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What is an Animal Sanctuary?

An animal sanctuary is a facility where

animals are brought to live and be protected

for the rest of their natural lives. In some

cases, an establishment may have the same

characteristics of both a sanctuary and a rescue

or shelter. For instance, some animals may be

in residence temporarily until a suitable home

is found and others may be permanent residents.

The mission of sanctuaries is generally to be safe havens, where animals receive the best care the organization can provide. Animals are not bought, sold, used for breeding or traded, nor are they used for fighting or testing. The resident animals are given the opportunity to behave as naturally as possible in a protective environment. Sanctuaries act on the behalf of the animals.

A sanctuary tries not to allow any activity that would place the animals in unduly stressful situations. Therefore, they are not generally open to the public. 

One of the most important missions of sanctuaries, beyond caring for the animals is public education. The ultimate goal of a sanctuary should be to change the way that people think of and treat animals.

Double J Dog Ranch, Inc. embraces and follows the guidelines of the animal sanctuary definition given above. We strive to give our animals a family or home environment vs. an institutional existence. We are also active in educating the community about what great family members special needs pets truly are. As we always say......

After all, they don't know they're any different.....

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