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New grant award! -- Tuesday December 22nd, 2015

We are honored to receive a $3500 grant to help extend our efforts and serve the Petco Foundation’s mission to raise the quality of life for pets and people who love and need them. Friends for Life Animal Rescue works to find loving, forever homes for the animals in our care, and to help spay/neuter and return as many feral cats as possible to help reduce the overpopulation cycle. Animals in our program come from a number of sources - sometimes they have been abandoned or left behind by their families, sometimes they are surrendered by owners no longer able to care for them, and sometimes they are feral kittens that are caught young enough to socialize and adopt into forever homes instead of growing up wild and on the streets. From intake into the program, animals are placed into foster homes where they receive love, medical care, food, shelter, and socialization - basic needs that are often unmet before coming to the program. All animals are spayed or neutered prior to being made available for adoption - this ensures that the repopulation cycle is halted at least for that animal. By only adopting out animals that have already been spayed or neutered, the adopting family is freed of the responsibility to take the animal for the surgery post-adoption. All animals are microchipped to improve identification and increase chances for a successful reunion if animal and family become separated. The registration of the new family as primary contact is included in the adoption fee - no extra charge. Animals are current on vaccinations following current protocols, with rabies being the only exception. Typically, animals available for adoption have not had their rabies vaccination and this becomes the new family's responsibility. In some cases, however, the animal has already been vaccinated for rabies. In situations such as adoption to families living in Canada or other areas requiring rabies vaccinations, we will work with the adopting family to prepare the animal for transport across borders in accordance with requirements.

Starting our 5th year! -- Sunday January 5th, 2014

Wow! It is amazing and hard to believe, but we are celebrating our 4th anniversary as a rescue group already! Thanks to our volunteers, supporters, adopters, donors, and the ongoing efforts of the staff and management at the Mount Vernon Petco store for making this group's existence and work possible. Never question the need, but the effort it takes to make this kind of group survive is amazing -- and we can never thank enough the tireless staff and amazing vets who help us as well. In particular, a huge thank you to Dr. Leslie Pollock and staff at Cedardale Neuter & Vaccination Clinic, Dr. Baber and staff at Mountain View Veterinary Clinic, and Dr. Knigge and staff at Pet Neuter & Vaccination. Thanks to everyone who thinks adoption and rescue first, and to those who give their time and passion in support of this mission!

Women's Clothing -- Tuesday March 1st, 2011

Gently used women's clothing, from casual to business to dressy, can be donated to Friends for Life Animal Rescue to benefit animals in our care. Through partnership with a local consignment shop, the clothing articles are sold and proceeds donated to our group to further our mission to provide care for cats/kittens and dogs/puppies in our system awaiting their forever homes. If you can help by donating gently used clothing for women, please contact Friends for Life Animal Rescue at (360) 588-5777 or via e-mail at

Greeting Cards -- Tuesday March 1st, 2011

Friends for Life Animal Rescue has photo greeting cards with blank insides available for a $2 donation. 100% of the proceeds benefits the animals in the care of Friends for Life Animal Rescue. Card photos include current and/or previous foster animals and flowers, landscape, and other pictures taken by Friends for Life Animal Rescue volunteers. If you are interested in purchasing cards, please stop by the outreach events at the Mount Vernon Petco store on Saturdays from 11-3, or contact Friends for Life Animal Rescue at We are also looking for places to show the cards to the public. If you have a place to display cards for sale, please contact Friends for Life Animal Rescue at (360) 588-5777 or via e-mail at

FFLAR Completes Year #1! -- Tuesday December 28th, 2010

Thanks to the dedication, encouragement, support, time, effort, and positive thoughts of so many, Friends for Life Animal Rescue has just celebrated its first full year in official existence! Numbers of adoptions will be forthcoming in January, but we couldn't wait to extend a hearty thank you to all those who support our mission and work - to help find loving, forever homes for cats, kittens, dogs, and puppies in our care. Animals have come into Friends for Life (FFL) care through many avenues, including partnership with other shelters and rescues (including but not limited to the shelters in Delano, CA and Ellensburg, WA and Homeward Pet rescue in Woodinville), owner surrenders, strays and ferals, and animals surrendered to vet offices and the Pet Emergency Center. Many thanks to our primary vet care providers at Cedardale Neuter & Vaccination Clinic and the Pet Emergency Center, and our dedicated volunteers and fosters. Through these donations of love and labor as well as monetary donations and donations of needed food, litter, and supplies, FFL has made a difference to a number of animals and to the families who adopted them. Thanks, FFL supporters! Help us continue in 2011!

We are honored! -- Monday December 20th, 2010

Thanks to MWI Veterinary Supply and Brandon, our representative, for the generous $500 donation to Friends for Life Animal Rescue! Your recognition and support are most appreciated!

Simple Holiday Giving -- Monday November 15th, 2010

Please make every gift count this holiday season. More than 1,600 top stores including Amazon, Toys R Us, Best Buy, Apple, Gap and more will donate a percentage of virtually every sale to Friends for Life Animal Rescue. Just go to, designate us as the cause you support, and then click over to your favorite store. You pay nothing extra - and you can even save money, as GoodShop lists thousands of money-saving coupons and free shipping offers. Or, add our toolbar to your browser at - and your purchases will count even if you forget to go to GoodShop first! There's no easier way to support us this holiday season! Please spread the word.

Thank you! -- Saturday November 13th, 2010

Thank you, Skagit Valley Food Co-Op! We received more than $240 from the Skagit Valley Food Co-Op -- this is will provide a lot of food for animals in our care!

Thank You, Petco! -- Thursday September 16th, 2010

A great thank you to the Petco Foundation - and the Mount Vernon Petco store - for designating Friends for Life Animal Rescue as one of the benefactors from the August 2010 National Spay & Neuter Drive! Your support is greatly appreciated!

You can help... -- Saturday August 14th, 2010

The Animal Rescue Site
You can help animals from your own computer! The Animal Rescue Site is a great supporter of rescues and shelters -- please help them help us help animals!

A new way to help! -- Monday July 19th, 2010

Through, you can easily send Petco gift cards electronically to support our foster animals! Simply visit this link: and click on Friends for Life Animal Rescue!

We're Official! -- Friday May 7th, 2010

Today we received our official 501(c)3 letter from the IRS -- wahoo!

Another CA trip! -- Wednesday March 31st, 2010

Volunteers made another trip north with dogs and four kittens from a shelter in California. Start looking for some to become available for adoption in late April!

Dogs/puppies are ready! -- Sunday February 7th, 2010

The dogs and puppies are ready! They will be at the Mount Vernon Petco store for adoption on Saturday, February 13, 2010 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Cash only - adoption fees for dogs range from $250 to $300, and cats are $110.

Arrived! -- Monday January 25th, 2010

Our first load of dogs has arrived from an overloaded shelter in California! Thanks to lots of effort by several Friends for Life Animal Rescue volunteers and two California shelter staff, we have a bunch of young small-breed dogs who should be available for adoption in early- to mid-February! In addition to arranging the transportation from California up to Washington, these dogs were tested for heartworm, vaccinated for rabies, and each has a health certificate to allow its transport across state lines. Now in the care of Friends for Life, each dog will be spayed or neutered, microchipped, vaccinated, and treated for worms and fleas prior to being made available for adoption. Included in this transport are Chihuahua mix puppies, some terrier mix puppies, some small spaniel mix dogs (1-3 years) and some terrier/Lhasa mix dogs (1-3 years). Please watch for more and updated information and pictures -- and thanks to the workers, transporters, and fosters!
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