A 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
Kitten Season is upon us. It sounds cute but in reality, it can be too much of a good thing. The influx of rescued animals means more food, money and space is needed in shelters and sanctuaries around the country.
This year, we’re introducing “Mercy For The Kittens” in honor of Mercy and her siblings shown in the video. After rescuing them, we worked night and day to help them survive, grow and thrive, and eventually find loving homes. And right now, two of our generous donors will match YOUR donation, dollar for dollar, up to $25,000.
Caring for kittens not only requires compassionate people power for all those feedings (thank you volunteers and staff!), but funds to cover veterinarian fees, medicine, supplies, food unique to a growing kitten’s needs, and space to house them as they mature to an adoptable age and size.
So, can you spare the cost of a lattè? The spare change you’ve collected in your car and sofa? The price of your favorite breakfast tacos? Maybe you let your hair grow a little longer this month? Binge-watch Netflix instead of a big night out? A garage sale? Maybe your office would like to get involved? Whatever you can contribute, every dollar counts! It’s not every day we have this opportunity, with funds matched dollar for dollar. Please help us make the most of the offer from our generous donors!
Donate now at www.living-free.org/donate to have your funds matched and help save the lives of kittens in need.
Thank you as always for your support, from your friends at Living Free Animal Sanctuary.
PS, be sure to help us prevent this yearly challenge by having your pets spayed or neutered!
Photo: Kitten slippers at the Living Free Cattery
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
We’re a nonprofit, no-kill sanctuary rescuing dogs and cats whose time has run out at local kill shelters.
We dream of a day when the U.S. will be a no-kill nation and the need for healthy animal euthanasia will be a thing of the past. That’s reflected in our Outreach & Education Initiatives, our Wild Mustang Initiative, Almost Home 2020 and the many other ideas we are putting into play here in Mountain Center, CA.
Living 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
BMW Motorcycles of Riverside
BMD Motorcycles of Escondido
499 N. Hale Ave, Escondido, CA 92029
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.
The 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.
With that information at the foundation, Living Free has determined the actionable areas of the initiative Initiative as follows:
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.
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
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
In 2015, Lynne Mall, volunteer at Living Free, dedicated herself to creating a partnership with the national organization Pets for Patriots. The partnership allows Living Free Animal Sanctuary to participate in the efforts and unique benefits of creating new families of veterans and the animals who need them.
Beth Zimmerman, a New York business consultant, has always been an animal lover. And she’s always had an abiding respect for the military “in my soul.” In 2010, she decided to found a new nonprofit organization that combines both in a unique way.
In the words of Pets for Patriots: Our mission is to give the gifts of fidelity, joy and companionship to both pet and veteran through companion animal adoption.
The animals that meet their unique criteria for adoption are older – at least two years of age or with special needs, are often overshadowed by puppies and kittens up for adoption. According to Beth, older animals provide more stability and a calming presence, making good companions for those who may have been traumatized by battle.
Pets for Patriots and their partners create unique opportunities for members of the military community to save a life by honorably adopting homeless adult dogs and cats. To ease the financial costs associated with pet ownership, we partner with veterinarians to deliver a minimum 10% discount for the life of the adopted pet’s care.
Pets for Patriots provides access to additional cost reductions for pet basics, such as food, toys and essential supplies. We’re determined to make the joys of adult pet ownership achievable and affordable for the men and women of the U.S. military.
Our goal is to make the benefits of shelter pet adoption a reality for military personnel, ensuring many years of friendship, companionship and joy with their honorably adopted dog or cat.
Pets for Patriots further educates the military community and the public about the plight of animals surrendered to shelters, and highlight the many benefits of adopting hard-to-place shelter dogs and cats, as well as reducing the overall costs of pet parenthood to limit the number of adopted animals returned to shelters.
Visit our website at living-free.org and choose the category of cats or dogs, and look for a pet with the emblem.
The website blog at petsforpatriots.org has wonderful stories of how these pet adoptions enrich the lives of veterans and the animals.
Please share this story and the link to Living Free so that we might find more homes for pets in need and enrich thf cats or dogs. Pets that meet the criteria for the benefits of Pets for Patriots will have their emblem on the photo.e life of a veteran with the help of Pets for Patriots.