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So sorry to have missed the Carver Scott Humane Society’s Walk Fur Love event yesterday. There were thunderstorms predicted all over and from my soggy experience the day before at the Helping Paws event, I knew my books couldn’t risk another possible soaking, so I begged off. I am glad to report that they had a terrific turnout of walkers despite the weather! Yeah! All the CSHS folks’ hard work needed to be rewarded. I’d have followed through if it were just me and my dogs walking in the rain. It’s just that even with a canopy overhead, super high moisture in the air will curl the pages of my books and I can’t be selling damaged goods. Again, my apologies for backing out at the last minute. I am so happy things turned out well for the humane society’s fund-raising anyway!


Come and see me this weekend at one of these great fund-raising events. Go to my site and click on the Appearances page for all the info! See you there!—Sid

CSHS Walk Fur Love, Sunday, May 22

Helping Paws Wag, Walk and Run event Saturday, May 21

Today—Nov. 16, 2010—is Give to the Max Day. Donate to your favorite nonprofit and your funds will be matched! GIVE, GIVE, GIVE!!! Because I pledge to donate $2 from each copy of my book, “Good Grief: Finding Peace After Pet Loss,” I sell online and in person to several animal-related charities, I save it all up and donate today to double my donations to The Wildcat Sanctuary, Pet Haven, Small Dog Rescue of MN, Animal Ark, Feline Rescue and The Pet Project (actually, I just threw in that last one because I wanted to support it, too). Pick your own favorite nonprofit organization and pledge what you can. Please do it NOW!!—Sid

The Sanctuary Animal Refuge and Hospice is a wonderful organization that provides a home/hospice care to animals that would otherwise be euthanized. Read about them and visit their site to donate to this worthy cause. —Sid

The touching of souls…The love of the animal human bond, the trust it takes to rebuild an abused relationship, the hope for a better future and the healing that comes with it all.

The Sanctuary Animal Refuge And Hospice

The touching of souls…Love, Trust, Hope, Healing

The touching of souls…The love of the animal human bond, the trust it takes to rebuild an abused relationship, the hope for a better future and the healing that comes with it all.

// First and Foremost, the goal of the Sanctuary Animal Refuge and Hospice is to provide sanctuary to any animal that has been the victim of abuse or neglect. We will provide them medical and hospice care until the very end of their days – guaranteeing them a safe home forever. Many of these victims are brought into Humane Societies that are hurt, sick or otherwise need extensive medical care. These animals are often euthanized because of the cost of the care that is needed, having nothing to do with the temperament of the animal. If they are capable of providing the medical care needed, the animals are then adopted out. Some come back because the new owners are not aware of or  are incapable of providing the extra attention these special needs animals require.

No more lonely cold nights or hearing that I’m bad.
No more growling belly from the meals I never had.
No more scorching sunshine with a water bowl that’s dry.
No more complaining neighbors about the noise when I cry.
No more hearing “shut up”, “get down” or “get out of here”!
No more feeling disliked,… only peace is in the air.
Euthanasia is a blessing, though some still can’t see, why I was ever born If I weren’t meant to be.
My last day of living was the best I ever had.
Someone held me very close, I could see she was very sad.
I kissed the lady’s face, and she hugged me as she cried.
I wagged my tail to thank her, then I closed my eyes and died.
Written by an Animal shelter volunteer in Massena, NY

At the Sanctuary, we will be providing that medical attention and extra care. We will rehabilitate the animals that are brought into our facility. A great many of the animals that would have been euthanized have a wonderful quality of life left in them, and always return the kindness. These animals, once given the security of a lifetime home, go on to provide love and education to others. They will often become “surrogate” parents to new members of the Sanctuary, creating a comfortable secure feeling for all. They also respond by showing, by example, the visitors that will come to the Sanctuary how kindness, love and caring nurtures the soul – both human and animal. This enriches our lives and helps educate and prove that there are other options beyond euthanasia. Quality of life – room to run, play and explore and a chance to give back is what we offer these animals – for as long as they live. These animals did nothing to be in these situations and we cannot turn our backs on them.

