Find some quick answers about The Asher House and our mission, organization and our four-legged friends.
The Asher House Animal Sanctuary is a registered 501c3. We rescue and rehabilitate animals that have been abused or discarded and provide them with a safe home. Many of the animals have been abandoned on properties or have been in shelters for months. Each year, we take in dozens of new dogs, cats and other large animals and livestock. We do keep some of the animals on the property to live out their lives, but we adopt out as many as we can that would do great in a loving home.
We get thousands of emails each month asking to help animals in need. Although we cannot help each one, we do our best to provide resources, or to make connections with other rescues across the country who have been able to assist and find homes. We have impacted many lives through our rescue networks, our national spay and neuter programs, and community involvement via library partnerships, school assemblies, and homeless outreach. We frequently provide financial help to shelters and other rescues who are in other parts of the country and who don't have the support needed.
Our original location is in Estacada, Oregon, and we do still have some animals there. Our Salem location is much larger, and this is where Lee resides with the majority of the dogs and the cats...and of course all of the other animals on the property. We currently have over 140 animals on our properties, including dogs, cats, birds, donkeys, llamas, alpacas, cows, horses, pigs, goats, sheep and even a ram.
Each animal has a unique set of needs that we pay for through donations and our merchandise sales. We provide each member of our animal family the medical care needed, in addition to a safe haven and lots of love. But we also provide them with a healthy dose of adventure. Animals need enrichment and activity in order to thrive, and it is so much fun for Lee to take them along for the ride.
We are on a mission to make the world a better place, one rescue animal at a time.
As good as Lee is with dogs, he is not a professional dog trainer. We have even consulted with professional trainers and behaviorists when we have a particular issue or concern.
Your vet is a good resource to find a local trainer or dog behaviorist in your area.
On Facebook and on Instagram, our social media accounts are verified with a blue checkmark. No other accounts belong to Lee or to our organization, and every other one is a fake. Please be careful not to communicate with ANY other accounts as they will ultimately try to get money from you. There are no fan pages or manager pages, and he will never message anyone on social media, WhatsApp or Google hangouts.
Here are the only official/real accounts for The Asher House:
We do get asked this quite frequently, and we don't have an official "business plan" to share. Our organization came to be rather organically, but we can share the backstory of how we got here. Lee does a few videos on Facebook that illustrate the history of The Asher House. They are categorizes together, and one is called "I want your life:" https://fb.watch/83AXD7e9px/, and another is called “How we started the Sanctuary:" https://www.facebook.com/TheAsherHouse/videos/3289423571293100
Basically, after traveling the country to promote dog adoption and meeting with various shelters and rescues, Lee applied for his 501c3 nonprofit, which was approved in late 2020. Because of his large social media platform, the nonprofit received a lot of exposure, and for this Lee is very grateful. After his pit bull Stella passed away, he needed a break from being on the road and wanted to fulfill his lifelong dream of planting roots and founding a sanctuary. He was able to find a large parcel of property in Oregon and it was a perfect place to make his vision a reality.
Once in Oregon, Lee continued to focus on saving animals and partnering with other shelters and rescues. We have now expanded to other animals like llamas, horses, pigs, goats, alpacas and even cows. He works hard to physically care for the animals and to manage the non-profit, he but does have a small team to assist. The nonprofit relies on donations, all of which go toward the care of the animals, but Lee purchased the land with his own personal income. People often wonder how he sustains himself financially, and it is primarily through paid sponsorships and his CBD oil. Here is a video that explains that in a little more depth: https://youtu.be/F_a-TsLabbA
Best Friends Animal Society has a wonderful article that we have shared with many people: https://resources.bestfriends.org/article/how-start-animal-sanctuary Pet Finder also has some great resources on how to start a rescue, shelter or other similar nonprofit: https://www.petfinder.com/animal-shelters-and-rescues/starting-a-pet-adoption-organization/ And if you can, we suggest that you contact a sanctuary or rescue organization near your home and ask if you can volunteer. This will give you a behind the scenes look at what happens daily, the costs involved, the workforce you may need, how fostering works, etc.
We are always working on new and fun items to add to our shop. Lee will post on his social media once we have new items to launch.
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