Some good news this week: Liberty Acres United Animal Rescue Sanctuary now owns the property at 3546 East Mitchell Road.  As previously reported in the Herald, the nonprofit sanctuary for senior and special needs dogs (as well as a host of barnyard animals and cats)  has been in a state of crisis for the past few months.  After the unexpected passing of the property’s owner and sanctuary founder Gary Sigler, the future of the 22-acres and its animal residents was in jeopardy.  But thanks to massive fund raising efforts, private donations, and t-shirt sales, the Sanctuary was able to secure the property and closed on the deal March 2.  Director Shell Young said that their Furry Valentine event this year was a huge success in that 4 dogs and 6 cats were adopted…and that it was at this event where LasikPlus of Cincinnati surprised the group with a $21,000 donation. The Sanctuary was saved.

And so the work continues.  Enclosures must still be built, fencing is needed, and the two resident pot-belly pigs need shelters.  In this business there isn’t much time to rest, and even such good news is often tinged with heartache. Shortly after learning that his home would be safe, a paraplegic pup and long-term resident of the Main House named Sonny passed. Sonny had fans far and wide, and was loved for his personality and his fearlessness in embracing life despite his injuries. His passing is worth noting, not only because he was beloved, but because of the way that he went: “Aunt Shell  made sure he was kept comfortable. His favorite vet Dr. Brissey came to the Sanctuary. He was surrounded by people he loved as he crossed the Rainbow Bridge. Stroking his coat and holding his paw while listening to music, he left us. The main house will never be the same,” the shelter’s Facebook page stated.  This humane and loving experience is part of what makes Liberty Acres so special.  The lives, and the deaths, of these shelter residents matter to the people who care for them. It is with these animals on their minds and gratitude in their hearts that the Sanctuary staff, volunteers, and board members can now breathe a bit easier and carry on their mission.