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Not all pets in need are homeless, some just need a helping paw. Furry Friends offers pet food assistance and spay/neuter sponsorships. Sometimes a pet owner only needs a few weeks of food to assure their pets can stay with the family.
In March of 2012 Furry Friends became a 501(c)(3) organization known formally as Furry Friends Foundation, Inc. It is our mission to help pets remain in their homes by operating a pet food bank, and providing spay/neuter sponsorships and assistance with emergency medical needs to families in financial hardship. We are dedicated to improving the welfare of pets in Sisters, Oregon.
The Furry Friends Food Drive was developed in 1992 with cooperation from the local chapter of the Sisters Kiwanis Club and the local fire department, Sisters-Camp Sherman Rural Fire Protection District, both located in Sisters, Oregon. During the winter holidays a food drive is conducted for pets; the food is combined with the Kiwanis Food Share program and the toys and gifts collected through the local fire department. Families in need are identified through applications as low income.
The holiday program is funded through food and cash donated from individuals and businesses in the community. In addition, American Nutrition/Attaboy has made a generous yearly donation of dog and cat food. NylaBone has made a yearly grant of toys and chews since 2014.
Approximately 33% of the yearly budget for 2015 went towards the purchase of pet food, toys and treats, 51% toward spay & neuter sponsorships and emergency medical assistance, 6% is spent on fundraising and administrative expenses, and 10% on insurance.
The food drive is sponsored by The Nugget Newspaper, Inc. through free print advertising and editorial content promotion. The Nugget also provides free storage of food collected. Staff of The Nugget Newspaper donates time to help coordinate the food drive. No individual is paid a salary for his or her time by Furry Friends Foundation. Click here to see a list of our sponsors and partners.
Help us build a food bank through your donation and we can help pets to remain in their homes where they belong.
For more information contact Kiki Dolson at The Nugget Newspaper, 541-549-9941.