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An Animal Sanctuary
Santa Fe, New Mexico
A 501(c)(3) Organization
Our Mission

To alleviate animal suffering by providing sanctuary from abuse, neglect, and homelessness;
To end the killing of healthy animals as a method of population control;
To teach that animals are intrinsically valuable, worthy of respect, compassion, and care.
Currently our efforts are focused on dogs, who live safe and free here while they recover physical health and
emotional harmony. All are spayed or neutered, receive appropriate veterinary care and excellent nutrition. No  
cages, no chains. They have 35 snugly fenced acres where we can take them to run and play. Most of them live
among us - free to snooze indoors on hot days and cold nights, welcome to take refuge from summer or  winter
storms in our house and offices, or tucked into their own houses in their own yards, as they choose.
As needed, they receive homeopathic and herbal remedies, nutritional supplements, chiropractic treatment,
acupuncture, and western medicines to address acute or chronic physical or behavioral symptoms. When they
are ready, we help them to join new human families.
Occasionally an unexpected condition such as cancer is revealed during the initial veterinary exam. Or a
traumatized animal who functions well in this environment cannot adjust to the requirements of life as a “pet”
and is considered “unadoptable.” We do everything possible to help those animals achieve comfort and
happiness and they live out their lives with us.
We regret deeply that we cannot take in every animal who needs help, because we do not kill dogs to make
space for other dogs. We see each dog through to adoption into a new family or to old age and death. We do
euthanize for untreatable suffering.
We chose the name Bridging the Worlds because we like the idea of a path that bridges the human and animal
realms -- a path to human/animal relationships of mutual respect, true communication, and mutual aid.
Everyone who has ever loved an animal has crossed that bridge

- Founders: Robert Hayes (1954-2008) and Beverly Antaeus
Here are a few of our dogs who have found their forever homes.
Raymond's Gift

Raymond had a diaphragmatic hernia. X-rays showed that part of his  
stomach and intestines were in his chest cavity, so he could not   
process food and was slowly starving to death. Following an  
extensive veterinary exam, this one-year-old Lab mix faced two hard  
choices: quiet euthanasia or risky, costly extreme surgery. The odds  
of survival were 70/30, the cost would be over $1000. The emergency  
medical fund was depleted and the practical decision seemed to be  
choice #1, which created heavy sadness, but only made sense.

What happened next is not for everyone. If you don't like mystery and  
mysticism, then read no further. If you'd like to hear what Raymond  
had to "say," please do read on.
~Click Here to read more~
The Fearful Dog

If you live with or are working with a scared or shy dog, is a place to find info. to help you be more effective in rehabilitating your  
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Bridging the Worlds
PO Box 9109
Santa Fe, NM 87504
Phone: 505-501-1887
Donate a bed
and give the GIFT OF COMFORT to a sanctuary dog. Your bed donation will make a world of
difference to them.
Marty's Meals

When we take in a hurt, neglected, starved dog, the very first "medicine" we offer is hand-crafted Marty's Meals.  
Dull fur, eyes, and spirits soon shine and they have energy to dance for dinner.  But really!  Dogs don't have to
suffer to benefit from this wonderful food -- please visit their website on behalf of your beloved!
Adopt Your Perfect Animal Companion
These are the dogs currently in our sanctuary and ready for adoption. All of our dogs have been spayed or
neutered, all up-to-date on their vaccinations, and are in healthy condition. When you adopt a rescued dog
you participate in bringing these wonderful animals back to wholeness.
Bridging the Worlds has a sweet flock of adoptable dogs to tell you about, one each Wednesday until you've met them all.

Here's why:  Every single week, hundreds of earnest faces show up in the Inbox, but the Sanctuary is full to the rafters. 
We simply can't help more until these great kids find homes, so we're getting the word out.

Economic times are still sketchy, dogs are still losing their homes, finding new homes doesn't happen as fast as it
used to.   Watch for your new heart throb!  If you can't adopt, please help us to network!


