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A Message from our Founder

Our Dream is Becoming a Reality, September 2023

It has been a very long time since I updated this message. I apologize for that, but I have to tell you, there has been a lot more to this project than I ever could have imagined! Fortunately, it has honestly not once occurred to me it wouldn’t succeed. Not even during COVID, not when our Wheatfield house fell through, not one time since August 2019 when I concluded that dogs and all of us need this!

Today, we have our Sanctuary – or what will become our Sanctuary – in Akron, NY. After an exhaustive search, we found our home! As dog devotees, we are determined, stubborn, hard- working and devoted to this cause. And now, that we are getting ever closer to the realization of our dream, our excitement is HUGE!!!

We have so many plans!!! First and foremost, of course, will be the comfort and safety of our residents. That is why my going home at night will be only two rooms away. A state-of-the-art security system including cameras and audio, will ensure thorough 24/7 monitoring. A dedicated Advisory Committee which includes Edward Latson, DVM, and Laurie LoMonaco Newman Founder and Director of her own HOSPICE and senior Sanctuary will be available to guide us with medical and other concerns. Once our dogs have acclimated to their surroundings, they will be free roaming inside the Sanctuary and outside in our large, fenced-in outdoor play yard where they can rest in the shade or nap in the sun. All of our volunteers will receive training from one of our professional dog trainers before proceeding with one-on-one time with the dogs.

Proper, nutritious food will always be available along with fresh water, comfy dog beds, and plenty of hugs and kisses. A wonderful donation from Delta Sonic has made it possible for us to construct our own grooming station and many licensed groomers have reached out to us to donate their services.

I imagine that you can see why we are so excited. And every one of you should be excited, too!

After all, your support and belief in this project have made it become a reality, and now we are standing on the very threshold!!! Now we really can say “See you at the Sanctuary!”

Please stay tuned; there is so much more to come! Look for us sometime in late 2023 or early 2024. Our Grand Opening Weekend is on the ever- nearer horizon!

~Polla Milligan, Founder

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