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Majical Miniatures and the Cat's Cradle inc

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Causes: Animal Protection & Welfare, Animal Services, Animals, Wildlife Sanctuaries

Mission: Majical Miniatures, a 501c3 not for profit animal sanctuary, is a place where second chances are born. Animals arrive here for many reasons and in all kinds of conditions; our goal is to save them all. While that is humanly impossible, we save as many as we can, and the ones we lose are lost with deep sorrow. No one is forgotten as we move on to the next one that needs us

Results: We are currently working on a volunteer drive as well as fundraising events & campaigns to open our new education center to help educate the public about the animals we rescue & rehab.

Target demographics: everyone who loves animals

Direct beneficiaries per year: 200+ animals that currently reside at Majical MIniatures rehab center

Programs: Majical miniatures is a place where second chances are born. Injured, orphaned, neglected of just unwanted exotic and farm animals are treated like the heroes they are. Their bodies heal with the best care we can give them. But as important, their will and spirit heals as they learn to trust the love and respect that surrounds them. Our goal is to save them all. While that is humanly impossible, we save as many as we can, and the ones we lose are lost with deep sorrow. None are forgotten as we move on the the next one that needs us. Our main goal for the wildlife we care for is to repair their bodies and keep their spirits as wild as we can, so they may be released into their wild world again. Willife that is permanently disabled live here for life, and they become the teachers that only they can be - to educate humans about their kind. Their very presence here is one of the surest ways of teaching why they need to be left in the wild, not picked up and taken home as pets.

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Community Stories

39 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Donor

Rating: 5

Ariyana, Jan, and their staff are the most caring and compassionate people we know. Their dedication and knowledge for serving the animals they rescue and shelter is extraordinary. We have known them since we moved to Parrish in 2005, and try to help them and their shelter any way we can.
They are truly rare individuals who dedicate their lives to making other lives better.

We encourage everyone to help support their shelter!

Mark Snider & Kim Oliphant

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I worked for this organization for about a year after first moving to Florida post college graduation. Having a background mostly in accredited, public organizations, working for MM was a new experience that has set the standard in animal rescue care. They bend over beyond backwards to put everything they have into every animal that comes through their gates, from staying up all night to provide medical care and company to investing in professional food and care products for everyone, to making the impossible happen in cases everyone else would consider a lost cause. Although my personal path has led me elsewhere, I continue to volunteer for them whenever possible. I have the utmost respect for the staff who contribute quite literally themselves to providing abandoned or abused animals with a loving home and individual care. The animals always come first and it is impossible to not see the benefits of this attention upon meeting the sanctuary residents.

Tim_26

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I became involved with Majical Miniatures through a friend and volunteered over the course of a year until I moved out of the area. From management to volunteer, this organization is well run with an eye toward making every dollar count toward the rehabilitation and welfare of the formerly abused and abandoned exotic animals who call it home. The organization makes a point to recreate a natural habitat for each inhabitant catering to the individual need. This is an organization that I would highly recommend when you're thinking of making a donation of time or money.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I became acquainted with Majical miniatures several years ago when I was looking to find a new home for my llamas. They were in need of something to help protect their rescues from the neighboring and hunting bobcat population and so it began. I have worked in the field of rescue and primatology for more years than I want to mention and this is by far the best organization of its type. The caring of Arianna and Jan as well as on site staff Jenna is above reproach! When I had a parrot in need of hourly care they volunteered to help without even blinking! Thanks to them she returned home to her mate 3 months later alive and well again. You always know they will do anything possible to help any animal in need and it will get the best care, attention, and life possible...regardless of the personal or financial costs to them.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Majical Miniatures is a wonderful place to go & relax with the animals and nature. You can get up close and personal with loved, well fed and cared for, & very clean environment for the aniimals. Animals can feel the love you give them and I can sure feel the love they give back. It is rewarding to know the animals have a place to live out the rest of their life in a well managed place with natural settings. I can't say enough about going there. It's my way of escaping the rollercoaster of life. The kangaroos have air conditioned play houses with windows, and a shelf to lay on. All I would need is a radio or tv and could live in one. I tell everyone about these LUCKY animals. The staff are very friendly and welcoming.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Going to Majical Miniatures is wonderful it's like being in another world. Where animals are well taken care of, fed well, relaxed and happy. If I had to live somewhere else, I could put a tent up and camp there with all the animals. It is a very peaceful place to go and feeding and cleaning cages is not a chore its a pleasure & to know your helping all the animals to live out a wonderul life in clean well kept enviornment. I love to volunteer for this organization the people are GREAT and the animals are so happy there.........

