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Friends of Animals Utah

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Causes: Animal Protection & Welfare, Animals

Mission: Our purpose is to protect and provide for animals while fostering an awareness of their importance in our lives.

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

22 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Caboshay

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This organization truly saves lives. With over 1,000 cats and dogs rescued, and then placed in their loving new forever homes, all you have to do is spend a few minutes at the adoption center to see the daily miracles. This organization is supported by the community in an extraordinary way - from donations to the gift of time, Friends of Animals Utah is making a difference for not just the animals, but also for the people who choose to serve. We are lucky to have an organization like this to serve both our community, and the lives of those who need our guardianship.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

FOA Utah is an EXCEPTIONAL organization. I recently adopted a rescue Bengal cat from Furburbia in Park City Utah, after visiting many times and donating many cat items, over the last 5 years. Each time I visit, I am astounded by the care that all staffers and volunteers provide to all of the "residents" - both cats and dogs. The facility is clean, well managed, and the resident cats/dogs are constantly receiving a high quality of attention and care. All staffers are kind, welcoming, and encouraging to all visitors. In addition, they have taken great care in providing full medical care for boarders/residents, and make the adoptions completely turn-key for clients. I have also observed innovation. They launched an innovative program with Petco, placing a permanent installation at Petco for 3 cats at a time. Adoptions have been quite good at our local Petco, and when I spoke with Petco management, they said the pilot program did so well at the Park City UT location that they were now rolling this out to other Petcos in the area. Fantastic! I have also seen great work in the community, in trying to place these cats and dogs. Everything from regular TV spots on PCTV, to running features in all of the Park Record Newspaper editions. They have also successfully created a Ranch Sanctuary nearby, made possible with the many fund-raisers they have driven, as well as the large donations that they have solicited to make this possible. FOA is simply the best run organization I have ever seen (and I have been exposed to several other large organizations in CA). I do not know what our community would do, without such an exceptional program. To this day, I have yet to run across a member of the community who has not adopted from FOA. This community wholeheartedly supports FOA.

Review from Guidestar

Sally E.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Friends of Animals and Summit County work together to find loving partners for animals and people. Their benefit to all of us is incalculable.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

When my son-in-law was paralyzed in a bicycle accident, my daughter came to Furburbia and adopted "Cody" a Lab/Shepherd mix to keep him company. Through the years, Cody has been a constant companion and "best friend" performing "fetch" tasks and keeping spirits high in low times.

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Suze W.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

In our town of Park City we have an extraordinary number of people that have adopted dogs from Friends of the Animals Utah. Not only have I adopted a dog, I have also fostered them. The Friends of the Animals Utah have established a great system of fostering animals of all ages and they have a great adoption success rate as a result. Adoption has become a given in our town thanks to FOA Utah's proactive approach to reaching out to the community to educate them in the benefits of adopting, volunteering and contributing to the organization.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have been a resident of Park City for 28 years. When I first came to town there were stray cats and dogs all over town...With an itinerant winter population that came to work at the resorts and restaurants, came many "cute puppies and kittens" that were purchased or acquired during their stay for the winter, but once the spring came and the jobs ended, those folks returned to their countries but couldn't or didn't take their pets with them.
Since Friends of the Animals has been in town, many many formerly homeless pets have found homes...it is a rare occasion to see a stray cat or dog wandering through town.
I have had first hand experience with them since up until 6 years ago, I regularly fostered dogs at my home. I had 9 foster dogs and 1 litter of 3 puppies before I actually became the owner of a fostered dog that couldn't me adopted. Due to the nature of that dog, I couldn't foster any more.
What I find amazing is HOW MANY people in this town have dogs they have acquired from FOAU. Almost everyone you speak to walking a dog has a story to tell about how they found their pet through FOAU.
What's more...they take in and rehabilitate where necessary, and find homes for all sorts of other pets from turtles to horses.
The FOAU provides a huge service to our community in Summit County.

Review from Guidestar

Volunteer

Rating: 5

What a great organization! The dedication that the staff and volunteers to all of the animals is amazing. I have just recently started volunteeering at FOA, and am excited to be a part of this great cause.

Review from Guidestar

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Friends of Animals is an organization that helps you see the humanity that still exists in our chaotic world. I have been a volunteer in years past, as well as a client more recently. I have seen the passion that the people of the FOA have for animals as they sacrifice many hours of hard work to care and rehabilitate the Dogs, Cats, Horses, etc. that are fortunate enough to become a part of the FOA family. I have also seen the tears and frustration that come with such an awesome struggle to save lives. Cathy Clark of the Utah chapter of FOA is a personal hero of mine. I volunteered many hours with Cathy at their adoption center Furburbia. I learned about dedication and perseverance from Cathy. On many occasions, when Cathy was helping a particularly sick or emaciated animal, tears would flow from her eyes, letting you know just how much she cares about what she is doing. You can see this dedication throughout the FOA organization. And this is why I am writing this review to say Thank You to the Friends of Animals! Thank you for your love and your daily struggle to help the animals! The FOA is an ultimate example of courage and strength!! -

Review from Guidestar

Volunteer

Rating: 5

FOA is amazing, I have volunteered ther several times in the last few years, and everytime I was there and I saw the dogs, I found that I wanted to help these animals too. I believe that their's is a good cause and I would like them to get the reward due to all their hard work and excellence.

Review from Guidestar

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have fostered many dogs through Friends of Animals and also adopted our dog Danny from Friends of Animals after fostering him.
FOA does an amazing job of helping to place dogs and cats in permanent homes.

