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

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Animal-Related, Animal Services, Animals

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

73 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Client Served

Rating: 5

Many years ago we adopted our darling Chestnut the rabbit from F5RS and he was a joy and delight. We are so grateful for the sanctuary for making him possible in our lives! The sanctuary staff were so helpful in every way, especially in setting up a meet and greet with our bachelorette Britannia to see if she and Chestnut were a good match. Thankfully they were and were a happy couple for many years.

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f5rescue We loved Chestnut and were so happy he got to fall in love with Britannia and be a part of such a loving home! I remember their meet & greet clearly and how happy we were to meet his future family.

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Donor

Rating: 5

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

1 Alane R.

Donor

Rating: 5

Many animal organizations help dogs and cats, that's what makes this one unique. Thank you for helping rabbits, birds and all other looked over pets. Lots of shelters won't take them, you so great work. Keep it up.

Rhonda Rogers R.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The therapy bunny program is awesome. The residents of one of the nursing homes they visit really enjoy them. It is great to see the smiles that these bunnies bring.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The physical and emotional energy Sassy puts into her passion for the animals she rescues is beyond comprehension. I never hesitate when Sassy is in need of treats for the rescue's bake sales. Wonderful things do come in small packages, and Sassy's Buns prove this with each and every visit they make within the community.

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f5rescue 08/02/2017

Thank you for your kind comments and ALWAYS stepping up to help us with fundraisers! We appreciate your support!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

This is a wonderful organization! People do not really realize the time and effort that is needed to maintain the types of pets. This organization dedicates itself to taking care of these animals and educating the public about the care required for these animals. The organization also uses many of its animals as therapy pets. The individuals of this organization put their heart and soul into these animals and it shows!

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f5rescue 03/16/2016

Thank you so much for your review and kind words!

Barb Ricker

Client Served

Rating: 5

Adopted again from F5RS this year! We welcomed our new guinea pig, Judy. She has been a fun and loving new family member. We are always supported with advice and any help we need. F5RS is our pet sitter when we are out of town and I never have to worry while we are gone. Our pets are so spoiled and probably become disappointed when we come home!

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f5rescue 08/02/2017

Thank you very much for your kind comments!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I am a volunteer, board member and the treasurer but as of Jan 2015 I became an adopter from F5RS! I adopted two guinea pigs. I was a first time guinea pig momma but felt totally prepared. Sassy provided me with books and sources for other info to learn more about guinea pigs. I was able to help take care of them and handle them which helped me decide which two were the perfect ones for me! I was able to ask questions about what supplies I needed. The rescue has helped me with pet sitting when I'm gone and help with grooming needs. I have bought treats and toys for them from F5RS's own store. It has the been a very positive adopting experience and the pigs are very spoiled!

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f5rescue 03/16/2016

Thank you so much for your review and kind words!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

F5RS is a wonderful small animal rescue and sanctuary. All animals in their care are well-cared for and well-loved. Sassy runs the organization and she could not have a bigger heart or a greater devotion for the work that she does. The F5RS Bunnies in Baskets Therapy Rabbits bring joy to many in the community, visiting nursing homes, libraries, schools, and even a children's hospital. I cannot say enough great things about F5RS and the awesome things that they do for both people and animals.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

F5RS goes above and beyond on so many levels. Not only do they provide exceptional care to animals who truly need it, but they also work very hard to find them proper and safe forever homes. It's also very encouraging to see an organization take the time to educate individuals on their cause and teach them how to properly care for animals. Overall, there are only positive things to say about Sassy and her team!

Client Served

Rating: 5

They are absolutely amazing! They do so much for the community and spend countless hours working to find loving homes for their animals.

Client Served

Rating: 5

We boarded our bunnies at F5RS while on a week vacation. They went above and beyond taking care of them! Sassy even bonded our bunnies (which we all thought the female was unboandable from not getting along with other bunnies). We were amazed and so impressed they were bonded and even groomed before being picked up. Sassy goes above and beyond taking care of all the animals as well as doing the BIB program! Our son loves visiting the bunnies in the library and reading to them. I highly recommend F5RS.

