Friends of Rescue Aims to Find Forever Homes for Animals

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – There are hundreds of animals in shelters across north Alabama that face a harsh fate if not rescued. One local organization finds foster families for high-need animals and then works to place those animals in loving, forever homes.

So far this year, Friends of Rescue has saved over 500 animals. The organization’s efforts are being recognized.

Tammy Sharp sent WHNT NEWS 19 an email nominating the organization to receive a Pay it Forward. It reads in part:

“Jodi Rutenberg has taken quite a few animals in for me over the past couple of years that were either homeless or about to be taken to animal control. Friends of Rescue also pulls animals from high kill shelters that are about to be euthanized. The vet bills run into the thousands and they rely totally on donations.”

After Sharp’s nomination, WHNT NEWS 19 surprised Friends of Rescue President Jodi Rutenberg with $319.

Rutenberg’s home is full of furry friends. All 12 cats and one dog that currently live in her home are eligible for adoption. Rutenburg says volunteers take in high-need animals.

“They have medical issues, they’re older or they’re puppies or kittens that are not weened yet and they don’t have a chance without rescue organizations,” says Rutenberg.

Right now, more than 100 animals are in foster care.

“We take care of all their veterinary bills,” explains Rutenberg. “Friends of Rescue provides food, veterinary care, medicine, blankets, crates, towels or whatever the foster home needs. Basically, the only things a foster home has to provide are love and space.”

Because the non-profit organization handles all the costs, its always in need of donations.

“We need donations of money, supplies, time, and transportation,” describes Rutenberg.

Rutenberg says the $319 Pay it Forward cash is really going to help.

“Wow!” exclaimed Rutenberg. “That is so fantastic!”

Rutenberg says the $319 is enough to cover the cost of spaying or neutering six animals.