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United Animal Friends Inc

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Animal Protection & Welfare, Animals

Mission: United Animal Friends is an all-volunteer, 501(c)(3) nonprofit animal rescue organization. Our mission is to provide rescue programs and services to animals and those who care for them. Our primary goals are: - Saving the lives of adoptable dogs and cats - Finding the best home for each animal in our care - Reducing pet overpopulation through our spay/neuter programs - Feeding hungry animals through our Community Pet Food Bank - Relieving suffering and facilitating the compassionate treatment of animals

Results: Since its inception in 2003, UAF has found loving homes for almost 6,000 animals; covered part or all of the cost of spay/neuter for over 19,000 cats and dogs; distributed tons of pet food to clients who otherwise couldn't afford to feed their animals; paid for emergency vet services for almost 900 pets of low-income households; and rehomed hundreds of companion animals.

Target demographics: Animals and those who care for them

Direct beneficiaries per year: Last year, UAF rescued 463 dogs and cats, spayed/neutered 1,578 animals, provided 39,596 pounds of pet food to the low-income community, and provided financial assistance for emergency medical care of 289 pets of low-income people.

Geographic areas served: Yavapai County, Arizona

Programs: Rescue/Foster/Adopt Program: United Animal Friends rescues a large number of its animals from euthanasia at high-kill shelters. We make sure each animal is vaccinated, spayed or neutered, and given any other necessary medical treatment. UAF does not have a shelter facility. Most of the animals in our care live in volunteer foster homes until they are adopted. Fostering allows us to train and get to know each animal, which helps us find the perfect match for their unique personality. In situations where an adoptable dog is at risk of being euthanized in an overcrowded shelter when no foster home is available, we may place them in temporary boarding until a foster home becomes available. United Animal Friends finds forever homes for approximately 400 cats and dogs each year. Spay/Neuter Certificate Program: UAF helps low-income individuals have their companion animals altered at a very low cost. Participating veterinary clinics reduce their fees and UAF pays a portion so that the pet guardian is responsible for only a small share of the cost. Community Cat Program: UAF provides no-cost spay/neuter certificates so that colony caretakers can trap feral cats and take them to local vets for alteration and ear-tipping. Community Pet Food Bank: UAF provides thousands of pounds of pet food each month to low-income individuals. In addition to feeding hungry pets, one of the primary goals of the food bank is to make sure pets are spayed or neutered, and that is one of the requirements for being eligible for food. Emergency Medical Program: UAF helps low-income individuals who need emergency medical care for their companion animal but cannot afford the cost. The pet must be spayed or neutered to qualify for assistance. Courtesy Listing Program. UAF helps individuals find new homes for their companion animals in the event they can no longer care for them.

Community Stories

18 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Hi ... My name is Steve Godla I would like to express my appreciation to the U.A.F. for such a great and worthwhile program it helps so many mommies and daddies care for their fur babies. I have 7 cats and 3 dogs that I have rescued and if it weren't for the U.A.F. it would be difficult to feed them especially with the rising cost of EVERYTHING these days.
Thank You very much for all you do
Respectfully doggie & kitty daddy
Steve "Joe" Godla


Cecelia R.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Wow! I lost my Levi in 2019...only to have his soul find me in 2020. Yes, he found me! Reincarnation!
This is Luciana...I adopted her in May 2020.
She has filled the void, he left me with. GRATITUDE!
I have used n recommended UAF, for years! They have helped me when required, on many levels! So Grateful! Now I got to turn around n Help! Thank You! She is My Prescious! ❤

Client Served

Rating: 5

Last year, we adopted our little mischief-maker, Buster, from United Animal Friends (UAF). We weren't looking for a puppy, but this guy was too cute to resist. Stephanie, Buster's UAF foster mom, was so helpful. She gave us a great puppy book, which we needed since it had been forever since we had a puppy in the house. She also was very supportive when Buster stopped eating; he apparently really missed all of his litter-mates. I was so appreciative of her advice and understanding.

Buster is now more than a year old and he has brought so much laughter and excitement to our home (and some grief because he learned to open almost all of the doors in the house). Thank you, UAF! You score Four Paws Up!

