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Happy Spring Equinox Y'all

Posted on March 20, 2013 at 8:20am 1 Comment

Howdy y'all,

Sorry I haven't been around for such a long time. It's been hectic here for months, with a new crisis every day. We've lost about 9 animals in the last 8 months and gotten in about 10 animals, so we still have around 35 animals and no help. Just Dave and me, and he is workin' fulltime and any overtime he can get, to pay for feed, medicine, treatments and vet visits. As donations are scarce and volunteers are not happenin'.

But we do have another way of gettin'…


This is all new to me.

Posted on September 29, 2011 at 10:01pm 2 Comments

Thank y'all that welcomed me.

I really don't know what to say about myself, since I don't know anyone here. I'm 68, a disabled Nam vet and a retired registered nurse. I live in the desert, a recluse,I guess. I have some health issues that I have been told are terminal, but I'm still here. There's still lessons I need to learn and things I need to do. My husband (of 31 years) and I run a 501(c)3 non-profit no-kill sanctuary for elderly and special needs animals (farm and exotic). We…


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At 6:02pm on August 7, 2012, Linda M. said…

Happy Birthday!!  Take time from your busy day to do something just for you.

At 10:17am on November 19, 2011, Leila Raven said…

Just catching up on my comments again, sorry to hear so many of your animals are struggling. I'm hoping your managing with the finances and with the losses & grief of ailing & passing friends. I know it must be very challenging at times with how much you love and care for them.

At 12:15pm on October 23, 2011, Leila Raven said…

I believe that, love is a powerful force, a creative/life force. The love we share with, for and from animals can be a profoundly powerful one. I know if it were not for the combined love from my family and loved ones, human and other species together, I would not be here today.  Service is a blessing... a life re-affirming one. :)

I started a discussion thread about your rescue work in our animal activism group here on the Temple. I was inspired by the beautiful animals you uploaded pictures of, and just had to share their stories with the group.

At 3:07pm on October 11, 2011, Leila Raven said…

It's sad how cruel and angry some can be.. I will look forward to seeing pictures of the animals you are caring for. If I was healthy and had the resources, physically, financially, I would do rescue, have an animal sanctuary. That's one of main dreams, is a hobby farm, giving some permanent homes to some animals in need, and rehoming others. Who knows, maybe in years to come I'll find a way. :)

At 11:31am on October 11, 2011, Leila Raven said…

I don't think that unusual at all, I think many people are very empathic, and like yourself sense what is going on with others, person and animal, very strongly.

We have an empath support group in our groups for that very thing, I think this site is drawing a fair number of emapthic people, as it has a lot of people on it that are putting out some strong centered spiritual energy.

I feel like a snake today, I have that very still reflective energy going on.. If I still had a snake in my life I would be spending time together today. Perhaps it's the full moon... :)


At 10:03am on October 7, 2011, Leila Raven said…

I'm honoured that you feel comfortable sharing with me, thank you *hugs* I believe we all know one another from other lives.. but that we are hidden behind so many layers and masks in this world, and remember so little, that it's only occasionally that we 'recognize' each other. But that at heart, we are all family.

I understand about wanting to keep the focus on the animals, and that's wonderful. :) You can absolutely do that in any of the groups I've suggested, or start a group to share about them. I would love that. :)

The snake in your avatar is so beautiful, I love the constrictors. Such amazing animals, so serene and calm, I always find spending time with a snake is soothing and grounding, it's like they all have a very old soul, ancient energies..

At 9:17am on October 6, 2011, Leila Raven said…

That's fantastic, then we're free to move ahead, and I have no issue at all with you promoting your cause here. Quite the opposite, eager to try to get you some additional support for the animals you're caring for.

There's a few groups that you could start a discussion thread on if you like, I've posted them below, or, you're also welcome to create your own group for your shelter, and then post in the related groups to let them know about your group.



The Animal Kingdom Of Pets

The Animal Kingdom Of Pets



At 2:01pm on October 4, 2011, Leila Raven said…

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We rarely get spammers, and we boot them fast, but a few do get through now and then phishing for emails.

Apologies... and back to our regularly scheduled programming!

At 8:01pm on October 2, 2011, Leila Raven said…
That's too bad that you're isolated by distance by possible volunteers. I think there may be some legal issues with you asking donations if you're unregistered if you're 501c3 non-profit registered, then I have no problem with it, and can recommend a few ways to go about it on the site.
At 12:06pm on October 1, 2011, Leila Raven said…

You're most welcome, it's great to have you here sharing with us. I know what it's like to get busy, no pressure ever to be active here, take your time, we're meant to be a sanctuary rather than another obligation in life. :) Enough of those already!

I greatly admire what you do, and wish I was in a position to do the same. We've done in the past rescue work with small dog rescue organizations, as well as many times over the year unofficially rescued, rehabilitated and rehomed animals in need. We have 4 rescue adopted cats & 2 dogs currently. In the past we've had snakes, birds, and small animals.

Have you thought about advertising somewhere like Craigslist to recruit a local teen or two that loves animals to maybe give you a hand and get involved in your rescue work? You'd think there would be people willing to volunteer.


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