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Animal sanctuary needs generator

By Elisabeth Dodd, Staff Writer

These cold and variable temperatures are difficult for most but can be especially hard for furry friends.

Right now, the 30 older dogs at the Liberty Acres Animal Sanctuary have six tiny houses to keep them warm and act as a buffer from the weather. These houses are equipped with furniture, space heaters, and even dog-friendly décor. However, the sanctuary needs a generator to make sure that the dogs are safe from the cold even when the power goes out, which has happened before. Luckily, they've only been without power for short periods of time, but director Michelle Young is concerned that future power outages could be worse between the chilling temperatures and the sanctuary's remote location out in the country.

The sanctuary is raising money for this large purchase, but is also seeking smaller donations.

“Last year was so unkind to us. It rained constantly, and our ground holds water like crazy. The mud is an issue, and it's hard for our dogs, which are older and have disabilities, to walk on it,” said Young.

The solution is gravel as an easier way to get around, and the sanctuary is going to need a lot of it.

Year-round the non-profit is always thankful for dog food, worn blankets and towels, leashes, collars, and toys.

Donations would be going towards a non-profit organization seeking to make sure that shelter dogs aren't euthanized or sitting in shelters forever. They are giving older dogs, pups with behavior issues, and those with disabilities who are less likely to be adopted at shelters a second chance at a forever home. People can adopt from the sanctuary at any time, but either way, these dogs have a home at the spacious house.

Even more important than things, the shelter is looking for people to donate their time, especially in the winter where participation dips. Young explained volunteers don't necessarily have to take dogs on walks and help her clean (although it would certainly be appreciated). But these dogs typically just want someone to hang out with them in their tiny house and pet them.

The board is also seeking creative minds to help with interesting fundraisers, and to join the fundraising committee. Committee members can help with unique events such as the Tattoos for Rescues event that took place on Sunday, February 3. Tarot Tattoo artists came to the sanctuary with the idea to offer tattoos for $40 ($20 towards the artist and $20 for the cause) as a friendly competition between the sanctuary and the Animal Care Alliance to see who could get the most people. Young expected that they'd maybe get two or four and could raise $100. Instead, the artists worked from 8 a.m. to midnight finishing more than 130 tattoos and raising quite a bit of money.

“We're always open to new and unusual ideas for events,” said Young. “We like to think outside of the box.”

The sanctuary has another fundraising coming around the corner for Valentine's day the My Furry Valentine Mega Adoption Event where people can choose to adopt from hundreds of dogs and puruse many adoption resources and educational materials. The event takes place at the Sharonville Convention Center in Cincinnati on Saturday, February 9 from 10-noon for early bird registers, and noon to 6 p.m. for general admission. The event wraps up Sunday, February, 10 from noon to 6 p.m. The cost is $5 a person and $25 for early bird admission.