Linda Moore and Hayden Howell founded the Howlmore Animal Sanctuary in 2008 to help special needs animals. The animals at Howlmore are not easily adoptable. They suffer from a disease or have behavioral issues.
Howlmore houses around 17 dogs and 19 cats, all the animals Linda Moore can afford to keep at the time.
"We've had several of our animals who've required surgery and that has drained our bank account and we are just functioning on a shoe string right now," Moore says.
Moore says she and her husband pay for Howlmore almost entirely out of pocket. Donations from local businesses and private individuals help, but lately there haven't been enough of them because of the bad economy.
"So, we're just going through one of those hard times and we'll weather it until we're able to do otherwise," Moore says.
Mindy Cook works at Howlmore and says she was surprised at how much working with these special animals taught her.
"I've learned so much about forgiveness and you know tolerance, patience, love, true companionship you know in every sense of the word," Cook said.
One of the special animals that Cook has learned from is Sheba, a 12 year old Collie mix. Sheba has lost the use of her hind legs and now has to get around using a cart.
"She's a real special girl to me, I call her my little baby dumpling and she touches my heart," Cook said.
Most of the animals at the sanctuary came from the streets, or were abandoned at animal shelters or veterinarian's offices.
Moore loves caring for all of her animals, but hopes they can find their forever home.
"We just have some wonderful creatures here," Moore says.
Until then she and her staff will continue to care for them throughout the rest of their lives.