Our Mission Furever Friends Rescue is a 501(c)(3) corporation that has been
designed to help reduce the number of intakes and euthanasia in Maricopa and Pinal Counties
by helping people with life changing circumstances find new homes for their beloved pets.
Individuals facing assisted living, nursing homes, hospice or those dealing with the death
of a loved one now have an option: to relinquish their pets to us directly where they will
be put up for adoption, thereby bypassing public intake.
Nancy grew up in Massapequa, NY and went to SUNY Oneonta. After graduation she worked in
New York City in publishing and eventually moved to public relations where she stayed until
she became a mother for the first time. A desire for a slower life for her new daughter
sparked a move to AZ where she already had family; they moved to Mesa in 1992.
A life long animal lover, Nancy began her own pet-sitting business, Cold Noses Warm Hearts
Pet Sitters in 2004. When the economic downturn hit, Nancy found it necessary to look for
something more financially substantial than pet sitting. It was then that she interviewed
and got a job with Maddie's Projects of Maricopa County as an Adoption Counselor. Within
18 months she was offered the position of Center Manager and held that job until the end
of the Project, a year and a half later.
During the course of her time at Maddie's, Nancy and her family fostered almost 100 homeless
cats and kittens for various no-kill organizations throughout the Valley.
Nancy lives in Mesa, AZ with her husband Dean, daughter Cara, and their rescues: Annie,
a white GSD mix; Fate, a Staffordshire Terrier mix; and four cats, Domino, Caesar, Sherrie
Baby and Paddy.
Originally from Portland, OR Ranee moved to AZ in 1998. She was
looking for a change in the weather as well as a change in career. With almost 20 years of
working experience in corporate America, Ranee was searching for something different. It
was then that she stumbled upon a volunteer opportunity with Maddie's Projects.
Ranee's love of animals fueled her desire to do more in the animal welfare community and
she began upping her hours at the Center. Working 8-10 hour volunteer shifts, she found that
spending the time socializing and helping those dogs or cats that needed a little something
extra was what she was meant to be doing.
Ranee began fostering animals when two carriers full of kittens were dropped at the Center
in the blistering heat. She took all nine of them home, nursed them through their illnesses
and got them to where they needed to be to get adopted — she was hooked. Since then
she has continued to foster for other no-kill rescues here in Maricopa County.
Ranee and her husband Kevin live with his two daughters Kelsie and Kristina have moved from
Mesa back to Portland. Their home is also shared by the family's pets: Buddy, a Labrador mix;
Sandy, a Maltese mix; Ally, a cat she rescued from a store near the Adoption Center; and
her latest addition, Angel, a bottle baby she fostered and couldn't give up.
FFR Radio Interview Listen to a 12 minute interview about the rescue's history and mission,
plus ways to get involved.