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Though we have missed seeing our supporters for tours and visits at the sanctuary, 2020 hasn't been bad to Home for Life, and we are grateful to friends like Mark Luinenburg: Luinenburg Photography for helping us make it through this year to remember. Our staff and animals are healthy and well as the holidays approach, and we hope the same is true for you and your family during this season.
"It Matters Not what someone is born but what they grow to be"—The Heartwarming story of Home for Life's Matilda inspires holiday match challenge!
If only we had known of Matilda’s years of loneliness at the end of a chain, outside in all weather, having one litter of puppies after another... we would have intervened long ago. How could a dog suffer such maltreatment and neglect just a few miles away from Home for Life® sanctuary, a beacon of caring and kindness to animals. But we didn’t know how Matilda suffered until one of our employees found her one day on the way to work. How many dogs and cats spend lives of quiet desperation without notice or help? Animal rescue organizations don’t have to travel far to find animals in need. Often the one who needs our attention and help the most is right nearby.
PLEASE REMEMBER Home for Life® Animal Sanctuary on Minnesota's largest day of giving -- Give to the Max November 19! We are a Minnesota non-profit based in Stillwater, MN with our facility located on 40 acres on the Apple River in Star Prairie, Wisconsin.
Home for Life® is small but mighty, and we know that a small sanctuary can make a big difference. For the nearly 200 animals that live at our sanctuary, Home For Life® is able to give its residents a quality life and not just a warehoused existence.
Left: A scene from the Home for Life® sanctuary.
photos: Mark Luinenburg
author: Robin Raven, Contributor
Left: Holly and Finn
Against a lot of odds, the pets at the Home For Life® sanctuary are too busy enjoying life to feel down.
Left: Snowball with Grace
What a great way to start October with the photos of Home for Life's dogs and cats from Mark Luinenburg's Fall shoot at the sanctuary!
While we have not been able to offer tours of the sanctuary this summer and fall as usual, until we can be together again, we invite you to take this virtual tour of Home for Life®.
Sep 01, 2020 by Stephanie Figy of Sidewalk Dogs
One of our favorite ways to end the summer with a SPLASH is by attending Home for Life’s® Annual Best Pool Party of the Year, and this year’s no different! Except that your dogs are gonna be celebs, because this puppy’s going virtual, which means they need videos of your pups not only swimming in pools, but lounging in the lake, chillin’ in a canoe, paddle boarding—doing whatever it is they do on or in water! If you’re already IN, scroll down for details on how to enter.
After considering every alternative to try to present our 5th Annual Best Pool Party of the Year before summer ends--including: moving the event to another location, hosting the pool party at the sanctuary with swimming at the Apple River which runs on our property, renting out a private pool, scouting out a private lake--we have come to the decision that with COVID still raging, there is not an option to present this live event and still assure the safety of all our guests.
Home for Life's® sponsor program is a great way to support the sanctuary while forging a special bond with an individual animal. Historically, we have relied on professional photographers as an integral part of this program: they donate their time and talent by coming out to Home for Life® and taking photos of the cats and dogs who are sponsored, and then we highlight their work and business on our website, social media and with our sponsors.
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