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Doing the Most for Toast

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Thank you so much for choosing to sponsor Toast!! Pledge any amount of your choice to go towards her monthly care cost of $20. 

Her story:

Toast hatched on a farm in Tennessee. She said goodbye to her hen mom and moved to Florida when she was still a chick, along with her brother and sister. They lived in a backyard with a caring human family, until tragedy struck. A predator came and Toast was the only survivor. Her human family knew that she would be safer inside, so Toast became a house hen! As a house hen she was safe and happy, enjoying supervised time outdoors and roosting in the comfort of her human home. But her human family had to move, and the apartment they found wouldn’t allow Toast to live with them.
With no flock of her own, Toast has come to SAGE to receive all the love and attention our volunteers can offer!  Reach out if you are interested in volunteering and visiting with rescued animals like Toast.

Sponsor Miss Toast today and make a huge difference in the life of this sweet rescued hen!

Importantly, this story reminds us that we must provide predator-proof enclosures for our chicken friends. Some great tips for building predator-proof structures include using hardware cloth to secure openings and create a dig-proof barrier along the bottom. Raccoons and other predators can easily open simple hooks, so it’s important to use secure latches with a two-step process to open them. Aviary netting is a good deterrent for hawks during the day, but will not keep foxes out of a run at night. If you would like more info on creating a safe space for your chicken friends, reach out: we want to hear from you!

Furry Friends

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Thank you so much for choosing to sponsor a cat resident of SAGE! Your pledged donation of any amount will help contribute towards the monthly care cost of $70 per (purr?) cat resident.

Mama, Kiki, Juniper, & Lydia each came to live at SAGE after being discovered as strays. (Read on to find out more!) These friends are all living reminders of the importance to "adopt, don’t shop!". Sadly, many cats and dogs die each & every day because they can't find homes and shelters are overcrowded. This is a primary reason why we promote adoption and spay&neuter programs. As a rescued animal sanctuary, SAGE offers a loving lifelong home to our residents, ensuring they get the best care through youth, adulthood, and their senior years. We want to thank you from the bottom of our hearts for choosing to support these rescued friends.

Mama, Kiki & June: Mamakitty was in the final stages of her pregnancy when she was dumped in the woods and left to fend for herself, but she luckily chose a shed near rescuers to have her kittens, Juniper and Kiki. Thanks to Mama's cunning and charisma, SAGE was able to adopt the kitty family and they are now very spoiled, as they deserve to be.
Lydia: Born a stray herself, Lydia had suffered through the stillbirths of her kittens before being tamed by a local animal hero. SAGE was contacted for help in having her spayed, and following her surgery she stayed here for her recovery period. In those short weeks, she won our hearts and was adopted as a permanent SAGE resident.

Sponsor one or all of them today and make a huge difference in the lives of these rescued animals!

Doggy Donor

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Thank you so much for choosing to sponsor a dog resident of SAGE! Your pledged donation of any amount will help contribute towards the monthly care cost of $100 per dog resident.

Libby, Luna, Gizmo, Jasper, Rusty, & Sophia each have a unique story of how they came to live at SAGE. (Read on to find out more!) These friends are all living reminders of the importance to "adopt, not shop!". Sadly, many cats and dogs die each & every day because they can't find homes and shelters are overcrowded. This is a primary reason why we promote adoption and spay&neuter programs. As a rescued animal sanctuary, SAGE offers a loving lifelong home to our residents, ensuring they get the best care through youth, adulthood, and their senior years. We want to thank you from the bottom of our hearts for choosing to support these rescued friends.