Living quarters for the animals will not be kennels or crates. They are individual or sometimes paired “condos” or “town homes” that are furnished with all the comforts of home. Environmental comforts are controlled; each has a couch and their own bed to sleep in, toys are plenty and food is wholesome and nutritious. Volunteers play with them on a structured schedule so that there is plenty of exercise, human interaction and lots and lots of love. Food and special dietary needs are taken into consideration by a staff dietician that prepares the meals for all the animals, carefully monitoring their individual needs. Having a carefully prepared and monitored diet is an important part of a healthy lifestyle. Some animals are especially suited for human companionship and teaching roles. We take these particular members of the Sanctuary and let them enrich the lives of others by bringing them to schools to help children learn pet responsibility or to nursing homes to allow them to share their love with people who normally cannot have a pet full-time. Special field trips to the Sanctuary are also planned for groups such as the boys and girls clubs. This is how the Sanctuary will contribute to and enhance our community. Can you visualize with me how people can benefit from the warm, loving companionship of a treasured dog, cat or ferret? For children and adults to feel that connection when they know that they are helping a pet that so desperately needs human help? Do you remember what it feels like to have that companion with you – that unconditional love you felt when it seemed no one else was there? These are the animals that need the help of the Sanctuary.

Some animals already have the loving, caring homes they deserve – it’s just that what would happen to that treasured pet if something happened to you? The Sanctuary will guarantee a place for your pet. We promise to keep your pet filled with love, give them room to play and any medical care they will need to live out the rest of their lives if you can’t provide that to them. That’s phase two of the Sanctuary. Wouldn’t that be a comfort? Knowing that your special companion has a place that will give them all the love and care that you would – if you could? I know it makes me feel so much better. Its hard to imagine anyone taking care of my Rosie the way I do.

Phase Three is a critical one; What happens to the pets of women and children in domestic violence cases when they leave home? Do you know that a large percentage of those women and children won’t leave the violent home because they are afraid of leaving their pets behind? We won’t let that happen anymore. The Sanctuary vows to care for those pets until the victims of domestic violence get situated and find a home that is safe for both themselves, and their pets.

This is my dream – My Vision – and it is as clear as day to me. I want to be able to look into the eyes of these animals – the sick, injured or abused animals – and see hope, comfort and love. I have seen too many eyes looking back at me asking for a warm meal, a warm bed or just a soft stroke of my hand. Without fail, every one of those animals that I have intervened with has given back to me ten fold what I have given to them. I know that every one of you that holds their pet in their heart knows exactly what I mean.

The need is great, and unfortunately, it does not come free. We hope to be able to raise enough funds to purchase land to build our facilities by the end of the year 2010. We raise all of our money by fundraising and to date have not yet received any special grants or endowments. We need approximately 50 acres to be able to realize the goals that we have set forth. The need is great – but I also know from experience that the kindness in the hearts of animal lovers is also great.

For the Animals,
DJ Rotter

sanc·tu·ar·y     (sangk-choo-er-ee)
any place of refuge; asylum

1. a house of shelter or rest for pilgrims, strangers, etc., esp. one kept by a religious order.
2.  Medicine/Medical
A.) health-care facility for the terminally ill that emphasizes pain control and emotional support for the patient, typically refraining from taking extraordinary measures to prolong life.
B.) a similar program of care and support for the terminally ill at home.

Our Mission:

To protect the health and welfare and provide medical care and a nurturing environment for animals that have suffered from abuse or neglect and to assure that the same environment is provided to them as long as they live.

Our Vision:

We envision the day when animals will not suffer because of human neglect, abuse or abandonment.

If all the beasts were gone, men would die from a great loneliness of spirit, for whatever happens to the beasts also happens to the man.  All things are connected.  Whatever befalls the Earth befalls the sons of the Earth.

~Chief Seattle of the Suquamish Tribe, letter to President Franklin Pierce

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