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Living Free Animal Sanctuary

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Animal Protection & Welfare, Animal Training, Animals

Mission: Living Free Animal Sanctuary is a nonprofit, no-kill, true blue animal sanctuary saving dogs and cats slated for shelter euthanasia. We rescue animals and find them loving homes. "Saving humanity one animal at a time."

Target demographics: rescue, rehabilitate and find loving homes for dogs and cats whose time is up at local public shelters.

Direct beneficiaries per year: to rescue over 600 dogs and cats

Geographic areas served: Mountain Center, California

Programs: complete vet exams, spaying or neutering if needing, micro-chipping, then caring for these animals in a cage-free environment.

Community Stories

29 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

3 Jennie R.1

Advisor

Rating: 5

There is a warmth of goodwill and caring that touches your soul when you visit Living Free. I've been involved for over three years and I tell everyone who visits, Living Free is my serenity. We save lives each and every day for animals that need sanctuary. It is a joy when we know we make a difference in pets lives and I truly feel that they know it and appreciate us. Each year the number of volunteers who give their valuable time and hearts grows and the hours they give increases. We have 135 volunteers who gave over 12,000 volunteer hours in 2017. As one volunteer recently commented, "When I started as a volunteer I thought I would give occasional hours once a month and because I enjoy Living Free and what we do here so much I'm here several times a week."

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My 70th birthday weekend was spent in Idyllwild and an important part of the celebration was to visit Living Free. For starters, when I walked into the office, the kitties greeted me (or not!!) from their various spots of choice. Immediate smile on my face. The human staff gave me a warm welcome. I was driven around and checked out the clean, spacious, comfortable and warm kennels. The dogs have so much area to play in until their forever family finds them, I was moving away from CA and couldn't adopt another furry friend but fond memories remain of this awesome sanctuary that does so much for the animals. Thank you for helping all of them know that love is alive and well at Living Free.

Mike T.3

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I love this place! I volunteer with a different rescue and we needed help spaying and neutering a litter of stray puppies and their mom. At the time Living Free was hosting a spay/neuter clinic and it was the only place in the area where we could get this done in a timely and affordable manner. Everyone there was just absolutely great every step of the way. While we were there we toured the facility and met many of their adoptable animals. We were very impressed with the whole organization and highly recommend this place

Client Served

Rating: 5

A few years ago I decided to adopt a dog, and found Living Free online. I loved that they rescued animals and kept them for life, if necessary - truly saving lives. So I drove the 4 hours to the sanctuary and visited all the dogs. The staff were amazing and patient. After a few hours meeting all the prospective adoptees, one of them adopted me. Her name was Spirit, she was 11 and had lived almost her entire life at Living Free. They loved her like family, but Spirit was intent on belonging to me and frankly, it was love at first sight. She and all her medication came home with me a couple of weeks later. I had the privilege of living with Spirit for three years before she passed away. Living Free will always be a part of my life, not only because of the beautiful gift they gave me in Spirit, but because of all they do for every animal they rescue. They love and care for them as their own, and nurture and encourage them to flourish. I know of no better organization.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Could not be happier with our new to is rescue Buddy. He is a wonderful dog and the process of making him ours was a great experience. They do such good works for our furry friends

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

They truly love and care for animals, and that's what I am all about! Thank you LFAS!!!!

Violet P.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Living Free offers such a sanctuary for their animals. None of the animals are in cages. The dogs have nice runs to roam and play. They come inside to sleep. They have misters when it’s warm and heat when it’s cold. The runs are cleaned and santitized daily. The caters is a haven for cats they have access to outside where it is enclosed do they are safe and beds inside and all sorts of places to climb. The staff take pride in their jobs and love their animals. It is a very special place unlike any place I have ever seen.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Living Free Animal Sanctuary in Mountain Center California is an amazing place. We rescue our dogs and cats from high kill shelters. We work with them and socialize them to make them more adoptable. None of our animals are in cages. A beautiful place to visit and adopt.
We are also rescuing wild mustangs from the BLM.

Rob H.2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a volunteer at Living Free for several years and I am continually impressed with the care and service provided to the dogs and cats that are rescued by this organization. The facilities are excellent, and the full time staff are OUTSTANDING. This organization truly makes a difference.

Donor

Rating: 5

What a wonderful mission and location. Living Free is an integral part of our community and deserves special praise for the amazing work it does helping and saving animals. An incredible facility that warrants our continued support.

Pam N.1

Client Served

Rating: 5

We adopted two Siamese cats from Living Free. The first one came home with us right away, but the second boy had a persistent runny nose, and they didn't want to release him until he was 100% better. It took a while for that upper respiratory thing to clear up, but I appreciated the extra care and attention they gave our Kimba. They genuinely care about every animal. I highly recommend them.

Client Served

Rating: 5

3 years ago, my fiancé and I were looking for a companion for our older dog. What better of an idea than to stop at Living Free on our way back from a mountain resort over the Thanksgiving weekend! The people who work there were so nice and we were impressed at how comfortable all the animals seemed to be and in such a beautiful environment! We found our fun loving beagle named "Rebel" and were excited to bring him home. We thank all the people who work there as we saw first hand how their hearts are so in to caring for these animals! We highly recommend this beautiful sanctuary to anyone looking for a furry friend.

