Stephanie Feisthamel

2nd Annual Doggone Early Dog Walk!

Stephanie Feisthamel 's fundraiser for Home for Life, The Animal Sanctuary of the St. Croix Valley

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Please support us in walking for Home for Life Animal Sanctuary!

My mom and I, along with Bridget (a black labrador retriever) and Thunder (a long haired chihuahua), will be walking for the animals of Home for Life Animal Sanctuary, on November 7th at the Mall of America. Home for Life is a sanctuary for animals with special needs, who would be otherwise unadoptable and euthanized at normal shelters. Please support us in walking for this cause. Any amount will help and be greatly appreciated! For more information about Home for Life, please visit or read about their vision below:

Home For Life® is an expression of a new kind of animal shelter—the long-term animal sanctuary. We provide animals with loving care, a nurturing environment that is safe and stable, a place to belong… a home for life.

We provide lifetime care for cats and dogs with special needs who cannot find a home, but who can still lead a quality life.

Home for Life® has been approved by the Minnesota Charities Review Council since January 2005

The Third Door™

Most shelters offer two options for animals: adoption or euthanasia. A typical family home is not appropriate for every animal. Those who are old, or who have disabilities, health or temperament problems may do better in another setting. Home For Life® believes that these special animals deserve an alternative that will meet their needs. Hence, we created "The Third Door" animal rescue and welfare program where special animals have an option previously unavailable. The Home for Life® animals enjoy a quality life, where they can be themselves, run and play, and be loved and cherished for as long as they live. The Third Door™ program provides an animal rescue option for such special animals.

Long-Term Vision

Home for Life® has created a prototype sanctuary facility in Star Prairie, Wisconsin, that will serve as a model for the establishment of future Home for Life® Sanctuaries around the country.

We believe that animals should live in a setting that is appropriately scaled to allow for individual attention and specialized care. This is why Home For Life® is able to give its residents a quality life and not just a warehoused existence.

The Example of Empathy

At Home for Life®, our animals are not offered for adoption. Once an animal comes to us, it truly has a home for life. Through our example, we hope to discourage an acceptance of euthanasia for animals who can still live a quality life. Just as apathy can become a way of life, so can empathy.

The example of empathy is furthered by our community outreach programs, such as Pet Peace Corps. Sanctuary residents that have been rehabilitated after past rejection and neglect are then able to give back. Through Pet Peace Corps, these animals work with volunteers and staff to help people who themselves may have been overlooked: children affected by domestic violence, at-risk teens, and the elderly.

These community outreach programs complete a circle of empathy for our animals—they become willing ambassadors of compassion, taking the empathy shown to them and passing it to other vulnerable members of society.

At Home For Life®, we believe that, through empathy, our lives become richer, and our appreciation for the value of other living things grows.

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Organization Information

Home For Life® is an expression of a new kind of animal shelter—the long-term animal sanctuary. We provide animals with loving care.

EIN: 411867244

Reports: Guidestar

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