Client Served

Rating: 5

A match made in heaven - that’s how we would describe the compatibility of our new rescue, Gidget with our lives. Through thoughtful, intentional screening and interviewing, United Animal Friends not only saved another dogs life, but enriched our’s in the process. Anita, after years of fostering and placing animals, seemed to know exactly what pet we needed. UAF walked us through every step of the process to achieve a successful adoption. We have been involved in nonprofit organizations in the past, but have found UAF and it’s team of volunteers to be a cut above, as they are well trained, dedicated and compassionate professionals. They understand the seriousness & importance of their mission: to find a loving, forever home, for both the adoptee and the adopter, because both deserve that! Prior to our adoption, Stephanie cared for and loved our sweet Gidget through the delivery of Gidget’s 3 puppies. She nurtured Gidget’s pups and prepared them until the time was right for them all to find their forever homes. We are truly grateful for the personal support and knowledge we have received, and continue to receive, from UAF, as we enjoy everyday with our amazing rescue.

Client Served

Rating: 5

In May 2015 it had been one year since we had to euthanize our 16 YO dog. I longed for another furbaby to love. While checking our mailbox, I looked up and saw a lady walking 4 dogs. One was a small brown and white dog, whose eyes met mine. Anita Kast, UAF foster mom, told me little Joey was up for adoption. The vet said he was about 5 yrs old, and apparently had had a tough start to life. He had just had 8 teeth pulled. We of course adopted him, and I looked him in the eyes and promised to care for him, and to love him as long as God would allow me.
About a year after the adoption, I called Anita and said we needed to find a little sister for Joey. It wasn't long afterwards that she rang the doorbell and brought us a small little gal. It has been 4 1/2 years since then. Both dogs love each other, and we spoil them. Anita has always been available to answer any of my questions. Someday we will adopt a senior dog and make the remainder of his/her life amazing. Thank you UAF. We will no doubt be your friend for a long, long time.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I want to thank United animal friends for helping me with my cats and dogs. They helped me out with food. And they are so awesome they are helping me and my family out so much. I want to say thank you so much.

Client Served

Rating: 5

In April of this year (2020) I adopted 2 dogs from 2 different foster homes. One, a 2+ year old male Corgi-dachshund mix (Jack). The other, a 1+ year old beagle-dachshund mix (Lilly). The entire experience was lovely from start to finish! I was able to take my 3 grandkids & daughter to Anita's home to check out BOTH dogs as she had invited the other foster mom, Sumico, to bring Jack. Anita had fostered Lilly. It was a delightful visit & all of us knew these were the dogs for us!
A few weeks later, Anita drove down from Prescott Valley to Surprise, AZ where I live (2 hours!), with BOTH dogs to make sure my home & yard were well suited for them. She took the time to take the dogs on a walk with me & gave me many tips as to their food, likes, dislikes & habits etc. She left a toy & blanket that were important to Lilly & the leashes & collars for both of them. Anita also gave me a "diaper" for Jack to use until he learned not to pee in the house.
Both Jack & Lilly were best friends immediately!
I have & will highly recommend United Animal Friends to many who are looking to rescue precious dogs!! These foster parents are AWESOME!!!

Anita F.3

Client Served

Rating: 5

united animals friends has been a great help to me and my furry family. I take in rescue animals that people no longer wants to have around their place for some reason or another; and I can not see them spend the rest of their life or be put down for no reason or even their age and i give them a loving home here with me either to their end of their life or until I find another loving home that they can be wanted ; i dont get money to do this and now a days the prices of dog food and medical for shots or get them fixs has gone up alot and if it wasn't for United Animal Friends helping me onces a month with food or helping a little with the Vet. I wouldn't be able to afford it on my monthly check I receive .
People should all realize with inc like this people like me can keep taking in our fury friends and help them for they can not help them self and alot of us need a little extract helping hand to help them.

Donor

Rating: 5

My husband and I adopted a rescue pup from United Animal Friends in Prescott AZ four years ago. She has been a joy in our lives. Since we've always had two dogs in our pack, I recently went back to the same rescue organization asking for another young dog. I really love the way this group gets to know you. They want the best home for their dogs and the best fit for you. We now have two dogs, very different and very special.

Our new 7 month old looks a lot like a doodle of some kind. I get asked all the time. I'm proud to tell them where I got her. She is a dog of many breeds, a very special dog.

