Archive for the ‘PetWork Lifetime Care’ Category

The Stevenson Companion Animal Life-Care Center (College Station, Texas 77843) is a privately funded, state-of-the-art animal care program designed to provide personalized care in a home-like environment.

Your pets, as friends and members of your family, depend on you for lifelong care. The program is designed to provide that care for your pets in the event that they are left behind.

The Stevenson Companion Animal Life-Care Center provides the physical, emotional, and medical needs of companion animals whose owners are no longer able to provide that care. Clients of the center include pet owners who want to assure their pet’s future prior to entering a retirement home, being hospitalized for an extended period, or predeceasing a pet.

The center was established by the Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine in 1993 at the suggestion of Dr. E. W. “Ned” Ellett, former head of the Small Animal Clinic at Texas A&M University. Dr. Ellett’s dream became a reality with generous donations from the Luse Foundation and Mrs. Madlin Stevenson. Mrs. Stevenson said she chose to support the center because, “Animals are especially important to the elderly; this center is dedicated to them and their pets.” Mrs. Stevenson, a life-long animal lover, passed away in September of 2000. Her 4 cats, 7 dogs, pony, and llama came to reside at the center at that time.


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Home At Last Animal Sanctuary (Salvia, Kentucky 40372), accredited by the American Sanctuary Association, provides lifetime care for many animals, including dogs, cats, pigs, cows, goats, rabbits, and horses, and includes a separate wildlife refuge.

Home At Last is a for-life sanctuary, emphasizing the concept of compassion and offering exceptional quality of life for many formerly abandoned or abused animals. Its message is simple: compassion for ALL species.

Programs include rescue, adoption, educational outreach, low-income spay/neuter assistance, and feral trap/spay/neuter/release.

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Horse Lovers United (Salisbury, Maryland 21802), a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, was founded in August 1992 by a small group of dedicated horse lovers.

Its goal is to find new, lifetime homes for displaced horses.

Since its incorporation, Horse Lovers United has directly placed more than 110 horses in new homes. It has also assisted in the placement of 400+ more horses through networking with other groups of similar interests. Adopters have gained much pleasure with their horses in a variety of new careers including trail riding, pleasure driving, riding in parades, sleigh rides, dressage, and many more.

Horse Lovers United accepts donations of all breeds of horses into its program, with particular interest in the retired or non-competitive Standardbred racehorse.

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The Cat House on the Kings (Parlier, California 93648) is California’s largest no-cage, no-kill, lifetime cat sanctuary and adoption center.

Its mission is to place rescued cats and kittens into loving, permanent homes; to provide a safe, happy and healthy home for unwanted cats and kittens in a unique, no-cage facility; to prevent pet overpopulation through spaying and neutering; and to educate the public about responsible pet ownership.

Since its founding, The Cat House on the Kings has saved over 16,000 cats and 4,000 dogs (not counting the 40,000 animals it has spayed and neutered!) and currently cares for more than 700 cats and kittens.

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The Oasis Sanctuary (Phoenix, Arizona 85046) is a life-care facility for captive exotic birds.

In particular, the Oasis Sanctuary is a refuge for parrots, cockatoos, macaws, and other Psittacine birds, although it does accept Passerines (finches and canaries), columbiformes (doves and “fancy” or racing pigeons), and other captive avian species.

Many of The Oasis birds come from other rehabilitation and/or adoption programs where qualified personnel have determined that it is not in the bird’s best interests to be placed in private homes. Some of the birds have special needs, or are physically handicapped or challenged, requiring unique living or feeding situations. Others have been bounced from home to home, often being physically and/or emotionally abused, and have simply become too fearful of people to be companions to people any longer.

A number of The Oasis birds are retired breeders, or other birds originally imported for production purposes, who, due to age, infirmity, or temperament would often be facing euthanasia. Because many of the birds are not interested in or capable of human interaction, they are housed with the same or similar compatible species in non-breeding pairs or small flocks in large flight cages.

