Faithful Friends Animal Sanctuary (FFAS) is a safe place for abused and abandoned dogs and cats, providing health care, spaying/neutering, protection, warmth, care, and love while they await adoption.
According to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA), approximately 5 million to 7 million companion animals enter animal shelters nationwide every year, and approximately 3 million to 4 million are euthanized. Five out of ten dogs in shelters and seven out of ten cats in shelters are destroyed simply because there is no one to adopt them. In Rowan County alone, nearly 400 animals are euthanized per month.
These staggering statistics were the motivation for a local grassroots organization to take a stand: Faithful Friends Animal Sanctuary (FFAS). The founding members of FFAS thought that there must be a better way to care for the animals in our community, and the vision of an animal sanctuary was born.
Our 10.75-acre site is on Grace Church Road, off US 29 in south Salisbury. Architect Jon Palmer designed an environmental-friendly building and Summit Developers served as our General Contractor. The exterior walls are composed of Siptex panels; these are considered “green” building materials with an insulation rating of R-30. The building is sited to take advantage of solar orientation to block the full summer sun, but to allow the lower winter sun. Photovoltaic array and occupancy sensors in high-volume areas will help increase energy efficiency. Our dogs enjoy socialization and interaction in our outside fenced in dog area, just outside our kennel runs, while our cats have access to an outside screened sun porch.
We have been truly blessed by the enthusiastic support of all of our donors and volunteers. Your generous donations, as well as your countless volunteer hours, have allowed us to follow our hearts and foster, protect, adopt, and care for abused and abandoned animals in our community. The overwhelming support we have received has been astonishing, and Faithful Friends Animal Sanctuary could not be possible without all of you.
It is with all of our combined efforts from this point forward that Rowan County has its first no-kill shelter, and we can now change the outcome for so many of our community’s animals.