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laurieOn Friday March 29, 2015 at 2:15 am, Fur and Feather lost its founder and driving force, Laurie Beauchamp.

Born May 12, 1954, Laurie grew up in the mountains of Alpine, California surrounded by animals – especially horses. She did dressage and three-day eventing and even married the love of her life, Brad Beauchamp, on horseback.

Brad and Laurie ran their own hunter/jumper horse training business, Fast Lane Farm, in Lakeside, California. Laurie continued her work observing animals and viewing the human/animal relationship as one of equal spirits. She did her best to help people understand their horses’ needs and work with them from a place of love and compassion. The success of her approach could be seen in the many ribbons her students took home from local shows, but even more so in the close bonds they forged with their horses.

In addition to her adult students, there were a fair amount of girls at the farm, growing up immersed in the principles of mutual love and respect between humans and animals.

During these years, Laurie was an animal rescuer and pet matchmaker, taking in dogs and cats that needed a helping hand and using her extensive network to find them homes. When she and Brad moved to Pie Town, New Mexico in the early ’90s, it was natural for her to take an interest in the many stray and feral animals in Catron County.

Laurie made her usual people connections as well, serving a term as mayor of Pie Town, joining a group of women, The Crazy Girls, that met regularly. In the years before widespread internet, she kept in touch with her Fast Lane Farm “girls” with a rotating group letter. Laurie always signed her contribution with “Love and light.”

As Laurie and Brad took more and more animals under their wing and many fostering relationships with hard to adopt animals were becoming permanent, they transformed their New Mexico farm into Fur and Feather Animal Assistance. With the minimal resources at hand, the task would have seemed impossible to most. But Laurie’s determination and big heart made the right support appear.

Donations of time, money, materials, and expertise came, and Laurie was able to build a true animal sanctuary. Fur and Feather is a place where each individual’s history and needs are taken into account. We have spayed and neutered more than 1,500 animals and matched hundreds of them with loving families.

More than a “no kill” shelter, Fur and Feather has become a forever home where animals who are older, disabled, or otherwise hard to adopt can live out their years in a beautiful setting with people and animals who truly know and love them. This has particularly been a Godsend for lost and abandoned animals and those whose people have died.

Facilities include several dog runs where “family groups” live and play, roomy kennels for individuals that need alone time or a warm place to bed down at night, an out-of-this world cat barn with outside space, cozy beds, and plenty of ledges and tunnels to explore. Dogs and cats who’ve proven to be 100% peaceful share the run of the 90-acre facility with a handful of rescued horses, donkeys, and chickens.

In providing lifelong support for these animals, Laurie’s vision included loving hospice care and marked, tended graves for each resident in one of the most beautiful spots on the farm.

Her animals, in turn, supported her as she battled with cancer, giving her the inspiration to outlive predicted timelines and surrounding her as she spent more and more time resting.

While Laurie is no longer with us physically, she is still our guiding light. Fur and Feather will continue to give every animal a chance, and the best way to honor her legacy is to support that vision in whatever way you can here at furandfeather.org.

Laurie is survived by her husband Brad, sister Linda, and parents Henry and Joanne.

Fur and Feather Animal Assistance is a permanent residential facility for dogs and cats designed for comfort, well-being, and CARE FOR LIFE. Our no-kill sanctuary is located in rural western New Mexico.

Established in the fall of 2003 our mission is rescuing lost, abandoned, or unwanted animals in Catron County and the surrounding New Mexico communities.

Fur and Feather provides a loving and stable environment at our sanctuary for these animals to live in. We care for each animal through the adoption process or through old age. Fur and Feather has provided homes to pets whose owners can no longer take care of them due to illness, death in the family, or financial crisis. We are also part of a network of shelters that provides a safe haven for the pets of victims of domestic violence. Our residents include disabled and elderly dogs, plus many healthy, abandoned and relinquished dogs of all sizes, types, and personalities.

Every dog and cat that passes through our hands is spayed or neutered. To date we’ve been able to spay or neuter over 1,500 pets.

