Yesterday I wrote of some brainstorming my friends and I engaged in as we discussed how we were going to remain independent as we aged. Turning 50 in 86 days has me facing the fact that I won’t feel 30 forever. This morning I read a post asking the question: If you had no family obligations and unlimited resources, what would you do? It made me realize that Sunset Place is more a practical solution than a dream solution.
My dream solution would be Sunset Sanctuary. My vision of Sunset Sanctuary is based on Cleveland Amory’s Black Beauty Ranch.
The sanctuary is home to 1400 domestic and exotic anmials, including horses, llamas, chimpanzees, tigers, bison, ostrich, elephants, kangaroos, burros, pigs, cows, camels, emus, bobcats, iguanas, rhesus macaques, cats, and dogs.
They were rescued from research laboraties, agriculture, and the “entertainment” industry, among others. Many of the animals were abused and in need of veterinary care. Most of all, they were in need of serenity. The ranch is not a zoo. Cleveland Armory said, “These animals are not to be looked at. They are to be looked after.”
Taking Cleveland Armory’s vision a step further, if I had unlimited resources, I would make the sanctuary a place for friends to live as they grow old. I’d provide medical care for both man and beast. Together my friends and I would care for the animals. And for each other. And we would borrow the motto of Black Beauty Ranch, which visitors pass under as they come and go: