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** Snakebite Safety & Prevention **

The Idyllwild subspecies of the Southern Pacific rattlesnake is considered the most dangerous in the US, combining a potentially lethal mix of hemotoxic and neurotoxic venoms.

Living Free has joined with the Idyllwild Antivenom Group (IAG), ARF and Dr. Lindsay Crowley to provide rapid response emergency treatment for animal envenomation for Idyllwild and surrounding communities.

The IAG, Donivee Nash and Dr. John Etchart have provided a supply of Venom Vet antivenin (formulated to combat both neurotoxic and hemotoxic venoms) and Living Free has IV fluids, endotracheal tubes, injectable Benadryl and other medications required to treat animal envenomation.


Time is critical when treating for snakebite, and it’s also critical to remain calm. Your dog will respond to your energy, and the calmer the dog remains, the better.

  1. Call Dr. Crowley immediately at (951) 444-1838. Dr. Crowley can be reached through her service 24/7.
  2. Call Living Free at (951) 659-4687 and notify Sharon Caughron, Matt Worthington or Edgar Santiago that your dog has been bitten and you are in transit to Living Free.
  3. Do not delay transit to the clinic, but if you are delayed, if possible, Benadryl can help slow swelling. Children’s liquid Benadryl is easiest to administer for pets. Dr. Crowley recommends at least a double dosage (2 mg per pound) for canine snakebite victims. There’s little danger of overdose, but slowing the rapid swelling may save your dog’s life.


  • Stay calm and drive carefully. An accident or ticket will only delay getting your pet help. Have a friend or other family member drive, if possible.
  • Keep the dog calm and curtail all activity. Carry your dog, if possible.
  • Keep your dog cool by placing ice packs, alcohol or cool water on their feet.
  • Do not attempt to treat the bite area.
  • Notify the vet of any allergies or other medical conditions.


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Everyday Heroes

“I am Cheryl Winfrey. I retired to Hemet in 2005 with Sam, Charlie & Sara, rescued stray cats from my backyard. In 2009, I lost Sara to cancer and needed to integrate another female as Sam and Charlie were fighting. I found the Living Free Animal Sanctuary website and December 13, 2009, I went to the cattery for the first time. I met with Matt Worthington, Cattery Supervisor, and told him I needed a female who would not want to be in charge but would not let Sam bully her. He immediately said “Felicity.”   I adopted her that day and she has been a wonderful companion. At Living Free they know the personalities of their cats and can steer you to making a good match.

I wasn’t able to adopt Felicity’s sister Butterscotch and so I resolved to visit once a month and bring gifts from Felicity. (Butterscotch was adopted by a couple from Palm Springs in 2012.)

Felicity always sends paper towels and paper plates and sometimes tuna for cats from Trader Joe’s. She sends collars, Kit N Kaboodle (as treats), cat beds, cat trees, water fountains, blankets and toys when I find them at a good price. The cats always appreciate Felicity’s gifts and so do the staff.  (Once in a while I bring things for the dogs but I never let Felicity know.)”


From all of us at Living Free, thank you, Cheryl, Felicity, Sam and Charlie!

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Huge Yard Sale


Curated and organized by Los Angeles Resale Company, this one will be our biggest and best ever!

Memorial Day Weekend 2015. Fri, Sat, Sun May 22, 23, 24

7am-4pm daily. Half price Sunday!


All sales proceeds help maintain our indoor/outdoor kennels, cattery, and 160-acre grounds, providing food, shelter, and medical care for cats and dogs awaiting adoption!

Browse tables and tables of great donated merchandise, tour our facility, and meet over 150 loving pets looking for new homes!  Free parking.  Snacks available for purchase.

Furniture: Mission style console table & wall unit, Chippendale style highboy dresser, mahogany breakfront china cabinet, 2 dining sets, vintage bow front desk and dresser, vintage Brown Jordan patio furniture, Asian folding screen, bed frame w headboard, two sofas, kids chair/table set, bookcase, massage chair, inversion table, bar stools, assorted vintage side tables, lamps and ceiling lighting fixtures

Collectibles: 400 Dept. 56 Storybook Holiday collectibles (in original boxes), Madam Alexander dolls, Sports cards, hundreds of collectible knickknacks!

Home Decor: Vases, Picture frames, artwork, Blankets, Bed linens, Comforters, Christmas/Halloween decorations, Decorative glassware and pottery, baskets, tons of knickknacks, many eras and styles!

Kitchenware: 10-pc china set, 200-pc set of flatware from Bangkok, set of fondue forks from Bangkok, Gold-plated serving spoons, Brand-new boxes of silverware, Dishes, glasses, Cookware, Bakeware

Kids’ Stuff: Books, Coloring books, Crayons, Craft supplies, Puzzles, Telescopes. Pirate ship kite, Beanie Babies, board games, stuffed animals, baseball mitts, bicycle

Electronics and Appliances: 15-inch flatscreen TV, VHS/DVD players, stereo tuner, speakers, small refrigerator, toaster oven, fans, sewing machine

Household: Pet supplies, Hand tools, Power tools, Garden tools, Pots and planters, Leaf blower, Plastic organizers, Office supplies, exercise bike

Clothing & Accessories: Men’s, women’s, and children’s t-shirts, pants, sweaters, dress shirts, jackets, dresses, skirts all sizes (many new with tags women’s clothing). Shoes, Purses, bags, luggage, jewelry, makeup, vintage hair dryer, wigs

Miscellaneous: Books, CD’s, DVD’s LP records

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“This short film is our gift to all living creatures on the planet and we hope you will like it, and it will make an impact. Then it was worth it.”

