Friends For Life Animal Rescue welcomes all animals if an adoption doesn’t work out


Everyone has the best intentions when adopting a new pet, but sometimes things just happen.

Animal lovers with Friends For Life Animal Rescue in Gilbert recently traveled to three states in January to rescue cats they adopted more than a decade ago.

Friends for Life says it’s in its name: life. He says it’s important that his contact details are on the microchip of every animal he adopts to ensure that if something goes wrong and the original owners are unreachable, he can advocate for the animal.

The rescue proved that this method actually saved lives.

Hunter returned to Phoenix after being dropped in Utah. Tyler was abandoned in Wisconsin. Rilo was abandoned in Colorado. All teenage cats who were adopted years ago by Friends for Life.

“They were left outside, turned into a facility somewhere else. Luckily their microchip came back to us, we got the call and sent volunteers to pick them up and bring them back to us,” said Barb Savoy of Friends for Life.

She says they will travel anywhere to rescue the animals that were once in their care, believing it is the rescue’s responsibility to make sure an animal they adopt never ends up in a slaughterhouse.

In 2021, the owners of Eddie the cat registered on the microchip were unreachable when he was found seriously injured. Luckily, as Friends for Life was also on the chip, it covered all expenses.

“He was very responsive. We didn’t know for the first few days if he was going to make it. So yeah, if they didn’t have someone financially responsible for a senior Chihuahua, they would have euthanized him,” a- he added. said Savoy.

The rescue was shocked when it discovered Maricopa County Animal Care and Control had removed the rescue as a secondary contact on 900 animals adopted since 2020.

“When we sent their rabies information, animal care and control erased our microchip information and only included the adopter, and we can only see from those three cats what could potentially happen,” Savoy explained.

These cats are now safe and can be adopted again. The rescue will make sure his coordinates stay on the chip.

Maricopa County Animal Care and Control said in a statement that it was up to the new owners to include Friends for Life on the microchip and suggested the organization add it to the contract. Friends for Life says the contract already requires it.

Savoy says the rescue has found a solution and is working to add its information to the microchips of the 900 animals whose contact has been removed.

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