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

I absolutely love what this sanctuary is doing for the community and the many in need animals. The staff is beyond friendly and knowledgeable. If you haven’t checked the place out you need to do so!!!! Check out the cattery right meow!

2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I moved to Mountain Center, CA in early March with my fiancé and our dog. We knew we wanted to get another dog, but we were waiting to find the right fit. We were amazed to find the most spectacular animal sanctuary 2 mins down the road from us. We adopted a wonderful dog from them and we also volunteer for them. They are an amazing group.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This place is amazing. Living Free is on 154 of the most beautiful aces. Horses in the fields, dogs being walked and kitties in the cattery waiting for a visitor so they can curl up in a lap to give a purr of contentment. The animals in this place are very well taken care of. Dogs are walked to enclosed park where they can play in a pond or just chase a ball. Cats all play together and have enclosed patios with many things to climb and play with. This is a very peaceful place. Once you come to visit you will just want to stay.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I visited living free 2 years ago and was so impressed on how well the animals where cared for. None of the animals are in cages. The dogs have huge runs with things to climb or sleep on, in or under. In the summer they have misters that come on to mist the dogs down when out in the runs. At night they are in doors where they have fans for the summer and a heater for the winter months. The runs and indoor sleeping areas are extremely clean. The cattery is very impressive as well. The cats have access to indoor and outdoors via an enclosed patio with places to climb and just be a cat. Again all areas of Living Free are extremely clean. When I retired last May, I became a volunteer and love it.

2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

We were lucky to find a really great dog from this sanctuary who is now a part of our family. The staff at Living Free were extremely kind and patient and answered all our questions. The property itself is also breathtaking!

If you're coming up "the hill", consider stopping by this place for a tour or to see all the happy animals.

2 Jo Ann R.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My first visit to Living Free was many years ago. I felt like there was magic. After losing 3 cats, I visited Living Free to help heal from the loss. The compassion from the entire staff was amazing. I was then blessed with the opportunity to volunteer and discovered it was more magical than I ever imagined. Though Living Free suffered as a result of the Cranston Fire July 2018 then the subsequent flooding Valentine's Day 2019, they have remained steadfast in their mission to save as many animals as possible and guarantee that once they enter the sanctuary, the life of each animal is treated as sacred. I am thankful for the opportunity to be associated with Living Free and know that they will continue to live by the mission of "saving humanity one animal at a time."

2 Sierra T.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Living Free is a magical place! The volunteers are amazing and all the animals are so well known and loved. They have all been saved from dire situations and are able to live their life in dignity, whether that is at a forever home with a new family or with their Living Free family at the sanctuary. When you visit the sanctuary, you can go through the wonderful mountain town of Idyllwild, and Living Free itself is beautiful...right in the San Jacinto mountains. I am so grateful Living Free exists!

3

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I went up to Living Free to visit a Friend from High School I had not seen in 40 years who volunteered up there. Little did I know how my heart would be changed with this visit. She gave us a tour and I was so amazed how well cared for all the animals were. Not to mention the stunning beauty of the Living Free. Moving fast forward I am now a volunteer for special events. The Staff and volunteers at Living Free are the finest with such love and compassion for the animals. The dogs have runs outside to play in and heat in the winter and misters in the summer. I encourage my friends to and go visit Living Free for the Day it is beautiful and will touch your heart like it did mine.

3

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My husband and I were going to Idyllwild for a getaway weekend 4 years ago and drove by the sign just before the turn off on 74 to 243 that said Living Free and wondered what it was. When we got to Idyllwild we inquired, and as soon as we found out what it was, we immediately turned around and visited and took the tour. We were hooked and have been ever since, joining the ranks of volunteers. This is an amazing Sanctuary, located in Mountain Center, California on acres and acres providing a safe environment for those dogs and cats that have been pulled from the high kill shelters in Riverside County, CA - evaluated and vetted and worked with to become adoptable. The more that are adopted - and the adoption rates have increased more and more over the years, the more can be saved. And, if the dogs and cats are not adopted, they live the rest of their lives in wonderful accommodations - dogs have their own bedrooms, patios, and dog runs - never in cages - and the cats have an amazing house to live in but can stay in or go outside in the most fabulous CATIO you can imagine! This amazing Sanctuary is run by just a handful of the most dedicated staff, and complimented by much needed volunteers - we joined those ranks immediately 4 years ago. Please spread the word about Living Free, who has now expanded their mission to include wild horses, burros and will be implementing equine therapy for Veterans. If you cannot volunteer, or adopt - please consider donating to help the Sanctuary continue with their very special and important work! Plan a visit to this wonderful place in the very near future - and you will be hooked too!

2

Client Served

Rating: 5

Living Free pulls animals from high kill shelters. They then work with them until their forever homes are found...whether that be a day, a month, a year or however long it takes. Living Free does not give up on the dogs and cats in need.
Friends drove 3.5 hours one way to see Living Free and "maybe" adopt a dog. They adopted two! These dogs each came to Living Free from different sources and left as best friends. During this adoption, Living Free mentioned they could use some collars...so another great non profit helping animals answered the call. See video. Good people all the way around.