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Animal Sanctuary of the St Croix Valley

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Animal Protection & Welfare, Animals

Programs: Home for life is a care for life sanctuary. In 2014, we provided sanctuary for over 180 animals, who, without us, would have had nowhere else to turn. We care for animals that other shelters and rescues are unable to help. We not only give the animals a home for life, we also engage many of them in our pet peace corps, which is a community outreach program that offers healing and solace through pet therapy to at risk people of all ages in our community. In 2014, home for life provided pet therapy services to over 1,000 at risk children and over 1,200 adults, elderly, patients receiving treatment for cancer and mental health conditions, soldiers receiving long term care at the va hospital poly trauma unit, families impacted by domestic violence, and adjudicated youth. Home for life's animals come to us from all over the united states and from many foreign countries.

Community Stories

3 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters


General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

A very different and much needed facility. The animals are obviously well-nourished and happy. Their disabilities would make it difficult if not impossible for them to be placed in a human home, and this home is better for them anyway. Their special needs are the center of attention here, and staff members are well trained to meet those needs. This is a very impressive place, deserving of whatever support you can give it.

4 Farah R.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Animal rescue, is about rescuing animals.....not pandering to human egos and emotions. I work with foreign animal rescue and we have had the great fortune to cross paths with Lisa and home for life. We have dogs that are unadoptable due to physical and emotional issues, HFL has housed a number of them. Without Lisa and HFL and organizations like hers these animals would be in dire straights.

I spent 4 days at HFL volunteering and watching the operation. One thing is very very clear.....it is about the animals...they recieve the very best of care and attention and love. Lisa runs a tight ship, but she has to, she has many many responsibilities and worrying about individuals who do not have the same vision as hers should not be one of them.

HFL is run on donations, as are most animal rescues, as one who has seen terrible animal neglect many times, I am a full supporter of HFL and their vision.......we share the same one.....nothing else should matter except the care of these animals that would stand no chance in this cruel world without the selfless dedication of a few.

Farah Ravon
Vafa Animal Shelter - US Rep



Rating: 5

Home for Life is a beautifully managed sanctuary that saves cats and dogs who have behavior issues and/or disabilities that would make adoption very difficult. The Home for Life animals would have been euthanized at traditional shelters. Instead they are given loving care at Home for Life, which has been managed effectively for decades. Cats and dogs live in rooms not cages. Dogs live in compatible pairs, and cats live communally. Each dog room has a little outdoor yard and in addition, the dogs are given time to run in huge yards.

I wanted to make a donation to an outstanding No Kill sanctuary that takes in animals from across the nation and that has a long track record of excellence. I looked online but found that there are very few sanctuaries that measure up to those criteria. I made my donation to Home for Life after reading the website carefully and talking to the Director. While I live across the country, and have not visited Home for Life, it was enough for me to see their photos and videos of their disabled dogs and cats who live such happy lives - it literally brings me tears of joy. I believe that donors can feel confident that their gifts are used efficiently and effectively to provide excellent care at Home for Life for animals who would otherwise be killed at traditional shelters.

I think it’s sad that many people who give to the national “humane” groups think their money goes to save dog and cats. Anyone who reads the No Kill literature -especially Nathan Winograd’s Friendly Fire - would never give another dime to those groups. And it is also sad when people donate to traditional shelters, which resort to convenience killing. Animals like the cats and dogs at Home for Life are quickly euthanized at all too many shelters in America; it is estimated that 4 million dogs and cats are put down every year and the animals like those at Home for Life don’t have a chance at traditional shelters.

If you believe that all cats and dogs want to live, whether or not they are “adoptable,” and that they should be loved and cared for at a beautiful place, please take a look at the Home for Life website.

Review from Guidestar