Donor

Rating: 5

I have become acquainted with Majical Miniatures and have found the organization to be life-givers to the many animals that pass thru the doors of this rescue. They are truly inspiritional in the care and love given to these needy animals. I do not hesitate to give whatever financial help I can give and I know that it is used in the best interest of the animals' welfare. Absolutely awesome!!!

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Donor

Rating: 5

We are very impressed with the dedicated work that Majical Miniatures does. We donate because we feel that the money is well spent on helping all types of animals and their manmade habitats. We wish them continued blessings on their efforts and will continue to support them financially. Anthony and Kathryn Bartkowiak

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Majical Miniatures is the best facility I have ever worked for. The animals are always number one and I think that is very important at rescues. Everyone goes above and beyond what is "expected" of them to ensure the animals always have the very best care.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Majical Miniatures is one of of cleanest sanctuaries I have ever seen. The wonderful volunteers and staff obviously love each and every single animal. All of the animals have very nice sized habitats and yards to run in with lots of enrichment. I was very impressed the first time I went to the Sanctuary I have worked with animals for several years and have visited many Rescues and Zoos and can say Majical Miniatures does a wonderful job and their animals are very fortunate. I hope they are around to provide the same excellent care for many years to come.

Sarah122

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I love this place! The animals are treated so kindly and you can see it in their eyes. I am so impressed with how hard they work to make these animals have life with dignity. They have such a variety of animals and they can tell you exactly what each one needs to stay healthy. I have watched Majical Miniatures evolve over the years and it is truly magical.

Board Member

Rating: 5

Majical Miniatures is like no other rescue, they are very caring and go the extra mile to ensure that the animals are healthy and happy. The staff and volunteers do a wonderful job of making the animals feel wanted and loved. They try to make it a natural habitat so the animals feel at home. I have adopted 3 pets from them and i know they really care that the animals that can get new homes go where they are loved and cared for.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Majical Miniatures is a very special rescue where all the animals are treated with love and gentleness. The many assorted animals come here and bond with new friends (both animal and human) in a very natural setting with plenty of room to wander. Three hundred sixty five days a year they are coddled and cared for. Owners, managers , and volunteers keep this rescue heaven on earth for many very special creatures. They really deserve a 10 star rating!!!

Kelly82

Donor

Rating: 5

Absolutely Amazing! I have been working with animals my whole life. I have run across so many so called rescues that care more about the income the generate than the well being of the animals in their care. It is refreshing to run across a organization like Majical Miniatures that pours their heart and soul into what they do. Kudos!!

Board Member

Rating: 5

Majical Miniatures is truly a one of kind organization. They have a wonderful staff & volunteers who go the extra mile for all creatures in need. They collaborate with a number of other rescue organizations to make their mission even more far reaching. And further increase this by helping the public with solutions to animal situations and just supplying information. They continue to strive to provide the best possible care & homes for all of their 'residents'. Majical Miniatures is a rescue that is truly driven by its mission statement.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Majical Miniatures is an amazing organization. It is evident that caring for the animals is their number one priority. They work tirelessly to ensure that each animal is very well cared for and loved. I can not say enough good things about the staff and volunteers at Majical Miniatures.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

