The Fuzzy Faces Team is committed to selecting gentle, critically endangered livestock and poultry that are in danger of extinction. Several of these are the Morgan Horse, Saxony Duck, American Chinchilla Rabbit, Holland Chicken, San Clemente Goat, just to name a few. Interaction with farm animals is beneficial and educational for both children and adults who may otherwise have no opportunity for this type of experience. Offering opportunities for education, therapeutic interaction and adoption of these animals will ensure their continued survival while providing lasting memories and, hopefully, further promotion of their plight.
Each animal, whether a rescued, non-critically endangered species or a critically endangered species, is provided with the best care possible! This includes learning how to relate to humans whether disabled or not. Proper physical and emotional care is essential for these animals. All animals are well fed, groomed, vetted, spayed or neutered (if not critically endangered), kept in a clean environment, trained and loved. Not only by their caretakers but by the entire Fuzzy Faces Family! We make a promise to each one that they will always be in our network. Any adopted animal must be visited no less than once per year by a member of the Fuzzy Faces placement team.
There is nothing more unconditional than the love each of us receives from an animal companion. Domesticated animals depend on us to meet all of their needs, just like children. Therefore, any animal adopted from Fuzzy Faces Refuge can depend on being loved and cared for properly for the rest of their life. If an adoptive family is no longer able to keep and care for their Fuzzy Faces Refuge friend, then the animal will return to a foster home in the rescue. We owe so much of our happiness to our fuzzy companions that we feel it’s their right to come back to the loving arms of one of our volunteer foster homes.
Animals love interacting with humans! And, humans love interacting with animals! What better way to create mutually satisfying experiences than with meaningful interactions that build joy for both partners. Animals just seem to know when there is something different about a person. They are curious and want to help. They listen without judgement, eagerly await the next job to do, the next adventure or the next activity in the company of their human companion. Animals love our attention. We make their lives complete.
Our animal interaction programs are designed to provide positive therapeutic experiences for children and adults with the goal of building confidence, enabling positive progress and affording opportunities that may otherwise be unavailable. There are many articles written and opinions rendered regarding Animal Assisted Therapy. But whether it be hippotherapy or therapeutic riding, equine, canine, farm animal or small animal assisted therapy, the benefit to humans is evident. For those who can adopt an animal partner, we seek to make that perfect match. For those who can’t, we offer on-site, hands on therapy in a family oriented, homestead setting.
The Fuzzy Faces Team is committed to educating the public on the proper care of animals, whether they be companion animals or farm animals. If we want our animals to thrive, then it’s essential that each of us know what is a best practice for each species. With this goal in mind, we have developed species specific brochures and hands on therapeutic animal care experiences. Some simple guidelines that you can begin now are to monitor the weight and regulate the diet of your animal to prevent health issues, sterilize your animal if they are not a critically endangered species and groom and keep your animal in a clean environment.
Did you know that 1 in 7 people in the world has some type of disability? Fuzzy Faces Refuge believes that every person has value and not only the ability to contribute to society in meaningful ways but a strong desire to do so. That is why our volunteers are strong, sincere messengers of inclusion for all persons. We are wholehearted advocates for universal design and possess a core belief that everyone working together can and will create a better world. Therefore, we are an organization that embraces and provides opportunities for all persons regardless of disability so that we can grow in understanding and become stronger as a result.
The saying that there is strength in numbers is never more appropriate than in the world of animal protection and inclusion for persons with disabilities. Each of us is part of a family and a network, either the one that we were born into or one(s) that we have chosen to be a part of. That makes each of us a messenger for our small part of the world. When we can create meaningful bonds of cooperation between our networks, then we can maximize our reach beyond what each group or person can do alone. Each of us has a special mission or vision that can overlap with the other such that working together in our areas of strength, we CAN change the world!