Message from the Executive Director

Welcome to our new website. We are truly excited about our increased abilities and the possibilities it provides to share news and information with you about the Sanctuary, which we believe is a very special and unique facility. As you will see from our website, we provide a no-kill, cage free environment to all our wonderful felines with plenty of fresh mountain air when weather permits.

We took in our first 15 cats in September, 2005. We now have about 200. In 2005, we had one building that had just been finished. Now we have two that are combined by a long hallway. Then, we had only a small room for our FIV positive cats. Now, we have a large and wonderful room for them and an additional spacious room for our FeLV cats and kittens. The ability to provide love and the highest quality of care for them is the realization of one of our founding goals. Every life is precious; every life should be nurtured and protected.

Over these beginning years, we laughed with joy, cried with deep sorrow and faced many challenges, experiencing both success and failure. We look forward to continuing our mission to preserve and cherish life and would welcome you to join us in our journey.

I would like to share with you a story told to me when I first began this venture. It encapsulates hope and tireless commitment to all the creatures of this earth.

One at a Time

A friend of ours was walking down a deserted beach at sunset. As he walked along, he saw another man picking up starfish that had been washed up on the beach and, one at a time, he was throwing them back into the water.

He approached the man and said, “Good evening, friend. I was wondering what you are doing.” “I'm throwing these starfish back into the ocean. You see, it's low tide and all of these starfish have been washed up on the shore. If I don't throw them back into the sea, they'll die.”

“I understand,” my friend replied, “but there must be thousands of starfish on this beach. You can't possibly make a difference to all of them.”

The man smiled, bent down and picked up another starfish, and as he threw it back into the sea, he replied.

“Made a difference to that one!”