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  A New Beginning Animal Rescue is a non-profit, tax-exempt charitable organization under 501(c)(3) of  the Internal Revenue Code. Donations are tax-deductible as allowed by law.




Do you have a shelter where we can come to view the animals?

No, we do not have a shelter. Almost all of our animals live with volunteer foster families, with some of our cats housed in our Kitty Center in Bountiful, UT. They are integrated into our homes and are treated as a member of the family. During their time in foster care the pets receive socialization with humans and pets in the home.  They also learn basic manners in the home, such as beginning housetraining and rules about living in a home.  Some of the pets have never lived inside a home before, so our foster homes are a great introduction before their permanent home is found. Abandoned and homeless pets need additional socialization and training that they just cannot get in a shelter setting.  Fostering the pets is a way to get them in a safe environment where they can live with reduced stress as they learn to live in a world with kind people.

We welcome those who are in our service areas and interested in adopting a pet, to come to our Adoption Event, held from 1:00pm to 6:00pm each Saturday at Petco Store in Layton, UT.  

Select pets, due to sensitivity to crowds or special need, are viewed by appointment only.  Please contact us at adoptions@anbrescue.org. 

How many animals are at A New Beginning Animal Rescue?

A New Beginning Animal Rescue is a a limited admissions rescue, meaning we can only take in as many animals as our volunteer foster homes can safely and responsibly care for. We do not euthanize animals to make room for more. We simply stop taking in new animals until we have room. Each homeless companion animal will remain in our care until he or she finds a new home.The majority of animals, including special needs pets, are home-based fosters, with some cats housed in our Kitty Center. The numbers of pets at ANBAR varies, based on foster care and space availability. We first serve the companion animals and people in our communities to ensure all pets find caring homes. As space allows, we will assist other rescues and shelters through transferring animals from their care to ours.

Why are all of the pets from A New Beginning Animal Rescue spayed or neutered?

One of the biggest reasons why there is a need for rescue organizations such as ANBAR and the other rescue organizations in the area is due to the huge number of unwanted puppies and kittens born every year. According to ASPCA, approximately 4 million cats and dogs are euthanized in the United States each year. The number of homeless animals varies by state—in some states there are as many as 300,000 homeless animals euthanized in animal shelters every year. It is estimated that approximately 10,000 animals are euthanized each year in Utah alone. This does not take into account the numbers that are abandoned and die alone, are victims of disease, starvation, or are hit by cars.

By spaying and neutering the dogs and cats before they leave our rescue we can do our part to make sure that we are not contributing to the number of unwanted pets and unnecessary euthanasia in our country. You can also help reduce the numbers of unwanted animals and tragic deaths in our state by having your own pets spayed and neutered!

Another reason we spay and neuter our pets is because our pets are companion animals.  They live longer healthier lives when sterilized.  They are less likely to have behavior problems associated with sexual maturity and activity.  They are less likely to have certain forms of cancer associated with the reproductive organs.  In the end, they live happier, longer lives once they have been altered.

Do you euthanize animals?

We embrace the no-kill philosophy and believe that euthanasia should be used only as a humane last resort, to prevent further animal suffering – such as when an animal is terminally ill, critically injured, or dying.

Do you receive money from the state or other organizations?

We are a non-profit operating on the generosity of our communities. We depend solely on private donations and grants to fund our rescue and adoption efforts, and to offset the cost of evaluation, housing, feeding and medical care for the many animals in our care.  We do not receive any appropriated funding from the state, any national animal welfare group, or any other organization.

Why do you call yourselves a "rescue" organization?

While we follow many same regulations as shelters, "Rescue" can be defined broadly. When we say rescue, we mean rescued from death, since that will be the animal's ultimate fate. Animals who have been tortured or left to starve; animals who have been given a chance in a shelter but whose time has run out; animals whose owners have died or become too ill to care for them are in as much danger as if they were threatened by fires or floods. We are dedicated to providing animals in our care a new beginning and to help them prepare for adoption.    

How can I volunteer?

We have a number of volunteer opportunities available. Check our Volunteer Opportunities for all of the information regarding volunteering! You can also fill out an application online or at our Adoption Event. We ask for a 1 year minimum commitment, 8 hours a month to volunteering on a regularly scheduled day and time.

Where do the animals come from?

Our animals come from shelters in our service area and in neighboring states; concerned citizens; or owners who, for whatever reason, are no longer able to keep their pets.  It is our preference to take animals from shelters since shelter animals will ultimately face euthanasia if not adopted in a short period of time. We also take animals from owners under certain circumstances – such as foster space availability, and always have a signed Incoming Pet Profile and Owner Surrender Contract, giving ownership of the animal to ANBAR. Some of our animals have been abandoned, either at veterinarians' offices, outside the homes of individuals known to be "animal-friendly", or in public areas such as grocery store parking lots, busy streets, schools, playgrounds, and wooded areas. Often these animals are malnourished or wounded.

