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Lakeview Animal Sanctuary schedules birthday party

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Wed, Aug 15th 2018 12:05 pm
The Lakeview Animal Sanctuary has been a refuge since 1983. Operated by Sandi Pfohl and her dedicated volunteers, the sanctuary is a nonprofit, no-kill home for all animals - from exotics to farm. The sanctuary tries to adopt-out its animals, but many stay for years, because they have ailments, injury, daily medication, other special needs ... or just to enjoy their senior years.
The work at the sanctuary goes beyond the essentials of everyday life. Many of the animals are ambassadors for their kind - traveling into the human community through the sanctuary's petting-zoo program to teach important lessons.
"Although our frequent visits to nursing homes are popular, we also visit many daycare centers. My goal is to educate the kids about animals ... and to teach children to show kindness to all life," Pfohl said.
Running an animal sanctuary is as labor of love - long hours, hard work and massive financial outlay. Pfohl pays more than $100 a day just for food. Still, she and her supporters work in the hope their kindness will inspire others.
Unfortunately, Pfohl's health has deteriorated significantly in the past year and she can no longer be as active in sanctuary operations as she has been for decades.
Preparations are underway for a 35th anniversary celebration at the sanctuary (5180 Fiegle Road, Pendleton) on Aug. 18-19. The community is invited to attend and show support. Meet and/or feed the animals, ride the ponies, grab a bite to eat, and participate in the basket raffle from noon to 5 p.m. both days.
"While we are doing everything possible to ensure the safety and health of all the animals, we could not exist without the extraordinary generosity of our individual and foundation/corporate donors," the sanctuary stated. "Every single dollar raised is used to give our animals a comfortable second chance. We are asking you to help make a difference so that we can continue in this effort.
 The sanctuary seeks basket donations from animal-loving folks in Western New York. For more information, contact Pfohl at 716-574-0359.
Lakeview Animal Sanctuary is a 501(c)(3) organization, and donations are tax-deductible.

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