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


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.

“Happy Tails” – Spirit


Spirit came to Living Free when she was a puppy and was adopted about a year and a half ago, at the age of nine.

Becky Fears, her adopter, says Spirit is doing well. She loves to run around the yard and play “keep away” with her stuffed toy, Dragon (her usual morning routine). She has a ramp to go down into the back yard which she uses to get into the yard, but prefers to walk up the steps to come back in. She takes great delight in burying Becky’s garden gloves to see how long it takes Becky to find them. She now has an orthopedic, memory foam bed to ease the arthritis in her hips.

Her walks are shorter than before, but she still enjoys getting out and takes time to sniff every single blade of grass. She loves to greet each person she meets, but finds it hard to resist chasing small dogs. She and the resident cats get along and chase each other around the backyard.

Becky says Spirit is a real character with a sense of adventure. Everyone loves her and Becky loves her most of all. Thank you, Becky and Ian, for taking such good care of our girl. Love to you Spirit from everyone at Living Free.

Ian & Spirit on walk

Spirit on her daily walk with Ian.

Spirit & dragon

Spirit on her orthopedic bed with her favorite toy, Dragon. She has a box of toys she can choose from each day.



** 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.


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

We are Living Free

“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.

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: (760) 346-8926.


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.

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.

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.