Since its beginning in 2003 as Lobo Animal Rescue Shelter, Furry Friends Animal Shelter was the first no-kill animal shelter in the Jefferson County area. Located on private property in rural Mt. Vernon and operated entirely by a staff of dedicated volunteers, Furry Friends has cared for and found homes for over one hundred abused, neglected, and unwanted animals each year that it has been in existence.

It has been our dream for some time to relocate the shelter to a larger, more suitable facility, but in the meantime we have made do with what we have had available to us. Unfortunately a recent series of events has forced us to look for a new location sooner than we had anticipated. Because of our limited finances and the lack of available property suitable for a shelter, we have been forced to temporarily close the shelter and we are no longer accepting additional animals. While we regret having to make such a decision, we felt that without an adequate facility that we were unable to provide the level of care that the animals deserved and needed.

From the beginning, our number one priority for moving to a new facility has been to allow us to better care for the animals that we take in. We have also hoped for a more accessible facility which would allow us to make the animals more visible and available to the public, which should shorten the time that they spend with us before going to their new, permanent homes. A shorter stay in the shelter would also free up space for other animals so that they too would also have a chance for a better life.

Not only is it our mission to care for abused, neglected, and unwanted animals, but it is also our goal to reduce the number of unwanted animals by providing educational services to promote responsible pet ownership. In order to do this we would like to have an area for a community education and resource area, as well as an area that would lend itself to training classes and behavioral counseling for companion animals and their owners. These same areas would also be utilized as a pet emergency evacuation shelter

We believe we have found, and hope to purchase, a suitable piece of property on North Sparrow Lane in Mt. Vernon. However, this is only the first step. Water and electricity need to be run to the property, a septic system installed, and of course we will need a building.

We desperately need your help. Furry Friends is a 501(c)3 organization, making your donations tax deductible.

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