Hometown Highlight: Lone Star Sanctuary for Animals
Providing a safe sanctuary for all animals is the mission of Lone Star Sanctuary for Animals in Midland. The goal of the sanctuary is to place animals in the best home possible where an adopter or adoptee will become best friends forever and family members. The sanctuary was originally formed as Lone Star SPCA to fulfill the organizer’s dream of having a no-kill shelter in Midland.
“We changed the name several years ago to Lone Star Sanctuary for Animals for the simple reason that many SPCAs are ‘kill facilities.’ We are not. We value life and every animal that we take is given the best possible life we can give them in the shelter environment,” said Barbara French, Secretary/Treasurer at Lone Star Sanctuary for Animals.
The Lone Star Sanctuary is a full-service animal sanctuary where the animals are housed and cared for by full-time caregivers, which sets them apart from most animal rescues in Midland. The rescue is a 501(c) not-for-profit meaning their funds are based on donations.
“Our funding comes from public donations – we send out mail requests, host community fundraisers such as 5K Running Fur Rescues, and a party fundraiser ‘Yappy Hour,’” said French. “All of our funds go toward the care of our animals such as food, veterinary care, housing, utilities, and caregivers. It is a unique effort that we undertake to care for approximately 65 dogs and 45 cats daily.”
The community impact of the sanctuary keeps stray animals off the streets and vets them to ensure they are healthy and adoptable. Additionally, the organization travels to local schools to educate children and teens about the care and responsibility of owning a pet.
“Last year we adopted 120 animals and immediately filled their kennels with other animals in need – in effect, we saved at least 240 animals last year and are striving to exceed that number this year,” said French.
Their goal for the next three to five years is to provide new housing for their animals by expanding and improving their facilities.
“We have recently rezoned a 40-acre plant that will be the site for the sanctuary so we can expand and begin a building campaign to build kennels. Right now, our goal is to build new facilities to house the number of animals we care for now – eventually we would like to expand so we can help more animals in need. Additionally, we are in the process of setting up a new cat facility, but we need a new welcome center and kennels for all the dogs.”
The sanctuary is always in need of volunteer help to do a variety of tasks such as volunteering at their adoption events, assisting with their mailings, managing their website or taking pictures of their animals. To become a volunteer, you must attend volunteer orientation which is the first Saturday of each month. Another way to support the sanctuary is to donate necessities for their animals such as dry dog and cat food, cat treats, small fleece blankets, dog sweaters and collars.
To learn more about the Lone Star Sanctuary for Animals or to find out what specific donation items they are in need of, please visit their website by clicking here or visit their Facebook page by clicking here.
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