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f5rescue 08/02/2017

Thank you so much for your kind comments!

Client Served

Rating: 5

This organization is seriously one of the best I've ever encountered. As an animal lover, I've been in contact with many local rescues and shelters and F5RS are like family and have went above and beyond allcthw time every time, no matter WHAT. I am beyond thankful for them.

Stacy Z.

Client Served

Rating: 5

This group was there for me when I needed a safe place for my girls. My one girl had health problems and she was with them when she crossed the bridge. My Lilly was with someone who loves her as much as me.

divadonations

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This organization making such a huge contribution in the small animal rescue world in our area. They have gone above and beyond to make a difference with all the education programs and rescue programs. I have seen them work tirelessly to keep to the high standards that every rescue should adhere to. While caring for the smallest of innocent creatures that have been tossed aside by careless people. I have also seen the smiles that these therapy bunnies have brought from youngest to the oldest of hummanity. This rescue is all heart!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Sassy and the crew work endlessly to care for, rehabilitate, and find GOOD homes for the animals. They even take time for educational visits to teach our kids about responsibility and owning a pet!!

Sam_47

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Love the reading program! A great way to get kids comfortable with reading out loud, plus the bunnies are adorable!! Thanks for everything you do!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Very fun atmosphere. Bunnies are loved and well cared for. Other animals receive excellent care also.

Donor

Rating: 5

Great rescue! They do amazing work with their bunnies taking them into the community. They are a no kill shelter and they truly care about the animals.

Chloe S.

Client Served

Rating: 5

This rescue is absolutely the best rescue I've ever had any experience with. They are loving, kind, and giving. Not only do they rescue animals, they educate the public, they have wonderful therapy rabbits, but they also sell many many wonderful and reasonably priced items! From toys to scentsy candles, they've got it all!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

These guys are absolutely amazing! They care so much about their rescues and volunteers: way more than any other rescue I've ever seen! I love them and their organization. I always look forward to my volunteer days with them and their buns!

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f5rescue 03/16/2016

Thank you so much for your review and kind words!

Lucy20

Donor

Rating: 5

This is by far the best small animal rescue in the area. Many animals have been rescued, rehabilitated and some have become therapy bunnies used in multiple programs. These programs, such as bunnies in baskets, visits nursing homes, hospitals and other places that being love and joy to many people. Read to a bunny is also a great program that visits multiple libraries each month so that Children are encouraged to read a book to the bunnies. A

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Essentially one of the best rescues for bunnies and birds.

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f5rescue 03/16/2016

Thank you so much for your review and kind words!

susanvanvelzor

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Frisky Ferrets, Fuzzies and Feathered Friends Rescue Sanctuary (F5RS) is a remarkable organization. They are dedicated to the rescue of rabbits and other small animals as well as the education of the public. Through their "Bunnies in Baskets" program, specially trained and certified therapy rabbits visit seniors in nursing homes, autistic children, and libraries where they host a "Read to a Bunny" program. No animal charity works harder to be financial independent then they do. Through the efforts of "Mama Bun", Sassy Pickard, F5RS runs an online store which features hand crafted jewelry and other items, attends craft shows and swap meets, all in a effort to fund the rescue. It is a pleasure to help a group that goes above and beyond to help themselves to help animals.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I cannot say enough good things about F5RS. The amazing work they do with rescuing and rehoming small animals such as bunnies and guinea pigs is heroic. What makes them different from so many other rescues is they go out of their way to be self-sufficient. They run an on-line store, do flea marketing and craft shows to raise money to support their efforts. In addition, they do therapy work through their "Bunnies in Baskets" certified therapy buns. These specially trained rabbits visit nursing homes, adult workshops and autistic children. Sassy Pickard and her board members are tireless in their efforts. Please help them help others through this rescue and sanctuary.

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