We are the Sacco family of Salem, Ohio. In 1981 we began rescuing dogs from our county dog pound, which was a high kill gassing facility. We took in as many as we could afford as we were required to pay a fee for every dog or puppy taken from there. We promptly had them checked by a veterinarian, spayed or neutered then found them loving homes.
Hundreds of dogs later in October 2004 we opened Alchemy Acres Animal Sanctuary a 501c3 facility.
Along with a large family like group of volunteers (we get together every 4 weeks for a family style dinner and conversation) we have saved thousands of animals from deplorable inhumane circumstances. None of us receive compensation for our time or work, and we have four caretakers that are sponsored by a local business to help take care of most of the daily needs at the sanctuary. Whatever needs done at the end of the day, we do.
We currently are located on 14 acres and lease 3 buildings to house over 350 domestic animals. Our dogs (120) come in all sizes and ages. Some require emergency veterinary care, others require emergency love and tender care, and some require permanent sanctuary.
We house approximately 140 cats and kittens, some being bottle fed. The rest of our population is in a fairly large amount of unwanted pocket pets such as; guinea pigs, hamsters, ferrets, rabbits, gerbils, chinchillas, and birds such as; parrots, parakeets, button quail, love birds, cockatiels, doves, pigeons, finches, African greys and farm animals such as; sheep, goats, potbellied pigs, and horses too. We even have a fish!
We have two State of Ohio licensed wildlife rehabilitators that raise orphaned native wildlife from several surrounding counties. In 2016 Alchemy rehabilitated 252 wild animals of 32 different species. We are located in the middle of Ohio’s Appalachia depressed countryside. Our area is in desperate need of a low cost spay/neuter and veterinarian facility for companion animals as well as a wildlife veterinarian. We also have dreamed of implementing an animal education center for the public to pique the interest of the young in our communities and to help bring out the humanitarian efforts needed to solve the pet overpopulation and abuse cases nationwide. We have received collegiate interest in bringing interns on board with our proposed programs from several institutions.
We provide work programs through our county Job and Family Services to help people get back on their feet as well as through our county courts to help citizens payback time and fines owed to our court systems. The loving experiences they gain through their efforts here have helped them to go on to find jobs with good work ethics and credibility.
We do education programs with local schools, churches and scout groups to bring one on one interaction with people and animals.
We have found the most perfect setting for our new location; it is nearly 200 acres of woods, streams, and the proper wildlife release setting. The building for the education center is established and is a beautiful site for programs. The country setting is a peaceful, tranquil area for the domestic animals to live until their permanent homes are found. But we need your help! We do not have mugs or postcards or calendars to send you to acknowledge your donation, but we can provide you with the assurance to tell you that every dollar will go to the purpose of helping the animals in our care. No donation is too small or too large. Please help us move our sanctuary!
Thank you for your kindness.
The Sacco and Alchemy Family
- Carla Carinci-bell
- Bonita Manning
- Naomi Mcpeek
- Susan Will
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