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Making a Difference in the Rescue World

13710449_1248734165159007_8448736443309489675_oA young man is walking along the ocean and sees a beach on which thousands and thousands of starfish have washed ashore. Further along, he sees an old man, walking slowly and stooping often, picking up one starfish after another and tossing each one gently into the ocean.

“Why are you throwing starfish into the ocean?,” he asks.

“Because the sun is up and the tide is going out and if I don’t throw them further in they will die.”

“But, old man, don’t you realize there are miles and miles of beach and starfish all along it! You can’t possibly save them all, you can’t even save one-tenth of them. In fact, even if you work all day, your efforts won’t make any difference at all.”

The old man listened calmly and then bent down to pick up another starfish and threw it into the sea. “It made a difference to that one.”

~ an excerpt from “The Star Thrower”
by Loren Eiseley, American anthropologist and natural science writer

Idyllwild Living Magazine

We were recently featured in the new Idyllwild Living Magazine. The article gives a very good overview of the work we’ve accomplished… and the work that continue to do each and every day.

Excerpt: Many people believe the number of unwanted animals is so overwhelming that there are not enough homes for all of them. “But the reality is that there are about FIVE homes available for every healthy, adoptable animal that will die in a shelter this year.” Living Free President & Executive Director Randall Harris says, “The number estimates vary but conservatively, about 25 million families will be in the market for a new pet this year. About 3.5 million will adopt from a rescue or shelter. That leaves about 20 million homes for the approximately 4 million animals that will die in shelters. When people realize their decisions can make a difference, they make different decisions.”
You can read the full article here.

Or read the PDF version: IL_V1I2_LivingFree article-3

Ride to the Rescue & Benefit the Animals of Living Free

LRTTR-SocialMediaiving Free Animal Sanctuary is a nonprofit, no-kill, true blue animal sanctuary saving dogs and cats whose time is up at local shelters. This month, Ilka Siegmund and “I Design One” are generously sponsoring the 1st Annual ‘Ride to the Rescue‘ benefitting the cats, dogs, burros and wild horses of Living Free.

Riders can meet at one of two locations for breakfast before starting the scenic ride through the San Jacinto Mountains towards Mountain Center. Once in Mountain Center, tour the sanctuary and have lunch on the property  – 160 acres of pristine land and big sky.

Go fast, ride hard, and save kittens and puppies!

 

 

 

When: Saturday, April 30, 2016 from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. (PDT)

Where: Living Free Animal Sanctuary – 54250 Keen Camp Road, Mountain Center, CA 92561

8:00 a.m. – Meet for breakfast at BMW Motorcycles of Escondido or BMW Motorcycles of Riverside

9:30 a.m. – Ride begins. All riders welcome! Enjoy the breathtaking  scenery and winding roads of the San Jacinto Mountains.

1:00 p.m. – Arrival and tour of Living Free Animal Sanctuary in Mountain Center, CA, home to rescued cats and dogs, burros and one wild Mustang named Libby.

2:00 p.m. – Lunch on the property, 160 acres of pristine land, big sky, and wildlife.

The ride begins at either of these two dealerships:

BMW Motorcycles of Riverside
7740 Indiana Ave, Riverside, CA 92504
(951) 353-0607
BMW Motorcycles of Riverside

BMD Motorcycles of Escondido
499 N. Hale Ave, Escondido, CA 92029
(760) 520-1288
BMW Motorcycles of Escondido

Generously sponsored by Ilka Siegmund and “I Design One” – one of a kind fashion and jewelry design at I Design One.

Tickets at eventbrite for 35.00.

 

 

 

Living Free Animal Sanctuary: Almost Home 2020 Initiative

OG5wrcgPvTfD86_TsgDkPG1dk1UTuRJ7q2wBvlgtI9EThe Almost Home 2020 Initiative, spearheaded by Living Free Animal Sanctuary, is a multi-pronged approach to making all shelters in the US no-kill by 2020.  It may appear a lofty goal, but Randall Harris, President for the organization, shared a comprehensive and highly deliverable plan that needs both grass roots and high-profile attention to spur the movement and make this a reality.

Harris shared that in 2014, the Board of Directors at Living Free Animal Sanctuary decided to become more involved in the operational aspects of the organization and garner a better understanding of the day-to-day that is required of such a facility.  While there was no clearing house that contained the data about animals he was seeking, as part of his efforts, Harris began culling stats from a variety of resources that informed him this objective was completely attainable.  In large part, the plan would need to be about changing the misconceptions about animals in shelters and rescues and, perhaps even more striking; it is not about changing everybody’s mind to make this work.

