Welcome to Raven Woods Animal Sanctuary!
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Raven Woods Animal Sanctuary is a privately run 501(c)3 organization located in Roseland, Louisiana and dedicated to providing loving care to abandoned, stray, and abused animals.
We are strictly NO-KILL
except in situations where an animal is suffering
from a terminal illness resulting in untreatable pain.
While we do our best to find each pet a family of their own, those not chosen for adoption will always have a permanent home with us.
Many of the pets we take in are ill or injured. Nearly all of the adult dogs have heartworms, an ailment that requires expensive and lengthy treatment. Some of our dogs will require special care for the rest of their lives. We do not pick and choose who we will take on the basis of their health or adoptability.
Every life is sacred and deserving of our love and the very best care we can give.
During the past year we have seen many exciting things happen at our shelter. All of our female dogs are now spayed unless they have health problems that prevent this. At this point we are not able to neuter every male, but they are neutered prior to adoption.
We are thrilled that nearly 100 of our pets have found new homes in the past year! Sadly, due to the overwhelming number of stray and abandoned animals in our area, each one who was adopted was quickly replaced by another needing a home.
Every pet is fixed prior to adoption. The many puppies we care for come from pregnant females and litters that are dumped on our door step.
Every dog is on heartworm preventative, and approximately 50 dogs have been treated for heartworms in the past 18 months. We are treating our other heartworm positive dogs as fast as funds allow, and hope to have each dog treated before we lose any more to this terrible but easily preventable disease.
All dogs are up to date on their vaccinations. Puppies receive vaccinations every 2-3 weeks until they are 4 months old (or adopted) and each adult receives yearly vaccinations. New adult arrivals whose vaccination status is unknown receive two sets of shots initially. Because of our aggressive vaccination program we have a very low incidence of infectious illnesses like parvo.
Every dog is given immediate veterinary care in the event of illness or injury. Emergencies requiring urgent care are stabilized locally and if necessary they are taken to a veterinarian in Mississippi who has a fully equipped ICU. Our high risk heartworm dogs are treated in Mississippi for this reason. We have also spent several thousand dollars treating life threatening emergencies at the internal medicine & emergency clinic in Mandeville, Louisiana when a dog was too ill to make the trip all the way to Mississippi. Our local veterinarian in Amite, Louisiana handles our routine veterinary care and has on many occasions met us at his office in the middle of the night or come to the shelter to treat emergencies (thank you, thank you!).
Our dogs are housed in outside 5/10 or 6/10 kennels with chainlink sides, concrete floors and tarps over the kennels to provide protection from sun and rain. We were inspected by the Humane Society of Louisiana in October 2007 and no violations of code were found.
There are a few kennels still on bare ground instead of concrete - these are a priority and we would like to upgrade them as soon as possible. Before Hurricane Gustav we were working on changing the last remaining kennels on grass to a concrete floor. The forms had been built and Raven Woods were saving money to be able to pay for the concrete. Since the hurricane the grass has turned to mud, and there is no money left to buy the concrete and finish this project. Gustav also tore most of our tarps, which shelter our dogs from the rain and the hot Louisiana sun.
Please help us replace our tarps and make sure our dogs don't stand in wet mud.
Unfortunately, dealing with hurricanes strains our resources because we have to both rebuild and deal with the human and animal consquences of these storms. We work hard to provide our dogs with shelter and care and improve their quality of life. Any help you can offer would be greatly appreciated!