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Contented Critters is a no-kill animal sanctuary located in Makinen, Minnesota.

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We are a volunteer-run organization dedicated to the rescue, care, and relocation of animals in need.  The majority of the animals coming through our doors are dogs and cats. However, no injured creature that is not in another shelter’s contract area is ever turned away. Many of these animals are found abandoned. Some have been rescued from bad situations and some were simply dropped off by owners who can no longer care for them.
Regardless of breed, age or situation, we provide these animals with appropriate veterinary care and keep them happy and healthy until suitable loving homes can be found for them.
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Palo Alto Humane Society (Palo Alto, California 94306) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, charitable, volunteer-supported organization.

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PAHS is one of the few humane societies nationwide with no animal shelter. Instead of managing animals inside a shelter, we work to keep animals out of the shelter through humane programs in intervention, advocacy, and education. For a century, our mission has been to alleviate the suffering of animals, increase public sensitivity to animal issues, and elevate the status of animals in our society.

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Sasha Farm (Manchester, Michigan 48158) is the midwest’s largest farm animal sanctuary. At our shelter, not only do we provide food and water, veterinary care and a roof over their heads, we also give the animal residents affection, social interaction with others of their own species, and a sense of security.

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SASHA’s founders, Dorothy Davies and Monte Jackson, started saving animals a couple decades ago. Among the first bunch was a nine-month-old pet shop puppy that a family had purchased, but couldn’t appropriately care for. A female Border Collie/Spaniel mix with a white tip on the end of her tail, she quickly worked her way into Monte’s and Dorothy’s hearts. She was the farm dog in charge of it all, keeping tabs on every other animal that came to live at the farm over the years.

Sasha was a wonderful canine companion, a true friend, who lived and loved for 17 years. In honor and in memory of this beloved dog, her caretakers chose to name their sanctuary “SASHA Farm.” The name SASHA is also an acronym for the animal rescue operation – Sanctuary And Safe Haven for Animals.

The sanctuary currently shelters over 200 animals, each with its own story to tell. Some were dumped and discarded, some left to die. They have come from unhappy circumstances, often mistreated or neglected, but now have a safe, permanent home at SASHA Farm.

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Heartland Farm Sanctuary (Madison, Wisconsin 53744)  founded in 2009, is a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping homeless farm animals in Wisconsin, and building connections between animals and vulnerable youth. We created Heartland to provide a safe, peaceful environment where youth and farm animals could come together to heal, grow, and have fun.

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Many children today face significant life challenges such as physical, emotional, or cognitive developmental delays, a history of delinquent behavior or other detrimental life choices, and an abusive or otherwise troubling home life. Research has shown that these children can benefit tremendously by taking part in animal-assisted therapeutic activities, such as those programs developed by Heartland using the farm animals we help.

Our mission is to provide care for farm animals in need, nurture people through the human-animal bond, and foster respect and kindness toward animals and each other.

Recognizing the growing and unmet need for farm animal shelters in the state, Heartland Farm Sanctuary strives to create partnerships with Wisconsin’s animal shelters, animal control agencies, farmers, schools, and other organizations to raise awareness of farm animals’ needs and improve their quality of life. These collaborations are the foundation of Heartland’s philosophy of how we can best help these vulnerable creatures.

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In an animal’s eyes, love is unconditional. Too often, their love is taken advantage of, leaving hundreds of animals abused, neglected, and discarded.

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Miranda’s Rescue for Large and Small Animals (Fortuna, California 95540) rescues and heals those animals, because every animal deserves to be loved.

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The mission of the Animal Rescue League of Berks County (Birdsboro, Pennsylvania 19508) is to impact all aspects of the humane treatment of animals through quality service, accommodation, and education of pet owners and the community.

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Since 1952, tens of thousands of animals have been spared the fate of uncertainty and given the opportunity to experience a more enriching and humane life through the services provided by the ARL. Its dedication to providing shelter and care for the unwanted and abused animals of Greater Reading has resulted in a comprehensive effort to not only provide the optimum level of care, but to enhance and guarantee a humane life for over 10,000 animals annually.

At any given time ARL cares for over 175 animals a day at its 10-acre facility, many of whom require veterinary care, rehabilitation, and training. Between the months of May through September, the shelter receives an average of 900 cats and 300 dogs per month.

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From Rocky Ridge Refuge

Rocky Ridge Refuge (Midway, Arkansas 72651) is the result of a dream I’ve had since I was a small child; to share my life with animals, especially those needing special effort due to medical issues, or abuse and neglect.

Since settling in my present location, I’ve been working toward this animal “group home.” I now rescue and care for a variety of creatures, both exotic and the more common.

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I have been involved with animals all my life, from wildlife rescue and rehabilitation, to many years working as a Veterinary Technician, dog trainer and volunteer in many animal causes. I have studied and applied alternative therapies for many of my ill or injured animals with positive results. I continue to study and learn all I can to help their physical, mental and emotional well-being.

Another aspect of my life with animals is the “Pet Therapy” work I’ve done for 20 years. Whether visiting nursing homes or schools with some of the smaller animals, or having people out to my place, the gift of interacting with animals is something I love to share with others. I’ve seen some remarkable things occur over the years as a result of this healing experience.

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The mission of the SPCA Serving Erie County (Tonawanda, New Yori 14150) is to create a caring and kind community that encourages fair and humane treatment of all creatures. Its knowledgeable, caring, and open-minded team of staff and volunteers achieves that mission through proactive efforts to address the current status of animals in the community, education of adults and children, rescue and sheltering of animals in need, and placement of animals into appropriate homes.

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Bella (Animal ID #16148555)

The SPCA cares for approximately 15,000 animals each year through programs that include adoptions; admissions; animal rescues; animal emergency transports; stray lost and found services; animal cruelty investigations and seizures; care for wildlife, reptiles, exotics, and farm animals; and much more.

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Red Dog Farm (Greensboro, North Carolina 27410) is the private residence of Garland and Gary Graham, who founded Red Dog Farm Animal Rescue Network.

Garland and Gary began fostering golden retrievers through Triad Golden Retriever Rescue in 2000, due to their love of their golden retriever named Rodney (a/k/a “the Red Dog”), who lived to be fifteen years old and is dearly missed. Soon enough, other dogs and cats began to find their way to Red Dog Farm, and they were fostered and adopted out as well. Once the barn was finished, farm animals in need began to move in. Some came for short periods of time until they were rehabilitated and adopted and others have become permanent residents.

In 2006, after privately fostering over 50 animals, Garland and Gary decided to start a nonprofit rescue network to allow others to foster and donate. Red Dog Farm Animal Rescue Network is a 501(c)(3) public charity dedicated to the rehabilitation, fostering, and adoption of animals of all sizes.

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Animal Acres (Acton, California 93510) formed in 2005 to rescue and provide refuge for suffering farm animals and to teach people to extend compassion to all animals. Its continued growth is possible because of its dedicated Animal Acres team.

Animal Acres’ rescue, education, and advocacy efforts depend on employees and volunteers who want to make a direct difference by being an active advocate for farmed animals. From fundraising and administrative operations which are the “back bone” of all Animal Acres programs, to conducting educational tours and staffing outreach tables, to cleaning barns and providing tender-loving care for rescued farmed animals, each and every person is a vital participant in the mission to create a more compassionate world for all beings.

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