Kindred Spirits Animal Sanctuary is giving the gift of life to senior pets who have been abandoned in their greatest time of need, by providing a loving home to live out their days.
Kindred Spirits Animal Sanctuary (KSAS) is a non-profit dedicated to providing end-of-life care and hospice for older, unwanted dogs, horses, and poultry in a peaceful and serene sanctuary setting, and advocating for the compassionate, dignified treatment of all living beings as they move through the aging process.
Kindred Spirits provides a final refuge for animals that have nowhere else to go. Many old dogs are abandoned on the streets of New Mexico. In some cases, their human guardian has died or become too ill to care for them. Others come from shelters and rescue groups. Because of their advanced age, health problems, and the trauma they have experienced, they were unlikely to be adopted. At Kindred Spirits, previously unwanted animals are welcomed into a community of their own kind and caring humans, where they can feel safe, loved and wanted, often for the first time in their lives.
When you walk through the gate into Kindred Spirits Animal Sanctuary, you’re greeted by wagging tails. Twenty senior dogs, three horses and a large variety of poultry live in the peaceful, ecologically-balanced, four-acre sanctuary. The main house has gone to the dogs. The little ones have their own indoor area, sun porch and covered yard, while the big dogs enjoy the freedom to roam throughout the securely fenced grounds or rest in comfy dog beds on their own porch. At night, they come inside to sleep in the warm, safe haven of the Angel Room.
The beautiful senior horses enjoy a large, fenced exercise area and barn with individual stalls and paddocks. Chickens, turkeys, geese, ducks, pea and guinea fowl live in the generous poultry yard with trees, roosts and shelters. In the warm weather, they enjoy splashing in the mud and wading pools. Throughout the grounds, framed photos peak out from flower beds and under trees – fond remembrances of past residents.
Wellness care is an important part of the overall mission of the Sanctuary. Animals that have been neglected or abused thrive in the natural and nurturing environment. They are provided nutritious meals with appropriate supplements to strengthen their immune systems and increase energy. Our healthy, calming environment is free of toxic substances, and each animal receives the individualized care that is best for them. Most improve dramatically once they have time to feel safe and benefit from good nutrition and loving care.
When you visit Kindred Spirits Animal Sanctuary, what you won’t see are rows of cages or runs with animals completely separated from each other. Kindred Spirits uses an integrated approach to allow each animal to experience a variety of stimulants to enrich their life. That means that the animals have access to each other, to their environment and to the people who care for them.
As the big dogs make their way out to the main yard after breakfast, they are greeted with the many smells the New Mexico winds send their way. It may be the scent of a rabbit who stopped by for a bit of grass, a mourning dove sitting on the fence, or the horses moving out to their arena. As they stroll through the trails on the sanctuary, they hear the voices of many poultry singing the joys of a new day and a full belly. This integrated approach allows the animals to engage their whole self by relying on their environment to provide a variety of stimulation. Freedom, mobility, and hope are just as important as nutrition and a non-toxic environment for the overall health of the animals.
TO VISIT, CALL 505-471-5366, TO SCHEDULE A TOUR OF THE SANCTUARY (closed Sunday).
Kindred Spirits Animal Sanctuary is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.tax-deductible to the extent allowable by law.are
Kindred Spirits Animal Sanctuary, 3749-A Highway 14, Santa Fe, NM 87508
For more information, visit their website.