“When I look into the eyes of an animal, I do not see an animal.
I see a living being. I see a friend. I feel a soul.”
Retiring with the RV…
Our dream was to travel in our RV, then came the pets! My husband, Larry, retired from Michigan Sugar Company and we returned to my home area in Wyoming. Never a trip to town that dead dogs and cats weren’t littered along the highway. Pets were being given away for free at a local hardware store. Farmers/ranchers brought them in by the arm loads and put them in empty stock tanks.
Located in Wyoming about 65 miles from Cheyenne, we are the only state and federally licensed nonprofit animal facility in our county which covers 2,225 square miles. We started in 2000 and received non-profit status in 2001. When animals can’t be adopted due to medical or emotional reasons, we keep them with us and make sure that no one gives up on them again!
Our mission is to achieve a humane existence for animals and reduce the number of stray and unwanted animals. We provide spay/neuter clinics, educational programs for the public and schools, nursing home pet therapy and work with other shelters and rescue organizations in the transport and saving of lives. When animals can’t be adopted due to medical or emotional reasons, we keep them with us and make sure that no one gives up on them again!
Linda York, Founder
At a young age Linda turned to the animals to help with a difficult childhood. She even trained a horse to shake hands, bow and lay down on command! Linda and Larry York rescued their first dog 27 years ago! A little dog that was found running down some railroad tracks. She proved to be challenging but through this Linda and Larry learned that taking the time to help an animal is very rewarding. Obedience classes paid off as the dog became a trick dog performing at nursing homes, hospitals and church functions!
Linda became involved with a Humane Society Animal Shelter in Michigan and volunteered for years before moving back “home” and deciding Wyoming needed a true NO-kill facility. To start their dream, Larry, Linda’s husband of 30+ years, who had retired went back to work delivering mail. Since that time she has also directly assisted a number of veterinarians during surgeries.
Throughout the years they have found that it’s possible to tame wild cats and even dogs on court ordered bite holds can be helped and then adopted into loving households.
We would love the opportunity to share with you what we’ve learned over the years on how to raise pet so that it’s a successful relationship for both owner and pet. Thank you for making our dreams of saving lives possible!