Since its founding, the organization has rehomed more than 10,000 needy pets. Over the decades, FOAU’s objective has remained the same: to place animals into permanent, caring homes and to advance the humane treatment of animals through education. Presently FOAU rescues over 1,100 animals per year, with about 100 pets in the system at any given time.
Each week, FOAU staff visits animal shelters throughout Northern Utah and rescues adoptable and treatable dogs and cats. Many of these animals are pulled from the shelters’ euthanasia lists. These animals find themselves homeless for a variety of reasons ranging from abandonment to rescue from an abusive situation to owner surrender. Animals are taken to FOAU Rescue & Rehabilitation Ranch, the 16,000-square-foot facility where they receive medical care, are spayed/ neutered, microchipped and vaccinated. FOAU provides the same level of care consistent with what is given in a loving home. They’re also committed to assisting special needs animals. The facility (and other programs) are manned by four fulltime and ten part time employees in addition to an army of volunteers.
Once the animals are healthy, they go to the Furburbia adoption center located at Tanger Outlet Center in Park City, Utah. While cats can live at Furburbia, dogs must commute daily from the ranch to the adoption center. This gives a whole new meaning to the phrase, “back at the ranch.”
The organization recently started the Purple Paw Project that cares for the pets of domestic violence victims. It is well-documented that many victims won’t leave abusive partners because they fear for the safety of the pets they must leave behind—and with good reason. A study of women seeking temporary “safe haven” showed that 71% of those with pets reported that their partners had threatened, hurt, or killed their animals.
The Purple Paw Project provides a support service to domestic violence shelters which are unable to accept pets. It offers temporary shelter for the pets of domestic violence victims, allowing survivors and their children to seek shelter, medical treatment and counseling, knowing that their pets are safe.
FOAU houses the pet free of charge for the entire period that the client resides at the domestic violence shelter. The pets receive food, water, medication administration, daily socialization, and exercise. FOAU shelters the animals at a network of secure locations throughout the area. Initial capacity is estimated at 600 pets per year.
In April 2012 FOAU started its education outreach program that teaches school children about humane treatment of animals as well as the importance of spaying and neutering. This fall FOAU will also launch a no-cost spay/neuter and education program in Summit County.
Follow FOAU’s two Facebook pages, Friends of Animals Utah and Furburbia, and on twitter https://twitter.com/foautah.
For more information check out the FOAU website: http://foautah.org.
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