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Melissa Cejka
· January 26, 2018
My family and I just adopted Louise now named Beauty and our experience was great!! We drove 2 hours to pick up our sweet kitty who is adjusting very well with her new animal and human family!! The gi...rls there were so friendly and knowledgeable and I would recommend them to anyone!! See More
Nicole Marie
· September 12, 2017
I could. It recommend this shelter more highly! I reached out on a Saturday morning, was in touch throughout my 4.5 hour drive there, and am happy as can be with my new kitten who slept on my the 4.5 hour drive home! They are so friendly here and take great care of the kittens and cats-you can tell they truly care! So happy to have had such an amazing experience. Thank you!!! See More
Shirley Hadenfeldt
· February 28, 2018
Very friendly and caring people. I am so grateful they gave my sister the little dog she really needed.
Dawn Doescher-Benson
· July 7, 2017
We adopted 2 sets of brothers from the shelter after driving almost 2 hours each way to be welcomed by very knowledgable and friendly staff who have a true love for the fur babies in their care. The s...helter even met us after hours to introduce us to our fur babies! The boys we adopted are so amazing! The girls at the shelter reunited Palo and Pablo the polydactyl pair by contacting us after we had already adopted Palo and Pablo became available for adoption. The shelter truly looks for the best families to adopt these fur babies and their love of animals truly shows! We adopted Gus and Griffen a few months later and gave them their furever homes. This shelter is so clean, and the staff is very knowledgeable about the animals and answered all our questions and even followed up after our adoptions to make sure the boys were doing well in their new home. I would recommend anyone looking to adopt a fur baby to visit friends of the shelter to experience for yourself the best shelter around for pet adoption! Thanks again friends of the shelter we love our boys!! See More
Jeanne Meyer Kopf
· July 7, 2017
This month, July, is our first "Gotcha!" anniversary for Haru (Roo) our sweet kitty. Roo has completed our home. She wakes me up with a kitty kiss and greets me at the door after a long day. She i...s always there for a lap cuddle and loves playing with our Shepard and Springer. I looked at several cats at other shelters before I found Roo. This shelter is different because the cats are happy, social, and clearly well cared for. There were so many sweet kitties I could have picked. The ginger baby with the big paws stole my heart. See More
Melody VanderLeest
· June 19, 2017
I drove 3 hours round trip this past Friday, to adopt two kittens from Friends of the Shelter. I cannot say enough amazing things about the people who work here and the shelter itself. We went through... a very vetted process with the shelter so they ensured the little guys we adopted were going to a good home, which was much appreciated! The gals here were helpful, answered all our questions and you could tell they genuinely love all the animals here! Thank you again for choosing us to be be Edmund and Elton's parents!! See More
Tony G. Townsend
· July 6, 2017
I would have given 0 stars if available. This agency promised adoption with a date for pick up in front of my two kids and then backed out based on a question not a fact. There are many other centers consider, I personally believe they have too many kittens and older cats for a reason. I would suggest looking elsewhere. See More
Kristy Henning
· June 23, 2017
The ECAS has dedicated and loving foster families and volunteers that work tirelessly to raise kittens and care for cats in need. We wouldn't trust just any organization to help us find loving forever... homes for our kids but we trust FOTSI! We know that they care about each of our cats and kittens as much as we do. We know how important they are in helping us find loving forever homes for each one. We couldn't be more pleased with the relationship our two groups have formed! See More
Tonielle Parizek
· July 19, 2017
We got our pretty Lucy (Titan) from FOTSI last Labor Day. They were great in making sure she was a great fit for our family and vice versa about us for her! They are truly caring people!
Deborah Powers Holl
· April 9, 2016
Wonderful people and organization. Love the new addition to the family (super adorable kitten), but also how much they are concerned for their animals getting good homes. Clearly willing to go the ex...tra mile. The world needs more shelters and caring people like this. See More
Melanie Mann Blais
· June 23, 2017
We are very lucky to have FOTSI in our community. The staff is dedicated and once you walk in, you immediately feel the love they have for the animals in their care. We have adopted 3 cats from ther...e and couldn't be happier! See More
Missi Supple Hodge
· February 8, 2016
We loved everything about this pet adoption center; from the volunteers, the center itself and of course, the lovely cats and kittens. We are so fortunate to have found you and our sweet Kiki Lee!
Diana Patrick
· April 25, 2016
Very wonder, caring people to work with. Our adoption of Tommy and his sister Tai was so quick and easy. We met them at the pet fair at Lindale Hy-Vee on Saturday. They opened the shelter on Sunday so... we could take our babies home! They have some beautiful cats waiting for a home. See More
Danelle Yeager-Fowler
· November 21, 2015
Big hearted people working hard to make sure our pets are taken care of and those that aren't are taken in and given all kinds of love and attention until they can find a permanent home. Thank you fo...r all that you do!!! See More
Sarah Markham
· September 16, 2013
I absolutely love Friends of the Shelter. The staff are all amazing and such wonderful people who truly care about all their animals. We adopted both of our cats from there and couldn't be happier. is our favorite shelter to support and adopt animals from. You won't ever be disappointed, please support!! See More
Sharayah Owens
· September 20, 2014
If you are looking for a loving or a playful pet Friends of the Shelter is the way to go! The staff are extremely friendly! We just got two kittens in August and they are the most loving kittens ever!... Thanks so much!!! See More
Kelly Roseberry
· December 11, 2016
From Scratch Cupcakes to Santapaws you guys always have the best ways to raise money for the animals!
Heidi Wirth
· December 10, 2016
I love the way they treat the animals. It is a very clean shelter and the animals are all healthy and clean as well. We also love that they have Santa pictures every year.
Kayla Dodd
· July 7, 2017
Amazing people that really love the cats they take care of! Loved working with them!!
Tina Hardman Clapp
· September 15, 2014
Like this! My dogs have been found. Was very worried and sad that they didn't return home, see dogs have Angel's lookin out for them to.
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2017 | A Year in Review
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January 1

As 2017 came to a close, we were overwhelmed as we reminisced on what a wonderful year we had. 85 cats successfully placed in wonderfully loving homes and dozens of new families in our FOTSI family! Thank you for helping us make 2017 one of the best years yet - we can't wait to see what's in store for 2018!

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SUNNY SUCCESS! Since Sunny’s feeding tube placement last Thursday, she’s received feedings every 2-3 hours. Besides one meal this weekend, we’ve had no success getting her to eat cat food. We’ve offered nearly a dozen brands and flavors to no avail. Instead she’s enjoyed everything from tuna to salmon to turkey, but as we were reminded today, Sunny’s diet needs to be at least 80% cat food before we can consider removing her tube.

Whether the stars aligned tonight or Sunny overheard the conversation, we don’t know. All we know is that Sunny just ate an entire bowl of cat food, replacing tonight’s feeding tube treatment! This may just be one step in her recovery, but it is huge!

We’re so encouraged by this, but are asking for everyone’s continued well wishes for our girl!

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