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Furry Friends Foster And Rescue Inc

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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

25 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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!

1

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.

1 Amanda C.2

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%! ♥️

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!

2 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!