The idea to start SFAR started as a small dream. I had been volunteering for other rescues for many years as well as fostering rescue animals. I thought that starting an animal rescue would always just remain a dream. When my Dad died in 2019 I needed to do something to give my life purpose and that is when I started doing the work to make SFAR a reality. Then Lizzy came into my life in 2019. Lizzy was a little 15 year old shepherd mix who was blind and deaf. I was working at an animal hospital at the time and the shelter brought Lizzy in for medical attention shortly after she was surrendered. I felt so bad for her. I couldn’t imagine how a senior dog that was blind and deaf must feel losing their family and being in a big, noisy shelter. She was really tugging at my heartstrings. I went home that night and she was still on my mind. I continued thinking about her for a few days before I made the decision that I had to adopt her. I filled out an adoption application and brought her home a few days later. I found out Lizzy was originally adopted from the same shelter back in 2011. Eight years later she was surrendered back to that same shelter. She was not only given up once but twice. Lizzy was an angel and very low maintenance. I instantly fell in love with her. She loved to cuddle up in her bed and sleep the day away. She also enjoyed going on walks and loved being brushed. Adopting Lizzy ignited a passion in me for helping senior animals. Lizzy is the reason why I chose to make the rescue for seniors. Lizzy passed away March 17, 2021. That small dream I had so many years ago came true and we did our first rescue in July of 2021. As of February 2022 we have saved fourteen animals. This rescue was possible because we put a lot of blood, sweat and tears into it but we also had faith, hope, tenacity and integrity. SFAR is a small rescue but we look forward to growing and helping senior animals and their owners for many years to come.
-Andrea Blume, Founder