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We Are Living Free

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.

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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.

 

 

 

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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!

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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.

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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. 

 

 

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Pets for Patriots Brings Veterans, Homeless Animals Together

Unknown 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.3e1e408d-4f30-488c-9328-f0d60c8fbf68

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.

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Libby’s Second Chance

Libby was born on the range in the Oregon badlands.  When she was a yearling, she was rounded up with her band by the BLM, separated from them, and shunted from one BLM gulag to another until she was finally sold at auction.

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Liberty Belle (“Libby”), our first rescued wild mustang.

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Libby’s Bureau of Land Management (BLM) freezemark brand.

Soon after she was sold, Libby’s owner sent her to a foster.  When her foster could no longer keep her, she was at great risk of being returned to the BLM, and eventually sent to slaughter.  Despite federal laws protecting wild equines, loopholes are often exploited, and when wild horses are returned they can be deemed “unadoptable” and sold to kill dealers, who truck them outside the country to slaughter.

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Wild mustangs in BLM holding pens.

Although our mustang rescue and equine program is still in the planning stage, we decided to take a chance on Libby, and give her safe haven at our Sanctuary – fulfilling an original vision of our Founder, Emily Jo Beard.

Under the patient guidance of Ray Barmore, a lifelong horseman and trainer, Libby took to the groundwork and is gaining trust every day.  She has bonded with our three rescued BLM burros, and Ray’s mares, and is settling in very well in the tranquility of the Sanctuary.

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Ray Barmore, Facilities Manager and horse trainer working with Libby.

Nothing can replace the free range, but with sufficient support, Living Free can one day offer some semblance of the freedom wild horses once enjoyed.

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Libby roams the “Front Forty” section of the property.
No sentient being can thrive when deprived of freedom.  That’s why at Living Free, we provide all rescued animals – cats, dogs and equines – as much space and freedom as possible, while keeping them safe.

In the long term we plan to build a mustang rescue program that will be unique to the region – an expansive, natural sanctuary where horses roam free, and children of all ages can hike into the wilderness and study wild equines in a natural habitat.  We also have plans for an equine therapy program, as well as a humane education center.

Also, our program will help raise awareness of the plight of the mustangs, help stop the roundups, and ensure that wild horses are humanely and rationally managed on our public lands, where they have thrived for many generations.

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Montgomery Pass wild mustang – June 2015. (c. RH – LFAS 2015 )

The Mustang Initiative is a major undertaking, but we believe that preserving a national treasure and symbol of our spirit – not to mention saving the lives of beautiful animals like Libby – is well worth it.

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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.

 

 

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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! 

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