Until one has loved an animal, a part of one’s soul remains unawakened. [Anatole France]

I haven’t posted in a very long time; I’ve been going through changes, seeking out new answers, and I have finally found them.  Today is a rebirth of sorts, and the debut of the major project that I will be focusing on for the rest of the year (and probably for years to come, as I build my dream bit by bit).  I present to you the first draft of the mission statement/five year plan of Two Wolves Sanctuary.  Let me know what you think, and even better, let me know if you want to help!

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Two Wolves Sanctuary takes its name from an old Cherokee legend about the two wolves at war within us all.  We actively seek to combat the evil, anger, jealousy, greed, resentment, ego and lies in the world by promoting and actively replacing them with the peace, love, hope, humility, kindness, empathy and truth for which we stand.  An intentional community of people who understand that we can judge a society by the level of care provided to those who can do nothing for us, we seek to “feed the good wolf” by providing a warm, safe, welcoming home to those in need — whether that need is fleeting or more long-term, those who come home to Two Wolves will always be one of the pack.

Two Wolves is a holistic community that believes we can find and become more fully ourselves through caring for animals and for each other.  The sanctuary is open to dogs, cats, and small animals who are cared for like our own whether they are spending the day (day camp), the weekend (boarding), the interim period before finding their forever home (adoptions), or the rest of their lives (sanctuary due to age, illness or unbreakable bonds).  No matter how long or how short their stay, our focus is on their complete health and providing the highest standard of care possible to meet physical, psychological, and emotional needs.  We know that pets are people, too.

At Two Wolves, we also understand that people are central to the  care and well being of the animals that we cherish.  We welcome visitors, volunteers, interns and friends.  Our founding dog, Henry, believes so strongly in the pet/people bond that he has a “pet project” of his own.  Henry’s House is a safe haven for displaced individuals and seekers alike, who are welcome for a season or more, with or without their own pet families.  Henry doesn’t need rent, just the time, energy and passion of people who seek to be a part of something larger than themselves — the work here at the Sanctuary.

Mother Teresa was once asked how to promote world peace, and her instruction was to “go home and love your family.”  Two Wolves Sanctuary is not a “shelter” for anyone, two- or four-legged.  Instead, we are a vibrant, active family seeking to constantly grow and improve our ability to care for ourselves, each other, and the world.  We aim to provide the highest quality care for all souls within our reach; knowing that the only way to save the world is together, and that all change begins at home, we have made the conscious decision to be the change.  Our eye is always on, as Mother Teresa put it, doing “small things with great love.”


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