A shared passion for animals and communities.

When the six of us met a few years ago, we discovered we shared a passion for rescuing animals. Then we were fosters, case managers, event coordinators, matchmakers, shelter volunteers, and foster and intake coordinators. We became fast friends and now we have embarked on our passion project. We are the Squishy Face Crew!

The SFC is organized around connecting foster families and adopters in the Fredericksburg area and beyond with dogs and cats who have found themselves in a shelter. Virginia is a regional leader in the no-kill movement, with a live release rate of 78%, but we have a long way to go to reach the state goal of “No-Kill 2020” and the national goal of “No-Kill 2025.” We hope to play a role in helping the state achieve a 90% live release rate by transferring in animals from high-kill county shelters and other rescues that work directly with these shelters and finding them homes in our area.

We are a foster-based rescue, which means that we do not maintain a physical shelter and all animals in our care remain in foster homes until they are adopted. The SFC is committed to open, low-barrier adoptions, which means that in most cases, our pets can be adopted directly from the foster parent after a meet-and-greet to ensure they are a good fit for your family. We believe that removing barriers to adoption is truly lifesaving and enables us to help more animals that have found themselves without a home.

We are a 501c3 organization as of July 2019.



Amanda Ward - Director, Development
Beth Lee - Director, Social Media
Jillian Jordan - Director, Adoptions + Foster
Kendall Dunlop - Director, Adoptions + Foster
Stephanie Hubbart - Director, Adoptions + Foster
Ryan Barker - Founder