SARA DAILY: Monarch Butterfly Spotted

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Founder Tracy Frank spotted the first Monarch butterfly on SARA Sanctuary this first week of October. The sanctuary is located...

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FRANK TALKS: Kittens at the Gate

In just one week, life has changed greatly and for the best for The Kittens at the Gate. The 5 cats dropped off last Monday in a locked kennel have been checked by the vet and now have names from 80s TV show The Facts of Life characters. We had a $250 donation come in from Facebook post which has helped with the initial costs for the vet care of Ms. Garrett, Tootie, Nathalie, Blair and Joe. That’s Jo with an ‘e’ because we had one boy and 4 girls.

Ms Garrett’s family was named by Katie O’Shaughnessy, a SARA follower who took care of Gingee and Barney at Wags & Walks shelter in California. Gingee and Barney are now our permanent residents and part of a ‘dog swap’ program between SARA and other partner shelters around the US.

The feline family of 5 had a stroke of luck with their timing at the gate. They are now part of the ‘pet swap’ with Chicago partnership shelters. Alive Rescue brought two dogs named Sue Ellen and Grover who were not suitable to be adopted into a home. But Sue Ellen and Grover will live out their lives among dog friends at SARA Sanctuary.

In exchange, SARA sent 21 of our most adoptable, Texas friendly dogs and cats back with the Chicago rescuers. The Facts of Life family will have a great chance to be adopted into homes in Chicago which is a top 10 pet-friendly location in the US and has a demand for adoptable animals from SARA. Win-win-win. Lots of wins here. 

“You take the good. You take the bad. You take them both and there you have the facts of life,” lyrics from the TV shows opening song. Hear it here on our TikTok.

It’s not uncommon that those within driving distance will leave pets at the gate of the sanctuary. This mama cat and 4 older kittens were left in a metal kennel with a combination lock today, Oct 5.

Although this is not the best way to leave pets somewhere, it has kept the cats from getting in the road or running into the woods or getting separated.

Thanks for supporting us on Patreon because sometimes life is full of surprises. We’re helping these Monday morning surprises. 

FRANK TALKS: Dane the sweet biter

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Dane is a permanent resident of SARA and has been with us for more than 7 years. He is nippy...

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ROAD TRIP: Look who’s coming to SARA

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Buffalo and Sadie are traveling 730 miles across Texas from New Mexico Farm Sanctuary. We've been tagged in some posts...

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National Black Dog Day

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October 1 is National Black Dog Day. Why do black dogs have their own day? If you Google Big Black...

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Faces of Fall Y’all

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Whew! We love October at SARA Sanctuary. The break from the Texas heat makes us all happy, skippy, zippy and...

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Unconditional Life – Fall Newsletter 2020

How are your donations helping our animals? We have lots of SARA animal stories in the Unconditional Life – Fall Newsletter 2020. Click the forward arrow button to see all pages or download a PDF.


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Who supports our animals?

Woman hugging horse

Meet one of our SARA Animal Ambassadors. SARA Sanctuary has many wonderfully talented and generous supporters. We asked Laurence Dusaulx why she returns to our sanctuary and continues to support our mission. All the photos here were taken by Laurence during her last visit.

“I come out and help because I know there is a need. I feel that when I leave the place, which is always very sad for me, I have achieved something: caring for animals who need it. Spreading some love, attention, care, that makes me feel extremely good inside.”

“I see SARA Founder Tracy as my American Brigitte Bardot. I adore and respect both for their unconditional love of all animals.”

“I love ALL animals, but have a special connection with cats, horses and donkeys too. I understand cats, I think I know what makes them feel good or what might upset them.”

“I have 4 cats of my own, they consider me like their mom. I also volunteer weekly at the Houston SPCA cattery of course, and baby bottle feed when the time of the year comes.”

Laurence Dusaulx
French Language Consulting, Fiber Artist and a SARA volunteer for many years

Crafty support raises $250

Laurence makes original handcrafted jewelry and used her craftiness to raise $250 for SARA animals and protect her fellow citizens of Houston. 

“I sewed many masks,  distributed to Houstonians and collected money to donate to SARA.The people were happy to participate and I think it helped make SARA better known in my neighborhood,” said Laurence.

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Because of the pandemic, we are not able to have events or take volunteers or visitors. We’re missing our people and all the stories shared on social media. To help us increase awareness, send your story on how or why you support SARA Sanctuary to or post on your own page and tag us. 

The Luckiest Calf in Texas

It’s a boy! Meet Julio, the luckiest calf in Texas. Why? He was born on a farm sanctuary in the hottest month of the year. But lucky Julio, his breed can handle the Texas heat and SARA Sanctuary is a no-kill animal sanctuary.

Julio is a Beefmaster which is a hybrid breed built for hardiness and profitability. A family of four Beefmaster cattle arrived together at the sanctuary at the end of 2019 with the possibility that the cows were already pregnant. Julio’s mother Peaches was, obviously. SARA Sanctuary also cares for his Aunt Apricot, brother Handsome and grandmother Melinda.

How long does a bull live?

Longevity is not a tested trait in the cattle industry. It’s difficult to find the natural lifespan of a Beefmaster bull or any bull. Cattle are raised for a purpose, either dairy or meat.

Most dairy farms are not pleased with the birth of a male calf. Bulls cannot produce milk or calves, so bulls are considered to have a lower value in the cattle industry and nearly no value in the dairy industry. Dairy bulls are often killed immediately or sold for veal.

SARA's unconditional life

At SARA Sanctuary, Julio won’t be taken from his mother. He won’t be sent to the slaughterhouse. Julio gets to stay with his family grazing and roaming in the pastures with an unconditional life. 

Because Julio was born on an animal sanctuary, he is protected by SARA’s mission, our staff and his cow family. We think Julio might be the luckiest calf in the world even. We hope he lives a long, natural life and we feel lucky to have him.

Help us welcome Julio

Consider supporting SARA Sanctuary’s mission to help any animal that comes to us regardless of species, special health needs, or temperament. A monthly contribution will help care for Julio and his family for years to come. 

Baby Gifts for Julio & Peaches

If you would like to donate a specific gift or supplies needed for Julio & Peaches, we’ve made a list of items a baby calf and mom need. At the vet, you can make a contribution towards Julio’s future care. Or shop online at D&D local feed store. 

Livestock & Feed Supplies 

D&D Farm & Ranch online store keeps everyone safe while shopping from home.

Veterinary Costs 

County Line Animal Hospital will take credit card payments over the phone: 830-253-1041. 

  • SARA Sanctuary calf castration: $65 
  • Calf vaccinations for both black leg & virus shield: $30
  • Donate any amount towards SARA’s monthly vet bill. 

SARA Sanctuary is a no-kill farm meaning we do not raise cattle for veal, beef or dairy production. We depend on the generosity of our donors to help us care for all of our animals. Have questions about what else the cattle and animals need? Put a message in the comments, send us an email: or give us a call: 830-401-0280. 

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