What is the breed? How big will he get? How old is he?

Often times we have little or no history about the animals in our care. Their breed mix is our best guess based on appearance and demeanor. We can offer an approximation on the size of an animal at maturity, but cannot make any guarantees as we do not know for certain what mix any particular animal is. Similar to breed mix, the age of our animals is also often times approximate. We make our best estimation based on the condition of their teeth with confirmation from a veterinarian, when possible.

How long should I wait to get a companion for my recently adopted pet?

There is no specific timeline for when to get a companion for your pet. Our recommendation is to wait until your first adopted pet is completely settled in and comfortable in their new home. Expect an adjustment period for both animals in the home, which may last weeks, or months, but often times pets appreciate having a friend of their own species.

Do you offer discounts for adoption fees?

We do our best to keep our adoption prices reasonable while generating income to support our goal of caring for adoptable animals until we can place them in a loving home. Adoption fees may vary, depending on extra-special care required for an animal.  Adoptions fees may be reduced based on a cat’s or dog’s age and special need.  Please check out our Adoption Fees page.

I left a message and have yet to hear from you. Why does it take so long to get a return call and/or email?

Everyone who is part of A New Beginning Animal Rescue is a volunteer who may have a job, a family, and their own animals to care for. Sometimes it may take a few days to get back to you.  This is fit in around taking care of all the animals, taking care of our families, and taking care of administrative work associated with keeping the animals healthy and keeping our records accurate. While we check inquiries and typically answer on the same day, we ask for at least 48-72 hours for a response.  

Our preferred method of communication is email, so that we may devote as much time as possible to the animals in our care.  We receive several inquiries throughout the day and the logistics can become challenging. We endeavor to provide the best service possible: In an email we can quickly answer a question and send needed materials in a more timely manner. We always ask for a telephone number to included in emails, so that we can follow up with a telephone call, if needed. 

Do you offer veterinary services?

We do not offer veterinary services to the public or after adoption.  Any continued care after adoption is the responsibility of the owner.  

Can I be on a waiting list for a particular animal or breed?

Adoptions are on a first-come, first-serve basis (as long as it is a good match between adopter and the animal). We do not keep record of a waiting list. Check our website, Petfinder, and FaceBook pages often, as they are updated regularly.

Can I be denied an adoption?

Yes! Our goal is to match the right pet with the right 'forever' home. If one doesn't match, our Adoption Team works with you to see whether another pet may work out better for adoption.

I cannot keep my pet, can I bring them to ANBAR?

A New Beginning Animal Rescue accepts pets regardless of the reason, based on foster care and space availability.  We do ask that you complete the Surrender Contract and Incoming Pet Profile form to be considered, due to space limitations. Our intake coordinator will call you to schedule an appointment.  Please plan ahead as much as possible and do not abandon your pet.  For more information, please see the “Giving Up Your Pet” section.  Surrendering a pet is stressful for all animals and people alike, so ANBAR may present other alternatives than bringing them to ANBAR or a rescue, such as virtual rehoming or fostering for adoption.

How do I report animal abuse or neglect?

Please contact your local police department as your initial report of animal abuse or neglect. ANBAR does not have jurisdiction to investigate or enforce animal abuse or neglect laws.

Does ANBAR have employees or is it run by volunteers?

ANBAR is currently run by volunteers and has nearly 40 active volunteers! We are always seeking dynamic and compassionate people to help us with our pets.  Please visit our “Get Involved” section.

I can't have another pet - but still want to help ANBAR. What can I do?

  • Donate: A New Beginning Animal Rescue is a non-profit rescue run by volunteers, so we always need donations in terms of money, time, supplies. For more information, please see our Get Involved and Donate sections.
  • Tell People: Tell your friends, groups, co-workers, employer about ANBAR and what we do!
  • Spay or Neuter your pet, to help reduce unwanted pets and euthanasia rates.

If I donate, where does the money go?

Every penny we raise goes to caring for our animals. General donations received help cover operating expenses, which include all supplies needed for our animals’ day-to-day and offset the cost of evaluation, housing, feeding and medical care for the many animals in our care. 

Donors may also choose to contribute to one of our special programs such as the Guardian Angel Fund in which donations are held specifically for emergency veterinary care and special needs animals. Sponsor A Pet donations help support the daily care and medical treatment of a particular animal.  Because we are a nonprofit, donations subsidize the gap between the cost for care and the adoption fee. It is only through the generosity of donors that we have the resources to help so many animals and hold them until we can find a home. Please check out our Donate section. 

I would like to plan a fundraiser for ANBAR. Where do I start?

Thank you your expressed interest in supporting A New Beginning Animal Rescue! Tell us about the event via email donate@anbrescue.org, and include a telephone number where you can be reached.  Please allow at least 72 hours for Development Team to contact you.