• To alleviate animal suffering by providing sanctuary from abuse, neglect, and homelessness;
• To end the killing of healthy animals as a method of population control;
• To teach that animals are intrinsically valuable, worthy of respect, compassion, and care.
Currently our efforts are focused on dogs, who live safe and free here while they recover physical health and
emotional harmony. All are spayed or neutered, receive appropriate veterinary care and excellent nutrition. No
cages, no chains. They have 35 snugly fenced acres where we can take them to run and play. Most of them live
among us - free to snooze indoors on hot days and cold nights, welcome to take refuge from summer or winter
storms in our house and offices, or tucked into their own houses in their own yards, as they choose.
As needed, they receive homeopathic and herbal remedies, nutritional supplements, chiropractic treatment,
acupuncture, and western medicines to address acute or chronic physical or behavioral symptoms. When they
are ready, we help them to join new human families.
Occasionally an unexpected condition such as cancer is revealed during the initial veterinary exam. Or a
traumatized animal who functions well in this environment cannot adjust to the requirements of life as a “pet”
and is considered “unadoptable.” We do everything possible to help those animals achieve comfort and
happiness and they live out their lives with us.
We regret deeply that we cannot take in every animal who needs help, because we do not kill dogs to make
space for other dogs. We see each dog through to adoption into a new family or to old age and death. We do
euthanize for untreatable suffering.
We chose the name Bridging the Worlds because we like the idea of a path that bridges the human and animal
realms -- a path to human/animal relationships of mutual respect, true communication, and mutual aid.
Everyone who has ever loved an animal has crossed that bridge
- Founders: Robert Hayes (1954-2008) and Beverly Antaeus
Raymond had a diaphragmatic hernia. X-rays showed that part of his
stomach and intestines were in his chest cavity, so he could not
process food and was slowly starving to death. Following an
extensive veterinary exam, this one-year-old Lab mix faced two hard
choices: quiet euthanasia or risky, costly extreme surgery. The odds
of survival were 70/30, the cost would be over $1000. The emergency
medical fund was depleted and the practical decision seemed to be
choice #1, which created heavy sadness, but only made sense.
What happened next is not for everyone. If you don't like mystery and
mysticism, then read no further. If you'd like to hear what Raymond
had to "say," please do read on.
The Fearful Dog
If you live with or are working with a scared or shy dog, Fearfuldogs.com is a place to find info. to help you be more effective in rehabilitating your
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Adopt Your Perfect Animal Companion
These are the dogs currently in our sanctuary and ready for adoption. All of our dogs have been spayed or
neutered, all up-to-date on their vaccinations, and are in healthy condition. When you adopt a rescued dog
you participate in bringing these wonderful animals back to wholeness.
What is Animal Abuse and Cruelty?
Signs of animal abuse may vary depending on the situation. Witnessing someone beating,
hurting, or harming an animal is an obvious telltale sign. Seeing a pet left in a hot car during
the summer or chained up outside may be more signs. Or noticing if the animal’s coat is full of
fleas and ticks or bones protruding from the body, which indicates neglect.
However, these are not the only signs. A fearful animal, one that seems to shrink away from
people and situations, is powerful evidence of abuse. Be aware of owner behavior as well.
Indications of possible abuse include if an owner seems aggressive or indifferent to an
animal’s welfare. Watch how families react around each other since cruel owners may use
pets as leverage against victims. Does the owner or family have pets for a very short time and
then introduce a new pet? These are all signs of possible abuse and neglect.
CLICK HERE FOR LINKS TO WHERE TO REPORT ABUSE IN YOUR STATE.