Sezar Sanctuary – Iran

This post focus’ on Sezar Sanctuary in Gilan, Islamic Republic of Iran.

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From the Sezar Sanctuary website

Sezar Sanctuary



“Love of animals is a universal impulse, a common ground on which all of us may meet. By loving and understanding animals, perhaps we humans shall come to understand each other.”
– Louis J. Camuti

This is exactly the percept that Sezar Sanctuary bases itself on. We may be based in Iran, but what we are today is a family scattered across the globe, still closely-knit by intention and emotion. Our motive is the advocacy of innocent animals whom the nature hasn’t bestowed with the strength to fight against the cruelties by humans. If you may say so, we are super animal lovers (and protectors), and we do whatever we can to help the abused and street animals that need care. Together, we’ve surmounted obstacles, taken and won downright challenges, and braved through unmanageable caseloads. And, that has only made the mission stronger.


While Sezar Sanctuary is not limited to the Iranian soil, it surely did begin here with Hosein Mohammadi, a person you come across so rarely, a man who has been more than caring for sick, injured, abused and helpless animals. Beginning with resources that were meager, but a spirit and heart that were big enough to let these poor souls in, this man found it imperative to lend the help that was most needed.

“Exactly after the moment Sezar (my first rescued dog) entered my life, the revelation was clear to me, I had heard my calling in life…I had to become a voice for these voiceless abused animals…This is a calling and responsibility which I took on wholeheartedly and with all that I have, and I hope to be able to continue making a difference in this mission.” – words that come right from Hosein’s heart.

This is was just the start of a noble tale.

Sezar Sanctuary


The tireless efforts that Hosein Mohammadi had been making to rescue sick and abused animals, attracted a lot of like-minded people across barriers of language, religion and territory, and that is how Sezar Sanctuary became a massive endeavor backed by numerous people who are against cruelty to animals, and those who do care to get up and do something about it.

So, hands were joined and efforts were consolidated to make Sezar Sanctuary a massive movement to do it in a greater, more intense measure what Mohammadi has been doing. More supporters, more caregivers, more finances, more resources means more care and more lives saved. The man himself has, singlehandedly, rescued hundreds of dogs already. Sezar Sanctuary strives to multiply this number exponentially year after year with multiplied efforts.


We believe in humanity, and better humans can make a better world for the animals. Or must we say, if we started caring more for animals, we are due to become better humans.

However, what we do not believe in are barriers. If you are a person who has the same belief as us – making the world a better place for animals, you are welcome to our family that is growing by leaps and bounds. If you care for the animals, we suggest that you make it count.


We have already come a long way providing hands-on care and services to abused and abandoned dogs since our inception. We are driving enormous changes in Iran and across the globe in bringing about a change by resisting crimes against animals, especially large-scale cruelties such as puppy mills, animal fighting and dog cruelty.
We also act as the backbone to animal rescue groups spread all across Iran. When faced with outrageous situations, Sezar Sanctuary does all it can (as the law of the land permits) to fight neglect and abuse directed against animals. And we wish to do thing on a global level.

A part of our mission is also to urge more of you who think like us to join us in this battle to empower animals.



Through your kindness and generosity, Sezar Sanctuary can continue to save many dogs each year.

Sezar Sanctuary



NEWS ARTICLES on Sezar Sanctuary

* From One Green Planet: There Aren’t Many Animal Shelters in Iran – So This Man Made His Own

* From the Dodo: Man Takes It Upon Himself To Rescue Hundreds Of Animals


Sezar Sanctuary



Sezar Sanctuary contact links

To learn about all the dogs, that Sezar Sanctuary, click the following links:

* Sezar Sanctuary – Website

Sezar Sanctuary Facebook

Sezar Sanctuary Twitter

Sezar SanctuaryInstagram

Sezar SanctuaryYouTube

Sezar SanctuaryThe Pets at Sezar Sanctuary


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Senior Sunday – The Grannie Project

This weeks Senior Sunday post focus’ on The Grannie Project in Southeastern, PA.

The Grannie Project - Logo

Note: In memory of my beloved Maine Coon cat, Little Minx, this week’s Senior Sunday post will include senior cats!


From The Grannie Project website

Why did we start The Grannie Project?

We did it for one reason – because love never grows old. As humans, we spend many hours and much money fighting the aging process. But animals… they don’t resist it. In fact, they thrive in it. They know there is dignity in growing old, and with it comes peace, understanding, wisdom and tranquility. We can learn a lot from our senior animals. The Grannie Project believes this whole-heartedly. It’s why we work so hard to advocate for, rescue, and then re-home senior pets.

We also encourage pet owners to responsibly plan for the future care of pets after they, as caretakers, are gone. Too many senior pets end up in kill shelters simply because their owners didn’t plan ahead. Don’t know how to get started? It’s easy… just ask us for a few hints.

