Lily's Place is a small animal sanctuary that provides forever homes to a pack of furry friends (and soon, feathered and hooved friends too).
It all started when Tim and his 3 rescue dogs met Jamie and her 3 rescue dogs... it didn't take long for Tim and Jamie to form the canine version of the Brady Bunch!
Since that time, the 3 oldest members of the original canine Brady Bunch have passed peacefully over the rainbow bridge, a 3 legged member has joined the pack, and numerous foster dogs have bunked at Lily's Place before being placed in forever homes.
The adventure continues as Lily's Place gets ready to open its doors once again; this time to feathered friends (and possibly some hooved friends too).
Lily's Place is named after two special ladies.
- Tim's late mom, Lillian, affectionately nicknamed Lily by Tim's late father, always opened up her home to those in need. This included animals and numerous foster children. Lillian was an avid animal lover, and she always had a dog cuddling on her lap, whether it was one of her dogs or a grandpuppy. On one occasion, after hearing about an unwanted dog being left alone in a muffler shop overnight, she marched right over to give Buster a proper home. Her compassionate spirit and willingness to provide a safe place to displaced souls is work we'd like to continue through Lily's Place.
- Chili, one of the original canines in the Brady Bunch, came to Tim with the name Lily. After being adopted by Tim, her name changed to reflect her New Orlene's origins as she was a puppy born to homeless dogs living on the streets after Hurricane Katrina. Chili arrived in Canada as an (estimated to be) 2 years old who still didn't have a family of her own. Tim met her within hours of her arriving at the Hamilton/Burlington SPCA. She was exhausted from her travels, curled up in a tiny ball in her dog run, but something about her sweet presence grabbed Tim's heart. The next morning, Tim came back with Flea (another original member of the canine brandy bunch) to meet Chili, and the rest is history. Over her lifetime Chili helped timid little Flea come out of her shell, reassured numerous foster dogs, and remained a calm, stable leader for the canine brandy bunch until her passing in February of 2019 at the age of 13 after a long battle with diabetes.
Our Forever Friends
The Canine Brady Bunch
All but one of the original canine Brady Bunch members are pictured in this group shot captured by Echo of Echo's Visuals in early 2019. Flea is the missing member in the group shot as she had passed away after a lifelong battle with diabetes in December 2016 just shy of her 13th birthday.
- Sassy (far left) - nicknamed "honey bear" because of her sweet disposition was adopted from Renfrew County OSPCA at the age of 1.5 years. This adoptive momma bear to many foster friends (including Little Man) passed over the rainbow bridge in May 2019 at the age of 13 after a heartbreaking battle with cancer.
- Chili (laying in front of Tim) - See Chili's story in the "our name" section.
- Cricket (on Jamie's lap) - our spunky girl who only has 3 paws adopted from Toronto Humane Society. Why she only has 3 paws is still a mystery to this day.
- Lucy (the greyhound) - our gentle, playful, social butterfly was adopted from GRA Canada at the age of 6 after retiring from racing and "bouncing" from several homes.
- Little Man (the not so little brindle + white guy, front right) - adopted from Ador-A-Bull Dog Rescue after being fostered by Jamie for over a year with no adoption prospects is the ultimate cuddle bug! No day is complete for him without snuggling as many people and dogs as possible. He's often found spooning on the deck with our newest pack member, Polkaroo.
Polkaroo: The newest canine resident at Lily's Place
Polkaroo (aka Pokey) came into our home as a foster dog after bouncing from numerous homes in a matter of days after arriving in Canada. She's estimated to be about 3 years old, and by the time she found her way to us, she needed a place where she could feel safe and decompress with a stable pack and lots of consistency.
The part of her story that we do know is that she was found severely injured on the streets of Polk County in Florida. Those injuries resulted in countless scars, missing teeth, and the loss of her back right leg. Numerous generous, kind-hearted souls provided her aid between the time she was found injured to the time she arrived in our care.
She's a super sweet soul who is eager to please, quick to bond, and wants to be where her friends are. We've also noticed a "monkey see, monkey do" trend with her following Little Man's example of how to be a gentle giant (even though she's half his size).
Update: June 25, 2019
Ever since moving to the country a year ago, Tim and I have been steadily working towards getting our slice of rural heaven ready to be home to (more) animals in need. Our hearts are ready and soon our home will be too .
We’re in the final stages of expanding our small "dog only" sanctuary with the inclusion of “farm friends” - more specifically, we’re preparing for rescue chickens in September (and depending on timing, homeless lambs and/or pot belly pigs this year as well).
With the quickly looming deadlines, we’ve decided to do a few special fundraisers to raise the funds needed to propel the project along faster (so we can save lives sooner). See the "how you can help" section below for more info and follow us on Instagram for the latest news.
How you can help
Special release Grounded Sage Skincare products whose proceeds will go directly to Lily's Place Animal Sanctuary.
Fundraising products include:
- Aloe-ver Body Hydrator & After Sun Care
- Happiness Boost Shampoo
- Happiness Boost Conditioner
- Unscented Leave-in Conditioner
Find a list of all our fundraising products (including for other animal organizations) here.
We've got the space, now we just need the resources! If you'd like to financially support Lily's Place, direct donations can be made via paypal using this link or via e-transfer (firstname.lastname@example.org).
All funds received will go directly to building comfortable housing (including fencing, bedding, and shelter) as well as covering medical expenses and food for our farm friends at Lily's Place.
Do you have resources like...
- building or fencing supplies
- Wire fencing. 4-5ft high, 2x2 or 2x4 spacing (donated!)
- 2x4 lumber minimum length 4ft
- 8ft (or more) rough sawn pine
- 2x6 lumber minimum length 8ft
- 8ft pressure treated 4x4's or cedar posts
- Steel roofing
- 75 x Quikrete 30kg Ready-to-Use Concrete Mix (donate a bag for $5 here)
- chicken feed
- bedding (straw)
- mini pig / pot belly pig feed
- (or gift cards to building supply stores like Home Depot or TSC, or farm feed supply stores)
... and you'd like to donate them or give us a helping hand by donating your time or expertise, please let us know by contacting Tim.