Animal Angels

Nestled among the rolling hills of North Central Texas is a 38-acre haven for abused and abandoned dogs.  ANIMAL ANGELS is as close to heaven as they will ever be, this side of the Rainbow Bridge.

Some of them were lucky enough to be picked up on the side of the road, where they had been abandoned, wandering aimlessly, bewildered and wondering why their “special person” had left them there alone.  Some were rescued from abusive situations, to be given a second chance at a normal life.  Still more were injured or handicapped in some way, and others had various medical problems. 

Countless others had been thrown out or sucked out of the beds of pickup trucks, when their irresponsible owners thought themselves “cool” to have their dog riding unsecured.  And many more were merely part of an unwanted litter, discarded like trash, on the side of a road.  Of course, some have lost their beloved owners to ill health or death, or financial difficulties, and have no place to go.  Many are in their golden years of life, needing only a secure place to call home, where the love is unconditional and supper is always on time.

ANIMAL ANGELS has rescued all of these.  In addition, ANIMAL ANGELS has been called upon for assistance in the rescue of horses, donkeys, emus, wolves, cats, raccoons, squirrels, hawks, turtles and so many more.

With the help of a small and very dedicated group of volunteers, Carole Sanders created ANIMAL ANGELS Rescue, Rehabilitation, Adoption and Sanctuary, which is now permanent home for 300+ dogs, mostly larger breeds, who have become homeless with no one to care for them.  They come from all walks of life, in all sizes and colors, and all needing that special care and love that is so generously offered here.

ANIMAL ANGELS is the brainchild, heart and soul of a spunky septuagenarian named Carole Sanders.  In 1992, after years of getting stray dogs, cats, turtles, etc, off the roads from Texas to California, and anywhere else she happened to be, it was becoming increasingly apparent that Carole needed to become a non-profit organization, if the work she had started was to continue.  501(c)3 status was granted in June of 1993.

Carole retired from American Airlines in the fall of 2001, after nearly 40 years as a Flight Attendant.  During that time, she had rescued dogs from all over the country, sometimes flying them home with her on the return trips.  She has rescued many from becoming “roadkill” on the highways of North Texas, while traveling between the Sanctuary and DFW Airport.  She now devotes all of her time and considerable energy to personally overseeing the daily operations of the Sanctuary, in addition to rescue, rehabilitation and adoptions to “fur-ever” wonderful new homes.  Carole is also an active advocate for legislation relating to such important issues relating to animal cruelty/neglect and puppymill regulations in Texas.  She was the 2005 recipient of the Sarah M. and Charles E. Seay Award for Kindness to Animals, in Dallas, Texas.

ANIMAL ANGELS receives no public funding, relying only on private donations, Carole’s pension and monthly social security checks, to fund all operations.  Administrative and fundraising efforts are all volunteer, with no funding allotted.  Virtually every dollar received by ANIMAL ANGELS goes directly to animal care, veterinary bills, utilities and repair/maintenance of our aging facilities and equipment.

Almost daily, ANIMAL ANGELS is called upon to rescue animals from places where they have been abandoned without food or water, or found along the side of the road, often after being injured by passing traffic or predators.  Carole always answers the call for help, from our communities and public service officials, to the best of her ability.  Almost every animal will need medical attention, often emergency/life-saving care, regardless of the time of day, day of the week, or holidays in particular.  While our excellent veterinarians do allow special rates for rescue, our bills are still very high.  At times, when a rescued animal is seriously injured or ill, and beyond medical care, the last act of kindness and compassion Carole can offer, is to hold them while they are allowed a peaceful crossing.

Back at the Sanctuary, our dogs require more than 300 lbs of good quality food per day, to keep them well-fed and healthy.  We provide care 365 days a year, to insure that every dog is checked every day for medical conditions, has plenty of food and fresh water, and their living areas are picked-up daily.  For the past few years, we have had to hire daily help, to continue to provide the best for our animals, which is also at significant cost.

Pat Person, Vice-President and volunteer Kennelmaster, oversees the entire operation with Carole, and provides these statistics, which are only since August of 2002, with countless numbers prior to that: Some residents have now been adopted into good homes where they are loved and cared for as they deserve to be.  Others will spend the remainder of their natural lives here at our no-kill/no-cage Sanctuary, well-fed and protected from the dangers of the world.  Inside our securely fenced perimeter, many of our residents are free to roam the entire 38-acre wooded hillside and pasture, exploring as they please or taking a dip in one of our several ponds.  Some live together in large fenced “neighborhoods,” while still others with special needs reside temporarily in 10’x10’ pens for daily treatments, medications and other special care.  All have been spayed/neutered prior to coming to the Sanctuary, along with receiving vaccinations, dental care and other veterinary services to insure a good quality of life.

If you would like to experience that wonderful feeling you get when 2 big brown eyes look at you with absolute trust and a tail wags slowly, then please consider joining our ANIMAL ANGELS VOLUNTEER TEAM.  Your donations are what makes ANIMAL ANGELS a reality for so many who have no other place to be, or no one else to care for them.  We will NEVER kill one animal to make room for another, which is why your financial support is so important.

Please visit our website for much more information and pictures of the Sanctuary, stories about many of our past and present angels, and details about our most adoptable dogs.  In addition, our website presents facts and figures about the value of spaying/neutering, the problems of pet overpopulation and puppymills, and important information about responsible pet ownership.

They depend on us…can we depend on you?

Mission Statement
Be it known that the intent and purpose of ANIMAL ANGELS is to enrich the lives of our animal friends who may be without shelter, food, care or love.  We commit to assist these needy, regardless of age, natural beauty or condition, and find them temporary or permanent homes.  All resources obtained by ANIMAL ANGELS will be used for the benefit of these creatures only, and no profit is sought.  Our only concerns are for the care and comfort of these animals we assist.

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Animal Angels
PO Box 336
Jacksboro, Texas 76458
United States

Contact: Carole Sanders
Tel: 940-567-3252
Fax: 940-567-3258
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