The Circle L Ranch Animal Rescue & Sanctuary is home to more than 200 animals -- dogs, horses, sheep, geese, goats and chickens -- in Prescott Valley. While some of them were surrendered by their owners for various reasons, most were rescued from county facilities or the Humane Society and owe their lives to the dedicated Circle L Ranch team.
One of the largest shelters in the country, Circle L Ranch is situated on 40 acres north of the 89A and Fain Road junction.
Founded in 2006 by Dr. Deborah Wilson of Scottsdale, Circle L Ranch finds new homes for adoptable animals and becomes home for those not suited for adoption.
Wilson initially started her rescue for domestic and exotic birds but quickly expanded.
"There is no such thing as an animal that is 'left behind' at Circle L Ranch," reads the organization's website. "We are limited only by funds and space."
Only a handful of employees live and work at the ranch. Volunteers donate their time, blood, sweat and tears to keep it running smoothly. Although the volunteers are dedicated and active, Circle L Ranch can always use more help.
If you cannot help in person, you can sponsor a horse or a dog or take a look at the facility's wish list. In addition, Circle L Ranch maintains The Crimson Fund, which was created specifically to cover the veterinary bills accrued by severely neglected and abused animals.
The fund is named for a dog Circle L Ranch tried to rescue in July 2012. Staff members did everything they could for Crimson, and while she initially seemed to improve, she took a drastic turn for the worst after less than a week.
"When we took her back to the vet, he said her poor spent body had run out of energy," Circle L staffer Liz Stegmeir wrote. "She couldn't fight off the abuse and neglect she had endured for so long."
Ten days after Circle L took Crimson in, the staff made a painful decision to euthanize the Chow mix, opting to "let her go with the dignity she deserved."