SAVE A LIFE! ENRICH YOURS!
Rescuing senior dogs from shelters and giving them the best of the rest of their life! We save cats and kittens too.
In July 2018, Golden Years Dog Sanctuary became a 501c3 nonprofit organization dedicated to saving senior and at-risk dogs from shelters. We seek out the old, sad, sick, never-going-to-get-adopted dogs and give them the best of the rest of their lives, In some cases, they only have a couple of months remaining. More often though, many of these old dogs that we thought were sick or on their last legs, thrive at our sanctuary and live not only months, but years! We only rescue dogs that are in the shelter system. We do not take in owner surrenders.
We also foster and save at-risk cats and kittens from the local shelters. Our goal is to save as many lives as possible.
Golden Years Dog Sanctuary, a 501c3 non-profit dog and cat rescue, is located at Goldspirit Farm, nestled at the base of Angeles National Forest in Kagel Canyon, Los Angeles County. The dogs have their own half acre run with dog houses and a dogominium complete with custom built beds, carpeting, heating and air conditioning. They also get to roam on eleven acres of doggy heaven known as Goldspirit Farm.
Goldspirit Farm was established in February of 1999. Owning and living on a horse farm was a life long dream for founder of Golden Years Dog Sanctuary, Susan Friend LeTourneur. She met Paul LeTourneur one year later and they have been together ever since. They quickly learned that Kagel Canyon is a hub for dumping dogs. Before creating Golden Years Dog Sanctuary, they saved nearly fifty dogs. Many of these dogs were literally abandoned at the front gate, or left under the dumpsters like trash. We always took them in and found them a home. Often that home was Goldspirit Farm.
From One of our adopters: Now I am giving a testimonial and this may sound overly sentimental but I really mean it. I've seen a lot of people with dogs over my 6 almost 7 decades and I want to say I have never seen anything like your dogs. They are all so full of joy one would never know they had been through trauma....they are all so happy; and I can only attribute it to some magic you have, some wonderful spirit they soak up. Campfire and now Claire are so full of love. So thank you Susan, I am in awe of what you do.
We received a grant from the Marion and Richard Graham Foundation. We are so excited to receive this grant. With this grant we will be able to help dogs that need surgery to improve and prolong their lives!
Animals have always been her passion. Susan's first word was "cat." She had cats growing up, but was never allowed to have a dog. The day Susan closed escrow on Goldspirit Farm she went to the shelter and adopted her first dog, Cody. Owning a horse farm was one of her life long dreams; the other dream was to help animals. Susan has always been passionate about saving dogs, and helping the environment. As she describes it: "It is a responsibility, not an option, to contribute something significant in this life to make the world a better place." Before turning 50, Susan decided it was time to make one cause her legacy. Elephants and wolves are her favorite wild animals, but since she can't keep them in her back yard, she decided that improving the way shelters are managed across the country would be her pursuit. Creating the dog sanctuary and thereby enhancing the future of dogs and cats is one step toward that goal.
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