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Frisky Ferrets, Fuzzies, & Feathered Friends Rescue & Sanctuary (F5RS)

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Animal-Related, Animal Services, Animals, Education, Literacy, Remedial Reading & Encouragement

Mission: F5RS (Frisky Ferrets, Fuzzies, & Feathered Friends Rescue & Sanctuary) is dedicated to the practice and promotion of the idea that life is guaranteed to all healthy, sick, injured, or behaviorally unsound animals where medical and/or behavioral intervention can provide quality of life. At our facility, each animal receives individual consideration, regardless of health, age, prior abuse or trauma, or feral status. We provide care and treatment for all animals as needed, including veterinary care, appropriate nutrition, exercise, clicker training, and socialization with people and other animals.

Results: We have been able to find forever loving homes for many small mammals & rabbits and have been able to maintain and start new educational programs. We have also been able to exand our Bunnies in Baskets (Therapy Rabbits) program to be able to visit more people and start our SomeBunny to Read To children's reading program.

Target demographics: the educate on house rabbits and the care and health of small animals & parrots, and our therapy rabbits help the elderly in nursing homes, adult disabled, & children with autism.

Direct beneficiaries per year: Park Vista nursing home, Autism Society of Ohio, Mahoning Chapter, Beyond Expectations Speech Center, Fairhaven workshops, Gateways to Better Living

Geographic areas served: Ohio

Programs: Bunnies in Baskets (Therapy Rabbits) SomeBunny to Read To program Flat Jefe Adventures Be Bold for Bunnies Book Educational Hands-On Visits You and Your Bun Pet Classes Bunny Care Pet Classes Bunny Care the Sequel Pet Classes Grooming and Message for the Healthy Bun Pet Classes Bad Bunny? Pet Classes Bunny Athletes Pet Classes Parrot Nutrition and How to Provide it Pet Classes Clicker Training for Parrots Pet Classes Parrots of the Jungle Birthday Parties Bunnies are Best Birthday Parties Birds and Buns Combo Program Birthday Parties

Community Stories

94 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Client Served

Rating: 5

The absolute best shelter that gave me my 2 sweet buns... I have yet to meet someone who has a love for animals like Sassy... all these furbabies love her and she loves them as her own. They are all vetted, litter trained and loved more than life. She also does so many things for the community with her therapy buns and reading programs.

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f5rescue Thank you so very much for this lovely comment!

Donor

Rating: 5

My Daughter Ella volunteered last summer for the rescue. That is how we got to know Sassy. Sassy helped us when we needed to board our two hamsters last summer, and she also helped us board our two Guinea pigs this summer for vacation. She rescues rabbits as well as other small animals. Ella and I have the upmost respect for Sassy and her rescue. She's addresses all of the medical needs of the rabbits to get them healthy and ready for adoption. All of the rescues get spayed and neutered as well. She also conducts a reading program to youngsters where they read to the bunnies. She does nursing home visits for touch therapy, as well as visits to The Ronald McDonald Home to raise the spirits of sick children and their families. Sassy and her rescue are an asset to our community. Thank you Sassy and your rescue!

ria89

Client Served

Rating: 5

One of the most amazing shelters around... adopted my 1st bun from them over 3 years ago and now he has a bunwife I adopted from there a few months ago. Sassy is the most loving caring person I know who still visits and loves my buns as if they were her own children. The support and community events they do are unlike any other shelter around.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Amazing rescue with true animal lover giving her all to ensure they have a wonderful life

Volunteer

Rating: 5

F5RS continues to bring much needed rabbit awareness and education to our local communities. No one takes better care of their bunnies and works harder to get them adopted. I’ve seen this firsthand. Sassy is tireless in her efforts!!! This truly is a GREAT nonprofit

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

This organization has so much ❤️ ... They are not only saving lives but also providing so many other services to our community through education & awareness. Their dedication is inspiring!

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f5rescue 05/18/2018

Thank you very much for your kind words and leaving us a review!

Lane D. L.

Donor

Rating: 5

F5RS is one of the best rescues around! Not only do they work with rabbits but the community as well! They are not worried about being famous like other rescues out there. They do it for the animals and in the end that is what it's all about! They also do tremendous work as therapy bunnies as well. Keep up the good work!

Client Served

Rating: 5

1 yr ago i adopted a beautiful bun blair from them. They were helpful,educational,and matched my bun perfect with my needs. Awesome rescue!

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f5rescue 06/30/2019

Beautiful Blair! Thank you very much for your review and kind words.

Debbie D.4

Client Served

Rating: 5

F5RS volunteers, 1st and foremost, have the heart of a servant with the best interest of the animals at the forefront. Led by Sassy, this rescue is knowledgeable, compassionate and driven to make miracles happen and lives better every day. I adopted my buns Winston, Arlo, and Annie there. One of the many things I value is their experience and knowledge; they are there to help even after your new family member comes home. Also that they love and get to know their animals and adopters for the best possible match.

susanvanvelzor

Donor

Rating: 5

I have worked with F5RS for 5 years now. The level of dedication Sassy and the volunteers have to making this non-profit a success is apparent in all they do. Not only do they effort to place rabbits in caring, forever homes, and provide sanctuary to those who are not adoptable , but their specially trained therapy rabbits provide comfort to senior citizens in nursing care, patients at Ronald McDonald house in Cleveland, and autistic children. They also encourage literacy with their Read-to-a-Bunny programs. What also separates F5 RS from other rescues is the effort they make to be self-sufficient from their Etsy store and craft show appearances. I commend Sassy and volunteers for their care and commitment to the animals they serve, and the community they support and educate.

