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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

78 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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.

1 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!

1 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!

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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.

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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!

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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

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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