Home at Last Animal Sanctuary

Home at Last Animal Sanctuary

PO Box 744, Forest Lake (MN), 55025, United States

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We are a forever home for animals that have failed adoption, survived abuse and been neglected.

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Mission The Mission of Home At Last (HAL) is to provide a loving, healthy forever home for dogs with no other alternatives.
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HAL combines two basic frameworks in order to meet the needs of a dog. First, the dogs are always allowed access to wide open spaces surrounded by 8 foot high fences in which to run, walk, chew bones, play tag or simply be. Other than for health or acclimation reasons, no dogs are confined to small spaces. There are no kennels at HAL. All of the dogs have constant access to a large insulated, heated building lovingly called the dog house. The dog house has furniture, blankets, toys, and a heated floor to provide comfort and fun 24 hours a day.

The concept of the "dog park" was our inspiration after seeing the benefits to dogs that have the chance to run with abandon. HAL has seen many dogs turn from snappy and fractious to content, cheerful dogs simply by having constant access to exercise. Interestingly enough, the older dogs seem to benefit tremendously also from the exercise, as their old muscles strengthen to support joints; their hearts get a little stronger as well.

The second framework is of the family home. A family lives on the site, and all of the dogs have access to the family home. Each dog receives whatever physical attention he or she wishes and is allowed to sleep in close proximity to their new human family. It is not uncommon for the floor to be filled by dogs sleeping side by side so that they can be in with the family. Dogs with separation anxiety are particularly benefited by this structure and seek contact enthusiastically. Feral dogs can take the time necessary to watch and learn from afar, without fear of being cornered or hurt. In short, HAL works by allowing dogs to be dogs! The pack structure works like a wolf pack structure, with the humans as the ultimate pack leaders. The pack leaders establish the rules of interaction and do not tolerate transgressions. Dogs feel a sense of relief to hand over the reins to their human leaders!

HAL does not adopt out any animals. The animals that come to us have been through sufficient trauma and tran

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