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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

33 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I am always amazed at the wonderful work FOAU does saving so many animals every year. Our puppy came from Furburbia almost two years ago and we are so glad we could in some way be a part of this organization. I especially appreciate the foster network they have built, not only helping these animals but fostering community as well.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

What an incredible organization! We recently adopted our puppy from Friends of Animals and have had the best experience. The environment is very comfortable and clean for the animals and they are clearly well cared for. For humans, the adoption is low pressure and easy. The staff is helpful, knowledgable and truly wants each pet to go to a forever home. They do such a great job of finding fosters and socializing animals allowing them to transition into their new homes as best as possible. Also, the community loves Friends of Animals and that speaks volumes for me. I love that we were able to have our puppy on trial for a few days to be sure that we were the right match for him. It turns out we are and we are thrilled. Friends of Animals takes care of all puppy shots, provides a voucher for a spay/neuter, microchips your pet and sets you up with great tools to welcome your new pet into your home. Most importantly, Friends of Animals saves these wonderful creatures that may otherwise be euthanised in local shelters and provides not only a second chance for them, but an opportunity for us all to play a part in their mission.

Review from Guidestar

Client Served

Rating: 5

If you are not familiar with the work of this no-kill rescue organization, I have one word to describe it: PHENOMENAL! The amount of caring, hard work and the number of hours dedicated by its board, staff and volunteers to finding forever homes to their locally-rescued pets is incredible! Next time you are think about getting a pet, please consider adopting one. Consider Furburbia! Next time you have a gift to give, whether for someone's birthday, Christmas, wedding, in memory of a friend, a loved one or someone's pet, please consider a donation to FOA Utah.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Friends of Animals helped a starving dog on the Indian reservation near Four Corners, far from FOA's location in Park City: We saw a stray black lab, mix bug-ridden, with ribs and spine sticking out, scavenging for food along the road across the reservation. I took a chance and loaded him in my car, where he went right to sleep. The next day I called FOA and they committed to helping him find a home, so Chief traveled to Park City with us - we already had dogs and couldn't keep him. After the obligatory stay at the shelter they took him in. He kept having medical issues and it took months to get him adopted - but finally Chief found a home. FOA was wonderful to take in a dog from so far out of its service area.

Review from Guidestar

Client Served

Rating: 5

Friends of Animals is a vital part of the Park City/Summit County community. This is a pet-friendly place and all of us, people and pets, are well-served by this wonderful organization.

We had a pet that did not fit into our current living situation. Shortly after our phone call, they arrived and help us find a solution. In this case, we put our little dog up for adoption and he found a loving home within 24 hours.

Their new initiative to help the residents of Peace House who are temporarily without a home for their pets is an outstanding example of their willingness to jump in with both feet and four paws to solve a community need.

Review from Guidestar

Client Served

Rating: 5

FOAU in Park City has allowed me to find a wnderful addtion to my family. Wrigley (chihuuahua, 6 year old) and I found each in the Summer of 2010 while I was visiting Furburbia and the factory outlet in Park Ciity Utah. He had just been brought back from another adoptive family who adopted him in April. They desided that he was not a good match. I think it is wonderful that the FOAU allows the dogs to be brought back if the match doesn't work and reconditioned the animal and up back up for adoption.
Wrigley is not our first, In early years of FOAU wer adopted a black adult cat named Lucky he has sinced past but brought great friendship to my children. Please give FOAU the $5000.00, I know they will use it to bring friendships together.

Client Served

Rating: 4

My husband and I went to a home to "look at" a black cocker spaniel. I instantly fell in love with him and we adopted him. He was 3.5 years old and we renamed him Jet Back because his original name didn't fit. He was my devoted companion until throat cancer took his life in Sept. 2008. Tears come to my eyes as I remember him. He seemed to sense that they/we saved his life. As soon as the new FOAU building donation center was started we purchased a name brick for him. I never knew his true story but I was lead to believe he was neglected rather than abused. He had papers and we tried to find the breeder but were unable to do it. FOAU gave me the best dog of my life. The people at FOAU work tirelessly to save animals. I was also indirectly involved with the rescue of a puppy mill in a local city where 6-8 Papillon puppies were taken from squalid conditions. I have volunteered on several occasions and felt very satisfied in doing so. I plan to do so again because I personally know Claudia and the force, leadership and strength she can bring to an organization is unlimited.

