Future of Zimmerman animal rescue uncertain

March 07, 2019 01:06 PM

The future of a Zimmerman animal rescue that gives dogs and cats a second chance at life is uncertain.

Fur-Ever Home Rescue is a nonprofit that is hoping help from the public could keep their mission alive after the owner of the property is being forced to sell the property. 


"Most of the animals here we saved literally minutes from being euthanized," said Tania Richter, the founder of Fur-Ever Home Rescue. 

Tania Richter started the nonprofit 5 years ago and has helped 200 of the most at-risk animals.

"What happens is they can't be put on the public adoption floor so often they will go up for rescue and if they're not rescued they'll get euthanized," Richter said. 

That's where the Healing Haven comes in, specializing in care for animals with urgent, medical or behavioral cases 

"They come here they decompress, they shake out the shelter stress, get medical care, they'll get training if needed and then we can place them in an appropriate foster homes, transfer them to other rescues or we can put them up for adoption," Richter said. 

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The problem is the nonprofit might not be able to stay at their location in Zimmerman.

"Now we're in a position where we need to purchase the property or be able to come up with a significant amount of money to be able to obtain financing," Richter said. 

The amount they need to raise is $350,000, and if it's not raised in 3 months, they lose the Healing Haven.

"Our capacity to help animals at high risk would diminish significantly," Richter said. 

But it turns out someone heard their plea for help.

"Yesterday when I opened the mail we had a simple note saying we're angels on earth with a check for $20,000," said Emily Hanson, the outreach program director. "I like dropped it and ran into the living room."

Fur-Ever Home Rescue wrote on its Facebook page, "If we are unable to raise the funds needed we will gladly refund any donations made towards this effort but right now we are focused on being positive." 

But both women are hopeful people will see just how important their work is so they can save many more animals. 

"We are filling a huge need for this entire state," Hanson said. 

"We're just trying to keep this program going for the animals that need us the most," Richter said. 


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