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f5rescue 06/29/2019

Thank you so much for this review and your kind words!

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Donor

Rating: 5

I have been a supporter of F5RS for several years now. Their care and compassion toward abandoned animals is exemplary, and their fiscal responsibility beyond reproach. I have never been more proud of this organization than I am for the relationship they have forged with Ronald McDonald's House of Cleveland. Yes, they rescue, bunnies and birds and other small furries, but they share the unconditional love of these creatures with children that are in pain and in need of the comfort they can provide.

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Abigail W.1

Client Served

Rating: 5

We first met Sara and her rescue at an event for dogs and cats. We had approached F5RS to help with our Judy after her spaying. They welcomed our questions and concerns with kindness, and were so knowledgeable about the process. We had recently lost a bun after a complications from his nueter, so we were hesitant, but F5RS calmed our worries. We had Judy spayed and Sara met us at the vets to pick her up for her staycation. I can not thank her and her rescue enough for giving us our Judybeans back safe and in one piece. During her boarding, Sara gave her meds, food when she quit eating and even had a vet on call for any worries!! Such a wonderful rescue that has a huge heart for critters. F5RS has become family in our house and I would recommend them to anyone that has a furry family member!

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f5rescue 06/29/2019

Thank you so much for your kind words and this review!

Amy M.10

Client Served

Rating: 5

I adopted Truffles from the rescue and they were super helpful. I can always reach out when I have any questions and they go out of their way to help bunnies as well as people.

Diane M.5

Donor

Rating: 5

F5RS is a great rescue. I love how engaged they are in their community - everything from working with school-age children on general bunny care to their Bunnies-In-Baskets program. You can tell how deeply the owner feels for each and every creature in her care. She also doesn't hesitate no matter how dire the situation may look at first. I have seen her pull off some amazing turnarounds into happy, healthy, binkying bunnies!

Client Served

Rating: 5

Adopted rabbits from F5RS and they are the best. Very, very pleased with everything they do. They neuter/spay beforehand. They provide any necessary medical care which is very important for rescued animals. They provide valuable advice on animal diet, grooming, etc. They have an exceptional amount of experience and it shows.

Client Served

Rating: 5

F5RS is incredible. They are genuine, caring, knowledgable and full of heart. We recently had the honor of adopting from this organization. Their knowledge and help in the process was GREATLY appreciated. The deep care and love that they have for their furry and feathered friends is not only an inspiration, but it's a beautiful example of second chances and putting families together. I could never thank them enough for the gift they've given not only us, but so many others. They really and truly are the best.

dandjw2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

F5RS has been exemplary in rescuing bunnies that are in need of shelter. They take in the bunnies, supply medical care, and find good, proper homes for them.

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Donor

Rating: 5

Volunteer staff fully committed to the well being of all the animals in their care. Truly exceptional efforts put forth.

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f5rescue 03/16/2016

Thank you so much for your review and kind words!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

F5RS is an amazing organization! Their BIB program visits sick children and the elderly. How many rescue organizations do with or both? They take time out of their busy schedules to educate about bunnies and other small animals. Great people to work with and always helpful with questions!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Our national honor society went out to F5RS to volunteer, and we had a great time! The animals were so much fun to work with, and you can easily tell that the owner loves and cares for all of them as they wait for their forever homes. She had personal stories to share about each rabbit and bird, which helped us get to know them as we cleaned cages. We loved working here, and hope to come back in the future!

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f5rescue 05/18/2018

Thank you very much for volunteering and your kind words!

1 Jennifer K.2

Client Served

Rating: 5

We adopted Floofer (one of Amelia's surprises) in October 2017. All the staff at F5RS were great to work with, especially organizing an international/cross-border (Canada) adoption. Everything went so smoothly, and it was clear to see that everyone cares about the bunnies so much.

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f5rescue 05/18/2018

What a cute picture! Thank you very much for your kind words and your review!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

A wonderful small animal rescue! They are loving and conscientious, badly needed in this area.

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f5rescue 05/18/2018

Thank you so much for your kind words and review!

1 Sandra S.3

Client Served

Rating: 5

I was looking to rescue a bonded pair of rabbits. This rescue took the time to answer all of my questions, as well as ensuring that I was a good candidate for adopting. The shelter was clean and organized. Each and every one of the animals had been very well cared for, physically and emotionally. I will adopt again from this rescue.

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f5rescue 05/18/2018

Thank you so much for your kind words and review and for adopting!

2 Pamela K.1

Donor

Rating: 5

So many non-profits exit for dogs and cats. I donate to several groups after careful background checks.