Spay and neuter is another topic we advocate for on a regular basis. Seniors don’t stand a chance in a shelter where kittens are coming in by the armload. It’s why we pull as many as we possibly can. Please get involved in a local spay and neuter program. This will help the cats that are already here have a better chance at life.

Who we are.

We are a small rescue located in Southeastern, PA working exclusively out of a network of foster homes. Generally, we are aware of many more senior pets that need homes than we are able to officially take in. If you are looking for a senior pet, but don’t happen to fall in love with one on our website or Petfinder list, please drop us a line. We may be able to help you find that special someone!

How we are funded.

We are an official 501(c)(3) organization funded entirely by private donations. This means we need your help! The majority of the funds we take in are utilized for veterinary visits for seniors in our care. The initial vet visit for a new intake can run a couple hundred dollars, depending whether the pet came from a shelter or is a private surrender. After veterinary care, we must provide these dear elder cats with food, shelter and supplies. Please donate if you can, because every little bit helps!

Adoption Policy

Senior Pets have lived in a home, have been loved, have mellower personalities than kittens or puppies, are visibly grateful for rescue, and are looking for a safe and comfortable place to spend the rest of their lives.

Our seniors come to us from all situations – kill shelters, private surrender, and the occasional stray. Each animal is fully vetted including shots, FIV/FeLV testing, and a senior blood panel. This initial vet visit can cost up to a couple hundred dollars.

The Grannie Project is funded entirely by private donations – which are utilized almost exclusively for veterinary bills for animals in our care. We currently have no shelter facility, but operate out of a network of carefully screened foster homes.


Seniors have a lot to teach, we just need to be willing to watch, listen, and learn… (Divinity’s Dad, 2012)


Here are some, but not all of the senior pets currently available for adoption from The Grannie Project.



You ain’t nothing but a hound cat, meowing all the time. You ain’t never caught a catnip and…Wait, that’s not how the song goes? I might not be the Elvis you were expecting, but I’m a new kind of King. I’m sweet, snuggly, and way better dressed than that other guy. My hips might not work quite the way you’d expect, but I get around just fine without my blue suede shoes. I’m over that pesky kitten phase and ready to be your hunka hunka burning love.

Elvis is neutered, FIV/FELV negative, vaccinated, and microchipped.

To learn more about Elvis, click the link to his Grannie ProjectAdoption page




Stunning Jiggs has all the right markings for the perfect kitty! From his striking green eyes to the purr-fect personality, Jiggs would love to find his forever. Jiggs came to us after being surrendered to the local animal control shelter and was quickly diagnosed with diabetes. He is insulin and food controlled and he does not let the condition slow him down. He loves his foster mom, long naps on the couch and blankets sprinkled with catnip. Looking for an extra sweet, low key buddy? Than Jiggs is your man!

Jiggs is up to date on vaccines, FIV/FeLV negative and neutered.

To learn more about Jiggs, click the link to his Grannie ProjectAdoption page




Atomic is our resident heartbreaker. With his stunning looks and winning personality, he makes a wonderful companion. Found as an injured stray, he was nursed back to health by one of our awesome foster homes! Atomic is partially blind in one eye but that does not stop him from seeking out his people for attention and playtime. You do not want to miss out on our little cuddle bug – make sure to reach out to us today and ask how to adopt him!

Atomic is neutered, up to date on vaccines, and FIV/FELV negative, and microchipped.

To learn more about Atomic, click the link to his Grannie ProjectAdoption page




Meet Sam! We are not sure if it gets any better than a snuggly, handsome ginger cat. Sam is seeking his perfect match, his happily ever after and forever – with his dapper tie and stunning good looks, he just may be the one you have been waiting for. After you are done snuggling on the couch, Sam would love to roll around in catnip, grab a good bite to eat and play with laser pointers. This low maintenance gentleman promises to love his family forever – make sure to email us about him today!

Sam is up to date on vaccines and neutered.

To learn more about Sam, click the link to his Grannie ProjectAdoption page




Skip is a charming boy with a slightly titled outlook on life! His head is always slightly slanted, and his front paws lay flat on the ground. Although it makes the way he walks look a little different, it doesn’t slow him down at all – Skip has plenty of playfulness and spunk. This cute cuddler is looking for a quieter home where he can romp and then relax. Skip lives with other cats now, and would probably enjoy having another playful pal in his new home.

Skip is neutered, FIV/FELV tested and negative, vaccinated and microchipped.

To learn more about Skip, click the link to his Grannie ProjectAdoption page




Sadie is a sweet, affectionate little lady that would love to find herself a forever home of her very own. She enjoys long snoozes in sunny spots, catnip mice, and ear rubs. Sadie loves to hang out for some attention and maybe catching up on the latest episode of Game of Thrones!

