From our sanctuary to yours...



This summer has been so different than the ones before. Over the years, celebrations and graduations have brought a slight sting as they marked the poignant passage of time. Warm July days float and melt into one another, and as grace will have it, there are also moments when summer's stillness gently eases my heart. 

This year, the start of summer did not bring its yearly sting. Instead, these first few weeks have brought a longing of summers past - watermelon sticky faces, soaking sprinkler dances, Catherine's upturned face waiting for sunscreen, rope swinging, water splashing and toes digging in the sand. Thing is, I think we are all longing for what was and what will be, for normalcy and for innocence, for any assurance in an unsure world. 


Now, as I watch my son joyfully swinging across the water and dropping into the lake, it all makes sense. Summer is about the simplicity and serenity of a season that offers awe and innocence. Sun baked days lie ahead and can be filled with all that we make them...just as it was in the days of the sprinkler soaked clothes and sand filled shoes. My sincere hope is that you discover, in your longing of summers past, days that represent a true celebration of summer present.

Jenny Hubbard


 Friends, we got you covered!

It's a merry berry summer! There's little that compares to the taste of jellies and jams made from fresh berries...somehow they seem to hold the warmth and brilliance of July in their very essence. So grab the family, your favorite berry picking basket and see what summer creations you can make!


Check out the sanctuary's gardens and new farm stand! We teamed up with Real Food Share to fill our 30 garden beds with fruits and vegetable to support food insecure families. What makes this program truly unique is that all extra produce will be given to animal sanctuaries and rescue groups to help feed farm animals and wildlife. Plus, our pollinator friends LOVE the organic flowers! A win win for everyone.


 Animals, we got you covered!

Ask The Vet!

"How can I keep my pets calm during the 4th of July?"

Join our veterinary partner, Dr. Emily Andersen, as she answers this week's question on helping pets through anxiety. Do you have a question for the vet? Send it our way at


Never leave your animal in the car. Even if you're "just running into the store for a few things". Even on a mild day, parked in the shade, with windows rolled down, a car can reach dangerous heat levels that can cause death.

Beware of hot surfaces on walks! Pavement, asphalt, wood, metal, sand & car seats can get blazing hot. These materials absorb heat from the sun and can stay hot for hours. Temperatures on these surfaces can exceed 145° F.

Test it with your hand, if it is too hot on your hand in 10 seconds, it is too hot for those cute paws!

TIPS: Stick to grass and shade, avoid hot asphalt and sidewalks. Walk in the early morning and late evening when it is cooler. Carry water with you. Apply dog paw wax like Musher's which helps protect paws from heat. 


 Environment, we got you covered!



Whether you call them fireflies or lightning bugs, their blinking lights are a sight we look forward to every summer! Learn a little more about these dazzling creatures and remember, protect our pollinators (and lightning bugs) by not using pesticides.


 Inspiration, we got you covered!

"Rest is not idleness, and to lie sometimes on the grass under trees on a summer's day, listening to the murmur of the water, or watching the clouds float across the sky, is by no means a waste of time."

 - John Lubbock