This is a huge undertaking, but well thought-out and fact-supported.  As an example, consider a few of the points that Harris provided in when just discussing the adoption aspect.

  1. In 2016 if only 20% of new pet owners would join the 3.5 million that will adopt from a shelter or rescue, statistically, there would be no need for shelter killing.
  2. Mathematically, US shelters have the potential find homes for almost 9 million pets each year. That is 2.1 million MORE companion animals than the number of animals that will be adopted (3.5 million) or killed in shelters (3.4 million).
  3. About 24 million families will acquire a new pet this year.  About 8 million of those have already determined where they will get their new pet – whether it’s a pet store, private breeder, friends and family, Craigslist or other online source, or a shelter.
  4. This means about 17 million homes are available for the 3.4 million healthy, adoptable animals that will die in shelters this year.
  5. THE KEY: We don’t have to change everybody’s mind.  If only 1 in 5, or 20% of these families adopted from shelters instead of acquiring a pet from another source, statistically, there would be no need to kill healthy adoptable animals.

With that information at the foundation, Living Free has determined the actionable areas of the initiative Initiative as follows:

  • Direct Action

Living Free Animal Sanctuary will increase its own capacity for rescues while growing their rehabilitative and preparatory efforts to increase adoptions.  Expansion of their current low cost public spay/ neuter clinics, TNR work for feral cats and dogs, and by providing clinics to the public about preventing or correcting behavioral problems.

  • Collaboration

Living Free will continue to collaborate with other rescue groups, including the facilitation of transferring rescues from high-kill areas to high adoption demand locations, promoting the no-kill objective by creating, maintaining, and growing key alliances and coalitions, sharing resources and media opportunities, and advancing the support of no-kill policies and objectives

  • Outreach and Education

Continue production of PSAs about being a responsible companion animal owner, expanding upon current Living Free video series on behavioral issues and how to keep companion animals in the homes and out of shelters, grow public awareness to “adopt don’t shop,” spaying and neutering pets, and responsible ownership through campaign messaging independently and in collaboration with other groups, and development and production of Almost Home 2020 Initiative modules demonstrating how close the US is to being a no-kill nation.

  • Legislative and Policy Changes

Advocate for a change in the culture, practice, and policies of publicly funded shelters operated by private contractors, a change in incentive practices, stronger enforcement of all animal cruelty laws, legislation requiring breeders and their facilities to be licensed and inspected including severe and enforced penalties, and prevention of interstate commerce of puppies and kittens under one year of age, with exceptions for private parties or licensed, approved shelters or rescue groups.

Because the scope of the Almost Home 2020 Initiative is so extensive, additional articles will follow with the expansion of each objective with the great hope word will spread and the reality of what Living Free Animal Sanctuary is actively driving will take root with other like-minded groups, organizations, rescues, shelters, and individuals who will choose to join this admirable and purposeful cause.

As with anything worth pursuing, while words are good, it is action that is required on multiple levels to reach any goal worth its salt.  Talk it can be cheap, but elevating those words by physically digging in and doing the work brings real power and change. For Living Free, that salt equates to all the animal lives needing to be and, more importantly, worth being saved. It’s time to dig in.

Originally blogged at lifewithcats.tv by Adrea Gibbs. A cool site for all things cats!

Dusty’s First Day at the Sanctuary

Young Dusty had been in quarantine since December. In fact, he was so ill when we rescued him and his brothers and sisters, we weren’t sure the litter would make it. But today’s a new day, and he seems to be adapting quite well with the help of his new friend Dodge in Admin. Welcome Dusty, you fearless and intrepid little soul.

The 4th Annual Faith, Hope & Pups

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Sunday, February 7th, 2016
Empire Polo Club, Indio, California

Our fourth annual Faith, Hope and Pups benefits The Bianca Rae Foundation, Loving All Animals, and Living Free Animal Sanctuary.

Join us at the Empire Polo Club for polo matches, live auction, raffle, vendors, and of course, adoptable dogs! A reception begins at 10:00 AM with tray-passed cocktails, followed by a traditional brunch at noon.

By joining us in Indio, you’ll be helping animals from Coachella Valley to Mountain Center, California. Tickets are $95 per person, or $950 for a table of ten. Black and white attire is encouraged.