Ez a kisfilm az ajándékunk minden Földön élő számára, reméljük tetszik és hatást gyakorol. Akkor már megérte.

Red – Bernáth Júlia

Father – Bernáth Dénes

Mother – Berki Szofi
Blond girl – Helmeczi Emma
Dog – FAPF Heather
Director – Zsemberi Zsófia
DoP – Horváth András
Idea, Script – Görögh Attila, Zsemberi Zsófia
Editor – Zsemberi Zsófi, Szigethy Márton
Post-production- Horváth András, Szigethy Márton, Fazakas Fanni
Make-up – Horváth Enikő, Szathmári SzilviaMusic Rachael Dadd – Wake It (Eastaste)
Stray Dogg – Almost (Eastaste)Sponsored by Zoetis Hungary Kft.

Nagy Leia Tímea, Mártai Mariann – Zuii Organic Hungary, Bíró Csaba – Dévai Szent Ferenc alapítvány, Jostein Skare Thygesen, Zsebe Zsolt, Szigethy Márton, Fazakas Fanni


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We are Living Free

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“Happy Tails” – Andy

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Look Who’s Going into to Service. Andy, formerly known as Rawson, was adopted last February by Paul and Laura Anderson of Hemet, CA. Paul and Laura had something special in mind when they went looking for a companion animal — Paul has been deaf since birth and they wanted to find the right dog to become a Service Dog for him. Paul is employed by Riverside County Office of Education as a Deaf and Hard of Hearing Itinerant/Specialist serving Hemet Unified School District where Laura teaches Second Grade at Bautista Creek Elementary School.

Paul and Laura visited several surrounding shelters but were uncertain about the dogs they met because the people in charge did not know the animals well enough to help them. The Andersons had heard of Living Free and visited to see if they could find a dog with the perfect temperament and size for their needs.

They were impressed with Edgar Santiago, the Kennel Supervisor, because he knew each dog so well. They felt comfortable knowing Edgar would guide them to make the right choice… and when Andy was brought to them, it was love at first sight. They’re not sure who picked who, but Andy is now an integral part of their family that includes two cats named Miss Kitty and Annie (who have allowed Andy to share their home).

Andy has had basic training and has learned to wake Paul in the morning when the alarm goes off and to let him know when someone is at the door. He’s also learned many words in sign language. Andy knows that when he has his service vest on he’s “at work”.

Paul assists school personnel and hearing-impaired children with their language development, understanding their hearing loss, and with instructional support to successfully assimilate into the regular classroom. The next step for Andy The Service Dog is specialized training to learn more complex techniques. Ultimately, Andy will be providing Paul with some support in his job. They want to be able to take him on trips such as cruises and to restaurants. Andy has already been on camping trips with them and enjoyed Doggie Day Camp on a recent trip to Texas.

We are proud of Andy. Thank you, Paul and Laura, for recognizing what a special dog he is and that he’ll be a loyal companion and true friend. Thank you, too, for having faith in Living Free and what we do.

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Art To The Rescue


Please join us for an evening highlighting the rescue animals of Living Free, hosted by Heather James Fine Art in Palm Desert. Enjoy cocktails, hors d’oeuvres and world-renowned artwork, from the cutting-edge contemporary to classical masterpieces while learning about the Sanctuary. We will have pet adoptions on hand (although personal pets will not be allowed).

Admission is free but please RSVP to Miranda at the gallery: miranda@heatherjames.com. (760) 346-8926.


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SARA. Female, DSH  Black Torti. DOB: 6/01/14

Sara is a fur ball of energy and excitement, her nickname being “Catch Me If You Can”. When approached by visitors, she darts away hoping to be chased. Since no one can keep up with her, she comes back to coax you into a game of tag. After pronouncing herself the winner, Sara returns once again to allow you to pet her. Most of the time she’d rather play than sit still, but she has her quiet moments when she appreciates curling up in your lap.

Sara has a soft coat with beautiful markings and big, bright eyes. She’d love for you to stop in and play with her the next time you’re at Living Free.

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Dog Of The Week – Van Gogh

Van Gogh. Male, Terrier Mix. DOB:1/15/12. Wt: 10 lbs

Van Gogh is a big name for a little sweetheart. This guy’s gentle, loves to cuddle and gets along with the other dogs. He enjoys walking and romping in the park.

Van Gogh is house-trained with a doggie door. He wants to be a loving and constant companion to the right family or owner.

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Cat Of The Week – Mr. Chaplin

Male, DSH Black & White. DOB: 10/08/13

Mr. Chaplin is a new rescue who, and after a brief period of time getting acclimated here, is now one of the more playful boys in the Cattery. Chaplin enjoys chasing and wrestling with his other “cat buddies” and anyone else who’ll join in. He’s a growing boy with a big appetite and usually takes a quick nap after breakfast before playing again. He can be a little shy at first, but once he gets to know you, he becomes a true friend. He has soft black & white fur, and enjoys brushing and a good back scratch. Chaplin would love to meet you the next time you visit Cattery #2.

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