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Published on May 1st, 2016 | by Brandon H

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Lisa LaVerdiere – Founder of Home for Life Animal Sanctuary

Lisa LaVerdiere founded the Home for Life Animal Sanctuary in 1997 after a lengthy career spent defending the rights of those most in need of legal support while working as a practicing lawyer and specializing in product liability and toxic torts. After 15 years as a lawyer, LaVerdiere decided to change her professional focus to the support of animals by creating an alternative to animal shelters that limit the potential outcome to adoption or euthanasia. At the Home for Life Animal Sanctuary, animals that have special needs or cannot find a home through a traditional shelter are able to enjoy the sanctuary’s open spaces along with access to expert, loving care.

What are some things that you love?

Obviously, I absolutely love animals and am so grateful to have the opportunity to help all of the animals that come to our shelter for one reason or another. I have always found it incredibly rewarding to engage in any pursuit that allows me to provide support to those who need it most.

What’s your favorite type of food?

Anything that includes plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables is alright by me. I also enjoy giving only the freshest ingredients to our animals as well. In fact, this summer we plan to dedicate some space to grow vegetables for our tortoise, Goliath.

What can you look forward to in the future?

There are so many animals that are in need of our help, so I am always looking forward to working with the next animal that comes to the sanctuary while also continuing to work with the animals that are already with us. We also hope to raise a greater level of awareness regarding the plight of animals in shelters and want to encourage more sanctuaries like Home for Life to be founded so that these animals have another option and can be granted the second chance they so richly deserve.

What’s your biggest accomplishment to date?

It’s hard not to look at every animal living at the sanctuary and see a life that has been saved, so I would certainly consider that to be quite an accomplishment. Of course, I also worked so hard for so many years as a lawyer, and I am exceptionally proud of the work I did in defending the countless individuals who had been affected by lead poisoning.

What motivates you every day?

I know just how important the work I do is to so many people and animals, and I am also keenly aware of what the success of Home for Life Animal Sanctuary might mean for any animal that may eventually wind up in a shelter. I would like see more sanctuaries willing to do what we do for animals, and that means we have to be consistently exceptional in the care we provide and have to clearly demonstrate just how beneficial our services can be. Clearly, this is a goal requiring a substantial amount of effort on our part, but it is a goal that is so unbelievably worthwhile.

 

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