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Furry Friends Foster And Rescue Inc

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Animal Protection & Welfare, Animals

Mission: The mission of Furry Friends Foster and Rescue Inc. is to save urgent dogs in high kill shelters, primarily in the State of Connecticut, and other pets in bad situations needing a new home. Further, our mission is to attend to the medical and behavioral needs of these animals and place them in wonderful, loving forever homes. In addition, we strive to educate the public about proper care of their pets, including encouraging spaying and neutering of all pets, providing information regarding low cost spay neuter options, and about programs that can help pet owners with limited resources to keep their pets in their home.

Results: Our rescue was founded on February 26, 2014. Since then we have saved over 250 dogs and placed over 200 in wonderful forever homes. We have raised funds for one dog who needed heart surgery which was performed at Tufts and who was subsequently placed in a wonderful adoptive home - and are currently treating one dog for cancer and have another dog headed for a board and train program who spent many months in a basement. We have retrained numerous other dogs - both in the rescue and in board and trains when necessary. We've treated multiple dogs for heartworm, and helped one of our adopters whose dog had a blockage to provide life-saving surgery for him.

Target demographics: We help dogs in local CT pounds and other dogs in bad situations. We take into rescue the dogs who need us the most - those at risk of euthanasia, and those with considerable medical and/or behaviorl needs

Direct beneficiaries per year: In 2016 we brought over 100 dogs into our rescue, with 75 of them finding forever homes within 2016.

Geographic areas served: Our rescue is based in Monroe CT.

Programs: We have a dedicated medical fund, so we are able to help dogs who need help with medical care that goes beyond the normal veterinary care - vaccines, tests, spay/neuter - that we give to all dogs coming into our rescue. We have a trainer on our Board of Directors who works with dogs needing training and/or behavior modification prior to being adopted. We've also recently started the FFFR Seniors for Seniors program. We match senior dogs (7 years old or older) with senior citizens, realizing that having a pet can enhance the lives of older people, and that older dogs are often a better match for people who are 65 years old or older.

Community Stories

59 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Client Served

Rating: 5

A few years ago we fostered several dogs. I was tired of goodbyes. I promised that the next dog we got we’d adopt if we worked it out with him/her. And we did finally, after medical needs were taken care of, which were competently scheduled and executed. After we adopted we had some behavioral issues we were able to address with them. Calvin has traces of those but still a great dog. We are grateful to Furry Friends for their service.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I have been nothing but impressed by the care and compassion I have observed since getting to know FFFR. I learned of them through a friend and decided it was time to foster a dog. I had a wonderful experience with everyone I talked to, met, and now stay in touch with via social media. I ended up adopting my foster pup shortly after he came to live with me and am so grateful to FFFR for him. I am always touched by the stories of the animals they help and how committed they are to ensuring animals are safe, healthy, and happy.

Jack B.2

Client Served

Rating: 5

I adopted Mac a little less than a year ago through them, and he has been a huge impact on my life ever since. They gave me the opportunity to adopt such an amazing dog. The way the process was handled was quick & easy; all while being extremely thorough. They truly cared about the wellbeing of Mac, and wanted to make sure that he was going to a good home. He has really come out of his shell in less than a year.

Jenna L.5

Client Served

Rating: 5

The most dedicated volunteers I’ve ever met at any charity/nonprofit! Each and every dog is loved and cared for and even more so meticulously placed in well fit furever homes. I’m so grateful to have been blessed with my fur baby, Buffy. Another happily ever after for FFFR!

Board Member

Rating: 5

I have been part of this organization almost since it’s inception and I continue to be impressed with its thoroughness, professionalism and genuine love for the dogs it it’s care. We adopted our first FFFR dog in February, 2017 and we are currently fostering. I am proud to be a part of FFFR

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Furry Friends Foster & Rescue Inc is an incredible organization to work with at any capacity. They very recently saved four incredibly deserving dogs that were facing losing their lives due to human error & unfair labels. The rescue met these dogs with no judgement, completely open minded, & found incredible, experienced fosters to commit to caring for these dogs until they could be adopted. Without the incredible willingness of this organization & their ability to look past labels & make their own judgements these dogs would have lost their lives. All 4 dogs are in the appropriate foster homes & thanks to the opportunity given to them by Furry Friends Foster & Rescue, they are proving their labels to be inaccurate & thriving majorly in the successful environments they have been placed in.

