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Nuzzles and Co

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Causes: Animal Protection & Welfare, Animals

Mission: Our mission is to protect animals. To provide a loving, nurturing place where they can get healthy and learn positive behaviors. And then to find loving homes for each one of them. We also work to educate people on the humane treatment of animals. What we’ve learned is that, in helping these animals, we are the ones who benefit. As our animals get a second chance at life and find loving homes, they give back that love one-hundred fold. When we put love first, we come together as a community and grow stronger as a society.

Results: We’re Nuzzles & Co., a private, non-profit 501(c)(3) no-kill organization located in Summit County, Utah. In 1990, a group of volunteers founded our organization, originally known as Friends of Animals Utah, so we could come together to find homes for animals in need. Since then, we have found homes for over 20,000 pets.

Programs: Rescue and adoption program - provided shelter until adoption for homeless dogs and cats as well as operated a retail center to facilitate adoption.

medical services - provided medical services, spay/neutering, and grooming for homeless dogs and cats.

community assistance/education - provided needs-based community assistance and education for the care of dogs and cats.

Community Stories

82 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Donor

Rating: 5

For some reason, I have always been connected to animals.... as long as I can remember, they always spoke to me. Through their gentle eyes, their play, their total trust in us. I have always had companions and they have been part of my family. Knowing that their is an organization of volunteers that provides for the animals in the county where I live is a huge relief to me. And if I can help by donating to their cause, I will do so as long as I can.
I love to go into Furbubia and say hello to the animals..... it's the only place I've been that houses animals and it does not make you feel sad for them. They are the lucky ones. Once Furbubia has them, their luck has turned.... they have foster care from people who truly love them and they have activities during the day. It's like they're going to work just like everybody else. FOA is an organization made up of volunteers and they get things done for the animals. Their adoption system is thorough and protects the animals and well as giving an adopter an opportunity to give the adoption their best shot.
When my sister was looking for a dog, that's where she went to find her companion. Rascal has been with her for 3 years now. He loves her like no one else. He's a lucky dawg!
I'm a proud supported of FOA!!!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My sister has adopted two dogs (at separate times) over the last 5 years through FOA and had an amazing experience each time. The staff genuinely cares about the animals and wants to ensure they have a good homes.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

We have adopted numerous pets from Summit County Friends of Animals over the past 10 years and have been extremely pleased with the knowledge of all the staff. I have also been a regular volunteer for the past 2 years and have seen first hand how well cared for all the animals are.

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Kim Holmes

Client Served

Rating: 5

I've adopted two dogs from Friends of Animals over the past 6 years, and both were great experiences. Of course the dogs are great, but I've learned that Friends of Animals makes an effort to insure that each pet is going to a prepared and committed pet-owner. They check out and educate the people that want to adopt and make sure that the adoption will be successful. This makes for happy dogs - going to a good and permanent home. I've seen Friends of Animals care for and foster dogs for many months, in order to find that dog a forever home. The most recent dog I adopted, an adorable little terrier named Billy, had a bad case of kennel cough, which I realized after taking him home. When I told Friends of Animals about his condition, they made sure I had the medication to get him better. My sincere thanks to Friends of Animals for all they do for our animal friends!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

We adopted our "Buddy" (aka Cupid) from Furburbia in Park City this past November. We are new to Utah, and asked around about adoption facilities when we began our search for a new dog. Furburbia came highly recommended to us by locals who had been clients and loved the adoption experience they had there (as well as their pet). The staff was supportive, knowledgable and caring. They knew Buddy and shared both his strengths and weaknesses so there would no surprises when we took him out on trial. The trial period, which I believe is one of the strengths of Furburbia, allowed us to get to know Buddy without making an initial commitment. This was very important to us as we have two other dogs and small grandchildren. We were looking for a dog that would fit into our established pack and be gentle with our little ones. Buddy was just the one for us! Now, when we run him at the Park City Dog Park, most of the people we meet there also adopted from Furburbia. Like us, they love their dog and had a wonderful adoption experience.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

It has been my privilege to volunteer for this organization for 10+ years. It has grown from an all volunteer animal adoption group to a full-fledged animal rescue organization with a significant presence in Northern Utah and the surrounding region. Along with animal adoption, the organization now offers education, spay and neuter and human-animal welfare programs as well as lobbying for animal welfare issues. Please visit the website at www.foautah.org to learn more about Friends of Animals Utah.

