What's happening with Foothills Animal Rescue?

By Nina Spitzer | December 3, 2008

CAVE CREEK – Foothills Animal Rescue (FAR) volunteers may have closed their office for the last time on Sept. 28, but haven’t closed their hearts. FAR’s 100 plus volunteers are working and caring for animals at various locations around the North Valley while the search for a new home continues.

FAROver two hundred FAR dogs and cats are presently being fostered by volunteers, some as many as 35 at one home, while awaiting adoption into Forever Homes. Weekend adoptions are still being held at Karsten’s Ace Hardware, See Spot Shop, and Petco locations in the North Valley and Peoria. A special adoption event is planned for the Carefree Winter Festival, Dec. 12, 13, and 14.

Lack of funds has made locating a new home difficult for the non-profit no-kill animal shelter. Fundraisers are being held to help bring in needed revenue for purchasing a permanent home. FAR’s $200,000 New Home Fund goal presently stands at $58,000.

FAR is sponsoring a holiday fundraiser, “Take Your Pet’s Picture with Santa” for $8.95 at participating Petcos Dec. 6 and 13. A “Pasta for Paws” event is planned at Harold’s in Cave Creek on Jan. 29. The $20 admission fee includes a pasta dinner and live band, as well as a bake sale and silent auction of items donated by local artists.

Donations are crucial to the organization’s survival. FAR is hoping the community will see it in their hearts to earmark a 2008 tax donation to Foothills Animal Rescue’s New Home Fund. FAR’s website maintains a current tally of progress towards this goal.

Other donations needed are blankets, cat and dog toys, kitty litter, and dog/cat food with meat as the first ingredient. Donations can be dropped off at See Spot Shop in Scottsdale.

For adoptions, events and donation information, a listing of available animals and contact numbers, go to www.foothillsanimal.org.

Photo: Student volunteer, Luke Fitch, shares some time with Mohawk.
Courtesy photo/Nina Spitzer