Review from Guidestar

Volunteer

Rating: 5

FOAU brings out the very best in people. In giving humans the opportunity to help animals in great need, FOAU ends up helping both. They are so organized and energetic in their efforts to save dogs and cats in our community. I am fostering a puppy who could not go to the shelter (there was parvo there) but wasn't vaccinated yet to be taken in by FOAU. The director mobilized vaolunteers to take these 5 week old pups and provide their care for 2 weeks until FOA could adopt them out.

Review from Guidestar

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I started volunteering with Friends of Animals Utah (at the Heber Valley Animal Shelter) several weeks ago and am already tremendously impressed with the level of dedication and selfless service exhibited by everyone I have come in contact with. The volunteer staff works with me to accomodate a crazy work/travel schedule so that I have this opportunity to give back, the site manager there calmly and professiionally takes excellent care of the animals while at the same time encouraging and guiding the volunteers. For an animal lover, its always hard to see energetic pets in cages. But these animals clearly get a great deal more attention and love as a result of the well-organized nature of Friends of Utah. Volunteers are lined up several days of every week, which I know means these deserving animals get some respite from their cages and encouragement to remain the loving, healthy animals that will make great adoptees when the time is right.

Review from Guidestar

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been so impressed with The Friends of Animals Utah organization and the extraordinary progress they have made in Summit and Wasatch counties. I started volunteering with them about a year ago, and in that short time they have worked continually to forge an agreement with the city of Heber that resulted in changing their animal shelter to a 'no-kill' shelter. We have adopted and saved hundreds of dogs and cats and increased public awareness of pet responsibility through neuter and spay programs and the trap and release program of feral cats. We are attracting more and more volunteers who are inspired to work for a common goal: that no animal should have to put down simply for existing.

Review from Guidestar

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been volunteering for Friends of Animals Utah in Heber City, UT for over a year. I work at the Heber Animal Shelter once or twice a week and it is the most rewarding work I have ever done. It is very heart warming to see an animal go from being afraid of people to being a sweet, loving animal ready for adoption. I clean their cages and socialize with both cats and dogs. The animals get to know you and respond when they see you, which is probably why I have adopted 2 cats from there. The best thing FOAU has done is making the shelter a place that keeps animals alive rather than put them to sleep.

Julianne R.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a foster family for FOA for 2 years and am constantly impressed with the dedication and knowledge of the staff and volunteers. It is a wonderful feeling to care for a homeless pet and help prepare it for a permanent home. We have seen dogs come in from all types of situations, some neglected or abused, but in the end FOA finds the right home for all of them, no matter how long it takes! We have been fortunate enough to continue to have contact with many of the families who have adopted from FOA and see the wonderful impact that their new pet has added to their home. I can't imagine not having FOA as part of our community.

Review from Guidestar

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a volunteer at Friends of Animals for over 4 years. During that time, I have adopted 2 dogs. What a wonderful experience both volunteering and adopting from Friends of Animals! Everybody I meet and work with are incredibly dedicated, caring, and fun to be around. I always look forward to my volunteer day. And, I have 2 the best dogs. My 2 dogs have converted many of my non-dog friends to dog lovers. Other friends who prior to meeting my dogs and hearing about the work of Friends of Animals would have never gone to a shelter to adopt a dog. Both my best friend and my sister recently adopted their first shelter dogs. Keep up the great work Friends of Animals!!

Review from Guidestar

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I'm a former volunteer for Friends of Animals Utah and found that no matter what, they put the animals first. Even in the days when the organization didn't have a facility, staff and volunteers would drive to Salt Lake City on the weekends to adopt dogs & cats out of Petco stores in Salt Lake City. With a shoestring budget and a cadre of committed foster homes, the organization managed to find homes for hundreds of dogs and cats each year.

Friends of Animals has matured significantly in the past ten years, as the organization now has two physical homes: a beautiful adoption center located in a popular outlet mall and a significant housing facility located on a large parcel in eastern Summit County. The new housing means the organization no longer pays boarding fees and can provide a safe and consistent environment for some animals awaiting adoption.

Your charitable donation will go far with this organization. Their staff and volunteers are professional and caring.

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lydjoseph

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am a relatively new, virtual volunteer for Friends of Animals Utah. I work from my home (wherever that might be) to improve the volunteer experience for our volunteers. I love my volunteer job and find that it fits perfectly with my lifestyle and with my desire to make a difference.

I interact (via email) with a team of other volunteers to define and accomplish our goals. I've learned many new skills and absolutely love having something "important" (like saving animals) in my life.

My challenge is two-fold: increase the number of volunteers we have and improve the volunteer experience-once we have them. I can't do it alone: so my challenge is to find additional volunteers who are team-spirited, experienced, dedicated and able to help.

Review from Guidestar

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This is such a great charity and i have adopted 2 animals from here and i voulunteer here all the time! I love it!!

Review from Guidestar

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I got involved in Friends of Animals after writing a story on the organization for Park City Magazine. I was so impressed with the R&R Ranch that was the focus of the story and the Dogs of Bark City fundraiser that I readily volunteered. My son and I became regular dog walkers and snuggled with the cats and kittens. It soon morphed into a foster dog spending the night here and there and it was a great way for my kids to have an animal in the house without formally adopting one (they are both allergic.)

As I've gotten to know the organization from the inside/out, I continue to be impressed wtih the board and all the FOA staff. They are loving, kind people with a heart for the animals and are doing great things to end ethunasia in Summit County.

My husband and I now regulary attend their fundraisers and are advocates of the organization throughout our community.

Review from Guidestar

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!

Review from Guidestar

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!

Review from Guidestar

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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