Jinnie is Sponsored by
Vicki H. & Yvonne S.
Read Jinni's Story
Read Sula's Story

Sula is Sponsored by Nan N.

Dove is Sponsored by Carla F.

Read Dove's Story

Milagro is Sponsored by Barbara S.

Read Milagro's Story

Olivia is Sponsored by Patricia M.

Read Olivia's Story

Cochise is Sponsored by Dan B.

Read Cochise's Story

Apollo is Sponsored by Mary Ruth D.

Read Apollo's Story
PACE (PACH ay) is Italian for Peace, a name chosen to help her calm down after life in a dysfunctional household.  New name, lots of
cuddles, and firm boundaries have helped her settle in.   She's still a puppy, tho: boisterous, curious (nosey, that is), mad-playful, and
kinda noisy. She grows more beautiful every day, and she learned to love cuddling very fast! 

Pace loves life and everyone she meets.  Her principle interests are affection and play.  She is wonderful with other dogs and when
she recently met a confident cat, she complained about the alien in the room, but showed no ill will.  (She might chase a skittish cat.)

Pace is spayed, vaccinated, heartworm negative, house trained. 

Her adoption fee is $150.

Destry is Sponsored by Lynn H.

What is Animal Abuse and Cruelty?

Signs of animal abuse may vary depending on the situation. Witnessing someone beating,
hurting, or harming an animal is an obvious telltale sign. Seeing a pet left in a hot car during
the summer or chained up outside may be more signs. Or noticing if the animal’s coat is full of
fleas and ticks or bones protruding from the body, which indicates neglect.

However, these are not the only signs. A fearful animal, one that seems to shrink away from
people and situations, is powerful evidence of abuse. Be aware of owner behavior as well.
Indications of possible abuse include if an owner seems aggressive or indifferent to an
animal’s welfare. Watch how families react around each other since cruel owners may use
pets as leverage against victims. Does the owner or family have pets for a very short time and
then introduce a new pet? These are all signs of possible abuse and neglect.

More Information about Pace

Breed:   Shepherd/Hound mix

Est. DOB:  Dec. 2014

Est. Weight
:  40 lbs.

Sex:  Spayed Female


Junie Moon is Sponsored by Lynn H.

Read Junie Moon's Story

Soleri is Co-Sponsored by Lynn H. and Joanne C.

Read Destry's Story
ReadSoleri's Story
Everywhere fur, shredded bedding, big smiles, barks, and wrestling matches.
We're wrapping up another year of intense rescue, and heading steadfast into the next.
With you at our backs, we can do it without breaking stride!

Our primary food donor closed their New Mexico warehouse and, for the first time in years,
we need money for high quality grain-free kibble -- $1000 each month!

We are also in dire need of an actual Medical Fund, so we can step up without hesitation
for Vet care, supplements and meds, spays and neuters, vaccinations, heartworm tests
and heartworm treatments.
What's up at Bridging the Worlds!
Some medical cases are expensive but routine, some are dramatic: Kaitos was a stray, who came to us with breath bad
enough to shrivel cactus. The vet found a stick wedged between his top molars, apparently for a long time, because bacteria
had etched a groove of infection and necrosis along the length of the stick pressed into the roof of his mouth. The pressure on
the molars had loosened them and they were dying. Bacteria had also eaten a hole through the bone protecting his nasal cavity,
creating a potential pathway for brain infection.

Skilled oral surgeons worked meticulously with his injuries for months, until he was finally healed enough to proceed with surgical
repair, including a bone graft to cover the dangerous hole. We'll be paying that bill for a long time, but his mouth has healed
completely. Best of all, Kaitos is living happily ever after with the family who fostered him during the months of treatments.
Rebel Rebel, Raven, LaSalle, Ellijay, Taffy, and Jessa have been adopted, too.
Please visit to see who else shares the sanctuary:
The Seniors, The Ferals, and The Adoptables, of course!
Be sure to check out our Sponsor our Dog page to read about all of our Sanctuary Dogs.

A donation in any amount makes a big difference.
Please consider becoming a Monthly Supporter of our Sanctuary!