Shelter Spotlight: The Sanctuary At Haafsville

Maggie Marton
by Maggie Marton
More than just a shelter, The Sanctuary at Haafsville also cares for pets who need a temporary place to stay. From hospital stays to military deployment, pet parents can rest assured their best friends are well taken care of.

Located in Pennsylvania’s Lehigh Valley, The Sanctuary at Haafsville offers a safe place for animals in an environmentally responsible facility. Their goal – “The sanctuary will offer a nurturing environment for stray, feral, homeless, needy, and abandoned animals” – extends beyond simply sheltering homeless animals. At the sanctuary, there’s space for owners to temporarily house their pets until they’re able to safely return home and for elderly who are hospitalized to keep their animals well-cared-for until they are able to be reunited. There’s space for military personnel who are stationed overseas to house their pets until they get home from deployment, and there’s long-term sanctuary for geriatric pets whose owners can no longer provide care.

It’s a large and lofty mission, accomplished by volunteer, foster and financial support. Watch Phoenix’s video to see how The Sanctuary achieves their goals.

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Founded in 2010, The Sanctuary is located on eight acres in Foglesville, Pa. in a temporary building, though their Facebook page says that soon they will work to raise funds for a permanent facility. According to the page, “The Sanctuary is our concept for a living and working community where animals live and humans come daily to be a part of this tranquil experience. We envision this haven to be animal based, human services orientated and inviting to challenged individuals.”

In addition to their animal welfare mission, The Sanctuary strives to operate in an environmentally sound manner to be responsible community stewards, as well.

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If you’re in the Lehigh Valley area, you can help by volunteering. The Sanctuary is all-inclusive, too. They encourage youths, seniors, community and school groups and individuals who need to complete community service. There are opportunities for caring for the animals, working at events and even administrative tasks like making phone calls. If you’re local but don’t have time to volunteer, their website offers numerous ways to support them within the community, like by ordering your Friday night pizza through a delivery service that gives proceeds to the rescue. There are also local shops and gas stations that provide financial support. Check out their home page for the complete list.

If you aren’t in the area but would like to support The Sanctuary at Haafsville’s mission, consider a financial contribution. They offer several methods to make giving as convenient as possible. View the options for donations on their website. Or, consider purchasing and sending them a gift from their Amazon wish list, which includes items at every price point.

Maggie Marton is the definition of “crazy dog lady” and an award-winning writer based in Bloomington, Indiana. Obsessed with dogs, she writes for numerous pet-related publications and is active in animal welfare.When she’s not reading about dogs, writing about dogs or walking dogs, she loves to hike and nap—both activities usually with her dogs. Maggie lives with her husband, John; Emmett, a pit mix; Lucas, a shepherd mix; Cooper, a pit mix; and Newt, the lone kitty (who, of course, runs the show). You can find her online at

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