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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

95 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Donor

Rating: 5

This is the most dedicated crew of people ever. The animals they see and take care are some of the most abused and damaged in the system. I have the great experience of attending their fundraising events, knowing the volunteers personally and being able to donat to this worthy cause.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I have adopted dogs through FOA and have helped in whatever way I can to assist this incredible organization. My dog was rescued from a terrible situation where he was living with a broken front leg after a truck ran him over. The owners woudl not care for him. FOA rescue dhim, paid for the amputation of his leg, fond him a foster home to rehab and then finally he came to our house. This organization has the most dedicated staff and volunteers and brings joy to our community every day by helping animals.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

My husband and I adopted a dog (an Aussie Shepherd) from Friends of Animals in April 2005. We love this organization! They are well-run, the staff is well-trained and to a person, everyone involved with the organization is dedicated to the well-being of the animals they help save. The dog we adopted had a long and rather difficult history, and due to some physical issues, was a difficult dog for them to place. They kept the dog in the organization - using foster care - for a lengthy period, up to 6 months, before we found him. In another setting (including many shelters), this dog likely would have been killed. We truly believe FOA Utah helped save our beloved Cooper's life. The joy Cooper has brought us in the years we have lived with him is indescribable, and would not have been possible without FOA Utah.

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Donor

Rating: 5

Although I live in Wasatch County, I work in Summit and participate in many activities and events here. Summit County FOA is undoubtably the most active and effective non-profit animal welfare group I have encountered. I am a marketing professional, and am amazed at their ability to communicate through multiple channels, marshaling volunteers and donations for a variety of projects. It seems everyone in Summit County knows that they can find just the right pet at Furburbia; that they can help out at The Ranch; what time of year they can look forward to the Barking Ball; and that they can donate their spare change at the counter of any number of local retail shops. These efforts have created a more conscientious public, and a better environment for Summit County's homeless pets. I hope my volunteer work with FOA Wasatch County can produce the same results.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Summit County Friends is an amazing organization. I am a huge animal fan and have two rescue dogs myself. I enjoy going to Furburbia and seeing how well they take care of the animals. I have friends who foster animals and I know kids that volunteer to walk the dogs. Their new rescue ranch is a great accomplishment! This organization is definitely dedicated to animals of all types. Those who run the organization are high energy, "get things done for the animals kinds of people." I am a fan!

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Donor

Rating: 5

Friends of Animals-Utah/Furburbia is the epitome of the goal to have no more homeless pets in Utah. They will keep any adoptable animal until it finds its forever home. My cat Freya was at Furburbia for a long time before I found her and brought her home to live with me. She was taken to Furburbia when she was pregnant, and her previous owners left her there. She had her kittens which were adopted. Now she is living in the lap of luxury which she deserves. Furburbia is a beautiful facility with luxurious kitty condos. The dogs are at Furburbia for six hours a day, and then they are taken to the Friends of Animals Ranch, a wonderful new building that can house both cats and dogs. There is a 24-hour a day caregiver there as well as a spay and neuter facility. Eventually they will be able to take horses and other large animals that are abandoned or abused. I am so proud of the work that FOA/Furburbia is doing in our community, and I am happy to support their work.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have been to furburbia several times to find a pet that would fit our family. the volunteers have always been helpful, we eventually found a cat that healed our heart ache and has more personality than any pet I have ever had.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

my family adopted a pet from Furburbia. The staff was helpful and helped us choose the right new family pet.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I helped volunteer during the building of the Rescue Ranch - it is such an awesome facility and a great addition to Summit County Friends of Animals, as well as residents of the greater Summit County area. SCFA is now so muc more capabable of helping a larger number of animals in need!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

On Christmas Eve we went into the Furburbia store in Park City based on an adorable picture of a dog that came up on Facebook. Although we did not end up adopting that particular dog we came away with a very special addition to our family. Kathy, the manager, was so incredibly patient with our many questions, gave us an amazing amount of information and assurances that if it did not work out our little dog would find a great home. Because of her and her team, we not only left with a very special little guy we made an extra contribution to the organization so that their work could be multiplied and sustained.
Furburbia is a very special place in our community!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Being an avid animal activist and animal lover means giving time, energy, dedication and love to the animals you love and care for. I found the place that I can now call my "volunteer home." Friends of Animals rescue ranch is that place. What a wonderful group of loving people that work there! The ranch is nestled right in an unbelievably beautiful spot right past Park City. The facility is amazing. The volunteers are wonderful. The animals are so well taken care of and happy. When you walk in the healthy cat playroom, the purring just about makes the walls shake! The dogs have toys to play with and an abundance of treats! What a healthy, happy and wonderful place to volunteer at...not to mention being an animal there has to be just as fantastic!

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Tom S.

Donor

Rating: 5

My wife and I have volunteered for both the DC Humane Society and Friends of Animals of Summit County, Utah. We have also been donors to both. Both are good organizations run by good people who are committed to saving animals.

Their is a difference. Whereas the DC Humane Society is largely government funded, the FOA of Summit County is funded almost entirely by donations.

And with those donations, they have built a wonderful, large animal rescue facility. It also serves as a teaching facility for school kids with its summertime "Camp Kindness", and a place where veterans suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome can come and help the animals many of whom have also suffered trauma in their lives.

The FOAU is great on these many fronts and deserves our support.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I have always been impressed with Friends of Animals Utah when I visited their facility in past. When I went looking for a Border Collie mix, I started there and found a great dog. Friends of Animals Utah supplied whatever I needed to get started with my new puppy as well as shots and neutering. They even gave me a follow up call to make sure my puppy wasn't sick when they identified an illness in another dog at the facility.

I was also impressed how carefully they matched me up with my dog. They were concerned that he might be too much for me, being a Border Collie and dominant in his litter. When I told them about my experience with training Border Collies in herding, obedience and agility they were thrilled I had the right dog.

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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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