Gerard managed industrial laundries for the City of New York until his retirement. A lifetime of building and fixing things prepared Gerard for planning and erecting a sanctuary, where there is always something to build or fix.
Maureen and Gerard acquired a piece of property in Chloride, Arizona in 2005. In 2006 they visited Best Friends Animal Society in Kanab, Utah, where they learned about constructing and operating an animal sanctuary. That year Maureen and Gerard began construction on a building large enough to house 140 cats and dogs with living space for caretakers. Gerard did as much of the work himself as he could, taking side jobs along the way to help finance the project.
Gerard, Maureen and several volunteers moved over 140 cats and dogs from all of their temporary housing in Las Vegas out to Chloride. It took months to get everyone transported, and once everyone had been settled in, the sanctuary was full to capacity.
As of 2011, there are about 175 cats and 8 dogs living at the sanctuary. Cats and (a few) dogs now share both caretakers' quarters as well as occupying their original living areas. There are also 40 cats and 5 dogs housed at various temporary locations in Las Vegas. The numbers constantly fluctuate. One month there will be four new kittens that someone dropped off, and once those kittens are adopted or fostered out, there are four fewer mouths to feed. The next day someone will bring in a homeless dog.
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