Donor

Rating: 5

I was at an all time low in my life. I found FFFR through FB. I reached out to Leslie who sent me descriptions of dogs. I fell in love with Beau! Cathy and Trish brought him for a meet and greet! We just clicked. We are best friends and inseparable! I appreciate how much this organization puts into rescuing dogs, fostering them to prepare them for forever homes, and vetting people to ensure the dog goes into a loving home that have the time and can adequately care for the dog. It may seem like a lengthy process but the results prove it works! Thank everyone involved in FFFR! You are angels!!! Beau and i thank you so much! We love you all!!

Matt Tam D.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Furry Friends is a wonderful organization. We have fostered quite a few dogs from them and have always had a wonderful experience. They make sure the dogs they place are the right fit for the family and are always available to answer and questions or concerns. My family is looking forward to fostering for them for many years to come.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

FFFR is an amazing group with people who really care . The animals that get saved by this group are very lucky . They save animals from all types of situations - big medical cases - to happy little dogs - to the shelter underdogs . Dogs are happier in today's world because of Furry Friends Foster and Rescue Inc

Dee S.5

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This is my first time fostering for FFFR and I am very impressed with this organization! They took great care in making sure my family was a good fit for the dog they placed with us. She came here with everything I needed to take good care of her and someone is always available to answer any questions or concerns I may have or simply to share pictures or a funny story. I am extremely happy that I chose this rescue!

Client Served

Rating: 5

Thanks to Furry Friends, we now have the best dog ever! His name is Auggie and I don’t know where’d I be if he wasn’t in my life. He’s my best friend, we go on lots of adventures and he cheers everyone up. We are training him to be a therapy dog. He is seriously the best, I’m sure everyone says that about their pup but it’s true for Auggie. He may have a million allergies and is always goofy. He may wake me up multiple times in the middle of the night so I can cover him with a blanket. He may think that everyone would like him on their lap and needs cuddles. He may do a lot of things but the one great thing is, he loves. He loves a lot and in return we love him, A LOT.

Client Served

Rating: 5

We got our beloved Auggie from Furry Friends. They were extremely thorough in their vetting process, which we very much appreciated. They also were super responsive with any follow up questions we had after we adopted our pup. They care so much and love all of their pups. We’re forever grateful to them!

Stephen V R.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My wife and I are new to Furry Friends we recently fostered a puppy Blanca who was brought up from Texas.
FF could have not been more helpful .They insured we had everything we needed and were extremely supportive at every step of the way. We had a wonderful experience and were great full for all the amazing volunteers.

Paula H.2

Client Served

Rating: 5

❤️❤️ Love Furrie friends. Have adopted 2 dogs from them. Greta rescue with heart... would recommend them highly

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

FFFR has been a wonderful organization from adoption app, to giving us our furry ne family member, to support after our adoption with questions and concerns. They help as much as they are able and find a way even when donations are low. No pup left behind. Lincoln and I love our FFFR family.
Gotcha Day 02/06/2016

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I've volunteered with Furry Friends for over three years. Its changed my life both personally and professionally for the better.

Jennifer Clarkson K.

Board Member

Rating: 5

I have been volunteering with Furry Friends for approximately four years now. I have fostered dogs, conducted home visits, screened applications, performed "meet and greets" and adoptions, pulled dogs from the pound, picked up and delivered supplies, taken dogs to vet appointments, etc. Every person I have met through "FFFR" has been absolutely dedicated to the mission. The dogs always come first. There is full transparency in every aspect, and every effort is always made to do what is best for the dog. FFFR always stands by their dogs. Even if it has been years, Furry Friends will take a dog back if necessary. Dogs are never rushed into homes. If they need medical care, they get it. If they need extensive training, they get it. If they need to work with a behaviorist for a year, they do! Furry Friends takes the dogs other rescues leave behind: the pit bulls, the seniors, and the ones with behavioral and/or medical issues. It is all about the dogs, all the time.

I have worked with quite a few rescues over my 20+ years in the community, and Furry Friends has the most integrity, as a whole, of any group I have worked with. I am very proud to be a volunteer, and look forward to many more years with FFFR.

1 Brad M.5

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I just began fostering for the organization and so far it has been an incredible experience. They've helped me through every step of the process. It's been really amazing to get involved and help out while knowing I have the support to be successful as a new foster.

Molly Y.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Adopting in the time of coronavirus - safe, easy and we got an awesome dog (and a new friend in his foster mom)!

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My wife and I have been doing Rescue for the last 19 years. We handled small breeds mostly Min Pins and terriers. The rescues we have associated with for one reason or another have become insolvent for one reason or another. We are in it for the dogs.