Review from Guidestar

Client Served

Rating: 5

FOA Utah is a wonderful organization! My husband and I found a wonderful addition to our family at the Furburbia location in Park City, UT. She was "saved" from a local shelter and we couldn't be happier.

FOAU is a well run facility, clean and welcoming. Everyone on staff has always been very helpful. The adoption process was thorough, but simple.

Review from Guidestar

Client Served

Rating: 5

We have fostered puppies and dogs for the last two years for Friends of Animals Utah. FOAU does an impressive job helping animals find loving homes. They also do a fantastic public service for our community and State. We adopted our two cats form FOAU who are not so happy when we bring a puppy home for the night but they are getting used to the idea. While we have the puppy or dog we enjoy teaching him things, finding out what he knows and taking him for walks. It is so fun to have a dog. This is a great program for us as we have jobs that don't allow us to have a dog full time. We also fall in love a little bit every time we have a foster.

Review from Guidestar

Client Served

Rating: 5

The Friends of Animals Utah organization is incredible. They are very professional yet they make you feel like you live next door. I have been very impressed with their care for animals and REALLY wanting to match up the perfect pet with its new home.

Review from Guidestar

Client Served

Rating: 5

Eight years ago we lost our wonderful 20 year old cat, Georgie. When the time came to bring a new cat to our home, we visited both theWasatch County shelter and Summit County FOA....we adopted a kitten from each! Both are delightful cats and we love them as we did our Georgie. Summit FOA had lots of animals from which to choose and the volunteer helped us make our choice, showing us every cat and letting us hold them. We were looking for a male kitten and brought home a sweet son of a feral mother. When we took "Toby" to be fixed, we learned that he was really Zoey! Can't always tell when they're that young.

Review from Guidestar

Client Served

Rating: 5

We have adopted 2 animals from Friends of Animals, a dog and a cat. When we were looking for our dog, the staff was great about not being too pushy. We went back weekly until we found the perfect dog. The adoption process was quick and easy. And Charlie is now a great part of our family. We also adopted a kitten from FOA. It's great what supplies they include with your adoption. I will only adopt an animal from FOA because I know that they were treated well when they arrived and they are healthy :)

Review from Guidestar

Client Served

Rating: 5

I have two wonderful dogs thanks to the great work done by Friends of Animals, Utah in Park City Utah. Both of my big buddies were rescued from "kill shelters" cared for and loved until my adoption. Without this fantastic organization my noble beasts would not have been allowed to survive. In these difficult financial times Friends of Animals, Utah is a ray of hope to all abandoned and in need animals and very deserving of any financial support available.

Client Served

Rating: 5

The staff was wonderful. I stopped in a couple of times and did not find a fit for me. I gave some personal information and expressed what I was looking for in a dog and low and behold a couple of weeks later I was united with an adorable chihahua/pug (maybe?) mix. The staff gave me a three day grace period just to make sure the transition was smooth. They also supplied me with a crate, dog food, and a sweater. Well it's been two years later and I could not imagine my life without my Bruno.

Review from Guidestar

Client Served

Rating: 5

I am a client served, donor and member of the general public in Park City and have been aware of FOA since their inception. I've been continuously impressed with their accomplishments in serving animals in need of good care and homes and how they continue improving on that as they expand. This organization is run with great compassion and a high level of professionalism, drawing in volunteers with the same qualities.

Two of our cats were adopted from FOA and both were healthy and had been well cared for while there. I appreciated that the "adoption" process was thorough enough to be certain that we were serious about providing a good and safe home.

Summit County is fortunate to have them here.

