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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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Superbowl 2016

AFTER BETTING ON BRONCOS, PANTHERS AND OTHER ANIMALS,
BET ON A FEW OF OURS.

This Super Bowl Sunday, you can watch the game, place bets AND help the rescue animals of Living Free!  If a Living Free square wins, consider putting those winnings towards a donation right here on our site.

Don’t forget to take a photo with your contributions so we can tell others how generous (and sportsman-like) you truly are.

Just download the PDF or drag the image below to your desktop… and let the betting begin. Good luck!

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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

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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.

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.

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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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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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Everything You Need To Know About This Year’s HOWL & YOWL

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Tickets are $15 and can be purchased at Eventbrite or at the gate. Kids 12 and under are free!

Saturday, Oct 24, 2015. 11:00 AM to 4:00 PM

Announcing the 2nd Annual Howl & Yowl – Benefit for the Animals. Perfect for the whole family and featuring animal demonstrations including URBAN MUSHING (like the Iditarod without ice, snow and a grueling 1000 mile course), SKY HIGH FLYING CANINES, FLYBALL RACING TEAM, Dog Training with professional trainers and much more. This year, we’ll also be featuring other animal rescue groups for on-site dog & cat adoptions as well as Alpacas of Anza, Beau-Peep Babydoll Sheep and various Arts & Crafts Booths.

Enjoy world-class jazz, blues, rock and country. HONEY COUNTY featuring Devon Eisenbarger, DON REED & BLACK SWAN and JASON POWERS and THE PEOPLE.

Check out the other animal rescue groups who’ll be in attendance!

Animal Samaritans

Whiskers & Purrs with Loving All Animals

Virtual Rescue Warriors

ARF Animal Rescue Friends of Idyllwild

Mary S. Roberts Pet Adoption Center

BIG DEV BBQ, beer, wine, sodas, snacks.

The event is co-sponsored by The Bianca Rae Foundation and The Humane Society Of The Desert.

Your dogs are welcome — just make sure they’re on leashes.

Feel free to bring a picnic blanket and chairs.

All proceeds help save dogs and cats whose time has run out at local kill shelters.

You can make a difference!

We’re located in Mountain Center, CA, a few minutes from Idyllwild, and 45 minutes up Hwy 74 from Palm Springs and Palm Desert.

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