We found Furry Friends by happenstance while doing a home check for Rescue. We were impressed with what we saw. Not only was this an organization well founded on principle, it was financially sound, had superior leadership and most of all it is mission centered. Furry Friends not only cares for its wards it goes above and beyond for them. Need medical treatment done. Need bedding, toys or supplies done. Transportation to or from medical appointments done. Need additional professional training for a ward done. Our wards come first, last and always.

This is an organization to be proud of and one that can be trusted. We have been proud to be full time volunteers for the last few years as our sole home.
Our wards come first, our adopters become part of our family.

We invite you to come join us.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I met this rescue when I was desperately trying to find a new rescue to take Kona, who was about to be euthanized by her original rescue because of leash reactivity. FFFR evaluated Kona, took her into their rescue, gave her some training and Kona is now in a wonderful loving home. Ditto for little Clary, who FFFR also absorbed and adopted to a great home. They are completely committed to the dogs in their rescue and are the best. I'm attaching a picture of Kona.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

this is a caring and compassionate rescue organization that takes in animals of all size, age, and breed. An alliance with Orange Veterinary Hospital ensures that all rescues are looked after and given the finest medical care available. Volunteer fosters are able to pitch in and assist FFFR via an extremely well-organized facebook system.

Ursula M.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

As a volunteer for FFFR, I can say that the well being of the dogs is the #1 focus. This is a great organization who does really good work for dogs in need!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Furry Friends and Foster is an amazing group doing amazing things to help replace, rehome and retrain dogs to give them a second chance ❤❤❤

Board Member

Rating: 5

This organization does it right. FFFR helps the dogs that many other rescues would pass by and stands by its dogs for life. I’m proud to be part of this amazing group.

Ramona S.1

Client Served

Rating: 5

I'm a foster mama to a beautiful loving 4yo pit, Annie!!
FFFR has been MAGNIFICENT during this process!

Loretta S.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I foster dogs for FFFR & they are the best. They care about all their dogs, by giving them the best care & any medical treatment, if necessary. They make sure the dog & family are well suited for each other. I would not foster with any other group.

Board Member

Rating: 5

One of the most caring loving amazing rescues I have ever been involved with.
Always go above and beyond

Roseanne R.1

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Furry Friends Foster and Rescue go above and beyond for every dog they get in the rescue. They take the ones that need extensive medical help, or needing training, or no matter the condition of the animal to try and save their lives. The goal is to save them and find a new forever home. They are the best.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been very impressed with this rescue. Very dedicated and professional people. Would highly recommend to anyone interested in fostering or adopting a dog. They are always available if needed and they supply everything needed to foster.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I adopted my dog from FFFR and I have to say I was so pleased with all the services and info that they provided. They followed up with me when I had questions and always ensured I knew that I should contact them if I had any issues or questions. A very professional organization with wonderful caring people.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I adopted the most Wonderful dog from Furry friends. I was just going to foster but fell in love with Murphy as soon as I saw him. He has been with me just over 3 weeks and I couldn’t be happier. I found them very professional to deal with and they really care about the dogs they take in.

Amanda C.2

Client Served

Rating: 5

This is an amazing rescue. They are caring, friendly and loyal to there animals 100%! Without there service and dedication to animals, I wouldn't have my babies right now. Thank you Furry friends!

Previous Stories
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Client Served

Rating: 5

I can not say enough good things about this rescue! I have 4 dogs.
3 came from FFFR!
My dog Ramsey in particular. They had pulled from one of the local pounds. Shortly after that, they found out that he had a congenital heart defect that would have eventually killed him. Most other rescues would have wash their hands with him and put him down but NOT FFFR they worked tirelessly raising thousands of dollars to make sure that he got a second chance at life! He had his heart surgery and now is living a happy and healthy life because of them!
I will only adopt from them in the future! They stand behind there dogs 100%! ♥️

Carol K.2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This is an incredibly well-organized and compassionate group. A wide network of volunteers work tirelessly to help all the animals that can be helped and match the right dog with the right owner and/or foster home. All dogs receive stellar medical treatment as well as caring personal attention (such as car rides for those dogs who are in boarded situations). This is a great organization for dogs and for dog lovers.