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Marion W.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

What a phenomenal facility to help house animals and find them new homes!!! I volunteered with a program called Canines With A Cause. I helped train shelter dogs to be used as psychological therapy dogs. We worked with a trainer on basic obedience and canine good citizen certification. All of the dogs in the program were adopted. This is a win win for the dogs as well as the people that adopted the dogs.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I was looking for a dog - a family pet. The friends of the animals spent time on the phone with me finding out information that would help them find the perfect pet for my family. They then found the perfect 4 month old "mutt" that became Charley, the world's greatest dog. We had Charley for 12 1/2 years and he provided much joy and love for our family. I cannot thank the people of Friends of Animals enough.

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Doris R.

Client Served

Rating: 5

We had the pleasure to adopt a dog from Furburbia (FOA of Utah) in Park City. It was an outstanding experience. They made it so easy. The process was thorough, but fast, we were in and out of there in less than half an hour ( we kenw what animal we wanted by visiting their website).
their facility is outstanding. It is very clean, beautiful and pet friendly and the animals are very well taken care of. Their website is very helpful. You can search for a dog and then just go there and adopt it! What luxury. We were very impressed by their services.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

I Love Friends of Animals Utah. It is so great that they have rescued and saved so many animals. It is a very well run non kill shelter which is clean and organized. When I visit and my son has volunteered we see how well these animals are cared for while waiting for their permanent home. They have been friendly and are current on sending e mails out to keep people updated in our community. Friends of Animals also keep us posted on their news by weekly articles and adoption in our local Park Record Paper. If you have ever visited friends of animals website they are always updated and current at what is going on at their facility. Most importantly for our family we are thankful for Friends of Animals because we adopted THE BEST DOG for US!!!!! THANK YOU friends of animals.

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Tara K.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Friends of Animals Utah is a group that has brought much joy to numerous families and animals in my local community of Park City. I have numerous friends that have had the wonderful opportunity to rescue animals from Friends of Animals Utah and these special pets have brought about life-changing expereicnes for these freinds of mine. More over, the animals that have had a second or third chance at life due to Freinds of Animals Utah rescue services, are now prancing about the trails of Park City bringing joy to the entire community. We are ALL so thankful for their services.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I have adopted two wonderful dogs from Summit County Friends of Animals. In both cases, every person I interacted with was very helpful. Their primary concern was always in making sure that the dog found a good forever home. We were given advice, allowed a trial adoption period, and lent equipment, such as kennels, to help ensure that our home was a good match for the dog.

When we adopted our second dog, we had to consider that we already had a dog at home who had strong fears of other dogs. The FOA staff let our fearful dog meet some other dogs and finally suggested a particular dog who turned out to be a perfect match.

This is a well-organized group of people who are dedicated to serving the homeless pet population. I have followed the group since my first adoption from them 14 years ago, and during that time FOA has continually expanded in order to serve more and more animals. Their latest addition is a new rescue and rehabilitation center.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

Friends of Animals Utah has helped save the lives of over 10,000 adoptable dogs and cats since it's inception in 1990. Through its rescue, treatment, rehabilitation and adoption programs, FOAU found homes for over 1000 pets in 2010 through its Furburbia adoption center! The organization recently opened its Rescue & Rehab Ranch in Peoa, Utah, and is now poised to have far greater impact on local communities through new and expanded education and outreach programs, as well as increased spay and neuter services for pet owners in need. FOAU is committed to significantly reducing the population of homeless, unwanted companion animals throughout northern Utah.

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