Who we are
HAKUNA MATATA RESCUE AND SANCTUARY is a Non-Profit 501(c)(3) and was established in 1999. We are located in East Palmdale, California, in the high desert of Antelope Valley on five acres of level sandy land with lots of trees and wading pools and tall grass areas for everyone to roll around in.
For years we have literally run after dogs dumped in the desert to die, many pregnant females or females with puppies running with them. We have taken hundreds off the desert, rehabilitated them, spayed/neutered, vaccinated and socialized and found loving homes for them. We also bail dogs and cats out of our local shelter and do the same for them.
As the years went by we kept being asked to take in injured, old, sick dogs that the owners could not or would not care for, dogs that had cancer, epilepsy, blind etc. We also got many requests to allow senior dogs to come to the HMR to live out the remainder of their lives in peace. These owners, due to circumstances, could not provide this care but wanted their dogs to be loved and cared for and to live in a beautiful setting until their time was up and were willing to make a donation to make sure that happened ----- Hakuna Matata Sanctuary was born.
We now take in all the above plus the special "special needs" dogs that are paralyzed and require special around the clock care and also be provided with "wheels" so they can join all their friends with running around the HMRS Sanctuary.
At this time most of the dogs at HMRS live permanently at the sanctuary. These are the high maintenance, both physically and financially, and take 3/4 of our day to care for; but the rewards we get looking at all the happy faces loving life is well worth the work.
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Since we take in paralyzed dogs monetary donations are really needed to provide the dogs with wheelchairs, physical and laser therapy.
A One-Time Donation is always welcome. No donation is too small.
Your support to our Sanctuary makes a huge difference to the dogs we save.
Visit our Ways to Help page for other ways you can help our Sanctuary.
All donations are tax deductible to the fullest extent of the law and we will be happy to send you a receipt.
Come visit us!
Hakuna Matata Rescue is located in Southern California, in East Palmdale. Directions will be given individually when appointment is made to come and see a particular dog.
Money donations are gratefully accepted and can be sent to our Post Office Box 335, Llano, CA 93554-0335.
Thanks so much.
We have quite a few dogs that are ready for their forever home.
Please check out our Available Dogs and contact us for more information.
WAYS TO HELP:
Meet Karen and learm more about
Hakuna Matata Rescue & Sanctuary.
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Hakuna Matata Rescue's goal for 2014 is to raise $200,000 to pay off the reverse mortgage on the property. If the property is not paid off when Karen passes it will be taken by the bank. This would leave all of the animals without a home or worse. Hakuna Matata belongs to the animals. HMR is a happy place for many animals. We want to keep it that way. FOREVER.
We need your help. please consider making a donation.
Karen has saved over 1,500 animals since she started HMR in 1999. She takes the animals no one wants. The ones with cancer, epilepsy, blindness and paralysis. She is their last chance. Karen not only rescues them but cares for and loves them the rest of their lives on her 5 acre ranch. Karen is now 70 years old and running out of time. Due to high cost of care for these animals she had to take out a Reverse Mortgage to pay bills. If the ranch is not paid off within a year of her passing the bank will take it.
Please help save HMR for the future by making a donation and sending this video to as many people as you can.
On behalf of all of the animals at HMR now and in the future, THANKS,