Nuzzles & Co. Pet Rescue and Adoption

Where Love Wins

aka Friends of Animals Utah   |   PEOA, UT   |  www.nuzzlesandco.org

Mission

Our mission is to protect animals, to provide a loving and nurturing place where they can get healthy and learn positive behaviors, and then to find loving homes for each one of them. We also work to educate the community on the humane treatment of animals. What we’ve learned is that, in helping these animals, we are the ones who benefit. As our animals get a second chance at life and find loving homes, they give back that love one-hundred fold. When we put love first, we come together as a community and grow stronger as a society.

Notes from the nonprofit

Vision: For every cat and dog to have a safe, loving, life-long home with someone special to nuzzle.

Mission: We partner with community organization to save cats and dogs. We provide exceptional care to our companion animals while preparing them for adoption. Then, we match them with their forever families who will love and care for them.

Values:

Partnership-When we work together, everyone wins--our pets, adoptive families, volunteers, staff, and community. Together we can put our mission in place and save our four-legged friends while gaining their forever love.

Rescue-We believe that no healthy, adoptable animal should ever be killed in an animal shelter. All dogs and cats deserve compassion and protection from abuse and neglect. We help these animals in their journey to a new home, and we help people find their next family member. We facilitate a new beginning and a happy home.

Education-We know that part of treating animals with the kindness and respect they deserve is educating others about how to do the same. To that end, we serve as educators to help our community know how to treat our furry friends right. Along the way we embrace a welcoming, warm, and informative approach.

Service-A Nuzzles animal is part of the Nuzzles family for life. So not only do we [provide the highest level of care to our animals, but we also offer excellent customer service, support, and follow-through for our adoptive families. We create lasting love stories by gently guiding pets and people through the process.

Stewardship-The success of our mission depends on the generosity of our community, and we take the responsibility of financial stewardship seriously. We constantly strive to be efficient and effective stewards of our supporters' and donors' contributions. Whether they've shared their time, their money, or their love and support, we consider their contributions a foundation for building a world where love wins.

Ruling year info

1994

Board President

Tamra Gray

Main address

6466 N Highview Rd

PEOA, UT 84061 USA

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Formerly known as

Summit County Friends of Animals

Friends of Animals Utah

EIN

87-0482464

NTEE code info

Animal Protection and Welfare (includes Humane Societies and SPCAs) (D20)

Animal Protection and Welfare (includes Humane Societies and SPCAs) (D20)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Nuzzles & Co's ultimate goal is to save the lives of animals in need. Thousands of cats and dogs are euthanized in Utah shelters each year – and approximately 1.5 million across the United States – due to lack of space or resources to care for them, and it is our mission to save these animals and give them a second chance at life.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Animal Adoption

Rescue animals from local shelters, provide shelter, medical care and find new loving homes

Population(s) Served
Adults

Provide vaccines to Summit County animal shelter, youth education and camp, dog training classes and needs based medical assistance.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Aids victims fleeing domestic violence by offering shelter and medical care to their pets until the family can find a safe and stable situation when they can once again reunite and begin a new life together.

Population(s) Served
Ethnic and racial groups
Adults

Low-cost clinic for community-owned animals including spay and neuter surgeries, vaccinations, dental work, and other services.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of animal adoptions

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults

Related Program

Animal Adoption

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of animals spayed and neutered

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Community Education/Assistance

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

These numbers include spay and neuter surgeries for animals rescued and brought into our adoption program and owned animals spayed and neutered through our Community Clinic.

Average number of days of shelter stay for animals

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Animal Adoption

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Number of animals rescued

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Animal Adoption

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

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Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

1. Rescue, rehabilitate, and find forever homes for homeless animals in Utah and beyond – even those with medical or behavioral problems or who are considered "less adoptable" due to their age – and to provide a loving and nurturing environment where they can get healthy and find their families.
2. Provide a resource for Utah's shelters to rescue animals slated for euthanasia due to age, behavioral/medical status, or overcrowding.
3. Increase our adoption capacity through partnerships, mobile adoptions, and satellite adoption centers to connect as many families as possible to their future pets.
4. Maintain financial stability so that we can continue to ensure a high quality of care to the animals in our programs.
5. Through our Purple Paw program, help victims of domestic violence find a safe home for themselves and their pets.