This event is underwritten by generous contributors: Empire Polo Club, New Channel 3 ABC, The Slice NY Style Pizzeria, Brandini Toffee, Humane Society of the Desert, and My Little Flower Shop.

Other sponsors include: Rumchata, Signs by Tomorrow, Coachella Valley Weekly, The Joey English Show, Freeze Photo Booth, Mellany Miller Photography.

LIVING FREE ANIMAL SANCTUARY

Founded in 1980, Living Free was among the first privately funded, no-kill animal sanctuaries rescuing cats and dogs from imminent shelter euthanasia. We carry on that mission today and are working to increase public awareness so that soon all shelters can become no-kill. We believe every animal has a right to live with compassion and dignity, and we provide hope until they find their forever home.

www.living-free.org

BIANCA RAE FOUNDATION

The Bianca Rae Foundation serves as a resource of funding, knowledge and empowerment for the socially disadvantaged, the underserved and for all animals. Through its endeavors, The Bianca Rae Foundation attempts to make the world a better place through thought, deed and action, and to encourage people to do the same.

www.biancaraefoundation.org

LOVING ALL ANIMALS

Our Mission is to join with other local and national Animal Welfare Organizations to maximize programs intended to stop the killing of adoptable animals. We participate in other nonprofit organizations operating in our beautiful desert. We bring adoptable animals to events in hopes the exposure will find them new families. It is not unusual to see an adoptable dog in tow, walking the streets of El Paseo, Village Fest in Palm Springs, or the Art Show in La Quinta.

www.lovingallanimals.org

Buy Tickets Here. 

 

 

George’s Heartwarming Holiday Story

George’s life began with everything stacked against him. He was born in a cardboard box in an animal control van on the way to the county shelter. His tiny, terrified mother, Kate, had been injured and could barely walk. The two were brought in to the shelter just as our Kennel Manager, Edgar Santiago, was leaving with eight other dogs he’d rescued, already more than he’d planned to bring to the Sanctuary that day. Edgar took one look at the newborn pup and the traumatized mother and knew they didn’t stand a chance. 
 
WHEN GEORGE AND KATE ARRIVED, IT WASN’T THEIR DAYS THAT WERE NUMBERED. IT WAS THEIR MINUTES
 
Not sure how he’d manage it, Edgar agreed to take them. He brought them back to the Sanctuary and found a quiet, warm space for them until there was room at our “Puppy Palace”.  
 
With a little attention and love, Kate soon blossomed and despite her injuries, she has been a doting mother. And George is an adorable mix of love and curiosity, exploring the world around him, amazed at piles of leaves, warm sunlight, and the feel of grass under his feet.

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SAFETY, PEACE AND DOG TOYS
Glenn Massie, dog trainer and owner of Homeskooling 4 Dogs, donated a lot of “educational toys” for George and future puppies at the Puppy Palace. The toys help familiarize them with common objects and surfaces, stimulate their minds and exercise their bodies.
 
Kate liked to encourage George to go down the slide, but George often preferred to stay up top where the view was better. And of course, there is that ball…

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A “HAPPY TAILS” ENDING 
As soon as George was old enough, adopters were clamoring for him. He recently found his forever home with Jessica Huftless of Los Angeles. Now that he is on his own, Kate will undergo the orthopedic surgery she needs to get back on her feet, and potential adopters are already lining up to offer her a loving home, too.  
 
We are happy that George and Kate now number among our success stories instead of as yet another tragic statistic. There are so many more out there – dogs and cats that just need a second chance that you can help provide.

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Black Friday. Cyber Monday. Giving Tuesday.

You don’t have to be a world leader or a billionaire to give back! #GivingTuesday is about ordinary people coming together doing extraordinary things.

Anyone, anywhere can get involved in #GivingTuesday! Now in its fourth year, #GivingTuesday is a global day of giving fueled by the power of social media and collaboration. Observed on the Tuesday following Thanksgiving (in the U.S.) and the widely recognized shopping events Black Friday and Cyber Monday, #GivingTuesday kicks off the charitable season, when many focus on their holiday and end-of-year giving.

What is #GivingTuesday?

Created by 92nd Street Y—a cultural center in New York City that, since 1874, has been bringing people together around the values of service and giving back—#GivingTuesday connects diverse groups of individuals, communities and organizations around the world for one common purpose: to celebrate and encourage giving. A team of influencers and founding partners joined forces—collaborating across sectors, offering expertise and working tirelessly—to launch #GivingTuesday and have continued to shape, grow and strengthen the movement.

