family recently adopted our first cat through FAF. It's been about ten years since I had a cat, so I had asked for some recommendations on what specifically to get for our new cat. Marianne walked me through the store and helped me gather all of the essentials I'd need for our cat, and made sure to let me know what brands our cat was already familiar with. She leant us a cat carrier so we wouldn't have to purchase one right away. I know she truly cares for all of the animals, she spent extra time with the cat we adopted and said "Goodbye" to her, right before she was heading off to rescue another cat's life. Her love and dedication to FAF is apparent and we're so happy to have found our new family member! :)

4 Kati6

Client Served

Rating: 5

We found a litter of kittens at our work. By the time we had a chance to try and catch them, Mama had moved them elsewhere. We found one the next day and a volunteer came and picked her up right away. Over the next couple of days we found the other two, so it was time to catch Mama. The volunteer who helped us brought out a trap and the first (and loudest) kitten and Mama was caught! Our volunteer went far above and beyond the call to rescue "our" kitty family. Thank you so much FAF!

4 Jeannie8

Volunteer

Rating: 4

We adopted our first cat through FAF and were so impressed with the organization that I decided to join as a volunteer. We've since adopted a second cat as well. Marianne sets the tone for this dedicated group of volunteers. She is a tireless advocate for the humane treatment of kittens & cats and goes above and beyond to find forever homes for cats from all sorts of situations. Her work with trap neuter and release and rescuing kittens from feral colonies helps to break the cycle of overpopulation. There are many volunteers who foster kittens and special needs cats until they're ready for adoption. They also help with emergency medical care. All of this is done on a tiny, tiny budget. All because of the love and respect this group has for cats and kittens.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

This is a great organization that really takes care of the cats and kittens who come their way. From feral cats to those turned in due to family hardship, FAF does a great job helping to find new homes for these wonderful animals. They also spend a lot of time doing TNR to keep the over population of feral cats down. I've really enjoyed working with them over the last year.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I learned about Friends of the Animals Foundation through Next to Nature in West Seattle. Last year my family was looking to adopt a cat, and FAF offered their quick, reliable, safe, and knowledgeable services with the best interest of all involved. Even after our adoption was complete, I am still staying involved through their website on facebook, informing me of cats in need of fostering, missing cats in my area, requests, tips, reminders, and encouragement.

It was clear all along that the cats come first, and Marianne and her volunteers will not let anything stop their mission to be a resource and safe haven for cats. I love seeing pictures of all the happy cats and kittens (and the faces of their happy families) as they make their way to forever homes. But I am also so impressed by the network of foster parents and feral support members that work selflessly each and every day. My kitty was one of their many rescued cats, along with her newborn kittens. She has brought such joy to my family now, and we are so grateful we were the ones to connect with that kitten in the pet shop :)

4 Ernie K.

Client Served

Rating: 5

A year ago, my family looked to adopt a cat. Friends of Animals provides a vital service for our community. They care for and introduce wonderful animals to the community while asking for nothing in return. Their focus is that these beautiful cats receive the love that they deserve. Friends of Animals just needed to introduce us to Cannoli and we were smitten. They cared for her and her kittens, gave her a comfortable home, gave her a clean bill of health and shared her with West Seattle. We are so fortunate for everything she's brought to our family. Even with a wonky leg and a life that started out on the streets, she is amazingly warm and loving.

I am happy to be able to follow the good work of Friends of Animals and see that many other families have been able to experience a similar joy from adoption that we have. Of course, the lovely cats are the reason but FAF creates all of the right steps in connecting wanting families with animals that would otherwise have worse fates. The tireless work they do to bring deserving cats to loving homes is outstanding. Thank you FAF for not giving up on our Cannoli and giving her the opportunity and platform to recruit her family.

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Donor

Rating: 5

Friends of the Animals Foundation (FAF) has an amazingly dedicated team. Their commitment to the cats they rescue is unsurpassed. They are the most compassionate, dedicated, and knowledgeable group I know of. I have supported FAF for several years now. I have also adopted cats from them. I have been impressed by their dedication to caring for the animals they work with-- in rescuing them when and where others won't; getting them the best medical care; placing them in loving foster homes, and carefully screening prospective adopters. Their commitment to the animals the rescue continues long after they have been adopted. They have even taken back animals that for whatever reason did not work out in adoptive homes and successfully found them new homes. In our case there was a beautiful cat that had had to have a leg amputated. He became injured after rescue (he was a feisty feral) and was deemed by the vet to be too energetic to allow for pins and screws in his leg. The doctors recommended amputation. FAF got him the best medical care, his surgery was successful, and he recovered in a wonderful foster home until he was ready for adoption. We fell in love with him immediately and filled out the application to adopt him. After talking with the FAF volunteers, we were approved to adopt and now have the most amazing cat ever! We remain in touch with the FAF team and they are always excited to see photos and hear what our sweet baby is up to. We encourage anyone we know who is looking to adopt to support FAF and the superlative work they do.

1 Linda220

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Our daughter has been volunteering for this great organization for many years. Through her we have learned of their work; helping place homeless cats, socializing timid/feral cats, fostering cat moms and their babies, providing medical care for cats who need it and for cat owners who can't afford this care.

Yay for the work of the Friends of the Animals!

Joan39

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have followed FAF's work and contributions to helping homeless cats and kittens in the community for several years. Great resource and organization!

2 Robin83

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I foster cats and kittens for Friends of the Animals foundation. They rescue feral and non-feral cats and kittens, we nurture them and get them ready for adoption, and then they go to their forever homes. Without FAF, many many more cats and kittens would be euthanized at shelters. FAF = life and homes for adoptable cats and kittens.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've adopted 3 cats from FAF. All have been wonderfully socialized and have become beloved family members.

As a FAF foster peep for the past 2 years, I am so impressed with Marianne's commitment and dedication to the organization and to all the cats and kittens, as well as to the community and to all the helpers/volunteers.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have volunteered for FAF for a few years now and this is one of the most dedicated, ethical, efficient, caring, and effectual non-profit groups I have ever worked with. I'm confident that a large part of the respect this organization garners within the community it serves (Seattle and environs) is due to it's leader, Marianne. She clearly knows what she's doing and has made a huge impact on thousands of cat and human lives over the years.

I've also donated a significant amount of money to the organization because I know it will be used most efficiently to directly help cats in their care.

All in all, FAF is an excellent organization for volunteers, donations, and adoptions.

1 Ann_63

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My daughter has been fostering kittens for about a year, 9 so far, and we are impressed with the dedication and care Marianne brings to her mission. Rescuing, fostering and adopting out cats and kittens is hard and sometimes expensive work. With your donations, FAF is able to vaccinate, spay/neuter, and provide veterinary care while these cats and kittens are looking for their "furr-ever" homes. We are so proud when one of our kittens goes to a great home!

Review from Guidestar

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

My son and I have been volunteering for FAF for over 4 years and we have seen many cats/kittens adopted to wonderful homes. Our director does an amazing job of running the foundation. She volunteers countless hours adopting cats/kittens to the appropriate people, taking them to the vet, caring for special needs cats/kittens, and numerous other responsibilities. Also, we have a remarkable bunch of volunteers who clean cages, foster cats/kittens, and help with adoptions. When people are interested in adopting a cat or kitten I tell them we have the best cats/kittens because they are so well loved and cared for!