THE MILO FOUNDATION was named after a beloved Australian Shepherd. Milo was five weeks old when Lynne Tingle discovered that her puppy was both deaf and blind. Despite concerns from friends and family, Lynne was determined to give Milo a good life.
It was a learning process for both Milo and Lynne, his "seeing-eye person." Lynne developed a series of taps to communicate with Milo. A tap on the left or right flank would instruct Milo which direction to go, and a tap on the rear meant "stop." In the park, Milo's feet read the ground like braille, where he bounded around in circles with his nose in the air, barking with joy.
Given a chance to live, Milo became a cherished, much-loved dog. The experience with Milo led Lynne to learn about other animals who needed a chance--abandoned and stray dogs and cats who fill city shelters--which led to the founding of the The Milo Foundation, in August of 1994.
After a full and happy life, Milo passed away in August of 1998. He was the perfect spirit and namesake for a sanctuary dedicated to saving the lives of creatures who deserved, like Milo, a chance at a good life.
Today, The Milo Foundation is an established 501(c)(3) non-profit, no-kill organization providing an alternative for homeless pets throughout California, and occasionally beyond. In addition to community education, volunteer opportunities, and adoption services, Milo provides sanctuary for animals needing more time and space to have a quality of life until the special homes they need can be found.
The Milo Sanctuary is located on 283 acres in Mendocino County, offering lots of room for rescued animals to run and play. The Milo Sanctuary houses primarily dogs and cats, and an increasing number of horses (with the recent addition of the Milo Horse Rescue program), goats, donkeys, pigs and feathered farm animals.
Since December 2013, The Milo Foundation has had it's main office and primary adoption center located in Point Richmond, California. Milo Point Richmond, also known as MPR, has opened up new opportunities for The Milo Foundation, with a terrific space that includes rooms for cats, three dog yards and a 3/4-acre dog park. Milo is saving and adopting out an average of 1,400 animals each year.
Milo has ample volunteer and fostering opportunities in the Bay Area, including those for skilled horse people at our Sanctuary. There are also extensive outreach activities, such as regular Mobile Adoptions in Marin, occasionally in San Francisco and in East Bay locations, where people can meet and greet a select group of adoptable animals, many of whom are cared for in Milo foster homes.
I invite you to come visit and meet the many wonderful dogs, cats and other animals at The Milo Foundation!
Lynne Tingle - Founder/Director
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The mission of The Milo Foundation is to rescue adoptable at-risk animals, match them to homes best suited to provide lifetime care, rehabilitate those who need it, offer sanctuary to those who are not placed, and educate the public about responsible pet guardianship, including spay/neuter.