When will Home For Life® be expanding?

We have had lots of interest from all over the country from people wishing to establish a Home For Life®facility in their region. It is our ultimate objective to have a facility in every part of the country.

However, our first priority is to complete the capital campaign for our Star Prairie prototype, and to refine the protocols for management and care of the animals. Then we will export the proven methods and build a new facility where the methods will be actualized in each new region.

In the meantime, we have been exporting the concept of long term, quality care through the many nationwide contacts with whom we currently collaborate on behalf of the animals.

The Coolest Time of Year: Featuring the photos of Mark Luinenburg

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.

A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words: The Photos of Seen But Not Heard Photography

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.

Unwanted Animals find Home for Life at Heavenly Sanctuary

Home for Life has been getting some buzz from social media sites lately, the most recent being a wonderful article featured on Carbonated TV! The people at Carbonated TV recognized the hard work Home for Life does to improve the lives of its animal residents, and calls the sanctuary "heavenly." To animals who are getting a well-deserved second chance, and a true home for life, it's true. 

Home for Life featured on Buzzfeed

Home for Life's incredible animals were featured in an article on Buzzfeed! Sami Main, a writer for Buzzfeed, saw some wonderful photos taken by Mark Luinenburg that showed the animals enjoying life to the fullest, and decided to write an article on them titled "Fourteen pets who don't let anything get them down." The animals at Home for Life are an inspiration, and we were happy to see that their courage and determination was noticed. 

Who wouldn't notice how cute they are! Please check out the Buzzfeed article here!


Home for Life featured on Public Television

The best ambassadors for Home for Life's mission are our animals: we have always believed our at risk animals can help their human counterparts, at risk people of all ages. Instead of creating an isolated sanctuary, cut off from society, we thought the best way to safeguard our special animals was to make them part of the community. Although our animals have not been able to find placement in an adoptive home, they still have much to offer and much to give, a truth best demonstrated by them through our outreach programs which provide solace and joy through healing pet therapy.

Home for Life receives a new look!

In this digital age, a website is truly a charity's public face in the world, the best opportunity to create a great first impression. Home for Life's website has served us well since 2004, but had begun to look dated and was in need of a facelift. We wanted to emphasize the great photos of our animals, their stories and allow easier navigation of the site. But with the challenging economy and the many demands on our resources to provide the best care for our animals, a new website always seemed out of reach.

Whatever happened to River & Smokey?

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.