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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

70 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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

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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.

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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.