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"It Matters Not what someone is born but what they grow to be"—The Heartwarming story of Home for Life's Matilda inspires holiday match challenge!

maltilda at nursing home

Dear Friends

If only we had known of Matilda’s years of loneliness at the end of a chain, outside in all weather, having one litter of puppies after another... we would have intervened long ago. How could a dog suffer such maltreatment and neglect just a few miles away from Home for Life® sanctuary, a beacon of caring and kindness to animals. But we didn’t know how Matilda suffered until one of our employees found her one day on the way to work. How many dogs and cats spend lives of quiet desperation without notice or help? Animal rescue organizations don’t have to travel far to find animals in need. Often the one who needs our attention and help the most is right nearby.

Give from the Heart to help the animals of Home for Life® on Give to the Max Day!

give to the max 2020

PLEASE REMEMBER Home for Life® Animal Sanctuary on Minnesota's largest day of giving -- Give to the Max November 19! We are a Minnesota non-profit based in Stillwater, MN with our facility located on 40 acres on the Apple River in Star Prairie, Wisconsin.

Home for Life® is small but mighty, and we know that a small sanctuary can make a big difference. For the nearly 200 animals that live at our sanctuary, Home For Life® is able to give its residents a quality life and not just a warehoused existence.

Lights, Camera, Splashes: Casting Call for Your Water Dogs!

pug at 2019 pool party

Sep 01, 2020 by Stephanie Figy of Sidewalk Dogs

One of our favorite ways to end the summer with a SPLASH is by attending Home for Life’s® Annual Best Pool Party of the Year, and this year’s no different! Except that your dogs are gonna be celebs, because this puppy’s going virtual, which means they need videos of your pups not only swimming in pools, but lounging in the lake, chillin’ in a canoe, paddle boarding—doing whatever it is they do on or in water! If you’re already IN, scroll down for details on how to enter.


2020 virtual Pool Party

After considering every alternative to try to present our 5th Annual Best Pool Party of the Year before summer ends--including: moving the event to another location, hosting the pool party at the sanctuary with swimming at the Apple River which runs on our property, renting out a private pool, scouting out a private lake--we have come to the decision that with COVID still raging, there is not an option to present this live event and still assure the safety of all our guests.

A Special sweetness: Sponsor Photos by the Staff of Home for Life®

Mattie taking photos

Home for Life's® sponsor program is a great way to support the sanctuary while forging a special bond with an individual animal. Historically, we have relied on professional photographers as an integral part of this program: they donate their time and talent by coming out to Home for Life® and taking photos of the cats and dogs who are sponsored, and then we highlight their work and business on our website, social media and with our sponsors.