Another year, another winter at Home for Life. As the country braces for another onslaught of cold and snow this week, it's business as usual at Home for Life. Our facility is spread out over several acres so contending with winter weather has always been a fact of life at the sanctuary. When we designed the sanctuary we wanted to give our animals, particularily our dogs, as much room as possible and the freedom to go in or outside as they pleased.
On the morning of November 30, on a cold and blustery winter morning (air temperature -3, windchill - 25!) one of our staff members received an unexpected call at the gate. Home for Life's front gate has a callbox so people can contact us up at the facility. A man's voice came over the intercom and said "Hey! did you know there was a dog tied to your gate?!" He then hung up.
In mid-October, Home for Life welcomed photographer Eva Noth to the sanctuary for a warm fall afternoon and our latest sponsor photo session. Eva, who donated her time and talent to support Home for Life's sponsorship program, is a Twin Cities photographer who focuses on pet portraits. Her unique approach strives to tell the story of each animal whose pictures she captures. So many of our supporters have told us that what they love are the stories of our animals, what they have been through and overcome and how they are now flourishing at Home for Life.
Photographer Chris Forslin of the Twin Cities, Minnesota first encountered Home for Life at the Mall of America during the years we had our Holiday events. As a lifelong animal lover and gifted photographer, she was eager to help Home for Life, and our sponsorship program seemed like the perfect opportunity for her to get involved. We were eager to have her out to Home for Life after seeing the incredible photos she did of the animals at the Minnesota Zoo.
Did you know that in the U.S., up to 90% of animals will lose their homes during their lifetimes? Most animals surrendered to shelters are just 2 ½ years old. Shelters and rescues work hard to find new homes for these animals, but only 24% of them get adopted each year. The adoption numbers for older dogs are much more grim, let alone for senior pets who are bonded pairs and hope to stay together. Statistics like these make clear how rare it is for a dog or cat to land in a stable, loving, lifelong home.