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#GivingTuesday harnesses the potential of social media and the generosity of people around the world to bring about real change in their communities; it provides a platform for them to encourage the donation of time, resources and talents to address local challenges. It also brings together the collective power of a unique blend of partners— nonprofits, civic organizations, businesses and corporations, as well as families and individuals—to encourage and amplify small acts of kindness.

As a global movement, #GivingTuesday unites countries around the world by sharing our capacity to care for and empower one another.

Living Free #GivingTuesday

unselfie-sign-for-printPlease join us on social media this Tuesday! Tag  @livingfreerescu on Twitter or @livingfreeanimals on Instagram with your #GivingTuesday #unselfie – your selfless selfie of you, your rescue, your inspiration or your gift – we’d love to hear from you! You can also share through our Facebook page! See our website for all the ways you can contribute, from donations, to volunteering, or keeping Living Free in mind when you shop through organizations that support our efforts! We hope you have fun with this movement, and Thank You all for your generosity in furthering Living Free’s mission, saving humanity one animal at a time.

 

 

A Black Friday to be Truly Grateful For!

From Black Friday to Cyber Monday, Zappos.com, the online footwear retailer, will cover the cost of adopting a dog or cat from over 150 no-kill shelters across the nation, including Living Free Animal Sanctuary, as part of a campaign the company has dubbed “Home for the Pawlidayz.”

Zappos is further donating to organizations to support the costs of rescue operations and shelters. The company’s total donation and adoption fees will max out at $1.1 million.

“Thousands of dogs and cats are in need of a loving home and we’re excited to give customers the ability to make a difference,” Steven Bautista, head of karma at Zappos.comsaid in a statement posted to the site

The process is simple. Come find your new cat or dog at Living Free Animal Sanctuary (or a Best Friend’s partner near you) between Nov. 27-30 and complete your application. You’ll save two lives, the one you take home, and the one you make room for – in time for the Pawlidayz! 

Love is Ageless, Adopt a Senior!

National Adopt A Senior Pet Month sheds light on the on the positive qualities of adopting a more mature animal. Adopting a senior shelter pet is one of the most satisfying things you can do to save a life, giving them a second chance!

Many will find adopting an older pet can be a much smoother transition than getting a puppy or kitten. The beauty of adopting an older dog is ‘what you see is what you get’. There are fewer surprises as the dog gets older, and they are often ‘ready-made’ – leash trained, house trained, requiring little more than a warm bed, a little exercise, a good meal, and all the love and companionship you have to share. And don’t believe the rumors – you most definitely CAN teach an old dog a new trick! Many are eager to learn and already ‘speak the language’.

Experts also agree pet ownership has measurable positive effects on your health, from lowered blood pressure to improved well-being. A great match is senior citizens and senior pets, a partnership which can lift depression and increase socialization.

A misconception is that a senior pet is ‘old’ with health issues. The reality is shelters may have pets as young as 5 years old in the senior category. For some, it simply means they are in their adult stage of life, rather than their puppy phase, with a full long life ahead of them. There’s a lot of bonus points for having a pet that is beyond the challenging puppy stage! The overall expected lifespan of the animal and health is more relative to their status than actual age.

Some think shelters are full of strays or animals with behavior issues. Sadly, we see loving mature pets dropped at shelters as a result of lifestyle and circumstances of the owners – moving, retiring and traveling, lack of funds to care for them, illness or family issues, or addition of children to the home without ability to manage both.

Lately, social media has seen a rise in stories from altruistic animal lovers adopting older seniors and taking them on their self-made bucket list, giving them the life they never had in their final years. Advertising and marketing have also highlighted the rewards of older pets, pulling on heartstrings to sell cars (see Subaru’s ad here – Make the Most of Every Mile), creating  a win-win putting these deserving guys in people’s hearts and minds. Tracy Stewart, wife of Jon Stewart, has released a book called Do Unto Animals, with a passage on the pros of senior pets. All positive attention for shifting us from a culture of pets being disposable, with less numbers ending up in shelters. There is something incredibly powerful about providing sanctuary, love, care, snuggles, and ultimately peace to a senior pet in his or her final years.

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Click the link below to explore our deserving loyal companions. Then come see them for yourself, and take home a lifetime of love! You’ll also have post-adoption support from our amazing team at Living Free to make sure you have resources for a happy transition.

Living Free Animals: Dogs, and Cats. Adoption Forms: Canine, and Feline.


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