OUR MISSION:  To alleviate animal suffering by providing sanctuary from abuse, neglect, and homelessness; to end the killing of healthy animals as a method of population control; to teach that animals are intrinsically valuable, worthy of respect, compassion and care. Fur and Feather Animal Assistance, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.

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Fur and Feather Animal Assistance thanks you Babes and Bullies! You all are amazing with your generosity. This donation mean so much to Fur and Feather Animal Assistance. We are going through a difficult time and your group has, as always, come through for us. Many, many thanks from our "pit crew"! We love these special dogs and so appreciate the donation you have awarded to us!
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Brad, Sarah, and Deb are planning Laurie's life celebration. It will be at the farm in Pie Town. We haven't set a date other than it will be in the near future. We promised our out of town family and friends to give at least two weeks notice. Everyone will be welcome to come out and join the celebration.
She touched our lives by being Laurie and all of us touched her life as well.

Thank you all for the beautiful sentiments and tributes shared since Laurie's passing. It means so much to all of us, especially Brad who is having a difficult time right now.

Yes, Fur and Feather Animal Assistance will continue. For the moment we will step back and just be and care for the animals we currently have on the farm. Our rescue mission will never change, but without Laurie we may have to do some things differently. I know Laurie and during difficult times she would say to stand back, settle down, and think. She was the consummate planner.
Thank you all for your continued support.
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Nancy GravesI am so sad to hear of Laurie's passing. Laurie lived next door to me in the 70's. I will never forget her. I will be keeping Brad in my prayers and her F&F family.4 weeks ago   ·  1
Peggy HardmanNever gets easier realizing Laurie not with the critters and us; but her spirit is, thank goodness. Pika and I will watch for the update. Hugs/love to Brad and all the F&F family.4 weeks ago   ·  1
Mara La BelleOh my. I was just about to send an update on Dusty and Swizzle. :( Please let us know the date. Sadly I will be out of town until June 29th but mama will love to try to go.4 weeks ago   ·  1
Stacey K Van PeltLaurie was an amazing lady. My heart goes out to all of you for your loss. I'm grateful for the times I got to hang out with Brad and Laurie at the farm. I will cherish those memories and continue to support your rescue.4 weeks ago   ·  1
Cathy AcordThere are no words for how I feel about the loss of Laurie. Although I have not been available for the last year or so, I valued her friendship and our mutual love for Fur and Feather Animal Assistance. I will be in Alaska and will miss the celebration of life, but will be there in spirit. I loved that woman.4 weeks ago   ·  2
Linda Jo DavisHeather, Julie, Beth, Carolanne and some of Laurie's students will be planning a Celebration for Laurie in San Diego as well..she will be remembered as Southern California's No. 1 EQUESTRIAN INSTRUCTOR FOR many years as she groomed these young ladies to compete year after year in the riding arena.4 weeks ago   ·  3
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On Friday at 2:15 am, Fur and Feather lost its founder and driving force, Laurie Beauchamp.

Born May 12, 1954, Laurie grew up in the mountains of Alpine, California surrounded by animals—especially horses. She did dressage and three-day eventing and even married the love of her life, Brad Beauchamp, on horseback.

Brad and Laurie ran their own hunter/jumper horse training business, Fast Lane Farm, in Lakeside, California. Laurie continued her work observing animals and viewing the human/animal relationship as one of equal spirits. She did her best to help people understand their horses’ needs and work with them from a place of love and compassion. The success of her approach could be seen in the many ribbons her students took home from local shows, but even more so in the close bonds they forged with their horses.

In addition to her adult students, there were a fair amount of girls at the farm, growing up immersed in the principles of mutual love and respect between humans and animals.

During these years, Laurie was an animal rescuer and pet matchmaker, taking in dogs and cats that needed a helping hand and using her extensive network to find them homes. When she and Brad moved to Pie Town, New Mexico in the early ‘90s, it was natural for her to take an interest in the many stray and feral animals in Catron County.

Laurie made her usual people connections as well, serving a term as mayor of Pie Town, joining a group of women, The Crazy Girls, that met regularly. In the years before widespread internet, she kept in touch with her Fast Lane Farm “girls” with a rotating group letter. Laurie always signed her contribution with “Love and light.”