Sophia: The newest rescued SAGE dog is Sophia. Sweet Sophia was abandoned on the side of a busy road, and to the neighbors who alerted us, she looked to be pregnant. After working to earn her trust, she finally came up to cuddle with our rescue team, and we were able to bring her safely home. Sophia was taken to her very first veterinary appointment, where we learned the unexpected: she was no longer expecting puppies. Her ultrasound and the colostrum in her mammaries indicated to the doctor that this kindhearted momma dog was tragically dumped very shortly after delivering her babies. The newborns had never even had a chance to nurse. Despite this heartbreaking likelihood, Sophia is one of the sweetest dogs we have ever met. She is eager to share love with everyone and fits right in with the other rescued dogs here at SAGE. Sophia will never again be used as a breeding machine for those who abused and exploited her and her babies.
Gizmo: Gizmo’s mom was found abandoned and scared, wandering the streets in a nearby city. She was fortunate to be adopted, but when she surprised her adopter by giving birth, homes were needed for the two pups. SAGE adopted Gizmo, who has been living the life ever since!
Jasper: Jasper is a sweet boy who loves to cuddle and play with his tennis ball. He was discovered wandering alone and looking lost, covered in parasites from head to toe. Thankfully he was picked up by local rescuers who brought him to live happily at SAGE.
Luna: When Luna was rescued by SAGE, she was spared suffering the same fate as her mother, being exploited by a "backyard breeder". Sadly, members of her breed are commonly persecuted and exploited, so we are glad she is safe with us.
Rusty is a senior hound dog whose foster mom rescued him when her neighbors abandoned the poor boy. Prior to being fostered, he lived his entire life in a small yard with no shelter from the Florida sun or rains. Rusty was thankfully brought to SAGE when his foster mom could no longer care for him, and he is the absolute sweetest little man. Due to his years of neglect, Rusty suffers from a chronic skin condition, so we help him out with daily baths and monthly veterinary visits. His doctors also discovered that he has hypothyroidism, or an under-active thyroid gland, which we now manage with daily medications. Since beginning his treatments, we have seen tremendous improvements and we are optimistic that by continuing his daily therapies, we can ensure he lives his best life for years to come.
Libby: Young Liberty (aka Libby) was dropped off on the side of a country road by her abusers, with no food or water. Neighbors told SAGE about this sweet girl who they had been feeding but unable to catch. We sent our best rescue team out, who were able to bring her home to safety, but that was only the beginning of her long journey towards healing. Her progress in these past few months at SAGE has been inspiring, and she is gradually overcoming the unfathomable traumas she endured prior to rescue. Perhaps best of all, Libby & Luna have become the very best of friends!

Sponsor one or all of them today and make a huge difference in the lives of these rescued animals!

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About SAGE Sanctuary And Gardens for Education


At SAGE we work to create a more compassionate world for animals and the planet we all share. We do this through educational outreach involving our efforts in the rescue & transport of farmed and domestic animals in need. Your support helps the beloved animal residents of SAGE live their best lives, with access to the best food and veterinary care. Our patrons also help us achieve our primary mission: sharing the importance of having compassion for all beings.








We aim to show the world how small lifestyle choices can make a bigger global impact. Through living sustainably and making compassionate choices, each of us can make a big difference! Every aspect of daily life, from the food we eat to the products we buy, has an effect on our shared world. At SAGE we share tips on reducing waste, gardening sustainably, conscious animal care, plant-based cooking, environmental conservation & restoration, and more. These are all great ways someone can make small changes to leave a lasting positive impact and reduce our carbon footprints.







Rescue:
SAGE is home to several rescued roosters, pigs, cats, dogs, bunnies, and a hen -- totaling 33 happy rescued residents. These animals enjoy a life of luxury at our small animal sanctuary in North-Central Florida. SAGE also helps find placement for other rescued animals through our networking efforts and provides transport for these individuals to their forever homes. To stay up-to-date with life here at the sanctuary can also sign up for our newsletter by messaging us at [email protected] or on our Facebook or Instagram.








Programs:
On-site events and scheduled tours offer visitors the opportunity to meet our friendly rescued residents, whose stories inspire compassion & understanding for species who are often overlooked in our society. Our plant-based recipes and cooking classes inspire people to try a more compassionate way of eating & living that is better for human health, animal well-being, and our planetary environment. Other programs offered include gardening demonstrations, wild plant identification & foraging walks, mushroom log inoculation presentations, biochar and composting classes, and a public community garden. We seek to expand our outreach to soon include local home-educated and grade-school children, educating future generations on these important topics which may not be otherwise available to them. SAGE strives to stay involved with our local community, offering volunteer and community service opportunities to those who are passionately interested in the important work we do here.






Why go vegan?
Eating an exclusively plant-based diet is one of the best ways to reduce our carbon footprints and greatly improve human health, and of course it is the easiest way to reduce the suffering of innocent animals. Wouldn't you agree that all animals deserve kindness & compassion? Of course you do! Together, we can save so many lives, and it's never been more easy than it is today, with all the overwhelmingly delicious vegan foods becoming available. Contact us if you’re interested in learning more about thriving with a vegan lifestyle! Don't be shy -- it's our favorite thing to talk about! If you’re ready to give this vegan thing a try, you can also find a free personal mentor and get nutritional guidance from registered dietitians at www.challenge22.com

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