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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.
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!
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.