Sept. 17, 2016 – Today Larra took me to the SAINTS animal rescue shelter near Abbotsford, BC. This is one of her favorite charities. From their website:
- SAINTS a home-for-life animal sanctuary for animals that have a hard time adjusting to a human world.
- As is appropriate to their temperament our animals live in groups, so they always have somebody to play with.
- Our animals live in temperature controlled buildings, where they have 24 hour a day access to their large play yards.
- Our animals are fed a premium grade limited ingredient dry food, or other appropriate healthy diet.
All animals are neutered upon their arrival, and then live out their lives happy and comfortable. No animals are put down unless they’re unhappy and can’t be helped with medication.
This cat prefers living with the rabbits, instead of the other cats. The cats have free access to the outdoors, but they can’t escape. Each “cell block” [my term] has it’s own exercise area.
Pot-bellied pigs sometimes need rescuing, too.
This guy is anti-social, so he has his own corner, complete with TV and DVD player. He watches dog movies all day. What a life!
Here is pays to be a grouch. This guy has a private room, and gets private walks in the yard.
This is Max. His back legs don’t work.
Too many drunken parties, I guess.
Volunteers spend time every day with all of the animals that want human company.
Building after building, room after room, all are cat heaven. When pigs fly!
Winky is a hoot. Friendliest, happiest dog in the place, with only one eye.
Rooms are all isolated from each other, and animals are matched for compatibility.
They call him “Disney,” but nobody told me why.
Another of the cat runs, above.
Animals with behavior issues get private rooms, with private outdoor runs.
Even a turtle – an invasive species of turtle that can’t be released into the wild.
Ducks, geese and chickens.
These American Heritage turkeys are the same size as that seagull I photographed in Vancouver a few days ago.
There are three cows in the sanctuary.
There’s a number of goats.
More pot-bellied pigs.
There’s sheep in the corral.
Two horses and a donkey down by the pond.
Part of our tour group.
This is the memorial garden, dedicated to the 700 animals that have lived out their lives here. This is buddy. He’s a 19 year old Black Lab. He says he’s going to stick around until the food runs out. He arrived five years ago, near death. With proper treatment and medication he’s now thriving, and loving life.