Our pack is complete. Thank you UAF

Client Served

Rating: 5

My name is Christina and on September 3rd, 2019 I adopted sweet Beau from United Animal Friends! Our family had just lost 2 sweet dogs. Their absence was painful. I Knew I wanted to rescue a dog and when I saw Beau's picture on UAF's website I immediately contacted them. I spoke to Stephanie for quite a while. She told me all about Beau and I could tell how much she loves what she does. UAF was professional and very thorough in their entire process. Beau is my hero! Beau had many fears and anxieties when he came to us but I knew that with love and patience he would know that he is safe and in his forever home! I work with him and train him daily and he just gets so happy and proud of himself. I have Multiple Sclerosis and there are days that things are more difficult. Just this last week I had a severe MS flare up. Beau knew immediately that something was wrong. He would not leave my side and did whatever he could to protect me. When I am weak he will lick my leg, like he is telling me that I can do it and that helps me to push through it. He is my MS hero and I am so thankful everyday for him. He may be small but his heart is huge. While I may have rescued him, I think he is the one who rescued me! I am so thankful for UAF! UAF rescues so many animals and really takes the time to make sure they find good homes. I recommend UAF to anyone who is looking for a wonderful animal to add to your family. Beau is my best friend and my hero! I can't imagine not having him here every day. I just love him! Thank you United Animal Friends for everything you do! Thank you for Beau!

Client Served

Rating: 5

I adopted Kitsey on Jan 1st of this year. The process was easy and all happened very fast. I visited her foster mom on New Year’s Eve for a meetup and she was brought to my house on New Year’s Day...no holiday for these folks! And we’ve been going strong ever since.

Cryssie Shay, as I call her now, is a beautiful, unusual Aussie, blue heeler mix. Smart, playful, wonderfully athletic...a perfect match for me. We walk/run the open prairie every day outside of Prescott Valley AZ. I couldn’t be happier with my new forever friend! What a blessing...

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

We are new empty nesters who lost our elderly fur babies within months of our youngest child going off to college. We decided we were not ready to adopt and were still in mourning until one March evening when I dreamt of our elderly puppy, Gidget running free in a field. The next day we happen to come upon a United Friends ad on Petfinder for a doppelgänger for our beloved Gidget in a precious pup named "Patsy." Since we started communicating with Stephanie Whetten and United Friends she was understanding, kind and patient while we vacillated, cried and finally decided to go visit Patsy to see if she would be a good fit. I want to say that this is our third rescue fur baby in 21 years and the best rescue we have ever dealt with! Stephanie was so knowledgeable and helpful. Of course as soon as we saw "Patsy" it was love at first sight. We renamed her Ginger and has been the light of our eyes! We hadn't realized how much happiness and laughter we had missed!! She is our constant companion and is smart as a whip! We nickname her Genius Ginger as she was leash trained, crate trained and house broken within a week. We love her so very much! She is adored by every member of a family and is the apple of our eyes! I am so grateful to United Friends for rescuing Ginger and especially grateful for loving care Stephanie showered on her to get healthy and make her so sweet. She is still the most loving doggie ever! I would recommend this rescue to anyone and have happily given the number to many people who ask about were we got our Ginger !- Jon and Lina Bowers

Client Served

Rating: 5

Kylo, our adopted dog, became part of our family in July. Our two little boys had been aching for dog when we found this sweet guy at United Animal Friends in Prescott, AZ.

Having never adopted a dog, we were a bit nervous; But, his foster, who contacted us for a meeting, led us through the adoption process, and even follow-up, has been extremely helpful, friendly, and responsible. She made sure Kylo was the right fit for our family and us for him. She was quick to answer any questions we had and never made us feel pressured or uncomfortable. A few days after our initial meeting in Prescott, she went out of her way to drive Kylo two hours to see our home and check that it was appropriate for him. She printed us heartfelt guidance for helping Kylo feel at home and even left him with a blanket, toy, and food he was familiar with to get us started. It was clear his foster truly cared for his future well-being. The experience could not have been any better.

Kylo has been such a joy in our home! It is amazing to see the transformation he has made from the nervous, shy puppy stranger to the happy, playful family member he is today. Everyone, human or dog, that meets him has a positive reaction to him. We get comments such as “He is such a sweet dog”, “Our dog never plays this well with other dogs”, “I wish our dog behaved this well”. It is honestly very fulfilling to know we gave this innocent puppy the good home he deserved.

Kylo LOVES his two little boys, playing outside, going on adventures, and just being near his new family. After the getting to know each other and all becoming more comfortable together, we can truly say we love him too!

Thank you UAF, and especially fosters like Anita. We very much appreciate what you do for animals.