Sadie is declawed, spayed, up to date on vaccines, FELV/FIV negative, and spayed. Contact us if you have room in your heart and home for a kitty like Sadie!

To learn more about Sadie, click the link to her Grannie ProjectAdoption page



The Grannie Project contact links

To learn about all the dogs, that The Grannie Project has available for adoption, click the following links:

The Grannie Project Website

The Grannie Project Facebook

The Grannie Project Twitter

The Grannie Project All Available Pets for Adoption




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The Dog that saved the Big Cats

Every week I read on-line news from a dozen or so news site around the world. This week I read an article I think Divinity’s readers might enjoy.

Persian Leopard cubs were rejected by their mother, but they are were saved by new-mom Golden Retriever, Tessi.

Tessi the foster mother dog

Without the foster mother it is likely the cubs would have died. The mother at Sadgorod Zoo in Vladivostok rejected her two cubs possibly because she herself was born in a zoo.

Note: This story is from the Siberian Times.

Tessi the dog stepped in and she feeds them alongside her four puppies. Zoo co-owner Alyona Asnovina said: ‘We tried to feed them ourselves, but they sucked very badly and we had to urgently search for a feeding mom.

Tessi feeding her pups and the cubs

‘We found a great foster mom in Golden Retriever Tessi. ‘She gave birth recently to four nice puppies and has a lot of milk.

The feeding cubs

‘Many thanks to the owner, we would have had hard times without Tessi.’

Sadly one kitten is very weak with a congenital heart and lung defect according to X-ray and ultrasound. I do not know if she will survive or not. We hope for the best.’ Zoo vet Viktor Agafonov is more optimistic,

‘For three weeks the dog has been feeding this female kitten.

‘The dynamic is very positive – the baby is gaining weight, she is actively trying to play.

‘She bites her adoptive mother and feels very well.’

The dynamic is very positive - the baby is gaining weight, she is actively trying to play



Senior Sunday – Big Sky Ranch’s ‘Seniors For Seniors’

This weeks Senior Sunday post is a bit different, today we focus on the Big Sky Ranch’sSeniors For Seniors program in Folsom, LA which places cats with senior citizens. Cats are a wonderful alternative pet for the dog-loving elderly who have mobility issues

Big Sky Ranch & Retreat - Catnip Foundation


From their website

CATNIP Foundation, a 501c3 organization with a simple, yet ambitious Vision of a NO KILL community with NO MORE SHELTERS. Shelters and sanctuary sites are a necessity today, but they are a reactive solution to a problem of over-population, and CATNIP was founded to become a leader in our community and beyond in finding proactive solutions.

“Build, Learn, Teach” In everything we do, we strive to create a replicable model that can be used by other animal welfare groups in other communities. While we enjoy our role in caring for animals directly, we know that multiplying our efforts is paramount to having a real impact.

“Do more together” A collection of isolated, stove-piped animal welfare groups can never do more than each can contribute individually. But together, the whole becomes greater than the parts. So we focus on bringing in, connection, and supporting other organizations with similar animal welfare missions.

“Stop the problem before it occurs.” although we work with all animal welfare needs, we are particularly focused on cat over-population. Euthanasia and shelters are a reactive response to this problem. We are focused on finding proactive solutions that are affordable, sustainable, accepted by the community, and benefit the welfare.of the animals.

“Lead others to No Kill Communities.” When we formed our vision, ” NO More Shelters”, this represented a commitment to ending the need for both euthanasia and shelters by primarily controlling cat populations. But we do not hold this vision solely for our community, solely for the feline population, nor solely for our immediate geography. We see our long-term role as being a national resource to consult, teach, model and support communities in all geographic areas.

Note: In memory of my beloved Maine Coon cat, Little Minx, this week’s Senior Sunday post will include senior cats!

From Biz New Orleans

Peggy Eagan, 89, has quite a pedigree. Ms. Eagan said her Uptown New Orleans home once housed a menagerie of pets including dogs, cats and a canary. Now, a resident at the Christwood Retirement Community in Covington, Louisiana, Eagan said her independent living apartment is almost purrrfect.

Big Sky Ranch - Seniors for Seniors

“I’d love the chance to get a cat because it helps the loneliness when life has changed as much as mine has,” said Eagan. “If I had a cat, something would be waiting for me at my door when I come home.”

Big Sky Ranch - Seniors for Seniors

Eagan may soon become the caregiver to a senior Calico, Tabby or Tortie, thanks to the Big Sky Ranch CATNIP Foundation’s “Seniors For Seniors” cat adoption program.

