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An unusual summer approaches. With this hot weather, cooling off with a swim is a priority. It's the first time we started our excursions to the Apple River in Mid-June. There are still many unknowns and especially concerning Covid-19 as restrictions are beginning to be lifted.
Left: Rosa, one of our disabled dogs and an international rescue, cools off at the Apple River. Swimming is an important activity to help rehabilitate dogs like Rosa and restore their mobility- plus it's a fun way to exercise and cool off in the summer!
"Any fool can be happy, It takes someone with a real heart to make beauty out of the stuff that makes us weep."- Clive Barker.
Home has never meant more than in this time of uncertainty amidst a deadly pandemic sweeping the world -- a place of safety and protection. Having a home, a place to belong, provides a foothold amid chaos, a stable base to imagine a new and better future despite the challenges that surround us.
We know the miraculous power of having a home for life and have seen again and again what having a place to belong means for animals who come to Home for Life® longing for the safety, security, and acceptance that our sanctuary provides. There's no place like Home for Life® for dogs and cats like 2-legged Sheltie, Poppy, where we make sure the trauma and rejection of their prior years will neither define them nor be the end of their story.
NOTE: The summer appeal $10,000 match deadline is August 15, 2020.
So many great photos, it's always hard to choose just a few to highlight his visit. Thank you, Mark, who's been telling Home for Life's® story through photos for nearly 20 years!
Home for Life® is a new idea in animal sheltering, an animal sanctuary for special needs animals. We could proselytize until we were blue in the face about why care for life sanctuaries are needed, and how our mission makes a difference. But with a single photo, Mark illustrates why Home for Life® has and continues to save lives of the animals we help.
This year Home for Life® embarked on a new Peace Creatures® initiative working with the after school program at the American Indian Center in Minneapolis (AIC). We work with kids in two age groups: the younger children ages 5-12 and teens ages 13-18.
Left: Fabien Cousteau with his grandpa Jacques
Our benchmark was the 2020 Summer Olympics in Japan: one of our treasured advisors recommended holding firm with our event dates; but if the Olympics were canceled or postponed because of Covid 19, we would need to seriously consider rescheduling our 2020 events.
Left: Zena practicing social distancing from Parker at Home for Life®!
This week required shutdown happened in the State of Wisconsin where Home for Life® is located on forty acres on the Apple River in Star Prairie, Wisconsin. With 200 animals who are counting on us to care for them, the essential services of Home for Life® go on for our vulnerable cats and dogs, and our sanctuary will not be closing. We are grateful to our small staff of dedicated employees who realize how absolutely dependent our cats and dogs and mascots, our parrots Candy and Penelope and tortoise Goliath, are now more than ever with the world thrown into an uproar. These were the animals who were passed over for adoption and foster programs and had no place to turn when they came to us - they needed that third chance and that's what Home for Life®, the third door in animal welfare, provided to them when their lives hung in the balance.
Transforming the Lives of Animals Has Never been Easier: Home for Life® Now Offers Giving Options Through PayPal and Facebook Fundraising!
You asked and we listened. We now offer PayPal! Or Opt for our secure Electronic Funds Transfer form where you can make your gift by credit or debit card or from a savings or bank account. to make it more convenient than ever to help the animals at Home for Life® Sanctuary: look for the blue DONATE button in the upper righthand corner of the page to be directed to our donation portal including the new Paypal option.
Home for Life's Fall Gala, the Fancy Feast, Welcomes Fabien Cousteau, Saturday, November 7, 2020.
Fabien grew up on the decks of the Calypso and Alcyone.
Sunday, September 20, 2020: Home for Life's® 5th Annual Best Pool Party of the Year! Town and Country Club, St Paul.
Between the cold weather and the tiresome impeachment hearings, who's ready for some good news? Home for Life's® 5th Annual Best Pool Party of the Year will be back! See you Sunday, September 20, 2020!! Celebrating the end of summer, dogs and the people who love them, having a great time and gathering strength for what is looking like a chaotic fall in this election year.
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Home for Life® is a registered 501 (c) (3) charity. Your donation provides the animals of Home for Life® with food, veterinary care, toys and a beautiful facility to roam freely. 100% of donations go to helping these animals receive the medical care they need, as well as the affection and freedom to help them recover from illness, disability, mistreatment or neglect. With your help, these incredible animals can lead the full, safe and happy lives they deserve.