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Satchels Last Resort Inc

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Animal Protection & Welfare, Animals

Mission: Satchel’s Last Resort is a no-kill animal shelter/sanctuary whose mission is to Rescue, Rehab and Rehome dogs and cats with nowhere else to go because of breed, behavior or medical issues.

Target demographics: Dogs and cats with nowhere else to go.

Programs: Rescue, Rehab and Rehome

Community Stories

24 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Satchel's is so much more than a rescue. It is a passionate group of people committed to the most difficult of missions- to save those that no one else will save. It has been so amazing to be a part of this group. To learn from them, aspire to be even half as impactful as some of them are. Rescue is painful, it changes you. You can never unsee some of the things you see. But if we don't commit and help, these animals would have such a terrible life- or no life at all. I have learned that a shelter can be a home. It can be full of love, care, joyful moments and new beginnings. The people at Satchel's have shown me the beautiful side of rescue, and that is so powerful. We support each other through the difficult times, and celebrate the joys together. It's a family for all of us. I am so thankful for the mission and existence of this organization and all they do. Here is a photo of me with one of my "specials". A precious moment, thanks to Satchel's!

Lydia N.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Satchels has an incredibly kind and knowledgeable staff and group of volunteers that care for and love their animals like family.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

It started May 2021. I could no longer care for my dog due to health & poor home life for him to have a better home than I could give him. Satchels came to the rescue. This shelter is first class helping these amazing dogs from God that seem to have misplaced lives. I became a volunteer & these babies are very well cared for. Clean, pleasant, organized with scheduled feedings/meds/ walking the dogs/ socialized yard time/wonderful knowledgeable friendly staff/very well organized program. They are my family now. My baby is adopted now to a nice, young couple. Thank you Satchels. You are top notch.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Fostered and then adopted a beautiful FIV cat named Birch from Satchels.Also fostering another FIV cat, from Satchels named
Ace as a friend for Birch. Both are beautiful friendly guys that wouldn’t have had a second chance if it wasn’t for Satchels.
Satchels is the best!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been volunteering at Satchel’s Last Resort and Sanctuary for over two years. I am a huge animal lover and had been hesitant to volunteer thinking I would be too emotional or sad. I was so wrong. I am a better dog mom since I started volunteering. I have learned so much from working with the staff and fellow volunteers. On my first day walking dogs, I fell in love with a dog named Azul. After getting to know him, I couldn’t understand why he had not been adopted. So my friend (and fellow volunteer) and I began working with Azul, taking him on adventures and socializing him. I even took him to a basic obedience class where he was both the class clown and the “bestest” boy. When COVID hit I took the leap to see if he would get along with my dogs and now I can hear his soft snoring from the end of the bed as I write this. Satchel’s is an incredible rescue, made up of an amazing staff, great volunteers and wonderful animals waiting for their furever homes.

Patricia A. S.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

In 2020, I was volunteering in the cat room at Satchels Last Resort when I saw a particularly scared cat. They named her Holly when she arrived. She was older, scared, and very overweight, but something about her made me think that the right home would bring out the real her. She was brought to Satchels when her mother, to whom she was very attached, died. She was not in great shape...fleas, worms, and bad teeth. Satchels and Beach Vet took care of her for 2.5 years until that fateful day when I saw her. Her real name is Nicki and she is living the best life ever....she is healthy, vaccinated, flealess, and a love bug. She is alive today because of Satchels and we are all better for it.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Amazing location and staff.Animals are treated with lots of love

1 Monica C.5

Donor

Rating: 5

The beautiful LeMew shown here jumped onto my shoulder when I entered Satchels cat room about 2 years ago. We are so happy to have rescued each other

