How We Operate
We often get asked, where do the animals come from?
- Our priority when it comes to rescuing animals is to take in animals that are being kept in less than ideal living situations. This often means taking in animals that are being abused, neglected, or have been abandoned. Many animals we seek to rescue are ones living in poor conditions, fed unsafe diets, have been denied medical care, or have been left outside to fend for themselves. Often times these animals are sound or advertised online, like on Facebook, Craigslist, OfferUp. These are the animals we aim to rescue and give a second chance to.
- When space allow, we will take in surrenders. This could mean taking in animals that people are unable to care for any longer. Often times individuals choose to rescue an animal but then find that they aren’t prepared or committed to care for the animal so they reach out to us to take them in. Sometimes living situations change, not all animals may be allowed on a rental lease, or moving to another country may not be the best option for an animal so the owner is looking to rehome them through a rescue.
- Please note that we do not support purchasing animals from breeders, pet stores, auction houses, or similar. Unfortunately by purchasing an animal from such facilities, we would only be creating space for the cycle of unethical breeding and inappropriate care to continue. This also means we do not pursue saving animals being sold as “feeders.” Many species are carnivores and must consume other animals. (Fact: Humans were not made to consume animal products). Should we choose to take in an animal from one of these situations, we would only step in to do so if extreme neglect was present. The hard truth is that we cannot save them all. We grieve for the animals who are sacrificed in hopes of creating a more compassionate future. Change is possible when people are given the correct education and can make informed decisions.
What happens once you take an animal in?
- Once an animal is in our care, we will quarantine them for a minimum of 30 days. During this time, we are able to give the animal time to decompress and get adjusted to their new environment. It allows time for us to treat any medical concerns as needed as well as help the animal establish a routine and adjust to a proper diet. As the animal gets more comfortable in our care, we’re better able to evaluate their behavior and temperament. This helps us determine what kind of family and home environment would be best for the individual animal. Not all animals are adoptable and if that’s the case, then the animal would become part of our sanctuary where they will be loved and cared for for the rest of their lives.
Do you ever euthanize animals that come in?
- We believe all animals deserve the opportunity to live a good life. We will never euthanize an animal due to lack of space, supplies, or resources. We will never euthanize an animal who’s healthy. We do believe that sometimes euthanasia is in an animals best interest. If an animal’s quality of life is diminished, euthanasia is typically an option suggested by a licensed veterinarian. We use our best judgement to advocate for what’s in the animals best interest.
When will an animal be available for adoption?
- After the animal’s 30 day quarantine, if the animal is deemed healthy and ready to move forward with their life, they will be made available for adoption. Some animals need longer than 30 days to recover from their past trauma, some may still be getting treatment for medical issues, and some may just need more time to be socialized. It’s different for every animal but we do our best to get them listed as soon as we think they’re ready so they have the best chances at finding their forever family.