Isabel P.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

A Fantastic rescue!!! The dogs happiness, safety,well-being and health is there number 1 priority! They are always there for the adopters day or night if you need advice.
Great dog and great people Wouldn't go anywhere else!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been fostering a dog for Furry Friends for almost a year and they are truly an amazing organization. They have saved so many dogs and the volunteers are great.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This is an amazing rescue I am proud to foster for! They save so many dogs that are in desperate need. I have 2 foster fails from them. They are truly the best!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I joined this group as a foster in February, after reference checks and a home visit to verify my suitability, I received my first foster. Leslie has been supportive and extremely responsive to my question, which I so appreciate. It is the attention to detail and the responsiveness that makes this organization the best. Most of all everything is done for the dogs. Whatever care they need is taken care of.

2 Staci Glasser B.

Client Served

Rating: 5

FFF&R has been wonderful to us! Leslie and Ray were especially patient, attentive and careful to be sure their pup went to the right home which is certainly helpful for me as a newcomer in my first foster-to-adopt situation. While we get to know our newest addition, I have contacted Leslie with questions and she always replies immediately and with thoughtful solutions, even though I know she is extremely busy! I lucked out finding FFF&R, and recommend them to anyone seeking to a foster or rescue pup.

1 Roberta A.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've been associated with this rescue close to 5 years now I have fostered and adopted from them. They are very professional and supportive to their volunteers and fosters. The rescue team truly loves their animals and work hard to fine a home that is well suited for them. They stand behind all their animals no matter how much time goes by they will always take their dog back into the rescue if a situation arises.

1

Board Member

Rating: 5

I've been associated with FFFR since we opened our doors in 2014. I first was a volunteer, then joined the Board as secretary - then as vice president - and, after our President's death in 2016, as President of the rescue. All of our volunteers are committed and dedicated - not only to our rescue in particular, but to animal rescue in general. They make my job easy! Without those volunteers and an absolutely wonderful group of Board members, we would not be able to do half of what we do to help dogs in urgent need in CT. It is my true honor and a real blessing to be associated with this amazing group of fellow rescuers! We help dogs with serious medical issues, dogs with terrible pasts who need time, patience, and training, dogs with only hours or days remaining unless they find rescue - the ones who need us the most. We collaborate whenever possible with other CT rescues and rescuers. I am thankful every day to be able to participate in FFFR!

1 Sue T.1

Board Member

Rating: 5

I have been a volunteer with this organization for almost 4 years. What I love most is the Rescue’s mission to help the dogs most in need. Last year I adopted a senior dog from the rescue who had been in the pound for months. He has been a wonderful addition to our family!

1 Jen Y.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Furry Friends Foster and Rescue truly stands by their dogs. I happened upon them when I was looking to foster again via a Facebook post. Before I was approved to foster Ivan, I had to go through the complete process of a home visit, reference and vet checks as well as a phone interview with Leslie. The process alone was well worth it and demonstrated a level of care and commitment you don’t see from rescues every day. Since then I’ve fostered and volunteered for FFFR and I don’t plan to stop. I cannot say enough about their love for these animals.

2 Liz Nixon C.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

What an excellent group of people, always looking for the best care and home for each animal.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

FFR inc is an excellent organization. They are one of the most dedicated small group of people I have ever seen! They have helped so many animals get on the road to recovery and/or find their new homes!!

2 Regina W.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

So incredibly wonderful to know this Connecticut-based non-profit agency dedicated to help re-home “at-risk” dogs, who are sadly on the list to be extinguished become adopted, exists❣️

Your extremely high success rate of finding forever furry homes for these poochies says it all ❤️❤️❤️

Thank you for these incredibly awesome saves of so many loving dogs who just needed a second chance, and got it through your efforts, awww

3 Nancy Mindick H.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The organization shows a passion for rescue dogs and an enthusiasm for the mission that inspires others. The persistence and energy in getting the needs of these beautiful four-legged friends met has, I am certain, contributed to the happiness of many of these animals. Dogs are treated with warmth and welcome and care.

3 Corinne B.1

Client Served

Rating: 5

I rescued both of my babies from FFFR, one of which was a foster failure. They have a great network of caring volunteers and truly do what they can to help all they can!

3 Jordan L.1

Client Served

Rating: 5

Furry Friends helped us through a difficult time when we were forced to re-home our beloved dog Summer. They found her a wonderful home and made a devastating decision just a little easier. Thank you for your hardwork and for taking in our sweet girl!

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I found it so enjoyable working with this rescue, i joined the board! Three years ago and I don't regret a minute. This rescue has some of the most diverse and committed members and volunteers!

