Friends for Animals Sanctuary, Inc. (FFAS) was established in 2011 as a non-profit, NO-KILL, no cage domestic animal sanctuary, registered with the State of Florida. FFAS was the dream of Katherine Johnson who as a little girl I always wanted a large place that could keep lots of domestic animals i.e., dog, cats, horses, cows, donkeys, rabbits, ferrets, guinea gigs, birds, pigs. Two years ago she felt that it was time to act upon her dreams of building a no-kill, no cage domestic animal sanctuary in Brevard County, Florida. We have two Shelters that are run by Brevard County government and they have only so much room. Unfortunately, because of the economy and other issues many people have to relinquish their animals to shelters that do not have the room. Many 1000’s of perfectly adoptable animals are being euthanized each year and it is heart breaking. Hence the birth of Friends for Animals Sanctuary, Inc. This is an endeavor that could not be done alone. I am blessed with some wonderful people who share the same vision for helping and being a part of a place where the animals are rehabilitated and adopted into loving homes.
The Sanctuary will be a campus style facility with state of the art, climate controlled suites and houses. The dog houses will have 2-5 dogs in each suite (dogs are very social animals) with doggie doors to their own private grassy outdoor area to play lie in the sun and do their business. For the ones that do not like other dogs, they will have their own suite with plenty of human interaction. There will be four dog houses to start, one for small dogs, one for medium dogs and one for large dogs. This will eliminate people having to walk through a house with large dogs if they are interest is for a small one. There will be large communal area that all the dogs will play together in every day. The same idea will be used for the cats; their houses will have tree limbs and platforms for them to lie on. The cats will also have a screened in outside area with all their favorite things to climb on and bask in the sun. The larger animals, horses, donkey’s, cows, ponies, will roam on 6 acres initially. The small animals, rabbits, ferrets, guinea pigs etc will also have their own place within the administrative offices and the birds will have fun flying around in their aviary.
FFAS has fostered and adopted 105 dogs and 95 cats into their loving forever homes. When it comes time for adoption we try to be extremely careful where our animals are placed. We have a verbal interview, a written application, a contract and a home visit before our animals are placed. Unfortunately we are not always successful and dogs and cats are sometimes returned. However, we would rater have the pet back than it be in a home where it is not wanted.
FFAS operates from money received through the adoption fee, fund-raising activities, donations and the profits from our very successful Thrift Shoppe that has been in operation since September 2012.
We need your help to get this built. Every dollar is a dollar closer to realizing a dream and a happy, safe place for domestic animals until they find their forever homes. Will you please consider giving to such a worthy cause? Your gift will save an animal and give them a chance to be a part of a loving family.
Our Mission Statement
Friends for Animals Sanctuary, Inc. will rescue animals from the shelter to reduce the euthanasia rate, rehabilitate and find forever homes for them and educate the public about good pet care.
Will be a main focus in the sanctuary for all animals coming in but we hope in the future that we can build a state of the art rehabilitation center for the public to use and all the proceeds going back into the sanctuary. This would include pools, machines and therapists. We also vision a public animal clinic that the local residents would use as their vet with all proceeds going back into the sanctuary. The sanctuary would employ a full time veterinary technician to be there for the day to day medical needs of the animals.
We will inform the public on responsible pet ownership, including spaying or neutering their pets and making a lifelong commitment to their pets. Long term goal is to have classrooms on the property that the local schools can bring students for activities that educate them on responsible pet ownership, teach them how to train their pets and what it means to be a pet owner - the expense of ownership, the time required to keep their pets healthy both physically and mentally.
We will have an adoption policy in place that would require the individuals to fill out an application and would have to agree to a home visit to make sure that the animal we place are placed in the right home with the right type of family. Things we would take into consideration include family size, children, type of dwelling (apt or house) other animals in the home, hours away from the home, etc. The reason for this is that when we place an animal with a family we can be assured that both pet and family will stay together. We do not want any of our animals coming back into the sanctuary because of a bad placement.
- A No Kill Sanctuary for domestic animals (dogs, cats, horses, rabbits etc.) who will live cage free until they can be adopted by their forever families. We will acquire a 15-20 acre parcel of land in Brevard County, Florida that will have buildings and rooms with access to an outside area where the animals can run and play. The buildings will be heated and air conditioned. If an animal comes in that cannot be adopted they will live their life at the sanctuary until they pass on.
- We will have a building that would have isolation areas for the sick, contagious or aggressive animals. Aggressive animals will be rehabilitated by an onsite trainer and re-socialized with others of their kind. Other than the very sick or injured an animal cannot be euthanized without board approval.
- All animals coming into the sanctuary will be spayed & neutered regardless of age or breed.
- Dogs would be in rooms with beds and access to a grassy play area with other dogs.
- Cats will be in houses with cat colonies so they are happy and peaceful.
- Horses would be in barns with access to pastures to graze.