Of course, The Oasis Sanctuary also is home to a small number of perfectly normal, healthy, and contented birds whose owners brought them to the sanctuary when life changes precluded them from continuing to care for their beloved companions. The Oasis accepts birds whose owners have passed away or gone to nursing homes, when they are willed to The Oasis, or when the request is made by family members. These people recognize that the stability of perpetual care at the facility, with companionship of both people and other birds, is preferable to the possibility of being bounced from home to home over the long lifetime of the bird.

As a true sanctuary, The Oasis does not offer birds for adoption, however, it works with and refers birds requiring rehoming to bona fide adoption programs around the country.

The Oasis Sanctuary is not a zoo, and does not have regular hours when it is open to the public. With reasonable notice, it is usually able to accommodate visitors.

The Oasis is located approximately 50 miles east of Tucson, Arizona, in the San Pedro River Valley, not far from Benson, Arizona. Its remote location affords a peaceful home for its over 400 residents, and minimizes conflict with human neighbors.

The Oasis Sanctuary is proud to be the first exotic bird sanctuary to have dual accreditation from the American Sanctuary Association (ASA) and The Association of Sanctuaries (TAOS).

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Home For Life (Stillwater, Minnesota 55082) is a new kind of animal shelter. It provides lifetime care for the special needs animal, the cat or dog who, while still able to lead a quality life, is unable to find a home due to age, chronic treatable disorder, handicap or similar reason. Once an animal comes to Home For Life, it truly has a home for life.

Most shelters offer two options for animals: adoption or euthanasia. A typical family home is not appropriate for every animal. Those who are old, or who have disabilities, health or temperament problems may do better in another setting. Home For Life believes that these special animals deserve an alternative that will meet their needs. Hence, it created “Door Number 3.” The Home for Life animals enjoy a quality life, where they can be themselves, run and play, and be loved and cherished for as long as they live.

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The mission of Mollywood Avian Sanctuary (Bellingham, Washington 98228) is to provide a permanent, safe, and loving home and future for all psittacine species (hookbill parrots) that are free from contagious diseases.

Mollywood does not offer birds for adoption. When appropriate, as often as possible, Mollywood attempts to refer birds that require rehoming to suitable new homes prior to their acceptance into Mollywood. Lifetime sanctuary care in a natural environment is often the best option for displaced, abused, or mentally ill captive parrots that have failed to thrive in a single-family home. Many pet parrots have been raised in captivity, and are strongly bonded to humans. Some will thrive in a flock setting, with little human interaction, while others would not know what to do in this situation. At Mollywood, their wild nature and complex needs are understood and respected.

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Friends of Cats (El Cajon, California 92021) maintains a shelter for homeless and unwanted cats, with the goal of placing all healthy cats into loving adoptive homes while providing sanctuary for cats that are terminally ill, considered unadoptable, or whose owners have arranged for their continued lifetime care.

In a nurturing, rehabilitative environment, Friends of Cats ensures the health of all cats entrusted to its care, promotes spaying and neutering, and resorts to euthanasia only as a matter of compassion for cats whose terminal illness causes suffering.

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Journey’s End Animal Sanctuary (Glenwood, Florida 32722) provides lifetime care and shelter for dogs, cats, horses, and birds that have been abused, neglected, or have special needs.

Rather than emphasizing adoption, Journey’s End provides a homelike setting where animals can enjoy the remainder of their lives in a comfortable, loving atmosphere.

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Traveller’s Rest Equine Elders Sanctuary (Spotsylvania, Virginia 22553) promotes the humane treatment of elderly horses through education and awareness programs for the general public, as well as the equine community; provides information on the care of elderly horses, assisting owners in properly maintaining older animals through retirement; supports municipal and court efforts to enforce humane treatment and animal control laws; rescues and rehabilitates abused or neglected horses; provides for the lifetime care of elderly horses; and places eligible program horses in permanent adoptive homes.

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