2 Bonnie O.2

Client Served

Rating: 5

My husband and I worked with several fosters from Furry Friends until my fur baby from Golden Rescue passed. At that point I could no longer accept saying good bye. We received a Shi Tsu, Peanut, whom we renamed Calvin. He had Lyme, eye and ear infections that needed to be cleared. Finally he was neutered, and we could say we were a foster fail. He’s been a wonderful companion, though needs calming for thunder storms and and fireworks. His being a very cuddly lap dog helps. We are very impressed with Furry Friends professionalism and support. Calvin is part of our home and our lives. He has lots of other dogs to bark at, plus kids, school buses and of course, the postal carrier. I can see how Shih Tsu protected, and were pampered by, Chinese Emperors. We are grateful to Furry Friends for making this fur baby available to us.

2 Tashua M.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I fostered 3 kittens for them a few years back. They were very supportive and easy to work with. They found the kittens wonderful homes. Two were even adopted together!! Fast forward a few years...we lost our dear yellow lab to old age this spring. Our hearts and house felt so lonely. Once we were ready for a four legged friend again we decided we wanted to foster to help some unfortunate souls. And we knew it would be with Furry friends. We had strict criteria...good with kids, good with cats, and NO PITBULLS! So who did we end up with...the most amazing Pitbull ever. Furry friends volunteers were so extremely helpful in helping us transition a foster dog into our home. After a few days, we knew we couldn’t let him go. And the day before the big day, the unthinkable happened. Charlie jumped out of my car and was hit by another. I still have nightmares. Thankfully Charlie is ok but not without the countless late night hours from the volunteers and rescue vet to make sure Charlie received the best care. We are forever grateful to furry friends for opening our eyes to the amazing Pitbull breed. I will forever be their advocate. And we are looking forward to fostering more dogs for them in the future.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I'm a volunteer with this rescue and we've fostered several dogs and adopted one all through Furry Friends! They are an excellent organization with caring people that I'm happy to be a part of!

3 Bonnie O.1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My family of 7 are all HUGE animal lovers! We have a house full of well-loved pets; several of which have been rescued from less than lovely situations. We came across a dog in desperate need on the Furry Friends site, but the dog was already snatched by another rescue. However, there were several other dogs in need of a loving home, especially a pit bull named Charlie Brown. At first we were a bit hesitant because we didn't know anything about pit bulls, (other than what you hear on the news), but Furry Friends assured us that they spend considerable time with each dog in order to know the dog and match them with the perfect family. They said Charlie Brown was wonderful, so we gave it a whirl...My other dogs we great with him and "Charles" was super sensitive to my geriatric dog. Charles, by far has proved to be the most loving dog I've ever had...and I've had plenty! Furry Friends is passionate about matching the right dog with the right family for everyone's benefit!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been volunteering and fostering for FFFR for over 2 years. I have worked with many rescues over the years and FFFR is one of the best I have worked with. We have had many fosters who have found their furever homes thanks to Furry Friends.

3 Kristen M.2

Board Member

Rating: 5

We have a 4 year old Rottweiler which two years ago we were looking for a friend for him. My husband and I wanted to give another dog a home that needed one. We were looking for a female dog that was older than our boy hoping that it would be a better match for him. We had fostered another dog that was the same age and a puppy both that were not good for him. I had come across adorable photo of Rosey a pit-bull from Furry Friends Foster and Rescue. I fell in love and so did my husband. We went though the process and sadly she was adopted to another family. Not to long after we received a call saying that Rosey was not a good match for their family, true to their word Furry Friends always takes back the dog if the situation does not work out. When we were called it was July 4th, and we said yes bring her over!! Furry Friends had done the meet and greet and the integration with the dogs. It was not to long after that Stryker and Rosey have become best of friends. Shortly there after I started volunteering for the rescue myself. I found that it has given me purpose and filled my heart. I am now on the board of directors and am the executive assistant to the president and the executive board member., all because I had seen a cute photo of my now dog and the wonderful experience I had adopting from them.

4 Shawna Lisa D.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I adopted my fur baby from Furry Friends. He was absolutely my best friend. When he got sick furry friends helped raise money for his medical bills. Since adopting my baby I started volunteering any way I can. This is absolutely an amazing rescue. This rescue is my second family.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

FURRY FRIENDS is a fantastic organization that plays a big part in rescuing local animals. The animals they take in consist of both healthy as well as several that are in need of expenaive medical care. Its one of the most organized rescues that I have ever dealt with. It is because of them many animals are alive today and living as loved family members.