Emily Jo Beard, (1923-1989), founded Living Free in 1980 as one of the first privately funded, no-kill sanctuaries where animals would be safely housed without being caged. The sanctuary was designed to co-exist in harmony with the natural world surrounding it. Emily’s compassion still inspires us, and each dog or cat’s life that is saved is a tribute to her legacy. She believed in freedom and reverence for all life, and that justice was not meant for human-kind alone, but also for animal-kind. To her, dominion over the animals meant guardianship, not power and tyranny. The courage to stand up for the rights of animals did not mean physical courage, but moral courage.
Inspired by the beliefs of Albert Schweitzer, her goal was to provide hope and dignity to animals with whom we share the earth, and she devoted her life to this purpose. “I have always held firmly to the thought that each one of us can do a little to bring some portion of misery to an end.” – Albert Schweitzer
The Living Free staff and volunteers strive to carry on these traditions every day.