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Client Served

Rating: 5

I have had dogs all my life and when I lost my 15 year old dog in October, 2015, I knew I had to get another one. I looked at websites of various organizations and found United Animal Friends right here in Prescott. I filled out the application and went to several foster parents' homes to see dogs. Everyone was so friendly, but I could tell those dogs were not right for me. Then, on December 23, I saw the ad for Sissy and was able to meet her when Anita brought her to the parking lot of the Civic Center in Prescott Valley. I knew right away she was perfect for me! Anita offered to continue to foster her for a few days when I was in Phoenix and when I returned, she became my new companion and friend! Her name is now Sheba, and we have really bonded--we take many walks and she is such company especially during these difficult times of the pandemic! Thank you United Animal friends for helping this dog get a good home and me to be able to have her!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I adopted Buddy, now Little Guy, about two years ago, and about eight months ago I adopted Francis, now Sweet Pea. Little Guy is missing a rear foot possibly due to a leg trap. I live alone, and both animals bring so much joy to my life. They instantly bonded. They have been training me since the day I brought them home and now have me almost trained to their liking. I want to thank UAF for providing these joyful and well adjusted creatures for me.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I adopted my dog through United Animal Friends. I have previously adopted dogs from other rescue groups over the years. This has been the most professional and caring group of volunteers that I have come across. Anita went above and beyond to get the prior medical records for me that had not been given to them. She also kept me informed on her condition after dental cleaning. Marlene, her foster mom, went through her daily routine with me so that the transition to her new home would be easier. I appreciated that because I could see she truly cares about her foster dogs. If you are reading this, and thinking of adoption, don't hesitate to contact them and start the process to find your new best friend. Linda A.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

I reached out to them for medical help for a cat. i am low income. the vet bill estimate was between $500 and 600. I was asked if i had care credit which i do so i was told to call and get my limit raised when i told them i had already tried that I was told they could not help me because I had care credit. I did say I could pay part of the expenses but that didn't matter I had care credit so they couldn't help she then told me to check with Vet to see if they do pmts when I said they don't I was told there was nothing she could do. She didn't care that taking my cat home and let her die was my only other option.....I wish this had negative stars.

1 Nancy H.10

Client Served

Rating: 1

As a senior citizen that survives on a very small social security income, I have used the pet food bank in Prescott for over two years. For awhile, I was able to attend in person, but my food requests have been delivered to my home for awhile due to significant health issues that prevent me from attending the pet food bank and not having a car in Prescott on the last Sunday of each month. I have become quite sorrowful over the lack of professionalism on the staff that I have dealt with over time. I have had one staff member come to my home and proceed to chew me out because other staff found my assertive messages to be offensive and as a result hurt their feelings. As a person that has spent 30+ years in healthcare, my firm, assertive. professional demeanor goes with the territory, and if anyone should feel offended about harsh tones, it should be me.
Secondly, the fact that the listening skills of staff that answer the messages are sorely lacking due to the fact that on numerous occasions I have requested that two specific brands of dog food not be delivered to me due to severe issues with uncontrolled diarrhea in my dogs. However, they continue to deliver those brands causing undue stress to myself and my dogs with ruined carpets and towels that had to be tossed in the trash after cleaning up numerous messes.
I have observed many times, while attending the pet food bank a large variety of formulas of dog food donated, yet my requests go ignored time after time. I find it very difficult to believe the volunteer that they only have the brand that causes severe diarrhea in my dog or the fact that my tiny min pin cannot fit large kibble in her mouth to chew. What I get in return are a variety of unacceptable options on how to make it to where she can chew dog food designed for large dogs. I'm certain that no one in this nonprofit organization is going to reimburse me for carpet damage or large towels that had to be thrown away.
My strong recommendation is to retrain staff in what it means to act in a professional manner and develop a thicker skin if their feelings are hurt by a person that leaves a frustrated message on their phone lines. I have never once yelled at anyone, used swear words or threatened them in any way, but this is exactly the manner that I am spoken to when that volunteer comes to my home and reprimands me. As a result, I am now forced to forgo relying on your organization for support in feeding my dog, 3 indoor cats and 4 ferals in my yard and find some way to feed them on my small income. Which means that I will have to go hungry in order to feed these innocent animals. I find the actions and attitudes of your volunteer staff reprehensible, and this is the exact language and tone I have used in the past when trying to relay my frustration of not being heard. As a nonprofit organization, I would expect your volunteer staff to conduct themselves with more maturity and professionalism.