for Animals was seeded as a dream in the minds of
Polly Wardle and Diane Less Baird. It took root on
top the backs of horses, a mutual love of the two
co-founders. With the help of a lawyer, Angels then
officially sprouted and was incorporated in 1990.
From the fertile thoughts of such a mission,
education was chosen as the nurturing trunk from
which all would branch off and bud. By educating the
public and pet owners on responsible guardianship
and the “importance” of spaying and neutering, these
two women could change the perception of animals as
property to companions and reduce the senseless
number killed because of overpopulation.
The two women; Diane a cat lover and Polly a dog in
a prior life, began the pet project out of their
homes and farms running ads promoting spaying and
neutering and meeting with vets and other groups.
While obtaining their own education elsewhere,
irresponsible humans dumped litters of cats and dogs
at their homes. It became so overwhelming that it
inspired them to renovate a vacant industrial
chicken house into a shelter for the animals rather
than the multitude at their homes.
The move into the chicken house took place in 1994
and brought with it new interest from the community.
Mutual animal advocates began to volunteer and the
blossoming effect made the two Angels realize the
situation was much bigger than they were. So began
the cultivation of a bigger, better shelter.
The chicken house was utilized for six years while
adoptions grew and volunteers became more plentiful.
Great new ideas and programs abounded with education
and spay/neuter always priorities.
In search of a new location, an abandoned slaughter
house was considered; and, through some scheming,
was finally purchased. (The proprietor in charge of
selling the property had an aversion to allowing
“girls” to purchase the property.) What a motto they
envisioned, “From Slaughter to Salvation.” Despite
their dedication to recycling paper, glass, plastics
and pets, the old building was not to be used and
the barren site and 37 acres the planting of a new
idea began; a beautiful 2.8 million dollar, 13,500
sq ft animal friendly facility. Angel Place would
consist of three buildings. The actual animal
shelter with a two story, man made cat tree, play
areas for the dogs and a clean warm,
“fuzzy-all-over” atmosphere. The second building
would serve to flourish funds for the animals. This
was Andrews Hall, a hall with complete kitchen to be
rented out for parties, bingo, and used for Angels
third building will be a massive garage for storage,
outdoor activities and perhaps an office for a
future humane officer, however these plans have not
come to fruition.
where we are today, 4750 St. Rt 165 with two
buildings complete and all sorts of pet projects
constantly going on while new endeavors are always
in the making.