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Home for Life has lost a great friend with the death of Herb Sam the Spiritual Advisor to the Mille Lac Band of Ojibwe. Many of you might remember Herb from our annual Memorial Garden Ceremonies and Open Houses, at which he officiated. It is a huge loss to the community, Home for Life and for his family, his beloved wife and my friend Patty Sam and daughter Arianna. People like Herb are so rare in this world, and their loss leaves a huge hole in the lives of so many. Patty we will be with you tomorrow at the ceremony for Herb.
They're here! Photos captured by KME Photography of the 3rd annual Home For Life Animal Sanctuary Best Pool Party of the Year Sunday, September 9th, at the Town & Country Club. Please credit @kmephotomn when sharing photos. If you wish to order high resolution prints, follow this link: https://kmephotography.zenfolio.com/hflpool2018
How fortunate Home for Life was to have both Kirsten Eitrem of KME Photography and Sarah Ernhart of Sarah Beth Photography out to the sanctuary in mid August for our sponsor photo shoot. It was a warm but beautiful day and between both these talented generous, gracious ladies and the Home for Life® staff, we got all the sponsor photos done plus photos of our new cats and dogs.
In mid August, media representatives from around the country visited Home for Life® for a press tour of the sanctuary.
Of course they loved to meet Raha, about who they had heard so much, but reporter Heide who writes for several magazines, fell in love with all of our cats(pictured left)— and they her!—even though she will be pitching an article to a dog magazine!
Longtime friend to Home for Life®, photographer Mark Luinenburg was out at Home for Life® last week for summer photos, to meet our some of our new cats and dogs and for a swim at the Apple River, part of summer we look forward to at the sanctuary each year. Mark's been part of telling Home for Life's® story and sharing the stories of our animals for nearly 20 years! See the link for all of Mark's Summer of 2018 photos here including the latest Apple River swimming photos.
Home for Life's Best Pool Party of the Year—the Third Annual—and our new event the Caribbean themed Sunset Swim Party are September 8th and 9th and both events are SOLD OUT!
We got the idea for a pool event after seeing how much our dogs loved to swim; we didn't think there was a need for yet another walk or K95K, but wanted to host an event that would be fun for people and their dogs to attend together.
A unique aspect of Home for Life® is the help the programs we offer provide to both animals and people. The story of Marian and her dog Shadow demonstrates how care for life sanctuaries are in a unique position—like none other in animal welfare—to maintain the bonds between animals and their owners. Sanctuary saves lives, not only of the animals we help, but also the people who love them.
Pictured left: Shakespeare
The latest photos for our sponsor program were taken by Katie of Katie Thering Photography (katiethering.com). If her name sounds familiar, it may be because you recognize her as the photographer who has captured the highlights of all our gala events including the our most recent gala of March 2018, with special guest Dr. Jane Goodall. For those of you who were not able to attend and also, for those who were there, be sure to see the blog post by event photographer Katie Theiring of Katie Thering Photography (https://www.katiethering.com/) which includes many of her beautiful photos from the evening: http://homeforlifesanctuary.blogspot.com/2018/04/home-for-life-spring-gala-featuring-dr.html
Home for Life's® longtime friend and supporter photographer Mark Luinenburg was out to the sanctuary last Friday to get some spring photos. Spring? - it was nearly 90 degrees - and this after we had been under blizzard warnings in mid Apri - just a month before. The warm temperatures soared and everything seemed to bloom at once. We scrambled to get the canopies up and pools out, and get ready for tour season. We are now solidly into summer complete with hot temperatures and lots of humidity. but everyone is grateful for better weather and lots of sunshine.
A video produced by the the Random Acts of Kindness Foundation "An Animal Sanctuary that Promotes Kindness" was the featured video on KarmaTube for the week of June 7th, 2018.
The video depicts scenes from life at Home for Life's® sanctuary as well as our Peace Creatures® community outreach programs, which bring vulnerable animals and people together so both can heal. See The video here: http://www.karmatube.org/videos.php?id=6785