Admissions

In order to focus on our mission of providing permanent housing, food, care and rehabilitation for special needs, abandoned, hurt and needy dogs, cats, and horses that truly have nowhere else to go, we must carefully screen all animals considered for admission to the Sanctuary.  Since our animals live in a cage-free environment, they must be spayed/neutered and able to get along with other animals.

For an animal to be considered for admission, we require:

  • A photo of the animal
  • Complete medical history, including information from a recent vet visit, or payment (in advance) to our vet for a medical evaluation
  • A completed surrender information form
  • Review by our admissions board
  • A relinquishment fee if the animal is accepted
  • An ongoing monthly contribution for the care of the animal

Please note: All admissions are at our sole discretion.

We cannot accept animals that are aggressive to other animals or humans, or that have bitten a person.


Frequently Asked Questions

I’m moving and cannot take my dog (cat, horse) with me.  Can you help?

No, we cannot accept your adoptable animal(s) into our program.  We suggest you contact the person you got the animal from and see if they can take it back.  Reputable breeders will take back an animal of their breeding anytime during the life of the animal.  You can also contact rescue groups, humane societies, and the shelter or animal control facility in your community.

Aren’t you a shelter?

We are a Sanctuary, not a shelter. We are not open to the public.  Any animal we accept into our program becomes a resident for life.  We accept only special needs and severely abused animals, after a careful screening process.

My dog (cat, horse) is very ill. Can you take him/her?

Possibly. Please provide the information indicated above, and we will review your animal’s case.

I don’t live near you but think my animal may qualify.  What are my options?

We would need the information indicated above, and our vet would consult with your vet.  If your animal is accepted, it would be your responsibility to make and pay for travel arrangements and any required health clearances to get the animal to us at a mutually arranged time.

My mother died and I inherited her disabled cat.  Can you take him?

Possibly. Please provide the information indicated above, and we will review your animal’s case. Also review her will to see if she specified a care-taking plan and set up a pet trust to provide for his care.

How much is the relinquishment fee?

It will vary based on the medical needs of the animal and is typically between $100 – $500.

How much is the monthly contribution?

It will depend on the specifics of the animal – type of animal, size, known medical issues, medication needs, and special supply needs, for example.

Why don’t you adopt out the animals?

By the time they get to us, these animals have been through so much, and have ongoing and sometimes extensive medical needs.  Most adopters want a healthy animal and aren’t prepared for the time or expense that’s needed to care for one of our charges. We know there are groups and humane societies that do an excellent job in providing “recycled” animals for adopters.  We, however, accept only those animals where all other options have been exhausted, and once they are here they are residents for life.

Why do you require a relinquishment fee and a monthly contribution?

We are taking on the burden of care for the animal.  We will provide for that animal for the rest of his or her life.  We do not receive any subsidies or government funding, and rely solely on donations from the general public.  The initial costs of accepting a new animal are substantial, and the ongoing cost are indeed just that – ongoing.  These monies help offset some of the costs.

Why don’t you take aggressive animals?

We do not have the resources to properly manage and house aggressive animals. Our cats and dogs live together in a cage-free home, and interact with volunteers – we simply cannot risk the safety of the animals and the people. Our primary focus is animals with physical disabilities, not behavior issues.

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