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Satchels has given our dog a second chance at life ❤️ I can’t even begin to express my gratitude. My family was struggling with our ten year old dog Biggie and his medical issues. We were at our lowest point and decided to surrender our beloved Biggie. Jan and the members of Satchels quickly called me and came to a solution. Biggie was in need of an ear hematoma removal of the entire ear and a few masses that were unexplained but growing quickly. Satchels team came together and paid for Biggie’s surgery. This was such a huge relief to my family and Biggie will see many more years in our loving home. I can’t thank Satchels enough this was unexpected and greatly appreciated. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts ❤️❤️❤️

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Client Served

Rating: 5

My daughter, always on the hunt for more dogs, found Satchel’s. She was in love with a boxer they called Allman. We didn’t feel right getting another dog with our own dog getting up there in age and having health issues that needed our attention, but a few months later after our dog passed, we began looking, and to our surprise, Allman was still there! We immediately started messaging them and trying to set up a time to meet him. They were very up front about what they knew about his background, and about how he had been somewhat difficult in introductions. We assured them that our previous boxer was difficult in all the same ways, and showed we were not afraid to not only meet him, but give him a forever home and work with him to try to overcome some of those issues. We’ve had him now for 9 months, and he is the sweetest, cuddliest boy, who really is showing so much improvement and is trying his hardest to be a good boy around other dogs and people. We cannot imagine life without him and are forever grateful to Satchel’s for giving him a loving home and second chance at life.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Satchel's Last Resort lives the true spirit of a no-kill animal rescue and serves it with integrity.
They take in animals who everybody else left behind.
The broken ones, the old and frail ones, the difficult and tough ones. The ones who felt through the grid for many reasons. Failed by humans and a society that is not able yet to mend so many human failures or misfortunes.
The animals who are lucky enough to come to the Satchel's family will forever be sure to never be let down again.
Passionate staff and volunteers go the extra mile and always, to make a difference for the animals everyday; to right all the wrongs they had been through, to show them love and give them good care and to make sure they have a great life while with Satchel's -- and beyond!

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Board Member

Rating: 5

Satchel's is the only rescue in our area which truly rescues dogs and cats from treatable behavioral and medical issues. As a volunteer, there is nothing more heartwarming than helping the dog and cats who arrive at Satchel's feel safe and loved. Satchel's will always take the best care of them until they find their happy, forever homes.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Wanting to help animals in real need I heard about Satchels Last Resort. Looking into Satchels the thing that struck me was that they are a shelter that will take in dogs and cats that are scheduled to be euthanized, or due to certain situations about to be surrendered to county shelter for whatever the reason. So I volunteered to help thinking "how hard can it be". After the orientation class my position is to take care of the dogs and their kennels. Again, "how hard can it be"? What I didn't expect was to find a group of employees and volunteers working together in unison to pitch in and help these dogs and cats to live as good a life as could possibly be. Satchels has both dogs and cats that have been there for years. These are the dogs and cats that really appreciated our caring and love given to them, and in return they give us their love. All these animals are taken care of regardless of the situation they came from. Time does not matter, they can, as some do, stay there for the rest of their lives knowing they will be fed, kept clean, loved, get walks, play toys and receive medical attention if/when needed. Many get adopted out and get a fresh lease on life. Some don't. It doesn't matter, they are all loved and cared for by the employees, management and volunteers. I volunteer 2 days per week. I've often found myself waiting for those days to "go in" and be part of this wonderful shelter.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Three years ago, after six years volunteering at another shelter & through that role having much contact with many others in our community, I decided to focus more of my twenty hours a week of volunteer time to Satchel’s. Here’s why I am now 100% Satchel’s dedicated: At Satchel’s, it’s all about the dogs & cats! In my perspective, Satchel’s has always been the ‘little engine that could’ and it’s fulfilling to be a part of making that a realty. Our dogs & cats know they are not alone, they are never judged or put at risk for sometimes acting like dogs & cats who need a little extra support, training or love. We don’t have to be cookie cutter volunteers, we just need to be exceptional volunteers doing activities we love to do & excel in. I’ve watched Satchel’s evolve these past years in so many positive ways and the future is going to be even more of an explosion!!!

