ABOUT US


Founded in 1980, Living Free was among the first privately funded, no-kill animal sanctuaries rescuing cats and dogs from imminent shelter euthanasia. We carry on that mission today, and are working to increase public awareness so that soon all shelters can become no-kill. We believe every animal has a right to live with compassion and dignity, and we provide hope until they find their forever home.

OUR FOUNDER

Emily Jo Beard created a sanctuary where animals would be safely housed without being caged. It was designed to co-exist in harmony with the natural world surrounding it. Her compassion still inspires us, and each life saved is a tribute to her legacy.  READ MORE

OUR HISTORY

The Cahuilla Indians first settled on our site, as evidenced by the many morteros and a ceremonial petroglyph.  Since then, it has been a cattle ranch, a logging camp, a stagecoach stop, a mountain retreat and film location for the 1920's Hollywood elite.  READ MORE

OUR MISSION

We rescue, rehabilitate and find permanent homes for healthy cats and dogs that were scheduled for shelter euthanasia.   We're also developing education, outreach and awareness initiatives to help end the needless suffering once and for all.  READ MORE  

OUR TEAM

The heart of Living Free.  Our staff and volunteers work tirelessly to rescue animals that would otherwise not survive, sometimes only being acknowledged with a quiet purr or a lick on the cheek.  And sometimes, that's enough. MEET THE TEAM

ADOPT


When you adopt a companion animal, you’re saving two lives - the one you take home, and the one that can now fill the space your compassion created.

GIVE


We see Living Free as a diamond in the rough, with great potential to end even more needless suffering. With each act of kindness, you help bring us closer to making this dream a reality.

ADOPT

"Most people believe they adopt a cat or dog from Living Free to become part of their family. The way I see it, our animals adopt them, and they become part of the Living Free family." - Matt Worthington, Cattery Supervisor

SAVE A LIFE

DONATE

Albert Schweitzer said, "I have always held firmly to the belief that each of us can do a little to bring some portion of misery to an end." Here at the Sanctuary, we do what we can to bring love and joy to each animal each day.

GIVE TODAY

VOLUNTEER

The most valuable thing you can bring to this job is your love for the animals. Warning: you may be required to sit in rocking chairs with grateful felines, or run in the park with playful pups.

VOLUNTEER TODAY

INITIATIVES

Our initiatives are the expression of hope and optimism for a better future and an even better Sanctuary. It's why we welcome your ideas, contributions and support.

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WE'RE HOPEFUL

WITH YOUR HELP, WE CAN END HEALTHY ANIMAL SHELTER EUTHANASIA BY THE YEAR 2020.

7000000 Cats and Dogs abandoned to U.S. shelters annually
4000000 Cats and Dogs killed in U.S. shelters annually
136000000 Cats and Dogs in the U.S. bought from breeders, puppy mills & retailers
3 % of animals that, if rescued instead of bought, would end the need for shelter euthanasia

 

OUR INSPIRATION


  • “My little old dog – a heartbeat at my feet.”

    Edith Wharton

  • “By having a reverence for life, we enter into a spiritual relation with the world. By practicing reverence for life, we become good, deep, and alive.”

    Albert Schweitzer

  • “I love cats because I enjoy my home; and little by little, they become its invisible soul.”

    Jean Cocteau

  • “The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated.”

    Mahatma Gandhi

  • A bird does not sing because it has an answer. It sings because it has a song.

    ~ Chinese Proverb ~

  • "My idea of absolute happiness is to be in bed on a rainy day with my blankie, my cat and my dog."

    Anne Lamott

  • "The dog is a gentleman. I hope to go to his heaven, not man’s."

    Mark Twain

CONTACT US


54250 Keen Camp Road, PO Box 5, Mountain Center CA 92561

We're right off Highway 74 in the San Jacinto Mountains, 10 minutes from Idyllwild, 45 minutes from the Desert Cities, 2 hours from San Diego and 2.5 hours from Los Angeles.

OPEN TO THE PUBLIC. 11am - 4pm, every day except Wednesday.

54250 Keen Camp Rd., Mtn Ctr 92561
(951) 659-4687
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