Review from Guidestar

Client Served

Rating: 5

I adopted a mixed chihuahua named Kona, renamed Franjean, in Sept 2010 as a companion for my other mixed chihuahua, Rool. Franjean has two speeds - 125 mph and asleet. I think the chihuahua part of Franjean was mixed with a Jack Russell terrier. He looks like a chihuahua but has the unbounded energy of a Jack Russell. I probably should have named him Tigger though because he just bounces everywhere. Though I got him as a companion for Rool, whenever Franjean is mouthing him or jumping over him or just being a general nuisance and Rool looks at me with that "Really, Mom?" expression, I just can't feel bad that I have this cute little bundle of neverending joyous energy.

Review from Guidestar

Kara R.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I adopted my second cat, Prince, from friends of animals. My first cat, who I adopted from a different organization, had medical issues that I didn't feel were ever even caught by their vets. So when I adopted Prince, I was happy to see so many preventative measures done. I felt reasured and the process was very easy. Prince is now a staple in our home and he taught my first cat, Kokoro, how to be a cat. I'm very happy they were there to give him a place he would be safe from any danger until we found each other.

Review from Guidestar

Christine J.

Client Served

Rating: 5

On adoption day at Petsmart, I gravitated right away to the pretty two-room suites that some cats enjoyed. Who gives the cats they are trying to adopt so much consideration and SPACE? It was Friends of Animals. The description of the 7-month rescue who, once found, had not lived outside her condo broke my heart--but she was a happy little camper. The condo she had the good luck to be stuck in belonged to Friends and her life up until now had been good. Still, I decided it was her day to be free. She's on my lap now. Thanks Friends for taking care of our kitties before they find us!

Review from Guidestar

Julie

Client Served

Rating: 5

In July, I saw "Barley's" big, brown, deep eyes looking at me on the Furburbia Facebook page. His story said that he was a puppy mill rescue from Missouri.

The next day, I picked him up.

Oh, sure, I pretended I was going to "foster." But, when I stepped into his kennel, Cathy scooped him up and put him in my arms. His fur matched my hair.

But, his spine went rigid.

I was prepared with a pocketful of treats, but having spent 3-4 years in a puppy mill in Missouri, then traveling across the country to Utah, and, being one of eight chosen to go to Furburbia, he was shell-shocked. Did I mention he'd just been neutered and had an upset stomach, too?

So, Barley loaded up in a crate and sat in the back of my Element. We came home.

For a week, he cowered in his crate, but carefully watched his big Bernese sister, Faith. Everyone's gotta' have Faith.

Then, he started walking around on his own. . .

One day, I called him "Gus," after Captain Augustus McCrae in Lonesome Dove. He's strawberry blonde ears perked up.

But, winter is when he found joy . . . I don't know if it's because he realizes he has a home where he is loved, but . . .whatever it is, Gus runs, romps, and rrrrffffs when we go outside. Gus practically flies.

I love watching him run in the snow . . .there's pure joy when he stretches luxuriously in his very own downward facing dog next to my bed in the morning.

They told me, "he may never be a real dog." Nobody told me that he'd be a puppy.

Thank you Friends of Animals.

Review from Guidestar

Client Served

Rating: 5

Our association with Furburbia began several years ago. We adopted a dog that we eventually were unable to keep since he could not adapt to be alone in our home. We found a loving home for this dog (with someone who was home all the time). We went back to Furburbia a year later longing for another dog. Well we found the perfect match. A bit unsure of adopting again Furburbia gave us several weeks to be sure Roscoe would fit into our home. Roscoe came from an abusive situation and really needed some love and attention. During those first few weeks we kept in touch with the staff and eventually signed the adoption papers. Our little Rosco has become the love of our lives. We truly appreciate the wonderful staff at Fuburbia. The care and love they give to the animals waiting for homes is evident every time you walk into the place. Furburbia has also been a wonderful place for students in the Park City School District to volunteer for community service. They are very deserving of this monetary award.

Review from Guidestar

Client Served

Rating: 5

We adopted the best dog in the world from Furburbia in Park City Utah. I saw her online late one night and called first thing in the morning. They held her for me until I could get there (I live over an hour away) even though other people had called wanting her. They were very helpful and thorough, making sure she was going to a good home. I had a great experience and outcome!

Review from Guidestar