The Northshore nonprofit just put its paws on a PetSmart Charities $10,750 grant that sweetened the kitty for the fledgling program designed to bring senior cats and senior citizens together forever.

Big Sky Ranch - Seniors for Seniors

Big Sky Ranch’s “Seniors For Seniors” pet companion and adoption program is a rare breed. It actively helps cats nearing the end of their nine lives land on their feet by pairing healthy, senior cats, six years and older with appropriate temperaments, with seniors at independent, assisted living and memory care centers. The PetSmart Charities grant will help facilitate the special adoptions with reduced adoption fees and an adoption starter kit, complete with basic supplies designed for senior cat owners with easy-to-use tools to feed and care for new pets.

All senior cats available for this program are fully vetted, spayed or neutered, vaccinated and microchipped prior to adoption, Dr. Wilbert said. Some are adopted by senior facilities to be shared among the populace as a working therapy cat.

Big Sky Ranch - Seniors for Seniors

The grant will also fund Big Sky Ranch’s new senior living center for its older cats, allowing the sanctuary to provide a home for these adoptable cats until they find a loving home of their own.

“The ultimate impact of this ‘Seniors For Seniors’ program will not only save the lives of senior animals, but will make a dramatic difference in the lives, health and overall happiness of seniors,” Dr. Wilbert said of her 501c3 pet project. “Our goal is to place at least 15 senior cats the first year and to document, through feedback of caregivers, the many health benefits that studies have shown to be correlated with cat ownership.”

Big Sky Ranch - Seniors for Seniors

Great-grandmother Eagan said she’s not too finicky about what she plans to name a new cat. She wants to get to know its personality first.

Big Sky Ranch - Seniors for Seniors


Big Sky Ranch: ‘Seniors For Seniors’ contact links

To learn about all the dogs, that the Big Sky Ranch: Catnip Foundation has available for adoption, click the following links:

Big Sky Ranch: Seniors For Seniors Website

Big Sky Ranch: Seniors For Seniors Facebook

Big Sky Ranch: Seniors For Seniors Catnip Rescue

Big Sky Ranch: Seniors For SeniorsAll Available Pets

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Senior Sunday: Why you should consider adopting a senior

If you haven’t considered adopting an older dog, you might be missing the opportunity to have an incredibly rewarding experience. Ask anyone who has brought a senior dog into their lives – they’re wonderful, grateful companions! Theresa Strader gives her perspective in this short video.

H/T: National Mill Dog Rescue

Note: Please share this post on your social media so that others can learn about these wonderful senior dogs. It’s the only way to spread the word about these seniors who need homes.

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An amusing hazard of working with geriatric dogs

This dastardly deed occurred at House with a Heart Senior Pet Sanctuary

Note: House with a Heart is not a foster home or rescue group. Once a dog becomes a resident, it has a loving home for life.

House with a Heart has previously been featured on Divinity’s blog:
* A Retirement Home For Unwanted Senior Pets

* Senior sanctuary dog finds a girlfriend

House with a Heart – contact links
  • House with a Heart Senior Pet SanctuaryWebsite
  • House With A Heart Senior Pet SanctuaryFacebook
  • House With A Heart Senior Pet SanctuaryTwitter

Pilots N Paws, giving man’s best friend a lift

Pilots N Paws is a 501c3 charitable organization who through the help of general aviation volunteer pilots, transport rescue animals by air.

From the “Pilots N Paws” website

The mission of Pilots N Paws is to provide a user-friendly website communication venue between those that rescue, shelter, and foster animals and pilots and plane owners willing to assist with the transportation of these animals. Founded in February of 2008, Pilots N Paws continues to make a difference in the lives of innocent animals.

We have flown thousands of rescue animals, military working dogs, service dogs, and dogs soldiers have adopted from war zones to safe havens provided by rescues and families. We encourage everyone to please alter your pets and become responsible pet owners.


Pilots N Paws pilots volunteer to fly animals from kill shelters to rescue groups nationally. By the end of 2014, Pilots N Paws 4,200 volunteer pilots from all over the United States had helped fly about 60,000 animals to new homes in just six years.

Freedom Flight ready for takeoff

Freedom Flight ready for takeoff


The best view for a PnP's rescued dog

The best view for a PnP’s rescued dog


A dog enjoying their Freedom Flight

A dog enjoying their Freedom Flight


This Doodle is the co-pilot

This Doodle is the co-pilot


Everyone is smiling on this flight

Everyone is smiling on this flight



This video from early 2016 documents a flight from Spokane, WA to Medford, OR to transport a rescue dog for Pilots N Paws.


This is a clip from a mission on December 15, 2015. Just in time for the holidays, Toby, a beautiful and sweet Golden Retriever traveled from Finding Great Homes in Greensboro, NC to his new forever home near Richmond, VA.