As Laurie and Brad took more and more animals under their wing and many fostering relationships with hard to adopt animals were becoming permanent, they transformed their New Mexico farm into Fur and Feather Animal Assistance. With the minimal resources at hand, the task would have seemed impossible to most. But Laurie’s determination and big heart made the right support appear.

Donations of time, money, materials, and expertise came, and Laurie was able to build a true animal sanctuary. Fur and Feather is a place where each individual’s history and needs are taken into account. We have spayed and neutered more than 1,500 animals and matched hundreds of them with loving families.

More than a “no kill” shelter, Fur and Feather has become a forever home where animals who are older, disabled, or otherwise hard to adopt can live out their years in a beautiful setting with people and animals who truly know and love them. This has particularly been a Godsend for lost and abandoned animals and those whose people have died.

Facilities include several dog runs where “family groups” live and play, roomy kennels for individuals that need alone time or a warm place to bed down at night, an out-of-this world cat barn with outside space, cozy beds, and plenty of ledges and tunnels to explore. Dogs and cats who’ve proven to be 100% peaceful share the run of the 90-acre facility with a handful of rescued horses, donkeys, and chickens.

In providing lifelong support for these animals, Laurie’s vision included loving hospice care and marked, tended graves for each resident in one of the most beautiful spots on the farm.

Her animals, in turn, supported her as she battled with cancer, giving her the inspiration to outlive predicted timelines and surrounding her as she spent more and more time resting.

While Laurie is no longer with us physically, she is still our guiding light. Fur and Feather will continue to give every animal a chance, and the best way to honor her legacy is to support that vision in whatever way you can. furandfeather.org/

Laurie is survived by her husband Brad, sister Linda, and parents Henry and Joanne.
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April MarlowShe was an amazing woman. I admired her very much.1 month ago   ·  2
Jennifer L SwensonWhat a kind, selfless lady she was! I have known her even pre-fur & feathers, and was always impressed by her positivity & smiles. May her chosen legacy live on!1 month ago   ·  4
Marie PrivettMy heart hurts for Brad and the family. Laurie is truly an inspiration. I am so thankful that I had an opportunity to meet her. Was blessed to spend a day at the zoo with her. Thanks to Tammy. The word is a better place because Laurie lived. I am a better person due to her inspiration. Such a tragic a great loss.1 month ago   ·  9
Denise PeacockI use to spend long days at the sanctuary helping out this magical place, pioneered & built by an exceptional lady named Laurie. She was an amazing woman with the kindest heart and biggest vision... she helped a great number of animals and people in need all over their own county but also took in many from the shelter I worked at in Socorro. She always had a smile on her face as she tirelessly gave herself and her life to these animals. Such a wonderful woman. Godspeed Laurie.1 month ago   ·  5
Danielle BartlettI am so sorry. I hope all the animals who Laurie loved, are waiting for her on the other side of the Rainbow Bridge.1 month ago   ·  3
Toki SueThank you Laurie for taking Annie and for helping give her the greatest gift we could imagine, a family. You were such an amazing person and I hope we can honor your memory by helping keep your amazing rescue going. ❤🐾1 month ago   ·  8
Casey Leigh TrippI didn't know Laurie long but I've known her long enough to know she was amazing. She will be missed by many and forgotten by no one. She had a way of touching people to the soul and leaving a beautiful mark. You will be missed Laurie rest well my friend.1 month ago   ·  2
Benson HendrixOh no! I'm so sorry to see this news. My heart goes out to everyone at Fur and Feather. <3 :-(1 month ago   ·  4
Susan RobinsonLaurie is the best, wherever she is. An amazingly gifted animal friend and rehabilitator. I have an extended comment if you click on the photo of her holding the blue heeler above. I kept all the emails she sent me for the 7 months she rehabilitated that little guy, and had her permission to share them. I saved them because they show the intelligence and love with which she helped him. If anyone wants to see a fantastic odesey of someone helping a puppy in need, please send me a FB message with your email address and I'll email them to you.1 month ago   ·  4
Marnie AshbyShe will be sorely missed by both the 4 legged creatures and also the two-legged ones. Goodbye my friend and God speed.1 month ago   ·  2
Carolanne BurnsLaurie was my friend for 30 years. All the memories good nod the not so I will cherish for ever. She will be missed by many, including me. You will never be forgotten Laurie as you live in the Hearts of so many.1 month ago   ·  2
Michelle JaramilloMy deepest condolences to Brad and the Fur and Feather Family. <\31 month ago   ·  4
Marty Dalbeywe got a wonderful puppy from F&F. he us very loved1 month ago   ·  3
Zina ZamoraCondolences to Brad and the entire FFAA family. Forever walk and run with your furry friends in heaven.1 month ago   ·  4
Jann CollinsThere is another angel in heaven, God bless and keep you in this trying time.1 month ago   ·  6
Debbie Nesbitt DuckMy condolences for your loss (our loss too...Laurie will be greatly missed)1 month ago   ·  2
Kim Heath SimmonsI am so sorry1 month ago   ·  3
Ava BeattyWhat a modern day hero. May she rest in peace.1 month ago   ·  3
Chandon BanningI'm very sorry for your loss.1 month ago   ·  2
Tom Frostoh no...such sad news...our condolences to Brad & family....Tom, Sheila, & Jackson1 month ago   ·  2
Gaby PerezThank u for all you did...You're truly a beautiful soul4 weeks ago   ·  1
Laura BonarOh no. So sorry. Sending condolences and healing to Laurie's family.4 weeks ago   ·  1
Leah ChavezSo sad to hear4 weeks ago   ·  1
Sandra E. NemethMay her memory be for a blessing. She gave me the best friend I ever had, my dog Riley, who recently passed away. I know Riley will be greeting Laurie in heaven. <31 month ago   ·  3
Lesa O'HairWhat a beautiful sweet gentle kind caring spirit!1 month ago   ·  2

