BOUNTIFUL -- A no-kill animal rescue organization is looking for a new home -- perhaps in the Layton-Ogden area -- and is asking the public for help.
Gabriele Johnson, founding director of A New Beginning Animal Shelter, or NBAR, said at the end of the year the organization will lose its kitty-center building in Bountiful because the owner wishes to rent it out to a private person. That means Johnson will need to find a new building that will house several cats and dogs.
"We would like to relocate somewhere between Layton and Ogden," she said. "What we're looking for is a building with two large rooms and one room for quarantine. We don't like to cage our animals and like to allow them to roam free as much as possible, so they'll need room enough to safely do that. In addition, we quarantine our animals for two weeks while we make sure they are safe and healthy to be around the other animals."
Johnson is hoping someone will come forward with an offer to rent space and eventually she would like to purchase a place for a permanent home.
"We would like the building to have heating and air conditioning and a floor that is easy to clean," she said. "We are desperately looking for something as quickly as possible to become available."
The non-profit organization founded by Johnson is 501c3 tax exempt. Any money donated goes directly to helping the animals. The organization is solely run by volunteers, she said.
"We were volunteering with another sanctuary which unfortunately taught us first hand how not to do things," Johnson said. "The situation came to a point where we could no longer be part of it and we worked to get it shut down because the animals were suffering horribly. During that time I decided this was something I wanted to do and I wanted to do it right."
Johnson said her organization provides high quality veterinary care to the animals. All are vaccinated, spayed and neutered and micro-chipped.
"We rescue animals that other places won't take," she said. "Since our startup in 2008 we have been able to save and re-home over 2,500 cats and dogs and a few bunnies."
Some of the rescued animals include a cat named Mr. Bones who had severe burns to his face after being shocked from chewing on electrical cords. After four surgeries and proper care, he was adopted out, Johnson said.
A dog, Odie, contracted the highly contagious parvovirus. The owner was going to take it to the backyard and shoot it. Instead, Johnson's organization rescued him back to health and adopted him out to another family.
Andee, aka Fluff Butt, was brought to Johnson with feline leukemia. The shelter at which she was staying was planning to euthanize her. After regaining her health, she was also adopted out.
"We take in these wonderful animals and get them ready to be adopted," she said. "We take them to PetCo in Layton every Saturday from 1 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. People can see them and talk to us. We want to make sure every one of these animals ends up with the life they deserve."
If you would like to help, call Johnson at 801-916-3924. You can also visit the website at www.anbrescue.org. Animals from the organization can be viewed at the website or petfinder.com.