With the degree of animal cruelty in the world, from roadside zoos to backyard slaughter operations, puppy mills and horrifying cases of animal abuse, it is a true blessing to have reputable animal sanctuaries who genuinely love and care for abandoned animals.
One of these admirable sanctuaries is Old Souls K9 Rescue and Retirement Home in Yuma, Arizona, which is set on a well-maintained property zoned for farms and animals. The owners of the sanctuary, Dr. Paula Rivadeneira who has a Ph.D. in Conservation Physiology, and her partner Isaac Rivadeneira who is an Authorized Desert Turtle Biologist, have dedicated their lives to saving senior, abandoned, and special needs animals and providing them with a safe, comfortable, and nurturing environment for the entire remainder of their lives.
The Rivadeneiras have saved many animals since establishing their sanctuary two-and-a-half years ago, and a petition on Care2 lists the current residents at the rescue: 18 senior and ill dogs, five cats, five tortoises, three potbelly pigs, two rabbits, a special needs goat, a pony, a miniature horse, chickens, and a blind rooster. They also help control the feral cat population in their area by practicing trap-neuter-release tactics. Despite all their hard work and dedication, however, the sanctuary is at risk of being shut down due to complaints from a neighbor who is spreading lies about the Rivadeneiras and the sanctuary because he does not like cats walking on his property. Seeing as there is a large feral cat population in the area, these cats that presumably walk on the property are likely not even residents at the sanctuary.
Visitors to Old Souls K9 Rescue describe the place as a clean haven that is significantly above basic standards. The sanctuary abides by all laws and rules, and the area is zoned for animals. To have a meddlesome neighbor spread lies about them in order to get them shut down is absolutely disturbing, and the Rivadeneiras and all the beautiful animals in their care need your help to stay open.
Please take a moment to sign this petition in support of Old Souls K9 Rescue and Retirement Home. If you would like to view photos of the sanctuary and learn more about their life-saving work, please visit their website.
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