My husband & I both volunteer for Majical Miniatures & have adopted a couple of their adoptable animals. The level of dedication to the care & well being of the animals not only at the rescue but once they are adopted is amazing! We can't say enough good things about them!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Magical Mniatures is the most special place to me . They take so much pride and care of all of the animals here. So much work and time goes into this wonderful place full of love and care. Peacefull to say the least. If ever there is problem with one of the animals a veterinarian is immediatly called. NEVER in all of my Volunteering adventures have I found a sanctuary so dedicated to the health and well being of the animals.... I am a true supporter and always will be.
Debbie Harvat

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Majical Miniatures to me is like heaven on earth for animals and anyone who has the opportunity to spend any time with all the amazing animals here. I feel so blessed to be a part of this orginization . I have volunteered at pleanty of places but this ...as far as animals and staff go will be the one and only place I will volunteer at. The staff at this organization is always animal health first ,no matter what the cost. This is a one of a kind orginization. I can not say enough about the love and care of all of these special anmals and the special people who care for them.

Donor

Rating: 5

Majical Miniatures is a very caring animal rescue/rehab organization. I am impressed with the amount of work they put into the monthly newsletter, their fundraising yard sales, and getting the word out when they have an animal with special or critical needs. I have supported them financially and once donated a foot massage for a duckling with a bad foot who needed a whirlpool. They were very appreciative and even took the time to call me back and ask for my email address so they could send me pictures of the duck using it. It was nice to see my donation in action and put to good use. Keep up the good work.

Judith14

Donor

Rating: 5

these people are doing what every animal lover would love to do. they are taking the role for us that can't. I know that the volunteers of this organization give their heart and soul to make this work for unfortunate animals. they deserve the most, I am going to form an event for 2013 as manager of a fashion store in Sarasota. So important to these animals that deserve the care of these people.....thank you

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Dr. Saint Jennings, Jan Doherty, Jenna and the entire modest staff are among the most caring, devoted, energetic people I've ever met. The animals enjoy a loving, healthy, clean and safe environment. And, the animals have the appropriate areas to live and roam for their species, as well as the proper food for their species. I've been an animal advocate, activist, volunteer and donor for many years in the Sarasota-Bradenton FL area and have great respect and trust in Majical Miniatures. They are deserving of any and all consideration available to help keep this much needed sanctuary going. Madeline Young

Donor

Rating: 5

This is a much needed organization. They work long hard hours taking care o animals in need. everyone should support majical miniatures in anyway that they can.

Jan_14

Board Member

Rating: 5

I have been involved with animal rescue and non profit organizations for over 30 yrs and Majical Miniatures tops the list! It is a place where the animals and our mission truly comes first. Quality of life means everything. Good food,& medical care, clean areas, enrichment, the most natural habitats we can provide, and great staff & volunteers as caretakers who really appreciate the every day miracles here are the norm. It is truly a magical place.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Dr. Ariyana Saint Jennings, a retired veterinarian, and founder/director of MaJical Miniatures, and her incredible staff, went to a great deal of trouble and expense to save a Red kangaroo, who had been injured at another facility.

The dedication that the team from MaJical Miniatures showed during this time was beyond what a typical rescue facility would have considered.

The red kangaroo, who had sustained two broken heels, required surgery and extensive rehabilitation. Dr. Ariyana stayed with the kangaroo 24 hours per day during her recovery, and even slept beside her, to ensure she was never left alone.

The situation was made even more difficult because Poppy, the kangaroo, was not a tame animal, so Dr. Ariyana and her staff had to try and persuade Poppy that they were trying to help her and keep her from getting stressed, since kangaroos suffer severely from stress when they are not accustomed to being handled by people.

Unfortunately, after a month of little sleep and a lot of TLC, dressing changes and medications, Poppy passed away peacefully, and left the girls devastated. They had done their absolute best and no one could have done more for Poppy.

I was amazed at the compassion and diligence that the girls showed during Poppy’s rehabilitation and I am extremely proud to know Dr. Ariyana and her staff.