CONNIE SWINNEY • PICAYUNE STAFF
MARBLE FALLS — After four months in operations, the Living Love Animal Rescue facility has established itself as a magnet for volunteers and donations as well as a safe haven for dogs and cats.
The facility is located on more than nine acres off RR 1431 west of Marble Falls.
Services include adoption, a foster care program and spay and neuter resources.
Amenities of the facility, which specializes in puppies, kittens and pregnant animals, include housing, play and exercise areas, a dog run and a birth and nursing care room.
The facility is comprised of four buildings, some of which are converted open-air barns for animal housing and activities.
“I can’t say enough for the dedication of our people. We have no paid employees at all, so everything depends on the commitment of the volunteers,” board secretary Claire Edwards said.
Dog specialist Sandra Santee, who manages the dog facility, added, “It’s a wonderful place for volunteers to come. It’s really good therapy for them. Walking with the animals and caring for the dogs.”
Officials with Living Love emphasized that the program’s main features include a “no-kill” designation, a life-time guarantee on adoptions and the facility’s natural environment.
“We are the only actual true no-kill facility out in this area (which serves both dogs and cats). This is a forever home, a sanctuary,” Gunter said. “They live here forever unless we find them a home.”
Volunteers also participate in a proactive adoption program with monthly Doggie Adoption events and a cat adoption program.
The next Living Love Animal Rescue Doggie Adoption event is 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Sept. 6 at Crownover Feed Store, 1810 RR 1431 in Marble Falls.
A permanent adoption center for cats is located at Pet Supplies Plus, 2201 U.S. 281.
In October, the board is hosting the facility’s official grand opening, dedicated to War Dogs with the support of the Marble Falls VFW Post 10376.
“During the Vietnam War, 6,000 service dogs worked, saved lives. The dogs were left there, and they suffered the fate that animals left behind would suffer,” Edwards said. “We decided that a really appropriate thing to do for our facility would be to remember them.”
Along with volunteers and donations, the program continues to rely on the community support of the nonprofit organization’s thrift store.
The Living Loving Animal Rescue Thrift Shop, 407 Main in Marble Falls, is supervised by the dog facility manager and manned by volunteers.
The program also works in cooperation with area nonprofit groups and community entities such as PetPALS, the Austin Humane Society, Hill Country Cats and municipal facilities.
Those who promote the accomplishments of the new facility and its volunteers consider the work a commitment to the success of the program.
“We do take full responsibility for the animals that come onto our property,” Gunter said. “They get lots of attention here, but they do need a forever home.”
For adoptions and volunteer opportunities, call (830) 798-6106.