We have redefined the rescue experience, and it all starts with our animals.

1. First, we find them.

Each week, we visit animal shelters throughout our region. We rescue adoptable dogs and cats who are often on these shelters' euthanasia lists.

2. Then we bring them to our Ranch.

At our ranch, our veterinarian gives every dog and cat a medical evaluation and a full spectrum of vaccines. Each is debugged, bathed, spayed/neutered, vaccinated, and micro-chipped. We provide further treatment for animals who need intensive dental work, life-saving surgeries, or other medical procedures.

Each cat enters our socialization program where they receive human companionship and socialization with other cats. Each dog receives a behavioral assessment, basic training, and additional training if needed. Dogs get daily trail walks and the freedom to roam outside or run through our agility course with a volunteer. Cats can stroll around in our sunshine-soaked community cat room or find a windowsill to curl up on. The animals stay at our ranch for as long as they need to until they're ready to succeed in a new home.

For families who participate in our Purple Paw program, which shelters pets of domestic violence victims while their owners escape abusive situations and during their stays in shelters, we hold pets free of cost in the shelter, provide the same medical care and training as our other animals, and help reunite families with their pets when survivors are in safe environments.

3. Then they come to our adoption center to find a loving, forever home.

When our animals are ready, they come to the adoption center. Our trained staff evaluates each animal and gets to know them. That helps our staff make the perfect match to new families. Each night, we transport them back to the ranch where they can play and sleep soundly.

Our organization began in 1990 as a group of volunteers; since then, we've saved and provided homes for over 13,000 pets in Utah. We are members of Utah's No-Kill Coalition, committed to making the state No-Kill by 2020, and have won the prestigious Mutt Nation Award in 2015, given to only one shelter per state for exceptional service and care.

In 2015, we rebranded our organization as Nuzzles & Co., a shelter with a positive and loving message for our pets. We celebrate their attitude, spunk, and resilience, and the finding of forever homes for these deserving and loving pets. Our financial stability and brand positioning put us in a strong position for the years ahead: We have increased our organization's momentum by investing aggressively in greater capacity for both shelter and adoption, and through the development of our on-site medical suite and staff.

This position is illustrated by our adoption statistics: In 2015, we rescued 1,481 cats and dogs from all over the state, a 64% increase over 2014. Once in our care, we provide veterinary care, vaccines, food, shelter and training to prepare these amazing animals for their future homes. We also work hard to help families find the right fit: Adoptions were up 63% from 2014: 1,321 pets found their forever homes through Nuzzles in 2015.

Since our founding, our most significant accomplishment has been saving over 13,000 pets from euthanasia and placing them in loving homes. We have built our 16,000 square foot Rescue Ranch, renovated our Park City adoption center, and established strong community partnerships with shelters and pet stores to increase adoptions throughout the state. We've invested in professional training and an on-site veterinary staff to ensure the highest quality of care for our animals, and we've invested in our brand to reach as many families as possible.

In the future, we plan to open an additional adoption center on the Wasatch Front and to continue to invest in our outreach and community efforts, both to increase adoptions and to decrease the number of unwanted pets in the state. Utah is not yet No-Kill, and along with other shelters and animal organizations we will continue to participate in and lead spay/neuter programs, community education, and increased partnerships to reach our goal of being No-Kill by 2020.

Financials

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Nuzzles & Co. Pet Rescue and Adoption

Board of directors
as of 3/27/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Tamra Gray

Digital Financial Group

Term: 2019 -

Wendy Lavitt

Beth Lopez

Matt Day

Carl Prior

Swen Prior

Liz Jonas

Sally Nadler

Patricia Kuendig

Valerie Butt

Sheila Forsum

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 3/27/2022,

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

No data

Gender identity

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Sexual orientation

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Disability

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