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I adopted a dog from Satchel’s and he was my best friend. Unfortunately he passed away at the age of 7. I’m now on my third foster from Satchel’s. There is no other place that I would go. They go for walks, car rides and events. All of them are truly loved!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Most wonderful rescue on the planet. I started volunteering there almost 2 years ago and the animals are so happy and well taken care of and I leave there so happy. I moved out of the state but still visit monthly and Satchel’s is the first place I visit. I have adopted 2 dogs there and would bring more home if I could. Love them!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I have been involved with Satchel's since 2006. First, as a person in dire need of surrendering my deaf Dalmatian due to a domestic violence situation and then, as a volunteer serving in a multitude of roles through the years. Although surrendering my beloved dog was one of the hardest decisions of my entire life, I had to keep her safe, not only from my abuser, but also from being euthanized for being deaf.
Satchel's came to my rescue and she was provided a full life I could not have given her, even after my lengthy divorce. Most of all, she was loved, given her favorite car rides, provided for and SAFE until she peacefully passed in 2012. For that, I was eternally grateful, so after graduating with Bachelor's in Social Work, BSW, and specializing in nonprofit management and grants, I joined Satchel's becoming a donor and volunteer. I am proud to volunteer on behalf of this great organization and work alongside dedicated and hard working board members, staff and volunteers. The animals are the luckiest however, as they are given a chance at a life that never would been provide to them if it weren't for Satchel's mission.

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Donor

Rating: 5

Satchel's Last Resort is truly a safe haven for dogs and cats. The staff is incredibly passionate about what they do and take exceptional care of each and every animal that lives there. Animals are given all the necessities of life including LOTS of love and attention. Satchel's works tirelessly for the good of their "residents".

2 Amanda Aron B.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have adopted three dogs from Satchel’s - all seemingly “unadoptable”, and all who have become such loving members of our family, we couldn’t imagine life without them! I’m so proud of this local organization who has made the commitment to care for these dogs until their natural life is over...but always strives so hard to find suitable foster and “furever” homes for them. I’m grateful to Page and the entire Satchel’s team for all of the time and effort they put in to keep these high-risk animals safe, healthy and happy. Thank you, Satchel’s!

2 Hal L.

Donor

Rating: 5

Satchels Last Resort is top notch for the caring, love, attentiveness, hospitality, and genuine pride in the wonderful work they do for the adoptive animals and the fortunate people that adopt from Satchels.
Satchels couldn’t do more to exemplify the meaning of a nonprofit!

2 Juanita N.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have never seen so much love and dedication to animals than satchels organization. I know the founder has given all of her money, life, time, and love to save the animals. Their volunteers drive miles, states to rescue animals. No animal it’s rejected , in their book, all animals deserve a second change. No animal it’s left behind.

2 Amelia B.1

Advisor

Rating: 5

Satchel’s is the “Best” shelter that I know.
Is a paradise , a piece of heaven on earth for all the lucky dogs and cats that find their way to this place.
Animals are loved, taken care all of their needs. They go above and beyond for any resident.
Is the only shelter that is a true” NO KILl”.
Many are adopted, many stay here until the end. They work hard in finding a perfect home and family for them, if not... they are in the best place that they can be.
I have been a volunteer for 9 yrs and I will not go anywhere else. We are a humble place, with many needs, but what matters is abundant... love and good care.
I love Satchel’s . I dream all the shelters could be like them... no numbers matters, no big propaganda and quotas to fill... just love, sacrifice and commitment to all these innocent souls

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I wanted to adopt 2 cats as all of my “family” of 4 rescues had gone to heaven. I went to Satchels where one 7 month old tiger literally jumped onto my shoulder and started purring. He had no intention of leaving, and of course, he now lives at my house along with another Satchels 2 year old. The cats (and dogs) at Satchels receive great care from a small staff and devoted volunteers. They take every animal who needs a home, and they spend a lot of time rehabbing the animals. The dogs get walked and trained. They do a lot with a little

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Satchel's does an amazing job saving the lives of animals that everyone else has given up on.