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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!

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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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.

Flyball! See a Live Demo at the 2015 Howl & Yowl!

The 2015 Howl & Yowl Musical Benefit at Living Free will feature an exciting demonstration of Flyball, the fast-paced sport for agile dogs. Flyball started as a dog sport in the late 1960s and early 1970s, in Southern California. Some dog trainers combined scent hurdle racing with the dogs bringing back a tennis ball to the finish line. Then a tennis ball-launching apparatus was added and the first flyball box was born. Herbert Wagner is credited with making the first real flyball box.

Flyball is a dog sport in which teams of dogs race against each other from a start/finish line, over a line of hurdles, to a box that releases a tennis ball to be caught when the dog presses the spring-loaded pad, then back to their handlers while carrying the ball.

Flyball is run in teams of four dogs, as a relay. The course consists of four hurdles placed 10 feet (3 m) apart from each other, with the starting line six feet (1.8 m) from the first hurdle, and the flyball box 15 feet (4.5 m) after the last one, making for a 51-foot (15.5 m) length. The hurdle height is determined by the shoulder height of the smallest dog in the team. Under current North American Flyball Association (NAFA) rules this should be 5 inches (12.7 cm) below the withers height of the smallest dog, to a height of no less than 7 inches (20.3 cm) and no greater than 14 inches (40.6 cm). Current EFC (European Flyball Championship) rules limits the height to no less than 17,5 cm and no greater than 35 cm. Each dog must return its ball all the way across the start line before the next dog crosses. Ideal running is nose-to-nose at the start line. The first team to have all four dogs cross the finish line error free wins the heat. Penalties are applied to teams if the ball is dropped or if the next relay dog is released early.

Flyball provides an entertaining and active way to interact with one’s dog and other dog enthusiasts in an environment that is fun while allowing the dogs exercise and enjoyment. It is an especially effective way to burn off the energy of dogs with a high drive to work, such as Border Collies and Staffordshire Bull Terriers.

A large part of flyball’s popularity stems from the fact that it is one of the competition activities available to mixed-breed dogs, allowing rescued mutts and non-pedigree dogs to shine alongside their purebred canine counterparts. Though herding dogs currently dominate the courses, many champion teams have mutts on them. Dogs earn titles and awards based on points earned by their team in racing.

As the sport has developed better dog training regimes have been introduced as knowledge has increased within the sport. Specific training has been developed to promote the dogs using ‘swimmers’ type turns on the Flyball box when catching the ball and turning.

Flyball is not limited to the size of the breed, as smaller dogs such as Patterdale Terriers, Jack Russell Terriers, Whippets and even miniature poodles, often compete with great success in mixed-breed teams (teams consisting of dogs of various sizes and breeds). Smaller dogs are often prized as the hurdle height is based on the height of the smallest dog in the team, commonly known as a height dog. Their only limitation is whether they can trigger the release pad, and small dogs often have to fully jump on it to do so.

Flyball is one of the non-hunting dog sports in which dogs and people work as a team. Many casual pet owners use their flyball time more as a way to relax and socialize with other dog owners than as a competition, and many champion flyball dogs are essentially pet dogs with a hobby, rather than dedicated sporting or working dogs. On the other hand, modern flyball has become the fastest growing teamsport, a sport for dogs, handlers and coaches. First division teams have well trained dogs and handlers and are trained and coached to perform. Some teams use dedicated special bred sportdogs. Flyball can be a real sport for dedicated performers, a hobby for all! (source: Wikipedia)

Don’t miss this fun demonstration at the 2015 Howl & Yowl on October 24th.

Tickets are $15 for adults, children under 12 are free. Pre-purchase tickets at Eventbrite, or purchase them at Living Free the day of the event. Can’t make it to the event? Consider donating the ticket price to help the animals – all proceeds benefit cat and dog rescues from local kill shelters.

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