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Animal Guardian Network Sanctuary & Healing Center's Canine Senior Center Expansion

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THE STORY:

Old and afraid, our senior canine companions are being left to die at county shelters at an alarming rate. They are frail, afraid and confused, most times being dumped by the only family they have ever known. Our senior and wild horses and burros are being sold at livestock auctions where the most cruel and suffering fate awaits them.

As our Sanctuary and Healing Center continues to grow and succeed, the need to ensure that our facility keeps pace with our progressive ideas and care standards has become critical. Waiting lists grow and available space shrinks each year. The current infrastructure no longer meets the needs of our many programs and we have exceeded the capacity of the Center as it currently exists.

Animal Guardian Network, located in Cave Creek, AZ, sets the highest standards in sanctuaries today, making healing miracles happen for so many animals. We provide lifelong, around-the-clock care for animals that are accepted as either temporary or permanent sanctuary residents.

Animals like Kona, a 10-year-old American Eskimo dog, who was found in the home alongside his deceased guardian; or Cisco, a 13-year-old Chihuahua, taken to a high kill shelter after his guardian went into hospice care and no one in the family wanted to take responsibility for him; or Storm, an 8-year-old paint horse, who was headed to slaughter because he was unbroken and afraid.

Animal Guardian Network has made a well-respected impact in the humane community for the work we do and high standards we maintain. Currently 45 animals including dogs, horses, burros, chickens and a steer call our sanctuary home.

We have been presented with the opportunity to purchase the property ajacent to our current location. It will provide us with the ability to expand our senior dog housing and care center with a 2,550 square foot building. The facility will include:

- A main living area for the majority of the senior dogs,

- Two separate suites for dogs that have lost their human and do not care for other dogs.

- A large kitchen area for daily meal prep and dispensing of medications.

- A large laundry area to manage and maintain daily clean bedding.

- A medical and rehab treatment/care room with an ICU for dogs that are fragile.

- A private room for meetings and where visitors can spend time with a particular dog or two.

- Onsite caretaker lodging.

The additional acreage will provide for an expansion of our horse and livestock habitats enabling more animals to be saved from slaughter. It will also provide space for a barn previously donated to be erected.

Now imagine the many senior citizens living out the rest of their lives in a skilled nursing home or assisted living facility. How many of those lives could be enriched by a weekly visit to our senior canine facility? Imagine the joy both human and dog would feel if they could spend time together, comforting each other. It would give every being involved a purpose and something to truly look forward to. Our plan is to do just that by instituting a Seniors for Seniors program where senior citizens would be transported to our facility for an afternoon of enrichment with our canine residents.

A grant for $100,000 is already in place for a new Senior Facility from Lulu’s Fund through the Timothy T. Day Foundation. We need an additional $230,000 to acquire the property.

Your support in this campaign is invaluable and the single best investment you can make to ensure that we are able to save and provide for more animals than ever dreamed possible!

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