VISION

RAINBOW FRIENDS VISION

WE EMBRACE THE VISION IN WHICH WE SEE A TIME WHERE ALL ANIMALS HAVE A HOME WITH CARING AND RESPONSIBLE PEOPLE AND A TIME WHERE THERE IS A COMPASSIONATE AND LOVING RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN HUMANS AND NON-HUMANS. LOVE IS. LOVE IS NOT SOMETHING YOU DO TODAY AND NOT TOMORROW. THE ATTENTION TO THE ANIMALS AT THE SANCTUARY IS PHYSICAL, EMOTIONAL, MENTAL AND SPIRITUAL (P.E.M.S)

P.E.M.S
PHYSICAL: HOUSING/ FOOD/ ENVIRONMENT/ MEDICAL CARE
EMOTIONAL: CARE/ PLAY/ ATTENTION/ MASSAGE/ TTOUCH
MENTAL: TRAINING/ AGILITY / SEARCH AND RESCUE*/ WALKS/
DRAFTING* / SWIMMING
SPIRITUAL: RESPECT/ LOVE/ TRUST
*) IN PROGRESS

SPIRITUAL ASPECTS OF THE SANCTUARY
(ENCOMPASSING HUMAN AND NON-HUMAN): TRUST, RESPECT, EQUALITY OF BEING, LOVE, COMPASSION AND COMMON SENSE. RAINBOW FRIENDS ANIMAL SANCTUARY IS A 501(C)3 NON PROFIT ORGANIZATION DEDICATED TO THE WELL BEING OF THE HAWAII’S UNWANTED, REJECTED, ABANDONED, ABUSED OR OTHERWISE NEGLECTED ANIMALS, ESPECIALLY COMPANION ANIMALS. OUR SERVICES INCLUDE RESCUING, FOSTERING, PROVISION OF FOOD, MEDICAL CARE AND SAFE SHELTERING OF THESE CREATURES UNTIL THEY CAN BE PERMANENTLY PLACED INTO CARING AND RESPONSIBLE HOMES. SOME ANIMALS MAY LIVE OUT THEIR LIVES AT THE SANCTUARY, OR FOSTER LOCATIONS, OR BE RETURNED TO THEIR HUMAN COMPANIONS.

DEFINITION OF ANIMAL SANCTUARY
AN ANIMAL SANCTUARY IS A FACILITY WHERE ANIMALS ARE BROUGHT TO LIVE AND BE PROTECTED FOR THE REST OF THEIR LIVES. UNLIKE ANIMAL SHELTERS, SANCTUARIES DO NOT SEEK TO PLACE ANIMALS WITH INDIVIDUALS OR GROUPS, INSTEAD MAINTAINING EACH ANIMAL UNTIL HIS OR HER NATURAL DEATH. IN SOME CASES, AN ESTABLISHMENT MAY HAVE CHARACTERISTICS OF BOTH A SANCTUARY AND A SHELTER; FOR INSTANCE, SOME ANIMALS MAY BE IN RESIDENCE TEMPORARILY UNTIL A GOOD HOME IS FOUND AND OTHERS MAY BE PERMANENT RESIDENTS. THIS IS SO IN OUR SITUATION. THE MISSION OF SANCTUARIES IS GENERALLY TO BE SAFE HAVENS, WHERE THE ANIMALS RECEIVE THE BEST CARE THAT THE SANCTUARIES CAN PROVIDE. ANIMALS ARE NOT BOUGHT, SOLD, OR TRADED, NOR ARE THEY USED FOR ANIMAL TESTING. THE RESIDENT ANIMALS ARE GIVEN THE OPPORTUNITY TO BEHAVE AS NATURALLY AS POSSIBLE IN A PROTECTIVE ENVIRONMENT.

WHAT DISTINGUISHES A SANCTUARY FROM OTHER INSTITUTIONS IS THE PHILOSOPHY THAT THE RESIDENTS COME FIRST. IN A SANCTUARY, EVERY ACTION IS SCRUTINIZED FOR ANY TRACE OF HUMAN BENEFIT AT THE EXPENSE OF NON-HUMAN RESIDENTS. SANCTUARIES ACT ON BEHALF OF THE ANIMALS, AND THE CAREGIVERS WORK UNDER THE NOTION THAT ALL ANIMALS IN THE SANCTUARY, HUMAN AND NON-HUMAN, ARE OF EQUAL IMPORTANCE. A SANCTUARY IS NOT OPEN TO THE PUBLIC IN THE SENSE OF A ZOO; THAT IS, THE PUBLIC IS NOT ALLOWED UNSUPERVISED ACCESS TO ANY PART OF THE FACILITY. A SANCTUARY TRIES NOT TO ALLOW ANY ACTIVITY THAT WOULD PLACE THE ANIMALS IN AN UNDULY STRESSFUL SITUATION. ONE OF THE MOST IMPORTANT MISSIONS OF SANCTUARIES, BEYOND CARING FOR THE ANIMALS, IS EDUCATING THE PUBLIC. THE ULTIMATE GOAL OF A SANCTUARY SHOULD BE TO CHANGE THE WAY THAT HUMANS THINK OF, AND TREAT, NON-HUMAN ANIMALS.