Lily's Place is a small animal sanctuary that provides forever homes to a pack of furry, feathered and hooved friends.
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, numerous foster dogs have bunked at Lily's Place before being placed in forever homes, a flock of ex-battery hens have come to safely roost at Lily's Place, and two sheep how found their forever homes at Lily's Place as well.
The adventure continues at Lily's Place as we help all the animals settle in, live in peace, and we get ready to open our doors once again.
Scroll down to follow our adventures, learn about the animals, and connect with ways to support our mission.
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 brady 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).
Our Farm Friends
Affectionately known as "the ladies", these 5 ex-battery hens came to us through Cedar Row Farm Sanctuary's annual resue initiative that places chickens from a local high-production egg farm into loving forever homes.
Upon arriving at our place (the same day they were released from the egg farm), they experienced grass and sunshine for the first time in their lives. They are approximately 18 months old (as of Sept 2019), have a lot of missing feathers, wounds on their combs, and weak legs (all sadly commonplace when coming from a factory farm). See the video in this post to see their arrival at Lily's Place.
They are settling into our place, learning to trust us, heal, and decompress. Follow their healing journey on our Instagram feed!
Their names and personalities...
- Maple - this little lady's comb (the floppy bit on the top of their head) is extra big and looks like a flopped over maple leaf. She was the most curious and brave bird out of the flock upon their arrival.
- Broom Hilda - or "Broomie" has Tim affectionately calls her, is one of our "big birds" and has had her feathers grow back the fastest (perhaps thanks to a little bit of magic). She also has an extra-long bottom beak which doesn't keep her from doing normal chicken things, but we have observed her eating a little bit differently than the rest in the flock.
- Pearl - named after her extra pearly white ear lobes, Pearl is a sweet and curious bird. You can spot her in a lot of pictures and videos because if Tim's around she's watching him closely as he often has chicken treats!
- Camilla - named after Gonzo's girlfriend in "A Muppet's Christmas Carol", Camilla is a bigger bird like Broom Hilda. Yet, unlike Broom Hilda who prefers to "hang out" with humans from a safe distance, Camilla isn't afraid to join the party now that she knows we mean her no harm. Like Pearl, she always keeps a close eye on Tim in case a treat materializes out of his pocket!
- Sunny - cute as a button, Sunny is our smallest bird. Tiny, curious, and getting braver by the day, Sunny has really come out of her shell since coming to Lily's Place. She can often be spotted sunning her bum in a warm ray of sunshine (which is how she got her name)!
Sid The Sheep
Say hello to 6 month old Sid (born May 2019)! Sid comes to us from Cedar Row Farm Sanctuary.
This backstory: Sid made his way to Cedar Row Farm Sanctuary as a two-week-old lamb with a broken leg. Sid’s leg was broken shortly after he was born and he went two weeks with no medical care at the farm he was at. A compassionate person noticed and was able to re-home Sid to Cedar Row. Since then Cedar Row has nursed him back to health, including bracing his other back leg that started to turn in from compensating for the previously broken one. We’re so thankful for the life-saving work Cedar Row has done for the last two decades, and for entrusting us with Sid! He’s such a sweet amazing boy!
Arriving at Lily's Place at the end of September 2019, Sid has fit right in! He loves being around people and can be spotted joyfully running up to see us, following us around, and just hanging out. He's content to be doing whatever we're doing-especially if we happen to have fresh veggies in our pockets!
Betty White The Sheep
Betty came to us so Sid wouldn't be a lonely sheep! Sheep need at least one other sheep for companionship, and when Grey's Haven Farm Sanctuary let us know that Whispering Hearts Horse Rescue had taken in multiple animals (including 11 sheep) from a case of neglect, we reached out. See the video of all the animals, including Betty White, arriving at Whispering Hearts here.
Betty isn't used to being around people (so the complete opposite of Sid) but is learning to trust us quickly. She arrived at Lily's Place on October 19th, 2019 and we can't wait to get to know her better and watch her personality shine as she settles in.
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).
Update: September 8, 2019
While we help get "the ladies" (as we like to call the chickens) settled, we're also moving full steam ahead to get ready for two lambs who will be joining us in a few short weeks!
Update: October 20, 2019
Time flies when you're having fun! It's been a while since our last update (unless you've been following along on Instagram), and we've been busy with new arrivals 🐑🐑! First, Sid the sheep arrived in late September (see his story above), and Betty White the sheep arrived yesterday!
Our hearts are full and so is our shelter! We'll be helping everyone settle in over the winter including completing construction on the shelter (we're 80% done - just winterizing tasks left to do) and fencing in a bigger pasture for the sheep in the spring.
See the "how you can help" section below for more info and follow us on Instagram for the latest news.
How you can help
Shop to show your support! Check out the products whose proceeds go directly to Lily's Place Animal Sanctuary.
Special release Grounded Sage products include:
- Aloe-ver Body Hydrator & After Sun Care
- Happiness Boost Shampoo
- Happiness Boost Conditioner
- Unscented Leave-in Conditioner
Lily's Place Apparel includes:
- Tote Bags
- Find them all 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:
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.
Amazon WIsh List
Use our amazon wish list to purchase items that can be delivered directly to Lily's Place, or see our wish list below for the items and volunteer positions we're in need of.
- Chicken feed
- Chicken scratch
- Sheep feed
- Pine wood shavings
- Straw or hay
- Building supplies
- 2x4 lumber minimum length 4ft
- 8ft (or more) rough sawn pine
- 2x6 lumber minimum length 8ft
- 8ft pressure treated 4x4's or cedar posts
- Donate building supplies online here.
- Gift cards to building supply stores like Home Depot or to TSC / farm feed supply stores)
If you'd like to help Lily's Place by volunteering your time, here is a list of current opportunities.
- Vegetables for the animals - can you partner with us to provide vegetable for the animals?
- Fundraising support - can you partner with us for a fundraiser?
- Veterinary support - medication and check-ups are a regular part of having animals. If you can help, please let us know.
- Animal care support - specific animals have specific needs. We're looking to partner with those who are skilled at providing those special services (watch this space for updates).
Would you like to volunteer in a way that's not listed above? Please reach out to us with your idea 🙂