Rescue & Rehab Ranch ready for animals
After 20 years and more than 10,000 animals assisted through its adoption, rescue, treatment, and rehabilitation programs, Friends of Animals Utah (FOAU) is ready to move into its new home.
The local nonprofit will hold the Grand Opening for its Rescue & Rehab Ranch on Saturday, June 26. The community is invited to the new facility for tours and refreshments from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., with a ribbon-cutting ceremony scheduled for 1 p.m.
The 16,000-square-foot facility, located at 6466 North High View Road in Brown’s Canyon, can accommodate up to 85 dogs and 60 cats, enabling Friends of Animals Utah to prevent even more homeless animals from being needlessly euthanized.
The Rescue & Rehab Ranch will permit FOAU to accept more dogs and cats from overflowing animal shelters across northern Utah and find new homes for them through the Furburbia Adoption Center at the Tanger Outlet Center. Previously, dogs in the program had to be driven from Furburbia to boarding kennels in Salt Lake City each night.
"The expense, time factor, and space constraints really limited the number of pets we were able to accept," said FOAU Operations Director Cathy Clark.
The building will have a spay and neuter veterinary clinic, a quarantine area with separate kennels and supplies to keep ailing animals isolated until they are healthy, and a large training center for FOAU’s expanding education and outreach programs, which are aimed at promoting responsible pet ownership, animal welfare and spay and neuter awareness.
"The new Rescue & Rehab Ranch is badly needed to support growing demand for our programs and services," said FOAU Executive Director Cathy King.
The Rescue & Rehab Ranch is also part of Summit County’s Emergency Operations Plan. The building provides a large flex space area that can temporarily house a large number of animals. The facility will become ground zero for displaced animals in the event of a countywide emergency or disaster.
The grand opening celebration on Saturday will enable FOAU to thank the many supporters who contributed to the construction of the new building. The parcel on which the property was developed was partially donated by a former FOAU board member.
A wide variety of construction materials and services have been donated as well, including concrete, cabinets, fixtures, doors, windows, tile, countertops, furniture, equipment and even a Viking range.
Rocky Mountain Power’s Blue Skies Program funded a grant providing for the installation of 20 photovoltaic cells on the roof of the building, which are supplying power to the facility.
A construction loan of $1,000,000 to complete the building has been secured through Mountain West Bank and is guaranteed by the USDA through their Community Facilities Rural Development Program.
The organization plans to raise additional funding to both pay off the loan and finance ongoing operations through private donations, grants and naming rights opportunities and through its popular fundraising events.
For directions to the facility and additional information, visit http://www.foautah.org.
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