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Friends for life


Abigail Duncan

history about friends for life
History about Friends for Life
  • Friends for Life began in 1993 - then known as Citizens for Tempe Strays
  • Within two years the organization was volunteer based and has already handled hundreds of adoptions. The growth and success prompted a number of name changes through out the years
  • Friends for Life was able to lease three buildings in downtown Gilbert - a place that animals call "home" until they find a family of their very own. In 2010, after re-evaluating our priority of rescue and adoption, and not being a sanctuary facility, Friends for Life Animal Sanctuary changed our name to Friends for Life Animal Rescue
  • Friends for Life is a 501c3 nonprofit
about the animals at friends for life
About the animals at Friends for Life
  • Cats and dogs rescued by Friends for Life Animal Rescue often need extended care
  • Donations from the community support veterinarian visits, surgeries, medication, as well as housing
  • Animals awaiting adoption have no time limit to find their adoptive homes; however, our goal is to find a permanent, lifetime, loving home for every animal in our care
  • Adopting a cat or dog from Friends for Life not only gives THAT animal a new lease on life, but also allows our volunteers to rescue ANOTHER cat or dog that may not have had a tomorrow
  • Friends for Life does not euthanize animals as a means of population control or convenience
the r escue work
The Rescue Work
  • Friends for Life Animal Rescue is dedicated to the homeless and stray animals living on the streets and in the deserts
  • These animals do not have an advocate and will likely suffer starvation, illness, or injury as they try to survive alone
  • Animals that are in the pound will not reproduce and are therefore not perpetuating an overpopulated animal community
  • Animals on the street are reproducing and creating even more unwanted animals. Friends for Life prefers to get to the source of the problem through spaying and neutering
  • Our volunteers also work with feral cats - utilizing TNR (Trap/Neuter/Return) - a program Friends for Life has been maintaining since 1993. This program, Project HART, is a separate program funded by our generous supporters
pets are big business
Pets are big business
  • In 1995, Americans spent $5.5 billion on dog food and $3.8 billion on cat food
  • In 1995, Americans spent more than $1 billion on dog treats compared with $281 million in 1981
  • Americans spent $ 100 million on cat treats in 1995 compared with a nonexistent market just 15 years ago
  • Approximately 1.1 million tons of by-products from the meat, poultry, and seafood processing industry are used in pet foods annually
  • •There are approximately 8,500 boarding kennels in the United States
  • •The average kennel stay for a dog or cat is four days
  • •The average kennel customer boards their dog about four times a year

•Based on projections using average occupancy rates, approximately 23.7 million dogs and 4.6 million cats were boarded at kennels last year

•No figures are available on the number of professional pet sitters and their clients. However, the American Boarding Kennel Association estimates that pet sitters, house sitters, dog walkers, and grooming shops that board animals may cost the typical boarding kennel as much as $300,000 worth of business annually

•In a survey of pet owners using pet-sitting services, results showed:

-each client owns an average of 1.8 dogs or 2.9 cats

-59% of pet-sitting customers own dogs and 41 % own cats

-respondents used pet sitters to care for their pets on an average of 15 occasions per year

more veterinarians than ever before
More veterinarians than ever before

•Today, there are more than 54,852 veterinarians in the U.S. - a 55% increase from 15 years ago

•The U.S. has 27 colleges of veterinary medicine

•More than 8,700 students were enrolled in veterinary medical schools in 1994-1995. Enrollment showed that female veterinary students outnumbered male students 2 to 1

•Dog, cat, and other small-animal practices account for more than 60% of the private veterinary practices in the U.S.

•In a 1991 survey, more than 70% of dog and cat owners claimed to have a regular veterinarian

did you know these interesting facts
Did you know these Interesting Facts
  • More dogs and cats are living in the U.S
  • 57% of American households today own either a dog or cat, a substantial increase from the four in ten households (44%) which had these pets in 1956
  • From 1956 to 1996, households containing dogs increased from 35% to 43%, while households with cats have climbed from 21% to 31%
  • Based on recent international surveys conducted in 20 of the world's major nations, the U.S. has the highest percentage of households with dogs and cats
  • Although dog households outnumber cat households, there are more cats (64.1 million) than dogs (63.8 million) in the U.S
  • Cat owners tend to have more animals than dog owners on average - 2.1 cats compared with 1.5 dogs per household.