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Laurie's surgery went well and it was able to alleviate much of the pain in her leg. The staff at UNM did a fabulous job taking care of her. Her overall pain has become unmanageable in a hospital setting so she has been moved to an inpatient hospice facility. Brad and Laurie need the rest at this time and have requested no phone calls or visitors.
Meanwhile Sarah has been doing a phenomenal job taking care of all of the animals and organizing help. Even during this busy time she was able to coordinate an adoption for Redington he was one of the dogs that was abandoned in a motel in reserve she worked with him tirelessly and he was able to find a forever home in Taos. As you can see from the pictures he looks like a very happy boy.
I know you all will remember Brad and Laurie in your thoughts and prayers and Fur and Feather too- we thank you for that.
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Susan RobinsonThank you so much for letting us know all this! Thank God for Sarah and the other workers. For us Brad and Laurie are like family members as are their doggies. Love to all of them.1 month ago   ·  2
Paul CasterYou know to call if we can help...1 month ago   ·  1
Nancy GravesI am saying prayers for them, they are never far from my thoughts. Both Laurie and Brad are in my long ago memories, which I love.1 month ago   ·  1
Vikki McLaughlinThank you for the update. Thought and prayers from Arizona 💜1 month ago
Mercury Baba OttThanks for the update Deb! Continuous stream of positive energy, love and prayers to Laurie and Brad, they are always in my thoughts/heart. <31 month ago   ·  1
Vikki McLaughlinThank you for the update. My thoughts and prayers from Arizona 💜1 month ago
Michele TurneyYes please address💝 prayers to auntie and family ❤️1 month ago
Marnie AshbyBeautiful boy! I am so glad he found a good home. Prayers continuing for Laurie & Brad.1 month ago
Maureen OBrienMuch Love to Laurie and Brad. Praying.1 month ago

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For the moment, no phone calls or visits to Laurie in
the hospital please. Thank you all again for your prayers and good energy!
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Fur and Feather Animal AssistanceThis is Cathy, thank you Deb. I'm sending love and prayers her way.1 month ago
Zina ZamoraToo many calls & visits are exhausting. Sending prayers.1 month ago   ·  1
Marnie AshbyThat doesn't sound very good, please keep us informed. Thanks for the input!1 month ago   ·  1
Marnie AshbyYes, and take the hospital personnel away from properly caring for the patients.1 month ago

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